A Digital Help Toward Renewal from QuietWaters Ministries
Volume 10, Number 4
Tonight we will hold our second Shepherd’s Blessing Dinner. We are holding two dinners this year because we outgrew our location last year. The first dinner was last Friday and the final dinner is tonight. The speaker is Dr. Tom Varney, a counselor with QuietWaters Ministries. Please pray that everyone will be blessed and that we will be a blessing our shepherds by following the instructions from 1 Thessalonians 5.
“Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work.”
THE BLIND SIDE
by Jim Schlottman
A couple of week’s ago we rented the movie “The Blind Side.” I know you’ve heard of it, and you may have already seen this outstanding movie. It is the life story of football player Michael Oher who currently plays for the Baltimore Ravens. In his position at offensive tackle he protects the quarterback’s blind side – thus the name of the movie.
The movie begins with a lesson on the value of the blind side offensive tackle. In the movie Leigh Anne Tuohy, played by Sandra Bullock has Oher’s blind side.
As I reflected on the lessons of the movie I thought about how each of us needs someone to protect our blind side. Who has your blind side?
After sharing about QuietWaters Ministries on a local radio station, I received a call from an elder with questions about our ministry for his pastor. He said that his pastor was doing well, but he didn’t want to wait until there was a crisis before making sure his pastor and spouse had some renewal time to avoid a crisis.
I’m thrilled when I received calls from elders concerned about their pastor’s well being. This elder had his pastor’s blind side. It is my opinion that protecting the pastor’s blind side is a good description of the role of an elder.
Is someone protecting your blind side? If not it is time for you to find that person and ask them for their protection through prayer, as a sounding board, and as an accountability partner.
This week I lost the person who has had my blind side for over 10 years. His name is Gene Meerdink and he died of cancer yesterday. I’m very sad, but can rejoice because of the wonderful life he lived and because I know that today he is in the presence of our Lord.
It was at the event at which we launched QuietWaters Ministries that Gene approached me and asked if he could pray for me and the ministry. I’m confident that up until yesterday, Gene was praying for me. What a wonderful gift he gave me of praying for me each and every day.
It is my prayer that you have someone like Gene who has your blind side or that you are taking steps to invite someone into your life to protect your blind side.
GOD’S LEADING AND PROMPTING OF YOUR HEART
The Open Door Campaign
The New QuietWaters Retreat is open and serving Christian leaders. This “God Provided” home will be a blessing to many over the coming years.
When we say that God has provided the new QuietWaters Retreat, we must remind everyone that although he has led us to this new place we must still secure the funding. God will provide this funding by prompting the hearts of friends like you to give generously to the Open Door Campaign. To help us Open the Door please consider a gift or pledge today.
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