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A Bump on the Head.

I know…..you’re saying, “God Is….A Bump on the Head?”  You probably think I am losing “it”, huh?!!  Well, I probably did 🙂  Probably because tonight I received a big BANG on my forehead, compliments of a falling pizza stone!! 

I was reaching up to the top kitchen cabinet, which is above my head, and as soon as I opened the door, the stone came rolling out and landed on my forehead.  I barely even saw it coming, and then after it hit, I could not believe that it didn’t just knock me out completely?! 

To understand the frame of what was left of my mind at the time, you have to understand that the stone was large and round –15 inches in diameter, made from the finest of clay, and very heavy.  There was no escaping!

Now that I have had a few hours to regain my composure, I want to share with you why I probably needed this to happen…

For about an hour before the “rolling stone” incident (ha ha), I was engulfed in spiritual despair.  At about 5:00 p.m. tonight, as I was getting ready for choir practice, my son collapsed into his 16th febrile seizure. 

Thankfully, it was not a violent one, and only lasted about two minutes, but it came at a time when I had just been proclaiming victory over his illness.  Strangely enough, one of my first thoughts after it happened was, “I shouldn’t have blogged about it”, because my previous blog, “God Is…Holding Brett” was just written a few days before.  It was as if I had not blogged about it, then maybe he wouldn’t be having another one!!?  But….I know that’s not true.

Still…it is just so frustrating watching your son in such a helpless and fragile state….so frustrating that you can’t do anything about it…and, so frustrating that when we had gone so long without one, here it is again? 

The worst part of this, though, was my response.  How quickly we change from being publicly and spiritually victorious when things are “right”, to being defeated when things go “wrong”!  I sunk right into that frame of mind.  I turned my eyes away from God in the midst of my agony over continued seizures, and momentarily forgot to stand on my faith in Him.  (I’m sorry, Lord.) 

Now…after “regrouping” my thoughts, I realize that there are still praises to be made.  My son is still with us.  He actually was semi-conscious during this seizure, responding to several things I asked of him during the episode.  (Something new and wonderful because all of the other seizures were pretty violent and he was non-responsive.) 

My bump on the head really hurt, but is serving a purpose in reminding me of God’s hand, still holding onto Brett, taking care of him and blessing our family another time. 

I am reminded of 2 Corinthians 4:7-9, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.  We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…”

We have to remember that the war has already been won, and Jesus Christ is the victorious One!  Whatever the circumstance, I pray that God will allow you a “bump” on the head — just like mine, if that’s what it takes, to keep us focused on things above, instead of our problems below! 

…just don’t make fun of my bruise when you see me! (ouch!) 

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Holding Brett.

 

               party hat, balloon, and conffetti

August 24th, 2007

This is the date that I am looking forward to in this 2007 year.  Lord willing, we will be celebrating that day, as my son (the three year old) goes one year without a seizure!  We are seven months into the countdown, and for the first time in over two years, I am believing that we actually have a chance of overcoming all of his medical obstacles.

It all began in November of 2004.  I was working late, and my husband was home with the kids.  The baby, having just turned a year old a few weeks before, was playing in his playpen.  My husband left the room for a minute, and returned to find him lying in the playpen experiencing a full seizure.  

Having received the phone call, I raced home to arrive about the same time as the ambulance.  I walked in the house to see him turning blue.  It was awful.  I will never forget my husband’s words to me as he said, “I thought we lost him”.  He did come out of it though, and we got him to the hospital, eventually learning  the terminology, “febrile seizure”.

Prior to this time, I had heard of other kids having seizures with fever, but had never heard what it was called, or had any personal dealings with it.  A febrile seizure is caused when there is a sudden rise or fall in body temperature.  It’s kind of like putting the brain in “overload”.  There’s something about his body that doesn’t gradually increase his temperature when he gets sick.  Anytime he runs a fever, whether it be 99 degrees or 102+ degrees, it jumps so fast that it causes a seizure.  Usually, he doesn’t even give us any warning.  He just goes from playing with no symptoms, to falling out into convulsions. 

