Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Not Enough Mary Moments

Hello, my bloggy peeps! 

Are you all familiar with the story of Mary and Martha?  If you aren't, I encourage you to take a peek at it.

Luke 10:42
but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.

I want that verse to be said of me.

And, lately, unfortunately, it can't.

I have to tell you something that is very difficult for me to say.  I love writing for you.  I love posting words of encouragement and giving you challenges from the scripture God has been using to teach me; but, there have been too many Martha moments and not enough Mary moments in my life lately. 

So, I am going to take a break and spend some time sitting at His feet.  There are lots of things I need to seek Him about, and hope you will understand.

As I sit at His feet, I encourage you to do the same.  There is no better place to be.  What we learn at His feet will NOT be taken away from us.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

For Those Who Pastor

As most of you know, I'm a pastor's wife and I can tell you life in ministry, next to parenting, is one of the most difficult and rewarding occupations in the world.  I hesitate to use the word "occupation", because, from our side of the fence, it's not an occupation.  It's a calling.  It's a purpose.  It's a drive within that can come from no other place than the throne of God. 

You just can't NOT do it.  I mean how many other occupations do you see people furthering their education, advancing their degree, and doing it for no more compensation this side of Heaven?  Pastors do that.  Not for the compensation, but for the opportunity to gain further understanding on how to minister to this hurting, dying world.

October is Pastor Appreciation month, and I don't say that because my husband is a pastor, but because I see the things that those who pastor others endure.  I see what they give, and sometimes it costs them more than you can imagine.  I see the battles they face.  Pastoring puts tension on their marriages, on their children, on their extended families, and on their friendships - but they give anyway.

Your pastor loves you. 

God loves you through your pastor.

Some of you who read Beyond Sunday Morning are from the same congregation as I, and many of you who read are not.  Over the summer, our congregation felt the pain of losing our pastor.   He and his precious wife were called to minister in a new avenue.   John and Carla Offutt were called by God to embark on a new ministry called LifeSource Ministries.  They have a desire to pastor those who pastor, minister to those who minister, and to refresh local church bodies.

If you love your pastor and appreciate what he does for the Kingdom, make a point to let him know some time this month and be sure to let him know about Life Source Ministries

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Where Are You?

Where Are You?

A question God asked of Adam and Eve as they hid from them in the garden after they sinned.  Our guest speaker last night, Pastor Jim Wright, spoke on the questions God asked of Adam and Eve in Genesis chapter 3, and "Where are you?" was the first question God asked.  

God knew the answers to the questions He asked them. 

He knew where they were.

He knew what they had done.

He knew they felt shame.

And He knew what this was going to cost them.

Genesis 3:8 -

They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

What breaks my heart to read in this verse is they "hid themselves from the presence of the Lord."

Is that true of you, my friend?

Have you hidden yourself from the presence of the Lord?

Oh, I hope not.  Sometimes it happens so illusively we don't even realize we have hidden from the presence of the Lord.  If we don't realize where we are, we can't figure out where we are supposed to be.

Can I tell you a simple truth today, and I tell it to you in love,my sister -

Avoiding Him, no matter what area of your life, is the same as hiding from His presence.

Please don't hide from Him. 

He loves you. 

He already knows. 

He hasn't moved.

He hasn't turned His back on you.

Simply turn your back from Him..........

And look into His face.

"Where are You, My child," He says.   Listen with your heart.  Can you hear Him?

Don't hide from His presence.

Father, Your presence is welcome in my heart, my mind, and my life today.  Whisper those words into my spirit often.  May I hear you asking "Where are you?" and come running to your feet.  You went looking for Adam and Eve in the garden because You wanted to be with them, and I am no different.  You want to be with me.

You want to be with me.

I must ask myself today, "Where AM I?" because sometimes I hide without realizing what I've gotten myself into and if I don't realize where I AM, I can't see where I need to be.  

Thank You, God, for simply wanting to be with me.  Thank You for enjoying my presence, may I enjoy Yours.

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