Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I AM - Your Beauty

1. Have you ever found yourself 'in faith' yet bewildered or demoralized?
I guess I'm not real sure how to answer this...

2. Do you consider yourself content? Would you describe it as Decidedly Content or Dreamily Content?
No, I'm not content...I know I should be, but I'm not.  I want more for my life.

3. If you are not content, are there circumstances that keep you from this feeling?
Lack of faith in God.  Always wanting more (not necessarily Spiritual stuff either).

4. Have you ever found yourself in a place where you looked back on a period of your Christian walk and believed a great opportunity passed you by?
Yes, I do, I see how "on fire" I used to be for God and have spent many, many times begging to be that "on fire" again.  Seeing how much faith I had and the knowledge of God, wishing now for more.

5. Do you ever believe your faith was stronger in an earlier time in your Christianity and find yourself floundering now?
Yes, I am (see previous answer).  Time and time again, I ask myself why am I not spending the time I used to in the Bible?  Why isn't there that desire to learn more and more?  Why do I struggle with not focusing on God at times I need to?  All these things used to come easy.  But lately (and I can almost pin point the time frame when this happened) I struggle with every step I take!

6. Can you recognize that this season may be one of great preparation instead of a period of "I Was"?
Yes, I can.  I see things on the horizon coming my way.  I am taking baby steps (although I wish they were leaps and bounds) toward my goal.  I still struggle, but at least I know I'm heading in the right direction.  Through prayer, and time in the Word, I know I'll get there.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

I'm an Aunt Again!

I was so blessed yesterday to get a call at 6:30 am asking me if I'm up!  It was Stacy (my brother in law)...Denielle was in labor!  Denielle and I have been growing closer and closer over the past couple of years and I had been asked to come to the hospital when she went into labor!

I told Stacy, I was up, and to let me make a few calls and I'd let him know when I was on my way!

My first call was to Kevin to let him know.  Being the wonderful husband he is, he offered to come home and work from home so I didn't have to deal with the boys all day!  My 2nd call was to my mom...she wasn't at work yet and I didn't get an answer on her cell phone, so I called the house and talked to my dad (he was home sick...well, not sick, but the gout in his feet were acting up).

I took off and headed up to the hospital and got there at 8:30 am.  I thought I had made pretty good timing since I was going through Dayton, OH during rush hour!!

"Kg2" was born at 1:59 pm.  She weighed 7 pounds and was 20 1/2 inches long!  Her big sister "Kg1" was in awe.  It was hard to contain her out in the hallway while her mommy delivered!  At one point I literally had to grab her before she went running into the room (I didn't know what mommy was doing at that moment and didn't want this 7 year old girl getting an eye-full).

She's such a beautiful baby and I can't tell you how great it was to be there to support Denielle through her L & D!

Thankful Thursday

Today is Thursday...that means it's Thankful Thursday!

  • I'm Thankful for a wonderful Husband, Kevin.  I feel like I say this every Thursday, but he's just so great!  He works so hard for our family and never complains when I don't get something done (laundry, or cleaning, or whatever) even when I'm home every day!  He even pitches in to help out when he sees I'm stressed out...even after a stressful day he's at at work!!
  • I'm Thankful for "M".  He is working so hard at school this year, and although I will probably put him back in school next year, he isn't complaining...he's actually excited about going back and being with his friends (or making new friends).
  • I'm Thankful for "N".  He's working so hard in school.  Trying very hard to learn to read.  I hear him sounding out words even when it's not his homework!
  • I'm Thankful for "A".  He loves playing Football and soccer.  Loves to run and jump!  When he was born, he struggled a bit with breathing, but is a Healthy little boy!!
  • I'm Thankful for "D".  He's my hyper little boy who loves dancing and running around! When he was born, he had some issues with eating, it took him longer to figure it out and also holding his body temperature.  But he's healthy!
  • I'm Thankful for my nieces and nephews!  I have 2 nieces (one born yesterday!) and 1 nephew on Kevin's side and 4 nieces and 2 nephews on my side of the family.
  • I'm Thankful for the new friends I'm meeting and for the older friends I have.  Everyone one of them have something I need.  God designed us to be friends for a reason!
  • I'm Thankful for my new blogging friends and message board friends.  What a great network of support I have out there!

