Monday, December 31, 2012

It wasn't as bad as I thought

     In my last blog, I feared the hectic Christmas season would give me the Negative Nellys. I was  fretting it would be the first Christmas my kids wouldn't be at my house. I admit I had to fight the desire to pout about it.  But as I sit here today, thinking about how the week went, it all worked out. On Sunday afternoon the 23rd, we headed to Hollie and Zacks, where we met Brent and Caroline, so we could have the Russell family Christmas for a few hours.








     Then we headed to my moms for the big McDowell Christmas Eve Eve event. With so many ministers in the family (you know it) we have our own candle light service. We spent the night and opened Presents on Christmas Eve. We left around noon so that we could make it back to Big Mac for the Christmas Eve service at FBC Mcalester. The house was packed and we had a great time worshiping the new King! We wondered what to do with ourselves on Christmas Day. We decided to participate in a community Christmas event hosted by our church. About 11:00 we got a call from Hollie saying they were on theri way to our house for Christmas. This mom's heart was glad. They got here just in time for the snow. It was wonderful. We had a great time sledding and playing in the snow.




They headed home the next day and we had a little down time before Tim left on Thursday to go on his annual Father & Son fishing trip.  This year was a little special because Brent is moving out of state and may not be able to do it next year.  Anyway, they about froze but were very successful.


     I headed to Mom's for a girl shopping trip. We were on a mission to find a Mother of the Groom dress. I wish I could say we were successful but that wouldn't be the truth. Let me just say I am not prepared to wear a mini skirt to the wedding. I know the perfect dress is out there and I will find it even if I have to go shopping a few more times.(if you know what I mean)
     I realize that I wasted so much time dwelling on what I might miss that I could have missed everything. I am so blessed with a family that loves to get together no matter what the circumstance. I am blessed with a church that loves to worship and care for the needs of others. Most of all I am blessed with a Savior who will let this Negative Nelly whine but will bless her anyway.

Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, "Great is the LORD, who delights in the welfare of his servant!" Psalms 35:27




Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I am changing my mind about Christmas.

     Christmas is very stressful to me. I have been trying to figure out the scheduling for Christmas. (Our schedule is a little weird since we have 2 ministers in the family) Everyone is running around buying gifts and decorating their house. I am not good at either one of these things. I fret over every gift I buy. I wonder if they are going to like the gift I give them or is it something that will end up in the next garage sale. As I hold that shirt from Penny's in my hand I wonder if the person receiving it will know how much they really mean to me. As I spend many hours shopping, wrapping , and cooking (ok, maybe not cooking) will it really be worth it? Some times I wish that this was the olden days where you received an orange and a peppermint stick and you felt blessed.
     This past week I made a decision to not get out the Christmas tree. Our kids are not going to be able to come to our house for Christmas and I knew Tim really didn't care if we had a tree or not. I hung a wreath on the door, put a Poinsettia on the table and sat the nativity on the hearth and called it done. I  just wanted to get the season over with so life could get back to normal. I wanted Christmas to move by quickly with no thought needed. I was almost successful until this past weekend when we had friends over and they started looking at the nativity.  I explained that Tim had gotten it from the Holy Lands when we were first  married. They  admired the beauty and the simplicity of the nativity. They saw something that I took for granted. But you know I was not yet ready to give up my simple,don't think, easy Christmas. I hung on to that until Monday morning when I sat down to read my daily devotional. The title of the devotional was "Fighting for Joy". The devotional talked about how we have let our negative mind take over the joy of Christmas.(You know me Negative Nelly)  I realized that I had let all the trappings of Christmas take away from my joy of Christmas. I had forgoten that the world changed at Christmas.  The Savior was born.
     This week as you prepare for this holiday season. Stop and take a minute to think about why you are doing the things you are doing. Ask your self if you have lost sight of the purpose of the season. If you have renew your mind and focus on the nativity. REMEMBER THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.

Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind
Romans 12:2

Monday, December 3, 2012

I saw God work on a cruise ship

   This past week Tim and I were blessed to go on a cruise. (great deals on vacationstogo.com) We traveled to New Orleans and hopped a ship headed to the Caribbean.  We were so excited. We had our suitcases packed with books to read and relaxation on the brain.  This was not our first cruise so we knew what to expect. We were a little hesitant,because the last trip was good,but not great. We went on our own and we ended up on the wrong boat. (I think you would call it a party boat)  In other words we didn't have a lot in common with the other passengers.   As I started to book this trip I was a little afraid we would get into the same situation so I began praying that the Lord would help us to make friends on this trip. As we started walking up the ramp to enter the boat we met a group of ladies traveling together from Alabama. We had a great time learning about them and anticipating the trip ahead.  We headed to our room then found a spot at the rail to  watch the boat pull out of port. We started a conversation with a young woman standing next to us.  She was all aglow because this was her honeymoon cruise.  As our ship slowly pulled out of port and headed toward the Gulf of Mexico she turned to us and said ,"will you pray with me?" We bowed our heads and heard the sweetest prayer come from this new friend as she thanked God for the trip and prayed for our protection. Two hours later we made our way to the dinning room for our evening meal where we met the people we would eat with every night. We met a couple from Georgia(Wayne and Mary) and two ladies from the Oklahoma City area.(Ruth and Margret) These people kept us laughing every evening.  As our food was delivered one of the ladies asked Tim to bless the food. After that, Tim asked the blessing at every meal. As I met person after person on the boat I kept seeing God's hand on our trip. God knew we needed to be refreshed. He placed people around us that would show us He cared. He allowed us to relax and be ministered to by people who didn't even know they were ministering. We saw his hand work all the way to Jamaica and back.
    
My God will supply all me needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

Things I learned on the boat:  1. If you want to feel young get on a boat with old people.  
                                             2. Tattoos  do spread. (you could say the sag)
                                             3.You should never wear a bikini after 60 (men or women)
                                             4. You can eat to much ice cream.
                                             
 

                                              
 
    

Thursday, November 22, 2012

My one word..

          This past week I was listening to K-love. The callers were asked to call in and say in one word what they were thankful for. There were answers like Salvation, Christ, Family. I have spent some time thinking what my one word would be. I believe if I needed to put it in one word what I am thankful for it would be the word "Now".  It has taken me my whole life to be able to honestly say that. You see I am a person who is always looking for the next exciting thing. (Kind of like putting out Christmas decorations before Halloween)  I couldn't wait to grow up. Couldn't wait to get married. Couldn't wait to have kids. And so on and so on.  You get the idea.  Many times Tim has told me that I wish my life away always looking for what is going to happen next. I have never been content in the moment. A few months ago I was asked to speak about being still.( It was a real stretch for me because I am hardly ever still.) As I started doing my research, I never realized how many times God asked his people to be still. He wanted them to be still so they could acknowledge  the wonderful things he had done for them. He wanted them to be still so they could praise Him for the wonderful things he was presently doing for them. Finally, He wanted them to be still so they could see the things that he was about to do.
      We have had a very quiet Thanksgiving today because we did all of the family celebrating early.As I sit here I realize I am thankful for "NOW". I have this one moment, this one parcel of time, and I realize I am blessed to have every moment given to me. We are not promised the next moment; only this one. I think right now I will be still and praise Him for the moment he has given me today.

Be still, and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

If I could ask God one question....

