Thursday, May 1, 2008

Prayer Request List via Email...

DEREK, 17 years.
MARY GRACE, 1 year.
MATTIE JO, 6 years.
AKEEB, 1 month.
CADEN, 3 months.
FORD and HAYDEN, 3 months.
GRACE, 2 months.
JACOB, 1 month.
MARITZA, 4 months.
ANDREW, 5 days.
CALEB, 11 years.
MIA, 1 year.
NATHAN, 3 months.
STACY, 6 years.
CADEN SAMUEL, 15 days.
DYLAN JAGGER, 11 weeks.
HAVEN, 5 weeks.
JUSIE, 6 years.
SIERRA SKYE, 17 years.
YARENI, 3 years.

Pray also for those who mourn the loss of: APRIL, 2 months.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Her Name is Darby.

Brother G and I go on a lunch date almost every Tuesday. Today was no different except for our starting locations. I was at the highly secure gated community working on a writing project and he was at the physical church building. So..... we met at one of our favorite restaurants in town. Also helps we had a gift card for the place!

Her name is Darby. She was our server. She has recently moved here from California. When I told her that we were going to be praying and asked how we could pray for her - she smiled and started to tear up. She shared with us some about her life. Then she went on her way for the moment. Hubby and I prayed for Darby.

Later on, she came back to us... not just when refilling our drinks. She said she is really trying to change her life. She asked about church. She is currently unchurched. We told her about ours. The church that is located on top of the hill that can be seen from land, water and sky. It can also be seen while sitting at a table in a restaurant when wearing name tags especially.

Our lunch was free today due to the gift card. And yet, it was priceless because of our server Darby and the opportunity to be of encouragement to her as well as being on a lunch date. As we were leaving, I told her to let us know if we could be of any help to her and how to find us. Had it been a guy - hubby would have done so...

Her name is Darby. We ask that you join us in praying for her. And if you're local and would like to know where you can find Darby.... we'll be happy to share with you. May she know God loves her today.... this moment no matter her circumstances.


Brother G just called from the physical church building. Apparently, there is some confusion over my not being there this morning. My Bible study class ended last Tuesday morning. I will not be in the office until this afternoon. And while I do so appreciate being sought after... I am thankful to be sitting where I am for the moment. Let me tell why.... Please understand I am speaking the truth in love here..

Yes, that is my desk upstairs but it is not mine alone. I have the distinct privilege and blessing of sharing it with volunteers. It is a volunteer who gives of her time on Tuesday mornings. What a precious thing to give because of one's love for God... She is retired from the secular workforce. She has joined us freely and has already become a treasured asset. Her heart is so huge. I am thankful to call her my sister in Christ as well as friend.

Her being there this morning also represents what The Encourager. said to me with such few words. "IF God wants you to do that then He will give you the time." This morning, I have that time. It is crazy!!!! I do not claim to understand it all.... I just want to walk in obedience to Him.

Call me crazy. It won't be the first time nor the last....

How do you need to be crazy today because of Him?

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Old Man, Younger Man, and Me...

It is with mixed emotions that this post is written. The last few months have been some of the most intense moments of my life. It is from the perspective of a staff member that I share the following.

"The Old Man" as he called himself yesterday has become extremely dear to me. If you would have told me at the start of his time as interim pastor that would happen - I would not have believed you honestly. I was scared of him in some ways. When he first said his name was "Pastor" - I really wanted to run the other way. Now I understand fully why he is called that.. why he wants to be called that. I call him that with tenderness and not as a means of putting him up somewhere no one else belongs except God.... except Jesus.. I shall miss Pastor beyond words when his time here is up. Yet, I know, that he will remain with me for he is a part of who I am now. I am grateful beyond words for how God has used him not only in my life, hubby's life, our sons' lives, but in the life of our local church body.

The Younger Man was called yesterday as our new senior pastor by a vote of 99%. I can already say that not only I am thankful to have the opportunity to work for and along side of him but that he is my friend... my brother in Christ. After spending time with him, his wife Gina, and their six children, there is an excitement in the air that can be tasted and seen. I look forward to the ways that God is going to use Mark to help take our local body in to the future. To see beyond the past, the now...... what's next to come in the years ahead. For our local body is experiencing a revival.... an awakening in many ways. This weekend was definitely proof of that for reasons I won't go into here.

I am thankful for each of these men. I am grateful for their love for God that causes them to be willing to upset the apple cart and want change not for the sake of change alone.... To want to see others come to Jesus, want to know Him, to want to live for Him....... every moment, not just on Sundays or whenever they happen to be in the physical church building.

Who in your life do you need to be grateful for this moment?
Are you willing to upset the apple cart? To want change not for the sake of change alone?
Are you willing to say, "Here am I God. Change me. Use me. Move me." and actually let Him?
Are you trusting Him to do so and not relying on yourself?