Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Testimony Tuesday

Welcome to Testimony Tuesday. What an exciting day Tuesday's are. This is the opportunity for us to share what the Lord is doing in your life.
What is He doing in yours?
Is He active in your life?
What was the last thing that you acknowledged Him for?
What are you thankful for?

So, I can't challenge you without doing it first. So, here we go.......
**What is He doing in your life? I can say for sure that He is for sure active in our life. I have seen Him provide and seen Him work in provision, rest, work and relationships.
**YES!!! He is active. He is active because I am watching Him work. Time for me to take my hands off and allow Him to work.
**Safety in travel to take Kaleb to meet up with my parents to spend a week.
**I am so thankful for my family and for my church family. I don't know how people do it without a church family!!!!!!!!

Ok, now it's your turn. FILL UP THE COMMENT SECTION!!!!!!!!!
Pam K

Monday, June 28, 2010

It's Monday

Good Day!!!!! Hope you are all doing well. I would for sure say that VBS was a TOTAL PRAISE!!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!!! We are so thankful and so very blessed.

Over the next little while, I will be writing on the blog. Tara and her family have a lot going on at this time and her focus is in her home, as it should be.

I am excited to be able to do this and look forward to writing and sharing with you.

Have an awesome Monday!!!!!!!

Pam K.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Searching For The Savior Saturday

Over the past couple of weeks some circumstances have challenged me to consider this question – “Do I have a heart for missions or a heart for the lost?” Maybe at first, you see no difference in the two, but I am learning there is definitely a difference. I have also decided it is possible to have a heart for missions and not a heart for the lost, but you cannot have a heart for the lost and not have a heart for missions.” Confused yet? As you read on, pray that God will show you which heart you have, or do you have one of these hearts at all? Grab a Diet Coke (my choice of drink on a Saturday morning) and let’s spend a little time together.
I’ve heard a lot of people say lately that they have a heart for missions. What does a heart for missions look like? It is a heart that loves seeing and hearing the results of mission work. It is a heart that enjoys serving at the homeless shelter and traveling to foreign countries to do “mission work.” It is one that finds great joy in giving to the mission offerings or building a church in third world country. It is a heart that can’t stand to camp but will spend ten days or ten years in an African village sleeping on straw mats and carrying water in a clay pot. Nothing I have listed above is bad. But most of what I have listed reflects a heart for “mission work.” Unfortunately, for many that is where their heart is (and was for me for a long time). They have a love for the work of a missionary.
Now ask yourself what it looks like to have a heart for lost. What’s the difference in a heart for the lost and a heart for missions? I think a heart for the lost looks broken and crushed because someone today is dying without knowing Jesus. Their heart hurts because today someone is facing cancer, divorce, financial burdens, loss of a child, life decisions, … without the hope and peace that comes from having a relationship with Jesus. I think someone with a heart for the lost has a heart for people and not work.
So back to my original question – which heart do I have? When was the last time I mourned over the fact that today someone I know will face another day without Jesus? What about you? God is growing the heart for the lost in me and it is scary and exciting. He is challenging me to prove what my heart is really about (check out June 19th post on my blog at http://www.ourmissionjourney.blogspot.com/ to read of one of those challenges).
If I have a heart for the lost I am going to have a heart for missions – because as we discussed last week – missions exist to bring all people to the point of worshiping God. But I can have a heart for missions – for the work they are doing, for the good things that come out of missions, even for the good organizations or people who are doing missions – and not have a heart for the lost. A heart for missions will help do great things. A heart for the lost will change eternity.
My heart is changing daily. I am growing a heart for the lost that is making the wait to reach the lost of Spain harder by the day, yet at the same time making me want to grab every available opportunity here in Greensboro to share His love. My heart is growing more and more crushed for the lost and more and more in love with being called to be a missionary. I’ve got a long way to go to have the heart I believe God intended for me to have. It’s been humbling to admit the need for this change and yet exciting to see how God is working.
What about you? Where is your heart today? This week’s challenge – ask some hard questions of yourself. When was the last time you mourned the fact that people all around you were dying without Jesus? Are you ready to set aside your pride of being in church and a Christian all your life and ask God to give you a heart for the lost? Be prepared for Him to answer with a resounding yes.