     I was on a church website the other day reading a profile of one of the staff members.  He used several question and answer statements to help you get to know him. Questions like: What is my favorite book? Where would I most like to go on vacation? The one question he asked that has stuck in my mind is "if I could ask God one question what would it be?" I started thinking about that and the first thing that popped in my mind is "Why did God make men and women so different?'( You know you have asked the same question a million times.)But then the answer came to me: He had to create women or life would be boring.
     Seriously, I started thinking about the question, "What would I ask God if I could only ask one question?" Here is what I came up with: "Why me? Lord, why did you pick me to create, love, cherish, and die for?  Why did you choose me to carry on your work, to raise Godly children, to lead women to know you, to work beside my husband in his ministry? Why did you choose me to be your daughter? Why Me?" Like many of you I feel so unworthy most of the time.
    In my lowly earthly mind I know God loves me and Christ died for me. But I want specifics so here is what I came up with:  1Corinthians 1:27-31 says "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise;(I can be foolish) God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong ( I can also be weak). He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things- and the things that are not to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him." I have a feeling when HE answers me He will say, "I love you and I needed you to bring Me glory."
      This week you could go on the search "Why me?" Discover why you are here and know you are loved.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Life can change in an instant

     This past weekend we spent time with Tim's family celebrating his mother's birthday.  It was a great time of getting together with family and friends we hadn't seen in many years.  We had great food and told wild stories. Basically we just enjoyed being together and rehashing old memories of days gone by. As the weekend came to a close, we had a hard time saying good bye, but we gave our hugs and kisses and headed down the road. There was a great sigh of satisfaction as we headed back to McAlester.  We felt  everyone had had a good time and that we had truly honored Kay (Tim's mom) for her birthday.
     As always, when we travel, I am snoozing and Tim is listening to a talk show on the radio. Life is good. Everyone is happy. Kids are safe. Everything is right with the world; we thought. All of a sudden the car phone goes off. (Yes we have one of those cars that the phone comes through the radio) Little did we know that things were about to change. On the other end of the phone was our friend Shari (we lived with her and her husband Rod when we moved to McAlester). She said that she had just brought Rod to the emergency room. She was scared. Life had just changed in an instant. Tim told her we were over an hour out, but we would get her some help. Tim made calls and we started praying. We arrived at the hospital to find our friend with tubes and wires coming out of his body. He was fighting for his life. As we followed the gurney to the helicopter pad. I kept thinking, didn't we just finish celebrating life? Now we are praying for God to save a life. I say it again, Life can change in an instant. The doctor spoke to us as they transported Rodney out and said that he was as critical as anyone could be and that he didn't know if he would make it. We stood beside the helicopter pad with other friends and church members praying as a group for this dear friend. The word went out to pray. There were churches all over the world praying. All I can say is that God is a miracle worker. Rodney arrived in OKC and was taken care of immediately. After a night of prayer we were notified that he was doing well.
     You know when you are young you think you are invincible. When you are old you start to get your head wrapped around the fact that your days are numbered. But when you are middle aged you kind of put things on cruise. As we go about this week lets try to live in the moment and realize we need to make this moment count. As I said before life can change in an instant.

Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this  or that city,m spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." James 4:13-14

Monday, October 15, 2012

The fix it queen

     As you know I grew up working on the farm.(No, not the funny farm) We had this saying if you can't fix it with bailing wire or grey tape; it just can't be fixed. Because of my up-bringing, I have become the fix-it-queen.( I even changed the belt to my alternator on the way to church one Sunday) Tim was a city boy who didn't have a dad around to help him learn, so when we got married, I was the go-to-girl. I fixed things. Tim studied. He wrote wonderful sermons and dealt with people problems. We were a perfect fit.
    The longer we were married the more things Tim learned how to fix and the less fixing I needed to do. As the kids came along I started teaching them how to fix things. I wanted my kids to be able to step back from a problem and ask how can I fix this. I wanted them to exhaust all their options before they gave up. (Really I just wanted them to fix the flat tire without me)  I realize that this fix it mentality  has spilled over into more than mechanics. I have watched as they have delt with relationships, career, and family issues. But I noticed the  tools have changed.  Now they are relying on their relationship with Christ to fix the situations. (So long grey tape, bailing wire and Mom)
     As you go through this next week think about what you are relying on to fix your problems. Are you looking to your mate to fix things?  Are you trying to do it all yourself? Are you begging your friends to fix it? Well,,, I happen to know that whatever situation you are in it can only be fixed by the One who is the creator of all things.


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
    

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Just call me Mrs. Klutz

     On Tuesday nights I teach a ladies' Bible study at the church. I go a little early so that I can set up the video and look over my lesson before everyone gets there. Last Tuesday night when I arrived the video and TV combo were not where they were suppose to be. I went on a search.  I finally found it in the children's department. I know I have talked about it before but our church is a little scary at night and here I was on the 3rd floor in the dark trying to get this rolling cart with a TV  into the elevator.  I was hurrying so the boogie man wouldn't get me. In my haste, I did not wrap the cord up like I should.(Yes, I was dragging it behind me) This is not a good thing especially when you are getting on an elevator. I looked down as the doors were closing to see that the plug was on the outside and the TV and I were on the inside. Oh No What To Do! I could just see the elevator going down and the TV hanging from the ceiling.  Well I did what any person would do I yanked on the cord hoping to pull it into the elevator with me. No, I was not a success. The plug slid right into the groves of the door and was hung.  I jumped in front of the door so it wouldn't shut.  It was no use the plug was stuck.  I was going to go down in history as the pastors wife that tore up the church elevator and hung a TV. I started searching for options.  I couldn't call anyone because I hadn't brought my phone. I could scream for help but no one was there and even if they were they were on the first floor and I was on the 3rd floor. I thought that Tim might  notice I was gone and come looking for me. But I knew that that would take forever.( He is not good at finding things) My heart was racing and I was full of panic. As a last resort I am standing there keeping the door from going back and forth and I bow my head and pray " Father this is Glenette and I have done it again.  I hate to bother you (again today) but I can't seem to figure this one out. Lord I know this is a silly request but can you please help me get out of this jam? I really don't want to see what the results will be if I let this door close. Only if it is your will Lord give me wisdom. Amen." I looked down to see that I could push the plug to the very back of the track and the cord would be released. When I was finally on my way down with the TV in tact. I was able to release a sigh of relief.
     Isn't this the way life rolls? We go around making messes, and finally after we try everything, we pray as a last resort. I know this has been a silly example but as I thought about it I realized I have been using God as my backup go to guy.  Whenever I don't think I can handle it I shout a quick HELP and expect him to jump.  Can you imagine what life would be like if you went to Him before you started fretting. This week spend time putting him first.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him. because he cares for you.
1Peter 5:6-7
   

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I have a Lion by the Tail

     Have you ever looked back and said, "I wish I would have done that differently." Have you ever been scared to step out and do something you have never done before? Have you ever thought something is above your capability so you don't even try? Have you had a situation in your life that became so difficult you stopped trying and let someone else do it? I would have to say I have done all of these. I believe one of my many downfalls is a lack of confidence. I know you are laughing at that but I am a good actress and I overcompensate by being all out there. Because of my lack of confidence, I have been scared to step out and realize my God-given potential.
     In 2 Samuel 23:20-21 Benaiah chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day and he killed the lion.  He didn't run from the lion. He didn't sit and think about what to do with the lion.  He didn't say wait a minute lion I will get to you later. He flat out took off after that lion. He faced him head on. Because of this action he was known as one of the most mighty men in the Old Testament and God used him in great ways.
   In the book "In the Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day" Mark Batterson states: "Our calling is much higher than simply running away from what's wrong. We're called to chase lions - look for opportunities in our problems and obstacles, and take risks to reach for God's best.  When we don't have the guts to step out in faith and chase lions, then God is robbed of the glory that rightfully belongs to Him."
     I know that I have got me some lion chasing to do. I have sat back and let the lions take over; but that stops now. Look out lions (lack of knowledge, negative people, lack of faith) you are going down. How about you, have you chased any lions lately? If you haven't; come go on a safari with me.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Romans 8:37

