Monday, December 5, 2022

In the Midst

I recently read some sad statistics from APA.org.

69% of women feel they lack enough time during the holidays

59% of women feel nervous or sad during the holidays

88% of women feel stressed when celebrating the holidays

As I read through, my first reaction was, "Yes, who doesn't??"  But, then I realized what a sad statistic this is.  Stressed, Nervous, Rushed, Sad....are these really feelings Christ wants us to have when we are supposed to be celebrating HIS birth?  What feelings would He like for me to have?  I'm sure we could come up with quite a list.  Two, in particular, came to my mind. 

 Joy.  Peace.  

I believe this is what Christ would want us to feel as we celebrate the holidays.  Don't you?

It reminds me of after Jesus died and was buried.  The disciples had feelings of nervousness.  They were afraid.  They were probably a little confused.  As they met together, they shared feelings of fear and discouragement.  But then something miraculous happened.  We read it in John 20:19-20,

"Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 

And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side.  Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord."


When Jesus came in the midst of them, they had Peace.  They had Joy.  We see that in many verses following where Jesus wants to offer Peace.  And Joy.


When we rush from here to there and when we are stressed and nervous, we don't have peace.  And if we don't have peace and joy, then He is not in our midst.  Revelation 3:20 says that Christ is standing at the door knocking.  If He's knocking at the door, then He must be on the outside, and not in the midst.

  It reminds me of Joseph knocking on the Inn Keepers door desiring to come in.  But, it was already too full inside the Inn.  It was so full that the Inn Keeper wasn't able to make room for them.  

When we are stressed, worried, hurried, we are too full.  And when we are too full of the hustle and bustle, Christ can't be in the midst.  This Christmas I want to purpose to have Him in the midst.  Does that mean my calendar is wiped clean and I sit at home?  Definitely not!  I love going here and there looking at lights and having Christmas parties!  But, it does mean I'm being more purposeful with my time.  Peace and Joy come when He has the preeminence.   I want Him to be in the midst of my season and of my life.  He's worth it!
 

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Gimenez Family Games 2022

I love this crew of mine!

A couple of years ago we had some fun relay type games for a Fall Family Fun Night.  We decided to do the same this year as well.  I divided everyone into 4 teams.



We played some silly and fun games.





We acted a little crazy, were pretty competitive and just enjoyed being together.





I tried to keep the teams as even as possible.  This wasn't all that easy, so I gave a little leeway for those teams with the little guys on them. 



 
These 3 were pretty excited that they won!   It was great fun!  I love time with my sweet, crazy, and sometimes loud family!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

A visit around the campfire

I love it when I get a chance to visit with my sisters.  It doesn't happen often enough.  Even though we only live 5 hours apart, we don't see each other nearly enough.  I was so excited when my sister and her family were passing through our area!


We made a campfire and roasted hot dogs and sausages, and we even got them to try some venison sausage, too!  Of course we roasted marshmellows, as well!!


And talked, and talked, and laughed and laughed.




 And she got to meet Asa.  It was a great visit!! Love you sis!

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Honoring Veterans

We had an AMAZING Veteran's Day Service!  We were so excited to have Dr. Don Chitty with us!  He is a hero veteran, a hero missionary, and a hero Man of God.  We were all blessed that he was with us!


He preached 3 wonderful messages Sunday and gave his life story.  Your testimony is powerful and God given.  Use it for Him!  Use your story to bring other people to Jesus!


We also honored all Veterans that were in our service.  I'm so thankful for the Godly men that God has placed in our church.  These are heroes as well as they've served our country and fought for our freedoms.  Some of these men have seen sights and experienced heartache that I hope I and my children will never face.   They carry burdens with them everyday.  And they did this to keep us free.  I am so thankful!


My kiddos sang, "I love this land."  I truly do!



This picture makes me so happy.  Let me tell you why.  My children love to be with preachers, missionaries, evangelists and pastors.  We have taught them that these are our heroes as well.  We want them to rub shoulders with people that are passionate about Christ.  My family has been looking forward to having Bro Chitty come for a long time.  We tried to be with him as much as possible for the few days he was here.  So, to have my grandson come along to lunch was special.  It was so neat because he seemed so taken with Bro Chitty, too.  He would watch him as he talked and even smiled some for him.  I love seeing that passion for preachers passed down to the next generation.

