Thursday, January 1, 2015

A New Year’s Resolution from Scripture

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A New Year’s Resolution from Scripture

FAITH & INSPIRATION

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15, ESV).
If you’re looking for a reason to go out there and “do your best” today—spiritually, as well as in every other way—here it is from the Bible. Be determined today—to stop talking trash, to stop gossiping, to desist from petty complaints, to extinguish those little retaliatory digs, to exercise self-control, to resolve to do better in your attitude, to put on a gentle spirit.
“… if anyone cleanses himselffrom what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21, ESV).
If you’re looking for a reason to go out there and “cleans yourself” of bad habits of thinking and acting today, here it is from the Bible. Be determined today to cleanse yourself from every doubtful thought pattern and personal habit.
“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace …” (2 Timothy 2:22, ESV).
If you have had it with a chronically stumbling and double-minded life, and you suddenly really want a life that’s more righteous, faith-filled, loving, and peace-filled, here is Scripture’s command to “pursue” these things. Go for it. It is by God’s grace you will be able to do it. It is by grace you will gain what you desire.
How about a New Year’s resolution?  Happy New Year.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Continuing Christmas...

Luke 2:15-20
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
I hope everyone had a beautiful Christmas.  I have to admit, ours was a bit of a mess. I had an incredible season during the first two weeks of advent.  It was a great time to be a youth leader in the church. Our youth had amazing opportunities to reach out to others in many ways through our community.  We helped in our local community, wrapped gifts for the homeless through Faith Mission and the youth acted as mentors to the little ones in our church.  In our family we created a giving plan in the hopes to bless others for the season and were blessed by that.  We started our celebrations early with all of the typical Christmas shows, shopping and decorating.  My son, Wyatt, even had a plan of which movies we would watch on certain days, and whether we would have hot chocolate or cookies and milk.  We had big plans. It was truly wonderful. Then everything went downhill… Our Christmas was a mess.  We had so many people fall ill in our family, maybe some of you caught those bugs this year, hopefully not...  My grandfather had a stroke on the 15th, followed by my middle daughter getting Influenza.  Then a stomach virus ran rampant through our extended family postponing our family Christmas.  Christmas Eve my dad went to the ER with a kidney stone.  It was one thing after another.  It felt like an attack.  It was just a mess.  I had big plans for Christmas and none of that was part of the plan. 
On Christmas night I sat thinking about how things had fallen apart over Christmas; yet, we had been extremely blessed.  Everyone was on the mend and Christmas events were rescheduled. Despite all of the chaos, Christmas had come anyway.  Joy was found in the midst of the difficulties. Even with rescheduled parties and illnesses, the wonder of Jesus birth prevailed and Christmas was still beautiful. 
With this chain of events I started thinking about the events that occurred in the scripture above.  In the Christmas story in Luke, the shepherds had plans.  So did Mary and Joseph. 
The shepherds were going about business as usual keeping watch over their flocks by night.  They didn’t expect to be visited by angels and to have this amazingly terrifying thing happen to them.  Can you imagine?  Going about your work, planning to finish your day, to have the skies open and choirs of angels telling you what to do next?  Sometimes we read the text about the angels in the sweet little voice of Linus from Charlie Brown: “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid “, and it makes us feel warm and fuzzy and want to light candles and celebrate the story of Christmas… But, if we really think about what the shepherds must have experienced, how terrifying would that have been?! I wonder what they had to do after the angels appeared in the sky proclaiming the good news… gather all of their flocks up and go?  They couldn’t have left the sheep, and the journey may not have been easy.  But our scripture tells us “the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’” 
Mary and Joseph had already been through a whole mess by the time the shepherds were on the way.  Can you fathom the turmoil that ensued despite their best laid plans to make it to Bethlehem?  Sometimes we make this a pretty journey in the Christmas story too: they had traveled, and there was no room for them in the inn… But Mary was in labor! If you have ever given birth or been around someone ready to give birth, you know that the last thing you’d want is to be traveling around where everyone is sending you away.  I can’t imagine finding anything to be grateful about in that situation. She was in a place where they only wanted to visit for the census, in pain, and no one wanted to help.  Joseph was likely having a panic attack and their only option was a stable.  The fact that there was a manger or feed trough there tells us that were likely animals in that stable.  Have you ever been in a barn with feed troughs and animals?  It isn’t pretty. I have three of children of my own and can’t imagine having to deliver them in manure.  Mary and Joseph’s Christmas was messy.  Things didn’t appear to go as planned.
There was nothing organized or celebratory about the way things happened and, frankly, there was nothing remarkable about these shepherds and nothing exceptional about Mary.  It seems like it would have been better to have called upon the prophets or the rabbis, someone esteemed in society to go see the Mighty King.  Wouldn't it have been more respectable if Jesus had been born to a Queen, so it was more obvious that He was the Son of God?  That seems more appropriate… But maybe God called these regular people for a reason, for the same reason He calls all of us to be His messengers.
Maybe His call on these servants was for what they would do after the beautiful mess of Christmas.  Knowing what they did might help us to have a better understanding of we can do in this time after Christmas.
