Ministry

Guest Blogger Jeff Peterson

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My favorite devotional bible resembles a worn ball glove. Its front and back once-blank pages are lled with notes and thoughts compiled over the past couple of decades. I don’t carry it outside the house, due to its fragility and the treasures that reside in those pages.

While most of my reading today is in my Logos software, to return to the familiarity of those leather-bound pages brings a sense of anchoring unlike anything else. I can’t count the number of times I opened it in distress or weariness of ministry, and closed it with a renewed sense of God’s presence and power for the next step ahead. And those notes…

ose notes have coupled with God’s Word to be of great encouragement to me! All of us can identify with the Psalmist David, as he wonders to himself over his own discouragement. All too often, the greatest source of encouragement in ministry has to come from within. is is an awesome grace that God provides, through His Holy Spirit residing within us. We have to choose to receive it in those moments.

Be encouraged today. If you’re feeling low, go for it— encourage yourself like David did!

Stay healthy in ministry!

Ways to encourage yourself:

• Talk to yourself about why you are discouraged. King David did it, so can you.
• Remain in His Word. Review personal notes. Re ect upon God’s past faithfulness in tough times; and realize God will do the same for you in this present di cult season.
• Save personal notes for future encouragement. If they encourage you now, they will again one day.

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2 thoughts on “Guest Blogger Jeff Peterson

  1. Brian Rohde says:

    Hi Steve,

    It was a week ago today that we hiked up to Angel’s Landing. What a hike! I’m still reflecting on that shared experience and the entire trip to Zion. It was wonderful.

    Thank you and the others at the Discovery Church for giving me such a warm welcome. I enjoyed all the people in the group and look forward to participating in another outdoor adventure sometime.

    Of course the best part was in sharing this all with Forrest and Meghan. I am pleased that they are part of your tribe. I think it has given them a strong community of friendship and support.

    Due to my technical awkwardness I can’t find your email in my contacts even though I know he gave them to me.

    All the best,
    Brian

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