Monday, November 30, 2009
Hey ladies I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I certainly did, in fact, I have just gotten back in town and gotten settled. I didn't make it to church this morning and I honestly am not sure where I can meet you there this week. I hope you all will forgive me, this slipped up on me and I forgot to get a bulletin to see what's going on this week. These are the things I can think of off the top of my head.
Wednesday night- College and career study
This weekend - Youth dinner drama.
Friday- prayer at noon in sanctuary(?)
I will be back on track next week. Have a great week.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
My favorite part of prayer is praise. Here are some Scripture-based sentences as "praise starters".
1. God the Creator."Creator God, I praise You because you made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you:(Neh. 9:6)
2. The Only God. " God I praise You because You are the LORD, and there is no other; apart from You there is no God" (Is 45:5)
3. The Almighty God. "O LORD, God Almighty, who is like You? You are mighty, O LORD, and your faithfulness surrounds you" (Psalm 89:8)
4. The everlasting Father, the Ancient of Days. "I praise You , Lord, as the Ancient of Days(Dan. 7:9) the Everlasting Father(Is. 9:6) who lives forever and ever."
5. A Loving God. " I praise You because You are a loving God, whose very nature is love" (1 Jn. 4:16)
Lord you are amazing.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
A Special Thank You to Tim and Marsha. In those days when you may question, wonder why, need encouragement, or nothing visible or tangible seems to be happening the way we envision them, Remember, One day!!!!!!! You will see what your work did for those around you!!!!!
We love and pray for you always!!!!!
He is worth it!!!
Friday, November 27, 2009
With today being "Black Friday" I thought we could all use some helpful shopping tips.
Top 10 Christmas Shopping Mistakes
Don't fall for these shopping traps
from daveramsey.com on 11 Nov 2008
Here are the top 10 Christmas shopping mistakes and how you can act differently:
1. Not prioritizing. Instead of getting stressed out with all the parties, baking and shopping in addition to your normal daily life, set some priorities before you're bombarded with a million requests. Think about what things are "must do" and which are "would be nice to do." It's all right to say no to keep yourself sane. Shopping for gifts is more fun when you're not completely stressed out.
2. Not having a budget written down. Before you make a gift list and head to the mall, set aside a reasonable amount of money for gifts. Make a commitment that you won't add $20 to the fund every week just because you saw something cute that your niece would love. Print off free budgeting forms here
3. Using credit cards. Once you have your budgeted amount of money, stay away from credit cards! You will still spend 12-18% more if you use plastic and you'll be paying it off come 2009! Doesn't paying with cash and going on about your day sound more relaxing than having a credit card balance looming over your head through the holidays? You betcha.
4. Buying for everyone. Do you really need to buy gifts for every family member and friend you have? That can get overwhelming and expensive for everyone. Talk with them about this and work toward an agreement to draw names for gifts or donate money to a common cause.
5. Not listening. Listen to the hints your loved ones drop about what they need or want this year. Maybe your aunt Sally mentioned in July that she would love someone to help her in the garden or cousin Bob keeps losing guitar picks. A thoughtful gift like this will mean a lot to the person.
6. Not having a thought-out list on paper. If you think you can spend time in "Christmas retail world" and not get distracted by all the shiny toys, you're in for a big surprise! You'll be more likely to buy impulsively if you do it that way. Write down what each person you're buying for would like and stick to the list. Stay focused!
7. Not shopping around. "Shopping around" doesn't mean you have to spend 24 extra hours running from store to store to save 10 cents. Take a look at your gift list and do some comparative price-checking online before you head out into the retail and traffic madness. This will save you money, time, and stress!
8. Waiting until the last minute. Giving the gift of procrastination is not the most appealing gift out there. Don't find yourself stressed out on Christmas Eve just because you didn't invest a little bit of time to plan.
9. Forgetting to plan for next year. Be on the lookout for outrageous sales on things your loved ones will need throughout the next year. If you time the sales just right and clip some coupons, you could land a major discount on something you were going to buy in a few months for a birthday or wedding gift. Remember to have a list and budget for this, too.
10. Forgetting why we celebrate. If this season becomes all about shopping and gifts, you've missed the whole point. People not things matter. The miraculous birth of a baby who changed the world is what matters.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
The Women's Leadership Team hopes you have a great Thanksgiving. We have shared what we are thankful for and encourage you to leave a comment about what you are thankful for.
