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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Where I've Been!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on the blog and for this I apologize. What I’ve been doing, at least the condensed, short story version is I’ve been writing. The long version is a bit more complicated, but in order for you to understand that I have not been neglecting the blog, I need to get into a bit of the long version of the story.

Some two months ago, shortly after arriving back in Romania, I was working on the outline of yet another book when I got this overwhelming urge to stop and pray. This happens to me often enough, but never when I’m writing or when I am attempting to put thoughts on paper.

I knew this was different somehow, I knew there was something to this, so I closed my notebook, put my pen down, knelt at the side of my bed and started to pray. I spent a solid thirty minutes praying, knowing there had to be something more than just the urge to pray but not knowing what that something might be.

Another thirty minutes in and all I received were four words that at the time didn’t make much sense: Finish What You’ve Started!

That was it. That was the extent of the message, and after waiting a few minutes to see if there was anything more to be had, I got up off my knees, went back to my desk, and got ready to return to the book outline when once again the urge to go and pray was almost unbearable.

Thirty minutes later I receive the same four-word message as before, but this time rather than go back to my desk I knelt there pondering what exactly this message meant. As I thought about it, the meaning of this short yet personally profound message became crystal clear, and I realized God was taking me to the woodshed, albeit in a very loving fashion.

I have eight books in various stages of completion, all over half done as far as I can tell by going over them during the last few weeks. Every time I get near the end of one book I get sidetracked by another project or another outline, and there it sits, almost done but not quite there.

If I were to be brutally honest with myself, I would have to say I am horrible at finishing projects, although I am apparently very good at starting.

As such, I have made it a priority to finish what I’ve started, and have resolved to start no new projects, outline no new books, or do pretty much nothing else until I am done with what I set out to do in the first place. Some of these manuscripts go back five, six, even ten years, and as I read back through them I realize how timely they are for today, and even necessary.

I am happy to report that The Battle-Ready Believer is complete, and is currently being laid out. I am perhaps two weeks away from completing the first volume on the book of Revelation, which is in essence a verse by verse commentary, the third installment of When Ye Pray is almost complete, and if all goes according to plan 31 Days to Rediscovering Christ, Fearless Christianity, and the Battle-Tested Believer will be ready by the end of the year, or at the latest the beginning of 2017.

So as you can see I have not been sitting idle, but as I’ve tried to carve out some time to spend with my wife and daughter, keep a roof over our heads, and still write as though I was on a deadline, I will forthwith endeavor to post here consistently because there is just too much going on in the world, and I get many questions that I would rather just answer in a public forum so I don’t have to repeat the answer time and again. Oddly enough, I get asked the same questions multiple times, so this may be a good way to remedy that situation.

Someone has also offered to transcribe the radio program, and if anyone is interested in reading the transcripts of the program, leave a comment, and I will start posting those as well.

Time is short and growing shorter by the day. It is one of those nagging realities that we can never really escape, just push to the back of our minds ever so often hoping it does not resurface.

Because we believe the Bible we know that the shorter the time, the greater the deception, and reason itself would dictate that the greater the deception, the greater the need for truth.


If my absence from this blog has been a source of sadness for anyone, I apologize, and all I can do is endeavor to do better. Please keep myself and my family in your prayers, and thank you for your understanding.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.  

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love you bro! I'll be praying the Lord gives you all you need to finish what He has started in and through you.Php1:6.

Please post radio program transcripts.

Love and prayers to the Boldea's

dmacspo

Bonnie said...

Glad to hear you didn't fall off the face of the earth! I am interested in reading the transcripts because I don't often have a block of time when I can sit down and listen to something without being interrupted. May God bless you in your endeavor to finish what you've started.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Michael. You have been sorely missed. Not all of us able to listen to your radio program, so it is good to be able to sit down and read your blog.
Wow! Your message is very strong, " finish what you started ."
That certainly sounds familiar. Sometimes, uncertainty can slip in unnoticed, distracting and causing one to drift away from what was begun in earnest.
Glad to have you back, and to know you and your family are safe.
God bless
Denis McQuillan

jerry mcfarland said...

Please post the radio transcripts even though it will be extra work. I too can't always sit and listen w/o interruption. Looking forward to the books too.

jerry mcfarland