My hubby sold our first item in our Etsy.com shop! Yippee! We just started our shop on January 31st and he already sold a ring! Congrats, hubby! We are attempting to sell rosary rings and button necklaces. He does the rings and I do the necklaces. He prays the rings like he suggested I pray my charm bracelet. I wrote about that in my last post. So, please visit our shop and see if there is anything you like. There will be more items coming in the near future (if all goes as planned).

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As a wrote in my last post, I preached on the Sabbath this week. My sermon prep was very interesting. I kept trying to work on my sermon but every time I tried, I would get interrupted. I must admit that some of it was my own doing, but not most of it. One day, Chris took the kids away so that I could work for about an hour and I had an amazing 8 phone calls! While I was at work on Friday, I was going to work on my sermon after I finished my other work, but my mom showed up and we talked for an hour and a half. She has never been to my work before; it was really strange! All week I felt like I had no idea what I was talking about in my sermon. Even last night I kinda just gave it to God and prayed that He would speak through me. Today at church, the 3 kids in our church that are preschool age or younger were being the loudest they have ever been and even running in the aisles. It was crazy! I kept trying to talk louder and louder. Finally, I had enough of this struggle to preach. I stopped the service and told everyone that I seriously thought that Satan did not want this sermon preached and that I was going to pray. I even said, and it’s true, that I don’t say that lightly. Satan is not behind every bad thing in life, but I truly believe he was behind this confusion this week. So I rebuked Satan and prayed for God’s protection and help. The kids were still loud, but Chris said that the attitude changed and my sermon was better after that. Thank you, God!!! To top the week off, when I went to put my sermon on the blog, it took me about an hour to copy and paste it right! It was crazy!

What I really cant figure out, is why Satan would care that much. Sure, the Sabbath is important to keep, but most likely the people that needed to hear my sermon, weren’t even at church! What did he have to gain?

Well, to give you a better idea of what I was trying to say about the Sabbath, here is a synopsis: (more…)

The Prayer of JabezI started reading The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkerson the other day. I have to admit that I tend to shy away from reading or doing things that have gone through a “fad phase”. Sometimes it seems like things get too popular and everyone does something simply because they want to be part of the fad. However, it has been some time since the prayer of Jabez fad and my mom gave me the book and recently suggested again that I read it, so I am.

I am nearly done with it already because it isn’t long. I think I only have one chapter left. My opinion on the book is this: it’s a great prayer and a good practice to pray it. I am enjoying reading the book and praying the prayer. However, I recently preached on the Lord’s Prayer and have been praying that since then. The prayer of Jabez is essentially the same except that it is shorter than the Lord’s Prayer. I think I prefer the Lord’s Prayer actually. It is more focused on God working through you than on God blessing you. God blessing you is a fine thing to pray as illustrated by Bruce Wilkinson’s book, but I think that we all need to focus more on God and stop focusing on ourselves. I think the Lord’s Prayer does a better job of helping me do that. You be the judge for yourself. Try out both. The essential thing for all of us is to seek God and His help and guidance in our lives. We need to be His workforce on Earth.

The Prayer of Jabez: 1 Chronicles 4:10

Oh, that you would bless me
and enlarge my territory!
Let your hand be with me,
and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.

The Lord’s Prayer: Matthew 6:9b-13

Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Today I read chapter 4 in Lessons I Learned in the Dark by Jennifer Rothschild. She wrote about rejoicing in your God-given gifts; especially the difficult ones. If most people wrote that, it would not be as powerful as when she, a blind woman, writes it. If she can rejoice in her God-given difficult gift, then I should be able to rejoice in mine, too. Here are some of my favorite parts of this chapter.

