Weeks Like That

April 16th, 2015

 

It was the week after Easter and it was supposed to be great.  Why?  Well, just because it was. We had just celebrated what our lives as Christians is all about.  There was to be no yelling.  Everyone would be kind and cooperate to the best of their abilities.  School would be peaceful.  Everyone would work extra hard to finish up these last few weeks.  That was wishful thinking.  This week or really no week really looks like that.  In a week like that, bad things go down.  You know those weeks, you just want a do-over.  Everything seems to go wrong.

The Oldest Child had been holding her learners permit for a year, she had been counting the days.  She even had a countdown on her phone.  Tuesday was the day, the day she could go and take her driver’s test.  Well, the night before it dawns on us….”Do we have everything we need for her to get her license?”  Yes, the night before……that is just how we are.  Last year we saved her application because they said she could just bring it back when she took her driver’s test.  “Now, where did we put that form?”, we say.    That problem was easily solved.  New forms were printed out, filled out and notarized the next day.   Okay, what else do we need?  SS card, check……birth certificate…….um???  Really, you say.  Yes, Really.  We could not find it anywhere.  We searched the house for two solid days, no birth certificate.  At first, everyone was fine.  Then there were outburst like, “What kind of mother loses her child’s birth certificate?” Tears flowed, mainly from me.   What kind of mother ruins one of the most important events in a sixteen year old girl’s life (at least she thinks it is)?   I guess that would be me …….. imperfect me, a mistake maker, a broken mess, that is who I am.  That is who we all are if we are honest.  Oh, of course I am not talking to you moms that have it all together, no not you!

So they head to the Vital Records Office to get new birth certificates, yes plural (in the search for one, we found we had misplaced several).  I know, Mother of the Year is heading my way soon, said NO ONE!!!!  So everything is fixed now, right?  Well, then it decided to rain everyday!  I really can’t be blamed for that (she tried though).  Finally, a whole seven days after the day she was originally planning, she woke up at 6 a.m., watched the weather and pulled her dad out of bed to catch a dry window to take her driver’s test.

And she came home a licensed driver.

 

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And then she would speak to me again and she asked us when we would buy her a car……….Oh, the joys of motherhood and life!

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:  Ecclesiastes 3:1 

Spring: Amen to That!

April 13th, 2015

 

There are many things I love about Spring.  I love days with no heater or air conditioner, no need for either.  It is just perfect.  I love flip-flops and sandals and sundresses.  I love lying on a blanket and looking at the sky.  If you have never taken time to do that, you should.  I love flowers, although I usually just view them in yards as I walk through the neighborhood.  I am not much of a “green-thumb”.  I love family gatherings and the food.  I love children running for plastic eggs filled with candy.  I love my sixteen year old in a bunny suit loving on children.  I love girls in new dresses and converses.  I watched with tears as my girls danced on Easter morning, praising Jesus with every move.  I love celebrating what Jesus did for me and you and the world.  “For God so loved the world…”(John 3:16).  Spring is all about new life, a new beginning.  What once was dead is alive again.

Thank you Lord for Spring and the end of Winter.  You may think of winter as just a season or as a season of your life.  If things have been dark and you are finally beginning to see the light, that is Spring.  Spring is here.  Grab on to the Light.  The “Son” is shining.  The warmth of His love is just waiting to fill us with new days.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  Isaiah 43:19

A few images of Spring so far……..

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Community Easter Egg Hunt

 

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Easter Bunny Love

 

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Cousins

 

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Best Easter Bunny Ever!

 

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There are many ways to show God’s Love!

 

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Family Photo

 

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Decorating Eggs

 

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Easter Morning

 

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It’s how we roll!

 

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My Loves

 

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I had on heels, I was tallest!

 

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So thankful…..

 

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Mercy dancing in Easter Drama

 

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Shining bright for Jesus

 

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Easter Drama

 

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Never too old for Easter eggs and bubbles

 

The pictures from the drama at church were taken by Karen Moore.  If you are in need of a photographer, she is one of the best I know!  She is such a blessing to our family.

