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March 4, 2010

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Greetings,  Let me start by saying that I read every comment posted and love all of them!  I am challenged, encouraged and amazed by the comments, they are wonderful!

Tomorrow is my final day as CEO of Bible Society New Zealand and then this monday I am head down preparing and packing up my house ready for the big move to Australia on the following monday.  I am not going to have much internet connection so even though I will be continuing to open the Word each day, I won’t be able to post my reflection on this blog.  I am not yet sure of the exact day I will be set up with the internet again, but it should be around the 20th of March.

So this is my last post for a couple of weeks, but I will return once I get set up in Australia!!

To check out past reflections: click here

And for those doing Yahweh’s Yarn in a Year (reading the Bible in a year) you can access the complete plan to keep going by: clicking here

Catch you in a few weeks time!

God bless,

Mark Brown


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70 Comments
  1. Sister Pam OP permalink

    Peace be with you as you begin the next phase of your journey. Exciting things are about to happen.

  2. Joyce Morris permalink

    May God richly bless you and lead you each step of the way. May He pour out a double portion of His Spirit upon you and into you. May He give you even more revelation knowledge of His word and His will than you can even think or imagine. I feel this is a time of receiving more and going deeper and deeper into things pertaining to Gods will and His word. Deep calleth unto Deep. I can`t wait to hear what God does and is doing in your life. I believe dreams, visions and visitations are going to be coming your way.

  3. Be Blessed on your journey and know that at least one person in Texas will be looking forward to your return!

    • Donna permalink

      Make that 2 Texans that are looking forward to your return! 🙂

  4. karen permalink

    I look forward to ur email every morning! What must I do for a couple weeks until u start posting my daily word?

  5. May the closing of this chapter bring you the blessings you need to fulfill you in your new endeavor. Have a safe trip and we will be waiting anxiously for your arrival and return to the blog.
    God Bless!

  6. karen nece permalink

    i pray everything goes well and you maintain the joy of the Lord.
    b blessed as you have blessed…….
    will b waiting til the end of march.
    pressing on,
    karen nece
    ps. 37:4

  7. Sara Sue permalink

    Like Abraham was, may you be blessed and a blessing as you trek around this world! I have printed off the Yahweh’s Yarn for the year and I find it a delight to follow. I am actually amazed at how much I look forward to the next day’s reading. (I have tried this before without this experience, so I am very grateful.) We all look forward to your next posting. I would expect it to be rich with that much time involved. Keep soaking in our Lord as you do all the mindless things included in a move! “See” you soon!

  8. Yvonne permalink

    Hi Mark,
    I have been receiving your posts for a couple of months now. Some of the things you posted spoke clearly to my heart and I knew they were of the Lord. Your heart is open to the leading of Gods Spirit and I know that as you continue to be directed by our God and Savior that we will all continue to be blessed. I for one will definately miss your posts but am comforted by the fact that you will return. I will be praying for you and your family. God Richly Bless You and Your Family Now and Forever.
    His by Design……Yvonne

  9. Lydia Reyes permalink

    Many blessings to you and your family. I will miss you greatly and I am looking forward to what God has in store for you and also for all of us who participate in this journey. I know that when you open this site , God was working to get his people ready. Ready for what? It is all in his plan. Like the scripture says ,There is a time for everything and God’s timing is always right. My brothers and sisters, let’s continue this growth sprout in our walk with God. Ephesian1:18-19. May the eyes of your heart be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones and the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe in him in accord with the exercise of his great might. AMEN

  10. Mike permalink

    Have a safe trip and I will be looking forward to your continued teaching when you reach your new home.

  11. Cathy permalink

    God bless. 🙂

  12. Mary K permalink

    Looks like you have a fan base in Texas. There are at least 3 Texans that are looking forward to your return!

  13. Karen permalink

    God bless and GodSpeed to you and your family during your move. I look forward to your future posting on my iPhone! It’s a welcomed read in the middle of the day.