Cindy Hunter

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Life- the Christian Journey-should be infused with exploration and discovery and yes, fun! God is untamed, unbound; there are no limits to what He will do in our lives if we are willing to let Him work through us and in us. Michelle Bourquez

Are you having fun yet?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

If you missed this on Sunday it is a powerful song. Enjoy

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Colossians 1:9-14

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience and joyfully giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption , the forgiveness of sins.

This is my prayer for you today.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Thursday - June 17th-9:15am- First Place for Health
7:00 pm Women's Summer Bible Study... led by Patsy Griffin
Friday- June 18th-12noon- Prayer Time in the sanctuary
Saturday- 7:30am- Walk/Run Group meets at Bur Mil Park- (Please let Pam K or Tara D. know if you are coming.)

Hope everyone has a great first full week with the kids out.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Silent Sunday

We will return to our Roman Road memorization next week. I found this on Living Proof's blog this week and just really wanted to share it here. I am watching marriages fall apart all around me and it just absolutely breaks my heart.
Melissa, Beth's daughter, wrote this about her wedding ring that had to be repaired. It made so much sense at the end when she compared the ring to be repaired. You can link up with their blog on the right sidebar.
I give ALL credit to her here. This has just stuck in my head all week.

"Our marriages are somewhat like my engagement ring. The core – the diamond – holds a great love story with lots of passion and commitment. But everyday wear and tear and the occasional traumatic event can do a number on the metal that holds it together. Some of our rings could just use some polishing while others need some real restoration. God can do both! Remember that He loves marriage. He created it, after all. I’m praying that God will show each one of us a specific way we can invest in our marriage to strengthen it and bring out its beauty."

Have a beautiful Sunday!!!!
Pam K.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Searching For The Savior Saturday

For those of you who don’t know me, my husband and I have been appointed to serve as international missionaries in Spain. We have taken an exciting, yet challenging journey to get to this point and pray that in less than a year we will be there. Over the next couple of Saturdays I invite you to join me as I share some of the things I have learned in our journey to become international missionaries. We’ve learned a lot about ourselves, but more importantly, we’ve learned a lot about God and His plan. It has been a humbling journey and an exciting journey. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the ride!Recently a missionary to Uruguay asked a group of children I was working with “what is the number one priority of a missionary.” What would be your answer? Their answers matched some of mine: build churches, tell people about Jesus, teach Bible studies, feed and clothe the poor… He told us that yes; those were all good things, but not the missionary’s number one priority – that is to have an intimate, personal relationship with God. Seems obvious, but does it? Missions do not exist so that people are fed or churches are built. “Missions exist because worship doesn’t.” (John Piper in Let the Nations Be Glad). The ultimate goal of the church is worship and because there are nations in our world who are filled with those who are not worshiping God, missions exist. If a missionary is not focusing on their own personal relationship with God there will be great difficulty in leading others to the ultimate purpose of the church. Again, Piper says “Where passion for God is weak, zeal for missions will be weak. Churches that are not centered on the exaltation of the majesty and beauty of God will scarcely kindle a fervent desire to ‘declare His Glory among the nations.’” Same thing goes for a missionary – where their own passion for God is weak, their zeal for those around them will be weak.After discussing this question the Uruguayan missionary asked “what is the number one job of a missionary.” Since all the answers they gave to the first question were wrong, they tried the whole list again. Guess what, they were once again wrong. According to him, the number one job of a missionary is to live an ordinary life that shows the power of an unordinary God. The job of the missionary is to go to the market, to make friends, participate in classes, ride the subway, go to sporting events, etc. and shine God through their life style, attitudes, countenance, peace, joy, caring, and more. What a relief that was to me as I try to figure out what my life will be like in Spain. My job is not to accomplish great things, but to instead live an ordinary life with ordinary people to allow an extraordinary God to shine through and then to be prepared to tell of this God. I can do that. What about you? Are you willing to be obedient in God’s call to missions? Nothing I have written so far about the call of a missionary has anything to do with selling all your belongings and moving to another country. It’s all about a lifestyle. Yes, God has given us a vision for international missions, but He gave all believers the same command “God ye into all the world.” If you are a believer in Jesus then you too are called to go – maybe it is next door, maybe it is across the world. Neither the priority nor job of a missionary requires a seminary degree or deep theological understanding. So, this week’s challenge is – what is keeping you from being a missionary?

