I’m sorry I’ve been so silent the last week or so. I’ve been obsessed with a new project. My section, in the Assemblies of God, Michigan District, wanted a place online where we can keep in touch and my wonderful hubby volunteered me to create a social network on ning.com. I was embarrassed he just volunteered me while I was sitting there, but in the end I’m glad he did. Sometimes, he is like God in that he sees my potential better than I ever can.

I ended up creating the network for the entire Michigan district. For all the ministers and wives and lay who minister. It’s like Facebook, but it’s private. It’s pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. I wish you all were in Michigan. I invited everyone I had e-mail addresses for in Michigan. If you who are reading this, are in the leadership in an Assembly of God church in the Michigan district and you want an invite, let me know in the comments. If you fill out the e-mail address spot in the form, then you don’t need to leave it in your comment. Here is a link if you just want to request a invite through michiganag.ning.com.

We now have 66 members with 156 invites out! I’m so excited. I advertised it at the Women in Ministry Breakaway I went to this past weekend. Even the assistant superintendent and the director or camp ministries and district supervised churches have joined. It’s so exciting to see something I created be so successful. It was all Chris’ idea, but I did the work. We make a great team. I’m terrible with ideas for some reason.

This weekend was the best breakaway ever for me because through the internet (Facebook and MySpace) I’ve kept up with other women and I knew so many this year. I’m really starting to feel at home in our district and I love it. This should help even more. I’m terrible with names, but with the people’s face in front of me every day, I will remember them next time I see them.

Our speaker was Kristi Hollis from The Power Place. She is a very colorful person. She admits that herself. She has 25 differnt paint colors in her house. Is that even possible??? Anyway, I didn’t know what to expect at first, but she really had a lot of good stuff to say about living in the fishbowl as one in ministry. She talked about realizing that there is a purpose for every moment in our lives and we need to be okay with the moment if we want to succeed at our call. The most important part of our call is love; loving our husband, then our children and then those God has given us in our ministry. She challenged us to come up with a plan to make the changes necessary to fulfill our call.

I have many things I need to change about myself. The ones I thought of were my selfishness, poor housekeeping, lack of quality time with my husband and lack of time spent with God each day. I don’t give God enough of my time.

Princess had a dream last night. It was really wonderful!

She dreamed that Jesus was on the Cross and she was on the cross with Him. They both died and then rose again. Mary was sad and didn’t see the tomb. Then two angels came. One stood at the head and one at the foot. Then Mary saw a man and said, “Are you the gardener?” The man said, “I’m your God” and Princess was on Jesus’ back. (That is the quick version of what she said; most wording exact.)

How very theological of her. She amazes Chris and I daily with her wisdom. Mark 10:13-16 says,

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. (NIV)

Princess, who will be 5 in December, accepted Jesus into her heart at the age of three. Her amazing understanding of theological truths can only come from her listening to God. We already allow her to take communion because of what we see her understanding. I know that only God can impart such knowledge and that because she is a child she is more open to it than most adults. I thank God for allowing us the opportunity to raise our two wonderful children and for giving us the ability to help them learn more about God. We do devotions every night, but just reading Bible stories cannot impart the knowledge that Princess has. And really, the only reason we do devotions so regularly is because Princess refuses to go to bed without it. Thank you Princess for your child-like devotion to our wonderful God and Savior.

These are the two wonderful little monsters that I have created. I love them, but they sure know how to get into trouble. This picture was taken just after Princess decided to leap from my husband’s arms. She face-planted the grass and scraped her chin and nose. The flowers she is holding were given to her by one of the bridesmaids (we were at my brother’s wedding) to keep her happy while we got a family picture. Little Man will be one on September 25th. He gets into EVERYTHING! Even as I am writing this he has dumped my trash can, tried to eat a bouncy ball and tried to drink from my can of pop. I sure do love them, though.