Stop and pray again today for the Blackwells. Their faith is a great example for us all. I think the family of God in the U.S. has been holding its collective breath for some good news. I know we have at the Colley house. We love them dearly and now there’s much for which to be thankful, but much for which to pray. This family is deeply good and deeply devoted to the Cause. They’ve done lots of good vicariously through your donations of encouragement and funding to GBN. Now, we have a chance to do something more personal for Don and Sheri. First pray and pray, for any possible developing improvements on Don’s prognosis, for the most effective rehabilitation possible, for encouragement as the new physical normal begins, for his ability to soon resume his work at GBN and Southaven, as is his full intent, and for Sheri as she recovers and stands and works and ministers by Don’s side. Then, if you’d like to contribute financially to the large expenditures coming their way, here’s how: https://fundrazr.com/a1V5q6?ref=ab_4w911e33gOq4w911e33gOq
If you read this, Sheri, I know Glenn’s been in touch with family. But I want you to know that, although fully understanding and honoring every reason behind your needing some privacy and respite with God and Don and family alone (besides you’d surely be overwhelmed with the number of people who love you!), you’ve not been far from my heart’s center since Monday. Your sisters in several states, and even countries, have contacted me to say “We’re praying and praying.” I know I don’t need to tell you this, but we love you. I love you and am thankful for the many times you have encouraged me…even as recently as last week. I would love to be able to repay your encouragement if there’s anything a helpless mortal can do. A helpless mortal can pray to the infinite and resourceful ONE and a band of women are doing that for your sweet meek and quiet, but courageous self! He is able to do abundantly, exceedingly above all the we think or imagine. I love those three words abundantly, exceedingly and above. Don’t respond, Sheri….Just know!
The live podcast from Israel will occur on Thursday, May 16th, from the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee. I hope you can plan to join us, as Kate Hudgens and I discuss Authority from this beautiful seashore where eminent authority was so often demonstrated during the ministry of our Lord. He calmed this sea (Mark 4). He directed a huge draught of fish into the nets of doubting disciples in this place (Luke 5). He placed a coin in the mouth of a fish, so he could pay his tribute (Matthew 17). He put unclean spirits in a herd of pigs and that herd of swine ran violently into this sea (Matthew 8). This paragraph could be a book! I’m extremely excited about discussing His authority from this place and about our blessing of technology that allows our sisterhood to do this from several corners of the earth—together!
So, Lord willing, the podcast will be May 16th, at 10:30 am CST. (Our time in Israel will be 6:30 pm). I know that some of you will be working and unable to watch at that time, so it will be quickly uploaded and available on the Digging Deep in God’s Word page for viewing at any time. The live podcast will be here: https://livestream.com/whcoc/for-women.
I’m thankful to Jennifer Benavides, Louis Benavides, Glenn Colley, John Moore, and Kate Hudgens for making this possible. The family of God is wonderful.
And about that family, please keep the prayer vigil fervently before the throne for the Don Blackwells. A good and faithful family has been hurt. We have all benefitted immensely from the materials, broadcasts and lectures that Don has delivered around this country. He is very dear to my husband and I consider Sheri to be a close friend to me. She has encouraged me countless times. This sister has lost her parents in recent days, now her mobility for a time, and her husband now faces long and arduous challenges. She’s a faithful digger and encourager. Let’s lift them up! You may send cards ℅ Southaven church of Christ, 1483 Brookhaven Dr, Southaven, MS 38671.
And, finally, please pray for calm along the Gaza strip as our Digging Deep group travels to Israel. Our guides tell us that we are not at any safety risk. However, it would be comforting to know that the unrest along that border is at a low point rather than an escalated one as we enter the country.
May he bless all of his pilgrims through this land of uncertainty till we cross over Jordan and assemble at the throne.