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Prayers for Heather

forheather.jpgKelli, at Living In Grace is asking for prayer for Heather, who will have brain surgery this Thursday.

If you are willing to join in, go on over to Living In Grace and sign your name for a time to pray for Heather and her family!

Let’s cover her with prayer so much that God is continually hearing Heather and her family being brought to his feet!!

In His Love –

Mindy

Handbag tag

I was tagged for this meme by Lisa, The Preachers Wife.  I debated on doing this at all seeing as my pocket book holds everything but the kitchen sink — but then I thought this is a great way to clean out my purse – so thanks a bunch!

april-07-056.jpg Here is a picture of my pocket book……..It is  a Vera Bradley elephant print (her new breast cancer awareness print). It was a valentine’s day present from hubby.  He said go get that purse if you want it and I RAN, ran ,ran before he changed his mind. It is also BIG. I like big.  I have 3 little girls who give me everything under the sun to carry and then I usually have various and  a sundry things of my own that have to be toted.  I like BIG!

BIG does pose problems though —- tends to lend itself to carrying lots of unnecessary things. 

Here is what the inside of my bag looked like to start with –april-07-055.jpg  Doesn’t look too bad but remember it’s big – check out this pictures of the stuff I took out of it to make it “presentable”.

april-07-057.jpg Lots of receipts, hair-bows my daughters take out of their hair, Maalox and allergy medicine – I have allergies AND indigestion!……Lots of other just plain ole trash!

Here is the pictures of what went back into it:april-07-058.jpg

What is all that?  Well there is:

A makeup bag – full of lip-gloss – gotta have lots of shades to choose from, wallet, fabric swatches because I am desperately trying to find all the fabric I need to have bedding made for my girls and you never know when you’ll need to match colors. There’s sunglasses, business cards, hand sanitizer and hand lotion.  There’s my matching umbrella and tickets (YES – we had to buy TICKETS) to our daughters’ dance recital  ( I’m not bitter or anything…….well maybe just a little)coming up in a few weeks.  There’s pens and a calculator, gum and peppermints….. that’s about it!

I think I have covered it all except for tagging a few more folks so here goes:

Tara at Destiny Driven

Cyndi at One Day More

Jennifer at A Day in the Life of the Deatons

Join in the fun girls!  And Lisa, my purse was DEFINITELY worse than your =)

In Him –

Mindy

Happy Weekend!!

Hubby and I will celebrate our 7th anniversary on Sunday so we are headed out of town today. We are going to Virginia…….from there no body knows (yes – I’ve got some planning still to do =0))

Anyways – hope everyone has a happy and fully blessed weekend!

in HIM –

Mindy

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This is a great casserole.  It tastes delicious and freezes well.  Great to fix for a friend who needs a meal prepared for them.  They can always freeze it and eat it later! I know it has a LOT of cornbread in it but for those Southern girls out there who have cornbread with EV.VER.RY meal – it shouldn’t be a problem =)

Chicken Cornbread Casserole 

1/2 c. butter or margarine

1/4 c. chopped onion

1/4 c. celery

1 c. chicken broth

2 – 2 1/2 c. cooked chicken

1 c. chicken broth

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can chicken and rice soup

4 c. cornbread crumbs

Saute’ onions and celery in the margarine.  Heat broth and soups; pour over cornbread crumbs and mix well.  Add onions, celery and chicken to cornbread mixture.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Add more broth or hot water- if needed.  Place in a greased casserole.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Go on over to The Pumpkin Patch to add your recipes or see more! 

How will it work out?

 Lisa over at The Preacher’s Wife,  has served up lesson 3 in her “I AM – so you don’t have to be” study.  Girls, if you aren’t joining in this – you should be because even though I have never heard her hubby preach, I believe she is giving him a run for his money with these lessons!Lisa, I cannot tell you how much the LORD is using you to speak to me in this study. “He has placed you just in time, has saved you by his loving kindness, and either has given you or will give you a desire from the lower deep of your nature to accomplish what HE intends in your life”  OH MY, what a thing to say and for me to remember!  I’ve posted before about the difficulties the church hubby and I serve is having.  LOTS of hurt and pain.  This study is so SO speaking to my situation.  Let me tell you a little story before I get to the questions (bear with me here).  Before we moved here to the place we live now, we served a different church about an hour and a half away.  We were comfortable there – loved there – and content.  EXCEPT – we both began to feel that after 7 years there, maybe it was time for someone else to come along side this church and maybe it was time for us to move on.  We decided that instead of saying a definite ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to moving – we’d say ‘yes’ to whatever God decided. So, hubby told his DS (district superintendent – in the Methodist church we are on an itinerant system – if you want more info on this just email me and ask – i’ll be glad to fill you in as best I can) that if we needed to move this year we would.

