I have sometimes found myself while listening to someone speak, wondering what the speaker’s experience has been concerning the topic they are discussing. The direction I feel God is leading me with these blogs is basically from personal experience. I will be relating some events I have had to face in my own life, or from a challenge I have had to help someone else get through.
Today it comes from some emotional feelings I had recently as a result of life the last fifty-three years.
I had a ministry zoom meeting, and as we began to bring everything to a close, our leader wanted to know if there were any requests for our closing prayer. I had a heavy heart, and I did something I have never done before in this way. I responded with, “Yes, I have a couple of requests."
I have some very close family that have severe physical challenges that make life very tough at times. I tried to take care of Jackie, my first wife, and her terminal illness for thirty-three years of the forty-seven years we were married, all while we were also in ministry. The last few weeks Pam, my second wife and helpmate and I have had people who were very close to us with sickness, pain, and dying all around us, and my comment was, "I am tired of it."
I have said many times that God knows what we think. I just need to talk to Him about it, and so I said to my small group, “I AM TIRED OF IT!”
It is OK for me to express myself. My Grandfather and David “of the Old Testament” taught me a lot about communicating with the Father. Just talk to Him.
I don’t have to like everything in life; I just need to trust Him. Trust Him I do, with my life.
In His service,
Tom has been a licensed minister over 50 years and faced many life experiences. The driving force of his obedience to serve in ministry has been his love for and trust in God.