Thanksgiving: we give glory to God for what He has done for us.
I'm thankful for HIM saving me, my husband, my daughters Dena and Zoe and my mother!!! That the Father has given each of us to Jesus and He will never let us go!!!
I'm thankful that Jesus wants to hear my voice and saves me each day from myself!!! He has given me a spirit of joy over a spirit of despair!!!
I'm thankful that my Jesus listened to my prayers today and then confirmed HIS Presence and concern for me by letting go of two shooting stars at 4:35 am this morning--for me to see!!! He knows how to show off!!! (Why was I up so early? Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) has a leader's meeting; and speaking of BSF, if you are not in a Bible Study, Monday eve 12/7 (6:45-8:45) is an intro for the Book of John at Westover Church. I'm very thankful for BSF! He has taught me so much in each study!!!
- How God provides all our needs,
- Assurance that God is in control, no matter what our circumstances.
I am full of thanks today for:
1) My eternal redemption by Jesus Christ on Calvary
2) An amazing, Godly husband to share life with on earth
3) Two fantastic sons which God gave me the privilege of being their mother
4) Two Godly parents who raised me in a Christian home where they practiced what they preached
5) An opportunity to serve the Lord at Cornerstone, for such a time as this
Here are a few of the things I am thankful for
1. My salvation and my relationship with Christ.
2. My healthy, loving family. I see God working in it daily.
3. My church home.
4. A warm place to live, a place to run, good food to eat, and a country where I can freely worship.
I am thankful
1. That my husband has a job he loves that provides our needs.
2. That I get to stay home with my three children.
3. For a God that loves me and wants a relationship with me.
Hard to limit this! I am thankful for....
1. Total, unlimited access to God at any time!
2. A family that loves the Lord and desires to have His will in each of our lives
3. Praising and worshipping God through song
Many things I have to be very Thankful for, however the things that come to mind that are very important and special blessings are:
That no matter where our children are in life, their age, or how far away from God they are, HE is still pursing and calling them back to Himself. We can pray confidently in that promise and find peace in it.
The unexplainable Blessings we experience when He calls us to serve someone in His name, bringing Him the Glory that is due Him. I pray for as many opportunities as He will give me this Thanksgiving and Christmas to reach out in His name and Bless someone: by helping provide for someone in need, loving or encouraging someone, praying for others, or sharing the Gospel. When you realize that he allowed you to participate with Him and feel the Blessing it is truly a WOW feeling only He can give.
The importance of sharing life with others: family, friends and the Body of Christ
Thankful for each of the Ladies He has called together to lead the Women's Ministry at Cornerstone, their hearts of love and caring for their sister's in Christ.
The poem about "what kind of impact can I only one person do to make a difference". We underestimate the Power of God at work in our lives and when you combine us together as His Body, He accomplishes Great and Mighty things that TRULY DO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN OUR WORLD.
Love and Blessings to you and your family
I wanted to send you items I am thankful for, the list is long but I am picking a few to give you.
My children, & that they are all Christians.
My terrific Christian parents
God's blessings & His faithfulness.
Our church & friends
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
How important is your health?
A few years ago I had pain in the soles of my feet. It had been there for many, many years (decades!) but it was worse that summer being barefoot, on hardwood floors, etc.
The foot doctor (podiatrist) said it was a skeletal problem but he was able to do several simple procedures through a few short office visits and the pain is gone. All gone.
I tell you this because it is amazing to me now that I did not see a doctor sooner. For years my feet hurt but I was always "just too busy" or "didn't have the money" or was "afraid it would hurt." And so I dealt with it. I wish I had taken care of myself sooner.
As women, we're often too involved with caring for others to look at our own needs. Your health is important! If you have a concern that needs to be looked at, call a doctor today. If you're worried about money, ask if there's a payment plan. If you don't have the time, go on your lunch hour and eat a bag lunch in the car. Just go! You'll be glad you did. I know I am. Every day.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Here are some Scriptures to pray through when you need encouragement.
Luke 18:27 The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
Num 23:19 God is not a man, that He should lie. Has He said, and will He not do it?
1 Sam 12 :16 ...stand and see this great thing which the Lord will do before your eyes...
James 1:4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing
Romans 8:31 If God be for us, who can be against us?
