Monday, May 10th, 2010


The first day of May was the first day of the leave of absence that my husband has spoken and written about. I told you how much this means to me.

Wise friends suggested that I should take a sabbatical from blogging and tweeting, just as he is. I really didn’t want to do that–strongly didn’t want to. So that was a good clue that I need to follow their good advice.

For the next few months, I won’t be posting or responding to website emails and comments. I have gotten some very good suggestions and questions from your comments and emails that I want to post about sometime, but not now. I’m saving them for later.

I don’t want to lose you internet friends, so I hope you will do a couple of favors for me.

1. Please maintain your email or rss subscription, or subscribe if you aren’t already. There will be a couple of missions-related short seasons during the sabbatical when I will probably blog. If you’re subscribed, you won’t miss those posts. And then you’ll know when I’m back at the end of the leave.

2. Check my Recommendations page once in a while. Lord willing, we two will be doing some reading together and individually during these months, and I’ll be adding suggestions to the Recommendations along the way. Also I’ve sorted recommendations into categories so it is easier to see what’s there.

Thank you so much for your prayers for us and our family. God is good. All the time. And you are part of his goodness to us.

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17 Responses to “Sabbatical”

  1. Brooke Sauder

    We will be praying for your family. Very thankful for you both and your service and respect your decisions & reasons to do this. I’ll remain subscribed! Thank you!

  2. Have a great time Noel. I am going to keep you in my prayers. I do hope God sings songs of joy over you for the next few months and guards you under His wings.
    I am going to miss your tweets

  3. hey noel! i’ll miss your posts, but look forward to seeing you when you return online (and when we return to MN as well!)

  4. What a wise decision! You definitely won’t lose this reader. Enjoy this time with your husband.

  5. Praying that this is a wonderful, refreshing time for your family! Love!

  6. I had wondered if you would take a sabbatical with Pastor John. We are praying for you and Bethlehem Baptist Church. I will miss your posts but will look forward to your return. And, I think your choice is loving and wise. God bless you, Pipers!!

  7. We’re praying for you and John. Will miss you both.

  8. Julie Martindale

    We love you Noel and will miss your posts… but, we look forward to the renewed spirit and vision that will return as you take this time away.
    I have never been more honored to be a part of this Church as I have been when John shared his heart about this sabbatical leave.
    We will be praying for all of you..

  9. was happy to see pastor john gardening as we drove to Sat. night service the other day, got a giggle out of it. blessings as you rest.

  10. May you both find shelter in the shadow of His wings. God speed.

  11. I’ve been wondering if you would do this. Thanks for your openness – I can really relate to what your said, “I really didn’t want to do that–strongly didn’t want to. So that was a good clue that I need to follow their good advice.” I will take this to heart and remember when my husband or friends offer advice that I vehemently do not want to follow.
    Thank you for honoring your husband and your marriage in this way – it is a good exhortation for all of us.

  12. May you and your family be blessed and refreshed during this sabbatical. My husband and I regularly visit the Desiring God website and listen to sermons and conference messages and we always benefit greatly. God is honored and exalted in both of you as you are faithful to teach His word whether that is formal pastoral teaching/preaching (Pastor John) or simply living along side of others in your daily life and pointing them to Jesus. Enjoy the sabbatical. Blessings to you both.

  13. I have missed you on this site already, Noel, but know that you are doing the right thing. Denny and I are praying for you and John and your family during this time and know that “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion”. May you have many sweet memories of this time together. We love you both!

  14. I too have been missing you already! My mornings are often much encouraged by your posts, so I am glad this is a sabbatical and not an retirement :) You certainly won’t lose this ‘internet friend'(albeit a one-sided friendship – I think this is only the second time I’ve commented!)

    I appreciate your wisdom and submissive spirit in taking this time with your husband; many blessings to you both!

  15. You won’t lose me either…our family is praying for yours!

  16. Jane Threlkeld

    We’ve come to appreciate and love you guys so much in the Lord, and have been built up and encouraged by both your ministries.
    We thank God for you and for your transparency.
    What the Lord is doing with you and John is both sobering and comforting. I use the word comforting because it’s good to actually see (as we’re watching from a distance as strangers, yet friends in the spirit) the Captain at work on the perfection of your faith. (and He has turned up the refining fire in our lives as well)
    May the Lord’s glory and purpose be fulfilled in our old age and may we finish well along with you.
    Pastor Ron and Jane Threlkeld

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