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Different ways of getting there, but all the same goal.

Posted by admin on January 15, 2010 in Uncategorized |

My heart has just been aching for the pain and suffering that is going on in Haiti right now. The reports coming from news websites are disturbing to say the least, but I have dug a little deeper. I wanted more then just the media’s input on what was going on so I did some of my own research.
Here is a before and after picture of the palace in Haiti to just give you an example of what has taken place.

This shows nothing of the complete devastation in the streets

Tara and Troy at http://livesayhaiti.blogspot.com/ are keeping it real, raw and their messages are like looking through a window instead of through a cameraman’s lens. Tara is wonderful at speaking about what is needed and what is NOT needed right now. Stop by their blog and read what she has to say from the front lines.

Another blog, http://angelmissionshaiti.blogspot.com/ shows again how much God does love Haiti and ALL of His children by sending people to help, but how those same people rally together when everything looks so dark.

In the US many are wanting to know how they can help, what they can do, well friends, right now, the biggest, most overwhelming need for Haiti is money. They have no way to store things, shipping items there will cost money, and it’s just not the #1 priority right now, but our money can provide help in more ways then we can imagine. There are many organizations that are great, The Red Cross, Samaritan’s Purse, Doctor’s Without Borders and hundred’s more.

There are also many give-away’s going on in the blogosphere in order to raise money for Haiti. One is on Ree Drummond’s blog, The Pioneer Woman, http://thepioneerwoman.com/confessions/
Check out her blog and LEAVE A COMMENT. It’s important.

Also the tragedy in Haiti impacts even us here in Clayton, NC. There is a child in Haiti right now, like many children in Haiti, alone and waiting to be adopted. She has her forever home already in the works, and her parents are in the US, anxious and apprehensive as the wheels turn slowly to get to their daughter. Read more about Lovely here. http://www.karendawkins.blogspot.com/

On a local level, here in Clayton, NC, our church, like many others in around the world is mobilizing efforts and members to do more then just pray. Prayer is essential and I trust that we are all doing that, but many feel the urging of the Holy Spirit to do more. Collectively we can do so much more, and so Monday night, January 18th C3 will be having a night of prayer for Haiti. There will be churches throughout the country praying. I challenge you to come out, join your hearts and hands and your gifts in order to make a difference together. http://marthafry.org/?p=739

C3, with churches all over the country, will be collecting the following specific supplies.

LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED
Medications:

(These items can be purchased over the counter at any local drug store)
Aspirin
Tylenol
Motrin
Children’s and adult multi-vitamin
Benadryl
Neosporin or triple antibiotic
Oral re-hydration salts
Cough medications
There are more things listed on Martha’s website. Please go there for more information.

You can drop these supplies off at C3 starting today (Friday January 15 through January 24th). On Monday night, we will all come together to pray locally, as a county, as a state, as a region, as a nation for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Haiti. Will you join us?

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Be careful what you pray for, you might just get it.

Posted by admin on January 15, 2010 in laugh, prayer |

Things have been pretty heavy and deep in the blog house lately. A lot going on and a lot of things on my heart. But I wanted to share something a little lighter but still amazing, at least it is in my opinion.

My pastor’s wife, Martha Fry, wrote a little while ago about “God cares about what we care about.” I thought it was a great post and having a daughter the same age I totally understood where she was coming from.

Well, I had an issue that dealt with my own sense of approval that I am frankly very embarrassed to admit.

We have a cute, cottage home, not large by any means, but over the past 8 years, two dogs, a cat, and a WH and DD, and just the multiple comings and going of life, plus a dog that is confused about exactly where she is supposed to go to relieve herself, the carpet had gotten bad. Okay, honestly, it was disgusting and I did not want anyone to come to our house because I was embarrassed by it. I know, I know, it doesn’t matter, people love you, they aren’t coming to judge you on your carpet, blah, blah, blah. I had heard it all, but I just knew that people would walk in the door and think horrible things about me due to our carpet. A woman and her home are connected in a visceral, love me, love our home.

But anyway….. (no I can never tell a short story, deal with it.)

So, I wanted to get some girlfriends together to talk about a book, “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God” but I didn’t want to have it at our house. But God had other ideas. I kept getting this heaviness on my heart, nudging me, to open our home to my girlfriends. I finally woke up one morning about 3:00 a.m. and sat down in the living room, amidst the gross carpet, and just cried my eyes out and told God that yes, I would be obedient to what He had placed on my heart, but I did ask Him one thing. I said, “God, can I please have new carpet.”