I pray that as you read over these that you will soak them in and let them be a balm to your soul.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Here in the US we are dealing with the H1N1 Flu as well as the seasonal flu. As we focus on the Ukraine this week and how and what we can be praying for, I sent a request to Marsha and Tim to find out if there is something heavy on their heart this week that we can join them in praying for. She sent me this YOUTUBE video. It is heartbreaking for me to watch. You see, we take it for granted when we are sick and we just run to the hospital or the doctors office and they have the top of the line equipment, medications, etc that we need. As I watched this, I could not help but to think of my trip to Ukraine the first time. The hospitals had completely stopped with technology. Needles that are reused, empty shelves with no medications. It was truly gut-wrenching. I would ask that you take the few minutes of this video and as you watch it, pray. Pray for the health and safety of Marsha and Tim as they serve. Pray for those that they are in contact with to keep them healthy.
These are the specific request from Marsha and Tim. Please be praying. Marsha and Tim do visit the blog and if you would like to leave a comment or a prayer, please feel free to do so.
-Flu would be contained here.
-Our health so we can continue work.
-Schools reopen next week - pray for no increase in flu when that happens.
-Opportunity for us during this time of crisis and uncertainty.
Praying with You,
Friday, November 20, 2009
The holidays are fast approaching. How many of us have worked over the past few months to lose a few pounds, watch what we eat and even tackled exercise. I know of several women who have run a 5-K or 2 and some that have even ran a Half-Marathon. We all strive to make better choices and THEN,,,,,,,, the holiday's hit and we are busy, busy, busy and before the New Year gets here we have packed on 10 pounds and then it's time for that New Years Resolution to lose weight. Today I thought we would just focus on how we can try and avoid the pitfalls of packing on those pounds. I have tried some of these. They do work. I am in the same boat with everyone. I'm struggling with 15 pounds I can't get rid of. Ok, let's get started. I am going to give the idea and then if you want more information, the website for the entire article is at the bottom of the page.
Start the Party Light
Most appetizers tend to be loaded with calories. And it is so easy to over eat them before the meal.
Make it easier on your guests by offering light and satisfying appetizers. For tempting yet healthy appetizers, offer shrimp cocktails, whole-grain crackers with reduced-fat cheese, vegetables with a low-fat yogurt dip, or fresh fruit skewers.
Harness the Diet Power of Produce
Add more simple vegetable and fruit dishes to your menu instead of heavy dishes with sauces. Your guests will fill up on healthy fiber without lots of extra calories.
For example, green bean almandine with a squeeze of lemon is healthier than traditional green bean casserole. Simple peas or corn are healthier than creamed peas or corn. But if you must have casserole, use low-fat soup, increase the veggies, and top it with a crunchy whole-grain cereal instead of fried onions.
Shave Calories With Simple Swaps
Create healthier versions of your holiday favorites by shaving calories wherever you can.
“Simple swaps of lower-fat ingredients are easy ways to save calories -- and no one will even notice the difference” says Cheryl Forberg, RD, nutritionist for the television series, The Biggest Loser.
Use chicken stock, fat-free yogurt, light cream cheese, and low-fat milk in place of high-fat ingredients. Substitute non-fat yogurt or applesauce for oil in baked goods.
Spritz Your Drinks
Eggnog and other holiday beverages can add a huge number of calories. Offer your guests plenty of low-cal beverages such as diet soda, sparkling water, or a low-calorie punch.
Plan and Scan to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
“In anticipation that you will be eating and drinking more than usual, try to trim your calories and make sure you fit in fitness everyday so you can enjoy a ‘controlled’ feast without the guilt” says Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, clinical assistant professor, Boston University and American Dietetic Association spokeswoman.
“Scan the buffet and fill your plate with foods that are simply prepared, without sauces or fried, sit down and take your time to taste and savor every bite,” she says. Resist the urge to go back for more by waiting at least 20 minutes for your brain to register that you are comfortably full. If you are still hungry, eat more vegetables and drink water.
Remember, the holidays are marked with many traditions, but the real meaning is about spending time with family and friends.
If you keep these tips in mind, you'll get through the holidays without gaining a pound. And if you do splurge, don't beat yourself up, the experts say. Just get right back to normal eating and exercising, and try to do a better job at the next party.