We were told that next March (of 2006) that yes, indeed we would be moving to a church that was about 30 minutes from where we were before.  Just on the other side of the city where we lived.  How fabulous we thought! – Our girls could still have some stability. Still see friends and still attend their dance classes with their friends.  We visited the church who was going to give us a housing allowance  – so we began looking for a home.

We decided to rent a home for a year and see from there what we wanted to do – so we went looking.  I’m NOT kiddin’  ya’ll – the very day we found a house we were ready to sign to rent, we got a phone call from hubby’s DS saying that his appointment had been changed (by this time it is May 2006) and we were now moving about an hour from where we were and EVERYTHING – literally everything changed.

We weren’t too happy to say the least.  BUT we worked through- choosing to trust that the LORD is in control of all (that thing, Lisa that you said about a “series of unrecurring incidents”) these changes and go with it. 

We moved to this church and began serving here in July 2006.  You have read here and here about the things that this church needs.  I have always believed that God sent us here for a purpose and we are to do it.  AND, Lisa, you are reinforcing and causing me to believe EVEN more that God is in CONTROL of this whole situation!    SO, with all that said – here are my answers to the questions.

1. It was stated in the Lesson that God has made you “once, twice, three times a lady.” Where are you in this progression? Obviously we have all been physically born, but are you ‘twice a lady’? Have you been born again spiritually? This may be a private matter you’d like to discuss confidentially. If so, email me. If you have already received this gift, write a brief prayer of thanksgiving or testimony.  
I grew up in the Methodist church so there wasn’t a lot of talk about being saved — but there was talk about asking Jesus into my heart and believe that those are the same thing. As I grew up though and reached adulthood my spirituality has grown so much more than what my 9 year old self was really able to comprehend.  I am definitely “born again” — although we don’t say that in the Methodist church, I know that Jesus died for my sins and is my savior!

Dear God, thank you for loving me so much even in my sin that you gave your son to save my life!  I cannot fathom most of the time why you would do this – because human love doesn’t reach that far.  BUT it is awesome Lord, that yours does and I am thankful this day that one day because of you grace and glory, that I will be in heaven with you!  Amen!

2. Are you three times a lady? Has God given you a stirring deep within your Spirit to be a ‘deliverer’? Do you have a desire or are you already meeting a need in the life of the church, a particular ministry (such as jail ministry, food ministry, etc.) or perhaps individuals who share common issues?  OK – I’m beginning to see a theme in each thing that the LORD is leading me to read these days – faith- belief – even Moses.  A few weeks ago the Lord gave the Hebrew 11 to read  — coincidence that it is one of our scriptures for today? No, no I think not!  I am grabbing on to God that he will use hubby and I to be the “deliverer” our church so desperately needs.  And the REASON I think he chose us — we are so absolutely unequipped for this challenge — only by HIS doing and with HIM will be be done!  The desire is there — the how – not so much yet.  We will wait and see.

3. Do you ever get tired of waiting for that opportunity to do something worthwhile for God? Do you ever feel God is using someone else instead of you? Yes!  Most of the time when I feel that I have no place and can do nothing well…………..I see HIM using others and long to be used.  I think all that God has been teaching me in the past months about FULLY focusing on HIM is leading up to how he will use me.  It is tense, scary and exciting all at the same time!

4. What do you consider ‘worthwhile ministry’? Are you like me and sometimes find yourself mistakenly thinking it has to be Big to be Important? All I can say, as I hang my head in shame, is yes.  Sometimes my pride wants me to be the center of attention and be doing the big and important things.  Lord, please forgive my pride!

5. Have you ever taken a spiritual gifts test? If yes, what are yours? If no, here’s a good one from Ephesians 4 Ministry. Will you take it and come back with a response? Knowing some of you like I already do, I can almost pick out what your gift is before you say it. I can’t wait to see if I’m right! I’ve done one but it has been a while .  I will go do this one and see…………OK – so I got  Pastor/Shepherd – 19, Showing Mercy- 18, Teaching 17 and then it went drastically down from there……was it what you thought? =)

Looking forward to reading other responses when I have time!

In HIM –

Mindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Today’s IOW is being hosted by Christine over at Fruit In Season.

“Busyness is not a spiritual gift.”
From an interview with

~ Lisa Harper ~

I have to say that I agree whole heartedly with the rest of the ladies who have voiced their opinions on people being too busy and agreeing to TOO many things in the church.  I agree that we have to lay it all at our Father’s feet and let him be our guide to serving Him!   I also think that we can get so bogged down in the “helping” that we no longer have any joy in it and then it is time to rethink things.  

