Sunday, February 28, 2010

Blog Book Club

Blog Book Discussions for Week Two. Read or thoroughly review CHAPTERS THREE and FOUR then answer the questions that follow this paragraph. Remember to add your basic bio information every time you comment: First name, age decade, married or single. If at any time, your answer is too vulnerable for you to want to identify yourself, just go with age decade and married or single status. Those facts themselves bring insight to your answers.

1. Based on Chapter Three, what tends to be your own "Prominent False Positive"?

2. What is the challenge stated at the very end of Chapter Three?

3. Based on Chapter Four, what Biblical figure (or statement about him/her) resonated with you most and why?

That's it for this week! Remember, you have until next Monday to answer your questions.

Silent Sunday

Teaching Our Children to Pray
Praying for Brothers and Sisters:
Ask God to help your brothers and sisters desire Him above everything else.
Heavenly Father, please fill my brothers and sisters with a desire to please You and do things Your way. Teach them how to love you with all their hearts, minds and strength so they can be totally committed to You. (Matthew 6:33, Dt. 6:5, 1 Kings 8:61)
Praying for Mom-
Father, please help my mom to relax and not feel like she needs to be busy all the time. Show her when it's time to stop working so she can rest or play. Help her take time to spend with You and with our family. (Exodus 23:12, Ps 23:2-3)
Praying for Dad
Heavenly Father, help my dad to know You better. Show him how much You love him. Help him to make time to spend with You in Your Word and in prayer. Fill him with Your Holy Spirit so he can be the man You want him to be. (Psalm 1:2-3 Ephesians 1:17, 3:16-20

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Searching For The Savior Saturday

Sorry to be late today. It has been a week.
I guess that technically this would need to be put under Tuesday for Testimony Tuesday but I think that after you read it you will agree that it could go under either.
Working in an Ob/Gyn office, I have learned to expect the unexpected. You never know what may happen with a patient or what a patient might say or how they may respond to something that you say.
This week my heart was broken, not just once but twice. I have the honor of doing the "Intake Interview" of the women who have just found out that they are expecting. I have sat in interviews that the woman has sobbed during the entire event or they are so full of questions and have read every book on the shelf before they even got to me and they just took their test 3 days ago. I have sat with very young women at the tender age of 15 and the more mature Mom at the age of 45.
This week was a little different. Both of my experiences left me with my mouth on the floor and my heart broken and my gut in knots. After going through all the medical part of the chart, we get to go through the "fun stuff". Like Wal-Mart catalogs, Olan Mills and belly to baby pictures, and all of the other great things that you get in that "Goodie Bag". Typically before I go through the bag, I ask "THE QUESTION"......Do you have any questions I can answer before we get started? Both women said the same thing using almost the same words......"Do you all do terminations here?" My first response is "Oh NO!!!!" I just calmly reply that we do not in our office but they are more than welcome to meet with a physician if they would like.
My heart wanted to share with them Psalm 139. To express to them that those cells are now a baby. There is a plan for that baby. That baby is not an accident. It has a beating heart, arm and leg buds, moves around, has a developing brain and on and on I could go. I wanted to tell them how much God loves them and how He has a plan for them and that He sent His Son to die for them. I wanted to wrap my arms around them and tell them that we would stick with them through it all.
I have prayed and prayed for these 2 women. Both agreed to see a physician and discuss "options" with them before making such a huge decision. I was overwhelmed for them. Part of me wanted to preach and part of my wanted to hold their hand.
How do you respond when you are faced with someone who is about to make a choice that could alter their life forever? What if you are at work? What if you know that they are a Christian? What is your response? At this point, I can pray for them. I can share a smile and express the love of the Lord through words and actions if I see them at the office. I believe they maybe Searching For The Savior. Oh, how I pray they find Him!!!!!!!!
This week, think on how you would share at work? at home? with a neighbor? Share your ideas in the comment section!!!!!!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

If you are like me being inside gets me ready to clean out. With this wonderful winter weather we have had I have had a lot of time to declutter. I found this article and thought it might be helpful. From Lorrie Flem's blog

How to Decide to Save It or Wave Bye to It. . .
. . . 10 Things You Should Ask Before Deciding

All day long moms have many decisions to make, what to cook for dinner, whether to do two spelling lessons or not, if we should go to the library today or tomorrow, etc. We have all kinds of decisions to make and one of the biggest and longest lasting as far as long-term impact, is whether or not we should buy this or that . . . or not. Here are 10 questions to ask yourself when faced with talking yourself into taking it or leaving it.

