Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hurrican Harvey, Mr Rogers and Joel Osteen

I've used this quote before, because it was fitting for the Boston Marathon event, and it's valid today.


Our spiritual growth jumped to another level when we joined a "mega church".
But you see, our family didn't know it was a "mega church" because we didn't classify it that way.
Others did.
Others still do.

But we "visited" and we asked questions and we went to every event we could to "learn" more about this "mega church" and we wanted to know the heart of the pastor and the leaders and the other members.

Do they teach the Word of God? yes.
Do they love people as Christ would have us to? Yes.... trying harder every day.
Do they Serve others? Yes. Like an endless flame
Do they believe in tithing? Oh yes. Yes they do. And they operate on a debt-free, cash-only basis.
Do they...yes.
Do they...yes.
Do they...yes.

You see, we left our comfortable church. We left our friends. We left a giant piece of our heart to move. It was a painful decision in my heart, but it was a well of joy in my spirit.

God was calling us. We knew it as solid as a pastor feels like he has been called to another church.
Solid.

We immediately began serving, hosting a Small Group in our home, both boys found their place of service, and spiritual growth began climbing.

Our church is a church of prayer.
Our church is classified by many as a "mega church".

Our church is a church of serving.
Our church is classified by many as a "mega church".

Our church is a church of giving.
Our church is classified by many as a "mega church".

Our church is a church of discipleship and community and restoration.
Oh and have a mentioned that I think a lot of folks categorize it as a "mega church".

You know what else?
My pastor does not know me by name. #gasp
Not yet :)
He will...
But my Campus Pastor does, and our Small Group Coach does and our Hub leaders do, and our Small Group members (community) do, and the hundreds of members that I have personally been intentional about meeting. They do.

But wait.
This is why.
My pastor is studying, he is leading, he is discipling, he is traveling the globe, taking the Good News of the Gospel to other countries.
He is giving his life away to other pastors and sharing every.single.thing he knows. To equip other pastors to be "mega churches".

Why?
Because every soul matters to God. 
So, my pastor has "duplicates" himself, by equipping other strong leaders.
After all, aren't we all in this for the same purpose. To reach souls for Christ?

What does this have to do with Hurrican Harvey and Joel Osteen.?
As I have read the "fake" articles bashing him, I am inclined to defend him.
But I won't.
What I will say is that he had mobilized "his" church to go serve other shelters already in place.
Where volunteers already were stationed.

He looked for the helpers.

....while people were "sharing" and "liking", those 'mega church people' were serving.


What did my pastor do? He looked for the helpers.
We have partnered with local churches in the Houston and surrounding areas. And we are equipping and resourcing them. They are already in place.

He looked for the helpers and he jumped right in.


There's really no time for gossip and slander when you have your feet to the ground sweating and serving.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Celebrating 22 years!

Today, we celebrate this guy! It's his Coke-a-versary! 
When we started dating, he was a "route guy" and he spent many weekends on call, so lots of our dates included a quick delivery here or there! I didn't mind. 
Chapman was born in such a hurry, he came straight from work and is wearing his Coke uniform in the hospital pictures. 
Still today, when we go in a store, he "fronts the drinks" in the cooler by the cash register, or he straightens a display that has been shopped over.  
He's hard working, loves his company,  and the best Director of Operational Marketing there is! 
Coke is our family. And we are thankful. And they've got a good one in him!! 
#22Years #Charming #CokeMan ❤️ 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2 virtuous women

Today I attended 2 funerals.
One this morning. One tonight. 2 very Godly women that I loved and admired. For their faith, their family values, and their serving, unselfish heart. 
Each funeral allowed time for hugging and chatting with old friends, seeing family members that we rarely see. And all of these things were good. 
At the end of the day....it leaves me thinking of "the end of my day". I can only hope I'm a portion of the person these women were. I pray that my faith radiates and draws others to Christ. Oh, if only my children will rise up and call me blessed. And if my days were full of giving to others, in whatever way God would have me give. 
My Aunt Joyce and Mrs Carolyn will both be truly missed. We are all better people because we knew them. 
#VirtuousWomanCanBeAchieved
#BecauseTheyShowedMe
#goals

Sunday, December 4, 2016

My rights as a parent

Today...my heart is heavy for a friend I love...and while this isn't something that I am  currently battling with as a parent...but it is something that I know I will face again and again.

the hard line between loving & guiding our children. when it gets hard.
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So...here goes.

If one of my boys had a friend that I knew was struggling with a meth addiction....I would not "allow" them to hang out.

If one of my boys was dating a girl that had been labeled as "that girl"....they would not be "allowed" to date.

I put the quotes around "allowed" because I am not dumb enough to think that kids that drive don't have their own free will. They totally do.

But you see, by me offering the boundaries, I also set them up to make a decision.
Do they defy our rules in our household?
Or do they step outside of those and go their own way?

Now.....everyone that is a parent of any age....also knows that "going our own way" has risks, and consequences, and more importantly, life lessons.

While I would love to spare my kids from a few hard life lessons, I can't be a helicopter mom and control their every move.

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I digress.
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So, this brings me (us) to my (our) right as a parent.
While you live here, and I provide you with all of the necessities of life (yeah, like your iPhone...duh!)....then you grant me the rights to continue to parent you.

And that means it is ok for you to hate me, because you are grounded.
I know.
That sucks.
But you are grounded.

Believe it or not....I am helping you make some decisions that you can't yet make for yourself.

I am.
Because I love you.

And I call sin, sin.
Because I love you.

And God calls me to the mat on things.
Because He loves me.

But never once ever---not once. NEVER. does He discard me. Or disown me. Or stiff-arm me.

Nope. He loves me.
He has the right to discard me. and disown me.
Yes, He does, because of the way I act sometimes.

And, so in turn...I as a parent, should extend that same grace.

Love. with boundaries and guidance. But Love.

The key is that it always begins and ends with love.

But, dang it, why does parenting have to be so hard!




Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Healing

A text from my chiropractor /wellness Doctor today: 

Patience is required as body heals... consider it more of a windy road of a traveling plan rather than an exact destination to reach. 😊

Monday, August 29, 2016

Depth chart, Football and Jesus

I love Coach Saban.
We know this. 

But today in his presser, he yet again gives the media another reason to love to hate him. 
Or maybe they hate to love him. 


But when it comes to the topic of the depth chart. It's the perfect setup!!

And isn't that much how we are. 
It used to be that I <insert your name here> loved myself. Or I didn't doubt myself. Or I was a dreamer. 

But then the world created their version of me. And tried to write it on the wall and declare that is who I am. 

Plot twist: 
Your depth chart (opinion) of me doesn't count. 

I'm currently deep in the middle of Lysa Terkeurst's book "uninvited" and this is speaking right to my soul. 

And then Coach Saban confirmed :)


Roll Tide, y'all! 


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