A New Expression Is Coming To Drawing From The Well

Although I appreciate that blogs, like people, are evolving and changing shape as the writers mature and discover new things, change is always a little awkward, huh? So changing the direction on Drawing From The Well is the last thing I want to do. I want this blog to always be pointing to Jesus Christ, His Headship, His glory and His Freedom that God has given to us in Him. I always want this to be a place where souls can drink and eat of Christ and receive even just the tiniest expression of His Life on the pages here.

Still, I have to be honest with you. I have struggled over the last number of months with what and how to write. At first I thought there was so much going on in my life that I just needed a little time to settle and it would all find it’s way to the blog posts (and maybe that will still happen at some point). After another little while I thought perhaps I was experiencing writer’s block.

So I’ve been asking the Lord about this. Blogging was definitely a direction from the Lord to me when I started in 2014 and I have never wanted to just write for the sake of writing. I’ve only ever wanted to express the Lord’s life in me, to you and anyone who’ll read or listen. So when I’ve not sensed any life in my writing, I’ve hit the delete button or the ‘save draft’ button and left it for another time, in the hope that something of Christ’s life would come forward at another date or in a new way. Well, the Lord has answered my prayers and now it is clear to me that the writing isn’t what He’s into for me right now.

So What’s New?

It seems that the season for writing has tapered off considerably (for now) to make way for a season of ‘speaking’. That means I will be posting podcasts here from now on, until if and when I believe the Lord changes things again. I will probably write a post here and there as I feel led to but it certainly seems to me that podcasts is what He has on His mind for a new season.

What If You Prefer Reading?

For those of you who prefer reading to listening, each podcast episode will include a fairly in-depth written summary of the content so you can still read. I know sometimes I don’t feel like listening to something and it’s great to read a general synopsis and get an idea before I make the time to sit and listen. Of-course, the beauty of podcasts is that you can listen to them in the car or when you’re cleaning the house or going for a walk or training it to work. ūüôā

Exciting…

Something else that’s very exciting is that I won’t be doing podcasts on my ‘pat malone’ (for anyone who is not Australian or English ‘pat malone’ means ‘alone’). My husband Derek and I will be doing these podcasts together. Yay! We’re both really looking forward to this adventure together and thinking it will be a lot of fun for us – and hopefully for you the listeners! (and readers).

We’re actually both pretty nervous as we’ve never done anything like this before so be prepared for us to make complete fools of ourselves, which is highly likely! ūüôā

The content will of course be focused on the centrality of Christ and I continue to hope that He will be revealed through the content. 

How Will It Work?

While Drawing From The Well will continue, we have a whole new site currently being built and that’s where all the action will be happening.  That means that I will link the content from the new podcast site  to Drawing From The Well. So each time an episode is released on the new site it will show up here as well. In other words, folk can access the podcasts through both sites. Make sense?

We expect to launch the new site early October 2017 . We already have a few recordings ‘in the can’ as they say, so I guess we’ll just start there and see how we go.

I will confirm the launching date of the new site as we get closer!

How Does This Change Reflect The Life of The Lord?

I love that the Lord is always changing things up – He’s always calling us on further. And yet, almost paradoxically, He Himself never changes.  I also love that He is full of variety and there are endless ways of expressing Him because He is endless.

So Just To Recap 

  1. Drawing From The Well site will continue 
  2. It will mostly publish podcasts as from October 
  3. The podcasts will be linked from a new podcast site being developed by Derek and myself
  4. The episodes/content will continue in the same vein as Drawing From The Well 
  5. I will continue to blog here occasionally 
  6. This may be only a seasonal change – we hold on loosely to all things 
  7. Stay tuned 

Brother, sister, may you always be refreshed, encouraged and built up in Christ who is the Head of His church who calls us all onward in Him to know Him more and the power of His resurrection life and to fellowship with Him in our sufferings….which most definitely includes tackling change.

Thanks a million for following this site and commenting, I really hope you’ll see/experience much more of our glorious Lord through the coming adjustments here on Drawing From The Well.

Watch this space…..there may be a post or two before change arrives….;-)

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How You Have Changed My Life Through The World Of Blogging

Before I stopped dying my hair!

Sending a BIG HUG to all my blogger friends and blog followers! I cannot describe how you encourage me.