1. Do I have a place to put it?

Do you tend to make impulse purchases and then have to deal with where to put it and how to use it? I’m especially challenged in this area when garage sale or thrift store shopping. Come on! A deal is a deal and where to put it and how to use it don’t often enter into the decision. It’s a grab it now or someone else will!

So, let’s make a conscious decision to stop and think before we buy. Make purchasing decisions based on knowing exactly where it will go in your home. If you do, chances are you won’t make that impulse purchase after all!

2. Do I absolutely love it?
This question won’t work in every case. I mean, I don’t love my vacuum, I just love what it does to my carpet! But this is a great question to ask yourself when you are trying to decide whether to keep an item, or get rid of it. If you cannot honestly say you absolutely love it, chuck it!

3. Is it a time or money saver?
If you can’t use it for one of these, and, if it doesn’t bring you joy when you see it, let it go!

4. Will it still be current when I need it again?
Saving clothes, shoes, and textbooks between kids is rather risky. I like to use the saying, “When in doubt, throw it out.” Clothing styles change rapidly as does technology. It’s easy to replace clothing from thrift stores and it’s just too easy to find the most up-to-date information on the web to keep many books.

5. Am I hard up for hard copy space?
Saving papers means we need storage space AND we need to be able to relocate where we stored it. Rather than printing from your computer, save a copy to your computer. Create different folders on your computer or better yet, store it on a removable or external drive the size of a pair of fingernail clippers!

6. Am I hanging on to it out of obligation?
Let’s face it, we all feel a twinge of guilt when we think about not keeping a gift. It’s good to ask ourselves the question of whether or not we’re keeping it out of obligation. If we are, then we need to remember that a gift is given without strings or obligations, and the receiver is free to do as they wish with the gift.

7. Will it affect me financially if I toss or shred it?
There are many places that you can get advice on what financial records you need to keep and for how long. Beyond that, you can shred financial papers without fear. If it’s a receipt for an item you still own that is under warranty, by all means keep it with the owner’s manual, but other than that, fear not!

8. Do I really need to buy it, or can I rent it?
Movies, carpet cleaners, sewing machines, foot baths, etc. How much have you purchased that you only needed once or twice a year? In most cases, rather than owning and thus storing, you can rent much of what you use.

Let’s think about entertaining. If you entertain infrequently and need some warming trays and large beverage dispensers for coffee, tea, and/or a cold drink, the charge to rent isn’t usually anywhere near the cost to purchase and you don’t end up with clutter that you have to store!

9. Do I use it?
Why do we keep things we don’t use? If we don’t use it, lose it! If we don’t wear it, donate it! If we don’t eat it, get rid of it! Think how much less work there will be around the house if we don’t spend all our time maintaining stuff we never use, wear or eat!

10. What’s the worst case scenario if I get rid of it?
By trying to figure out the worst `what-if’ we can be assured that in all likelihood, it won’t ever be an unrecoverable act to get rid of something. For example, say you shred your bank statements and end up needing a copy of one of the statements? No problem, simply contact your bank for another copy!

Or, if you have scanned and stored copies, you have them at the ready without having paper taking up valuable space. In nearly all cases, recovery is that easy!

Hope you found this helpful.

Happy FRIDAY!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Galatians 5:7
You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?

Some things to ponder.
1. Are you running the good race?