To read more Thankful Thursday posts, head over to Sting My Heart's Blog!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Can I talk VBS?

I cannot begin to describe how excited I am about the VBS 2008 that I'll be helping in running!
We have already decided on our's Power Lab by Group!  Discover Jesus' Miraculous Power.  WOW!  Just being on that site and reading others' ideas on decorating and it just ignites something down inside me!!

I have already began to pray for the staff and those children who will be attending.  Those who will be volunteering to work on the VBS team, I want them to come because they see the need and know God has called them to help out; The children, I'm wanting this to be something that they are really excited about too (my boys are excited about it already because they've seen the promo video online)!

I'm nervous because I've never run a VBS before, but I will be relying on the Children's Ministry Director who ran it last year.  Which is great because she is great at it!

However, I was just told a couple weeks ago that she is pregnant and due a week before our VBS!  That makes me nervous...but through prayer and God's help, things will be fine...I know it in my heart!

Anyway, thanks for allowing me to share about VBS again!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I AM - Your Beauty

1. I am going to present to you a little acrostic to begin our discussion today. What is your latest NLIP? (Not Like I Planned?)
Well, I NEVER planed on being involved in a Children's Ministry after the problems that I faced when I went to another church (long story).  So I guess I'm in the midst of the "Not Like I Planned" position.  A little different than what you are asking, but you get the idea.

2. How did you react to your NLIP? Are you still upset about it? Happy about it? Baffled by it? Explain.
Very nervous and yes baffled.  I can't say I was upset, but I did drag my feet so hard I left ruts all over the place!

3. Have you ever attempted to step into an area of ministry and found your desire rejected? Did this cause you to question God and yourself? Perhaps distrust what you perceived to be your calling?
Sort of...I was interested in an area, but never really stepped into it...I have since realized that it wasn't a calling from God, but a desire of mine that I had...something I had been involved in when I was at a different church that I missed (our current church doesn't do it).

4. Do you harbor any bitterness towards any individual or situation which you believe waylaid your best laid plans?
No, you can't!  That's like not forgiving in my head!  If I don't forgive, then God won't forgive me.  If I hold bitterness or hold a grudge about something, I'm not walking in the forgiveness that God has called us to walk in.

5. Have you had a life experience or trial that left you with a shaken faith because it ended in an NLIP? Please share if you feel free.
Oh yes, I felt like a church trapped me and my husband into the Children's ministry at a church.  At that time, I didn't feel the calling, and I know my husband was not called to teach 4 & 5 year olds.  I didn't CHOOSE to be in that ministry, I was TOLD I had to if I wanted my children to be in those classes.  I would go to class with a resentful attitude...not something you want to do with 4 & 5 year olds.  When we moved here and joined this church, I held that hurt in front of me as an excuse to not be involved in the Children's ministry.  When approached about the Children's ministry at our church, I was open and honest with the Children's Ministry Director.  I told her about what happened and how I felt.  She assured me that she would NEVER pressure anyone into something they didn't feel God calling them to.

5. Based on Moses' response of faith to his own rejection, how will you re-evaluate your own experiences or look at future ones differently if a NLIP presents itself?
Well, with my openness and through prayer, I have felt God calling me into the Children's Ministry at our church.  In stepping up, I have felt such a Peace and Excitement as I walk into the children's room!  I don't teach 4 & 5 year olds, I teach 1st & 2nd grades.  I never thought I would ever get to the point of being involved in a Children's Ministry again from my past experiences.  I know my husband still has that sour taste in his mouth and I believe that is why he hasn't gotten involved anywhere in the church (which saddens me...he is so gifted in so many areas...there are so many places the church could use him at!).

I had rejected the calling God had on my life to be involved with the Children's Ministry...I have since fully (well, maybe not fully...that's yet to be determined through prayer) embraced it!  Teaching 1st & 2nd graders and Directing VBS for 2008 is so exciting to me!  I'm so greatfull that God never gave up on me!!

Ok, now that I'm done typing my answers to all those questions, I'm starting to second guess myself.  I'm NOT going to reevaluate my writing though...I just don't feel I fully answered those questions in the way I'm supposed to.  BUT I did it in the way that was beneficial to ME...that's what this is about right??