Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Kids say the funniest things ...

My first gig as a teacher was as a girls leader at my home church. I taught a group of 6-8 year old girls. I'm pretty sure I've written before that my stint as the leader taught me one thing very quickly: I'm called to be a teacher of adults, not kids. My time as the teacher of the teenagers' Sunday School definitely drove home that lesson. But I digress. Let's just say that the one hour per week allotted for the meetings was the longest hour of my life.

To be sure, there were fun times as well. I loved all the crafts and games crafted to reinforce each week's lesson in the girls' memories. The funny things the girls said and did were a highlight and always good for giggles.

One of my favorite times to recall was the time I was teaching the girls about church government and the leaders we had in our own church. I was quizzing Elissa, one of my students who just happened to be my daughter, on church leaders.  I asked her what the pastor's job was in the church. She said the pastor was responsible to preach God's word to us, pray for us and visit us when we were in the hospital. Then I asked how she could help the Pastor.

I was hoping she would say she could pray for him.

Instead, my child replied solemnly, "I could give him advice."



To this day, I get tickled whenever I envision Bro. Hester picking up the phone and saying, "I better call Elissa and see what she thinks before I do anything."




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Today we are sharing funny stories at The Loft, a community of Christian bloggers. I shared this back in 2014, but I wanted to share it again with my new friends.

Do you have a funny story? Link up here and join us!

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We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.
We will offer a month's worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation.

Here are the topics for the next month:

  • May 4 ~ The Funnies ~ share a funny story, video, or image. Give us something to tickle our funny bone today! 
  • May 11 ~ Mothers 
  • May 18 ~ Spiritual gifts 
  • May 25 ~ Pot Luck 

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. and will stay live until the following Monday at 5 p.m. If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it it time to get to today's link-up. Our prompt today is The Funnies. Link up a funny post today. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post.


Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.  


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Monday, May 2, 2016

What We learned in April




What We Learned in April


My regular blogging schedule reflects who I am
Last month, I was busily planning and writing the A-Z Challenge and decided to skip participating in all regular memes. I was trying to protect my energies and sanity because I had so much going on; but, what I learned in April is my regular blogging schedule reflects who I am. Something is just not right when I'm not journaling or writing about gratitude or stretching myself by writing to prompts.

So, in May, it will be back to doing what I love.

Was the A-Z Challenge worth it?
I'm still asking myself that question. Does the pressure of having to have something every day add to my life or not? Are the results worth it? I have to admit to some disappointment when viewing statistics. However, I don't write for statistics. My goal is to plant seeds. Sometimes those seeds have to lie dormant a long time before anything comes of them.

What I love about the A-Z is the stretching myself process of having to write every day (except Sundays) and fitting my theme to the letter of the day. In that respect, it was totally worth it. And ultimately what counts is the personal satisfaction. Hey, when I started this writing gig back in May 2008, I wondered if I could sustain it.  Surely I'd run out of stuff to write. NO, not by half! It makes me feel good to know creativity is still there. In fact, I feel I just have tapped the surface.

It's so easy for me to be obsessive ...
On March 22, I was gifted with the Zip Fitbit. April was my first full month to use it. I'd never in my life before tracked steps OR calories. It's been quite eye-opening. Writers and ministry assistants don't get a lot of steps in during their day. Just sayin'. 

I still don't have my schedule right ...
In April, I experienced much difficulty getting everything done. I finally have help with the PowerPoints at church so that is a big relief. However, I was mistaken in thinking if I could just get rid of that, I'd have more time. Still pondering the changes that should be made ...

I'd forgotten how much I love azaleas, old homes and buildings and churches!
Towards the end of April, Jim and I finally got to go a short road trip. We went to Charleston, MO, a place known for azaleas and dogwood trees. We missed the festival by about two weeks, but there were still many decorated homes to see. And I found out there really is a place called Tywappity, MO! (Yeah, it's farmland.)

I discovered my artistic side ......is under-developed! We had a Ladies' Paint Party at the church. I was hoping to discover great talent but all I found was the ability to draw squiggles ... However, we had a great time visiting with each other. For me, it's always about the fellowship.


April 2016


I'm linking this post up at Emily's place. Join me there - there are so many good reads available!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Zion






Today is my final post in the series, "You Might Be A Christian ... from A-Z"

Fittingly, the final letter, "Z" represents a place near and dear to the heart of the Christian.

You might be a Christian, if you ... want to dwell in Zion.

Zion is the place the Lord dwells. He says in His holy scriptures:


For the Lord has chosen Zion;
    he has desired it for his dwelling place:
“This is my resting place forever;
    here I will dwell, for I have desired it.