 

This Blog’s Not Dead, It’s Surely Alive

February 25th, 2015

 

Okay, I have no excuses at all for not keeping this blog up to date.  I think this is the longest I have ever went without updating and a lot of time has passed.  God is good.  He is so faithful to us, giving us opportunities and providing for our family.  We are healthy; we are happy.  Here is a picture update of what has been going on with us.  It goes way back to September of last year.  Oh yeah:  Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

This was a Back to School event for area churches, yeah that long ago.

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Mercy’s eleventh birthday!  Baby girl is growing up!  I think we have started a tradition of spending Mercy’s birthday at Ship Island.  It was a perfect day.
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We had several fall revivals. God just continues to bless us with opportunities to lead worship. It is an extra blessing to serve with friends and make new friends along the way.

 

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Field Trips are fun and a great excuse to take a day off of school!

 

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Then Fall was here along with pumpkins, costumes and lots of candy.

 

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Christmas happenings…..

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Then I blinked and this happened…..Alexis turned sixteen. What????

 

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Then Disciple Now Weekends and the countdown to Spring…..

 

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Then it was Valentine’s Day………

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That brings us up to date.  God bless and see you in six months. Hopefully not that long.   😉

 

September Update

September 19th, 2014

 

We just finished our sixth week of school and it is going by so fast.  We are having good days, as well as bad but we are surviving and even thriving at times.  These pictures are from the third day of school, because that is just how we roll.  We take “Third Day of School” pictures instead of first.

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We were blessed to be a part of two events at our church that kicked the school year off to a great start.  The children had a “Back to School”  night.  We had a great group of children to worship with.  The night was also full of games, Bible stories and food.  It was awesome to see  girls from our youth group step up to be great leaders at this event.

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Then our student ministry had Connection Weekend.  This is a yearly event held in August that kicks off our small groups for the year.  This year the weekend was held at Timber Creek.  It is a beautiful place and the weekend was truly amazing.  God worked in a great way.  Our speaker for the weekend was Casey Williams from FBC Jackson.  On Saturday night the worship was so real and authentic.   You could feel God’s spirit moving in everyone there.  On Sunday morning we returned to Magee to worship with our church family.  The students participated in worship with us and Casey brought another great message.  The theme for the weekend was “Better Together”.

 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,  to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up  until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.   Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.  From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.  Ephesians 4:11-16

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Here are a few pictures of what school looks like around here (minus the crying, yelling, and rolling of the eyes).

We try to have some sort of art lesson once a week.

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We sometimes will do a science experiment.

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Sometimes  we kick them out of the house and make them live in a cardboard box in the yard.  Okay, not really but this box was fun.  We had to get a new refrigerator and this was another bonus, the first bonus being cold food.  🙂

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We have been meeting at the park with our homeschool group and this week we had a field trip to the alpaca farm. It was a fun day. The animals were so friendly; it might have been the food the children had for them but that is beside the point. We learned a lot about the animals and how they make yarn from the fiber. They sell many things that they make from the fiber. We were able to make something ourselves also. We made a soap loofa out of the alpaca fiber. Everyone seemed to enjoy the trip. I know my family enjoyed getting away from the books for the day.

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Sometimes homeschooling can be such a challenge. I want to quit, say enough. Sometimes parenting is like that too. Sometimes I have just had it. But……then there is this. These sweet little surprises. This was a note left by Mercy in my NOOK because she knows I open it first thing in the morning to read the Bible. Side note: Yes, she knows how to spell.

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I should have a lot to share in the coming weeks. We have many opportunities to lead worship as a family coming up. Please pray for these upcoming events.

September 20 at 5:30……Salem Baptist Church Raleigh, MS
September 21 at 6:00……Montgomery Baptist Church Summit, MS
Sept 28-Oct 1…………..Oakview Baptist Church Terry, MS
Oct. 5-Oct 8……………Truit Memorial Baptist Pearl, MS

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.  Romans 11:36

Summer Update

August 6th, 2014

Since I pretty much stink at keeping this blog updated, I decided to update on our summer.  I decided to do this because it is over.   The schools start Friday and we are starting Monday, but we had a great summer.

