I’m Tony Martin. I’d like to identify myself as a pilgrim, a sojourner, and and encourager. I’ll share some biographical details in a minute, but I can assure you that you won’t be blown away by my impeccable professional credentials.
I started my blog in the spring of 2018. But because of a freak accident – a concussion that led to post-concussion syndrome (that’s nasty stuff; I’ll spare you the details, or you can Google it if you’re so inclined). The blog has been dormant since June of 2018.
All of us can testify to challenges we’ve faced and discouragement we’ve experienced. And if you are typical, you yearn for relief, for skills to not only survive the storm but prevail in the storm.
I can help. Or, rather, I can equip you to receive peace.
A big more about me: I serve the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board as Associate Editor of The Baptist Record, the newsjournal for Mississippi Baptists with a circulation of 50,000+. I’ve been at that since 2000. My background is student ministry – my first full-time position was in 1980, so you can do the math – that’s a loooooong time to be dealing with teenagers, but it’s still my first love. I’m still involved. I’ve written tons of curriculum over the years, done some consulting in youth ministry with a parachurch organization, directed camps … and I don’t play the guitar. A couple of side hustles include working with a travel agency specializing in Disney (another irrational passion), and performing magic as a part-time professional. I love to cook and I love Auburn football.
The biggest joy I have is family … I’ve been married to Teresa for 38 years. We have two grown kids – Jeremy, married to Kathleen, and Amy, married to Stone. They are both honorable young adults. As a bonus, Amy and Stone have provided two little grandkids, both under three – Katherine and Levi have caused us to lose our minds.
I’m walking a rugged road these days, and I want to share with you and come alongside you in your own journey.
I’d be honored if you’d visit my blog, https://youcanhavehope.com. Subscribe to follow my musings and get some free goodies from time to time (and I won’t spam you - I hate that stuff.) And there’s a sweet community on facebook called Transformational Encouragement. It’s a private group but I’ll for sure consider letting you onboard!
You will not fear the terror of the night,
the arrow that flies by day,
the plague that stalks in darkness,
or the pestilence that ravages at noon.
So much truth there. It certainly applies to the coronavirus.
All sorts of things come our way in the course of a day – or a week, month, year, or lifetime. We interpret those things as good and bad. I’d suggest that, as a believer, it’s all ultimately to the good (and that’s not an original thought with me – Romans 8:28, baby!)