Friday, January 30, 2009

What have I gone and done?

I had several friends request that I set up a Facebook account. I ignored their requests until the queen, Lynda, asked me to do it. Anyhoo, I have about let it take over my computer time this past week. And, that really must stop. I enjoy my blog! Really I do. And, I enjoy visiting on my board: Christian-Moms.

This week has been a rather LONG week at work. The students were in rare form. Also, we tested all week long and they were sick of it as were their math teachers. I have a fun math project planned for Monday.

I have been trying to get sick all week long. And, I accomplished it. sigh. I called in sick for the first time this morning. Of course, I felt extremely guilty about it all day long. I think that some little gremlins came and rubbed sandpaper inside my throat when I was sleeping. I can't stop coughing even with taking cough meds.

Please read Aaron's blog that I just added to my blog links. This is about the son of a dear, dear friend who is studying in Scotland this semester. I really got tickled reading his account of the travel there and his first days.

So, that's about all that I am going to say tonight. Oh, if you Facebook - add me as a friend.

Blessings and prayers sent to each of you,

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Just saying..........

I have a three day week-end!! Wowhooo! We are off on Monday for MLK holiday. I should be cleaning and ironing this chilly Saturday morning but instead I am checking up on the ladies from my board, reading blogs, and watching television with my sweet husband.

Oh, our news. Mark has accepted a new church position. He will be pastor of a small church in our area. I covet your prayers as we prepare to minister and lead at this church. Please pray that God can use us to His glory.

We are sad to be leaving Twin City Baptist Church since we have served there for two and a half years. However, it became evident that we should make a move at this time. Pray for them, too. I believe that they need many prayers.

I will write more later. Now, I am going to go find Mark and watch the shows we taped last night.

Blessings to each of you,

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Aged Wine

My friend, Marsha, called me today on the phone. I was telling her that I feel the need to expand my area of ministry. I have felt so boxed in the last several months. I miss seeing the power of the Holy Spirit move in the lives of His children. I feel called to get serious about preaching and ministering to women.

After I shared my heart with her, Marsha told me that an evangelist came to her church on New Year’s Eve. One of the statements that he made really impressed her. She felt led to share it with me. I will try to paraphrase his comments.

He compared those of us nearing or past fifty to aged wine. He said that he felt those who have faithfully served the Lord for many years, especially those in the ministry, would be poured out this year on God’s people like perfect aged wine.

I guess that Mark and I both fit into both categories: in the ministry and old. The road has not always been easy. The path has been heartbreaking at times. However, there have also been moments of great joy. We have been honored to witness the lost being saved, the hurting comforted, and the sick healed. The journey has been one of victory and defeat. We have cried tears of sorrow and joy.

Yet, I have never felt complete in my calling or that I was using my gifts to the fullest of the abilities that God has given me. I wonder why I still desire to step out of my comfort zone and be used of God in certain areas. The areas to which I feel God is calling me are not the normal Baptist route. However, the calling or desires are not fading. In fact, they seem to be getting stronger.

This year, I want to see the power of the Holy Spirit made manifest in my life to a great degree. I want to see His face daily and abide strongly in His presence. There are three areas of my life that I am praying about it. I will not share those areas on my blog, today. But, I will write them down. Next year at this time, I hope to be able to report how God made His answers and wisdom known to me and to my beloved husband.

I covet the prayers of fellow believers as this year begins. I will be praying for those of you who read my blog.

May all of us walk this year fully seeing His light and direction in our lives.