2. In what area do you need to ask God to help you stay on track?

3. Are you letting some one or some thing "cut in on" you and keep you from obeying the truth?

4. Are you "cutting in on" some one and keeping them from obeying the truth?

Ladies, this race is hard and long but so worth it. Keep your eyes on the prize and keep running.

Have a great Thursday.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ladies sorry for the delay.

Welcome to our first “Blog Book Discussion”! We are excited to take this journey together through the pages of Beth Moore’s new book, “So Long Insecurity”. We have special edition books available for $21. Or you can pick one up at your local bookstore.

Here’s how a “Blog Book Discussion” will work. Each Monday we will post a reading assignment for the week along with a few questions. The idea is to read your assignment, then log back on to the blog to answer the questions or to comment before the next Monday’s post. We think this is a really great opportunity to share our hearts and feelings without having to all be in one place. Each Monday we will post a new assignment and questions. We will do this for the 9 weeks up until the Simulcast on April 24th, perfectly timed to finish the book the week of the simulcast.

Ok, here’s your first assignment:

Week One: Read the Introduction, Chapters 1 & 2

1. Write a journal-type entry on the inside cover of your book describing this present season of your life and why you’ve chosen to read a book like this. What do you hope to learn from this journey?

2. When was the last time you came face-to-face with our gender’s massive struggle with insecurity? Describe the setting. (Based on Chapter 1)

3. What part of the definition or description of insecurity resonated most with you and why? (Based on Chapter 2)

After you’ve read assignment log onto the blog and click on comment at the bottom of this post. (You can comment using an account or post anonymous without one. If you are having trouble commenting contact Tara and I will walk you through it.) Please start with your first name, age decade, married or single(so that we will all have an idea where we are each coming from). Then post comments or answers to the questions.

I never get tired of hearing the beautiful message of salvation that Rick preached about this past week. What a beautiful message of Christ’s love for us. I have struggled, however, for many years regarding the exact date and time of my actual conversion. I was raised in a Christian home, but we attended a church of a different denomination. In my church, we all went through confirmation at a set age. I often felt that I already knew the Lord prior to this time, but there was not an opportunity to express this faith until the age of 13.

Once I did make this profession of faith, by way of confirmation, I feel that very little changed in my life. While I loved my church family, I do not feel that I received the in-depth Bible teaching and discipleship that I needed to strengthen my walk with the Lord. I went through my teenage years with the knowledge of God’s love, but not the strong faith that I knew the Lord desired of me. It wasn’t until my 20s when I was given the opportunity to grow more deeply in love with my Savior. I had suffered a miscarriage during my first pregnancy. Being a planner and researcher by nature, I found myself learning all that I could about pregnancy and miscarriage. When I became pregnant again, I was convinced that I would lose yet another child. I know that I must have been outwardly anxious because a dear friend, who also happened to be my teacher’s assistant and the wife of my previous minister, presented me with a Woman’s Devotional Bible. She had marked pages which she felt would help me with my anxiety. I remember her kind and convicting words reminding me to let God be in control.

Her simple, yet beautiful gift, helped bring me back to God’s precious word. After my first child was born, we were led to Cornerstone where the fabulous Bible teaching and studies brought me even closer to the Lord. Due to this closer walk with God, I found myself questioning my previous salvation experience. I sometimes found it difficult to hear all the women who could give the exact date, time and situation surrounding their conversion because my story was so much less interesting. After much prayer, I have accepted that God doesn’t work the same way in everyone’s life. What matters now is that I know, without a shadow a doubt, that I belong to Jesus and that I will spend all eternity with Him one day. I even treasure the conviction that I feel so often while reading God’s Word. Such conviction assures me that the Holy Spirit dwells within me and desires my obedience. I thank God for bringing me closer to Him and I thank Him for a friend who cared enough to help begin the process. I pray that God can use me to bring another person closer to Him, whether they are already saved or will be in the future. I know I wasted too many precious years being lukewarm in my faith. I pray that God will use me for the remainder of my life to grow his Kingdom and love his children.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Book Study

We will be starting an online book study on Beth Moore's new book So Long, Insecurity. Look for this weeks chapters to be covered and the discussion questions on Monday's, read and then come back later and leave a comment.