15 seizures, multiple hospital stays, specialists visits, tests, pneumonia, and illnesses later, the decision was made to remove his adenoids in October of 2006.  The problem became not so much the seizures, but what was triggering them, which was the fever.  The fever was caused because he continually was getting sick.  So…the logical answer was to find out what was preventing him from staying well, take care of that, and then eliminate the root of the illness.

After his adenoid surgery, we have noticed a dramatic improvement in his health.  For the first time in his life, he has been able to have a common cold, as all young children do, and fight it within his own body’s defense system.  Prior to the surgery, a common cold would have thrown him into deep, fast infection of some sort, fever and a seizure within three days.  So, as you can see, we are very excited to report on his improvement!

There are still obstacles we are facing.  He is unable to be around other sick children, play at indoor public play facilities, stay in the church nursery, etc. without getting sick.  We are still having to be a little overprotective by sheltering him from normal childhood illnesses.  While his immunology tests have turned out okay, it still seems like his resistance to germs is low, so we have to be constantly mindful of that. 

We have also yet to see him run a fever without a seizure….that would be a real victory indeed!

However, seven months after his last seizure, we are gratefully reporting improvement.  I know that God is holding Brett in His loving arms…healing  his little body day by day.  He is such a joy to our family, and will be a wonderful testimony for the Lord as he gets older. 

So…we are trusting him to our Father…the One who created Brett, and knows best in all things.  Thank you, Lord God, for your loving arms to hold my son, heal his body, and see us through this trying time.  Thank you for the tears welling up in my eyes as I write this today.  Tears that I know are only there because you have blessed me with a son like Brett.  I am humbled and broken that You would allow me this pleasure when so many other parents lose their children to sickness and death.  I gratefully accept your gift, and ask Your guidance and direction as we raise Brett to honor You wholly.   Thank you for seeing to it that febrile seizures are not neurologically damaging, and that he is expected to grow out of them one day.  Thank you for seeing us through mounds of doctor bills.  Thank you for guiding our decision to refuse phenabarbital.  Thank you for allowing me to be a stay at home mom, especially when Brett needed me so much.  Thank you for the knowledge you provided to the doctors we have seen.  Thank you for the strength our family has gained by going through this.  Thank you for a wonderful church family and friends who have loved and cared for us.  Thank you, Lord, for even the unseen blessings of this trial you have allowed in our life.  I praise you today, and forever.  Amen.

  ….August 24th, 2007.  A Friday night.  Get your party hats ready!!

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In the Garden of Life.

A friend and I were discussing that he read my latest blog about the gardening experience over the weekend.  He made a comment to me that he couldn’t help but think that the blog could have related alot with our experience in “life gardening”.  He noticed that many of the same things I wrote about also apply when we sow the seeds of faith.

Immediately, I was convicted that I didn’t take more time in my writing on that subject, so I resolved to re-read the blog again, and after doing so, I realized that he was right!  It is amazing how God takes our ordinary things and uses them to show us His plan!

So….here is the “revised” version of “God Is…In the Garden.” with kudos to my friend for pointing out the higher purpose in sprouting seeds!!

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“Today, we planted a garden!  We are worn out, and reminded of all the muscles we don’t normally use(how many of us use our “sowing” muscles?  When they are used in witnessing after being “dormant” for a while, it is a good/bad reminder…good, that we know we are doing God’s will, but bad, that we are reminded how few times we keep them in shape!), but the seeds are in the ground, and we are expecting a wonderful harvest! (We should have the faith that God WILL bring a harvest of souls into the kingdom!)

