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thoughts heading into sabbatical

May 16, 2011

As I mentioned in my last post, Sally and I are taking a three month sabbatical away from the world of 3DM and all the pioneering God has led us to. I thought my wife, Sally, had an excellent post with her thoughts on her own blog (which you can read here). I thought this summed up, quite well, these last few years as we head into our next few.

So we are off.

The bags are packed with one of every type of clothing, the tickets are secured and our minds are beginning to drift to far away places and  to the books we will read together .

There is something amazing and wonderful about being able to spend 3 months with Mike  doing not much more than review, dream  and plan and of course eat some English chocolate . It’s a gift and I am grateful .

Sabbatical. It means the seventh. We moved to the USA 7 years ago on 1st July 2004. We said goodbye to my place of birth, to the church that we had grown, to many wonderful friends and to  every single female member of my family. We left behind Mikes hard won reputation and place within the UK church.

We took with us a crate  of furniture and  a few precious things which set sail on a boat called faith. We entered the desert in more ways than could have ever been imagined. We moved as a pioneering tribe. Some things flourish in harsh environments, in landscapes that are extrovert and extreme.

Our children grew and called it home.  Mike called it his retreat.   We built houses and landscaped yards and I called it   challenging  and was often reminded of the pioneering women who left the shores of Europe to start a new life not knowing about the Indians , snakes and diseases .

I  was happy, but in moments, not in days or years.

Happiness is a luxury, not an essential, and pioneering is not meant to be a walk in the park or a dance on the bandstand. Pioneering is a way of life. It’s something you do because you know no other way but to  cut the trees down and start a road or move boulders and build a village. I know no other way  but to walk forward but with a gun by my side  and an eye on the horizon.

So now 7 years on despite  being in a sweeter softer place in south Carolina that  we now call home. Roads are still needing to be paved , but  some frontiers have been won and  a few homesteads that form a village have been built. It’s good to look back sometimes as well as forward .

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Betsy Smith permalink
    May 16, 2011 3:48 pm

    Beautifully said! May the Lord refresh and revive you both individually and as a couple, and may He surprise you with many unexpected blessings as you abide in Him together in this special season of rest.

  2. May 17, 2011 3:40 am

    Being in a similar time of transition, designing and building a new ministry, I found this post to be so very refreshing and encouraging. Thank you. God bless this sweet spell in your lives with fragrant breezes and delights. I’m looking forward to tasting the fruit God gives us all as you abide with Him together.

  3. salishtransplant permalink
    May 18, 2011 12:44 am

    Sally-well written, but even more elegantly lived out. It has always taken suffering to move the kingdom boundaries forward. Thank you for yours. Travel well. Rest well. Adventure on.

  4. Wenda permalink
    May 19, 2011 7:21 pm

    Hey, Sally. Well said. And, well done, on the pioneering. Thanks for inviting us to be a part of that “homesteaded village”. Love, Wenda

  5. May 19, 2011 10:56 pm

    Enjoy your rest! It’s a blessing to have people like yourselves modeling rest as well as pioneering. Your lives are worth imitating. Peace!

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