Yesterday was special.
Our service was unique and wonderful.
It opened with a couple of people from
the congregation sharing from their hearts.
One, a mom, whose 20-something daughter
is on the mission field
is on the mission field
and desiring to continue in a very dangerous
situation. An email from the daughter was read
and it was impressive in its statements of faith
and passion for the work she is doing.
Understandably the parents would love
to see their daughter back home safe and
sound but are seeking God's will in
giving their advice.
Secondly, a 16 year old young man
got up to share a message that was
bubbling up out of his heart.
A message of a discovery.
He is studying excellence.
His study has led him to the conclusion
that all who have excelled in their lives
were immersed in the Word of God.
Whether they actually had relationships
with the Lord, or not, he is not making
a judgement...but they all knew and quoted
He has challenged our congregation to a
deeper study of the Word.
So, make that two young people who have
challenged my faith so far...in one day.
Then there is Chelsea,
who totally has me beat in the category
of daily devotions.
Add to this the fact that most weeks that
we have fellowship meals there is a
teen led Bible study....
instigated and carried out by them.
Shaking my head at the work of God
in the hearts of the youth!
The wisdom and faith displayed.
Gotta love it!!
Pastor Mike preached a wonderful
sermon about Jonah.
Now this was the beginning of a short
series of sermons from this book.
Should be really good, if yesterday's
was any indication.
Our friends at Creekside Cottage invited
us back to their place for a special
meal of Mafe.
Mafe is a dish that originates in Senegal.
It is chicken, rice, peanut butter and curry.
Very different than I am used to
but it was fun to try it.
I happen to love rice and chicken...
the peanut butter
was an interesting
It was such a blessing to get to sit
and chat with my dear friends
Deanna and Kelly.
We live such busy lives during the
week that taking a day to rest
and visit is truly a gift.
So glad God thought of it!
So often when we were kids
it was easy to look at the
"rules" given in the Bible
and think that they were harsh
But age, experience and time has
taught me that when God tells us
to do something a certain way it is because
it is good for us.
We benefit every time.
Such a wonderful realization
to come to.