I really don’t know what I’m doing…just kind of praying that God will bless it! (God doesn’t expect us to always know what to say or do, but just to be obedient in spreading the Word.) Some of my thoughts during this process:

  1. “Need to till ground….that’s what husband’s are for!   I could never work that thing.  Besides, there is something “manly” about working with a tiller!  My husband really did look like he knew what HE was doing!  (Thank you, dear!)” (Tilling the ground can relate to the preparation and responsibility that we all must do before being an effective witness.  We must be willing to read the bible, live our lives as godly as possible, recognize and turn from situations that would compromise our witness, and “..be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…”  1 Peter 3:15. 
  2. “Wow…the dirt is really black!  That MUST mean that it’s fertile, right?!” (The dirt IS fertile, and the “black” is the sin that is prevalent in our land today!  Let’s get out there and kick some dirt!)
  3. “It’s going to rain in a few days, so the seeds need to go in today!” (God is already bringing rain for the harvest!  More than ever, I know many of us are feeling His presence and the touch of His hand on lives all around us!)
  4. “Got to plan this thing right….tall things in the back, short plants in the front?” (Does location matter?  Where are we planting seeds?  Where is the potential for the greatest harvest? …I will tell you….it’s right where you are!  Unless God has specifically called you elsewhere, you can most often be effective in your witness to those around you; to the people that know you and see you live your life in a godly manner.  Our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and other members of your own community who already have a relationship with you may very well be the “ripest” of the harvest!) 
  5. “Seed packet says, “Plant 2 to 3 seeds every two feet.”  Ok….if I plant 3-4 seeds every foot and half, then SURELY SOMETHING will grow?!” (I would think that in this age of rebellion, that it wouldn’t hurt for us to be a little over zealous at times about our faith.  It seems that alot of Christians have arrived at an attitude that we might be too “pushy” or “offensive” to someone if we were to speak openly about the things of God.  It is such a shame that we are more often NOT saying the name of Jesus, than saying the name of our favorite actor/actress, celebrity, tv show, etc.  The name of Jesus should be part of our everyday language; a name that we speak without hesitation regardless of who’s around.)
  6. “A few hours later…..when the back is aching…try to remember why I started this in the first place!” (God never promised that it would be easy.  Sometimes, it’s going to hurt, and most often it hurts closest to home.  My pastor recently made a statement that I wrote in my bible. Regarding satan, he said, “If you’re not meeting him head on, you’re probably headed in the same direction.”  This is so true…we can often judge our godly productivity by the trials we face, knowing that satan will not be pleased.)
  7. “Oh boy, the neighbors are watching….hopefully, something looks right!” (Again, our friends and neighbors are watching.  We should be careful to exemplify Christ in our lives.  Like it or not, we are all leaders.  We may lead on purpose, with our mouth, and toward a greater goal, or we may lead simply with our actions.  We lead to or from God.  The bible says that the blind leading the blind will cause them both to fall into a ditch.  We can go to church on Sunday, carry our bible in the car, act like we know what the real message is, but if we also go around participating in the things of the world, then we are just leading others into a ditch.  We must have the willpower and integrity (which is defined as:  what we do when no one is looking) to honor God in all that we do, always being mindful of our influence on others.  “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.”  Matthew 12:30)   
  8. When the work is done, “Hmmm….looks pretty good!” (…A big pat on the back!) (The pat will come from God, Himself!  I think I’m gonna’ reach up for a big hug, too!)

Can’t wait to eat fresh tomatoes, corn, onions, radishes, cucumbers, broccoli, okra, brussel sprouts (yes, I really like them), strawberries and squash!!  If it works, you’re all invited to supper!!” (The supper of the harvest!  The great celebration!  “Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!  Revelation 19:9)

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I pray that, together, we will sit at the table prepared for us in heaven, to eat of the sweet fruit of the harvest of souls.  I pray for you, boldness to share the Word, diligence to dig into the Word, and faithfulness to live out the Word!  May our “gardens” be the glory of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! 

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In the Garden.

Today, we planted a garden!  We are worn out, and reminded of all the muscles we don’t normally use, but the seeds are in the ground, and we are expecting a wonderful harvest! 

