Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Changing of Seasons

There are times in our lives when the Lord calls us out of one area or situation and moves us to another.  Like the changing of seasons, heralded by changing temperatures and weather, changes in life come as seasons—here for a while only to fade into the next thing God brings along our way.

This brings a mixture of excitement and sadness—excitement for the season that approaches and sadness for the season being left behind.  Spring brings with it the joy of new life and blooming flowers, while seeing the beauty of snow-cover fields and mountains melt away.  Summer has the excitement of outdoor activities and longer days while the coolness of spring passes away.  Autumn brings glorious colors to trees and cool, crisp air, but the green of summer and warm evenings disappear as the days shorten.  Winter has the glories of snow and time indoors to warm up with blankets and warm beverages, but also brings bare trees and biting wind to replace the colors and air of fall.  So too, our seasons of life bring a mixture of excitement and sadness.

As I come to the close of another season, I find myself all too well acquainted with these feelings again.  The worst part of the closing of any season is saying, “goodbye” or “see ya later” to those I have connected with throughout the season.  But the blessing of being part of the family of God is that no matter where we go, we get to carry with us the unity and bond we have together in Christ.  We may have seasons when we are physically absent from those we love, but in Christ and His Spirit, who unites us, we can be present spiritually.

Whenever I have a season that comes to a close, I carry a piece of that season with me forever.  I can say with confidence that I will carry a large piece of this season with me as God takes me into the next season He has in store.  I will remember you all and the memories I have here with fondness.  Being here for this season has been such a rich blessing and I thank God for it every day.

Thank you, Grace Church, for welcoming me with open arms and letting me be part of what God is doing here for three years.  Thank you for being my friends and a family to me as I have been away from mine.  Thank you for supporting and encouraging me.  Thank you for letting me be a part of your lives and for being part of mine.  It has been a true blessing to serve the Lord here.  Thank you so much!

To Christ Jesus be the glory!  Blessings on you all!

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When the Going Gets Tough…

The saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”, is a common one; however, when the going gets tough it can also create opportunities to reflect on our true motivation for doing what we do.

When life gets tough and I’m thrown “curve ball” after “curve ball” and I feel like I’m in over my head, two things tend to happen:  1)  I don’t sleep because my mind tries desperately to process everything. 2) I have several conversations with the Lord which tend to go something like this:

Me: Lord, Why did you call me to THIS?  I can’t do this!

The Lord:  I know.  Trust me.

Me:  But God, I don’t know what I’m doing!

The Lord:  I know.  But I do.

Me:  But God, I’m so incapable of dealing with this.

The Lord:  I know.  But my strength is made perfect in your weakness.

Me:  God, it hurts so much to see what people go through.  Why did you call me to THIS?

The Lord:  Because you love them.  You will them, like I love them.  Because you care for them.  Because they are MINE and you love and care for them because they are mine and because I love and care for them.

Me:  Oh, yeah…

Many times I find that God just calls me to love people, not necessarily to use all the gifts and abilities He has given me.  There are numerous situations that arise which do not fit the skills and knowledge that I have, but God still calls me to those situations to love people any way I can.

I do not have all the answers or solutions for Children’s Ministry or Family Ministry, I have a mind and I have a love for people and a passion to see them walking with Jesus, which propels and motivates me even when I don’t have answers or the going gets tough.

It is the love of Christ which compels me, and motivates me to keep going, through good times and bad,  and to keep saying “Yes” to the call He has placed on my life.  Love which moves me with compassion, which causes me to give of myself.  He has called me because I love deeply and care greatly for those entrusted to my care.  This love is what motivates me and keeps me going.

For me:  When the going gets tough, the tough get LOVING!

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