I would also like to share that in our church, hubby doesn’t like the word ‘volunteer’ because we humans tend to volunteer out of our extra time.  And, really – who has any extra time these days? He choose instead to use the word servants because as it says in Isaiah we are servants chosen by Him.  We serve, rather than volunteer, when we aren’t doing it all and when we DO take the time to let the Lord lead us to where he wants us to serve.

I think we have to be very careful, though, not to use this as an excuse. “That’s just not my thing.”  and “God didn’t give me the gift to serve in that area”. These are excuses I have heard more times than I wish to remember. Anyone who works in church ministry KNOWS how difficult it is to find people who are willing to serve.  It is important for us to realize that in the same way that we can be doing more than our share  in our churches when we aren’t offering things up to the Lord, we can also be giving excuses and doing nothing by not allowing HIM to guide us.

This leads me to one of my biggest pet peeves. Anyone ever heard this excuse?  “I just don’t have time because my kids have dance, soccer, baseball…..(fill in whatever the kids do here) and I don’t have time to do anything else.   My worry is that our “busyness” becomes more about keeping up with the Joneses and giving our children the opportunity to do everything they wish to the detriment of serving the Lord.   I know people whose kids end up having extra curricular activities on Wednesday night and even on SUNDAYS where they are not attending church anymore.   I have to wonder – what are we teaching our kids by allowing this to happen?  I’m afraid that our children are receiving a message that our world revolves around them and whatever their schedule brings that is what we will do.  Our schedules should NEVER revolve around our children…..they should revolve around the Lord and serving HIM – however that may be personally for each of us.  When our world revolves around the Lord, then we are teaching our children that HE and HIS desires are what is most important and not them. 

I fear that in a world where giving our children more than we had has become the norm (not a bad thing in itself) we are giving in to exactly what the devil wants us to.  We are so busy in the secular things of life that we have no time left for God.  I fear that many of us need to revamp our priorities and that we can use those excuses I mentioned above as our way OUT of serving the Lord.

So, I think this quote can be seen in more than one way.  Busyness, whether inside the church  or out, isn’t a spiritual gift! I propose that each of us take a time to look at our busyness and see where we fall.  Are you being a “Martha”? Are your children the center of your universe?  And most importantly , where is GOD on my priority list?  Why am I so busy?

Click on the link to Christine above to read other takes on this quote or to add your own!

In HIM –

Mindy 

I hesitate to even write this post.  I have been floundering back and forth for the last few days about it but I feel like I just have to do it because I have thought a LOT about it!

Everyone knows about the massacre at Virginia Tech.  And everyone has been saddened and outraged at what has happened……….as they should.  Everyone is doing things for and memorializing the 32 victims of Cho Seung-Hui….as they should.

But I can’t help but wonder – where is the grace?  NOW – Before you get all riled up at me — I know I am not in the situation of ANY of these people so I don’t know how I would personally respond, but I wonder why no one is taking the time to think that there were really 33 victims here.

Cho Seung-Hui did some absolutely terrible things, yes.  But, wasn’t he also suffering?  I, for one, have to believe that he WAS suffering from something – because people don’t do these sorts of things usually if they aren’t suffering in some way.  This boy was in trouble and for whatever reason no one was able to help him.  And by killing himself and others no one will ever be able to help him. 

I wonder about his salvation.  Did he know God?  Did he know of our Lord’s saving grace?  Is he a soul that is lost now because he didn’t know about God? Did anyone ever take the time to tell Cho how much Jesus loved him?  And how much it was breaking the heart of God that Cho was so unhappy and unwell.

And what about his family?  His POOR family.  They are left here to deal with it all.  Not only do they have to deal with the loss of a son but they have been left behind to deal with all of the horrors that their son committed.  I feel so sorry for them all.

This past weekend I had someone say to me that they “never wanted hear the name Cho Seung- Hei again!”

Now, please tell me – where is the grace in that?  Doesn’t God call us to forgive people and love them?  Maybe we just all need time to work through the horror but I want to scream that no one on the news ever says anything about how sad a life Cho must have led.  How unloved he must have felt.  

I am trying to wrap my mind around all of this and what I have been thinking about today is that love is a choice…..not a feeling.  We might not feel like loving Cho or his family but isn’t that EXACTLY what God calls us to do?

Again, I’m just wondering where is the grace?  Does anyone else out there understand what I am saying?

I hope that I am not offending anyone out there…..if I have – I am sorry for that.  I am just trying to figure it all out and see things the way God might see them….I feel a great urgency in my life lately to try and look at things the way God does…..and somehow I think God sees 33 victims in this situation and not just 32.

Thanks for reading!

Mindy