The first post I ever wrote, five years ago now, I titled As if over coffee. At that time, I yearned to meet with women (one-on-one, over coffee!) and talk about Jesus’ faithful love in our desperate need. I wanted to speak of the Lord’s sure and constant compassion for His children. I wanted to proclaim His goodness on sunny days and also on days when dark clouds of trial and fear threaten. But I worked two jobs, and with three children still at home and our son in cancer treatment, I couldn’t carve out time to spend with hardly anyone.
So. I began writing (at 6 a.m. and midnight, in carpool lines and oncology waiting rooms). I wanted to write in a way that felt like you and I were talking over a cup of coffee. I asked God to use just one post/month, in just two different women’s lives (small hopes)! He, instead, used hundreds of posts in thousands of different lives. For that, I’m forever grateful.
Now though, these five years later, I’m finding that I have time for face-to-face conversations. It seems the moment has come for me to stop writing. For a while, anyway.
For those of you I’ve never even met, who’ve read my words in countries on the other side of this huge world, I look forward with immense joy to the moment we’ll actually meet face-to-face. When Jesus returns — and we breathe in the amazement of the new heaven and the new earth — oh, what joy it will be to meet you in the beauty of that place! Thank you for reading, and for your encouragement through your comments on this blog!
I pray for each of you — those I’ve never met and those I know well — that you will walk in a manner worthy of our Lord, finishing the race He sets before you, that you’ll be held by Him, and given the honor of bowing in amazement and humility as you hear “well done, good and faithful servant” on that glorious Day.
It’s been a joy to write! Thank you for reading! God helps me in my own walk with Him when I pray, study scripture, and then write about His goodness experienced; so I’ll probably still post from time to time. But until then, with a heart full of immense thanks for each of you, I pray for you:
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”