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I'm a Bible thumper

     I have taken on a new adventure this year in our church. I am co-teaching in the College and Career Sunday School. I have been in the Youth department for the past few years and I decided it was time for a change.  I had most of the college kids in class before and they  know how this old lady works.
    This past Sunday I was setting in the circle listening to the teacher when I noticed the boy next to me was leaning closer and closer to me.  He was sound asleep. He righted himself just before he fell.  He then put his elbows on his knees resting his face in his hands.  This wasn't so bad until the snoring began.  All eyes were focused on him. I don't know what came over me (I would like to say the Holy Spirit but that would be a lie) when all of a sudden I grabbed my bible and lightly taped him.(OK, I hit him rather firmly).  He looked at me startled.  I mouthed off and said,"Young man you need to go to bed earlier on Saturday night."  He told me that he did but that he had worked hard all day. "Well then you need some vitamins," I exclaimed. He just gave me a big grin and reached over for a snack to keep himself awake.  I then noticed that all eyes were on us.  We had stopped the class from going on with the lesson.  We had become a distraction.
     Isn't it funny how just regular old life can become a distraction. We allow anything out of the ordinary to get us sidetracked. I believe as Christians we are to stay focused on the job that he has planned for us.
     This week stay focused on him.  Watch for the opportunities he has laid before you. (Do not hit anyone with your bible)

Be very careful, then how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.
Ephesians 5:15-17

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I have a fear

      Have you ever been afraid that someone is going to notice your little flaws? (you can't spell) Have you ever been afraid that  you made the wrong decision? Have you ever been afraid that something is going to happen to your children? Have you ever been afraid that you married the wrong man? (not you honey) Have you ever been afraid that you made the wrong career choice? (delivering telephone books) Have you ever been afraid that life is passing you by and you haven't made a difference?
     If you have all of these fears the old me would have said for you to find a doctor to talk to (I have a few numbers you can call)  because we all know that I don't have the gift of compassion.(Prozac could be your answer) Butttttt, the new me is not so quick to send you down the trail. I have to admit to you and myself I have had problems with fear. I am such a control freak that if it isn't perfect I feel that I have failed. Rather then fail I give up and don't try.  For many years I wanted to be a Christian speaker but was afraid. I wasn't afraid of speaking in front of a group. I wasn't afraid of not having anything to say. I was afraid that something bad was going to happen to me or my family.  You see every Christian woman that I had heard speak had some kind of tragedy in her life. They had been abused.  They had overcome a terrible sickness.  They had lost a child. I had prayed that the Lord would take my gift because I wasn't willing to go through that so that I could speak. This struggle became so strong for me.  I remember coming out of a ladies bible study one night and was so into my own thoughts that one of the ladies asked what was wrong.  After years of holding it all in I finally let her know my fear. This wonderful friend sat me down, opened the word and gave me an ear full. She quoted 1John 4:18,"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love."  Fear is not from the Father but from the one who doesn't have perfect love. Fear is from the one who wants to keep you distracted from doing what God has called you to do. She made me realize that Father would not punish me or my family for a gift He had given me. She also reminded me that if trials did come my way He would be beside me with that perfect love.
    My friend if there are things in your path today that are causing you fear let the Fathers perfect love help you overcome them.


 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7



Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I need a maid...

    This morning I decided it was time to tackle cleaning and re-caulking the shower in my master bath. As I sat in the floor of the shower scrubbing the grout I thought surely there is a better way of doing this.  I climbed out of the shower and headed to the garage where I found several strong cleaning products plus a screwdriver, caulk scraper and old rags. With determination to get this job done I sprayed down the shower with cleaning products and about knocked my self out from the smell. I decided it would probably be wise  to let it air out a little (while I checked my facebook) then I started washing everything down. I realized a regular rag was not going to cut it so I grabbed the closest thing ,you know it, my toothbrush. I have to say it worked very well. Then came the hard part of pulling out all of the old caulk and grout so that I could  make everything look fresh and new.  This is where I hit the wall.  I pried and scraped with very little progress. I can't believe it I even started praying that God would help me get that old stuff out. Finally I leaned back and decided I just needed a maid who would keep my house so clean we would never have to do this kind of stuff again
        How many times do we want to make growing in our Christian walk easier.  You go to church every Sunday expecting the pastor to spoon feed you.  You think maybe I can just buy a product (book, CD, bible study) that will clean me up without any work. Maybe you think, I will just sleep with my bible on my night stand and it will all jump into my head while I sleep. Sometimes this Christian walk of mine is hard and I want to give up and let someone else do it for a little while.
     This week keep your eye on the prize and know that a relationship with our heavenly father is worth the work.                           (Yes I did buy a new toothbrush)

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

That man of mine.

     When Tim and I were about to get married we had to go to premarital counseling. There we were setting in front of the pastor with big grins on our faces.  He asked us why we wanted to get married? We looked into each others eyes and said, "we are in LOOOVE."  He looked at us over his glasses and said ,"that is not a good reason to get married."  You could have heard a pin drop in that room. I thought that the man had lost his mind. He continued on to say that we are to become one and so that means that we were to complete each other. He wanted to know what each one of us was going to bring to the table that would complete the other. My mind went blank. I knew that Tim was good looking and he made me feel special all the time but to be honest I couldn't tell you what he had that I needed. I also knew that there was nothing I had that would complete him.
     Now that I have had thirty-one years to ponder this question I think I have an answer. My husband has allowed  me to be me. The man married a Drama Queen who is always moving from one laugh to another. Tim goes with the flow never putting me down but always steering me in the right direction. He has never tried to change me but has slowly and patiently listened and prayed as I grew into being the person I am today. He has shown me how to take my time in making decisions so that I will not regret the path ahead. He has loved me when I was unlovely (pregnancy). He has put up with my schemes. (delivering phone books for a living) He has loved my wacky family. (sorry guys)  He even sometimes loves my cooking.(pancakes) He is my rock.  I know that he completes me. Love ya T.                                                      

                    That is why a man will leave his father and mother and remain united to his wife, for the two shall become one. Mathew 19:5

Monday, August 13, 2012

American Idol was at my house.

     Have you ever had a song that rocked your world? I know many of you could say "Victory in Jesus" or "I Surrender All" hit your hard. But these past few weeks I have had one that will not leave me alone. It is called "Clear the Stage."   This song has challenged me to take a hard look at myself and the world around me. Here are some of the words.

You can sing all you want to and still get it wrong: worship is more than a song.
We must not worship something that's not even worth it.
Clear the stage, make some space for the ONE who deserves it.

Any thing I put before my God, is an IDOL
Any thing I want, with all my heart, is an IDOL
Any thing I can't stop thinking of, is an IDOL
Any thing that I give all my love, is an IDOL

Cause I can sing all I want to and still get it wrong
WORSHIP IS MORE THAN A SONG.

After hearing this song I started seeing all of the idols in my life.(Kids, house, position and your not going to believe it, my church) I have to confess to you that sometimes it is easy to just sing the songs and let everyone think that I am a true worshiper but that is just not true. I let these idols take the place of the real thing.  I have been driving down the road with my mind going 100mph when that phrase will hit me,"anything I can't stop thinking of is an Idol." At that moment my heart breaks because I know that I have spent more time on my worldly worries instead of true worship.

You can't believe how my focus has changed. My contentment level has never been better.  My eyes are focused on true worship. I will know longer clutter my stage with the idols of this world.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30 

"Clear the Stage" by Jimmy Needham


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I know what I know.

This past weekend Tim decided to sign us up for a conference in Tulsa. He said this would be a good time to get away and maybe we would learn something.  Well...... the title of the conference was "On Guard, Defending your faith with reason and precision". I didn't know what to expect because I had not read the book.  Of course Tim had read the book.  We walk in and the person greeting the group wanted us to know that we were to always be intellectually challenged so we could grow. Now if you know me, you know that I am a fun loving fly be the seat of your pants kind of girl. I am not much of an intellectual. Anyway, Tim picks out a breakout session entitled,"Why is the Universe Fine-Tuned for Life."  The man that got up to speak was a scientist and had so many degrees behind his name that I can't even list them all. He started speaking about physics and the universes.  For 11/2 hours he went on using all these words that even as a science teacher I hadn't heard. Everything went right over my head. I looked around thinking am I the only one that seems lost in this topic? Sure enough everyone had their eyes glued on him shaking their heads in agreement. The next day Tim took me reluctantly back to the conference. I had decided to try with all my brains to listen and learn. The conference we attended was  "Can We Be Good Without God?"  The same thing happened the man got up with all of the big words and arguments to defend his belief. He spouted out things like, "The incompleteness of secular ethics, from valuelessness valuelessness comes. I felt as dumb as a stick. Then a miracle happened. They had question and answer time. People went to the front and asked their questions. As I listened to them speak everything started falling into place. First, the case was being made there has to be someone designing the earth; it couldn't have just happened.  If any one thing were to change in the design we would not be able to exist or be as we are today.  Second, humans are moral creatures made in God's image, which enables us to recognize right and wrong.

