For those who don’t know, I kept a blog for right at a decade called, Connecting to Impact. The community and encouragement we shared there produced thousands of posts, tens of thousands of comments as well as major milestones for me like helping the adoption of our son from Japan and producing a worship album. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and so it did about a year ago.
In the middle of the crazy times in which we find ourselves, I mourn the heartbreak and loss of those affected by the pandemic, and at the same time, I can’t help being grateful for how He’s met me (sounds like 1 Thessalonians 5:18). Part of that is why I’m writing today–I feel like He’s given me renewed vision, focus, and passion to do the things He’s called me to do.
Now, I’ve never stopped seeking Him. I haven’t walked away from God in the ways we think about such things. I’m simply returning to pursue what He’s placed inside me and use what He’s given me to bless, encourage, and further His Kingdom as He’s made me to do. Some of that is related to building this website, Spark2fla.me. I’ve thought and dreamed about uniting all the various pieces of ministry from writing and speaking to music and media. It’s time for a new beginning.
Perhaps you find yourself in need of a new beginning. I want to encourage you today that our God is not only able but faithful to complete the work He’s begun in you (Philippians 1:6). Believe me, I understand discouragement. I understand living in survival mode while holding out hope for more. Our Father wants to meet you today and bring true renewal.
Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!– Romans 15:13 (Passion)
Hope can’t sit still. True hope moves us to action. We choose to believe Him, to trust Him–this God of daring and unflinching hope. Guaranteed, our lives will change.
While it’s true that all good things come to an end in our earthly conceptions, we live surrounded by a heavenly, eternal reality. In Him, all good things for which He’s created us are often reborn, from glory to glory to glory.
Anything I can pray for you today? Have you ever felt like you were merely existing when God was calling you to more? Please feel free to share in the comments.
Indeed, Jason, hope cannot sit still! As I told you in a comment on your general website, which is fabulous by the way, I’ve been praying for you during your absence, hoping everything was alright with you and your family, and that God would surround you with His power, grace and love. And He did, in a big way! I know my life will be made brighter by the inspiration you pour into it.
Love and blessings to you and yours!
Martha! I’m so happy we will connect again. I’ve thought about you and prayed for you so many times over the past year. Missed your thoughts, wisdom, and encouragement! It’s a long story, but I don’t have the other website now and this is it. So excited to reconnect further with you. Thanks so much.
I’m glad you were lead back to blogging/writing/sharing. I loved your CTI blog!
Ed, thank you so much! Good to “see” you! 🙂