I really don’t know what I’m doing…just kind of praying that God will bless it!  Some of my thoughts during this process:

  1. “Need to till ground….that’s what husband’s are for!   I could never work that thing.  Besides, there is something “manly” about working with a tiller!  My husband really did look like he knew what HE was doing!  (Thank you, dear!)”
  2. “Wow…the dirt is really black!  That MUST mean that it’s fertile, right?!”
  3. “It’s going to rain in a few days, so the seeds need to go in today!”
  4. “Got to plan this thing right….tall things in the back, short plants in the front?”
  5. “Seed packet says, “Plant 2 to 3 seeds every two feet.”  Ok….if I plant 3-4 seeds every foot and half, then SURELY SOMETHING will grow?!”
  6. “A few hours later…..when the back is aching…try to remember why I started this in the first place!”
  7. “Oh boy, the neighbors are watching….hopefully, something looks right!”
  8. When the work is done, “Hmmm….looks pretty good!” (…A big pat on the back!)

Can’t wait to eat fresh tomatoes, corn, onions, radishes, cucumbers, broccoli, okra, brussel sprouts (yes, I really like them), strawberries and squash!!  If it works, you’re all invited to supper!!

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The Point of Return.

…The Point of No Return!

Obedience is such a hard word to learn. In Leviticus, I see the Israelites, a “stiff-necked” people, being called to obedience in everything. They are called, then stumble, repent, then reminded to be obedient again. For a while they seem to respond, then they stumble, repent, and the whole process starts over again. (Kind of like the people of today, huh?!) The laws were given…everything from the basic ten, to many dealing specifically with their everyday life issues. Over and over they are reminded that disobedience is death, and obedience is life.

In Leviticus chapter 26, God revealed a new awareness of His mercies and grace to me this week. He begins in verse 3 by stating, “If you walk in My statues and keep My commandments, and perform them, then I will….”, and He spells out boundless blessings He desires to bestow upon His people. These are the rewards of Obedience.

Beginning in verse 14, He says, “But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, and if you despise My statues, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, I also will do this to you…”  These are the Punishments of Disobedience.

As I read verses 16 through 39, I began to notice that there were several stages of punishment listed, but with a unique “surprise” inbetween them….a pause! These pauses are where God leads us through his plan for redemption:

  • Stage 1: (verses 16-17) “I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you.”

Then, God pauses……

  • Stage #2: (verses 18-20) “And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. I will break the pride of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.”

Then God pauses …

  • Stage #3: (verses 21-22) “Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins. I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number; and your highways shall be desolate.”

Then God pauses again …

  • Stage #4: (verses 23-26) “And if by these things you are not reformed by Me, but walk contrary to Me, then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet seven times for your sins. And I will bring a sword against you that will execute the vengeance of the covenant; when you are gathered together within your cities I will send pestilence among you; and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy. When I have cut off your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall bring back your bread by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied.”

Then, again, God pauses…

  • Stage #5: (verses 27-39) “And after all this, if you do not obey Me, but walk contrary to Me, then I also will walk contrary to you in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins. You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters. I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars, and cast your carcasses on the lifeless forms of your idols; and My soul shall abhor you. I will lay your cities waste and bring your sanctuaries to desolation, and I will not smell the fragrance of your sweet aromas. I will bring the land to desolation, and your enemies who dwell in it shall be astonished at it. I will scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you; your land shall be desolate and your cities waste. Then the land shall enjoy its sabbaths as long as it lies desolate and you are in your enemies’ land; then the land shall rest and enjoy its sabbaths. As long as it lies desolate it shall rest for the time it did not rest on your sabbaths when you dwelt in it. And as for those of you who are left, I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; the sound of a shaken leaf shall cause them to flee; they shall flee as though fleeing from a sword, and they shall fall when no one pursues. They shall stumble over one another, as it were before a sword, when no one pursues; and you shall have no power to stand before your enemies. You shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up. And those of you who are left shall waste away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands; also in their fathers’ iniquities, which are with them, they shall waste away.”

