Friday, June 17, 2016

On the Road Again


It has been a journey and a year of healing.  I am thankful that I am here and able to type this short post.
God has been so good to us, and now here I am a pastor's wife once again.  After a full year of recovery  and therapy (including courses at Bible College), we are now in a church pastoring once again.

I hope to find new topics to post here, relating to ministry life and the joy it brings.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Why It's Been So long





She wasn't supposed to wake up ever again, BUT GOD had other plans! My mom went into surgery yesterday and it was supposed to be a 5-6 hour surgery and it ended up being 8 hours. The doctors did everything they could but in the end they said she woild only last three days. The mess in her brain was a lot the swelling was completely filling her skull (sparing some yucky details). She was on the ventilator in the ICU and during the course of the night (early morning) she began to move! The doctors and nurses and Dad gathered around her bed and started asking her questions, she answered them all correctly! Pretty soon she asked for Dads hand and she spelled the letters D-R-Y and pointed to the tube in her throat. She was thirsty. Later on today they took the tube out. She is talking! She wasn't supposed to be able to see but she can! Her personality is still the same! She still remembers everything! She can hear and carry on conversations!
God is so good! He worked a miracle.
The doctors said there was no way she was going to make it. She is even still steadily improving! She cannot move her left side very much and her peripheral view on the left side is gone. But she is still herself.
She had a 2"x2" section of her skull removed above her ear on the right side to clean out the infections (there were two which is very unusual). No cancer though!
I asked her if I could take her picture to share to show everyone how well she is looking and she said yes and tell them about my smurf hat and my lip! Her lip got bumped or cut or something during the surgery and it puffed up. So her is the picture she has such good color and rosy cheeks.
Thank you for praying! This is the results of your prayers! A miracle. God gave is a miracle!
She asked me to ask for continued prayer as she re-learns how to use her left side and walk. There is still a long way to go but praise God she came through it! And She is eating very well!
This is the power of God the Great Physician and the POWER of PRAYER!
Thank you so much for praying! Please continue!

These are the words of my daughter as I went into surgery for a brain infection.  This has taught me that God is in control over everything.  I am doing much better, but still have a long way to go for recovery.  I thank God that I am still here to write and continue to spread His word.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Updating


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I know it's been quite some time, but God is working His miracles again in our lives.  In the next few months we will be once again transitioning our ministry.

It's going to be unique and fun so please stay tuned for what is coming. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Dying to Grow


Never before have we seen the church degenerate at such a rapid pace. This is largely due to the church pursuing congregational growth instead of kingdom growth. The church is dying because our growth isn’t based on strategies to reach the lost with the gospel. The time to change is now, we can’t wait any longer. People’s eternities are at stake. 

What is your church’s priority? Are you more concerned with filling your building or furthering the Kingdom? This book will challenge you to evaluate just how important gospel-based evangelism is to you and your church, and call on you to restore an intentional evangelism strategy within the body. Hell will tremble when churches once again make evangelism the central theme of their strategy. 


I like how the author relates the dying church to a cancerous situation, we have sat back and let the church slowly die.   What can we do to reclaim the church in the book of Acts?

That is the question that the author is writing to us about in this book.  It's not filling the benches in the church, it comes down to filling the people and their hearts with God's word.

It isn't how big a church you have, but how faithful you are in delivering God's word and the gospel to each person.  

This is a great book for any leader in the church, from pastor to lay leader!




I  received this book free from the publisher . I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Sunday, January 5, 2014

He Did You a Favor



Some guy has taken a giant sledgehammer to your heart and you have to
clean up the mess. You hurt, big-time. You feel alone, scraping for answers
in the bottom of your third tub of "Chocolate Therapy" ice cream. You think

you'll never find anyone as good as he was, e-ver.

But what if... he did you a favor?

He Did You a Favor is an empowering, humorous, hands-on guide
with straight talk and advice to help you break away from Mr. So Very Wrong
and break through to the life you desire.


This book is written to help women, ladies to realize that they are special and are worthy.   It’s to help them learn how to deal with break ups, whether it’s a divorce, separation or ending a relationship.
Ms. Rogers brings women from the point of where they feel like “rubbish” or unwanted to the potential that God wants of them.
I do appreciate that this is written from Ms. Rogers own experience, and that gains the readers trust and gives them the feeling that they aren’t alone in this situation. 
I like the tips that are given in this book, and the one quote” So, what if the guy who dumped you did you a huge favor? That, in fact he helped you (even if it wasn’t intentional) because your relationship with him was complete and it was time to move on to someone better?”  Great thought, and very true, you don’t want to get stuck with someone who will in the long run bring you down in life.
If you or know of anyone going through a breakup this is an excellent book to help you through it.  It is full of many “helps” and good pointers.

I  received this book free from the publisher . I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Is Sunday School Destroying Our Kids?

People in the world often reject Christianity simply because they can't distinguish it from mere morality. The world needs morality--oppression thrives when consciences are abandoned--but we need more than that alone. We need the gospel of grace. A gospel that has largely been lost amid the dos and don'ts and preoccupations of religious culture. 

People often pit grace against moralism. And they should. Moralism circumvents heart-changed morality. We need moral men and women, but moralism damages the foundation of heart-change. 

It's okay to pit grace against moralism, but let's not pit grace against morality. Grace is the source of real morality, and grace--thank God!--breaks the bars of moralism that imprison us. 

Is Sunday School Destroying Our Kids? exposes moralism for its false pretensions--the sham that it is--and it moves our hearts to believe the gospel, for the first, or the hundred-and-first, time. 

This was an interesting book, full of very good points.   One thing to remember and the author even quotes it, this is not a book about Sunday school. 
It is more of an approach to grace, and how we need it; we need to show it and it needs to be given to us.  The world would function much better if grace abounded.  Unfortunately that is not the case in the secular society, much less the Christian society we live in today.
I do believe that this is the thought the author is trying to convey in this book.

I  received this book free from the publisher . I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”