Tuesday Feb. 23 9:15 1st place 4 Health

Tuesday Feb.23 7:00 “Anointed, Transformed and Redeemed” Bible study(led by Nancy Byrd)

Wednesday Feb.24 6:15 Women’s LDI Class, “Becoming a Woman of Freedom”, Modular Bldg C

Friday Morning Feb. 25 10:00 “Anointed, Transformed and Redeemed” Bible study (led by Michelle Pizzaro)

Friday Feb 25 12:00 Women's Prayer Time

A limited number of special edition copies of Beth’s book “So Long, Insecurity” are available to purchase for $21. Available at the Women's Ministry table in the commons.

Tickets available for the April 24th Beth Moore Simulcast So Long, Insecurity.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Focused Friday

Just some thoughts for our "Focus" today.
Let me just ask some questions.
What are you focused on?
Is it your family?
Is it your children?
Is it your job?
Is it being the perfect wife and mom?
Is it striving to put everything you have into "your ministry"?
I have heard it said that if someone were to look at your checkbook, they would know where your heart is.
I read a blog the other day and the husband of the "Blogger" said....If you looked at the addresses on your computer and the list of the most visited sites, you know what your focus is.
I was stunned. I never thought of that.
Of course, our focus should be on the LORD!!!!!! If our focus is centered on Christ, then all of the other "stuff" just falls into place.
No, they don't always go the way we think.
No, they are not all perfect.
Our heart, our mind, our thoughts, our words and EVERYTHING about us should be focused on HIM FIRST!!!!!

As you strive to focus for the coming weekend, what and who are you FOCUSED on?


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Have you ever found worry to be an effective tool for making you feel better or making your problems go away? NO, it only makes things worse. Worry can literally make you sick and rob you of health and happiness.
Next time you find yourself in a situation that would normally cause you to worry chose one of these four reasons NOT TO WORRY. Then reflect on the scripture reference to give you the supernatural power to be successful at “not worrying”!
1) Worrying Accomplishes Nothing - Reference Matt 6:27-29 - I don’t know about you but I don’t have time to waste these days. Worrying is a waste of precious time. Worrying won’t help you solve a problem or bring about a solution, so why waste your energy and time on it!
2) Worrying is Not Good for You! - Proverbs 12:25 - Worrying is destructive to us in many ways. It becomes a mental burden that can even cause us to grow physically sick.
3) Worrying is the Opposite of Trusting God! - Philippians 4:6-7 - The energy that we spend worrying can be put to much better use in prayer. Here’s a little formula for remember: Worry replaced by Prayer=Trust!
4) Worrying Puts Your Focus in the Wrong Direction-1 Peter 5:7 - When we keep our eyes focused on God, we remember his love for us and we realize we truly have nothing to worry about. Even in the difficult times, when it seems like God doesn’t care, we can put our trust in the Lord and focus on HIM. He will take care of our every need!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Testimony Tuesday