The passage above tells us:
“When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child.” (Luke 2:17)
God chose to reveal the news to the shepherds even though they weren’t the highest in class or education.  As a matter of fact, in those times, a shepherd’s status was so low that their testimony to an event could not be accepted as truth.  But God chose the shepherds. And they were obedient.  They believed the angel, they went straight to Bethlehem, and they found the baby Jesus. Everything was just as the angel said it would be. And the important part here is what they did with their great discovery after they went. They told everyone they met what they had seen and heard.  They spread the Word. I wonder if we would have been as obedient. Would we have believed? Would we have gone to Bethlehem in the middle of the night after being so terrified?  I think I might have laid down and cried instead. The shepherds did what we as Christians should do. They told others what they had seen and heard about the birth of Jesus. They simply “spread the word” about Him.
What the shepherds did, we all can do. We don’t need angels to come to us or to be a theologian, pastor or Sunday school teacher.  We should simply tell what we know to be true. Talk about Jesus, about Christmas and more than what we did as part of the Holiday. We can tell who Jesus is and what He has done for us. We can share our story and then invite others to come to Christ just as we did, coming to more than just the baby in the stable. This is the first response we should have the “week after Christmas!”  Despite my messy Christmas, I hope to share the joy that still came in Jesus Christ.
The passage above also tells us:
“And all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” (Luke 2:18)
I’m sure that "amazed" is a mild word to describe the reaction of those who heard the shepherds. It would sound ludicrous for someone to say that angels broke out of the sky to say the Messiah, king of the world, was being born in a barn.  This news was probably as believable as someone off of the street coming to tell us that the Cleveland Browns were going to win the Super Bowl!! Yet, with a story like this there had to be a kind of wonder that came with it. It’s the kind of awe that comes from seeing God at work in the world. For those who knew the God of the Old Testament at work, they knew how God had created the world from nothing.  They knew all of the great works that had been performed through their forefathers like Noah and Moses, so certainly he could send angels to tell of the birth of the Messiah. Christmas is definitely cause for amazement. Why should God care about us so much that He became man?  How should He come as normal as any of the rest of us? What does this say about who He his? 
How can we keep our sense of wonder on this week after Christmas? As Christians we have heard the Good News that the shepherds spread many times.  How can we keep it from being just a celebratory story?  Maybe we can take our cue from Mary as she continued the Christmas story…
Mary and Joseph had been through a great deal, but the passage tells us:
“…Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)
Despite the fear and rejection she must have felt before the birth, she treasures all of these things in her heart. The word “treasured” comes from counting what you have received.  It’s like taking an inventory of your blessings so you won’t forget. The word “pondered” means to take the events as you have laid them out in your memory and then to go beneath the surface to try to understand what it all means, and why it happened the way it did.  I imagine that Mary recounted all of the events from before the birth, from the angel on and considered how things had fallen the way they did.  Maybe she even wondered why God had allowed His son to be born in this way, yet she treasured all of it.  I don’t know why our Christmas was such a mess, but I can look back and treasure what came out of it.  What are you treasuring in your heart from your Christmas or in your life with Jesus?  Maybe it’s hard to find what you treasure right now or to find God in your life and in the world around you.  But as this week after Christmas begins, I encourage you to consider trying to find what you treasure in your life and to ponder how to move forward with the Christmas story.  Spend some time alone with God, consider the events of the past year and ask God to help you discern things in your life for the next year. Mary treasured her blessings and pondered what God had been doing in her life. That’s a helpful practice for all of us to follow this week after Christmas!
The last thing we see in our passage is that:
“The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” (Luke 2:20)
This final verse tells us that the shepherds were profoundly changed by what they had experienced. What a difference a day makes. On the day before Christ was born, they were in the fields tending their sheep. On the day after He was born, they were back in the fields once again. Only this time their hearts were filled with praise to God.  They were overwhelmed by God’s power, His grace, His goodness, His wisdom, and the amazing miracle of the Incarnation. They simply couldn’t stop talking about
what they had seen and heard. They went back to work and to their daily lives and shared the message not just in church, but right where they were...
Christmas eventually ends for all of us, no matter how perfect or messy it has been. Soon enough we will take down the tree, put away the decorations and use our gifts. In a few days the kids will go back to school and life will return to normal.  But the question is… “Will we be changed by Christmas, and just as the normal people God chose, be amazed, ponder and share the news?” Or will be go back to our routines and forget?
The magic of Christmas comes in more than just the plans we have for the Holiday. Would you like Christmas to last all year long? It can if you will do what the shepherds did. Go back to where you came from and take the joy of Jesus with you sharing His grace and His life with everyone you meet. Or be like Mary and treasure your experience in life and continue by caring for your life with Christ.
I encourage you to reread Luke 2:15-20 as the seasons ends and be reminded to:
Proclaim the good news that Christ has come.
Treasure and ponder the works of God in your life
Glorify and Praise God with your Life.

