A Personal Note and Blogging Update

Hi friends,

Blessings to you all!  Its been rather quiet around here for the past few months, so I wanted to give a brief update on what has been going on with my family and me, and how that has been, and will be, affecting my blogging in this new year.  Last I posted was the end of November. Then came December…and then came January!

December is typically a very busy month in our household with all the preparations and activities of the Christmas season, my daughter’s birthday ten days before, out-of-state family traditionally visiting the week of Christmas through to New Years, and the like.  This year was all of that and more.  As for blogging, I had initially hoped to finish the series on “Centrality and Expectation” during December, but there was simply no window to give it the time it needed.  I figured I had no choice but to bump it into the New Year.

Two days after Christmas, however, we got a call that my mother (91) had been taken to the ER with a serious infection and difficulty breathing.  Further evaluation showed that her heart had been severely stressed from her condition as well.  After a number of days in ICU, it became clear that she was not responding well to the interventions and that only heroic measures could possibly prolong her life.  As a family, we made the decision for palliative care and had her transferred to the Hospice Unit of the hospital.  She was made as comfortable as possible, and passed peacefully within six days.

My wife and I have been primarily responsible for overseeing her care and affairs for the past 17 years, and so a large part of the after-death arrangements fell on our shoulders.  Needless to say, that has overwhelmed and overshadowed this past month.  It will also continue to define at least the first part of this year as I assume the role of executor of her will and estate.

Personally and spiritually my family and I are doing well and have sensed God’s abundant grace through this time of loss. We also have the assurance that my mother is now with the Lord in a much better place. We have had to reprioritize much of life, though, in the midst of this difficult and demanding time.

That being the case, I am also having to revamp my plan for blogging for the near future.  If all had gone as I had originally hoped, I would have finished the last two parts of “Centrality and Expectation” before the year’s end and begun the new year with a fresh series of posts called “Affirmations.”

That series was actually written five years ago, a year before I began blogging, as the result of a personal spiritual exercise I engaged in to begin the New Year then.  In short, I prayerfully wrote down a collection of concise affirmations of some of the most essential truths concerning the Eternal Purpose of God, Christ, and the Church, according to my deepest convictions. That was a first step in making a fresh commitment to those realities in my life in that coming year.  As I looked over those writings again recently, I realized that they would also serve well now as a series of posts to give a summary of the basic, Christ-centered truths that I have been blogging about for the past four years.

Since these writings are all but “publish-ready”,  I am going to begin with an (actual) introductory post next week and then publish the seven additional parts of the “Affirmations” series over the next few months.

If during that period I am able to find some time to finish up the previous series as well, I will do so, or possibly intersperse some additional posts into the mix, but I will have to take that as it comes. Family matters will need to come first.

In closing, I’d like to say that last year was an especially difficult and trying year and it seems that this year could now be dauntingly heading in a similar direction.  Additionally, there is a specific warfare that comes from blogging, especially relating to the core spiritual truths of the centrality and preeminence of Christ in all things.  I have considered even hitting the pause button on this blog for six months or so to possibly minimize that while I go through the difficult and sensitive process of settling our parents’ estate.  Time is too short, though, and the situation in the world and in the Church far too critical to not keep pressing on in sharing what God has put on my heart for those who read and follow this blog.  My gut tells me that this year, on a national and global scale, is going to be nothing short of cataclysmic and transformational, and that we must all diligently redeem the time for the days are evil.  I would ask, therefore, that you would please pray for my family and me, especially over the next few months.  That would be greatly appreciated!

It is my hope that this post finds you well, and that God’s grace will be with you in abundance throughout this coming year!

Love and peace in Him!
~David

About David Bolton

Following Him who is the Way; Learning of Him who is the Truth; Living in Him who is the Life. - John 14:6
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16 Responses to A Personal Note and Blogging Update

  1. errollmulder says:

    My heart goes out to you and your family, David. As God reminds me, I will pray for you. Love.

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  2. Tobie says:

    Amen to Errol’s words, David. Our opportunities to “groan” down here aligns us with a truth that is old news to creation, namely that our present suffering CANNOT be compared to the glories awaiting us. Talk about Centrality and Expectation!

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    • David Bolton says:

      Love it…and oh so true! Thanks for the encouragement, Tobie. I pray that all is well with you and yours! I appreciate the connection we have in Christ! Stay the course, my brother!

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  3. whitneymckendreemoore says:

    Prayers from here you HAVE — you and yours. All “Bolts” are precious to me — and to our awesome God Most High! Each of you He has set into Christ, and He holds you there by the power of His Holy Spirit, rejoicing to call you “Mine.” If there is anything I can do, I am available to come beneath your arms to help you hold them up!

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  4. Adam says:

    David, so sorry for your loss and the stress on you and your family.

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  5. jimpuntney says:

    Blessings my friend, blessings

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  6. joshualawson23 says:

    Good to hear from you, David. Blessings to the family during this strenuous time.

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  7. Your writings David has been a great help to me (and I believe to many other readers) since the first time I came across your blog. I pray for you abundant and sufficient grace this time and always to walk the path He has for you for His glory.
    Blessings to you and your family.

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    • David Bolton says:

      Thank you for your encouragement and prayer, Patrick. Though many miles apart, we are connected in spirit and in heart. Keep up the good fight, my brother. All blessings to your and your family!

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  8. Damon says:

    Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.
    He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.
    Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly,
    Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
    Isaiah 40:28-31 NASB
    …With all prayer and petition (we will) pray at all times (for you) in the Spirit, and with this in view, (we will) be on the alert (for you) with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
    Eph 6:18 NASB
    Love from US
    Damon, D-P & J

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    • David Bolton says:

      Thank you, Damon, and the rest of the family! The scriptures you shared are most encouraging and timely. The mountain before me is simply overwhelming, and it seems the enemy is seeking to stir up two other fronts as well, outside of our family, to converge all at once and create something of a perfect storm scenario. Our full trust is in the Lord, and He will see us through, but prayers are greatly coveted and appreciated at this time.
      Thank you for your encouragement and support!
      Love to you and the family,
      David

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