I have the honor of getting to write a lot of what you read on here. I use a lot of resources from PrayMag, The International Mission Board, New Direction Ministries, and other powerful resources. Yet, one of the most powerful resources is US. We have seen. We have heard. We have eaten. We have tasted. We know what the Lord can do. We have seen Him do a mighty work in each and everyone of us. Shame on us for not wanting to share. All of that being said, I took liberty today (Hope that is OK Tara:) )
I felt the need to share about what happened this past weekend in church on Valentines Day. Yes, it was a day of "Love" to the secular world. A day of going out to eat with that spouse, spouse-to-be, that boyfriend or girlfriend or even just spending time with friends and family. As I went into church for the service, I found out very quickly that I was not prepared for what was about to happen. For what I was about to experience. We read from Isaiah 53. We talked about the crucifixion and what all it REALLY meant. What He took on for us. What He humbled Himself to do. What He went through for ME and YOU. To really ponder that and take the time to really meditate on it just brought me to my knees. I was overwhelmed to think on that. Shame on me for going about my life day to day and not remember that without that act of dying on the cross, I would be living a life that had absolutely NO MEANING!!!!
We had The Lords Supper. As the music played, we sang, and I prayed. I was just absolutely speechless. All I could do is sit there with my eyes closed and let the tears flow. There were no stopping them this morning. It was a movement of the Holy Spirit working in my heart and in my life. What was uttered in those moments between He and I are not important for me to share publicly but I know that when we were finished, I was a different person when I walked out of that sanctuary Sunday morning.
I have been so convicted. I have not finished my journey with the Lord. None of us have that are still in this foreign land called Earth. My journey will be complete when I am standing in front of my Lord and Savior. So, you may ask...What all does this mean? What does it mean to me?
First, if you don't know the Lord as your Savior, call a friend that is saved, call a Pastor, e-mail us, post a comment and we will introduce you to The Savior.
Secondly, if you know "of" Him and you are struggling with a daily relationship with Him and spending time with Him, please e-mail us, leave a comment and let us know and we would be happy to encourage you.
Thirdly, if you know that you know Him and you are struggling, please let us pray for you. There is power in prayer.
This Valentines Day was a true day of Love in my heart, not only for my family but a refreshment of the First Love that I have felt and experienced before that I was struggling so hard to find again. Oh, I found Him!!!!!! Oh, I found Him!!!!! Praise His Name!!!!! I found Him!!!! He never left me. He never forsakes me. He is the same yesterday, tomorrow, and forever. Praise You!!!!!!
Giving Him All The Glory,

Monday, February 15, 2010

Meet You There Monday

Tuesday Feb. 16 9:15 1st place 4 Health

Tuesday Feb.16 7:00 “Anointed, Transformed and Redeemed” Bible study(led by Nancy Byrd)

Wednesday Feb.17 6:15 Women’s LDI Class, “Becoming a Woman of Freedom”, Modular Bldg C

Friday Morning Feb. 19 10:00 “Anointed, Transformed and Redeemed” Bible study (led by Michelle Pizzaro)

Friday Feb 19 12:00 Women's Prayer Time

Feb 20 – Preparing Our Hearts with Beth Moore
Join us for a Brunch 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Fellowship Hall & Sanctuary

All women are invited, but those on the “Leadership”, “Hospitality” & “Special Events” Teams are strongly encouraged to attend. There’s no cost, but please register at the Welcome Center if you plan to attend.

A limited number of special edition copies of Beth’s book “So Long, Insecurity” will be available to purchase for $21.

Hope to see you all there.

Mark your Calendars

April 24th Beth Moore Simulcast

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Silent Sunday

Continuing On with Praying for Healing Broken Relationships

Seeking God's Perspective
God, give me the insight into Your purposes so I can better cooperate with You in what You are doing in this relationship. Give me Your Spirit of wisdom and revelation so I can know You better through this and can relate to the situation from Your perspective. (Jer 29:11, Eph. 1:17-18)
Give me the confidence, God, that You work all things together for good for those who love You. Help me to trust that You will bring good things out of this situation and restoration to the relationship. (Rom. 8:28, Gen. 50:20)

Humbling Myself
Father, let Your life-giving Spirit flow through me and wash away my anger and pain, replacing them with Your selfless love. I remember the richness of Your kindness to me. Lord, while I was still a sinner. Now help me to extend that same quality of mercy and kindness to another. (Jn. 7:38, 1 Cor. 13:4-5 and Rom. 5:8)

Releasing Offenses and Offenders
With your help, I won't allow anger to remain in my heart. God, I resist all efforts of the enemy to gain a foothold in my life through it. Fill me with the fruit of Your Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness. (Eph. 4:26-27 and Gal 5:22)

