Okay, I must confess, my tummy gives me trouble. I don’t know how many times I have found myself in the uncomfortable predicament of declaring that “I am not pregnant!” Really, why would anyone ever ask you that question if there was a possibility that you might not be. I always reply, “No, I’m just fat” which makes things even more awkward. It is by far the biggest problem area of my body. It has shrunk significantly since losing 20 pounds but it still needs some work. I don’t expect at 41, to have rock hard abs since I didn’t have them at 12, however, I do want to tighten things up a bit.Read More »
This is from a dear friend and employee of mine. I love how she captures the heart of the Believer in her beautiful poetry. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did and are encouraged that this new day you are living was divinely created by a God that loves you very very much.
I looked to God this morning
And thanked Him for this day.
I asked for Him to guide me
In all I do and say.
The promise of beginnings
Amidst our new farewells,
Greets renewed assurance
When questions would assail.
I know my Father loves me.
He cares for one and all.
Oh Father, ever with me,
May I be faithful to Your call.
For the past few weeks in my missional training, we have been asked to think about evangelism and what that looks like. We have been asked to compare evangelism and discipleship. We have been asked to challenge what we have always thought about both topics. We have been asked to really reflect on the ministry of Jesus and how he evangelized and discipled. And to be honest, its been kind of a crazy ride on this thought journey for the past couple of weeks for me. Read More »
So I have read tons of blogs about couponing, took a class on it, got the Sunday paper every week, downloaded coupons and religiously watched Extreme Couponing on TLC. Even after all of this, I struggle with the concepts, the time it takes and all the different lingo. I mean, what’s the difference between manufacturer and store coupons? Stacking, huh, what’s that? And then you get to the drug store deals….help I am overwhelmed with it all. To be honest, I had given up totally on saving a buck or two on my grocery bill. But then steps in Missional Living (A Life On Mission Begin a Missional Lifestyle) and the huge desire to become debt free. So I thought I would try again and see what happens.
I am absolutely the worst at taking time for myself. I have about a million things going on in my head at any given time and hundreds of people who need me. I don’t mind being needed and I love the many roles I have, but that can be taxing on a person. I feel like I never have time to just sit down and chill because of all the things that need to be done. My brain says “If I relax then I am going to have to do twice as much tomorrow.” If I am honest, I am a person that doesn’t really know how to relax. According to my counselor husband, that’s not a very healthy place to be mentally or physically.
I love my home! It is the first home we ever built, and planned for it to be our forever home. We put our blood, sweat and tears into it. We had it built the way we wanted it and it meets our needs, plus some. When I was a kid, my family’s home was the hang-out house on Sunday nights after church. All our friends came over and we just had fun, lots of fun, just hanging out. I remember we had this second-hand couch that had a broke cushion (the cause of many friend fights). Because it was junk, my mom didn’t care if we abused it. My sister would get on the arm of that thing and do all these crazy moves, “The Surfer”, “The Crane,” and “The Skateboard.” We would laugh until we cried and our sides hurt. Mom would usually order a pizza or we would have some off brand doritos. Anybody remember “Bravos” in the early 90’s! My family didn’t have much money, so the feast was never spectacular, but we had love and that’s all a bunch of teenagers needed. We built our home with my childhood in mind. It’s way too much for the three of us, and I am reminded of that every time I clean. But, we wanted to provide a place for our sweet girl’s friends to come hang out and to be able to entertain our church family as well.
Earlier this year, my family and I took a two-week vacation. That is one of the perks of being a homeschooling family, you can travel when you want. We visited 9 states and 3 foreign countries. I felt like pooh stinky while I was on that vacation. I had a blast but felt yucky, tired, self-conscious and generally bad. I had gotten to an all time, not pregnant, high in my weight and it was really affecting me.
My husband and I have been in ministry most of our lives. I am a pastor’s kid and I married a pastor. Some might call that a gluten for punishment, I call it an amazing life. My husband has been the Senior Pastor of our congregation for over 9 years now. Through that time, we have definitely had some ups, downs, transitions, sadness and joy in the ministry. However, the most amazing thing that has come from shepherding a congregation is what we have learned about the heart of God, ourselves and people in general.