Not that long ago, blogging was an unknown medium to me.¬†It¬†is a world that has slowly opened up to me as a result of¬†being introduced to¬†well-known blogger Frank Viola on frankviola.org by my husband.¬†It’s a long story short, but very basically, through reading Frank’s¬†books, my husband and I found¬†ourselves in touch with¬†one of Frank’s colleagues, Milt Rodriguez who also has a blog called therebuilders.org. (There you will find¬†any number of life giving podcasts on the Lord and His Eternal Purpose).

Subsequently, after¬†two years of knowing Milt and his wife Mary personally, and of following Frank’s blog, about a year ago another bunch of bloggers appeared on¬†my radar, 3rdrace.org. These brothers and sisters are workers being trained by Milt & Mary, in the planting of churches that are organic expressions of Christ,¬†with no other foundation¬†than Christ Jesus. I started following their blog and found my heart¬†indescribably¬†strengthened and filled with joy¬†in knowing this¬†incredible Jesus of ours. Even today,¬†when I get an alert of a new post I get so excited! “Yay – it’s more of Jesus!” I say.

One day, I noticed another blogger who was following their blog, her name is Amanda of All and in All.¬† I started to read Amanda’s¬†blog and there I found another sister with a similar hunger and pursuit of the Lord.¬† She¬†has a rich insight into Christ that¬†I could drink from and find my heart encouraged and lifted up to the Lord again and again. We ended up getting in touch by email and even Skype and now we are in regular contact. What a precious sister she is, talking with her is like talking with Jesus Himself. Then I found others.

I was beginning to see there is a whole bunch of brothers and sisters out there in cyberspace who are voices crying out in the wilderness. I was inspired and felt led by the Lord and encouraged by other significant folk in my life, to also start blogging. This has changed my life.

How has blogging changed my life?

As I meditate on the Lord and abide in Him daily (and 3rdrace.org have an amazing series on abiding in Christ through Andrew Murray’s book of the same title), I need an outlet.¬† Although I am part of a small ekklesia where I live and where we experience beautiful expressions of the Lord together, we are often¬†kept apart by distance.¬†So being able to ‘share’ Christ in this way has been an incredible experience!

Not only has my exploration of Christ been expanded, but I see He is bigger and more colourful through all the many members of His body, than I ever knew! I feel so ‘encouraged’ –¬† I can’t think of a better word. I’m encouraged that I am not alone, I have genuine brothers and sisters who have so much of Christ living in them, from all over the world, being expressed through their unique lives, and I can receive and touch Christ¬†simply by reading what they have to say. This is because they write with the Life of God that is inside of them. They draw from the well daily that is Jesus Christ and that well NEVER runs dry.

To date, I¬†have 27 followers who I love and cherish and pray for. I don’t know why they (you :-))¬†follow my blog, I can only imagine they maybe experiencing even just a little bit of that same encouragement and body life that I experience.¬† Now, I visit the blogs of those who follow my blog, and I find such rich insights and¬†vision into the Lord’s Eternal Purpose of having Christ truly and organically expressed through His many membered body here on earth. How wonderful to receive Christ through so many members, each offering a unique aspect of the Lord’s character. No longer do we need to be limited to just one man or woman¬†from a pulpit! (maybe that’s for another blog? – though there¬†are a lot of blog posts out there on this subject).

I read the comments made by others on all these other blog sites and I find more brothers and sisters! What an ENORMOUS body of believers Jesus has! And found in so many obscure pockets in the world.

Brothers and sisters, blogger, followers of my blog, readers, friends – I want to thank you from a very deep place inside of me, for being¬†vessels of the Lord’s life to me.¬† Your blog posts, comments, ‘likes’,¬†your prayers, your support, your love, your vision of Christ, your struggles, your faith, your courage, your pursuit of Christ…..I am so grateful.

I never understood why as Christians we are often encouraged to blog/write. Now I know why.

If you’re a believer into Christ, and you feel isolated and alone in your journey, unable to fellowship¬†in a face-to-face community, I¬†pray that this post encourages you.¬†I too, encourage you to start blogging, even if you don’t publish until if and when you feel ready.

I know Frank Viola is shortly releasing a new online program to connect believers who want to pursue the Lord in a deeper way, and who are lacking that face-to-face community with those of like mind. If you are interested, you may want to check it out here at www.thedeeperchristianlife.com.

May the Lord Jesus continue to live in and through His body and bind us together, across distant lands and over vast oceans, with His own love.

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