E-Note for Tuesday, November 22

Good Morning, Friends, and welcome to this week’s E-Note! I know I said I wouldn’t have an E-Note today, but the truth is I’m so thankful for God’s blessings that I can’t help but share it with you!

I’m so thankful for my life. And my wonderful wife, Shannon. And my grown sons, Caleb and Jesse. And the Call God has upon my life to preach, teach, and lead. And the church He has me leading right now. And the people and ministries of this church. And the way He sustains me, stirs me, inspires me, and never gives up on me. This is why I say,

Listen to Give Thanks

Give thanks with a grateful heart,

Give thanks to the Holy One,

Give thanks, because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son.

And now, let the weak say, “I am strong!”

Let the poor say, “I am rich, because of what the Lord has done for us!”

Give thanks. 

Give thanks.

Give thanks.

And so I do.

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With the church offices closed all week, I’ll be out of town. Corey “has the conn” next Sunday. In his advice for Pastors, Rick Warren offers this regarding time away to be restored in energy:

Divert Daily.

Withdraw Weekly.

Abandon Annually. 

 

Divert daily, from the things which drain you and spend time, even just 5 minutes, doing what restores you, each day. I am very intentional about this.

Withdraw Weekly for 24 hours, being hard to reach for this period. I try.

Abandon Annually. I’m not very good at this. But I will be spending the next days in the vast, uninhabited Mississippi Delta, in various trees. The older I get, the less I’m actually hunting and the more I’m praying, contemplating, thinking, all while I’m immersed in God’s Creation during my favorite season of the year. I won’t exactly be off the grid, but it’s pretty close. I can still text and email, though actual phone calls are very iffy because of weak cell reception in the area.

I’ll be out of reach, but not out of touch.

And I’m thankful for that, as well. Y’all have a Happy Thanksgiving!

In Joy,

Tom

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Have a great week, Friends, and don’t forget what David Martyn Lloyd-Jones said,

The measure of our spirituality is the amount of praise and thanksgiving in our prayer.