The only difference between becoming bitter and becoming better is the letter I. Approaching our difficulties from the standpoint of what I want, what I have lost, or what I think is fair will embitter us. Bitter eyes can perceive only the injustice and the sorrow in our situation. Grateful eyes, however, will always see the grace of God, regardless of how difficult our circumstances might be. Grateful eyes allow us to see “the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13). (more…)

This week was the 52nd General Council of the Assemblies of God. It was held in Indianapolis, IN. There were some major changes debated. Some passed and other did not. I would like to highlight just a few that were the most important to me.

First of all, our new General Superintendent is Brother George O. Wood. I am very pleased with this. I have heard good things about how he is progressive in his thinking and actions. I believe he will do well in this position, especially as we transition into a fellowship that seeks to keep its younger and female ministers and younger constituents. I appreciate all that Brother Trask has dome for us and pray for him as he continues his journey of life with God’ direction.

Our new Assistant Superintendent is Brother Alton Garrison. I must be honest in my hopes that Brother Doug Clay would be voted into this position. However, I know that God led the voting that took place. I was unable to be there, but I did pray fervently for His will. Therefore I know that Brother Garrison is the right man for the job.

Our new Executive Director of US Missions is Brother Zollie Smith; an African American man! Check out 1:16:20 of this video. It is a moving acceptance speak. I am very happy to see what I believe is our first African American on our Assembly of God Executive Team. I praise God for his guidance as people voted. (more…)

Last Sunday I preached on The Lord’s Prayer. It was a rather hard subject for me. This is mostly because I don’t pray enough and I know it. God helped me to write a very good sermon, but through it I felt compelled to commit to pray more. I pledged to God that I would read a chapter of a book, that makes me think more about God, every night for a year. I also pledged that I would do this reading before I read my nightly fiction. So, I started reading “Listening for God”, by Marilyn Hontz again. I started reading it a while back, but never finished it. I like the book. Through reading that, I pledged to also read the Bible at the same time and pray. Now I don’t really have time for the fiction at night! Somehow, that doesn’t bother me. Which makes me very happy.

I have a new friend who is struggling to read the Bible. She has a hard time understanding it. (Any ideas or suggestions for her are appreciated.) But I found something in Marilyn’s book that might have helped some. She wrote, “Since the Bible was written under inspiration, I need to ask the Lord to help me read it by that same inspiration.” Doesn’t that make a LOT of sense? I had never thought about it exactly like that before. I hope it helped her. I enjoyed being used by God to show someone else something.

I think I will grow a lot because of my pledge. I’m ashamed at my lack of having done these things regularly before, but I know God is continually working in me. And as long as I am willing to learn and be molded, I don’t need to feel ashamed. Thank you God for molding me!

Two different people have requested a new post. I have such a hard time deciding what to write! I guess I will write about last week. At the beginning of the week my husband and I were at the Credential Prep School. It was a requirement for getting our Ordination, which we hope to get next May.

I was really frustrated the week before that because we could not bring our kids with us and I always have a terrible time finding people to watch the kids overnight. I was so frustrated I told Chris that he should just go alone and I would just stay at home and be the pastor’s wife. That is not like me AT ALL. I am not a pastor’s wife. I am a pastor. I don’t fit the normal mold, though. It’s frustrating sometimes.

Anyways, I had to preach that Sunday and I was looking for scripture on the Triune God. I found Ephesians 4:1-6. The translation I read talked about your vocation. Here is the quote:

1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
KJV

That first verse really hit me hard. Vocation here means calling. We are all called to be Christ-like. Of course I could go on for 20 minutes about this (I did preach on it), but, basically, I am called to be a pastor and I need to walk worthy of that calling. That does not leave room for feeling sorry for myself or worrying about something God will take care of. I needed to trust that God was going to provide my need for a babysitter and I needed to trust that God had my best interests in mind when He called me. I needed to trust that He knew what He was doing and I needed to stop doubting my call simply because I was having difficulties.

The day after I read that, God did provide my need. Thank you God! I went to the Prep School and had a great time. I finally had some alone time with my dear hubby and my dear God. It was refreshing and enlightening. I thank God that He did call me. My life would be empty without Him and His purposes.