A Look Back At Summer 2017

For many of us, Memorial Day and Labor Day bookend the unofficial Summer season.

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A lot happened between Memorial Day and Labor Day this year. It’s been a mix of devastating heartbreak and incredible blessing. High highs, low lows.

Unexpectedly, the Lord called my dear friend Pastor Mark Jones home. Nearly one thousand people turned out for Mark’s going home celebration at our home church Trinity Bible of Richardson. Almost as many attended the graveside service.

I co-presented a program all about blogging at the Writers Guild of Texas with my writing friend and fellow speaker Kathryn McClatchy. We spoke for about an hour and a half to a nearly full room of engaged writers and interested bloggers.

A few weeks after Mark went to be with Jesus, my Mom took a bad fall and broke her ankle. I’ve been in Marshall taking care of my Mom since her fall.

Our 17-year-old healer Danny died at the beginning of August while Terri came to visit me and Mom in Marshall. Thankfully, Terri’s folks were with him during his final hours.

There was a big solar eclipse and an even bigger Hurricane named Harvey. The solar eclipse was inspiring. Hurricane Harvey was terrifying. We experienced awe and trembling all in the course of a week.

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While Summer doesn’t officially end until Friday, September 22, I wanted to go back and revisit some of the most popular posts featured on The Devotional Guy (TDG) from the Summer of 2017.

A perennial favorite since it was first published on July 17, 2014, “More of Him, Less of Me” continued to be viewed often throughout this Summer. Historically, it is the most viewed, most read post ever featured on the Devotional Guy blog.

3 Things Pastor Mark Jones Taught Me”, a tribute post to our dear friend Pastor Mark Jones took top honors this Summer as I looked back at several key lessons I learned from my friend who the Lord called home unexpectedly.

So This Happened Last Night”, a post reviewing the presentation about blogging that my friend and co-host Kathryn McClatchy and I did at the July meeting of the local Writers Guild of Texas also received lots of views and visitors. Likewise, Kathryn McClatchy’s guest post in June entitled “What Do I Really Need?” received great feedback and served as a highlight of the Summer season.

Topsy Turvy”, a post relating how a series of events, including my Mom’s fall and the loss of our old dog Danny, turned our lives upside down, seemed to strike a special chord with many of the Devotional Guy faithful, as well our friends and family.

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Psalm 45:1 (NIV) My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

Yes, it’s been a wild season filled with numerous highs and lows. The Devotional Guy blog has been blessed with a tremendous increase in our audience and reader engagement. A number of posts really hit a high note with many of you.  Personally, I am grateful for the continued blessing this blog is both to me and so many of you who have taken the time to let me know the powerful impact it has on you. I look forward to our walking this journey of faith together.

2 Timothy 2:15(NIV) “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

Thanks again for being a faithful reader! My prayer is to see this blog continue to flourish as we strive to bring God all the honor and praise that He so rightfully deserves.

May His Favor Shine On You This Week and in the weeks to come…

God is good all the time and all the time God is good!

TDG

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