Confronting The Real Enemy
Father, I take up the divinely powerful spiritual weapons You have given me in Christ in order to withstand and defeat every spiritual scheme devised against this relationship. I stand against lying thoughts and take them captive to the obedience of Christ. I receive the authority given to me over all the power of the enemy and , like Jesus, I say "Away from em, Satan!" (2 Cor. 10:3-5, Is. 54:17, Luke 10:19, Mat. 4:10)

Building Bridges
Lord Jesus, I claim the power of Your blood to break down dividing walls and bring unity between people who have been separated. I accept my assignment as a minister of reconciliation as You were, Jesus, and ask for Your empowering love to help me build bridges of reconciliation. (Eph. 2:13-15, 1 Cor. 5:18-19)

These are POWERFUL PRAYERS!!!!!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Searching For The Savior Saturday

Since this is the week of Valentines and everyone focuses is on love, I could not help but to think about the love that the missionaries on the field share.
We as "the people at home" tend to think that missionaries are constantly knocking on doors, standing on street corners, preaching in a church, a retreat, ladies conference, men's conference, or teaching about Christ 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Granted, some missionaries ARE doing this. We also have to remember that even though they are missionaries and they are serving on foreign ground that they are sharing Christ much the same way that you and I share Christ. Being in a foreign land requires MUCH work before you can share. You must have a friendship/relationship with that person. They want to know that they can trust you. They need that security just like we do. It is a lot of work here in the states and SO much harder on the field in another country. Missionaries will often be creative in the ways that they reach their community and country where they are.
*A Quilting Group
*Teaching English
*Training Business men
*Women in to their home for tea
*Providing childcare if it's needed to a neighbor
These are the things that they can do to gently open the door to share their faith and be able to share with them how much Jesus loves them.
As we are here in the states, we so often take such things for granted. We can freely share with those around us, but do we? Do we share with our friends? Do we share with our co-workers? What about the neighbor that just moved in down the street? When was the last time we opened our home to a Quilting Group?
As you pray today for our missionaries, please remember the Great Commission called ALL of us. We may not be on foreign soil but we are ALL missionaries and called to share the love of Christ. How will you share His LOVE this week?

Friday, February 12, 2010

Focused Friday

Family Fun Time:
1-2 hours weekly

In an effort to demonstrate the Lord's sacrificial love, each family member gets to choose a weekly fun activity in which all family members participate with a joyful heart! For example: play a favorite board game, watch a movie, participate in a sporting activity, cook together take a walk.

Suggestions for a successful time:

*pray first

*plan ahead

*take pictures


*teaching sacrificial love

*creating fun shared family memories

*demonstrates respect and value of each family member

This week your family could gather craft and art supplies and make a Valentine card for each family member. Share with them in the card about how much they mean to you and how much you love them. Then you can exchange them on Sunday.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Think About It Thursday

As Valentines Day approaches, I received this in a packet and thought it would be appropriate to share.

Recipe For Love
2 Hearts Full of Love
2 Heaping Cups of Kindness
2 Armfuls of Gentleness
2 Cups of Friendship
2 Cups of Joy
2 Big Hearts Full of Forgiveness
1 Lifetime of Togetherness
2 Minds Full of Tenderness

Stir daily with Happiness, Humor and Patience. Serve with Warmth and Compassion, Respect and Loyalty.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Testimony Tuesday

Always when I say I am not able, I get the same answer from the Lord. He says, ‘I know you can’t. I have known it already a long time. I am glad now you know it for yourself, for now you can let Me do it’.

That quote came to me through email one morning with the message that someone needed to hear it but the person sending it wasn’t sure who it was. I was very sure who it was. It was most definitely me. I was a certified, card-toting member of Control Freaks of America. I liked to be in control – mainly my home, my children, my job, my marriage, my world, my destiny. You just name it; I wanted to be in control of it.

As Dr Phil would say - that wasn’t working so well for me. I had definitely hit the wall God had planted before me. My tactics, intellect, strategy - nothing was working. I had done everything in my control, and I could not change the thing I so desperately needed to be changed. I guess God had finally brought me to the point that HE knew I was ready to listen to Him. And His words were “STOP IT”.

