Wednesday, June 15, 2005

So many things . . . where to begin?

Yesterday, Todd and I celebrated our 9th anniversary! We had a lovely evening. We first went to see the movie, Madagascar, and then we went to Outback for dinner! I've wanted to go there for forever. Glad I can check that one off my "to do" list! Anyway, we then spent an hour browsing in Books A Million, and then we headed to our favorite place in the whole world, WalMart. Todd needed some new things for summer, so we shopped for Father's Day and got him decked out decently. :)

I got a call this morning. Evidently, Lori Dorning resigned as chair of the Women's Ministry Team several weeks ago. I'd like to go visit Lori. She's really been on my mind here of late. Both she and the WMT. Sometimes I feel like we have several different groups of women. It's strange. God's really been speaking "unity" to me for several weeks. I wonder how that comes into play. I need a verse for this aspect of my life and my church's life . . . Romans 15:1-7.

Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "THE REPROACHES OF THOSE WHO REPROACHED YOU FELL ON ME." For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.
We are supposed to meet tomorrow night and pray and discuss the next steps. God, I want to hear Your voice on this. Please show me how You would have me to particpate.

More later. Whole house to clean!


Monday, June 13, 2005

Brother Terry preached two awesome services yesterday. The morning's sermon was about laying down your talents, gifts, skills, and whatnot, to the Lord. Not doing things in the flesh -- even church service or ministry we tend to do in the flesh. He made the analogy of Moses laying down the staff--his own staff that he used to shepherd sheep, and how God turned it into a serpent. Bro. Terry taught that all of our fleshly efforts have a bit of the serpent in them. It wasn't until Moses laid that rod down before God, that God could make it *His* rod! It was a powerful teaching.

Last night he started a series on "Laying the Axe to the Root." He started with the root of bitterness. The man is definitely a student of God's Word!

Jocelyn and I had a nice evening, just the two of us. :) We watched movies and ate chili con queso. Yum.

Today starts the craziness before the vacation! I need to make out a list of things I want to accomplish before leaving. That way I won't be beating myself up for something I forgot to do all next week!

Lord, I lift this day up to You. Father, I need Your strength to accomplish this day's tasks. I need Your wisdom and discernment in discovering what today's tasks should be! And I need Your humility in accepting the path You set before me today. Treat me as a little child. Love me when I need encouragement; discipline me when I stray from Your will. Thank You for the beauty of Your creation. Allow me to see it today, to marvel at it, and to give *You* all the honor and glory for it! I love You, Lord!! Let me walk through this day with Your song in my heart! Praise You, Lord!! I praise You!


Saturday, June 11, 2005

Sunday School. I know what is supposed to be done, I know how it is supposed to be done, I just don't know when I'm supposed to do it!

I do know that it's an area in my life that is not pleasing to God right now. Lord, I need for You to show me ... direct, lead and GUIDE me. I don't feel capable of working fulltime, taking care of a home and family, plus ministering to a Sunday School class the way they need to be ministered to. HELP! I want to be in Your service; I want to do all that You assign me, to the best of my ability. I just don't know how.

I've just finished looking over Todd's plan for revitalizing Sunday School at Flint River. He makes some wonderful points. As much as I originally spoke against going from two to one Sunday School, it makes good sense. First of all, it would take the burden off of people who are teaching who are teaching because they feel like someone's got to, not that they are called to by God. Second, it combines classes that right now may only have 2-3 people each, into 4-6 people each. It's hard to teach a class of 1 or 2 people. The only major difficulty I see, is where you have a class combined and both sets of teachers wish to teach it. I see that as a big problem in the youth department, particularly. Great care would have to be given to the selection of teachers, were we to go in this direction.

I don't want to be a shallow Christian. I don't want my faith to be found lacking by my Creator. I want to grow stronger in Jesus. And I don't want to just say the words that make me "sound good." I want it reflected in my life.

Lord, I need Your guidance in the area of a job. Where would You have me to work? I lay my life in Your hands. I know You are in control -- You know where You want me. Please enable me to be receptive to Your will for my life. Lord, I do love You. Please give me the ability to demonstrate that love for You through service in Your Kingdom.


Saturday, June 04, 2005

It's been an incredibly busy, but productive and happy week! God was so faithful, when I asked for His input on the Sunday School lesson. I was really wowed by the whole process. I'm excited about life! Thank you GOD!