I posted a while back about reading the book by Terrie Chappell, "It's a Wonderful Life." What a great book! Katie commented that she has a favorite part, so I'm curious to know which is her favorite....it's been hard for me to narrow it down!!
This book is written with the ministry wife in mind. I love Mrs. Terrie's style of writing, it's so easy to read, yet so encouraging and convicting to me personally. She told many personal stories of being in the ministry and what has worked for her and her family. I learned so much! She emphasized the fact that we often get too caught up in ministry life that we substitute serving Christ for our daily walk and fellowship with Him. When we do this, we will run dry and empty and have nothing to offer to the people we are called to minister to. How easy it is to let this happen. My time with Christ strengthens and enables me to be what I need to be for my family and those around me.
Her chapter on irritation was also quite convicting. She said that irritation is a form of pride and that "pride can also be revealed by how we handle the trials that come in our lives. When we think we don't deserve a trial and are annoyed by the inconvenience, we are allowing pride to take hold. In humility, we must remember that God is in control. He allows the trials so we can continue to humbly rely on Him for the strength and guidance we desperately need." How true! It's so easy as a busy momma and wife to be irritated when things don't go exactly how I had planned it for the day. Interruptions do come. I want to keep my heart right during those times, and look for the lessons God would have me to learn!
Another thing she mentioned, that I have found myself sharing with others is, "wishing for just 2 more hours a day is a revealing signal that we have taken on more than God ever desired for us to do." Anyone else guilty of this? My hand is raised because that is me on a daily basis! I'm always wishing for more hours and energy to be able to do more in my day! But, God has given me the exact amount of time to complete exactly what He would have me do...every single day. That is a thought that has given me peace and the ability to look at my list and say, "Lord, what would YOU have me to do today?" Mrs. Chappell says, "Over commitment causes us to hear only the loud noises of urgency and immediate crisis. It deafens us to the quiet and highly important needs of our families, our hearts, our husbands, and our ministries." "When I pillow my head at night, do I have the inner peace of a clear conscience, knowing that I invested my time and energy into the most important priorities in my life today?"
I highly recommend this book to any wife in the ministry. It has been such a blessing! And my favorite part? Probably the carrot and coffee bean illustration at the end. But, I'll let those that buy the book read that! ;o)
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Silas, Callie and Micah had worked hard to have a good stock for their store. They scoured our yard and had plenty of things for sale like pine needles (Patrick has claimed those), pinecones (maybe a craft item?), some neat weathered wood, and lots of fun odds and ends.
I liked these pieces of wood they had found. Unfortunately, I didn't bring my money with me. It was a quarter for the little piece. I asked him if I could pay tomorrow, but take the wood today so I could start on my project. His answer? Nope. I had to pay before pick up. Little stinker! He also wasn't too flexible on the price either!
We are loving the slightly cooler temps and being outside!
Thursday, October 13, 2016
It's here! It's here! The weather is starting to slightly turn cooler. You can just smell 'Autumn' in the air! And you can smell lot of pumpkin candles in the house. That means it's time to bring out our Fall Decorations!
Happy Fall Y'all!!
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
We decided to do a Saturday night International Dessert Fellowship to kickoff the conference. We asked the members to bring desserts from other countries. The instructions were to have the dish labeled with the country it was from and to make sure it was cut into small servings. We wanted everyone to be able to sample as much as they could.
As the conference drew closer and the sign up sheet filled up, I noticed some familiar handwriting at the bottom. My Silas signed up to bring Boston Cream Donuts from Boston! Well....I think we need to work on our geography and talk more about countries. ;o) But, that will be for another time. For now, we praised him for his creativeness and wanting to bring something!
Yummy Boston Cream Donuts....from Boston. ;o)
Saturday, October 8, 2016
In Control though the storm around you be raging.
He's in control, in your life, no matter what you're facing.
Even in your darkest night, when there seems to be no light,
He's always with you, He'll never fail you,
He's in control.
How true those words are. So thankful for our Heavenly Father's love and watch care over us! So thankful that just like my husband did for Micah, our God is always ready and willing to take us in His arms, comfort us, and tell us it will be okay.
So, Matthew came and went. We were far enough west to only have some wind and a little rain. The power did go out for several hours. My crazy kiddos cheered! Now, it's time to dump out all the water and pick up some branches!
Friday, October 7, 2016
Our first one was at the Police Department. The High Springs Police Department has been such a blessing to VSIBC as we've started the church. We've had a couple of Police Officers stop by to let us know that they are keeping an eye on us, watching out for us and are there if we need them. We often see a Police Officer parked near the church as we leave. What a blessing! So, it was nice to go for a visit and to personally tell them thank you for all they do!