It's been such a long time I dont know if anyone is reading what I write anymore. Which suits me just fine! I see the wee eBuzzing logo has gone into hibernation, probably because I haven't blogged for a while. I had a professional website set up to deal with the launch of my book so my attention has been focused there a little bit - but that's not the place for the incessant chatter of my daily life.
I can't do the whole update here on what I've been up to and where I'm at right now - I'll just let it come out bit by bit and I'll try and write a few more updates.
Basically my book is selling really well and I have been truly, honestly honoured by how it has been received. One of the most wonderful things that has happened for me is my connection - nay, grafting in - to the folks at 3DMUK - the most humble, honest, life-affirming and encouraging people I have ever met. For those of us in churches which wish to turn out the way a little more to serve those outside of the current congregation whilst seeing the members grown and develop at the same time, the guys at 3DMUK don't force anything upon you nor tell you what to do; they merely offer advice, ideas, coaching, vision, direction, experience and ...humility, coupled with a reliance and demonstration of the Spirit's power.
There are individuals who have featured in the last year who will probably never know the extent to which they have blessed me personally and how they came alongside me to fulfil something very specific which God had whispered to me in the five weeks that I worked out my notice at my previous church.
Last January a New Wine leader took some time out to listen to me, talk to me, encourage me and affirm me. It may just have been for a season (I hope not), but I am eternally grateful for him. One day he sent me the most encouraging message that literally came as I was on the floor, being upset would be an understatement.
In both Scotland and England, pastors and friends of many denominations have cheered me on, encouraged me, helped me practically and simply....loved me. One of my oldest friends, now an Anglican vicar, consistently and from a geographical distance pours out such wisdom it's without doubt a spiritual gift of the highest magnitude. Some incredibly busy people here have called up, taken me for coffee, listened, advised, affirmed, made time for us and shared curry (Glaswegian spiritual gift). I'm missing some special soul bruvvas & sisters who I got to spend a lot of time with before we moved house but I look forward to the times I can encourage and love them and their ministries.
You may remember when I left my post, one of my reflections was that I loved well - I so deeply and truly loved the children, the parents, the volunteers and the church family of all ages, which was why I was so sad about leaving. You know that line in Romeo and Juliet - parting is such sweet sorrow? That's what I felt. I can honestly, truly say that God has paid it back over and over and over again. I've experienced absolute laugh out loud good times and loads of fun and I wouldn't change that for the world - now I can say that! Wasnae so easy back in April 2011, as the blog posts so clearly reflect!
I'll post some more about what I've been doing later in the week - suffice to say its been a great privilege to preach and teach and share and pray with so many churches in four or five denominations :-) I've spent a lot of time in England in Sept and October and I survived
So wherever you are at right now, I can say hand on heart from one whose heart felt torn in two, God is faithful - but watch your heart and your mouth and stay close to His word and to others who love him, love you and keep you accountable!
New International Version (NIV)
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.