VBS is always a great way to start summer.  Alexis taught preschool music and I taught the Bible study to all elementary children, first grade through sixth.  We had a full rotation schedule because of limited space and we found we really liked it.  I loved teaching the Bible story to all the groups everyday.

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VBS at First Baptist Magee

 

Then there was Life Camp/Mission Arlington that I previously blogged about.

 

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Alexis’ group at the apartment

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In Arlington, ready to go

 

The very day after Life Camp, Mercy went to Kids Camp with the children from church.  She had a blast.  This was the first time that she was able to go to camp with our church.  We were always somewhere leading worship.  She has been to many camps with us, but this was an opportunity for her to go on her own and have her own experiences.

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Leaving for Camp

 

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The group at Camp

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Worship at Kids Camp

 

Mercy had a few days to rest  from the excitement of camp before we headed to Biloxi to lead worship at Coalville United Methodist Church.  We love many people from this church.  We have gotten to know many of them through Fall Retreat at Palmer Creek.  We had a great time with them on Saturday night and Sunday morning.  I don’t have any pictures.  We went to the beach after worship Saturday night.  We took a few pictures but the wind and all…..you know.

The following Sunday we started revival.   We had the wonderful opportunity to lead worship again at Whitesand Baptist Church in Prentiss, Ms.  We love this church so much and it was a double blessing because Dr. Bob Pitman was the preacher again.  We have grown to love this man  and it is always an honor to work with him.

 

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The Family with Brother Bob

 

Alexis and Mercy had their dance recital for the year.  Dance is just another way they can worship the Lord and I am thankful that they have someone to teach them.

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My girls ready to dance

 

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Dancing for Jesus

 

Alexis then made her way to Super Summer at Mississippi College. She has been looking forward to this since last year. She was looking forward to seeing her friends that she made last summer and seeing what God wanted to teach her.   We were able to go up and visit one night. We led worship there for Red School for four years so it was great to see old friends and worship with the students. There is nothing like worship at Super Summer. Alexis’ small group leader was actually one of the students that we had in our school years ago. It is amazing to see students go through this camp and then come back to serve themselves.

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Ready for a great week at Super Summer

 

The week after Super Summer  the girls were off on an adventure with my parents.  This has become a yearly tradition and at the girls request they returned to Pigeon Forge, Tn.  They love this time with their grandparents.  They are making memories that will last forever.  While in Tennessee they went to Dollywood, saw a show and just enjoyed each other and God’s beautiful creation.

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Cracker Barrel stop on the way

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So while the girls were on vacation, we decided to take a little road trip of our own.  We decided to go to Fairhope, Alabama.  It is a beautiful little town on Mobile Bay.  We loved our time away and got to see beauty like this.

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The pier at Fairhope

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We had a wonderful summer.  The books were ordered and have been delivered.  They have been placed in their boxes ready for Monday morning.  Notebooks and pencils will be purchased in the next few days.  Ready or Not……the school year is here.  I am praying it will be a great year.  We had many struggles last year, but that was last year.  This is a new year, another chance.  We are praying for all the teachers and students in schools everywhere.  We pray for safety and that you all would have a great year.  We also pray for our homeschool friends.  We are so thankful for all of you.

 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:13-14

 

Life Camp 2014: Mission Arlington

June 25th, 2014

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Three years ago we had an opportunity to lead worship for a group that traveled to Arlington, Texas for their youth summer camp.  It was then that we were introduced to the ministry of Mission Arlington.  Over 800 people walk through the doors of this ministry everyday.  They have clinics, food pantry, and clothes closet.  They  have Bible studies and worship at over 300 locations on Sundays and backyard Bible clubs all summer long at apartment complexes.  Please visit their website to learn more about this ministry. (www.missionarlington.org)  You can also follow them on Facebook.

We were excited to have the opportunity to return to Arlington with the students and leaders from First Baptist Magee as part of LifeCamp 2014.  After arriving in town on Thursday afternoon, we went to the mission to pray with Ms. Tillie, the mission director.  We then gathered at the church we were staying in to worship together and share our vision for the weekend.