So, as we attend the parties and the family fun this year, keep these things in mind and enjoy a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!!!!!!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Do you feel like Satan is attacking you in every area of your life? I find that he tries to attack my time with the Lord the most. I am thankful God provides me with everything I need for the fight. I hope this encourages you today.
John Dorsey describes the mighty battle between the believer and his ultimate enemy, Satan.
I went to meet and talk with God, but I found Satan there.
He whispered, "You can't really pray, you lost out long ago;
You might say words while on your knees, but you can't pray, you know."
So then I pulled my helmet sown, way down upon my ears,
And found it helped to still his voice and helped allay my fears.
I checked my other armor o'er; my feet in peace where shod;
My loins with truth were girded 'round; my sword the Word of God.
My righteous breastplate still was on, my heart's love to protect.
My shield of faith was all intact-his fiery darts bounced back.
I called on God in Jesus' name; I pled the precious blood;
While Satan sneaked away in shame, I met and talked with God!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
What does your Knight or Prince Charming look like to you? Is he perfect in every way? Is he tall, handsome, have eyes that make you melt, a set of six pack abs, is patient, kind, gentle, understanding? Is he a Godly Man? A man after God's own heart?
Well, today I just want to testify to what God can do and has done in my life. You see, when Bo and I met, he learned probably in the first date or 2 about my daughter. She has some serious issues and some things that she is working through. She was actually at that time in a placement in Winston Salem and there had been a crisis that we needed to address. We went, crisis over and I knew that I would not hear from him again after that. Well, I was wrong. He continued to call and we continued to date and he learned all about what was going on in that situation. The hard part was that I was going to have to allow him to help me. Now, I was in the process of learning some independence and the last thing I thought I needed was the good looking guy, tall, eyes that made me melt, to help me. I was a big girl and I could handle it........NOT!!!!!!!! I needed him and the Lord knew I needed him. I didn't like giving up this new found independence but the Lord said that this is what I had to do. Bo and I married in 2008.
This past week, God in His sovereignty, that I don't understand at times, allowed my daughter to come and stay with us for a period of time. We don't know how long. We don't know exactly what the next step is for her but I do know one thing.....God knew that I was going to need Bo. Bo knew way before me that I would need him but I had to make the choice. I'm here to say that I am so glad I let go of that independence. I could not have made it the last several days without him. He has stepped in and dealt with attorneys, probation officers and a million other people in the midst of what could be chaos. This is NOT what I had planned before. This is NOT what I thought would happen. This is NOT a surprise to the Lord. He knows what He is doing and I have to trust Him. I also have to let my husband be the man that he was created to be. He has let me cry, let me scream, let me just sit and be quiet and not say a word. He let me go and get my hair done because I needed it for me and that is not something I am good at doing. So, in the midst of my chaos and my stress, God placed with me with a Prince and my Knight and for that I can testify that God loves me and has a plan for me. Praise Him!!!!!!
In Him Only,
Monday, November 16, 2009
This week is going to be Met you there Monday. I am talking about the Women's Fall Fest on Saturday night. I met so many new sister's in Christ. We had a wonderful time in fellowship and especially worship.(There is just something about women worshipping together). It was a fun time. I hope if you were there that God showed you that you were in a safe place and that we want to minister and love on every woman. I also hope you got very excited about how you can serve our great God. If you missed Saturday night, I hope you catch the excitement and find your place of service. I will be sharing some pictures soon. I hope you have a great week and here is what is going on at Cornerstone this week.
