Early retirement for me was not the result of an attack by Satan upon my health designed to stop my ministry. It was a step of obedience to my Heavenly Father, a learning to walk a new path with Him that I had never walked before. There have been difficulties on that new path for sure, but nothing compared with the blessing of fellowship with Him. it has been a path showered with the presence of His kindness and compassion, a path which has been marked by experienced generosity, often coming through the care of other individual people (some of whom know me and some of whom scarcely know me or Morag at all, who have listened to God on our behalf and responded), but also through my own denomination and the state and even the tax man!
The other night I had a dream in which my name was not Kenneth ( Gaelic meaning: Handsome!!!) but Dorothy, Ha ha, ( God’s Gift )! That is the Prophetic title I have chosen to write over this phase, this new path. I refuse to give Satan glory. It is a path called “Gift of God.” In the dream there were doctors of the laws of illness and healing pouring over their books, which looked very thin and insubstantial, furious at the phase of life illness has released into being called “Dorothy, Gift of God,” furious with me for accepting such a name to describe my life at the present. Fortunately I had discharged myself from their “care”, their fundamentalism and legalism, their diagnosis and judgements, their insubstantial books and learning, and chosen the path of freedom and belovedness, obedience and trust.
Who knows what other steps of abounding and being abased in all sorts of ways may yet be on this path? At times, I may be brought so low in one way or another that no one would understand how I could call this path, “Gift of God.” At other times I might so overwhelmingly abound that you may be tempted to jealousy at how much God chooses to bless me spiritually, materially, physically, and in any other sort of way you can name. The raising of “ jealousy” levels seems to be an acceptable biblical method of evangelism, by the way, and who knows might even at times work for God’s own people to bring them deeper into Christ. Paul was happy to endorse it’s potential good fruit. In it all, I pray that I will hold on to the secret of being content however discontent the story may make others feel.
Kenny, pilgrim on the Dorothea road…..
Morag, at last, I have a clue…remember “Follow the yellow brick road, follow the yellow brick road”. Love to you both Xx
Be encouraged! You have taken up your cross and followed Him, yes, denied yourself, what resurrection power is released.
Oh Abba Bless you Continually, as He is Already doing, Kenny !!!
Truly His Ways are not our ways and His Thoughts are not our thoughts !!!!
Thank you so much for shining His Light and His Truth !!!!
I believe that, see it working out in your posts and your invaluable aid via private messages. I never knew of your existence, your life work, the gatherings etc, till your blog was passed on to me about one year ago.
For my own path through life with the Lord, I know His healing is working slowly as He indicated clearly. But if He left me coping with progressive disease without healing, I know that His purposes are perfect.
May the blessings continue in your lives.
Dear Rev. Kenny and Morag
Phew, I thought by the title of this Post you were bowing out! So glad it’s not the case at all.
Do you recall the song from Junior Church ‘Walking and Leaping and Praising God’? That came to mind as soon as I’d read the post.
God does AMAZING things that defy our understanding/order! I recall a prophetic dream you posted last year about the dusty coat and boots in the shed- God was calling to put them on and walk with Him. I thought that’s for Rev.Kenny as well as anyone else but the dust would be counter-intuitive to your lung problem, BUT God!
Psalm 40 speaks about the dramatic rescue from a pit of miry clay and being placed on the Solid Rock (we used to sing that too).
Please keep on keeping on Sir, may God bless you for blessing us!
Bless you Kenny. I have been praying Philippians 3.10 over myself for quite a while, looks like you got there first, how wonderful to see you enjoying the power of His resurrection. You are clearly further along the road than I but one thing I know, ” this is certainly not Kansas ” ……. Learning to know Him more each day and helped greatly along the way by your posts. What a gift the Lord has given His Body in you.
Satan often gets the blame for things that happen to us when that is not so.You are standing in the grace and love of a Heavenly Father who promises never,yes never,to leave us or forsake us.Be blessed Kenny.
It’s lovely to see all the positive responses here to such a refreshing as well as unusual post. (Like Amanda, I opened it in trepidation … )
I feel i dont write as fluently as others in Comments for April 11th. Notwithstanding, I echo the responses frm the friends who have responded. Thank you for sharing what the Lord has laid on your heart, thank you Lord for the revelation tht you give to Kenny – your incitefulness feeds many. May the Lord bless you both.
Thank you so much for sharing this message. It’s wonderful to know underneath are the everlasting arms & in my weakness is His strength. The blind man wasn’t guilty of sin, nor were his parents, it was for the glory of God.
. May you continue to glorify the Lord as you walk the path He has placed you on, encouraging and teaching so many of us.