To my blogging friends

Hi dear friends~

Thank you for continuing to visit Smelling Coffee! You mean so much to me!!! I pray that you are off to a great start for a week full of the Lord’s presence and Words in your life!

This past weekend I attended an incredible Leadership Conference for those who serve in Community Bible Study. Everything the CBS ministry does is done with excellence, and I knew it would be a wonderful conference. It had been such a busy and long week, and I went into the conference exhausted – but deeply desiring a Word from the Lord. And boy… did He speak! It’s amazing how that works… When we ask God to speak to us – and we listen to Him, He is always faithful to deliver! He is so good in every way!!!

The Executive Director of Community Bible Study, Camilla Seabolt, shared a message with us that the Lord put on her heart about the upcoming year. And all of a sudden, a lot of things that were on the “blurry” side became very clear to me. Here is some of what she said (taken from her written message on the CBS website).

We have so many promises from God’s Word as a strong anchor during the times in which we live… Isaiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.”

First Chronicles 12:32 writes about the men of Issachar, “who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” The Lord desires for us to seek to understand our times!

What are the driving trends, strengths, dangers, and just plain lies that are affecting our cultures? Solomon’s prayer in 1 Kings 3:9 cried out to the Lord to “give Your servant a discerning heart to … to distinguish between right and wrong.” We need to understand when the Lord wants us to move out in faith, when He wants us to stay put by faith, and the timing of each motion.

Remember when the Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested Him by asking Him to show them a sign from heaven? Jesus replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times” (Matthew 16:1-3). We do not want to have the Lord say that about us!

As we prayerfully work through our Spiritual Focus for 2009, let’s pray we will truly understand and discern God’s strategy for this time and then join Him in what He is doing… Our commitment should be based on the following Scriptures:

Ephesians 5:15, 16; “Be very careful, then how you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number (account for) our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Will you, and will I, resolve to continue to let the Word of God calibrate our hearts, so we will always be able to rightly discern our times both now and in the future and thereby walk in His will? Let it be so, Lord!”

The phrase “let the Word of God calibrate our hearts” really resonated with me. As we’ve headed into the new year, many of you have shared on your blogs these same scriptures and truths Camilla shared. I’ve read them, agreed with them, processed them to an extent, and then said in my heart Scarlett’s famous phrase: “I’ll think about that tomorrow”.

But my “tomorrows” became full of good activities, busy-ness, responsibilities, etc. and I still hadn’t found the time to stop long enough to ask the Lord to calibrate my heart for the days ahead. Until this weekend.

At the conference, after some listening, learning, praying and processing, one thing has become clear: Because God has asked our family to join Him in something that is going to require my full focus on Him, His call, and my precious husband and children – I must calibrate my heart (focus) accordingly. (It will end up being a good thing – I’ll fill you in one of these days – I promise.)

You know how much I have loved blogging! It has been a blessing to me… YOU have been a blessing to me… but in order to have time to set my focus for the days ahead, I won’t be posting much on Smelling Coffee. I’m going to try to be quicker to listen and slower to speak. I’ll still be around the blogosphere, and look forward to soaking in what the Lord is teaching YOU! And when He leads me to pick the blog-writing back up, I’ll do it in a heartbeat!

This is one of those things God has asked me to willingly lay down as an act of worship and obedience. And with His help, I do it with joy-filled expectancy over whatever He has planned for our days to come. I love the way The Message puts Jeremiah 29:11! “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”

So, my friends, as I sign off for a season, I’ll not say goodbye – because I’ll see you on your blogs. Instead, I’ll leave you with my love, my gratitude for you, my promise to pray for you, and with something Camilla said so that you can think about it for your own lives: “Will you, and will I, resolve to continue to let the Word of God calibrate our hearts, so we will always be able to rightly discern our times both now and in the future and thereby walk in His will? Let it be so, Lord!”

Let it be so, Lord!

…See you around the blogosphere!
With love, and in Jesus’ Joy,
Jennifer

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I'm a Jesus-loving, husband-loving, family-loving minister's wife and mom to two college kids, making our home and serving our Lord in the Mississippi Delta. I study, teach, speak, and write for the greatest Boss in the universe. "Faith, Family, Food, Fun, and Living Life brewed in the fragrance of the knowledge of Jesus Christ in every place": That's what you'll find at SmellingCoffee.com

Comments

  1. I respect that you are applying what you believe the Lord is telling you to do right now. You always have so much good to write but I certainly understand. There are seasons in life when we might spend more time in one area. And listening to His voice is most important.

  2. Love that Jennifer, letting the Word calibrate our hearts. How true! I look forward to seeing you online from time to time as God allows.