What will you do to continue Christmas?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Because I Need the Beatitudes...

LORD, REMIND ME  NOW AND ALWAYS...
Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him,2and He began to teach them, saying:
3Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. - Matthew 5:1-12

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Making Christmas Matter


I'm discovering that as my children get older, Christmas feels different to me.  As teenagers, they are no longer buzzing with excitement to sit down and talk about plans for the season ("Ugh, I have exams." "Logan (boyfriend) is coming home..." "We'll make it to help the less fortunate, but can we hang out with these guys first?"), instead our Christmas calendar conversation was filled with their distraction.  The rest of the conversation seemed to center around why Christmas parties had moved when they'd always been at other times and which parties have what type of presents: stockings, "white elephant", big gifts...  Even these things weren't said with excitement and anticipation, but rather with expectation.  I sat there with a headache, and I realized something: I spent too much time trying to make Christmas magical for my kids and not enough time trying to make it matter.

Christmas has a magic all on its own without trying to make it so...  The lights, the candles, the beauty seen everywhere, it all adds to it, but Christmas, the real Christmas has a magic that can't be fulfilled with decorations, parties and gifts.  I spent a lot of years trying to fulfill Christmas with all of those things. There will still be gifts under the tree Christmas morning and yes, our decorations have been up since the first, but I'm spending time trying to make it more...  More about an infant that came to save us, more about those who will be alone on Christmas, and more doing and less saying...  And I'll place my whole heart into the real Christmas, so nothing can make it "feel different to me".

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. - Isaiah 9:6-7


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Candle of Love


“Turn around and believe that the good news that we are loved is better than we ever dared hope, and that to believe in that good news, to live out of it and toward it, to be in love with that good news, is of all glad things in this world the gladdest thing of all. Amen, and come Lord Jesus.” 
― Frederick Buechner

The Love candle for the second week of Advent represents the Son of God.  We humbly light this candle in acknowledgement that we have atonement of our sins because Jesus Christ first loved us.

3:8 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.

3:9 The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.

3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.

3:11 Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness,

3:12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire?

3:13 But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.

3:14 Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish;

3:15a and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him. 

2 Peter 3:8-15a 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Joy to My World

I love Christmas!!!!




Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness. - Psalms 96:11-13 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Chaos and Perspective

    

Do you ever have a day that you think if one more thing happens you'll check yourself into a home? Sunday was my day.  Tori, Wyatt and I had a productive fun day grocery shopping, getting Orange Leaf and watching the Bengals (barely) win. We came home feeling it was a great day, so I think a few little demons decided to dance through my house to ruin it and aggravate me to no end. I had been knocked down sick on Friday, recovering on Saturday and was exhausted by the end of our outing on Sunday, so was in no mood for the chaos that followed. The turtle filter clogged and overflowed, the girls' sink backed up and flooded, and the dishwasher flooded the kitchen with bubbles and water. These three events were completely unrelated, yet happened within an hour of each other. I was trying to finish a paper, my reading and the rest of my field study work for the quarter to no avail.  Sam was gone, Tori was ill and Wyatt was playing football through the kitchen thinking the pouring bubbles were awesome.  I'd had it.

I felt the stress and frustration pushing up as a knot in my throat, but instead of cursing the situation or crying (even though I really wanted to), I put my face in my hands and started to pray.  I didn't pray for magical repair of the issues, but I prayed for patience, for endurance, for peace and for a reprieve from any further catastrophe.  I looked around at my son running through the house singing Christmas carols and playing football simultaneously.  I thought of my girls: Tori was watching her movie, feeling poorly with a mild respiratory infection, but otherwise healthy. I prayed for Sam's safe travels from Ohio Northern and thought of all the great things that were coming up in our lives.  I considered that my home had suffered no damage from the mess.

I realized there is so much to be gained from meditating on things for a moment and putting situations into perspective (now to master this when getting impatient with my kids), so I took a breath, spent two hours cleaning up the messes, repaired what I could and went back to my schoolwork. Psalm 28 tells us to trust God. Our hectic, stressful days can be handed over to Him.  He is our shield and stands by us, even when we are undeserving, even when our humanity falters.  Our strength can be found in Him alone.
Praise be to the Lord,
    for he has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
    and with my song I praise him.
The Lord is the strength of his people,
    a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Save your people and bless your inheritance;
    be their shepherd and carry them forever.  
- Psalm 28:7-9

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Advent - Week One


"The birth of Christ is the central event in the history of the earth -- the very thing the whole story has been about." -- C.S. Lewis
DERIVED FROM:

Celebrate the First Week of Advent

By Lisa Robertson
DAY ONE: LIGHT

             "Come, people of Israel, let us walk in the light of the Lord." (Isaiah 2:5)
"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light -- on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned." (Isaiah 9:2)
The prophet Isaiah describes how God was preparing to bring His great light to the dark confusion of the world. Darkness in the Bible describes a society in chaos and rebellion. Throughout the Bible, we see that God's light heralds His presence and His truth.
In this passage, Isaiah invites the people of Israel to "walk in the light of the Lord." The prophecy was fulfilled through Jesus who boldly declared, "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12). Therefore the invitation is no longer just for the people of Israel, but for all humanity.
64:1 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence--

64:2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil-- to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence!

64:3 When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.

64:4 From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.

64:5 You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed.

64:6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

64:7 There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.

64:8 Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

64:9 Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people. 
- Isaiah 64:1-9

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Abundance to Give and Abundance of Need


Today has been an incredible day.  Our youth group, SUMTeens, adopted three families, and my family adopted a boy who was alone for Thanksgiving.  We shopped for them on Sunday night during youth group with the intent of cooking for the families today and delivering dinners tomorrow. Two of the families found another opportunity for their meal and one did not return our call, so, as of Monday, we were left with the boy who was going to a family's home, but had some extra needs through the weekend.

Yesterday I prayed that we would find an opportunity to use all of the items SUMTeens bought to help people who truly had a need for Thanksgiving.  Last night I received a call from Pam, who knew a family that had needs for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This morning my son, Wyatt, and I went to drop a Christmas tree, wreath and garland to Friends Who Share knowing a family might like to have it for the Christmas season.  The interesting thing is that I had been trying to drop it for over a week and today was the only day that worked. It's amazing how God works. I asked the kind man working the counter if he knew of families that might need assistance for Thanksgiving.  He had already turned families away since they had run out of food for a Thanksgiving meal, but didn't know names. There was one woman in the store at that time who had several needs, so we made plans for her to come back to our home to pick up a Thanksgiving dinner. I saw another family leave that seemed visibly upset and felt God urging me to them, so, much to Wyatt's embarrassment, I followed them. When we reached their home a short way up the road they were completely overwhelmed and tearful that they would have the opportunity to have a Thanksgiving meal.  There were two families in the car, so we were up to four families to help.  I was overwhelmed with joy that God had answered my prayer.