I have to say I was relieved. Relieved of the pressure, relieved of the responsibility, relieved of the trap Satan had set for me. I waved my white flag at God and said - OK, I will trust You to do what You feel needs to be done. In Your way and in Your time. I will sign the check. You write it. I will do what you tell me to and how you tell me to do it. I was free. I was free to trust God and His mighty power. Free from responsibility He never intended for me and that I could never handle. Did you know He is so much more powerful than we are? I had no idea. I had no idea how powerless I was and how powerful He is. I had no idea how He could turn something so miserable into something for HIS GLORY. I had no idea how free I could be just resting in His mighty power.

Today, I am a reformed control freak and thankful to my awesome God for it. I am sure God is in control of this universe. HE is also in control of every detail in my life. He loves me. He sees me. He hears me. Not just me, but each and every one. My circumstances may not always be perfect (but whose are?), but God is in control and I know He has plans for me. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) I am counting on it.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Meet You There Monday

Tuesday Feb. 9 9:15 1st place 4 Health

Starting this week Tuesday Feb.9 7:00 “Anointed, Transformed and Redeemed” Bible study(led by Nancy Byrd)

Wednesday Feb.10 6:15 Women’s LDI Class, “Becoming a Woman of Freedom”, Modular Bldg C

Friday Morning Feb. 12 10:00 “Anointed, Transformed and Redeemed” Bible study (led by Michelle Pizzaro)

Friday Feb 1212:00 Women's Prayer Time

Feb 20 – Preparing Our Hearts with Beth Moore

Join us for a Brunch 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Fellowship Hall & Sanctuary

All women are invited, but those on the “Leadership”, “Hospitality” & “Special Events” Teams are strongly encouraged to attend. There’s no cost, but please register at the Welcome Center if you plan to attend.

A limited number of special edition copies of Beth’s book “So Long, Insecurity” will be available to purchase for $21.

Hope to see you all there.

Mark your Calendars

April 24th Beth Moore Simulcast

Sunday, February 7, 2010

As we complete the first week of February and we continue our focus on love I have been burden with those who are in broken relationships. Today, I thought we could use the prayer teams flyer to pray for broken relationships.

Seek God's Perspective
Lord, Your ways are higher than mine. How do You see this person? Show me the good things You see that I'm not seeing right now. Help me keep sight of Your heavenly and eternal perspective instead of my own earthly, limited one. (1 Sam. 16:7; Is. 55:9)

Humbling Myself
I submit to You, God for You to mold me. As you tested Josheph's character through his hurtful experiences at the hands of his brothers, I know You are shaping mine. (Is. 64:8; Jer. 18:4; Ps. 105:17-19)

Releasing Offenses and Offenders
Father, I trust You to deal with this broken relationship. I resist the desire to control, manipulate, or fix this situation or person. Instead,I choose to entrust _________ and myself to You. (Ro. 12:19; 1 Peter 2:23)

Confronting the real enemy
Lord, I know the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I'm aware of this schemes to use conflict and grudges as weapons against me. I recognize that the battle is not against flesh and blood, but against spirtiual pweres in heavenly places. ( John 10:10; 2 Cor. 2:11; Eph. 6:12)

Building Bridges
Lord, I know Your intention is for me to bless, not curse. I choose to pray for and speak blessing over ______________. When I speak to this person, Holy Spirit, please fill my mouth with Your words/ (Romans 12:14; Matthew 5:44; Psalm 19:14)

I pray that as you speak these prayers that you will begin to feel hope for restoration.

Friday, February 5, 2010


Due to inclement weather the "Preparing your Hearts" brunch scheduled for Saturday, February 6th has been cancelled. We have plans to reschedule and will let you know the new date.
Stay safe!

Focused Friday

How do you show your family (husband, children, parents etc.) that you love them.