  14. Suzanne McClere permalink

    Be safe and God bless!
    Suzanne

  15. May God grant you the desires of your heart and keep you and yours safe on your journey.Till we meet again

  16. Darlene permalink

    Mark, I know that God has great things in store for you and your loved ones. Keep following his will for you. Keep trusting him in his plans for you. I know he plans to use you for good and meaningful things. God be with you and God Bless You. Be safe our friend and keep God’s works alive in all of us and the world. Darlene

  17. Hilda permalink

    To bad for me I will miss your message but I know that God will use you where’ver you will be and we keep in tauch, I pray that this program may not die out. God bless you

    Hilda

  18. God Bless Mark and God be with you. We all will be right here waiting when you get back online. And with this respite we all should have much to say when you return.

  19. Joshua permalink

    Amen brotha! I’m gonna miss your reflections but this will just challenge me to do my own scripture reading more! 🙂 God bless you man and i’m excited for you as well may God be with you every step of the way and He will be!!! Hallelujah, Praise the King!!!!!!!

  20. Ann permalink

    God bless!

  21. Gwen permalink

    God Bless you Mark. I will miss your posting for these few weeks that you are moving. I will be praying for you and your family. I do look forward to reading what God has spoken to you each day. I’m counting the days till you return. Thanks again for all you have done with reaching out to me here in Indiana.

  22. Denise permalink

    I will be praying for you and your family as you tie up loose ends in New Zealand and complete your packing. Prayers for traveling mercies back to your home in Australia. Thanks for keeping us updated and we’ll be waiting here for you when ever you come back. Blessings of peace, joy, and good health on your journey Pastor Mark!

  23. sheryl permalink

    I too am on a journey & have many different roles i’m playing, mother , nurse & student. I got fired from my job of 11 years at a hospital as a RN, this past Monday. I’ve been going part time to school for my Master degree, to take on a challenging role as NP. I have approximately 2 months left to go. I haven’t really had much time for church or God. I seem to be distant from him. I’m glad I found your site. I do feel God speaking to me through your Reflections, feels like hes exactly speaking to me !! I’m sorry to hear you wont be on for a while. But wish you good Luck on Your Journey.

  24. sheryl permalink

    I also wanted to say, taking on too many roles is not good for anyone, we must all have down time, time to reflect.

  25. GOD BE WITH YOU SIR MARK! THANKS FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL REFLECTIONS YOU SHARING WITH US, IT’S BEEN A GREAT EXPERIENCED TO HAVE A JOURNEY WITH YOU HERE IN FACEBOOK. MAY YOU CONTINUE A BLESSING TO EVERYONE. MORE POWER! KEEP SAFE!

  26. Lynn permalink

    Dear Mark, I shall miss your blog while you are off line but I know you are seeking and following Gods will for your life and that has to be number 1 on your list.I pray for peace and joy to follow you and your family as y’all seek to serve God. I would also like to let you know that God has performed a healing miracle in my life. for quite some time my legs were so full of pain I could barely walk without crying. I woke up a couple of Mondays ago and noticed something was different. At 1st I couldn’t tell what it was as I was still half asleep. After 1/2 an hour or so I realized that I was walking without pain. My legs have been pain free since that day. the swelling has gone down so much I can now wiggle my toes and bend my ankles. I give all glory and honor and thanks to my God. Amen!!!

  27. Hi Mark…happy travels to my homeland! May you and your family have a smooth trip across the pond and settling into your new digs. Paula 🙂

  28. angela brydon permalink

    May God bless us all until we hear from Mark again! xx

  29. Yvonne permalink

    I just read the wall of comments to you Mark……..wowzers…..only God could bring such unity and love and peace in such a world of craziness all around us……How I love God for what He has done in your heart and thru your life…..

  30. Anita permalink

    We all wish you the best and safest journey. Remember to take time for youself during this transition. We appreciate what your aim is and stand by with any helpor prayer that we may offer.