Wednesday 6:15- LDI
Friday 12:00- Women's prayer time in the FLC
Saturday 1:00- C.A.R.E. at Loyalton
Sunday 5:00- Thanksgiving Family Dinner-FLC
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Sometimes it seems that our family has been battling the same sinful attitudes and behaviors for years. Holy Spirit, give us the power to remove the _________________ that has been present in our family for so long. (2 Cor. 10:3-5)
Empower my family, O God, to resist thinking about __________________ and fill our minds with whatever is true, right, lovely, excellent, or praiseworthy. (Phil. 4:8)
Lord, You are my family's strength and salvation.Teach us to take up the shield of faith, wear the helmet of salvation, and carry the sword of the spirit, Your Word. Help us to recognize the devil's schemes of and to stand in faith against divorce, betrayal, immorality, and every force of evil that targets families. (Ex 15:2, Eph. 6:11,16-18)
Praying with You and For You,
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Well, in looking for what I would want to share with you on this Saturday, I went searching for something profound to post about the Ukraine. I read and read and read but I really wanted something that was tangible, not necessarily with your hands but with your eyes. Something visual that you could actually see, think and pray about. In all of my searching I ended up on Tim and Marsha's Blog. I couldn't seem to get my eyes off the pictures. The people, the darkness, the lonliness, the searching that is written on their faces. The Ukrainians have been through so much. They are a country that is still growing, changing, and yet somethings are staying the same. All of this to say, below is the link to their website. This is called Virtual Prayer Walking. As each picture comes up through the slide show, Marsha has included something to be in prayer for. I would encourage you to take a few minutes to read, pray, and really look at the pictures. They will steal your heart.
Take the time. May He richly bless you!!!!!!
Serving Him Only,
Friday, November 13, 2009
This is a post that is from my personal blog and wanted to shar it with you today. I'm looking forward to seeing your thoughts and comments in the comment section....hint hint!!!!
The holidays are so fast approaching and it just overwhelms me at times. Christmas decor is already up all over the place and we have not even had Thanksgiving. I am one that has to attack each one, one at a time.
It has been brought to my attention here lately that when I think about complaining, I need to stop and really think through what it is I am complaining about.
Now, this is going to get personal but stick with me on this one.....
Example #1- Last night, the hubby and I made it to the gym. We worked out together!!!!!! Way cool and so much fun. So we both have weight we want to loose. So, this morning, being the good "Diet-er" that I decided to go through the drive-thru and get a GRILLED chicken salad with FAT FREE honey mustard dressing. SOOOO PROUD OF MYSELF!!!!! Lunch time rolls around and I am READY for this salad. I'm talking mouth is watering. I walk in to get it out of the refrigerator and IT IS GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They left the dressing and took the salad. I was FUMING MAD!!!!!!!! Let's just say everyone in the office knows that someone ate my salad. I made a sign and hung it in the refrig. "Please don't eat food that is not yours!!!!" I walked back into our office and got the fattening lunch that was brought in and I as I sat here eating it because I was sooooo angry. I got tapped on the shoulder.......... 1 in 8 Americans go to bed hungry. You have FREE food sitting in front of you and your pride is in the way.......Maybe someone else needed that salad more than you....OUCH!!!! so, to say the least, I hope whoever got the salad, enjoyed it and it filled their stomachs.
Example # 2- I am soooooooooooooooooo very thankful for the health of my children. Several times I have mentioned on here about Stellan and Johanna and other children that I have read and followed their blogs. I'm overwhelmed with compassion for them and pray for them and watch and follow their families. What a testimony they are. I hold my children a little tighter at night.
Example # 3- I have friends. I have many friends but I have a handful of "Close friends". You know the kind that..... You can write a post on Facebook and in a few minutes you get a phone call or an e-mail wanting to know what is up. You can NOT write on your blog and they want to know why. You can walk into the room and not say a word and she says......"Come, let's talk" while she taps on the table she is sitting at. Those are the friends that keep me in check. The ones that know when I am struggling and can't find the words to utter out of my mouth because the tears will start before the words. I am thankful for those because there are so very many lonely people. I am truly grateful for them!!!!!!
So, there are soooooooooooo many more that I could list here. How about you? Have you caught yourself complaining only to realize that what you are complaining about is a blessing.
Please share your thoughts....... I would love to hear them
Laboring With You,
Doula Mama Pam
Thursday, November 12, 2009
A guilty conscience is a hidden enemy. -Indian Proverb
Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese soldier, lived in a cave on the island of Guam. Fearing for his life, he fled there in 1944, when the tides of war began to change. He stayed hidden for twenty-eight years, only venturing out at night. During this self-imposed exile, he lived on frogs, rats, nuts and mangoes. Even when he realized that the war had ended, he was afraid to come out for fear of execution. Shoichi was found by two hunters, who escorted him to liberty. He had stayed hidden because he was afraid to face his sins. If he had come out sooner, he would have experienced forgiveness and freedom.(Story from Infosearch, version 4.11d, 1996 adapted)
Doctors believe that people get sick physically and emotionally because they are not facing their sins. Studies have shown patients with head noise, blurred vision, dizziness, neuritis and persistent indigestion only received relief when the patient broke down and confessed their hidden sins.