Friday morning we loaded the bus to head to a local apartment to hand out food and minister to the children.  They call this Rainbow Express, it is basically Bible school or backyard Bible club.  The students went door to door and invited children to come.  We had a great turn out and it was so exciting to see our students love on these children.  They divided into groups and told them a Bible story.  Then we played games with them.  We all left so excited about what God was doing there.  A new group is there this week doing the same thing.  These children are learning about Jesus and His love for them.  It is a beautiful thing.

Friday afternoon we had a fun time at Six Flags.  This was a time for the students to enjoy each other and the friendships they share.  Saturday morning our groups split up to go to two apartments.  We also had a group of boys that helped someone move into a new apartment.   We did basically the same thing as Friday but it was a lot different.  The group we went with did not have a lot of response, only three girls came to gather with us.  There was one other boy but I think he just wanted the Rice Krispy treats. 🙂  One of  the girls was really rude to us and needless to say, our students were disappointed with how it went.  This was a true lesson in the ups and downs in ministry.  I had to remind them that we have this promise from God in Isaiah.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth,  so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,  so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.  Isaiah 55:8-11

God’s ways are not ours.  He sees the big picture and we only see one day.  We planted the seed, someone else will reap the harvest.  We may never know what happens to these girls but we can pray for them and trust God.  We have God’s promise that His word will not return empty.  In His time it will achieve His purpose.

Saturday afternoon we worked at the mission.  One group cleaned the clinic while some picked up and delivered furniture donations.  I was with another group that worked organizing clothing donations.  Many stores donate new clothes and supplies to the ministry.  We  worked with these donations, mainly moving boxes to make space for school supplies that will be coming in soon.  The students stepped up and worked so hard.  We were all so proud of them.

When we returned to the church later that night, we had worship together.  This was a special time together that was led mainly by the students.  The student leaders for the weekend spoke to the group, then others were asked to share what they learned.  We also shared what God was teaching us about taking this home with us.  The next morning we were supposed to lead a time of worship at an apartment but it was raining very hard so we headed home.

This weekend was so great, although some things didn’t go exactly as planned or as we wanted it.  God tells us to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).  There were many things I was so thankful for on this trip such as…….

1. A bus to travel on and our bus driver who became our friend

2. A place to sleep though it was small, we had a shelter that was more than many people have all of the time

3.  Students that worked so hard and still stepped up to do a little more

4.  Seeing the students and adult leaders enjoy each other and grow closer together

5.  Hearing them say, “We can do this in Magee”.  Yes, they are getting it!

6.  Stopping at the Louisiana Welcome Center and worshipping together at picnic tables

7.  Seeing adults that pour their lives into students because they care so much.

8.  The smiles on the children’s faces and the even bigger smiles on our student’s faces

9.  Seeing them huddle up on the bus to talk about what God was teaching them

10.  The looks on their faces when we stopped at Duck Commander on the way home.  It was closed but they were so happy to get their picture taken in front of that sign. 🙂

 

God has given the vision.  Now we will see what happens.   Ms. Tillie had a choice when she returned from foreign missions and knew God wanted her to do something in her city.  God is using her to change Arlington and God can use us to change Magee.  God can use you to change your town.  We have the choice now.  We can say yes to God or we can go back to our normal lives.  What will we do?

 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.  Act 1:8

May Update

June 24th, 2014

I know, I know.  May is long gone, but I wanted to share anyway.  We finished school on May 9th just in time to head to Runnelstown, Mississippi for KIDS JAM.  We have been blessed to lead worship at this event several times and it is always so fun.  The children are amazing and worship with enthusiasm and lots of energy.  The leaders of this event work so hard to make it all happen and we have grown close to all of them.  The speaker for the night happened to be our good friend, West Garner, pastor of Cold Springs Baptist in Collins, Ms.  It was a great night and we look forward to the next one.

Here is a picture of the kids playing one of our favorite games, “Gorilla, Man, Gun”.

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Then it was Mother’s Day. We took this family picture and had it framed for my mom. I am so thankful for my family.

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After church, we had a picnic at the lake. I am blessed to be a mother. It is a hard job. It breaks your heart and blesses your heart all at the same time. Good times and bad, I am thankful for my children.