People! Here is what this simple girl knows: God is God! Turn or burn! Without him we do not exist! He was, He is, He always will be.Without him you can not live good enough to enter into His holy presence.  There it is in a nutshell. You can either believe it and meet me in heaven or deny it and go to hell. He gives you the freedom to make the choice. I hope you make the right decision!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothings was made that has been made.  In him was life and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.  John 1:1-5

Monday, July 23, 2012

You snooze you lose

     We had a great time at Falls Creek this past week. I got to spend quality dorm time with the girls. (In other words they got to see this old lady in all her glory.  I hope they are not scarred for life) The services were wonderful and I even enjoyed all of the music. The main point of the week was to learn to pray.  Every morning we were taught about different aspects of prayer.  It was amazing to see the students praying with each other. There was even one student who was brave enough to pray over the pastor. It was fantastic.
     Every night as we were getting settled in for the night Vicki (head sponsor)  would have the girls get in their beds and then she would start praying. She picked out six or seven girls a night to pray for. It was amazing to hear her pray for these girls.  Not one girl made a sound.  They were all listening for their name. As Vicki would end her 20 minute prayer the girls would be asleep. I thought this was awesome. I really liked that I was being prayed for the first night. But,,,,,,,,,you guys remember I am getting on in age.  On Wednesday night I heard her pray for the first 3 girls then I was out.  I don't mean a little out I mean all the way out snoring and all.  It was not good. I hang my head in shame. The preachers wife sleeping through the prayer how can this be?
      As I thought about this I believe I have learned some things. First: I have learned that praying over someone is very special. There is something  touching to know that someone is praying over you. I have had people say I will pray for you and you never know if they really do. To have someone actually stand over you and pray for your needs touches your heart.  We all need to set our friends down and pray for them at that moment. You both will be touched.  Second: If you snooze you lose.  I missed learning about the girls and their needs. I missed hearing Vicki praise God for each one. I missed the blessings that they received. I missed the quiet of the room as the Spirit moved from each bed.  I missed it all that night.
     This week think about your prayer life is it just about you or are you truly praying for someone else. Are you totally into it or do you conk out in the middle. Call a friend and pray over them.  Stop by their house and pray. Write a prayer and send it to them.

  I pray that the glorious Father, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know Christ better. Eph 1:17

Monday, July 9, 2012

Kiss the cheerleader goodbye

     Let me tell you what, God has been working on me lately.  At the convention Daved Platt asked if we were sure we were true followers of Christ.  In Sunday School we have been studying how to know that you are a true follower. My book club has been reading "Not a Fan" by Kyle Idleman which looks at your Christian walk. Put all of these things together and they have hit this old girl where she lives. For years I have always had a little doubt in the back of my mind. I wondered if  I was to young when I asked Jesus into my heart. For the first time in my long and unexciting life I can say I have no doubts. I am a true, sold out follower. With a child like faith I asked Christ to come and live in my heart and He has been there ever since. Through the trials and doubts he never left. For years I have wavered between being a Fan and a Follower. (I can cheer as good as anyone). But it is time to get down to it. This Follower is giving up on the fan club. I am turning in my pompoms. I am hitting the road and following the LEADER.

My name is Glenette Russell and I am not a fan.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Russell's learn to cook

    This past week I was to have the Women's Ministry Team to my house for supper. The only thing in my freezer big enough for the group was a brisket. I only had one problem I didn't know how to cook a brisket. Well, the night before Tim and I are laying in bed and I say, "Do you know how to cook a brisket?"  Tim replies, "no but I know you put tinfoil on it." The next thing I know the room is a glow.  Tim has pulled out his cell phone and googles how to cook a brisket in a crock pot. He tells me several different recipes. Each one sounded like everyone just dumped what they had in the kitchen in the pot. The next morning I got up and sliced a onion and put it on the bottom then the meat and then I just started dumping. I add salt, pepper, Worcestershire Sauce, Liquid Smoke and then I topped it off by adding a can of diet root beer.(I'm not sure why I add the root beer it just sounded right) It looked OK but Tim had said it should be covered in tinfoil so I covered the top of the pot with foil and put the lid on for ten hours. I was asked what are you going to do if it doesn't work? I informed my loving husband that is what KFC is for. The tenth hour arrived and the lid was removed to find a tender and juicy brisket. And I have to say; it tasted great!!
     This week think about the way we just throw things into the pot called our lives. You know a little family, a little entertainment, a little work, maybe a little God.  Then we hope and pray that it will all turn out for the best. If it doesn't, we keep a log of back-up plans. You know maybe a new job, new family, new morning devotional. We miss the whole point of this life if we look at it this way. We need to remember it is the process of the heat and amount of time cooked that makes the meat good.  I believe sometimes God allows us to face the heat, and at times let us simmer for a while, so we will become what He desires us to be.

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ {right up to the time of His return},developing {that good work} and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.  Philippians 1:6 

(He keeps my pot hot all the time)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Things I learned at the Southern Baptist Convention

 This past week Tim and I traveled to New Orleans to attended the Annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.  We look forward each year to getting together with friends in the ministry and hearing what is going on around the world. On Sunday and Monday, they have the Pastor's Conference. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the convention actually starts and all the business is handled. I guess they want the pastors fired up for the Lord before they talk about business. I thought I would share the observations this pastor's wife brought back to Oklahoma:

1.  According to Dennis Swanberg it is alright to be a Martha. We need Marthas in the church or things may not get done. I am glad he finally gave me permission to be me. I know the church would just fall down if I didn't get in there and boss people around! (I know lightning is going to strike me!)

2. From David Platt I learned not all people who prayed the prayer are saved; only those who truly repent and believe will spend their eternity in heaven. ( I think I prayed three times before he was finished. I wanted to make sure I had it locked down!) The statement that hit me the hardest is "a true Christian doesn't have to be cajoled to share Christ. Oh my goodness, I think our church is full of lost people, because I don't see a lot of sharing going on.

3. James Mcdonald asked if we need to see a miracle. He said miracles flow from what we have. Jesus used the five loaves and 2 fishes; he didn't order from Pizza Hut. Miracles also flow from active faith.(goggle the poem 'Butt Prayer' and you will see what I mean) And finally, miracles only come to glorify God. I realized I had been praying for miracles, but they were for me and not to bring God glory.(oops)

4.  Fred Luter stated each one of us had heard the gospel and were transformed. He then asked the big question, "So what did it take to change you?" The same gospel power that changed us is the same gospel power God still uses to change others. He challenged us to spread this gospel. ( OK, I have to get out and do this one)

I am overflowing with everything these men challenged me to do. I am praying for a miracle, using my gifts, sharing my faith and doing it all for the glory of God.

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worth of praise. Psalm 963-4


Monday, June 11, 2012

My Dad Said...