Although nothing we do can be hidden from God, sometimes all of us would like to hide from the consequences of our actions. But hiding never brings healing. John wrote, "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin"(1 John 1:7)
Today maybe God is calling you to confess a "hidden sin". Maybe he is saying "Come out, come out wherever you are!" (Live Fearlessly Lenya Heitzig and Penny Rose)
Think about it!
Serving with fervor,
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
My Detour through the Wilderness - Pam Carrigan
I have always loved church! I grew up a preacher’s kid. So we spent a lot of time at church. I loved the people, Sunday school, singing and listening to my daddy preach. I don’t ever remember not wanting to go or pretending to be sick so I could stay home and watch TV (except when Cinderella was going to be on Wonderful World of Disney)!
I married Tom, an amazing Godly man and a music minister (not a preacher) in 1985, providing me with even more opportunities to love and serve the body of Christ throughout our 28 years of marriage and ministry.
Fast forward to March 2008 when the opportunity came for us to move North Carolina. After much prayer and seeking God’s will, Tom accepted a new job in High Point. We were officially headed to the Promised Land. Little did I realize I would have to take a detour through the wilderness on my way to my destination!
We settled Tom & Warren into an apartment in April 2008 and he began his new job adventure! Ryan and I stayed behind in Alabama. How excited we were about the possibilities God had for us in North Carolina. What I failed to realize was God had some things to teach me, in the wilderness, all alone. All alone, without some things in my life that I were SO important to me!
First, my precious family was no longer together in one place. They were no longer there for me to take care of on a daily basis. I had spent the past 23 years meeting the physical needs of Tom, Warren and Ryan and poof, everything changed. I, in effect was family-less.
Second, the church that I loved to serve was more or less, gone. Of course, Tom had resigned his full time ministry position to take the job in NC. Therefore MY women’s ministry, Sunday School Class, Bible Study groups, Praise Team, AWANA kids were gone. All those sweet faces that I loved so much were no longer connected to my daily life. You could say I was church-less.
Thirdly, I packed up and sold the home I loved. I should mention here that we took a lot of pride and care in our home. You might say it was a little too important to us. But at 48, I moved in with my mother and I was home-less.
Fourthly, there was my career as a realtor. I had worked hard and had become very successful in the local real estate industry. In fact, I took great pride in being the primary bread winner while Tom served in full time ministry positions. But as I wrapped up my business in AL so that I could join my husband in NC I came to the realization that I was about to be jobless or should I say income-less.
So here I was in Alabama family-less, church-less, home-less and income-less. I was absolutely POWERLESS! Being powerless is not comfortable for a control freak, in-charge personality like me. But then God never promised us comfort did he? Especially not in the wilderness!
A few life changing lessons I learned while powerless in the wilderness:
1) “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or in the waters below. You shall not bow down (serve) to them or worship them.” Exodus 20:3-5a
I had allowed important things in my life, my family and my church, to become like idols. Many times they received my praise and worship rather than God, the Creator himself. In a way I allowed them to take the rightful place of God in my life.
2) “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve (discern) what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
I had to quit conforming to the pattern of this world. I had to stop making my home and my money like a god, determining how much money I have to make and how much I needed to spend to make my house as good, no, better than the neighbor’s. I had to allow God to transform my mind with the truths of his Word and not the lies of Satan.
3) “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author (source) and finisher of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1b-2a
I must be aware of the schemes of the enemy to snag me with that desire for power, control money. He even used my love, yes love for the church against me. He is a liar and a thief! I will be vigilant against the enemy’s plots. I must throw off everything that hinders me and persevere toward my call.
My journey through the wilderness taught me that I had to make a conscious choice to change from within so that there would be no question as to the God that I served!
God allowed me to join Tom in NC in November 2008. Yes, I spent 6 months in the wilderness. I am not a quick learner!
But the good news is this:
• I am no longer family-less. I love my family and still take very good care of them but they no longer take the rightful place of my God.
• I am no longer home-less. After a year in an apartment, we closed on our house in April. One that’s less than half the size of our house in AL. It’s a little tight with both our sons living with us, but that too shall pass.
