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)