Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Photo by Nanny Kuilboer on Unsplash InspirationBy Mike GillandIt happens to us all – and it may be going on in you this very moment. “It” doesn’t have to be tied to a traumatic event, or even a difficult set of circumstances. I am referring to a sense in our hearts that is best described as a “dry time” in our relationship with the Lord.Most of us have experienced times when our walk with Jesus seemed fresh, exuberant, and dynamic. But my personal experience tells me that most of us live this side of that kind of existence, a place where we have a greater sense of what we wish were happening in our devotional lives than what we are actually living out in real life. If this describes where you are today… read on – you are not alone!First of all, it is helpful to face the problem head-on, and look for the telltale symptoms of this common condition. They include:an apathetic view toward reading your Bible;a listless prayer life;a general sense of malaise with regards to your faith for the things of God;a “blueness” or depression, a sense of loss when it comes to your faith.Again, these are common temptations that we all face at one time or another. While we contribute to some of our own woes through disobedience, we should also remember that we have an enemy – an outside source that would love for us to turn away from our faith. We have a real foe – the devil is that “roaring lion” described by Jesus to Peter, and he is on a mission to do whatever he can to discourage us!When I am in a dry time, I have found that I need “face time”. No, not that neat iPhone app. I am referring to face time in the Word, and in helpful books. I need to be absorbing truth from God, not merely listening to the feelings coming from my dry soul. I have heard it said that “God delights in even the driest devotions.” Whether we realize it or not, God is honored when we are calling out to Him – He always hears us – even when we feel like we are in the driest of times.A good second step is simple remembrance that Jesus loves us, and our relationship with Him was initiated by Him! Peter tells us that we have been called out of darkness – and into His marvelous light! (1 Peter 2:9). Jesus said that “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them…” (John 6:44 NIV). Remembering that He is the author and finisher of our faith is critical to jarring us out of that dry spot. He is for us. He began the good work in us. And He will be faithful to complete it!Here is a great reminder from Paul David Tripp, “There’s never a point in your Christian life where you’re saved by your effort. You’re called to repent and believe, but saved by grace.” I did not save myself. Jesus loved me, and gave Himself for me!Our hope is in the Lord. And that hope remains in place for you and me, even in the middle of a dry time. Let’s accept the invitation given to us by Jesus when He said, “Come to me, all who are weary… and I will give you rest…”Mike Gilland is Operations Manager for The Shepherd Radio Network, a group of radio stations in Florida that features the “Christian Teach/Talk” format. Mike hosts a daily talk radio show in the 2 PM hour called “Afternoons with Mike”, talking to local pastors and newsmakers. In Orlando, The Shepherd is heard on WIWA, AM 1270. In addition to his broadcast experience, Mike spent 36 years in full-time ministry as a pastor and worship leader. As a guitarist, Mike performs at concerts, restaurants, private parties, etc. He is married to Cindy, the father of four grown children and grandfather to seven grandchildren. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSDevotionalsDry SeasonFaithGodGraceHopeInspirationMemoriesMike GillandSpiritual StruggleThe Shepherd Radio NetworkWeariness Previous articleSelf-destruction in 20 easy stepsNext articleCurrent Wedding Attire Trends Perfectly Suited To Apopka’s Stunning Venues Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11
UK and Ireland focused Europa Oil & Gas is working to bring its Inishkea prospects located in the Slyne Basin offshore Ireland to drill-ready status with a target of 2019 while at the same time relinquishing another licensing option located in the same basin. Back in March Europa started fast-tracking technical work on its flagship Inishkea prospects on LO 16/20 with the intention of delivering a new prospect inventory in H1 2019. At the time, the company’s goal was to identify a firm drilling target for an exploration well in 2020.Europa said on Thursday, May 24 that it was concentrating its efforts on LO 16/20, adjacent to the Corrib gas field, and in particular to mature the Inishkea prospects to drill-ready status.The 3D seismic reprocessing to pre-stack depth migration (PSDM) began in March and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018 with a drilling decision and drill location following shortly thereafter, subject to partnering and/or funding.The company added that, in parallel with the reprocessing project, it commissioned drilling and environmental specialists to engage with various Irish regulatory agencies and establish the technical and regulatory pathways to enable its Inishkea prospects to be drilled with a target of 2019.“The six gas prospects and leads in LO 16/20 that have been mapped by Europa on legacy 3D seismic data, are lower risk, in comparatively shallow water, close to gas infrastructure and with potential combined undiscovered gas initially in place (GIIP) of 2.5 TCF, represent a substantial volume of gas,” Europa said.While the work is progressing to bring Inishkea to drill-ready status, the company decided to relinquish licensing option 16/21, also located in the Slyne Basin.The company said that the prospectively of LO 16/21 in Atlantic Ireland was limited. Europa believes that LO 16/21 would compete poorly with other prospects in Atlantic Ireland and is unlikely to attract drilling funds in the short to medium term.Europa decided to relinquish LO 16/21 which was approved by the Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action, and Environment and would become effective from June 30, 2018.The decision follows completion of the agreed work program which included a full technical assessment.The company claims that the relinquishment will have no impact on its portfolio with gross mean un-risked prospective resources across the company’s six licenses remaining at 4.7 billion boe and 2.5 tcf undiscovered GIIP.South Porcupine BasinEuropa added on Thursday that technical work continues across its four licenses in the South Porcupine basin. PSDM reprocessing of 3D seismic over FEL 1/17, 3/13, and 2/13 was completed on schedule and on budget.Interpretation of the new data and creation of an updated prospect inventory is underway. The updated prospect inventory for FEL 3/13 will be announced during the second quarter 2018.Hugh Mackay, Europa CEO, said: “Europa is focused on taking the Inishkea prospects in LO 16/20 to drill-ready status and is actively investigating the feasibility of drilling what could be a company-making exploration well in 2019 or 2020.“We will not hesitate to exercise technical and commercial judgment and rationalize the portfolio where required. Having fulfilled our work program on LO 16/21, we have elected to relinquish and concentrate our technical resources on the remaining six very high impact exploration licenses in our Atlantic Margin portfolio.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “This one has to rank up there as maybe the best, coming from a long way back,” said Biggio, part of five of the Astros’ eight previous playoff teams. “That just tells a lot about the guys in this clubhouse.” Just like last season, when manager Phil Garner replaced Jimy Williams at the All-Star break, the Astros waited until the last day of the regular season to clinch. Oswalt became the first pitcher since 2001-02 with consecutive 20-win seasons, throwing six innings and driving in a run for the Astros (89-73). Houston lost the first two games of the weekend series, but avoided a tie with Philadelphia for the wild card, and having to go on the road for a one-game tiebreaker. The Phillies (88-74) won 9-3 at Washington and finished a game back. Houston will play at Atlanta starting Wednesday in a rematch of last year’s NL division series, won by the Astros in five games for their first postseason series victory in eight tries. The Braves were 5-1 against Houston this season, including a four-game sweep in Atlanta. HOUSTON – Once again, the Houston Astros waited to the final day. And once again, they’re going to the playoffs. “That’s the Astros’ way,” Craig Biggio said, “The only way we know how to get it done.” Roy Oswalt got his 20th win to lead the Astros over the Chicago Cubs 6-4 Sunday, clinching the NL wild-card berth and capping a historic comeback. Houston started the season 15-30 and became the first team to make the postseason after falling 15 games under .500 since the 1914 Boston Braves. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!