Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Why is Georgia on my mind? Because there is a church in Georgia who now has Warren's resume. Because if God's will sends them there to minister, they will only live 40 minutes from Shana and Billie. Because we would only be 4 hrs away from them (instead of 12) Because this sounds so selfish on my part...that's why I am praying GOD'S WILL. I truly want them where God can use them the best. Warren & Jill both have serving hearts. Actually so does Bill & Shana. I am proud of how all 4 of our children allow God to work in their lives.
Georgia is also where we spent this past weekend. We visited Andy Stanley's church. (Northpoint) We use their small group lessons for kids and really wanted to see how they do it on a larger spectrum. Very impressive, but very humble. Very detailed, but also very God centered. They describe their church atmosphere as a house: foyer(SIT DOWN TO WORSHIP)-to welcome/greet... living room(GETTING INVOLVED TO SERVE)-to sit and relax....kitchen (SMALL GROUPS STUDIES)-to build relationships w/God and man.
And like I said, isn't the kitchen the best place to be in a house? Warm, inviting, engaging,hard work, rewarding!
He shared a story about a member: Mattie, who is a beautician. One day, a customer came in a found out that Mattie did not own a Bible. So after her appt. the customer went out and bought her one and brought it back......IT SAT ON THE COUNTER.
Another customer noticed the Bible and asked if she could mark a few verses for her..."sure" she said. ....IT SAT ON THE COUNTER. The last customer of the day noticed the Bible and the markings and asked if she could read it out loud. After her haircut she asked Mattie if she would like to accept Jesus Christ as her Savior? "Yes" she said...The Bible still SETS ON THE COUNTER..but now she is sharing it with others. Now she is paying it forward.
"keeps Georgia on my mind." In the song, Georgia is on the songwriters mind..In my life, I want Christ to be on my mind.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Friday, February 9, 2007
I told her that Sir and DeeDee will come down for one of her games but the orderly girl that she is stated "Well DeeDee, our coach said that we will have lots of practices before we play a game." "OK JennahKay, Mommy and Daddy will let us know the schedule."
"I kicked the ball into the goal!" "I got sweaty." "We drank alot of juice."
I am so glad that her first experience was a good one! My nieces, her second cousins, play soccer and that really impressed her! She loves Hannah and Rylee Jane. When I told her that their coach is their daddy, she laughed so loud! She thought that was really neat. Of course, she made plans to go see them the next time she visits Sir and I.
I can't believe that our grands are getting old enough for sports and (in the fall) dance lessons. Being a grandparents is the best thing ever!
And He brought forth His people with JOY, And His chosen with singing.
What is your favorite song of joy that you sing to God? One of my favorites: (this will be sung at my funeral….in celebration)
“I Can Only Imagine” sung by Mercy Me
I can only imagine, what it will be like, when I walk by your side. I can only imagine what my eyes will see, when your face is before me.
Surrounded by your glory what will my heart feel? Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still? Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fold? Will I sing Alleluia, will I be able to speak at all? I can only imagine.
I can only imagine when that day comes. And I find myself standing in the Son. I can only imagine that all I can do is forever, forever worship you.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
I am asking you to join us in pray for this mans health. Please send the request to others you may know... We are expecting a miracle nothing less!
I thank you on be-half of his family and friends.
(why is this verse important? B/C God has no greater joy that to know that His children are listening and living in His truth. just like the joy of us parents knowing our children are living truthful, responsible lives.)
Hebrews 12:2 Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of faith, who for the JOY set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has set down at the righthand of the throne of God.
(Did you ever think that Jesus went to the cross for pure JOY? WOW! He expressed joy as an emotion/attitude that acted itself out in love. What did He endure on the cross for each of us? How can you express pure JOY toward others? How about that neighbor who needs their walk shoveled or grass mowed?)
May you en-joy this receipe I am sending....Surprise your family! They will love it! Mine did....
Chocolate Soup: recipe from Debi
1 c. heavy whipping cream
1 c. whole milkHeat on medium heat, bring to a simmer
Add: 1 c. milk chocolate chips Wisk 4 minutes until blended
Add 1/4 c. coffee liqueur (Kahula, can get alcohol free)
OR 1/4 c. Nescalf Ice Java Chocolate Mocha Syrup
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Monday, February 5, 2007
Sunday Small group for the children at The Bridge dealt with SERVICE being the virtue of the month. Steve & I always do the drama at the start of the hour then they break into small groups.
Yeterday's story was about Jesus washing the feet of His disciples. Jesus tells His men to "go and do likewise"...or in other words be willing to serve others. The GOOEY-TOES picture you see is of 2 girls stepping into a lg bowl of pudding and gummy worms. I then , protesting loudly, had to wipe their feet as Steve told the Bible story. Not like S.S. I ever did as a child! We had fun and learned something new. Virtue: when God makes changes IN US so that we can change the world AROUND US.
Friday, February 2, 2007
Thursday, February 1, 2007
The first Saturday of each month, our church members go into the community to do random acts of kindness....this Saturday, we are handing out roses to businesses in our town, thanking them for their service. We also go to laundry mats and pass out quarters for landry, or wash cars-n-pets. It really is an attutide of service to others..we call it SOW-serve others wholeheartedly!
Snow- yes-snow, today! Although it is not what we were used to as kids, but snow just the same. I left 30 minutes later for work today and still managed to get there 10 minutes early. Our county had snow but Nashville did not. These pictures are of our drive way and front of house.
Give this month a chance, have an attitude of love towards others, do an act of kindness and watch the faces of those you serve! It's a real blessing!!