I am Thankful…

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” -Psalm 103:1-5

This has been quite the year; can you relate? I began 2018 newly divorced; suddenly single and walking into what would become a year full of transitions, some known, some not… My last year teaching at Trinity, the dissolution of a dream and a ministry partnership two years in the making, leaving my family and Florida, hitting the open road, starting this new Blog… the first half of this year marched to a steady drum beat of difficulty.

Once I reached Oregon, I spent forty days and nights alone with the Lord in the forests and meadows and canyons of the Blue Mountains. I woke with the rising sun and slept with the setting of the same. I ate morels and huckleberries, and drank water from a wild spring.  I watched bluebirds flycatching, bachelor bands of bull elk feeding, and fields of wildflowers bloom and fade.   The full moon waxed and waned and returned anew. I got still; I got quiet; and I asked God to speak. I read His Word, and I wrote down what it said to me…

And in the midst of grief, and loneliness, and fear of what the future might hold, God began to work in my heart anew…

• I thought I was alone; but His Word declared, “…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).
• I thought I was without resources; but His Word declared, “…my God shall supply all your need…” (Philippians 4:19).
• I thought my strength was gone; but His Word declared, “…they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength…” (Isaiah 40:31).
• I thought I had fallen; but His Word declared, “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand” (Psalm 37:24).
• I thought I had failed; but His Word declared, “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5).

Was I still divorced and single? Yes. Was I still without a “real job?” Yes. Was I still struggling to figure out this writing and blogging thing? Yes. But during these 130+ days on the road, the following has also been true:

• I’ve driven 7,000+ miles through nearly 20 states without incident or accident…
• My 15-year-old truck has not broken down once, and hasn’t required any repairs…
• I’ve slept out in the woods over 100 nights without threat by any beast, two or four-legged…
• I have not been sick or injured a single day…
• I have not missed a single meal, unless that was my intent…
Nomad Apologetics is now a real thing, and thousands have already been touched in some way.

All this, and my salvation through Jesus Christ! So yes, I have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving; God is so good! I’m with my brother and his family here in Kentucky for Turkey Day, and then I’m headed south to spend Christmas with the Kids.

I hope to get some of the bugs worked out of my blog page, and some of the bells and whistles worked in. I hope to hang out in the sub-tropical zone for a few months, and then follow the flowering north into Appalachia. It remains to be seen what God will do with this new ministry; and with me… But in this one thing will I be confident; in this one thing will I boast; that my God:

“…is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

And whether this year has brought difficulties or blessings, “be ye thankful.” Don’t give up on God; he has not once given up on you…
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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