Friday, June 11, 2010

Focused Friday

Welcome to FRIDAY!!!!! Have you had a long week? I know I have. I know you are all just waiting to hear the answer or thoughts that I had from yesterday's post.......well, you are going to have to wait until next Thursday. I have a lot to share and want to make sure that it is all from Him and not from "Pam"!!!!!
What are you focused and ready for?
Weekend full of activities?
What is next on the Honey-do List?
Getting Sunday school lesson's ready?
There is so much and so little time. What do you do to keep yourself focused on the what He has for you? Bible study? Prayer? Time with other sisters in Christ? I hope the answer to all of that is a resounding YES!!!!!!!!!
Have a wonderful Friday. It's going to be a GREAT weekend!!!!!
Focused and Secure,
Pam K.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Think About It Thursday

Ok, this is going to be a deep question but one to consider. After all, it is Think About It Thursday. I heard this while talking with a friend of mine the other day. One of those things that gets stuck in your brain and you can't help but to think about it over and over and over. Anyway, I just wanted to post it here and see what you think. Ok, here it is.........

Comment- "We are praying about what to do. We just want to make sure we are comfortable with our sacrifice."

Now, think about this and ponder. I'll share my thoughts tomorrow!!!!!!
Pam K.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Testimony Tuesday

Welcome, it's Testimony Tuesday and of course being a busy mom and wife, I totally forgot to talk or ask anyone to share. Hmmmmmm .......so what should I write about? Well, it's Testimony Tuesday and of couse I should be thinking of "what has He been up to and what can I give Him praise for?"
Well, I will start and you take it and run with it.......
**He provided a breeze and clouds on Sunday at the park with our Sunday School class
**He provided a Gideon on Sunday morning to challenge me
**He showed me very clearly that I was to blog this week.
**He is challenging me to step it up.
**He is alive and active in my life in ways that this blog is not nearly big enough for me to share.
**He is encouraging me in getting my passion for childbirth, pregnancy and the new mother up and running.
**He is pushing me out of my comfort zone.
Ok, I could keep going on and on and on but I want to hear what He is doing in your life...........Leave it in the comment section!!!!!!! We all need to rejoice and encourage one another!!!!!!
Giving Him Praise and Glory,
Pam K.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Meet You There Monday

Summer has arrived and there is soooo much to do and so much excitement!!!!!! This week, we hope to see you there!!!!!!

Wednesday- June 9th- 5:15-6pm - Fellowship Supper (Call the church to make a reservation)
6:15-7:30pm- LDI Classes
Thursday - June 10th-9:15am- First Place for Health
Friday- June 11th-12noon- Prayer Time in the sanctuary
Saturday- 7:30am- Walk/Run Group meets at Bur Mil Park- (Please let Pam K or Tara D. know if you are coming.)

***Coming June 17th- Women's Summer Bible Study...One in a Million by Priscilla Shirer led by Patsy Griffin on Thursday evenings, June 17-Aug. 5. Sign up sheet is on the Women's Ministry bulletin board.
**** Vacation Bible School is coming June 21-25th------Helpers and Snacks are still needed!!!!!! Please see Cindy Hunter!!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Silent Sunday

I have been convicted as of late about leading someone to Christ.

How is that truly done?

Would I know what to say?

Do I know the scripture?

So for the next few Sundays, I thought we would focus on what we as Southern Baptist call the "Roman Road".

I am not good at scripture memorization. I can't do it without His help. Therefore, let's get started. Let's take one verse a week. Commit it to memory and be ready to share Him with whomever He leads us to!!!!!
1John 1:9- If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Searching For The Savior Saturday

I am excited to share with you about a guest blogger. Her name is Cindy Hunter and most of you may already know her. She and her husband Scott have been called to the mission field to serve in Spain. I have asked her to just share her heart. This is such an exciting time. She also has her own blog that she shares and you can find the link to it on the right side of the page. Check it out. Get ready, I am sure it will be a lot of information and of course challenging to all of us. Please join us for the next couple of weeks.