  31. Nsikan permalink

    God bless you Rev Brown. I know God is with you every step of the way. May He continue to bless you richly also.

  32. Jae permalink

    May God continue to bless you on this new journey of your life. I will continue to pray for you and your family as you adjust to your new surroundings and new position. I look forward to the day when you resume posting on the internet. May God bless you, your family, and everyone who reads your daily messages.

  33. Diane W permalink

    Hello Mark

    I thankyou for the openness you have shown to us on FB in your walk with Our Lord. The reflections and the challenges along to way. May Our Lord truly and absolutely bless you in Australia. I pray for a good smooth journey for you and your family in life and moving to Australia.

    Numbers 6: 24 – 26

  34. Mark I can see from all of the messages to you that you are truly blessed and doing God’s work. I am from Florida and believe me you have a fan base here. Between my church and you I am truly blessed. Ever evening I can not wait to have complete silence around me and read aloud what you have written for the day. Through God you are bring balance into my life and better understanding of God. I wish you God speed with your move and we will patiently wait for your return. God Bless You and Your Family

  35. Peace to you and your family, I wish you and your family a safe, happy life full of adventures. God bless, looking forward to more postings on Journey Deeper into Gods Word.

  36. Natalie permalink

    Pity you are not here this week, we are off this weekend down past Narrogin to the Wagin Woolarama!! Anyhow looking forward to that cuppa with you & Louise + kids of course in a few weeks….
    Many blessings Mark as you enter into the next phase of your journey and ministry. May the Spirit give you great clarity on your decisions for the Kingdom. I keep having the phrase ‘stepping up” come to mind, just like the pilgrims in the Psalms of Ascent on their journey toward the temple.
    May you and Louise have smooth sailing and much peace through this time of change…enjoy these last days with Kiwi friends! N

  37. Laquita permalink

    May you be Blessed on your new journey. I will miss the daily messages. I will look forward to hearing from you in a few weeks.

    Laquita

  38. Des Hobart permalink

    Dear Mark, I pray that you have a safe week filled with joy of all your memories of the last season and that tears shed will be for joy of the next season in your life that God has in stall for you.

    You have been an inspirtion to me and have made bible readng a litle easier. The test is now for me to continue without you but now with our Lord Jesus who is always with us. I recently received some encourage ment that basically told me to just chill out. It was my time to chill out. Now it is yours whilst you dont have internet. Time to regroup and focus on what God wants you to do next.
    May He bless you with abundance in this time and refresh you with the things to come. God bless
    Des (South Arica)

  39. Greg Phillips permalink

    We are grateful for your commitment to this site in doing Gods work. I will be waiting for your next email. You have a safe move, and we will keep you in our prayers. Will see you on the other side of your move. God Bless.

    Greg Phillips

  40. Mona permalink

    Will miss you!! Safe travels!! Texas loves you =)

  41. Francis / Malaysia permalink

    You have done your part in New Zealand and hope you will continue to spread the word of God in the new land of Australia.

  42. The only way to have GOD in and around you is to keep yearning for HIM.
    I pray you will constantly hear a voice behind you saying this is the way walk therein and be overshadowed by HIS presence as you enter HIS will for your life and that of your family.Have a safe trip and happy new beginings.

  43. Rev Brown,
    May God bless you and plant you and your family exactly where your are to bloom. I wish you blessings and God’s favor and I look forward to when you can post again.

  44. Sandy permalink

    God bless you.. we will absolutely miss you and your amazing reflections on the word!!!
    God lead you in every little thing you do and every little step you take!
    I’ll pray for you!!

  45. Sue permalink

    Good luck in your travels, Mark! Prayers to you!

  46. Vessie L. Campbell permalink

    May God bless you as you continue to do God’s work, I will be happy when you get set up in Australia and get back on the Internet!! May God bless you and your family as you make this move for God!!!!!
    Vessie

  47. Elaina permalink

    Pastor Mark,
    I pray for traveling mercies for you and your family. I, too, will miss your blogs. However, I am excited about my own journey with God and His awesome Word.