Here are some simple ideas.......
*Verbally tell them.
*Leave a post-it note on the bathroom mirror.
*Cut your child's or husband sandwich with a huge heart cookie cutter.
*Leave them a verse about love taped to their bookbag or briefcase.
*Send them a balloon.
*Cook a favorite meal.
*Sit down and spend time time together..............the dishes can wait!!!!!

These are just a few thoughts........ Leave your ideas in the comment section. We would love to read them.

Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Think About It Thursday

Just something to ponder today. Nothing with a lot of words. Just something to think on today in this "Love Month" of February.......

Jesus loved you so much that He laid down His life for you.
How much do you love Him? Ponder on this...... How many verses do you know that talk about His love for you?

Just something to think about.....................Selah

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Worshipful Wednesday

As we begin to focus on the "holiday" of Valentines Day around the corner, we always get caught up in the red hearts, the chocolate and the flowers. This Valentines Day I would challenge you to think of the ONE who LOVES you so much He laid his life down for you. Is He your PASSION????

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Her life actually began in May of 2000. Not the timing I truly desired yet an answer to a prayer I had prayed for three years. God had blessed us four years earlier with a baby boy, and although wonderful, our family just did not seem complete. We began trying to add just one more child to our family and spent many hours pondering and praying for God’s will for our life. I can assure you that much of that time I spent on a roller coaster of emotions – anger then calmness, frustration then peace, contentment then disappointment. I truly just wanted God’s will but also desperately wanted my own. His promise to “never leave me or forsake me” (Hebrews 13:5) rang in my head, as well as knowing He had “plans to prosper me and not harm me”(Jeremiah 29:11). I was forced to remember that God’s silence didn’t mean He wasn’t listening – simply that He was waiting, and I needed to wait to.
At last, in June of 2000, I found out I was expecting! I was almost instantly sick, even to the degree that I couldn’t listen to music! All that pleading to God and now I couldn’t even hold my head up long enough to fix my son a sandwich. Our prayer had been heard and answered, but that was simply the beginning of much more praying to come. Sickness beyond belief, a Sunday night call from the doctor himself telling us our child had a 1 in 70 chance she would be down-syndrome, and pre-term labor two months early.
Finally, on February 2, 2001, our precious baby girl entered this world. Karly Suzanne Billips was born at 10:30am. This gift from God was now visible and a squirmy 9 lb. 3 oz. bundle in my arms!
Today, February 2, 2010, she is nine years old and what a blessing in my life. I praise God for her and His loaning of her to me, but I can also tell you I still experience that roller coaster of emotions as I try to raise a daughter. I still often cling to those same passages as I daily grow as a Mom, and have to remember that even when I fail, He will “never leave me or forsake me” (Hebrews 13:5) and He has “plans to prosper me and not harm me”(Jeremiah 29:11). I know God loves Karly even more than I do and today I praise Him that even though I have yet to understand the years of waiting, He knew what was best for both of us and will continue to guide us on this mother/daughter road as we trust in Him.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Tuesday Feb. 2 9:15 1st place 4 Health

Starting this week Tuesday Feb. 2 7:00 “Anointed, Transformed and Redeemed” Bible study(led by Nancy Byrd)

Wednesday Feb.3 6:15 Not too late to join the Women’s LDI Class, “Becoming a Woman of Freedom”, Modular Bldg C

Friday Morning Feb. 5 10:00 “Anointed, Transformed and Redeemed” Bible study (led by Michelle Pizzaro)

Friday Feb 5 12:00 Women's Prayer Time

Feb 6 – Preparing Our Hearts with Beth Moore

Join us for a Brunch 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Fellowship Hall & Sanctuary

All women are invited, but those on the “Leadership”, “Hospitality” & “Special Events” Teams are strongly encouraged to attend. There’s no cost, but please register at the Welcome Center if you plan to attend.

A limited number of special edition copies of Beth’s book “So Long, Insecurity” will be available to purchase for $21.

Hope to see you all there.

Mark your Calendars

April 24th Beth Moore Simulcast