June 1st – a new month soaked in hope and promise…

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23

IMG_9880I’m not much of a one for “signs” in the heavens (although there is considerable biblical precedent); but looking out into the sky over our church Wednesday evening, walking to my car after my men’s covenant group Bible study, I couldn’t help but be inspired and encouraged.

Rebekah and I have closed the door on an extremely busy May, and we’re looking forward to the summer months, a change of pace, and the prospect of what God has in store going forward.

We’re not under any misapprehension that this summer will involve slowing down, but involve more of a re-pacing, recalibration, restoration, and renewal. Four years ago at this time we were preparing to leave Florida, beginning to get ready for the move to North Carolina. So, by the time this summer wraps up and morphs into the fall, we will be launching Year Five in Wake Forest. That’s a prospect we want to be ready for – excited, motivated, equipped, and renewed.

But isn’t that the beauty of our faith? We enjoy a relationship with the Living God initiated in faithfulness, defined by promise, and backed up by grace. It’s not just the anniversaries that come soaked in hope, but every beginning – like today, June the first, or another new week, and the constant blessing of waking up every morning, anticipation flowing over the horizon with the dawning of today.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there's always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men's Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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