BY LEANN DILBECK –
First and foremost, thank you so much for letting me know that my simple little “notes” have been missed and thank you for your patience. It was yet another lesson for me about the many seasons of life. This past year has been full of so much change for us, business-wise, and full of so many blessings. It has been exhausting and rewarding at the same time. It has been a time of tremendous growth in many aspects and for that I will always be grateful.
Personally, my focus over the last year has never strayed from the One who has brought us so far but my energies were redirected to continuing to lay a solid foundation in which to build all that we have been entrusted with. At times I would feel guilty or convicted, as if I was letting Him down, but in His soft quiet still voice, He would always reassure me that when it was time to resume, He would move me.
To clarify for those that feared the absence of my weekly column meant that we had succumbed to pressure to be politically correct by the world’s standards, please know we are guilty… and we hope that you will be, too. The Newsboys nailed it with their new song:
When did it become breaking a rule
To say Your name out loud in school
When Your name is the only one that sets us free
When did it become incorrect
To speak the truth about life and death
When Your life gave us all eternity
Even if it gets me convicted
I’ll be on my knees with my hands lifted
If serving You is against the law of man
If living out my faith in You was banned
Then I’ll stand right before the jury
If saying ‘I believe’ is out of line
If I’m judged ‘cause I’m gonna give my life
To show the world the love that fills me
Then I want to be guilty
I’ll rise up and honor You
I’ll testify to the good You do
‘Cause your grace and Your mercy have overtaken me
Guilty by association
Guilty of being a voice proclaiming
I’ll pay the price to be Your light
I want to be guilty
Believe me when I say… nothing can silence me from proclaiming His truths. Nothing … but death itself… and even then, my prayer is that my life will have been lived in a way that reflects His love and mercy for us.
The Enemy is the author of confusion and his latest strategy and attack includes rewriting the definition of “tolerance” so that it is exclusive of God. He is lacing it with fear with hopes of silencing those that speak His truths. When the world tells us to sit down and be quiet, Jesus reminds us to share our stories and let others know of His eternal grace and goodness.
Matthew 10:26-27 [NIV] says, “So do not be afraid of them. For there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the rooftops.” Once you’ve experienced God’s grace and mercy, how could you not want to shout it from the rooftops!
Monday marked 24 years from the first time David and I said ‘I do.’ Those 24 years include 3 years of complete brokenness and it is those 3 years that we celebrate because it was during that time that God shown the brightest. Through a restoration that only He could orchestrate, our family is united and is a new creation in Him where He is at the center of it all – front and center on a daily basis. He has allowed us the opportunity to build careers in our hometown with our families and treasured friends. He has written our children’s names in the Lamb’s Book of Life and blessed us all with good health so page 2 may not be a rooftop but it is our way of “making known” and being guilty of proclaiming all He has done and continues to do for us in hopes that it will inspire others. Stand strong brothers and sisters – stand guilty with me!