Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Letter

This week I was given a homework assignment by an AP High School English teacher.  As my daughter's class learned in reading Shakespeare's, Hamlet, the father has written a letter of advice to his son before he goes out into the world.  The teacher wanted us, the parents, to do the same for our graduating senior. 

I woke earlier than normal (Well, not really.  I often wake up at 4:00 a.m.) I grabbed pen, paper, and my warm-fuzzy blanket and headed to the dinning room, where I meet with God each morning. I used a large envelope containing old x-rays to represent creativity and inspiration (Hey, I'm a teacher at heart, and you have to be creative for people to remember).  I used examples from our life (mom and dad) regarding responsibility. I used a quote from a person of influence in this world, and I used scripture from God's Word throughout the letter to cover it in truth, that it would not return void!  I prayed she would believe it.  I hoped she would see the words and live them out, and I could only trust that she would feel them. 

I sealed it (with a Mickey Mouse sticker :) and pushed it to the side and began my morning in God's Word.  It didn't take long before I could see the comparison.  God wrote a letter to us many years ago.  It is full of creativity and inspiration, people of influence, responsibility and promises.  They ARE the greatest Words every written on paper. 

I do believe it!  I do feel it! I accept the responsibility and hold on to the inspiration and promises.  As I hope Morgan is thankful for my words, I am thankful for HIS!

Proverbs 3: 13;14
"Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold."

-The Mrs. Pastor

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Unexplainable

I have had this post on my mind for a week but it was put into practice on Thursday morning.  I hurt my foot Wednesday morning at work (I will spare you the details.  There's only one word, silly)  I thought nothing of it until the afternoon rolled around and I felt severe pain.  That severe pain turned into so unbearable I couldn't stand on it.  Knowing I had to teach on prayer that evening, there was no way I was going to let that stop me.  I wasn't about to confess that it felt like my foot was broken.  I spoke the word over myself, friends annointed my foot with oil, and I BELIEVED.  I woke up the next morning with NO PAIN.  No sign that I had a foot injury or that I couldn't walk on it less than 24 hours before.

 We tend to explain our circumstance "maybe not as bad as I thought".  Now, why is that hard for some people to get?  We hear someone say "maybe you just...."  PEOPLE, GOD healed me!  Let me say again, I couldn't even stand or move that foot in any direction.  I know pain, I've had three children and kidney stones! 

There are so many things in our lives that are unexplainable to the world: The peace of God, forgiveness of someone who has hurt you badly, something so broken that is put back together, feeling God's presence, faith in something you can't see, giving your heart to God whom you can't see, having been diagnosed with a death sentence and then finding nothing on the scan, an envelope of money from an anonymous someone at "just the right time".

There is a reason it is unexplainable.  You know the source, you just can't put it into words for it to be understood.  You have to just experience it yourself!  The unexplainable can happen everyday in our lives.  We just have to be careful to point straight up and give Him all credit.  The world will see and may not understand at the moment.  They will ask questions to find what you did for this to happen?  How are you successful?  What is your secret to....? What are things I can do to....? How can you hold yourself so strong when ....?  

We can use all the words in the world to explain our God, but people have to experience Him themselves.  God is all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere at once.  Hard to understand, huh?  That's why He's God and you are not! 

Allow the world to see the unexplainable in your life!

The Mrs. Pastor

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Take the Challenge

The gauntlet is down!  The Mrs. Pastor wants to put a challenge out for the people to accept! 

Challenge: To find something daily to improve your spiritual walk.  To have the courage to see your weakness and find ways to improve it.  FOR ONE MONTH.  They say it takes 30 days to form a habit. 

We all know what we are good at and  continue to be good at it, but what about those things we are not so great at?  You could challenge yourself even further and make this for every area in your life.  We stay away from that because it takes effort, risk, energy, and many times of repetition before greatness is achieved.  We confess the weakness and never grow.

So will our people see a difference in 30 days?  Here are some suggestions:  fasting, praying for others (face to face), write a note, say something encouraging to a stranger, give a gift, give your time, break down a scripture, memorize a scripture, apply the scripture, volunteer, tithe, smile, hug (for those who are difficult to love), say "I love you.", say "I'm sorry.", forgive, think about others for an entire day, and .....must I go on?

You will be surprised to see that your life wasn't the one that saw the biggest change!

Begin today.  Share your story.  See the differnce.  Give God all the glory!

-The Mrs. Pastor