      When I saw the show "Big Greek Wedding" it reminded me of my family.  I am the oldest of four.  The last three being boys. When we get together it is loud, funny and sometimes confrontational. We have very strong family bond.  As we were growing up, my Dad  expected us to work on the family farm. All of my friends were working at the Pizza Hut or Anthonys (I know I am old) and I was out driving a wheat truck. As I chased cows, worked on trucks, plowed fields, and anything else they told me to do, I kept wondering how is this going to help me in the future.(especially when I would walk in for a Friday night date wearing the motor grease from the tractor that day) I had no plans of growing up to be the most famous woman farmer in the world.
     Now that I am more mature (older), I can look back and see how some of my farm training has helped me. While driving to meet Tim at a church out of town one Sunday, I was able to change my own alternator belt. Every parsonage we have lived in needed major repair and I am great with a hammer. Have you ever tried to get 200 bible school kids going in the same direction? I discovered it is just like herding cattle. My Dad taught me, while plowing a field, sometimes you have to plow around the stumps. Welllllll, if you have ever been in church work, let me say sometimes you just have to plow around the stumps.(just saying) As a Mom, Wife, Church member and Coworker,  you learn to do what needs to be done, because if you don't do it; it will not get done.
     I am grateful for my growing up years on the farm. I know I have been trained well. My Dad always said, "If you are going to do something; do it right the first time." I have carried these lessons into my adult life and hopefully I have handed them down to my children. Thanks Dad for always expecting the best from me. Love you Dad ( I am glad you retired from the farm. lol)

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Col. 3:17


      

Monday, June 4, 2012

This old pot

     Yes it is true a miracle has happened. I won the Happy Baker award at VBS.  It is hard to believe that I was in charge of the kitchen for VBS last week.  We fed lunch to around 80 teachers 4 days last week. The kitchen staff presented me with a hand crafted trophy for my baked goods. ( There was no food poisoning reported)If you know me you know I am not a person who likes to cook.(Just ask my family) I would much rather clean the kitchen then make a meal. It seems strange to me that I ended up in the kitchen for VBS. My spiritual gift is teaching so there is no way I should be preparing food for everyone. I was pushed out of my comfort zone to try something new and you know what I kind of liked it.
     For the past six months God has been really  pushing and molding me in all different ways. He has been asking me to look past the things that come easy to me and do the things that only he can do through me.These past few months God has cut my activities way back. I am not good at setting back and being idle.I am always teasing about Tim and I being the tortoise and the hare. He moves slow and thoughtful and I am running in circles and not paying attention to anything. Because of this lack of activity I have been pushed to spend more time in study.  He has asked me to build deeper relationships with people. This one is very hard.( I am a terrible girlfriend) There is a saying ,"to have a friend you have to be a friend.". This has opened my eyes to what true friendship really is.The big thing he has asked of me is to trust him with my future.  I have to admit I am still working on this one. I am a person that always has a plan and we are going to stick to it. I am now learning that God has the plan and it can change at any minute. Each step I take is a step of faith following the path he has planned not the one I have charted for myself.
     I wonder if any of you are like me? Is God pushing and molding you into something you never thought you would be? Are you seeing his fingerprints in everything you do? Is there any place in your life where you have stepped out of your comfort zone because God asked you to? If you don't have any of this going on in your life you may want to ask what God sized (kitchen) projects He has for you.

But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands: so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Then the word of the Lord came to me He said, "Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?" declares the Lord. "Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.
Jeremiah 18:4-6

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Anyone up for a run?

     I am a walker.  You know one of those ladies who has their praise music in their ears ,just strutting their stuff, walking briskly down the road. That is me. I have learned that life is better when I spend some time sweating out the negative and putting in the positive. (If you know what I mean)
     The other day I was on my daily walk when some friends were driving in our neighborhood and they stopped to chat. I asked where they were headed and they let me know the were headed to the movies and wondered if Tim and I wanted to go. I told them sure we hadn't been to the movies in a long time and it sounded like fun. They took off to go buy the tickets and left me several hills from my house. I knew that the show was going to start soon and I need to get home quick.(I know you are seeing this in your head. Me in my Vacation Bible School Shirt, Old lady shorts, Visor and Ear Phones). You know what I did I started running.  Yes this old girl has still got it. Those legs were going. (No problem there)  Those arms were pumping.(No problem there) Those lungs were breathing. (No problem there) So what was causing the difficulty? Wellllllllll something was behind me bouncing up and down almost causing me to lose my balance.  What could this be????? You know it my back side was dragging me down.  I was told once by a member of my family (Dad) that I would probably run faster if I wasn't pulling such a big trailer. (Now that is love) Anyway I made it home in record time. (for me) I was tingling all over from the shock to my body but I felt pleased that I could still do it.
     Out in our everyday life we have different things that try to pull us down. People discourage you. Situations that limit you. Your own attitude telling you you can't do it.  But I truly believe that if God is in it you can do anything. This week don't let anything stop you from doing what fantastic things God has laid before you. People unhook those trailers.

I can do all things through Christ that gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I am going to war

     I am a part of a book club. I know you don't think there is anything going on in this brain of mine but I am trying to remedy that. This month we are reading the book "The Divine Defense", by Robert Jeffress.  This book covers six simple strategies for winning your greatest battles.  I thought my greatest battle was my weight or my gift of gab. I even thought my greatest battle might be how to get Tim to stop using me as an illustration in his sermons. But I am wrong.(Imagine that) Dr. Jeffress states that "we have an enemy who is determined to deceive us about his power(or lack thereof), deprive you of your privileges as a child of God, destroy your effectiveness as a servant of God, and deny you the rewards that God wants one day to bestow on you in heaven?"  I told a pulpit committee one time that I don't wear my feelings on my sleeve because I am so lovable I can't believe anyone wouldn't love me. (I know I live in a fantasy world) It is very hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that I have an enemy out there that is determined to harm me and separate me from the God I love. As I have been studying this war my eyes have been opened. As I have struggle to put God first the battle has gotten stronger.  I believe for the first time in my walk with God I see how and why I have been attacked.

SATAN'S STRATEGY
1. Discourage you from Worshiping God: I don't have time.  I am not important God doesn't need me.
2. Distract you from serving God; My kids need me. My job is more important.
3. To deceive you into disobeying;  More money will make me happy. If I had a mate like that life would be good.

     People we are in a war. The evil one doesn't think we can win. But the bible says differently.  I am going to claim God's promises and fight with all I have. Come on and fight with me.

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
James 4:7


   

Monday, May 14, 2012

I have a special gift.....

     I have been told that I have a gift for gab. I can't help it. If we are in a group and there is not anyone talking it drives me crazy.  I can't handle silence. I can ask a million questions to fill the silence. I can talk about nothing to fill the silence. (I don't need anyone to agree with that)  I can pick out someone elses flaws to fill the quiet. Most of the time when it gets quiet I just talk about Tim he always provides me with plenty of material. (Just like now)
     When we were in Texas one of my senior adult friends brought me a present. It was a three foot sign that says "Dear Lord put your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth". Now what do you think she was trying to say there? (I just don't get it) We all got a good laugh out of it exspecially when she said she had gotten herself the same sign. God had given us both the same gift of gab.
     This past weekend Hollie and I were out at a friends garage sale when my eyes landed on a new sign which states,"Lord, Help my words to be tender and gracious today, for tomorrow I may have to eat them". This sign now sets above my desk.  As I read these words I have to smile.  You see the older I get the less filter I have on my mouth.  Words just take off and ,you know what, they don't taste as good once they have flown around awhile.
    My goal this week is to think about what I say before I say it. (No applause please)  I am also going to try and let there be some silence in my life.



Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those,who listen.
Ephesians 4:27


 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Here comes the Judge

     The other day we went out with some friends to eat.  They had their grandbaby with them. When we set down they popped open a small DVD player and sat it in front of the child. They explained that this would keep her quiet until the food came. Well, you know me. My snobby little nose went up into the air.  I couldn't believe we were setting in a restaurant visiting while a DVD was playing at the end of the table.  These grandparents should know better.
     Wellllllllllll a few weeks latter Gage came to visit.  You know he is the most perfect child. (Says his most perfect Grandmother).  We went out to eat and guess what the food was slow in coming and the child started going nuts.  What was I to do? I tried every trick in the book. But you know what finally worked. You know it, I pulled out the IPad. Mark me right up there with those out of touch grandparents.
     Boy it is really easy to judge someone. I think it is even easier to judge when you haven't been in that situation. Call me the Queen of Judge. I know it fits me well. (stop laughing) Until you have walked in someone's shoes you don't know what you would do. This week think before you judge.

