If you follow my blog closely, you will remember that in Mid-August I decided to take a 45-day break from blogging. I’m happy to announce that break is now over and that I am back posting fairly regularly. This break seemed to sharpen my focus, deepen my vision, and should give me a greater ability to serve you, my readers.
Thank you for your prayers!
This post will share a four lessons I learned on my break, two things that kept me very busy, and a few prayer requests. Let’s go!
1. Blogging is a heart issue.
Any good thing can become an ultimate thing if we don’t watch our hearts closely. I love writing, sharing thoughts, and recommending resources on this blog–but I realized I loved it a little too much. This break was partially to recharge my blogging energies and partially to recalibrate my heart to keep this blog in its proper place. I thank the Lord for giving me a healthy focus.
2. Gifts are for building up the church.
1 Corinthians 12:7 reminds us the reason the Spirit gives gifts to Christians: “for the common good.” While I know I’m nowhere near the best writer or blogger (I have a lot of room to grow in every area), I do see it as a gift God is calling me to “fan into flame” (2 Timothy 1:6) and seek to develop to build up the church. Through my writing and content curation I seek to build up Christ’s church. This blog isn’t for me–it’s for Jesus and His bride.
3. Focus, discipline, and goals will help me serve you.
Like many things in life, discipline and goals can help sharpen focus and strengthen efforts. That’s something I needed to focus on with my blog. While there aren’t any major changes to the blog, I did think through the focus of this blog, which led me to update part of my about page.
4. Blogging is about relationships.
It may be a little cheesy to say, but I love my blog readers. I enjoyed praying for several of you during my break, and was encouraged to remember that God is using this blog in some tiny way to impact people. It can be easy to think that something like blogging is impersonal, but it is anything but impersonal–last time I checked 100% of blog readers were actual people! Moving forward, I want you to feel free to reach out to me sharing prayer requests, what the Lord is teaching you, or even ask me questions. (You can see how to contact me on my about page.)
Two things that kept me busy…
1. I got engaged!
At the end of August, I asked my girlfriend Jazlynn to marry me. She said YES! I’m so excited to be engaged to such a beautiful, godly, gifted, and smart woman who encourages me so much in the Lord, and I can’t wait to start our life together! (Don’t be too surprised if in the future I share an announcement about her launching a blog or ministry.)
2. Developing partners in ministry.
Part of my ministry with Leadership Resources involves connecting with partners who can prayerfully and/or financially support my work. I will be sharing more about this and inviting you to prayerfully consider coming on as a partner in prayer and/or finances in the next couple of months.
Together we can be an expression of Christ to the nations through training pastors to preach the Word of God with the heart of God. Feel free to contact me if you have questions or would like to chat about what it would look like for you or your church to partner with me. (Select the designation “Kevin Halloran” to donate to my ministry).
My heart’s desire for this is what Paul’s was in Philippians 4:17, “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.”
Please Pray for Me:
- For a blessed engagement period of planning, growing together, and personal preparation for marriage.
- That God would help me build many gospel partnerships that would greatly further our ministry and be a huge blessing for all of my partners.
- For my upcoming trip to Ecuador (late November-early December). Pray that the pastors and church leaders we train would be equipped and encouraged in handling the Word correctly and that I would be a clear communicator as I lead several training sessions (in Spanish, my second language).