Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunday Reflections

First let me start by saying Happy Father's Day to all my daddy readers.

My husband is the most wonderful father in the world...besides my own dad! (I'm a bit biased, I know).

Today's service was such a beautiful service!  Worship was wonderful, I was able to worship with my oldest son.  What a great feeling.  He's learning still, but I see it starting to click (Worship, that is).

Speaking of my son, today was "Move Up Sunday" where all the kids move to the next grade level at church.  "M" goes from the Pre-teen (Grapple), to the Jr. High class (Rush, I think it's called)...and then starts KAOS (the Jr/Sr High youth group).  I don't remember him growing up like this, but I guess that's what happens...I mean, he will be 12 in a couple weeks!

Anyway, back to church.  After worship, we had a special music...it doesn't happen too often, and when it does, the special music always seems to be so beautifully sang!  A gentleman of our church sang Steven Curtis Chapman's Cinderella.  I sat there and listened as tears sprang up in my eyes...it was just so beautiful!

Then they played a video...it was great, God's Love Letter, I wanted to share it with my readers...I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!



Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The shape of ME

Have you ever thought about those people that shaped your life?

A couple days ago, I found the man that pastored the church I grew up in.  After talking with him, I realized how much this man has helped shaped my life in the way that it is now.  He was there during the impressionable part of my life...those teenage years.  He made Catechism class fun.  One joke he told that stood out (and I have no idea why) was...

Why is there a fence around the graveyard?

People are dying to get in!

That quirky sense of humor made the class fun. Youth Group trips were always so much fun...even if I did sit in the lodge while everyone else went skiing.  The top of that list would have to be the time we went to Church Camp as a youth group to work.  We painted each other the cabins and played in the mud...it was one of the messiest best times of my life!

God has a way of using people to help shape the lives of others.

Who has shaped your life?  I want to know!

Monday, June 8, 2009

AWI Online Conferences

A Woman Inispired Online Conference: Ministry Online began today.  4 wonderful woman spoke today about different aspects of having an Online Ministry.  Karla Porter, Leigh Gray, Tracy Jackson, and Alyssa Advant.

First there was Karla Porter who talked about Social Media and your Ministry. She talked about how to use Social Media in your Ministry.  I already use some social media, however, I'm not using it to the potential that I could be using it.  I've got some work ahead of me to see what exactly I'm going to be using it for.

Followed by Leigh Gray on Spilling the Beans and the Motives attached.  The things she said in her talk that really struck me was being Honest and really knowing what my motives are behind each  blog I write.  Above all, prayer before writing...putting God at the forefront of what I write so that His Word comes forth and touches the lives of those that I am trying to reach.

After Leigh came Tracy Jackson on Mommytography.  Oh how I loved this talk!  If you've followed me for very long at all, you know it is my dream to one day open my own photography studio.  To sit and listen to someone talk about how to take photos...ahhh...it was heaven to me!   Time to pull out that camera manual and read it again!  I don't know why I never thought about highlighting the manual, but what a great idea!  I tried to just read it and remember it...why?  I can use it as a reference each time I play around with my camera!

The final conference for the day was by Alyssa Advant on Finding Your Passion.  What great insight on how to find out what your passion, your destiny is!  How your passion is drawn from your personality and your gifts!

I learned so much today, I feel God teaching me things already about what I've heard.  I can't wait for the next 3 days of conferences!!

Schedule for the next 3 days...

Day 2, Amy Bayliss, Maria Reyes-McDavis, Dawn Camp, and Darcy will be speaking

Amy Bayliss will be speaking on Split Decisionz: How To Give Your Blog A Facelift

Maria Reyes-McDavis will be speaking on Biblical Principles for Social Media Success: A Complete Starter’s Guide to Marketing Your Business, Ministry, or Personal Brand

Dawn Camp will be speaking on Facebook: Inside & Out

Darcy will be speaking on Okay So I Have A Blog, Now What?

Day 3, Leah Adams, Mary Snyder, Kristen Schiffman, and Carrie McGinty

Leah Adams will be speaking on ‘I Did It My Way’ Is Never the Best Way!!

Mary Snyder will be speaking on Facebook Friends, Twitter Tweets, and Blogging Buddies: The Blessings of Online Friendships

Kristen Schiffman will be speaking on Embedding Excellence

Carrie McGinty will be speaking on Does Your website/blog reflect who you are? Does it catch your audiences’ attention?

And Day 4, Sara Martin, Genikwa Williams, and The Amies (Amy Bayliss and Amy Stults)

Sara Martin will be speaking on He Knows Your Words!

Genikwa Williams will be speaking on Touching Lives Online: The Power of Social Media to Minister

The Amies will be speaking on Starting Your Ministry From Scratch w/ Full Q&A