Do not judge others, so that God will not judge you, for God will judge you in the same way you judge others,and he will apply to you the same rules you apply to others. Matt. 7:1-2
I am trying to decide if I like the changes that have been made to the look of my blog. I can't decide if I like the funky colorful one or the one with real steps .  Let me know what you think by your comments here or on facebook.
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Going Home

     Tim and I had a great time this past week. Some friends let us use their time-share at Table Rock lake next to Branson, Missouri. It was beautiful. We spent our time playing golf, shopping, going to shows and sitting around the pool reading books. We enjoyed just spending time together and not having any other responsibilities. We could do what we wanted when we wanted. You could just feel all of the stress slipping away. What a life.... You start to think if life could be like this all the time I would love it. But you know what? By Thursday, little things started happening that chiseled away at the perfect world we had found. You know things like we were staying in a one room studio condo and Tim likes to stay up late and I like to get up early. I like to watch the Hallmark channel and he likes ESPN. He snores and I don't. (OK, he says I snore but I don't believe him) We both started missing home and the routine we call life.
      Isn't it funny that when you are home you want to be on vacation and when you are on vacation you start wishing you were at home. My Aunt told me one time that  we will never be completely content in this life because we are not home yet.  Nothing in this world is perfect.  This week let's put our minds on things above not on what we have to face here.
You have been raised to life with Christ, so set your hearts on the things that are in heaven, where Christ sits on his throne at the right side of God.Keep your minds fixed on things there, not on things here on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Your real life is Christ and when he appears, then you too will appear with him and share his glory! You must put to death, then, the earthly desires at work in you, such as sexual immorality, indecency, lust, evil passions, and greed (for greed is a form of idolatry).  Col. 3:1-5
    
    

   

Monday, April 16, 2012

I want to shoot Tim

     God has given Tim and me a wonderful thing.  Can you guess what it is?  Ok, I will just tell you.  He blessed us with a week of vacation. We are like two kids that have gone wild. We have  no one calling or wanting anything from us.  It is great.
     We only had one snag before we left home.  I had everything packed when I heard Tim talking on the phone. I am very glad I stopped in my steps to hear what he was saying.  Basically he was explaining to a friend how to get into our house while we are away. I went into panic mode. My house was clean. (kind of)  It wasn't clean enough for other people to see.  I went around putting things in drawers and closing doors.  I didn't get things perfect but I did the best I could in the 10 minutes Tim gave me. (I need a maid)
     I began to think about how many times I come under convection and try to hurry up and clean up my life.  Oh know, God is going to see what I have been doing so I try to hide everything from him.  Guess what, it doesn't work like that.  You cannot hide anything from him. He sees everything.
      This week take time to be open with God and ask him to help you clean up your life. Only with Him can we have a good clean life.


If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

Monday, April 9, 2012

Pass the Corn please.

     Yesterday was a wonderful day. I had found an Easter dress that would do. You know one not to short and not to clingy. I had cleaned the house so when company came for lunch it would not embarrass my husband.  I had gone to the store and prepared most of the food.  I had everything already in containers waiting to be set out for this wonderful Easter lunch.  I even had a list on the fridge of everything I was preparing so that I wouldn't forget something.
     I flew home from church, changed my clothes and started setting everything out. As people started arriving I told everyone that I didn't need any help because everything was done and we were just waiting on the rolls to warm.  Everything fell into place perfectly.  There was not going to be any buffet line today.  I sat out the good china and had everyone seated at the formal dinning room table. We almost didn't know how to act as we passed the food around. The meal was  wonderful if I do say so myself. Well,,,,,,,there was one thing that I discovered as I cleaned up that taught me a very important lesson. I went to wipe out the microwave when I discovered a large bowl of corn. It was on the list but I was so big on planning and organizing that I had missed it.  Tim and I are going to be eating corn for a week.
     I learned this week that so many times I organize and plan thinking I am doing this wonderful thing for God.   I get everything together and realize that I haven't even asked him if he wants the thing I have been planning.  He is looking down on me and wondering why is this woman  running around like a chicken with its head cut off. All he wants me to do is follow him and do what He tells me to do then He can bless it.
     This week I am going to stop and wait for the Father to show me what he wants me to do. (No more leaving corn in the microwave. If you know what I mean). Jesus was a great example he only did what he saw his father do. Stop this week and listen to his voice.


  Jesus said,"I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
John 5:19

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Baptist Bunnies

     The other day I heard a man talk about Baptist Bunnies. When I asked him what he meant he stated,"You know all the Baptist that only come out at Easter." This made me laugh. I can just picture a bunch of people showing up for church on Easter Sunday morning wearing bunny ears.
     I was shopping with my mom the other day looking for Easter dresses when I noticed how much of the non christian world was focusing on Easter. People were all buying dress clothes. The sale ads were all about Easter. Aisles at Walmart had everything you would need for Easter.
     So why is our world, nation, families all falling apart if we are all focusing on Easter? Could it be that we have all fallen into the trap of becoming Baptist Bunnies? We have forgotten that there was not a pretty dress worn on that weekend but a thorn of crowns. We have forgotten that the greatest gift was given for us. We have forgotten that we have a savior that prayed for us and gave himself for us. But, the main thing we have forgotten is that he overcame death so that we might have eternal life.
     As Easter Sunday approaches lets remember that Easter is forever. Lets forget about the holiday and focus on the person of Easter. Are you a Baptist Bunny or are you a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ who gave his life for you?

Jesus prayed, " Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.  For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.  Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, they only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.  I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.  And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
John17:1-5


Monday, March 26, 2012

Boys and their Toys

     We had an exciting time last week watching Gage while Hollie and Zack went on mission trip to Nicaragua. Him and his Papa spent as much time as they could outside playing with the toys.  When I say toys I mean a little riding toy and a John Deere lawn mower. Gage would drag his toy up the steep driveway and head down it going as fast as could be.  His mom got wind of this type of fun and sent a helmet. (Mom you are no fun) When he got tired of that he would head to the tractor and wait for Papa to follow. They would take off going up and down the hill we call a yard. It was not good when I made them come in.  Neither one of them were happy.
     Three of the four days we had Gage it rained. This did not make for a happy camper. He would stand at the front glass door and want to go play with the toys. What can I say every time there was a pause in the rain we would run out and fly down the hill.  I know the neighbors thought we were crazy but he was happy which made Papa and Nana happy. (What are grandparents for?)He loves his toys.
      I have been thinking about my toys the computer,tv,cell phone. How out of sorts to I become when I am seperated from my toys?.How much time do I spend with my toys? How are my toys affecting others? Boy my heart has become heavy. I realized I had put my toys before the one who loves me most, my heavenly father.
      As you go through out this next week think about the time you have and what you are doing with it.  Are you waisting time with your toys or are you spending precious time with the one who loves you most?

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your stength.
Deuteronomy 6:13   
   

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Never say Never

  The other day I heard a young starlet say she would never wear sneakers. I just started laughing. I remembered all the things that I said I would never do.
1. Never marry a preacher. (God laughed at that one)
2. Never wear elastic. (Give me stretch pants any day)
3. Never will my kids act up in church. (Aren't they cute)
4. Never drive a grandpa car (Love the Buick)
 Well, you get the idea. You should never say never because for sure you will be eating those words.
     As these thoughts were going through my head I began to wonder if there was a true never.  You know something you could say never to that would not come back to haunt you. I thought well I don't think I would ever eat cooked spinach, curse someone out, enjoy watching swamp people. But you know I couldn't say it would never happen.
     So what is a definite never. I could only come up with one thing.  I will never no never go to Hell. I know there is no changing this one. This never has been sealed in blood. No going back on this never.
     Let me ask you when have you said never? I hope you have never said never to the one who can secure your forever. By asking Jesus to come take over your heart you can say you will never go to Hell. Take care of this never today.