The pauses inbetween each stage of punishment reflect something that we should all get down on our knees and humbly thank God for…….Mercy and Grace.

Verses 40-45 reflect the continual opportunity to confess and turn from our sin. Even after all our disobedience — day after day–month after month–year after year, God desires for us to come back to Him. He so graciously states, “But if they confess their iniquity…, their unfaithfulness…, and that they also have walked contrary to Me…, and their hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt — then I will remember the covenant of their ancestors…that I might be their God: I am the Lord.”

I believe that the pauses inbetween each stage of punishment could be there to point us to verses 40-45. Every time He spoke of disobedience and punishment, He pauses to remind us that He still loves us. He invites us to repent, confess, and turn from sin.

How many times have we “messed up”? How many times does it take for the message of obedience to “sink in”? How long does it take for us to place the rewards of obedience in higher esteem than the temporary pleasures of sin?

There is nothing you have done or will do that will affect His love for you. I pray that if you are not a Christian already, you take advantage of this “pause” God is giving you today to accept Him as your Lord and Savior. Press this button if you are ready.

If you are already a Christian, I pray that today’s pause will be a time of reflection and recommitment to obedience. Regardless of where you are in your life today; regardless of how many bad things you (and I) have done; regardless of how small or great the sin was in your eyes, God still is calling you back to Him. He IS the Point of Return!

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Our Identity.

On the way home from a soccer game, our five year old decided to announce that he had a word for each of us in the family.  He so intelligently proclaimed:       

Himself – “Motorcross”

His Little Brother – “Little People” (as in the Fisher Price toys)

Sister #2 – “Ketchup”  (she eats it on everything!)

Dad – “Fishing”

Mom – “Singing at church”

Sister #1 – Water  (she always drinks it)

We laughed reflecting on his comments!  It was so funny to hear him verbalize our “identities” based upon his young perceptions!  As I thought about what he said, I realized that there was a blog in this….

God Is…Our Identity.

  • John 10:14 – “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.”

There are two ways of looking at this verse…”am known by My own” could indicate that we Christians know Jesus, as He knows us — like sheep know who their shepherd is.  However, from an identity standpoint, you could also look at this phrase to mean that Jesus is known by his sheep…meaning the reputation we hold reflects on the character and reputation of Jesus. 

If our reputation is of disobedience and rebellion, then we do not reflect a very good representation of Jesus.  When we proclaim ourselves to be a “Christian”, we are saying that we are “like Christ”, and if the world sees us behaving in disobedience, we are basically saying, “Christ acts like this.”   

We must be careful to exhibit our lives in such a way as to honor our Savior.  We, further, should recognize instances where we fail to do that, and take the time to point our failures out to other people.  We should be humbled to the point of making sure the world knows that we acknowledge the things we have done were wrong. 

Our reputation as Christians becomes Christ’s reputation to the world.

Even a five-year old like my son sees the “real” us.  He knows, by our behaviors, what we play with, what we drink, what we eat, what we spend our time doing, and what really makes us happy.  We should expect the rest of the world to also be watching.  Our identity is our reputation. 

What kind of identity do you have today?  I have to say I was very relieved to hear my son point out that I like to sing in church, rather than some of the other failures I often exhibit!   

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, …made Himself of no reputationtaking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”  Philippians 2:5-8

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Willing to Stir.

What if your Pastor came to the pulpit, and announced the following? –

“Today, God has told me that we should build a building for worship.  It should be built with the finest of materials.  Bring your gold, jewels, boats, RV’s, golf clubs, televisions, computers, cell phones, and cash to church this evening…we will be using them to finance the process”.

Why is it that we would most likely think he has “fallen off his rocker”?!   How many of us would actually show up to church that night?  What is it about being asked to give that makes us feel offended?  Why is it that we hold onto our selfish “riches” so much as to ignore the calling of God?

It is because of several things:  greed, selfishness, unwillingness to serve, and disobedience.  Our excuses supersede our willingness to reach others.  Our hearts aren’t stirred to action. 

