Tuesday, July 29, 2008

"Speak Lord, for your servant is listening"

The last few days I have been feeling like God is moving in my life, calling me to something more, freeing me up from something that has been holding me back from the fullness of God.

Last night as I was preparing for Bible Study (we are reading Beth Moore's book, Get Out Of That Pit together...which, by the way, is a great book!), I felt the Lord tugging on my heart.  I knew that I was on the brink of some sort of breakthrough.  I instantly emailed my worship leader mentor friend, and told her what I was feeling, she lead me to this scripture...

1 Samuel 3:9-11 (New International Version)


9 So Eli told Samuel, "Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, 'Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.' " So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel! Samuel!"
Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening."

11 And the LORD said to Samuel: "See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle.

For so long I have felt like I have ADD and only when it comes to sitting down to spend quiet time with the Lord.  I just can't quiet myself down to stop and listen to what God has to say for me.  I have been really struggling with finding my quiet time.

The feeling that the "flood gates of Heaven" will open if I just surrender and spend some quality time with God.  How do you do that with a house full of boys and a dog that likes to bark at the cat?  There are so many distractions in my house!

This morning sealed it when I came across a post from Pete (the Pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville) on Without Wax.  Yep, that confirmed what I have known...I have a self problem, I need to stop focusing on myself and start focusing on God!  Thanks Pete for the confirmation this morning.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thankful Thursday





  • I'm thankful for 14 wonderful years with my husband.
  • I'm thankful for a wonderful husband who takes care of our family.
  • I'm thankful for 4 wonderful boys who are healthy and happy.
  • I'm thankful for our upcoming weekend  that we will be able to get away without my children.
  • I'm thankful for my friends from church.
  • I'm thankful for my family who are there when I need them.
  • I'm thankful for iced tea...I absolutely LOVE it!
  • I'm thankful for my gym...now if I would just get my butt there!
  • I'm thankful that my weight has went down...even if it's just 2 pounds!

14 years

Yesterday, Kevin and I celebrated our 14th anniversary!  We didn't do much, we have plans to go out in about a week with some friends from church (her 30th birthday is Aug 1, so we will celebrate then...without kids!). So, yesterday, I was going to make steak for supper, but when Kevin came home, he told me to just order supper from somewhere and we would eat out.  So we had TGI Friday's for supper.  YUM, but I over ate!

If you want to hear all about my wedding day, I posted about it last year here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Quote

A quote from Beth Moore's Book, "Get Out of that Pit"

"...inauthentic people are ineffective people....Liberty cannot exist apart from transparency."

Just something to ponder!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Cereal Again?

Why is it that whenever my children are given free rain to eat what they want for lunch or super, they choose cereal?

Today was no different, they all had cereal for breakfast, then turned around and had cereal for a snack (dry of course).  Then when I told them it was lunch time and said they could have what they wanted, they all chose cereal again!

How can hey eat that day in and day out?  I just don't get it!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Thankful Thursday



It's Thursday!  It's been such a long time since I participated in Iris' Thankful Thursday Carnival.  Today, I'm participating!

I'm thankful that my parent's are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this weekend.

I'm thankful for how much fun we had with family at Dave & Buster's for "M"'s 11th birthday last weekend.

I'm thankful that I can feel God changing me, breaking the bad habits I have.  It's a process, but I'm so grateful that He is patient with me.

I'm thankful my dad has been making it to work more often.  He has Diabetes and Gout and sometimes he just can't make it to work.

I'm thankful for my friends who have committed to pray for me.  I've been struggling with finding my "quiet time."

I'm thankful for the many babies in our church...we have had a baby boom of sorts!

I'm thankful that I can see the "light at the end of the tunnel" when it comes to our debt.  My wonderful husband has been working so hard at clearing our debt so we can get a house.

I'm thankful for the warm weather and being able to sit outside on our new new to us porch furniture.

I'm thankful for my morning coffee...sometimes I just need my caffeine in the morning to jump start my day...I'm not a morning person!

If you are interested in reading more Thankful Thursdays, go check out Sting My Heart

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sunday

Yesterday as I was getting ready for church, my phone rings.  It was one of the Sunday School teachers calling to let me know that her son was sick and she wasn't going to be able to make it into class.  She wasn't sure if she should call me, since I have been covering for the Children's Ministry Director while she's out on "Maternity Leave" or the Children's Ministry Director.

Since the children she was teaching was half of my class (they closed my class room for the summer and shuffled the children around a bit...freeing me up to help the Children's Minisitry Director) and the other half of the class was children that had moved out of my class not too long ago, I would just go ahead and teach the class.  Most of the children knew me anyway.

So, I go into the class, look around the desk for some sort of curriculum...I couldn't find anything.  Then I remembered that the teacher had been teaching the children something different.  I search for a note (I know she sent them home with the children when she started in that class).  When I found it, it had the things they will be learning on it:

Books of the Bible, Fruit of the Spirit, 10 Commandments, Armor of God, Creation, and Alphabet Bible Memorization.

I had no clue where she was or what was/wasn't taught.  So what was I going to do??  These children ranged in age from Kindergarten (they would be going into the 1st grade in the fall) to 3rd grade (those going into the 3rd grade in the fall...4th graders moved up a class).

Once all the children came in and were seated, I looked at them and told them that I had no idea what their teacher had taught on or how she ran her class...so, they were going to teach me!

First thing I was told I had to do was put all the books of the Old Testament on the board...I'm still not quite sure why I had to put them up there, but they told me I had to, so being the good student, I did what I was told.  I got my Bible out and Eric said, "Don't you know that already?"  I can honestly say, NO, I don't know the books of the Bible...I used to years ago know what order they were in, now I just sort of guess!

Next thing I had to do was turn on the music...we got to listen to a song!  It was the books of the bible.  Ok, I can see where this is going, we are learning the Books of the Old Testament.

One child told me that it was now time for each child to recite the books of the OT and get their butterfly moved to where they stop at on this tree.

Did I mention this teacher is very creative?  She made these 2 trees out of paper, a scene really where all the leaves on the one tree are the OT books and the leave on the other tree are the NT books!  Each child had a butterfly with their name on it attached to a paperclip that would get moved across the tree.

I just have to say that I was more than impressed at how well each child did!  I got to move almost every child's butterfly to a new position and 1 child finished all the books in the OT and NT!  Did I mention the ages of these children?  They are learning!!

After getting through that, I started looking around the room and asked what they learned last week.  Most of the children weren't there last week, but 1 child told me the Armor of God.  So over to the poster I went and I started asking question on what each part of the Armor of God was and what it stood for!  These children are S-M-A-R-T!!

After that, we moved onto the Fruit of the Spirit.  They explained to me what each of the 9 Fruits of the Spirit were/meant.  I began on the 10 Commandments...which 1 child informed me that they didn't do that yet, but I know from my previous 'bouts of teaching that they should have heard this before, so I continued.  We got through most of them, then the parent's started arriving to pick up their children!

I have never been so impressed by a group of children as I was Sunday with this class.  I wrote a note to Mrs. Darlene so that she knew what we did.

After shuffling the children around to 2nd service class and off with their parents, I talked a bit to the director.  She had asked me to pray about what God really wants me doing in Children's Ministry.  I flat out told her that I know my gifting is not in teaching, but I will teach if that's where I'm needed there.  She said she sees me more in an administrative position instead of teaching, but in moving me, that would require more teachers.

So, now I need to focus and lay it all out at God's feet.  Find out what it is that I am supposed to be doing.  I know He will show me the way and it will all work out the way it was intended...I just need to listen!