Jesus said," My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand."
John 10:27-28 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Wilma

     Every Monday morning I work in the clothing room at our church. Many of the consignment shops in town and Walmart send us the clothes they do not want any more. We take those clothes and neatly arrange them for a public give away every other Wednesday. We usually have around 100 people come through our doors and we are able to share with some of them our faith.
     I have enjoyed this ministry because of the women that I spend time with each Monday. We all come from different walks of life and different stages of life. One of the ladies that has intrigued me is Wilma.  She is in her nineties and still very active.  She walks to the church every Monday from her home two blocks away.
     This morning I asked Wilma if she wanted a ride home. She informed me that she had her horse and did not know if he wanted a ride. (You see her horse is her walker.)  I let her know that her horse was welcome to come. She finally said yes and we were off, horse and all.  As I drove we chatted and there were times when Wilma wanted to say something but the words just wouldn't come. I said ,"Don't worry we all get our tongues tied sometimes". She said ,"I know but I don't like it."
     Wilma has been a great motivator to me. Working in church work I have so many people tell me that the have "Done their time " that it hurts my heart.  Then I see people like Wilma who will never stop until Jesus comes. I hope I am a Wilma.
     What has God asked you to do this past week and you have said, "Let someone else do that I have served my time." (Just think you don't even have a horse to mess with) Lets be faithful to answer what ever call He has for us.

"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work."
John 4:34

What work does He have for you to do?

    

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Queen of Talk

     As many of you know I can talk the paint off of the wall. You could say that I have the gift of gab. I never meet a stranger. If there is ever silence I get nevous and whatever pops in my mind comes out. I am contenually asking Tim what he is thinking so that he can carry the conversation for awhile. (Until I catch me breath then I start again)
     There are pros and cons to this gift I have.  Some of the pros are; 1. I am a great visitation partner because you never have to say a word. 2. If you are with me you never wonder what I am thinking because I will always tell you in the first five minutes. 3. If you are a quiet person I am your go to girl I will carry the conversation.
     Along with the good has to come the bad so here are the con's  1. There is never any quiet. ( I even get tired of the noise)2. People start running when they see you coming because they don't  want to hear the chatter.  And the main one is  3.  IF YOU ARE TALKING YOU ARE NOT LISTENING.
      Now you know one of my biggest flaws. That is right I am a terrible listener.  I am so busy thinking about what I am going to say that I don't hear what you are saying. My mind bounces from place to place to place while you are talking. Just call my the ADHD queen.
     I have started a new bible study called "Descerning the Voice of God" by Priscilla Schirer this past week.  You see I don't even sit still long enough to hear God. (Don't look at me like that you know you have the same problem) Anyway, I am learning that I need to clear my mind of all agendas and determin that I will listen for God to speak. As I reflect on his word I need to listen for his voice. As I worship in song I need to listen for his voice.  As I walk through my day I need to listen for his voice.
    As you go through your week. Take time to set in the quiet and listen for his voice.

The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.  He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.  The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears,   Isaiah 50:4-5 

SPEAK LORD FOR YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING
1 SAMUEL 3:9  

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Devil Made Me Do It

      For years I have been blaming every odd thing in my life on my unique personality. (That is a nice way to say I am a little mentally unbalanced). For example, when I am cranky and irritable I must have PMS.  When I am bossy and controlling this is because I come from a large family and they needed direction. (I have 3 brothers need I say more)  When I am weepy it is because no one understands me because I am perfect. (we all know that's true)
     This past 2 weeks Tim has been preaching on spiritual warfare and the light has come on in my life.  I see where the father of lies has kept me right where he wanted.  Lie #1: You are an emotional women and something must be wrong with you. Lie#2: If you do not take charge everything and everyone will fall apart.  Lie #3: You are perfect and you don't need anyone else. These are Lies, Lies and more Lies.
     After his second sermon the flood gates were open.  All the way home from church we talked about how that the Lies had overshadowed the life and ministry God had called us.  I would like to say that we are super spiritual and we bowed our heads right there in the car and gave it all to God.  Well, we are not that biblical. I am the women that walks around the house saying out loud ,"NOPE YOU AREN'T WINNING THIS ONE." "THAT IS NOT TRUE." "GET OUT OF HERE SATAN." (Be careful when you say that last statement, Tim thought I was talking to him.)
     Yesterday I met with a group of ministers wives to discuss upcoming events in the state.  As the meeting went on the lies started pounding on me: You shouldn't have said that. Why are you so goofy?  Why aren't you as deep as these other ladies? You shouldn't even be here. STOP, STOP, STOP ,GET BEHIND ME SATAN.
     The war is on... And boy am I a fighter because I know who is going to win. My God reigns and is stronger then the ruler of this earth. I know that the Father made me for a purpose and that He will work his purpose through me.  I know that Jesus died to destroy the evil one.  I know that I am a child of God and that no one can take me out of his had.    I know  that I am "fearfully and wonderfully made," (Psalms 139-14)
     This week stay alert and fight the war with me. Pray and ask the Spirit to help you. Claim the word of God.  Do not be deceived. Shout "I am God's and you can't have me."

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that you may have life, and have it to the fullest." John 10:10


      

Monday, February 20, 2012

Tim's Valentine

     Tim came in the other day and asked, "Since I did so well on the Chirstmas present do I have to buy you a Valentines present?" I let him know he never has to buy me a gift; he gets to buy me wonderful gifts. That went over like a lead balloon. Anyway, I told him instead of a gift, I would like for him to write me a love letter. I had been going through some old papers and came across a letter he had written me while we were in college. I knew he would be great at it.     I was so excited to recieve my letter. It was two pages long. I loved it. Of course, I had to write a letter of my own. I felt like we were teenagers passing notes in school. As I read my letter, I began to realize how much life we have had experienced and what this big man means to me. Comparing the letter from college with the new one, I could see how much we have grown. It seems, the longer two people are together the more you take each other for granted; forgetting what you mean to each other.  It was great to see what I meant to someone in print. Love letters are great!!
     You do realize we have the most wonderful love letter at our finger tips? The Bible is written for each one of us. When we read it, we are reminded of how precious we are to Him. That He loves us enough to make the greatest sacrifice on our behalf. And it is all in print. Read it you will be amazed.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that who ever believes in him shall not perish but have ever lasting life.
John 3:16  

Monday, February 13, 2012

Goodbye Negative Nelly

      I have heard that your true personality comes out the older you get. So if you are turned toward a positive outlook in your personality; you will be one of those wonderful senior adults who everyone loves to be around. If you are turned more to the gloomy side of life; you will be one of those senior adult that people run from.
     I have to say right now that I am not a senior adult. But, I am headed there faster then I want to be. I have the feeling that I will tend to lean to the gloomy side. My family has already nicknamed me "Negative Nelly".  What is bad I don't even know when I am doing it.
      I was at school the other day and here came all these negative thoughts flying in my head. (Glad I am not Johnny's mother!) Then I head to church on Sunday and here come those thoughts again. (Boy this room is to hot why can't they control things around here better? Only if I was in charge!!) You get how it works. If you have been around me, these thoughts have been flying out of my mouth! Lord help me!
     I began to search out a cure for this disease. I would like to say I found a cure for getting old but that didn't happen. I would like to say that someone waved a magic wand over me and now I am all rosie sweet. That did not happen either. Here is what I came up with. What ever we put in is going to come out. It is a choice. If we fill our life with good things then we will see the good. If we fill our life with the negative we will see the negative.
     I am starting this week on a new journey. Every time my mind wanders to the dark side, I am going to fill it with the Word God has given me. Hopefully, I will be able to banish the 'Negative Nelly' living in this Old Body.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. What ever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. 
AND THE GOD OF PEACE WILL BE WITH YOU.
Philippians 4:8-9