Wyatt and I went to Kroger to shop for the fourth family.  While in Kroger I received a call that someone had heard we were doing this and had a family of eight and nothing for Thanksgiving, so Wyatt and I decided our family would purchase a meal too. He was amazing in shopping for a full meal. When we finished shopping, divided up and delivered the food, we received another call from a family that needed a meal.  We were out of food and time, but went to their home with a Kroger gift card and the last pie.  They were elated.

Delivering the meals was incredibly overwhelming.  These families wanted so much to celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving holiday, but a meal like that, especially the turkey can be a week's groceries for a family that is financially stretched.  I know there have been times in my life that I would not have been able to celebrate with the traditional meal without friends and family contributing.  Two of the families were single mothers, two were young families, one was a couple who had lost their young children to an accident and the last was a boy whose mom is in dependent care, but he had Thanksgiving dinner with extended family, so we took him food and some fun things for the days he is out of school. All were kind, grateful and a blessing to share a moment with in this time Thanksgiving.

I am so proud of our youth group for shopping for these families, for the fundraising they do for events like this throughout the year and for their willingness to give.  I wish they could have seen the joy they created. Even if I did not have a Thanksgiving celebration tomorrow I would be thankful for today and every day, not because of what I have, but because of what I can do with what I have and with the resources available to me.  The hugs that I received today and the tears of joy that were shed because of sharing were a gift to me that I will not soon forget. Thank you, SUMTeens, for being disciples.  Thank you, God, for showing us who... and for teaching our hearts in the process.

I pray that all of you have found joy in thankfulness and that you have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. - Colossians 3:15-17



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Love Slowing Down...


I am officially finished traveling for work for the fourth quarter.  While things will still be busy, the enrollments at all hours of the day are winding down. This has been the most difficult season yet in this bi-vocational, kid-filled, school filled life.  The transition from quarters to semesters made for a long fall!  I have learned my lesson in trying to take more than a single class during fourth quarter. (Did I say that once before?)  Still, school is coming to an end.  One (late) assignment remains and I am slowing down...

I hope to spend this interim time in outreach to others.  Sometimes, the combination of school and both jobs seems to be defeating the purpose of life as a mission...

I encourage anyone to find a "slow down" mode to reevaluate life's mission.

Servants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters,[b] not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. - Colossians 3:2-24

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Overflowing


What great joy the world would have if we celebrated our thankfulness, and lived in the excitement that we show as the holidays progress, all year round!  When our thankfulness is in Jesus, not things, we will!

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. - Colossians 2:6-7


Friday, November 21, 2014

LIVE!



Live in joy, live for others, live to love...

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. - James 4:13-17

Friday, October 24, 2014

Things To Look Forward...


Because for every time there is a season and sometimes we simply have to remind ourselves what we have to look forward to...

- The last few football games

- Mornings, Devotions, walks, family prayer...

- The SumTeens Harvest Party - Chance to reach out to new youth

- Good Business

- All Saint's Day - to know we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses

- Wyatt's 10th party - memories of my (not so) little blessing

- Traveling with Amber (helping clients, good food, hot tubs, Christmas movies and time away)

- Completing our "Enabling Others to Act" presentation - knowledge and completion

- Making everyday an "outreach" day

- Adopting families for Thanksgiving - sharing

- Sharing the Word of God

- Newness

- A break from school and celebrating Thanksgiving!!!

-  Black Friday

- The end of the semester!!!!!

- Sharing with and helping families for Christmas

- Celebrating with our family

- Paying debt

-  New beginnings

- Relaying the Word of the Holy Spirit

What do you look forward to in the coming weeks?