• I am no longer income-less! I have established a real estate career here in Greensboro. I have been given some really unique opportunities to help others find the perfect place to call home. I am still learning to trust God to provide for our needs. I continue to remind myself that I am not in control anymore!
• I am no longer church-less. We have been given a place to serve at Cornerstone, even though it is different than we expected. “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up: do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19. Yet I no longer allow my service to God to function as a god in my life.
Even though it was a difficult and lonely journey, this would not be my Promised Land without the lessons learned in the wilderness. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve you and I never intend to be lacking in zeal and I will keep my spiritual fervor, serving the Lord! Why? Because that’s what I do! I love and serve the body of Christ, especially precious women! I believe I have truly arrived in my Promised Land…Cornerstone Women’s Ministry.
Monday, November 9, 2009
This week at Cornerstone
Tuesday Night Bible Study- "Me, Myself and Lies" 7:00 pm FH
Wednesday Night LDI -It's not too late to get involved in a class
1st Timothy- Led by Michael Riccio and Brad Woolery
This study will challenge you with deep and sometimes controversial issues concerning the Christian life.
Honest to God, Real Prayer- Led by Joy Peterson and Joanne Schulze
Honest to God, Real Prayer will take an honest look at pryer, ourselves, and God to help facilitate the dynamic dialogue that Christ paid the price for us to have.
Kingdom Dynamics- Led by Forrest Moss
Dive into the realities of being in and walking in the Kindgdom to help facilitate His perspective and priorites in our lives.
Redemming Our Regrets: The Entangled Lives of Sarah and Hagar-Led by Pam Carrigan
Like these two women you can find redemption from the regrets that seem to haunt you, and experience the deep joy and peace that comes from truly seeing "the God who sees" you!
Wednesday Night College/Career Bible Study- "Live Fearlessly" 7:45 pm Conference Room
Friday Morning Bible Study-"Me, Myself and Lies" 9:30-11:30 am FH
Friday Women's Prayer Time- 12:00-1:00 Sanctuary
It's here the Women's Ministry FALL FEST is this Saturday, November 14th 7:00-9:00
Tickets are through Wednesday night. Cost is $5.00 at the Women's Table in the commons. This will be a great time of fun and fellowship. You don't want to miss it.
I hope to " meet you there" this week and if you have something you would like posted just let me know.
Serving with fervor,
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Relationships with Others
Lord, we want to lose any feelings of anger, competitiveness, or strife that may have taken root. May my family instead be clothed in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. (Col. 3:12)
Sometimes, Father, we are cruelest to those we love the most. Let my family members bear with each other and forgive one another just as You forgave us. Help us get rid of all bitterness, and turn our offenses into testimonies of Your love. (Col. 3:13, Eph. 4:31.32)
God, you have called us to live in peace. Help us to be holy and pure in our attitudes toward other family members of that the world will see You through us. (Heb 12:14, Romans 12:18)
You have commanded us to put off falsehood and speak truthfully, Lord, for we are all members of one body. In my family, may we be honest and transparent with one another because all else comes from the evil on. (Eph. 4:25, Matt. 5:37)
Place a guard over our mouths, Lord. Remind us to not speak inconsiderately to anyone in our family. When we are tempted to point out each other's faults, may we first confess and remove the sins from our own lives. Let us build up each other by speaking encouraging words that bring peace. (Ps. 141:3, Ps 34:13, Eph 4:29, Mt. 7:3-4)
Praying with You and For You,
1 Sam. 12:23
Saturday, November 7, 2009
I am thrilled to announce that we will be doing the Country of Ukraine for the month of November. As many of you know we have 2 precious people from Cornerstone that are serving in this country. Tim and Marsha followed after the Lord when He lead them there April of 2008. This has been truly an adventure for them. I have been blessed to be in Ukraine of 2 different occasions doing 2 totally different types of trips. The first was a medical mission and the second was for a women's conference. It is powerful and what a blessing to share the love of the Lord with those of the Ukraine. I wrote Marsha and ask her some questions. Very basic questions. Questions that we as women, Mom's, wives, and Grandma's may wonder about the women of the Ukraine. Things that in our daily life we go about and take for granted. Even though I have been there, when I read through the answers to her questions, I am once again humbled and broken for these precious women. As the Lord leads you today and as you go through out your day today, think about these women. Pray for them. Pray for Marsha as she reaches out with Christ love to them. Pray for Tim as he reaches out to the men of Ukraine and sets an example of being a Godly Christian business man. Below are the questions and the answers. Pray with me................
