We hope that your new year has started off well and with Christ! Just think… this could be the year of the coming of our LORD!!! How exciting it is to anticipate the possibilities 2012 holds!
In the last several days, I’ve been pondering the events of 2011 as a member of The Dills. There is a multitude of thoughts that come to my mind, however, the most obvious is “BLESSED”. We are so blessed to have family, friends, and home churches that believe in the reason we sing. Though these people may not minister on stage, they are very much a part of this ministry. These people may be found helping with our children, cleaning the bus, getting dirty with bus repairs, taking a driving shift on late night trips home, or a host of other things, but they are always there. Most importantly, they are continually praying for us. God has blessed us richly with an array of people to encourage, challenge, motivate and support us as we share the Gospel, and we are extremely grateful for each and every one.
Another word that comes to mind as I think about last year is “SUFFICIENT”. With all the blessings the year held, it also presented its challenges. There were health issues, scheduling conflicts, mechanical repairs, along with other uncertainties and trials, but over and over, God proved himself asEl Shaddai, The All Sufficient God. What we saw as “surprises” were not surprises to God but detours to blessings. Time after time, we observed the promise of 2 Corinthians 12:9 in action, “And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” In our trials, He reminded us that He is Sufficient; He has been, is and will always be more than enough for all of our needs.
Finally, I have to say I’ve been “HUMBLED” in reviewing the year 2011. I’m humbled at the fact that God has given us this platform to share about Him and His love. It’s an honor and privilege each time we are given the chance to stand and sing songs that tell the life-changing story of the hope found in Christ’s life, death and resurrection. I pray that we never take for granted the opportunity, responsibility or calling we have.
Tim, Shawn, LeeAnn and I are excited to see what 2012 holds in store. We are currently finalizing the vocals, graphics and details for our newest recording which is our take on some praise and worship, contemporary and original music. The events of this last year even inspired the words to the song, “Faithful”, written by Tim, that will be on the new cd. We’ll have more information coming soon on the new cd so be looking for it!
As I close, I ask you to please join us in praying for the following over this coming year:
- that we will seize the opportunities that God affords us to share the Gospel, on stage and off. We were privileged to witness the salvation of many lives last year and we pray that number multiplies this year!
- that God will keep us in His will and continue to reveal Himself to us so we may know Him more and in turn, share more about Him with those we encounter.
- that God will continue to protect us and our families as we travel.
- that we will be efficient and effective in our delivery of the message of Christ.
- that we would never take our eyes off of Jesus Christ! The world is full of distractions, decaying morals and selfishness. May we always be focused on worshiping our Savior as we evangelize the lost and encourage the saints.
We love you all and can’t wait to worship with you this year. Give us a call if you are planning a special service that you’d like us to be a part of! We’d love to worship with you and share with you what God is doing in us! Oh, by the way, take a second to check out the photos from our Christmas gatherings!
Until next time, be blessed, be a blessing and keep your eyes on the sky!