Monday, November 24, 2008

My Dad

He had surgery on his foot.  He has gout bad and when he walked, the bones in his foot were rubbing against each other.  He was apparently missing the cartridge between the bones.

Since his surgery (Nov. 13, 2008), he has been in excruciating pain.  I went to visit him on Saturday (15th) and he was moaning and really out of it still.  The doctor had put him on ercocet.  Which was apparently causing him to hallucinate.  So when my mom called and talked to the doctor on Monday (17th), they changed his medication to Vicodin instead.  That seemed to be a bit better and my mom started going back to work last week.

On Saturday (22nd), my mom went to my niece's birthday party (with all of us as well) and my dad fell at home.  He was alone and couldn't get up.

He has began to hallucinate again on his medications.  Please pray for him.  Pray for healing of his foot, (apparently, his other foot has been bothering him as well) and for clarity of mind.

Thank you!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Servant of God

Are you a servant of God?  Do you serve in church in hopes someone will notice?  What exactly is a True servant?

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.  Colossians 3:23

A true servant shows selfless love towards others.  Being willing and available to meet the needs of those that need help; to see the needs that need to be met; to do it with enthusiasm and dedication.

So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.  1 Corinthians 15:58

Some observations that breaks my heart.  While I was at church today, I noticed how many empty positions there were.  We were lacking quite a few teachers this morning.  Yes, it's getting close to the Holiday season, so some people are traveling, however, as a servant of God, shouldn't there be someone willing to fill into those places that are in need?  I know God has called each of us into our own roles to help the church thrive, where are those willing to do their part?

I can tell you from experience, I am not called to work in the nursery - toddler room, however, when there is an need and I'm available, I will be there, why?  Because I know that in doing this, I am serving God.

Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.  Galatians 6:10



It was hard for me to see some parents missing out on the sermon today because their child's room was closed because there wasn't a teacher.  They could have put their child into another room, but their child wanted to be in the room he was used to.

I would be lieing if I said that hearing "Thank you for stepping up and doing this" or "What would I do without you" makes me feel good, but to be honest, that's not why I'm there.  I do what I do, because it's pleasing to God.

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. Galatians 1:10

How do you serve?  Do you step into some roles that you aren't comfortable with because you see a need and fill it temporarily?  Do you do it out of obedience to God or are you looking for some recognition?

Monday, November 3, 2008

Amazed

This past weekend, I found a journal of mine that had 12 entries in it.  The pages were all messed up and I decided since I had this really cute journal sitting around the house collecting dust, I would transfer all that information into my new one.  (I have a ton of cute journals laying around...I have this thing with buying journals, pens, any office thing really...I just can't help myself!)

Anyway, this journal has visions and dreams that I've seen along with their meanings that (well some still don't have a meaning with them), prophecies that were spoken over me, and words given to me by the Lord.  Just those types of things, recorded all in one place (with dates) so I can go back and reread them.

As I was writing, I was amazed.  The first post was recorded in 1999 and the last in 2000, so it's been "missing" for a few years.  So many things in the prophecy have already come to pass.  It talked about being lead through the shadow of death holding onto the Lord's hand and me not fearing.  As I read that, I see how that has come to pass...I was close to death when I was having my twins (had HELLP Syndrome...a type of pre-eclampsia and my organs were shutting down).  It also talked about my calling and me working with children...not toddlers, but children.  If you've been reading my blog, you know that I worked with our church's VBS and have been working in the Children's Ministry at our church.  I felt like I was called there and this confirms it!

So what is something that has happened to you that confirms what God has been showing you?