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