Today’s post will be my last. I began blogging shortly after my daughter Perrin died in November 2016. The writing gave me an avenue to reflect on the journey that we traveled for so many years with her, as well as a way to look forward towards health. In reality, these posts have been a form of grieving and counseling for me. The act of writing has helped the healing process. Beyond this, the encouragement, support, compassion of all who have been reading these reflections over the years has lifted and propelled me more than I could ever express. I am so thankful for all of the kind words, emails, and love.
The time has come for me to enter a new season. I am calling it the Year of Jubilee. In the Bible, God commanded the Israelites to practice a weekly Sabbath, a day of rest. He also called them to a Sabbath year every seven years, and then a Sabbath after seven Sabbath year cycles, the 50th year. He called it the Jubilee year. It was a year of rest, freedom, and celebration. After over 40 years of work, hundreds of blogs and podcasts, Space to Breathe Again, and coaching and consulting, I am claiming my Year of Jubilee. In essence, I am going to practice what I so constantly preach about creating space to breathe.
I don’t know exactly what the year will look like or what I will do. I think that’s fun, an adventure. I haven’t made any decisions about what I will do after the year is over. I am convinced that God will show me the way to go.
My hope and prayer for all who read this are that you, too will make bold moves to create space in your life. The distractions and anger around us keep getting louder. The speed and degree of overwhelm keep on increasing. We are all getting pulled along in the riptide of excess. We are choking to death on too much. The world around us needs people who will boldly live to a different Voice, to the One who still whispers, “Be still and know that I am God.” Will we heed that gentle call?
Thank you so much for the privilege of sharing my thoughts. I can honestly say that, over all these years of writing, I have never received one unkind word. Amazing! I look forward to what God has in store for me. He is good, and He redeems the hardest of life’s circumstances. Trust Him!
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I’ve been blessed by your posts. I hope the Lord fills your “space” with good things.
Thanks so much, Donna! Hope to cross paths!
Tommy, I will miss your blogs(read every one), teachings, book and all the life-changing advice you have given through these avenues during the years! Sharing your wisdom and life experiences has affected me in so many ways…thank you! I am happy for you and your year of Jubilee! God bless you and your growing family!
Thanks so much, Kathy!
Thank you Tommy for all your years of being faithful to the path God is leading you on. I am excited about what is “next” for you. The Lord will be using all you have shared over these years in powerful ways. May the Lord bless your year of Jubilee !!
Thanks Randall! Lots more time for some golf!
Dear Tommy, you will be missed in this realm called “virtual,” although your thoughts and prayers, and presence are anything but virtual as you share the journey of life with us. I consider myself blessed to be your friend and to see outside this platform. God bless you and your sweet family always, and please, even though God is giving you this year of Jubilee, remember, He has also called you to write!! Whatever form this takes for you and God, I pray His very best to you both here on earth and into eternity. Sending you holy hugs and love…Sherry
Thank you Sherry!!! You have been such an encouragement!!!
Tommy, Through you…through our meeting because of our mutual friend Bill Tyson…through our playing golf together with my Dad at Old White…and most definitely through your willingness to share your wisdom, faith, energy and vulnerability through your writings, I am a better person for others, especially my own kids! Thank you! Please reach out sometime and allow me to add to your Jubilee on the golf course! – Glenn Prillaman
Thanks Glenn for your kind words. I would love to play up at the GB sometime!
Oh, Tommy! You yet again show us the Way, so grateful for your wisdom (over these posts, and Sunday School back at Third, and STB, and so much other) over the years, and yet again acknowledging that all comes from God and He deserves our praise and thanksgiving and celebration. Thankful for this season for you, look forward to maybe catching a glimpse of the jubilating Tommy! again, thank you for sharing your heart, your journey, your wisdom, and your grace, Elizabeth
Thanks Elizabeth! I like the idea of a “jubilating Tommy!”
Thank you Tommy for the gift of your words over the past several years! It’s a wonderful thing when something that is a gift to you is also a gift to others around you. I think this is the case here! It looks as though you have a lot of special events on your horizon with one son married and the other engaged! Know that you and Weezie will enjoy this time together where you can focus on where the Lord takes you.
Sending our best to you all!
Thanks so much, Martha!!!! Lots to look forward to!
Tommy, Thank you for your many years of sharing what God has been teaching you. We all have benefited from your wisdom and guidance. You have spurred us on in doing some hard things to be better people. You have encouraged our faith and reminded us of what is truly important in this world. Thank you. Excited to see what God will do in this new Jubilee season! Blessings, Tommy and Weezie! Love, Amy
Thanks Amy!!!! More time to spend with you and Scott!
𝑰 𝒆𝒏𝒋𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒊 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑪𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒍𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑳𝒐𝒓𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒊 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒂𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒌 𝒚𝒐𝒖. 𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒓𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒓 𝑱𝒆𝒉𝒐𝒗𝒂𝒉 𝑮𝒐𝒅 𝑨𝒍𝑴𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒚 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒂𝒊𝒓, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝑺𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑪𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑮𝒐𝒅. 𝑺𝒐 𝒌𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑭𝒂𝒊𝒕𝒉.
𝑴𝒔. 𝑮𝒓𝒆𝒕𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝑴, 𝑭𝒍𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒅𝒂
Tommy – Enjoy this new season of life. I know that you will continue to be a blessing to all of your friends and family as you continue the journey in this Jubilee year. I’m honored to call you “friend.” Kenney
Thanks Kenney! You have always been such a good friend and encourager!
I will so miss your blog. I agree with others that you must continue to write because God has blessed you with such a gift. We look forward to seeing where God leads you in this next year.
Thanks so much, Nancy!!!!
I have been deeply blessed through you and Weezie! Thank you for your heart to share your story and to benefit others, bringing us closer to Christ! I will very much miss your posts but I find joy that God will bless you in this Year of Jubilee! Love to you and Weezie!
Thank you for your encouragement to recharge our souls; to take time to stop, breathe, appreciate, and reflect in the Lord.
Thanks Clay! Hope to see you more at church!
Thanks you for your words of encouragement; to make time to stop, breathe, recharge, and reflect in our Lord.
I will truly miss these posts, but agree with Sherry that once again you show your discipline to your Faith and lead us by example. Your mark has made tremendous impacts and will continue to do so. I am eager to see what God has planned for you next!