Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I am determined

Frazzled, exhausted, burned-out, defeated, angry, frustrated and discouraged are all words that would describe who I allowed myself to became during our ministry in the church we served in Massachusetts. I am currently doing a Bible study covering these very issues and even though I know how wonderful the Lord is,sometimes I need to be reminded. I realized that the people I allowed to affect my life in this way, were and are telling lies. They are lying to others in such a way that they are being believed, but that belief comes from within themselves not from the truth; they are believing the lies enough in their mind that they take it on as 'truth'. I use to get so angry because I felt God was not paying attention but in my reading today, I was reminded He already knew...2 Corinthians 11:13-15, "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel;for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." So as many of you may know but we often forget yes, even a Christian college graduate, a pastor's daughter or son, the church secretary, the pastor, pastor's wife or a lay person can be used to cause all kinds of heartache and pain. I am determined to remind myself of...Matthew 11:28-30, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." The Lord has made my heart so light and happy today! I know that if I choose to believe the devil's lies or allow others lies to effect my walk, I am not relying on the One true Saviour (who holds me in His hand...a place I can never be snatched from!) and I'm not being effective in the ministry for Him. I'm working toward forgiving those who would lie and make it easy for the devil to use them to harm the Lord's work, but for now I am so excited to be getting back to my close walk with the Lord! I'm convictingly reminded that He never leaves, we just tend to wander from Him, when we should not. DEar friend, if you are going through a time where you are feeling down or discouraged, may I encourage you to get back into you daily walk and talk with the Lord. HE IS SO GOOD!!

Friday, April 25, 2008

What a great week!!

Ladies if you have never been to a good old time Southern tent revival, you have missed out! We went to an independent Baptist good ole southern tent meeting and it was such a wonderful time!! The Lord moved and lives were changed. The music was very uplifting too, without all the praise band of the modern day church. I was so blessed to be able to go. We were in Walterboro, SC and it was wonderful fellowship and food for the body and soul. I look forward to next year too!! We got back and I got a stomach bug..I was a bit nervous but no worries..it was just a bug. :) I am going to go now. I am making Elisabeth a cake for her 3rd birthday. She was 3 on the 18th and I had not unpacked the right boxes..so I told her when i found my pans I would make her a cake. She helped me this morning with the mix..let me not forget the quotation marks for "help". She is turning into such the little girl and bossy sister. I pray you all have a wonderful day and weekend. May the God who made everything, make His presence know in your lives today and all the days to come. John 3:16...let us not forget what this verse really means.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Just a quick note

Hello my wonderful friends. We are here and have been for 3 weeks. We just got moved into our home. The last renters were a bit upset having to leave and left a mess to say the least. I will not go into full details but they had a lot of animals (that they did not clean after), they were smokers, and cleaning up anywhere must have been a task. The Lord has been WONDERFUL for we replaced all the floors and can freely walk around the house..maneuvering around the boxes of course. That is my plan for today...boxes.
Oh, how pretty to sit here typing and see the reddest cardinal ever on the tree branch outside the office window!
Sorry the bird distracted me and the cat. So back to boxes..yes, I am getting to that today. Martin is out of town for the week. He is in Texas for a BBIF or BBFI(I can never remember the name or the initials).It is a church planting/refresh meeting. They help support pastors of small churches or help them plant churches with support for a time, so the church itself does not have to stress about that for the first year or two. We are praying for the Lord's will for this and ask you to do the same. Well I must go...boxes, boxes, boxes...anyone want to help??

Happy Birthday to all of you that I missed or will miss in the next month or two..I do love you all and pray for you, even if the computer communication is next to nothing. Take care and PRAISE THE LORD FOR STAY AT HOME MOMS!!!