Pam K.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Focused Friday

Remembering God's Priority
Numbers 15:37-41
At times, people will say, "I've made Jesus a part of my life." But this statement reveals that they have missed the point. The truth is, Jesus can never be simply a part of life; at salvation, Jesus becomes our life—everything revolves around Him, because He is the central focus.
For the believer, the essence of living is to walk in childlike obedience to Christ. That means we express His righteous life simply by faith; to do this, we depend on the power of the Holy Spirit for enablement and divine grace for forgiveness when we stumble. And stumbling will occur because we live amidst two kingdoms that are in constant conflict. On the one hand, there's the pull of the world, and on the other, the pull of God. In other words, Satan throws temptations our way, but from our Father comes the appeal of holiness, peace, and joy in Christ.
That's why Jesus taught, "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." The way to do this is by opening God's Word daily and letting Him use Scripture to flush from our minds anything that doesn't fit with His priority (Rom. 12:2). We are also to remind ourselves frequently of His commands and His greatness (Ps. 105:4-5; Num. 15:37-41).
The battle is ongoing. And it rages not just in the realms of education, science, politics, and finances but also within every human heart. Since there's no way to make it in life without Christ, it's critical that we keep God's priority as our own and make continual course corrections to stay on track.
From InTouch Ministries

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Think About It Thursday

Thought for the week: I Kings 1:1-10 " In the time of a Crisis"
King David is coming to the end of his life, he is old and sick. His eldest son sees an opportunity to exalt himself to the throne even though he knows God has chosen Solomon to be the next King. Adonijah even begins a feast in his own honor to celebrate his new position. This could be a sad day for Israel if he takes over. David is made aware of the situation and takes action quickly and makes Solomon his coregent(co- King) and derails Adonijah. When a crisis comes, the crisis isn't what makes a person. A crisis shows what a person is made of. Different people respond differently. David is a good example even in his poor physical condition. David responds immediately; he knew there was nothing to gain and everything to lose if he failed to act quickly. Then David stayed with those who were loyal. A prophet, a priest & a bodyguard were men he could trust. Be careful who you are close to. Choose your friends and associates carefully; they will care for you when others forsake you. Many followed Adonijah mistakenly. David also served his generation by the will of God. He did the right thing according to what God wanted. And in closing, it helps when you face a crisis if you know the Lord as your savior and remember that God is always faithful. God will do what He needs to do for our good and His glory. David knew God was with him; he was not afraid. Friends, God is with you and will bless you as long as you follow and do His will. Adonijah was not a leader but an opportunist. A leader will ask "What can I do to help people?" An opportunist will ask, " How can I use this situation to promote myself and get what I want."

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Testimony Tuesday

I have needed to sit down and tell about this for a couple of days but couldn't seem to find the time to do it.
So, let's get going.......
Giving Testimony to what He can do when you are doing what He has called you to do.
I had a delivery last week. It was at a local hospital and we were just waiting for him to make his entrance. No concern over induction or anything of that nature. I on the the other hand was experiencing a brief episodes of panic when I would try to figure out all the "What ifs". I have discovered with every delivery I do this. Anyway, it was a normal day at work with a lot going on. My husband works at a nursing home and "The State" had decided to do their evaluation. STRESS WAS SOOOO VERY HIGH!!!!!!
Anyway, I went about my day as usual. I had a new OB interview at 4pm. When I stopped in my office to pick up something my phone beeped. A message was left and a missed call from "Mom". "My water broke". Perfect!!!!! I called her back, she was calm and getting things together. It was almost time for me to leave. Perfect! Her last delivery was a VERY LONG ONE!!!! I was nervous for her but decided to see how things went and just put it in His hands. She opted for an epidural. (This was 9:45pm-remember this time). There was a 20 minute wait because they were in another room so she opted for Stadol. 20 beautiful minutes of perfect rest. Total relaxation. I had to leave due to hospital regulations during the epidural. Only one person in the room. I took a wrong turn because this is not the hospital I was familiar with. I turned around and there was "Dad". "You need to get back in here". I was fearful something was terribly wrong. No, nothing wrong, just time to have a baby. After 5 pushes, we had a very healthy, happy, beautiful baby boy!!!!!!! IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!! Baby born at 10:42. WOW!!!!!!! HE was so totally at work. Here are the parts that I just love........
He had me to receive the phone call at the right time at work.
No problems leaving work.
Kaleb was taken care of thanks to my AWESOME husband who supports me so much in the life of being a DOULA!!!!
No problems with delivery.
It was a fast delivery.
No problem with having to miss work......THIS IS THE 25th BABY and STILL NO INTERFERENCE WITH WORK!!!!!!
Home before to late.
I had no money (cash) in my wallet when I was leaving and worried about how to get out of the parking deck. Praying all the way to the car and when I got to the gate.......It was wide open and NO FEE TO BE PAID!!!!!!!
Safe travel home.
McDonalds drive thru is open late.
Had about 4 hours of great sleep and back to work the next day.

Just needed to share!!!!! I serve an awesome GOD!!!!!
Pam K