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The next week we went to the beach. It was a last minute decision to go and our usual place was booked up (that would be Laguna Beach Christian Resort in Panama City Beach).  We decided to stay closer to home and went to Gulf Shores, Alabama.  We stayed at a resort there and enjoyed the beautiful beach and family time.

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Although we had finished school weeks before, we celebrated the school year with our homeschool group. After presentations by some of the children, parents presented awards to the children. We are thankful for our  friends that share this journey of homeschooling with us.

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We had a good school year, although there were many bumps along the way.

Alexis finished tenth grade. She completed Apologia Chemistry, Saxon Geometry, Abeka Grammar, Spelling, Poetry and World Literature. She also completed World History using Abeka. For Bible we used Alpha Omega’s “Life of Christ”. For Bible study she also prepared for Bible drills and placed superior at state drills. She read the novel Silas Marner and the play Julius Caesar as part of her curriculum. For her research project she was required to report on an author. She chose C.S. Lewis and we learned he had a fascinating life. She had to recite many poems, including “Antony’s speech from Julius Caesar”.  Toward the end of the school year, Alexis spent time studying and reviewing for the ACT.  She took the test a few weeks ago and scored very well for her first time.  I must admit, I let out a sigh of relief when I saw the score.  It said to me that we are doing okay.  I was very proud of her.

Mercy finished 5th grade.  She finished 5th grade Saxon math and started on the 6th.  She finished Anatomy and Physiology using Apologia.  We used Christian Liberty for US History and Alpha Omega for Language Arts.  We also used Alpha Omega for Bible.  Her study was Old Testament and she did Bible drills and also scored superior at state drills.  Mercy also learned some of the same poems Alexis learned.  She learned the presidents in order and read many books and stories.  Mercy also loves to write stories.  She has a great imagination.

There were many days this year that made me want to quit homeschooling.  Unless the Lord changes the plan, we will continue on with it next year.  Sometimes it is so hard but life is like that with the good times and bad all woven up together.  This last picture says it all.  LOVE.  We press on because of love.   …..love covers all…..Proverbs 10:12.  Thank God!

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Because It is Wednesday

May 7th, 2014

It is Wednesday. Some call it hump-day. Some call it a half-way point.  In Calico Rock, Arkansas at First Baptist Church, they call it WASH (Wednesday After School Happenings) day. They have been working on it all day, preparing and praying for the children that will climb off buses like this one.

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These children (about one hundred of them) will be picked up after school. They will have a snack, play outside, have help with homework, and sing songs. They will be loved and hear about the love of Jesus.  They stay all afternoon.  The majority of them stay for supper and Wednesday night activities.  Then they load up on the buses and are all taken to their homes, some close and some very far away.

We had an opportunity to spend one afternoon at WASH.  We watched them play and go through all their activities.  We led them in some fun songs and Nolan shared a message with them about God’s light in us.  We did it for one day.  These tireless leaders do it every Wednesday.  They give their all for these kids and this special afternoon.

But Why?  Why does this church do this?  Why do these adults work so hard for these kids?

They said yes.  God put this on someone’s heart;  He said, “Do This.”  They responded with “yes”, not a list of excuses and reasons not to do it.  They said yes.  They said yes to all the time it would take.  They said yes to the head aches and heart aches.   Sometimes the kids misbehave.  Sometimes they don’t listen.  Sometimes they may think they are not making a difference at all…..But they are!

They are loving children, God’s children.  They are showing these children that someone loves them.  By doing this they are showing’s God’s love.  You see, most of these children come from broken homes.  They are dealing with things that some of us cannot even imagine.  They feel unloved and forgotten but not on Wednesdays.  On Wednesdays, they are loved.  They may not realize it right now but seeds are being planted in the hearts of these children.  These seeds will grow and one day the fruit will be seen.

Someone said yes to God.  Someone said yes to God’s word.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:34-35

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.  I Peter 4:10-11

 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”  Acts 20:35

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.  1 John 3:18

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

They said yes and they sow they seeds.  They have this promise.  God’s will for all these children will be accomplished.  God has a plan and they are part of the story He is writing for them.