    Take Care…

  48. Cheryl permalink

    Pastor Mark…may God’s favor go with you as you prepare for your next journey. I pray that everything that needs to be done gets done in a timely manner. I pray for your family as well, may you prosper, be in good health, even as your soul prospers.

  49. Anthony permalink

    I just started reading your devotionals and I love them, they help to keep me grounded. God bless you and be with on your journey, I look forward to your return.

  50. I am so thankful I found your website.You and your family have a safe trip and may God bless you becouse you have been a blessing to me and my friends.Keep up the good work. You are helpping so many with Gods word.Hurry back. Debbie

  51. KKY-Omaha, Ne permalink

    Prayer for you, Mark, and your Family —
    In Jesus Name, May the Lord above bless your move and re-establish you with us. May he grant you travelling mercies in your next chapter of your life travels in Australia, may each box be light and funiture have many hands as it is lifted into your new home, may you give away everything that is no longer needed, may you have good and friendly neighbors in your new neighborhood, may the Lord continue to bless you with more friends, may this blog be blessed as you continue to share, may the unpacking be exciting with new joys and may The Lord Bless You and Keep You always. Amen. :-*

  52. Julie permalink

    Praying for safe travels as you take this next step in the Journey of LIFE! May you continue to be led where HE chooses and may your family be Blessed. Many will be waiting for your return . . . . each of us with yearning for God’s word and work in our lives . . . and may we continue to dig into his word on our own ❤

  53. Carla permalink

    May God bless you in your new endeavors!!!!

  54. May His presence go with you .

  55. Faith permalink

    May God bless you for the good work you are doing and may He grant you a safe and peacful journey so that you may continue the good work

  56. Thank you Rev. Mark for the good work that youv’e been doing.There is a whole family of believers who will miss you tremendously but we all wish you Godspeed and as you travel to Australia may the Holy Spirit go before you,may He be behind you,above you and beneath you.I will miss reading your reflections but i know that the Lord is preparing you for much greater things that you can’t even imagine so may He continue to bless you and yours, and looking forward to your return.God bless.

  57. Patty permalink

    May God bless you on your adventure!! I will miss the daily scriptures you send us. It will be a test for my husband and I to see if we keep up with our daily readings. Can’t wait to open our mail again and see the Journey deeper into God’s word.

  58. Joye permalink

    Be safe and may God richly bless you! I’m sure you will do wonderful works in Australia! Praise the Lord!

  59. Jennifer permalink

    May God be with you and bless you as you make your move to Australia! You will be greatly missed on facebook for those few weeks! I will be looking forward to your return to the blog as God calls me to your posts when I need his direction! Have a safe trip!

  60. Paz Mallanes permalink

    Blessed be the Lord God almighty for your obedience and submissiveness to His Calling. May You continuously serve Him the way He wants you to serve Him. Godbless! Phil 4:6-7… Godbless

  61. I will surely miss you and your posts. Be safe and enjoy your journey. Looking forward to your return.

  62. I just came across your blog. Looking forward to reading more of your posts after your move is complete. Thanks for sharing your insight into God’s word!

  63. Andrew permalink

    God bless you, brother in Christ. I’m sure God’s got an awesome plan for you. Jeremiah 29:11.

    You need to come to South Australia and run a conference or something like that!

  64. Amy permalink

    God bless you on your journey to the “big” island. May you and yours arrive safely so you may continue in this wonderful ministry. I thank you for sharing in the unique way that you do, and look forward to your return later in March~

  65. MARK, GOING TO BE THE LONGEST MONTH EVERY. GOD BLESS YOU. WHILE YOU DOING HIS WILL , I’LL BE PRAYING.FOR YOU… MARILYN TURNER

  66. Kayan permalink

    Blessings for the move Mark!!! May God’s precious blood cover you in protection. Hope to hear from you soon. Take care!

  67. Alex permalink

    All the best for your move. I pray all goes well.

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