Monthly Archives: June 2014

Why Ministry is the Best Gig in the World – Reason 3, Grad Parties!

Each May, like clock-work, the graduation announcements start rolling in.  When you serve in the ministry, you get invited to a lot of graduation parties.  This was a record breaking year.  We were invited to nine parties.  Nine, count ‘em!  We were able to attend all but one.  Although, we had to divide and conquer in order to do it.  Below are pictures of our fun day!

2014 Grad gifts

Journals for all the Graduates

Carson

Jacob

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I’ve known this kid since  he was a lil’ guy.  He’s not so lil’ anymore!

Kinsie

 Peter

What a great day spending time with each of these special grads.  I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about their plans after graduation and encouraging them.  (Plus all the great food too!)  When you serve in ministry, you’re placed in the privileged position of celebrating people’s special moments in life.

Your Friend in Ministry,

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The Father’s Approval

Last week I was watching America’s Got Talent on TV with my kiddos.  I love the back stories they do on the contestants.  I was particularly fascinated by the story of Justin Rhodes, a young man who played the piano and sang.  His dad had taught him to play the piano at age three, but did not want him to make a career out of music.  Justin moved away from home to pursue music and that became “the darkest time” of his life as he got into drugs and alcohol.  He said that he knew he was a disappointment to his dad as his only son.

He went on to say that the competition wasn’t about winning, “It’s about proving to my dad that I’m worth something”.  He was nervous as he went out on the stage because this was the first time his dad had seen him perform since he was a kid.  As he took the stage, he said hello to the judges and immediately looked up to the balcony to catch a glimpse of his father.

He proceeded to WOW the audience and the judges as he played and sang.  To see full performance and judges remarks, click here

After he received “Yes!” votes from three of the four judges, the final judge said he was going to vote on behalf of his father.  Howie Mandel looked up to the balcony and said, “What is your vote sir?”  The father, with tears in his eyes and a smile on his face, gave a big thumbs up!  You could tell by the relief in the son’s face, that vote was the only one that mattered to Justin Rhodes.

You and I are a lot like Justin.  No matter how old you are, you want your dad to be proud of you.  His belief that you are good and acceptable, is of utmost importance.  I am blessed to have been raised in a home where my dad showered my sisters and me with lots of love and acceptance.  However, I realize that is not the norm.  There are many homes where dads are absent, either physically or emotionally.  Yet, every human craves a father’s approval, it is human nature.  That is how God made us.  That is why, I believe, He also refers to Himself as our Father.  He is always present.  He never leaves.  He is looking down from the balcony of heaven with love in His eyes for you.  The baffling thing is that you don’t even have to do anything special to receive His approval.  He loves you just because He made you.  Lift your eyes up to Him, see Him with a smile on His face, tears in His eyes, giving you a big thumbs up!  If you never had your earthly father’s approval, comfort yourself by knowing that you have your Heavenly Father’s approval.  Make it your goal to live your life in such a way that it brings Him great honor and joy.

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are.   1 John 3:1

Your Friend in Ministry,

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Reflections on the Occasion of my 41st Year

41st B-day

I am 41 years old today.  As I spent time reflecting upon the previous year, I was reminded of the many lessons God has taught me.  I hope you will indulge me as I share my reflections.

  • God is good and faithful.  I can fully rely, depend upon and trust Him.  There is no situation beyond His care or ability to help.
  • Making my relationship with Christ the top priority is worth any price I need to pay, including sleep.  Daily, extended quiet time with Him is the only way I can be the loving, gracious and kind woman I want to be.
  • When the Holy Spirit leads me to do something new or different, He doesn’t say, “Good luck with that” and leave me on my own.  No, He guides me every step of the way, teaching me and providing practical help and support.
  • I used to be hesitant to do new things for God.  I have learned to take risks, and to see what I used to consider “failure” as an opportunity to grow and learn.
  • Sometimes you have to let go of the friends you think you want so God can bring you the friends He knows you need.  This is something I am teaching my 15 year old daughter.
  • I can put my complete trust, hope and confidence in God with every situation I face, especially regarding my children.
  • There is amazing power in prayer, specifically when you have several people agreeing together.  God always works things out in His own way and in His own timing.  My job is to wait patiently and contentedly in the process.
  • I still have a lot to learn!  I look forward to the new lessons He will teach me this year and pray that He uses me to be an encouragement to you!

Your Friend in Ministry,

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