Monday, February 6, 2012

My Grandma is Better Then Yours

     I am sitting here in the peace and quiet of my living room. Now you may not think that is a big deal but it is. You see Gage came to visit Big Papa and Nana G. this week. My living room looks like a big toy box has exploded and Sesame Street has been running continually. But at this moment I am enjoying this wonderful thing called nap time.
     These past few days have been a  little sentimental to me. I have had my grandmothers  on my mind. My grandmothers were very different from each other. My Grandma Standridge was a real lady. She had a gentle quiet spirit. She was very giving, and knew how to host a wonderful tea party. She would take my cousins and me shopping and then we would put on a fashion show for my Grandpa. While Tim and I were serving in our first church, ten miles from Grandma, she would show up with groceries for this poor pastor's family. She would say, "A preachers wife should look like a preachers wife. Your congregation should be proud to introduce you as their pastor's wife."
     My Grandma McDowell is a different story. Those who knew her would say that I get my personality from her. There wasn't a quiet bone there. She always had a joke or funny story to tell. When I had a baby she showed up at the hospital wearing huge yellow sunglasses and a cowboy hat. She loved being outside enjoying nature; walking or riding bikes. She had a dance in her step and a song going on the piano. She would quote a scripture and ask a question and you would leave her house trying to figure out the answer.
    My grandmothers were remarkable ladies. I miss them very much. There were a couple of things they did have in common. For one thing they both loved me.(I am so lovable) They both had a passion and love for their Lord. You felt this passion when you were with them. Whenever I was with these ladies I learned many things about walking the Christian walk. From serving the home bound with Grandma Standrige to loving your family when difficult things come along with Grandma McDowell. They could both quote scripture and did it frequently. They left a legacy I will never forget.
     To this day, if I have a hard time going to sleep at night, I take a mental walk through Grandma Standridges house and  by the time I make it to her bedroom and back to the garage door I am sawing logs.
     Well, I hear a little voice calling me from the other room so I know that nap time is over. I leave you with one thought. What kind of Grandma are you? (Or will you be in the future?) I hope my grandchildren remember I loved them, but more important, I hope they know that their grandma had a passion for the One who could save them.

"Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Proverbs 31: 29-30 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Why do I blog???

     Several months ago I entered the blogging world.  I made a commitment to blog once a week. I started all of this to promote my speaking. I guess I was hoping that someone would see how witty and spiritual I am and ask me to speak. (LOL) But, I hit one snag I am not a big writer. Someone asked me once to write a book and I informed them that my book would only have one page.  The one page in my book would say "TURN OR BURN".  I believe that says it all.
     As the weeks have gone by it has become more to me.  It has become a time when I set down and allow the world to stop a minute so that I can put my thoughts down. It has become a time of prayer as I ask God to give me a thought for the week ahead.  It has been an English lesson as I try to correct my grammar.(HaHa) It has been a time of opening up my very public private world. (You would only understand that last comment if you are a ministers wife).
     It is a very humbling process to write your words and never know if anyone will ever read them. To be honest I had never read a blog until I started this one. You send your words out into cyber space and pray that God would have the person who needs it open it that day. ( Most of the time I realize I am the one who needed it the most).
     Anyway, I say all this to say that we are to be faithful to do what He has called us to do and He will be faithful to take care of the rest. I am being faithful to write and He will be faithful to have the right person read it. (Even if it is just this crazy preachers wife)

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Hebrews 10:23-24

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Sub is a Sub...

     Since we have been living in McAlester I have been a substitute in many different places. I have been a receptionist at a law office.  (They don't like it when you say "Hi how are y'all doin")  I have been a receptionist at a real estate office.  I have covered for many Sunday Sunday school teachers.  I have  been substitute mom for some young people and now I am in the Public School System.
    When  I walk into a classroom I introduce myself and then I get a serious look on my face. I look over my glasses and say "I am a retired school teacher so don't push my buttons you will not like it".  Do you think this stops anything? Probably not it may even challenge them to test me. What I know is that it makes me feel better.  In my head I am saying "Ok Glenette you can do this you are a real teacher."
     But let us be honest there is no substitute for the real thing. Who is going to be the best at the job?  The one that has the job and knows what to do.
     You know in real life we keep trying to have a substitute step in and fill the spot the real job holder should have.  For example: We substitute time on the computer for time in the word.  We substitute asking friends advice instead of speaking to the one who knows all.  We substitute things of this world (shoes, clothes, houses,etc) for a relationship with the gift giver.
     For me I am no longer happy with the substitute I am going for the real deal. Take time this week and see where you are substituting.

Jesus answered him ,"I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the father except through me." John 14:6 
    

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Spell that for me.

     I am about to confess one of my weaknesses. I cannot spell.  I have even had people sending me notes about how I have spelled things wrong on this blog.
     My weakness really hit me hard today.  I spent the day teaching 5th Grade English. We learned about homonyms today.  You know the words that sound the same but have different meanings. I am the teacher that is standing there with the dictionary on her phone trying to work the worksheets.  I don't care about chilli and chilly. I am confident that I would not win the show "Are you smarter then a 5th Grader".
      Ok, I have to admit that if I would pay attention and study I would become a better speller. I have been trying to blame my inablity to spell on genetics. My daughter can't spell but my son can so I believe we are born with it; when in reality I just haven't made it a priority.
     As I thought about my day I realized that sometimes we are that way with God’s word.  We know it is there and that we are going to need to use it but we just don’t take the time to study it and find out what it really says.
     My challenge this week is for you to make a decision to set down and study the word and find out what God really has for you.

Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15


Monday, January 9, 2012

Off to work I go....

     A few weeks ago my loving husband told me to get a job. Ok, actually he said if you want to do fun things like travel you are going to have to get a job to raise the funds.  What a bummer.
      I looked all over for a job that would allow me to work from 10:00am to 2:00pm and make 40,000$ a year. Well guess what none of those jobs popped up. I guess they are all taken. I know I want to write a book but that isn’t moving along as quickly as I would like. (It will probably end up on the dollar table).
      I have many talents that could be used in the work force.  I am reliable, organized, and trustworthy.  I am very good at bossing people around. I never meet a stranger.  I am also very good at whipping things into shape.  Now wouldn’t you want me to work for you?
       I racked my brain trying to find a job that would allow me to have a little control over my schedule. (The Wal-Mart greater spot was already taken) I also knew that I didn’t want to scare the children of McAlester by going back into the classroom full time. So here is what I decided to do.  I am going to be a substitute teacher. This way if we have something going at the church I can say I am booked. I think your kids will be safe as long as they only have me a day here and there.
      So look out McAlester I am headed into a new mission field.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
Colossians 3:23

Monday, January 2, 2012

He is all man and He is all mine.

     You know when you have a baby you are so excited. They hand you that pretty little baby and he smells great and looks great and you are on the top of the world.  Then the drugs wear off. (Ha Ha)
     Twenty six years ago today that happened to me. Our youngest Brent was born.  I was not a good pregnant person. I looked bad, acted bad and probably smelled bad. But the day had arrived and he was on his way. We faced this day with a fear in our hearts.  I had had some problems at the beginning of the pregnancy and the doctor had told us there was a chance that our child would have birth defects. So as we awaited the arrival of our new baby we understood we may have some rough road ahead. Brent was born right on time. (During Wednesday Night church), what do you expect of a preachers kid. He was a big guy 9lb an 8oz.  As soon as I had him I started praising God. The nurses thought I was crazy. I knew I had a boy and girl and would never have to do this again. They wrapped Brent up and whisked him away.  Tim and I waited on the Doctor to come in and tell us the news of our little boy. We were ready to hear the bad news.  We had seen how big he was.  We saw how he had ten fingers and ten toes but his eyes were slanted and hardly even there. So we waited and wondered what God would call on us to go through. The doctor walked in and gave us a glowing report.  We looked at him confused.  I said,”are you sure nothing is wrong. Didn’t you see his face?”  The doctor started laughing and said, “Your face would look the same if you had lived through the trauma he just came through.”
     Brent has been a blessing to our lives.  He never meets a stranger. At the age of 11 he climbed into the car after baseball practice and looked out to wave at a boy crossing in front of us.  He said, “Mom Brady isn’t going to heaven.”  I asked how he knew that and he said, “I asked him.”  I knew then that he had the gift of evangelism.  God has given him a gift to speak to people everywhere.  Brent is now serving at Prestonwood Baptist Church as a Singles Intern. It is going to be exciting to see how God uses his life.
     You know children are a gift from God.  We gave Brent to God before he was even born. Now we see how God is working in his life. I hope that you have given your children to the Lord. I also pray they can see the Lord in you.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6