(Psalm 132:13 ESV)

The word Zion means a permanent capital, a mountain of Jerusalem (according to Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries).

The Lord created everything there is, and He has chosen Zion for His dwelling place.

He can do what He wants.



Doesn't He dwell in Heaven? Yes, He is not bound by time or space as we are bound. He is omnipresent which means He is everywhere.

But Zion is special to Him. It's special to us Christians as well (and the country surrounding it). Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, the word says.

One day, during the millenium (the thousand year reign of Christ), when Christ will actually rule here on earth, Jerusalem will be the new Jerusalem, holy and dedicated to the Lord. 

I want to go there. Do you?

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I'm so glad you are here! Follow me each day as I attempt to define what a Christian is ... and isn't. 

I'm always interested in your thoughts. Let me know if there is a word Christians use that you don't understand. I'd be interested to write about it.




This post was written for Day Twenty-Six, and the final post,  of my A-Z Blogging Challenge series, "You Might Be a Christian ... from A-Z." Go here to see all the links to each post in the series.


If you don't understand how a person becomes a Christian, you might want to visit my page, "A Ticket Home." 

If you'd like to read more A-Z offerings, visit the A-Z Home Page to view a plethora of A-Z links. With approx. 1300 bloggers participating, there is something for everybody.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Yea or Nay




You might be a Christian, if you ... just say yes or no.

A Christian should be a person of their word. It doesn't take long for people to figure out what kind of person you are inside. If your witness is pure, there is no need to embellish any statements you make.

Remember, you represent Christ to all you meet.

Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil. (Matthew 5:36-37 NASB)

Or, to make it plainer:

Don’t even swear ‘By my head!’ for you can’t turn one hair white or black. Say just a simple ‘Yes, I will’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Your word is enough. To strengthen your promise with a vow shows that something is wrong. (Matthew 5:36-37 TLB)

Strive to be a person of integrity. Just say yes (or no) ... and then do it!

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I'm so glad you are here! Follow me each day as I attempt to define what a Christian is ... and isn't. 

I'm always interested in your thoughts. Let me know if there is a word Christians use that you don't understand. I'd be interested to write about it.



This post was written for Day Twenty-Five of my A-Z Blogging Challenge series, "You Might Be a Christian ... from A-Z." Go here each day to see all of my posts each day as they go live.


If you don't understand how a person becomes a Christian, you might want to visit my page, "A Ticket Home." 

If you'd like to read more A-Z offerings, visit the A-Z Home Page to view a plethora of A-Z links. With approx. 1300 bloggers participating, there is something for everybody.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

eXist





You might be a Christian, if you ... believe He eXists.

There are people who call themselves Christians who really don't believe in Jesus. They believe he was a good man or a great teacher, but not the Son of God and definitely not the only way to Heaven.

Those kind of thoughts are plumb foolishness. Either He is who He said He is or else was a nutcase.

You can't believe just parts of the bible. Either it is all true or none of it is. 

I dare to believe that He is alive today in Heaven making intercession for me, after living a sinless life, sacrificing His life on the cross for my sins, and raising from the dead. 

I know, I know. It sounds fantastic. But it is all true. Just because we might not feel a thing, or believe it, does not mean it's not true.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Do you believe God exists?  Do you believe He answers those who seek Him?

I do!


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I'm so glad you are here! Follow me each day as I attempt to define what a Christian is ... and isn't. 

I'm always interested in your thoughts. Let me know if there is a word Christians use that you don't understand. I'd be interested to write about it.


This post was written for Day Twenty-Four of my A-Z Blogging Challenge series, "You Might Be a Christian ... from A-Z." Go here each day to see all of my posts each day as they go live.


If you don't understand how a person becomes a Christian, you might want to visit my page, "A Ticket Home." 

If you'd like to read more A-Z offerings, visit the A-Z Home Page to view a plethora of A-Z links. With approx. 1300 bloggers participating, there is something for everybody.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

It's Pot-Luck Time at The Loft!

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Welcome to The Loft! We are so honored you've chosen to spend some of your on-line time with us.

We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted. We will offer a month's worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation. 

Here are the topics for the next month
  • April 27 ~ Pot Luck 
  • May 4 ~ The Funnies 
  • May 11 ~ Mothers 
  • May 18 ~ Spiritual gifts 

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. and will stay live until the following Monday at 5 p.m.

If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it it time to get to today's link-up. Our prompt today is POTLUCK. You may link up any post you would like today. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post.

Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.  


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