Now, when I asked this I was being totally 100% real with my heavenly Father. I know there are so many other things in this world that are really huge obstacles, pain, and frustrations that people have and they cry out to God and I believe that God always answers, just perhaps not like what we thought. And as selfish and self-absorbed as I felt asking God for new carpet, I knew there was no way we could afford it but I also knew that I would have an extremely difficult time concentrating on my friends if I was worried about our home.

Well, anyway, I was obedient to God’s leading and I opened up our home, nasty carpet and all, and then, one evening, I noticed our kitchen floor was wonky (I love that word). I asked WH about it and he investigated and low and behold, there was a leak and not just any leak, but a major leak behind the refrigerator that had leaked into the dry wall and under the floor. The kitchen floor, which was the ONLY floor in the house that was in great shape. (Irony? ya think?) I admit I wondered if perhaps God had gotten my request mixed up with someone else.

We contacted a contractor, who came out and took a look. He then informed us that we would need to replace THE ENTIRE KITCHEN FLOOR. I thought I would faint right there.

But then…

He walked into our living room, and he pulled back the carpet, and low and behold, the flooring was ruined there too, and the carpet would have to be replaced.

I just started laughing and shook my head and said, “Thank you God.” Because it mattered to me, so it mattered to Him. He loves me.

So now we have a new kitchen floor, new carpet in our home, and I’m about to get new paint. It’s only taken 8 years. I’m still decorating challenged so I’m taping those same girlfriends that were coming over to have coffee to come with paintbrushes and laughter and our house will finally be a place that I want to call a home and a place that reminds me every day, with every step I take on our new carpet, how much God loves me.

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Coffee Talk Chapter 5

Posted by admin on January 12, 2010 in peace, saying yes |

Coffee talk this past week was great. We covered two chapters and today we will talk about Chapter 5 “What Keeps Us from Saying Yes to God”. Lysa encourages her readers to think about the things that keep us from doing what God wants us to do. The fear, doubt, naysayers (Christians and non-Christian’s both), and two big challenges that I have, which are dealing with acceptance and rejection. It was a very get down to the meat of it and look at the real reasons, not just “I don’t have time, money, resources, or the education, etc. to do what God wants me to do.” All excuses I have used over and over again.

God doesn’t want to hear why we cannot do something, because the second we say we can’t, we are not trusting in Him.

One of the nuggets of truth, okay, I get a lot of those nuggets, it’s like I have a party pack from McDonald’s, was a quote Lysa shared,

Never let others compliments go to your head or their criticisms go to your heart.”

When we are placed in leadership at work, in our church, or just on the kid’s soccer team, that position can quickly go to our heads. I am just as guilty as the next person of “believing my own press” sometimes, but I am even quicker at believing the negative because I’ve told it to myself so long. “I’m not good enough to do this…if “they (who are they anyway?) only knew the real me they wouldn’t believe me, I’m too emotional, too sensitive, too ______ (just fill in the blank with what your own battle).

Well friends, as I have said before, it’s time to stop it.

The best way to battle each of the blockades that satan puts in our path, and it is satan, is to go to God’s word and writing His promises on our hearts.

Isaiah 26:3 says “You (God) will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”

God will keep us, (never let go, never leave, never throw us away) in perfect (perfect, without flaw, without error) peace (without doubt, fear, or worry) him whose mind is steadfast (firm in purpose, unwavering, established, fixed into place and direction), because he (me, you, each one of us, not just the pastors, and the leaders of the Christian world, not just the ones who you think have it all figured out, every one of us) trusts in You (leans into, believes, relies on, knows that God’s wants the best for His children).

So here are some application steps for this chapter. Read Galatians 5:17 and John 8:32. Write them down and put them somewhere that you can study and memorize them. Come back and leave a comment about what those verses meant to you.

I challenge you my friend to become a woman who says yes to God in all things no matter what. In order to do that we need to keep our focus on our Heavenly Father (Psalm 141:8).

In closing chapter 5 of “What Happens When Women Say Yes To God” Lysa shares a prayer that Saint Patrick from Ireland wrote:
Christ shield me this day:
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
 Christ in me,
       Christ beneath me,
        Christ above me,
      Christ on my right,
         Christ on my left,
         Christ when I lie down,
     Christ when I arise,
    Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of me,
            Christ in every eye that sees me,
              Christ in the ear that hears me
                                                                                       
                                                                                                   This was from St. Patrick’s breastplate.

As we step out of the comfort zone, out of the boat, into the unknown and face our fears, our doubts, worry in all it shape and form, cling to the words of God and rely on Him for all of it. He is our shield and I know I am striving every day to just say yes.

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