Nov 30, 2011

Poor People

Saw this posted on Facebook and thought it was worth a repeat for the blogging world.



POOR PEOPLE ?

One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, 'How was the trip?'

'It was great, Dad.'

'Did you see how poor people live?' the father asked.

'Oh yeah,' said the son.

'So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?' asked the father.

The son answered:

'I saw that we have one dog and they had four.
We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.'

The boy's father was speechless.

Then his son added, 'Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.'

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.

Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends!

Pass this on to friends and acquaintances and help them refresh their perspective and appreciation.

'Life is too short and friends are too few.'

Nov 20, 2011

Forks

Ever been on a hike or a river adventure and you come to a fork in the road so to speak?  Two paths that lead to the same destination, different characteristics, sights to see things to do and yet they lead to the same goal.  That is what we are looking at right now.  Two separate churches are interested in Sean as their pastor. Both from all that we know on the surface look the same a few differences but both appear to be great opportunities.  Sometimes when faced with a fork in the road it is hard to know which path to take.  Right now we are faced with this situation.  Naturally the outcome is yet to be seen.  For all we know both doors will close and we could be back at the starting point again. We only want what God wants for our family.
  We know no matter the outcome He knows what is best.  This is like a roller coaster for the emotions and thoughts...I really dislike roller coasters...specially this close to Christmas! UGH!

   Lord make the path clear and straight that we would know what to do if given an option and we would follow only what you have for us!  Amen 

Nov 14, 2011

SMILES

Yep I am smiling again.  Although I was sad the other day when we received some news that was disheartening now that we have the full story I am much happier.  This weekend Sean preached at Daysprings A/G in Frenchburg, KY.  It is a beautiful church and the congregation is so loving.  They took to our kids so quickly, it really doesn't surprise me though our children are wonderful.  Anyway, the church board is interested in Sean and after this weekend we believe that they may be calling and inviting us to come back for a church vote, a vote for pastor.
    We were so blessed by their worship and the anointing was so sweet.  The presence of God just filled that place and I know people were touched!  We loved it from the moment we walked into the sanctuary. We hope they call us!  We would be honored to serve these people and this community.
   During the worship time this 6 year old little girl sang, "Waiting Here for You   " and WOW!  That little one blew me away!  I love the song anyway but there is something about a little child raising her hands to the Lord and singing with all her might to the Lord.  Just such a blessing!

Nov 11, 2011

Frown

My heart hurts.   

Some very disappointing events have taken place that I am not going to expand on here.  
But if you read this blog please just pray for our family.  Thanks
Standing on this scripture verse today!
I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. 
They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give 
you a future filled with hope. Jer 29:11

Nov 7, 2011

The Visitor

Once gain someone has posted this little story.  This time it's on Facebook.  No one to credit but would love to give credit where credit is do.  I hope this challenges you the next time you see a visitor in your church.

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A man went to visit a church, He got there early, parked his car and got out. Another car pulled up near the driver got out and said, "I always park there!

You took my place!"

The visitor went inside for Sunday School, found an empty seat and sat down A young lady from the church approached him and stated, "That's my seat! You took my place!" The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude wel...come, but said nothing.

After Sunday School, the visitor went into the sanctuary and sat down. Another member walked up to him and said, " That's where I always sit! You took my place!" The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment, but still He said nothing.

Later as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them, the visitor stood up, and his appearance began to change. Horrible scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet. Someone from the congregation noticed him and called out, "What happened to you?" The visitor replied, as his hat became a crown of thorns, and a tear fell from his eye, "I took your place.."

Nov 2, 2011

The Storm

This morning a friend sent me the following story in an email.  It had been forwarded to her from another friend and that friend had received it as a forward as well.  I would LOVE to give credit to the original author of the story but am unable to but I wanted to take time to share it with you today.  All of us go through storms in life and this really touched my heart and made me think of His faithfulness during those times!


THE STORM

A pastor had been on a long flight between church conferences..

The first warning of the approaching problems came when the sign on the airplane flashed on: Fasten Your Seat-Belts. Then, after a while, a calm voice said, "We shall not be serving the beverages at this time as we are expecting a little turbulence.  Please be sure your seat belt is fastened."

As the pastor looked around the aircraft, it became obvious that many of the passengers were becoming apprehensive.  Later, the voice on the intercom said, "We are so sorry that we are unable to serve the meal at this time. The turbulence is still ahead of us."

And then the storm broke .

The ominous cracks of thunder could be heard even above the roar of the engines. Lightning lit up the darkening skies, and within moments that great plane was like a cork tossed around on a celestial ocean. One moment the airplane was lifted on terrific currents of air; the next, it dropped as if it were about to crash.

The pastor confessed that he shared the discomfort and fear of those around him.  He said, "As I looked around the plane, I could see that nearly all the passengers were upset and alarmed. Some were praying. The future seemed ominous and many were wondering if they would make it through the storm.

"Then, I suddenly saw a little girl. Apparently the storm meant nothing to her. She had tucked her feet beneath her as she sat on her seat; she was reading a book and everything within her small world was calm and orderly.  "Sometimes she closed her eyes, then she would read again; then she would straighten her legs, but worry and fear were not in her world.

When the plane was being buffeted by the terrible storm when it lurched this way and that, as it rose and fell with frightening severity, when all the adults were scared half to death, that marvelous child was completely composed and unafraid." The minister could hardly believe his eyes.

It was not surprising therefore, that when the plane finally reached its destination and all the passengers were hurrying to disembark, our pastor lingered to speak to the girl whom he had watched for such a long time.

Having commented about the storm and the behavior of the plane, he asked why she had not been afraid. The child replied, "Cause my Daddy's the pilot, and he's taking me home."

There are many kinds of storms that buffet us. Physical, mental, financial, domestic, and many other storms can easily and quickly darken our skies and throw our plane into apparently uncontrollable movement. We have all known such times, and let us be honest and confess, it is much easier to be at rest when our feet are on the ground than when we are being tossed about a darkened sky.

Let us remember: Our Father is the Pilot. He is in control and taking us home.
Don't worry!