It’s been a crazy, busy, God inspired week! WOW!
Most of you know that I am a church secretary and where I work. You also know that we have been sent an interim pastor to help us through this time of transition. Change is never easy but I welcome this change with open arms! Since meeting Mary Elise, the interim pastor, my job has been given purpose again. I cannot express my thanks to God in words and only He knows my heart! My soul has been awakened! Thank you Lord!
I love the way God works and how He weaves in and out of our lives and He connects us with others and then back again-like weaving a huge, beautiful tapestry on the world’s biggest loom! Colors here and there, that represent you and I, with the bonding color of red- the color that I apply to our Lord and Savior. I see it everywhere and in everything. It’s like this big ball of scarlet yarn that has been rolled from heaven and it moves in and out of our lives, sometimes quietly and gently and other times it is with a thump and a crash!
It’s been a little bit of both this week! Haha! At the beginning of the week we had a hectic few days with meetings and FPU classes from 6-9pm. By the time we get done, get everyone out the door and get home it is nearing 10 pm. The girls are helping with the kids on Tuesday nights and I know those kiddos were slap wore out when they left! I like my family being a team for Christ! God is our center and we do everything from there. ( or try to-we often fail and have to begin again- but that’s where God’s grace kicks in!)
On Wednesday we had meetings, meetings and classes and meetings. It was sort of crazy! In the morning I met with a pastor friend to go over writing a grant for a new children’s program that I will be a part of in 2012. Once the grant gets approved I will begin meeting with these kids to teach them how to do chalk art and take it to the streets. It’s a little scary but it’s more exciting than anything! I covet your prayers over this new ministry opportunity. Please pray for God’s guidance and hand upon my heart and hands as I teach these kids about God with a different voice-the voice of art.
Pastor Ronnie spoke about following God a few weeks ago, how we should put everything aside ( fear) and just get out and do it. To be bold. He has been bold in his preaching and God has been touching many lives by speaking through Ronnie’s voice. Not just Ronnie, but Debbie Ginder also. I am one of them. I just remembered that I had gone to the altar at OOTBWC and at Fulcher and requested prayer to do what God was telling me to do. To just do it. Cathy prayed over me at OOTBWC and then Debbie Ginder prayed over me at Fulcher. I remember Debbie’s sermon was about seeing things from God’s perspective and not our own. I asked Debbie to pray about me using my art in a bold way for God. I have since done that and now other things are happening. This is all a part of that weaving in and out that I spoke of earlier. God hears our prayers folks. But our prayers also require action on our part. So, if God is telling you to do something-just do it. Don’t look back, don’t say but…but…but…say GO! Go! GO! Ask people to pray for you and tell them what your needs are- be specific. Then watch God work! God is at work in Hillsville folks! Not just at FUMC/OOTBWC but all over!
We are building the children’s ministry team at OOTBWC and it’s exciting to see people come together and use their gifts! The kids coming now are so ready for their own time on Sunday mornings and we are excited to be a part of their lives! Brenda, Leigh Ann and I are going to be working with the 3rd to 5th graders! We have been looking at material and we are really excited about a few things! We plan to kickoff on October 9th with the kids upstairs. It will be casual, meet and greet, let’s talk time. We want the kids to be a part of building this program. It will give them ownership and they can say, “ Hey, come with me, this is my life group! It’s fun and we learn about God in neat ways!” ( or at least I hope that’s what they will say! haha) We plan to dig into God’s Word and then teach them how to live it out.
I’m really excited! ( I will probably be taught more by them! LOL)
There are kids to be reached all over Carroll County, but you know what? Most of them are right here-right around the corners, in the playgrounds and along the side streets. In the trailer parks, apartment complexes and at Granny and Grampies. I saw that clear and plain as day when we had our clothing give away a few weeks ago. It is up to US to get out there and invite them in- to go pick them up and share the grace of God with them. It doesn’t matter what they wear, who they are and where they’ve been. All that matters is that they know we care and that they are a child of God. We are all equal in His eyes. So, I invite you to get out of your pew and go out into the world and invite a child to church ( any church- not just mine!) -offer to pick that child up-feed them breakfast and bring them home.
Whatever it takes.
Last night when we all got home we basicly crashed. I admit we were lazy! I cooked a new dish for dinner and after we finished eating, it was all over! ( not the dinner-haha- but us- we were sprawled all over the livingroom…) LOL We all had little naps in our favorite places and I fell asleep in my place with a pencil in my hand. Typical. After I woke up I got busy with the pencil again. Here are a few of the things I worked on.
Things that have been in mind and on my heart.
Working with the children’s ministry inspired this-as well as Ronnie’s sermon series on being a disciple. What does it mean? How do we do it? Where do we go? Ask me!
This one is also inspired by the kids.
Shoebox season is upon us and you all know how much I love the Shoebox Ministry! When a child gets a box they are opening THE gift of love-“ Love is here.” There is an opportunity for sharing the love of Christ in each and every box. This little girl is being covered by that love with each thing that she takes out of the box. It’s not the toy, or the candy that they want- it’s the love that God has imparted in each box by the hands and feet of those who love Him. These boxes allow us to share the love of Christ in places we will never, ever see in our lifetime. But God knows where they are and who needs them. So, please, be prayerful in filling your boxes and pray over location, villages, and the children and their families. Take your time in shopping and discerning what to put in each box. This is so important. What you put in that box stays in that box. So, Be! Do! Go! and FILL A BOX today!
Last but not least-the Tree of Life. As I stood in the sanctuary at Hillsville Christian yesterday I could see the Living Waters flowing from the cross and filling each pew and covering each life that will sit there this Sunday. The sermon is guaranteed to fill your cup to overflowing-it has mine and I haven’t even heard it. But God has allowed me to see it in my mind’s eye.
It’s a beautiful thing.
God is alive and well and at work in Carroll County.