When we are young, we say that we don’t know enough to serve.  When we are old, we say that we’ve “done our time”.  We stay too busy with worldly commitments to devote time to ministry.  We don’t like the “way it’s being done”.  We don’t like the person in charge.  We say we aren’t equipped or talented enough to serve.  We say we don’t have the abilities to serve.  We complain about “it” or “them” being too meticulous, too cumbersome, too early, too late, too loud, too many, too few, too much trouble, too much time, etc., etc., etc.  What it all boils down to is that we are selfish, and lazy, and unwilling……..just plain disobedient!

We are so caught up in our “things”, that we forget it was God who actually provided them…and…..(here comes the “shocking” news!)….the “things” we have, which includes our time, are not for us……they are for God!! 

In Exodus 35 & 36, we see the Israelites being told of God’s plans for the building of the tabernacle.  Once given the elaborate instructions, the people responded in abundance.

“Then everyone came whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing…” 35:21

“They came, both men and women, as many as had a willing heart…” 35:22

“And all the women whose hearts stirred with wisdom…” 35:26

“…all the men and women whose hearts were willing to bring material for all kinds of work which the Lord, by the hand of Moses, had commanded to be done.”  35:29

“…everyone whose heart was stirred, to come and do the work.”  36:2

“The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the Lord commanded us to do.”  36:5

They responded with so much materials and items for the building of the tabernacle that it says they had to be restrained from bringing any more.

Our Americanism has made it so easy to be selfish.  We constantly think that we have a right to refuse the calling of God to our church and community because our “things” are OUR “things”.  We feel we have worked hard, and sacrificed much to obtain the status quo.  We believe that we have the power to decide what we should do, and what we shouldn’t….all the time forgetting about the commandment and calling of the Lord.  

When there is a need for help, for time, for talents, for money so great in our church families, we tend to justify our needs (which are most times “wants”) above the greater cause.

For example, at our church, there have been repeated requests for additional help in the area of children’s and youth ministries.  God is blessing both of these areas, and the call has been made for more help, however, week after week, the problem remains. 

It is not hard to serve the Lord.  It is a joy and such a blessing to be a part of the growth and activities He sets forth.  I see many able people who are not serving.  Their time, their talents, their possessions, their money is all being wasted on worldly pleasures, rather than the furtherance of God’s kingdom.

What would happen if, after the call was made, our hearts were “stirred” like the Israelites in these passages?  What would happen if we were all as “willing” as the Israelites in this passage? 

I tell you what would happen…..

“So Moses gave a commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, “Let neither man nor woman do any more work for the offering of the sanctuary.”  And the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done – indeed too much.”  Exodus 36:6-7

“Thus all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting was finished.”  Exodus 39:32

“Then Moses looked over all the work, and indeed they had done it; as the Lord has commanded…and Moses blessed them.”  Exodus 39:43

The work of God would be completed.  We would have enough workers to not only supervise the children/youth, but also teach them properly, mentor them one-on-one, follow up for evangelism to their families, provide for their physical needs, etc.  We would be fulfilling the role of Christian brothers and sisters who hear God’s voice and are willing to answer the call

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome.”  1 John 5:3

With your heart stirred, and your spirit willing, God’s work will NOT be burdensome!  You will be joyous, and see fruit from your labor.

What are you doing to serve the Lord in your local church?  Are you willing to give up an extra hour a week to supervise children before or after church?  Are you willing to ride/drive on the church van?  Would you be willing to greet people at the doors of the church, helping visitors to find their proper classes?  How about helping in the kitchen on Wednesday night?  –Visiting? –Cleaning?–Mowing the church lawn? –Taking time to find out about the needs of others?–Talking with your Pastor about serving in the greatest area of need? 

Is your heart stirred to action?  How long will it take for all of us to just “get it”?  God is willing to stir our hearts today.  May He remind us daily of our call and the need to become active in the body of Christ.

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