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,  so is my word that goes out from my mouth:  It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.  Isaiah 55:10-11

 

 

April Update

May 6th, 2014

This year has brought many opportunities for our family.  After the student weekend that I posted about previously, we were set to head to Arkansas.  I have never given my girls a break in the spring because we are usually so close to finishing up it just doesn’t make sense.  The timing just worked out for us to take this week off so we had our first “spring break”.  We decided to stay in the Memphis area for a few days and we had a great time.  We went to Graceland.  It was a very cold day so we picked an activity that would be indoors some.

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The hotel had an indoor pool and hot tub which was great.  It was great to be able to enjoy each other and relax a little.

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Also, another very exciting event was……..

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Alexis got her permit.  We are the parents of a driving teenager now.  All prayers are appreciated. 🙂  So after all that excitement, we headed to Arkansas to lead worship at several events and to visit with our family there.  Alexis and Mercy were so excited to get some time with their cousins.

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Alexis took this picture on the drive from Calico Rock, Arkansas to Mountain Home.  It is a beautiful place and it is quite.  Things seem to move at a slower pace there and we enjoyed the rest.

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We led worship at FBC Calico Rock on Wednesday night. We had a youth rally at the high school and also led at another church in the area. We had such a great time. Every service was special in a different way, with different people to meet and worship with. It was great to see our family too.

We headed home on Monday morning, made a quick stop in Memphis, and came home to this.

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Our house had been decorated with signs and balloons welcoming us home. It is so good to know that we are loved and missed when we are gone.  We tried to get back into the swing of school work.  It was really hard after having a week off  (Probably the main reason we don’t take spring break).   Then it was Easter weekend.  We led worship at a very special Good Friday service at Simpson Academy.  The students started the service by walking the cross up the hill to the school gym.  We had a time of worship and Nolan brought a great message.

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Then on Saturday our church had our second annual community Easter egg hunt. We had around 15,000 filled eggs waiting for the children and families that came. I love to see the children and youth from the church work so hard to make this event happen. It is fun and everyone gets to hear the story of Jesus and what Easter is all about.

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One more Easter picture…..my sweet girls after church.

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So then it was more school, getting ready for state Bible drills and a revival at First Baptist Church in Mount Olive, Mississippi which is right down the highway from our town. We had a wonderful time with the people there. Unfortunately, we had bad weather two nights with tornadoes hitting many towns in the state. Our prayers go out to everyone affected by this storm.

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May is here and we are now in our last week of school. We are so thankful for the way God has blessed our family.

Surrender: Student Impact Weekend

April 22nd, 2014

 

 

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April started with a trip to Horn Lake, Ms. for Student Impact Weekend. We have led worship at SIW many times, but every trip is different and  proves to be a wonderful experience. We love this church, their youth minister, his family and the students here.  Some of the students we have come to know are now college students and every year we have new ones to meet.  They always bring in the best small group leaders and the speaker was actually someone we had never worked with before.  He is from Horn Lake and his name is Eric Payne.  He is now pastor of a church plant in Batesville.  Is was a blessing to work with him.  The Theme was “Surrender”.  For sessions they used a video series by Francis Chan by the same name.  We have seen it before, but even the second time it was great.  We are called to surrender our lives, every part of it.  Many times we want to hang on the certain areas of our life, but that is not an option.  Complete surrender is what the Lord wants from us.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  Romans 12:2

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.  Matthew 16:24-27

For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.  1 Corinthians 6:20

 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’  Matthew 25:37-40

 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Philippians 2:4

 

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What would the world look like if we all truly surrendered?  If we all surrendered EVERY area of our lives to the Lord, everything would look so different.    If we surrendered our finances, there would be no one in need because everyone would give and take care of the needy.  If we surrendered our time, churches would not have to beg for volunteers and there would never be a lonely person because someone would visit them.  If we all surrendered our bodies, there would be no addictions of any kind.  If we all surrendered our “stuff” everyone would have enough.  If we all truly surrendered, everyone would hear the good news of Jesus because we would never stop until every last person knew of God’s love, grace and mercy.  Oh, that we would all truly surrender:  Putting others before ourselves and Christ above all.

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