    And in case anyone is interested in a topic close to my heart, raising boys, I have two excellent authors on my blog today sharing about their new book. Steven Curtis Chapman wrote an endorsement about the authors in the bookcover jacket. It will be up there for awhile since I too am doing a little less blogging these days 🙂

    Take care and God bless,
    Susan

  3. Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam says:

    Oh, I had a whole comment about CBS and the words of her message, and then you shared your decision. My friend, I admire your act of obedience SO much! There are many “Good”, even great things that can take us away from what we truly need to be doing during a season. Blogging can easily take us away from doing what He has called us to do at certain times, and I have been pondering that in my own heart myself.
    Will miss you!

  4. God be with you in your endeavors. I will miss your posts. But I know that when God leads you to share something with your blogger friends you will post again. Until then I will miss you. Take care and stay healthy. And don’t forget to “wrap the bacon around the beasts” once in awhile. -Linnea

  5. Kim-Seasons of My Heart says:

    Obedience…is better than sacrific. So as you are obedient to your Father…he will BLESS you for sacrificing your blogtime…to focus on HIM.

    I’ll miss you….but I know you’ll be back…and I’ll be stopping by from time to time to check in on you!!!

    Blessings to you and your family as you begin this new chapter.

    Kim~

  6. Well I have to say that your inspiring posts will be greatly missed however I totally understand where you are coming from. I too did some streamlining recently in an effort to concentrate my efforts where needed. I gave up a dream of quiting this job and going in into real estate because God said it wasn’t the right direction for me. Blogging is in God’s plan for me so please stop by and check out my blog when you have a few free moments. You will probibly see my focus changing and some more meaningful posts. God Bless,

    Greg

  7. 2nd Cup of Coffee says:

    Keep us posted as you come and go from time to time. God bless you in your new endeavors.

  8. I will so miss your blogs but I am also praying that this season is one of God’s Grace and Mighty Power as you follow His Lead.

  9. Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) says:

    Jennifer, I totally understand the need to pull back and lock down on what GOd has placed in front of you. I am praying for you, my friend. We will be here for you when you are back to posting. In the meantime, we are lifting you up.

    P.S. My last post on Wimpy Christiams was written with you guys in mind. I am so thankful that you are standing in the gap and teaching your children to stand firm. (You don’t have to publish this comment!)

  10. I look forward to seeing you in the future and totally respect you for following the Lord’s leading in this area. May my life reflect some of the truths you shared. Bless you!

  11. Smelling Coffee says:

    You are all so dear to me! Thank you for your words of encouragement and your prayers!

  12. A Stone Gatherer says:

    Even though I am sad because I just found your blog I totally understand. The Lord lead me to do the very same thing not to long ago. I don’t blog as often any more, but it means more! Blessings to you and your family!

  13. Just me~ Bobbie Jo says:

    I will miss your post(I am usually a lurker) but I will be praying for you during this time!

  14. Jennifer, I am really going to miss reading your posts regularly. I SO respect you for this step of obedience you are taking. I know the Lord has impressing on me some areas in my life that I need to change, give up, or re-prioritize so that I am in a place where I can clearly hear from Him. Thank you for all the words of wisdom and encouragement you have passed on through your blog. I look forward to hearing what God is doing in you and through you in the coming year!

  15. Decadent Housewife says:

    Will miss this blog…just found it!

  16. The Lord will use you mightly wherever you are. Of course, we will miss all of the fun. Yet, know your time will you well spent elsewhere. Look forward to heraing from you as time allows. You are such a bright spot in the blogosphere. God Bless!

  17. Empty Nest Full Life says:

    You will be missed greatly, especially the words of wisdom that you share with us. Your commitment to the Lord is always what should be first. Anxious to hear what the Lord has for you in 2009. Jackie

  18. ‘Looking forward to hearing the plans God has for you and your family as they are fulfilled in ’09.
    Melanie@Bella~Mella

  19. Trusting in Him and knowing I am still going to miss you!

  20. You are such a precious person! Thank you for the challenge that you have left us with, to resolve, to walk even closer with our Lord. I look so forward to any posts you do in the future and please do not be a stranger, please drop in for a visit, at my blog.
    Love your sister in Christ,
    Tricia Anne

  21. I’ll miss reading your words of wisdom, but I understand. God did, and is still doing, a lot of work in my heart through the retreat too.

    Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday! ( :

  22. I understand and will be looking for when you pick back up! You have been such a blessing!

  23. I am still looking forward to those days you do post…I know they will bless my heart!!! Everyone needs time to “rest” and “reflect”. Blogging is fun but it takes some thought and “work” too!
    Hope you will still join in my giveaway:)!
    -sandy toe

  24. Jennifer, I will really miss your posts! I do understand your commitment. Thanks for sharing your wisdom so far and I’ll be hoping you pop back up on your blog. 🙂