Application Journals

A Good Thing

Two years ago this month, Kaylee and I were neck deep in early preparations for what became Thinking & Theology. We prayed over, poured into, and somehow persuaded other ladies to join us in it. Our goal was simple: to help women (primarily women in our own local church) to know and enjoy God through a right study of God in His Word. And in the Lord’s kind providence, we launched T&T in March of 2017. We wrote, edited, and shared articles week after week, and we loved most seconds of it.

If you’ve been keeping up with us, you know that we took a short sabbatical this summer from all things blog. We had every intention of breaking for a few months to rest, praying we would return newly invigorated to pick up the pen and write. However, we’ve changed course. Instead, we have decided to cease permanently from adding any new content to Thinking & Theology.

There are lots of reasons behind this decision. We desire to be disciple-making people, and face-to-face discipleship requires a significant investment of time and effort. We desire to be good stewards of all the Lord has given us, including our spiritual, physical, emotional, and familial health. We desire to utilize our giftings in the way the Lord intended them to be used, and some of us are gifted in ways that could be used more beneficially within our church. We desire to serve our entire body, not just a subset of it. And we have other avenues through which to write, should we desire to keep writing. This was a good thing for a time, and it hasn’t come to a fiery, crashing end. Yet, we are confident the Lord has other good things ahead for us.

We don’t want to over spiritualize or force an undue significance to this. After all, it is a blog and nothing more. But, we don’t want to devalue it either. Each of the women who’ve participated here have poured gallons of soul and pints of sweat and tears into this thing. And it’s been good to and for us.

But, we’re quitting. You can consider this our resignation letter from Thinking & Theology, our formal farewell. We might be tempted towards sadness that something we’ve loved is done, towards relief that something stressful is over, or towards deflated pride and insecurity that we failed to keep this going. But more than anything, we’re grateful.

  • If you’ve read even a word of what we’ve written, we’re grateful to you. We’re grateful you’ve given us a voice in your life and trusted us to present with care the truths contained in Scripture.
  • If you’ve supported us through prayer, encouragement, critique, study resources, or writing tips, we’re grateful to you. The blog was much better because of your insight and kindness.
  • If you’ve watched our kids, fixed our computers, did our laundry, or brought us endless cups of coffee, we’re grateful to you. You reminded us that the church is a delightful treasure.
  • If you’ve shared, liked, or passed along any article, we’re grateful to you. We never aspired to numerical success, but we did pray the Lord would make His Gospel heard clearly and broadly with every share.
  • If you’ve merely tolerated our writing, our approach, and our theology, we’re grateful to you. You’ve reminded us of humility, that we should be learners first, humbling ourselves at Jesus’ feet to learn from Him before we dare to open our mouths.
  • If you’ve disagreed with anything we’ve said, we’re grateful to you. We were bound to be wrong or ruffle feathers at some point, and you’ve been merciful to us when everything in our present age gives you freedom to condemn us publicly and harshly.
  • If you walked with us in the muck of relational strain, sleepless nights, or sin, we’re grateful to you. The Lord has pressed us further into holiness through the blog, and you were a gracious picture of reconciliation to us.

Finally, we’re grateful most of all to our God, who first gave us a great gift. He gave to us His Son. Jesus—the God-Man who came to earth intent on saving what was lost—provided our salvation through His perfect life, atoning death, and glorious resurrection on our behalf. Then, God gave to us His Spirit, to teach, convict, and fashion us into Christ-likeness. This is a great gift, and we will never cease to be amazed by it.

We also rejoice in the good gift God gave to us in the blog. Through Thinking & Theology, He provided us with friendship, community, knowledge, wisdom, growth in sanctification, and joy. Our God delights to give good gifts to His children (Luke 11:9-13), and for a season, the work of blogging was a good and gracious gift of the Lord. He was faithful here. Now, we look forward to the good and gracious gift of ceasing from work on the blog, and we anticipate His faithfulness in the next good thing He gives to us.

Thank you for sticking with us. We’ll keep the content up on the blog, although you may notice the site will be much simpler than it once was. (In case we’ve never told you this, our web designer is amazing and has walked gracefully with us through more changes than we care to admit!) We pray T&T continues to serve as a resource should the Lord allow, but please know that nothing new will appear on it after today.

Some of us will keep writing, posting to other sites like our church’s blog (www.lbcblog.org). Some of us will choose never to publish another sentence. All of us will continue seeking to know and enjoy the Lord with all that we are. This will continue to be our prayer for you, too, that you will love the Lord more tomorrow than you do today. We love you all and are so grateful for you.

“For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:14-21

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