Average Income- In the village $300 per month, in the city of Kiev $700 per month
When do they typically get married? Age 19 or 20 - very young
Working women-what type of work? Majority would be service jobs, many are teachers - which is the most respected occupation in the country. Many jobs include "moral challenging" expectations
Do most go to college? College is like a technical school. The more respected thing is University which only a select number are able to attend. During the Soviet era they went to University free (except for Christians who were not allowed to attend). Today an education is bought. Even today, when students receive good grades, they usually have to "pay" to have them recorded and posted for graduation. Most do not attend University.
Stay at home mom's? The government pays mothers to stay home for the first 2 years of children's lives. It's not much money - I think around $1,200 per year. An employer is required by law to give them their job after the 2 years. If they get pregnant during the 2 years, the time starts again at the birth of the 2nd child. I don't know how much this is done in the villages.
Percentage of Christians? They will call themselves a Christian nation - meaning Orthodox. There are about 17% Evangelicals in the country, with the highest percentage being in Kiev, Odessa, Vinnytsa, Rivne and Lviv. There are many, many villages with no evangelical presence at all.
Daily life for the average woman in Ukraine- Get up (not too early), fix breakfast, go to the market, fix lunch, clean or wash, fix dinner. If they work, they go to work and cook before and after, much like Americans.
What are their "hobbies"? Only those with money have hobbies. quilting is showing up in 4 areas of the Country. They have just added scrapbooking to the quilting shop but it isn't going over well - no one has the money. Most women don't have hobbies because they don't have time to have one.
How they care for their children- stay at home, daycare, stay with grandparents? As already mentioned, they stay home for the first 2 years, then it changes. In the city, they may stay with Grandma or go to Kindergarten (daycare). In the village, almost all of them stay with grandma. They come to conferences and meetings with the little ones.
What do they do for entertainment? They have television in most places - but it is not widely watched. They love music and almost every family has a piano. We hear music coming from our neighbors all the time. They entertain themselves with conversation and vodka!
How can we in the US be praying for them? That God would move their hearts to search for Him. That hard hearts would be broken so they might accept His love.
How can we be praying for you? That we would be faithful to walk in His ways - regardless of what that means or requires day to day.
In Him Only,
Friday, November 6, 2009
I hope that you have all had a wonderful week. I am looking forward to the weekend. I was looking at my calendar this week, at the special events over the next 3 months that I need to cook for. I have found this great new recipe that everyone has just raved over. It is so easy. I thought maybe you would enjoy it also. Happy Baking.
Apple Harvest Caramel Pound Cake
2 cups white sugar
1 ½ cups vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 ½ medium granny smith apples cored and chopped
1 cup chopped walnuts
½ cup butter
2 teaspoons milk
½ cup brown sugar
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease 9 inch Bundt pan
2. Ina large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, vanilla and eggs with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; stir into the batter just until blended. Fold in the apples and walnuts using a spoon. Pour into the prepared pan.
3. Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes then invert on wire rack.
4. Make the glaze by heating the butter, milk and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then remove from the heat. Drizzle over the warm cake. I like to put a sheet of aluminum foil under the cooling rack to help with clean up.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
As the holidays are quickly approaching life gets busy and stressful lets remember this:
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
Epictetus, Geek Philosopher(55-135)
The Bible puts it this way:
Everyone should be quick to listen and slow to speak... James 1:19
I hope you have a great Thursday.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The Blessings of “Grammyhood”
When God blessed Bob and I with two wonderful daughters, little did we know the pleasures that would follow when five grandchildren joined the family – ages 7 years to 7 months, three granddaughters and two grandsons. My job – have fun and be an example of Jesus’ love and kindness and use every opportunity as possible to show them the handiwork and presence of God in their lives. Grandchildren are a gift from God and I am blessed beyond measure to have all of them in my life. One grandchild has accepted the Lord as her personal savior and my deepest prayer is that the other four will come to know the love of Jesus too!!!!
Thanks for asking. I am just beaming with joy. That is all I can say.