A Story, but not just a story…

Everybody has a story. Some are like the extraordinary flavors of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and others, like mine are more of the plain vanilla kind. That is another post though. Mine had its beginning in a small town in northeast Tennessee in 1969. Oh, I was born before that but that was the year it took a little different direction. For years I thought it was a cut and dried simple question: did I believe that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God? Yes I was reared in a home where faith and church were more than just terms.

There have been a lot of twists and turns in my life since answering that question. At times it haunted me and at other times it anchored me.

But when I decided to enter ministry, that question took on a whole new meaning. Let me just say that personally and spiritually, I have probably failed more than I wanted, feeling I was taking a step forward then three steps back at many times.

That is one of the reasons for this blog. I know that I’m not the only one that feels kin to the apostle Peter who, wanting please his Lord and do what was right and good, opened his mouth or did something to show how much he really needed Jesus.

Getting older has a way of focusing your thinking about things that are more important than they once were. I’ve reached the point where I want to minister in a little different way than before. Knowing what I’ve struggled with and experiencing the loneliness that very often comes with the territory of ministry, I want to reach out to others who also very likely and very often feel alone and weighed down with life, life’s questions and faith’s questions. I know what it’s like to have no one to whom to turn. Who could listen and understand? Who would take the time to listen.? We live in a busy world which simply increases the weight we feel. I’m familiar with the coping mechanisms offered and tried today and believe that nothing fulfills and satisfies like an anchored relationship with God.

This blog is about two basic things: 1) restoring your soul, 2) encouraging you to keep on in your ministry of service to the Lord by serving his people.   I’m not interested in debating theology, there are other sites for that. I may offer an occasional resource or two, but there are other websites for ministry resources. I want to focus on the spiritual, emotional and mental health of believers to the greatest extent that I can. This will be a reflective devotional blog that hopefully you can use for your own thought processing. To quote the apostle Paul, “…God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others,” II Cor. 1:3b-4a. I’ve been comforted, restored and experienced the peace of God. I simply want to share that.

comment here or contact me and share how your faith journey began. I look forward to visiting with you.

Rob