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Gone Fishin’, a Sabbatical

In case some of you have noticed my absence and  have wondered where I have been, I’m going to tell you. I have been on a temporary sabbatical. Lord willing, I will return. During this time I’m going fishing in a sense by revisiting the time when Jesus reeled me in.

This is a time of repentance, renewal, refreshing and a seeking of joy in Christ for my soul. Life can be overwhelming at times. For example, Christians have daily spiritual needs of which I have been lately neglectful. Sprinkle some recent financial issues on top and this time of spiritual renewal to seek God’s face becomes all the more necessary. I know that God is a perfect, loving, and merciful Father who takes care of His children. I have, and will be, daily practicing habits of faith learning to trust Him more and more praying that my “love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that [I] may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Phil. 1:9-11 ESV)

During this time I will be away from most outside contact such as phone calls and all social media including twitter, Facebook, blogging, or even reading blogs, etc. My email will be limited to necessary things like paying bills and such. It has been great unsubscribing from many daily emails in the first week or so that just bogged me down. Most I barely read anyway. My blog comments are in moderation mode and I have two brothers tending to the blog in my absence.

If you would, please pray for my family and I that we draw closer to Christ than we ever have and that He quenches every ounce of hunger and thirst that we can imagine and even that hunger that we do not realize exists. Pray that we would, “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:5 ESV) And that we would “rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Rom. 5:3-5 ESV)

Finally, I have always loved the picture below. The picture is actual and symbolic of walking into a new season of life – married life in which two become one as joint heirs of the grace of life. (1 Pet. 3:7) Today, this picture is still symbolic as the walk of life together continues until the Lord calls us home. I could not think of a better picture to symbolize my walking through a renewing of life.

    “Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name.
    Your kingdom come,
    your will be done,
        on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread,
    and forgive us our debts,
        as we also have forgiven our debtors.
    And lead us not into temptation,
       but deliver us from evil.
(Matt. 6:9-13 ESV)

In Christ,
Mark

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1 al H May 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm

My applause, dear Brother, and my prayer for success in all your endeavors to better know and serve our Lord.

Yours because His,
al

2 Martin Jackson June 2, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Congrats! I wish a Happy life to you guys!

3 Anna Brown June 11, 2012 at 9:44 am

A beautiful picture- make the most of your sabbatical and I am sure you will come back renewed and ready to write even more comfroting blog posts!

4 Lorii Abela June 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Congratulations, Mark!. Wishing the best for your family and God bless you and your family in your new endeavors.

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