Friday, November 25, 2022

Little of this and a little of that

Time is flying around here.  But we are having a great time!!  Callie was excited to get her first doe.  Meat in the freezer for us! 
Our grandboys are growing a ton!  I love when we lay them down on the blanket together and they just look at each other.  I just know they are going to be best buds!


Peaches has gained her strength....and then some!  She has put her weight back on and has gotten quite thick.  She's such a good farm dog for us.


Beth has been cooking, and cleaning, and taking care of the house for me while I've recuperated from surgery.  She made an amazing mediterranean meal.  It was so delicious!!


For Pastor's Appreciation they gave me, the preacher's wife, a giftcard to get my nails done a bunch.  I have had fun getting creative manicures.  I'm spoiled now!  How can I go back to doing them myself? :o)


My sweetie and I had a fun date night out.  It was our annual Mr and Mrs Claus date where we discuss all things Christmas and decide how we will do things and what we will buy.  I sure do love this man!



 The kids and I recently went to a self defense class.  We learned so much!  Now they are practicing on each other.  I'm not so sure this is the best way to learn? :o)

It's been a great Fall.  Good memories.  Now it's on to Christmas!


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

1st Service at our new location!

Wow what a time these past few months has been!  Ever since getting our notice that we had 60 days to vacate, VSIBC has been working ferociously!  Especially since we didn't find a building until 28 days beforehand.  So many, many people worked and worked to make this new location our church home.  There was so much excitement in the air!

I had my surgery on Friday, and our first service was set for Sunday.  I wanted to be there so badly.  I told Patrick it didn't matter how I felt, I would be there at that first service!  I'm so thankful the Lord worked that all out for me.  It was tiring and I was in pain, but I made it!  Praise the Lord!  


We had a packed house!!  We even had to take a picture in two shots to fit everyone.  I just love my church family!


We were packed but it's a good problem to have!  I wish I could say we have tons of space in this new building, unfortunately that's not the case.  But, it is what God has provided and He truly knows best!  



The sound is great in this new location.  Everything is new and looks so great.  It's a wonderful place for us to meet!  We signed a 15 month lease.  Our prayer is that by that time our building on our property will be done and we can move right on in.




 Until then we'll just keep doing what we are supposed to as a church...  Meeting together, inviting others, telling others the greatest story ever told, and encouraging one another. 

Asa gives his approval of this new building and the new nursery, too!

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Ladies Pancake Fellowship

I've said it many times before.  One of my favorite parts of being a Pastor's wife is planning ladies activities.  We really do have a great time at VSIBC!  And our ladies are so wonderful, we have such a great time together!


For the past few years we've done a pancake fellowship.  It's so fun!  I have ladies sign up to bring pancake toppings and mix-ins.  I also have a lady that will bring tons of pancake batter.  Then, they grab a cup, fill it with batter and all the mix-ins that they want.  Then, they go over to the griddle station, and make their pancake.  I love all of the creations!

This year we decided to rent the Civic Center since our ladies group has really grown.  I was glad we had all the extra room!


This year we also had a simmer pot station.  There were bowls of oranges, dried apples, cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger, and pumpkin pie spice.  The ladies then filled a bag with all the scents that they like.  They could then take home their bag of goodies, put in a pot with water, and let it simmer on the stove.  It makes your home smell so festive and homey.  



This activity actually took place 2 days after my gallbladder attack.  I wanted to be there so badly, but knew I couldn't do much.  Tabitha was out with sick kiddos.  I was so thankful Beth and Brenna were able to lead everything.  Beth did the game.  We found out who is Mrs. Fall and who needs help with a little more autumn cheer.  It was fun!




We always have such a good time together.  These are precious, godly ladies that brighten my life.  So thankful for all of them!







I also wasn't able to give the devotion that I had planned.  So I asked Brenna if she could give a devotion of whatever the Lord laid on her heart.  She did amazing!  She spoke on Cherishing the Moment.  With having baby Asa, and then having a health difficulty, she really spoke from the heart and was able to capture our attention with wise counsel.  It was so challenging and helpful.



 So thankful for a great group of ladies and the fun times that we have together.

Monday, November 7, 2022

Thanks! Now it's time to recover


 Thank you so much for the prayers for my surgery.  It has been quite painful, that's for sure.  I'm trying to take it easy and heal.  A visit from these cuties definitely brightened my day!