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Mercy Selah

Posted: August 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Mercy arrived Thursday, May 30 at 7:17 p.m. weighing in at 7 lbs. and 7 oz. It’s amazing the journey God started Sarah and I over 18 years ago and recently four years ago in having children after our first four! How blessed we are!

Many have asked what Selah means. You can find the word Selah countless times throughout the Psalms. In essence, it means, “to pause or reflect”. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the Words in Scripture previously written or to simply reflect on the amazing goodness and mercy of God

I choose in these next moments to Selah….to reflect.

As I reflect over these last two months, she is quite an amazing creation.  Although she doesn’t communicate a whole lot, she has blessed us as a family so much.  She loves to snuggle and the way God created her eyes is absolutely awesome!  I can’t wait for more of her personality to be revealed.

It’s almost overwhelming to think that God entrusts Sarah and I with six children. Never would I have thought 18 years ago, that we would have six kids, but as I consider all of this I am reminded that throughout the Scriptures it was through people, but more importantly, through the family it was how God accomplished His purpose and it’s through our family God is going to make a difference.

This summer I have seen God do great things through my children.  I saw Hannah, Noah and Grace lead people to the Lord.  They have been able to spiritually lead out in our children and student ministries.   I have noticed a deeper hunger for God in Elijah.  He is so ready for our LIT discipleship.  I am thankful and in awe that God uses an ordinary family, but it’s been my prayer for some time that we are a family that does ministry together, not just a family who goes to church together and we are seeing the fruit of that.

Thanks for keeping up with us through this journey!

 

After ten years of ministry at my church, Foundation Church, they gifted my family with a one month sabbatical.  I am forever grateful for this opportunity to step back from the day to day ministry and be revived.  It’s great to have a church and leadership that recognizes the importance of rest.

In the greek, sabbatical means, “Get ready for God to kick your but and your butt!”  Just kidding…….

Actually it means to rest and is derived from the word Sabbath.  For me, it’s an extended period of time taken from the daily routine to rest, pray, study, plan, cast vision and seek God.

If you know anything about me, it’s hard for me to set still. I am always looking forward to the next goal or the next thing and rarely do I just “Mary”. It’s a character flaw that I believe this sabbatical hopes to break me of.

I know there are things that have to be accomplished, but how can I maintain healthy ministries if I am not myself spiritually healthy.

Honestly, that’s where I found myself this past Friday. I had given all I had. Exhausted. To say that I was ready for a break is an understatement. The thing though is I had a great summer! I saw God save so many people and I saw God used children, teenagers and adults. I had a blast, but through all of the doing, I couldn’t do anymore.

I had been anticipating this time for a few months and now it’s here. As I have settled into my room at Tulakogee, the question that I kept asking this morning is, “God, what do you want?” As I read and prayed and pondered, I sensed God saying a few things:

1. ABIDE-don’t jump planning 2014 or the next great thing for the family ministry or the mobile home communities. Don’t read all of the great ministry books that you have in your box. I want you to ABIDE. I sensed God saying, “We will get to the other stuff, but you need to learn to really ABIDE, not just get by. So I believe one of the courses God has me on this next six weeks is to ABIDE, so my textbooks are the Bible and Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray and Desiring God by John Piper.  Deep down, again honestly, these definitely were not the books I wanted to start out with.  I wanted to start out with the “idea” books.  God has a great sense of humor.

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2. Have FUN and REST. Don’t feel guilty about doing these two things. Spoil your family….make memories with your family.

3. We will focus on your fears and your next steps later. This is where I believe the “but” kicking will start. I have to admit, I have been in a comfortable spot for a while which is not a bad thing, but do you ever sense that your comfort is really disobedience? I have and I do. The questions I have for God are, “Are these my dreams or are they your dreams?” “How do you want me to lead out in this next phase of my life?”

On top of all of this, we are hoping to visit Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas to check out their family ministry as well as go back to Mission Arlington to serve together as a family and get some questions answered about starting churches in mobile home communities.  In the middle of our sabbatical, we are taking a family vacation to our favorite spot in the world–Panama City Beach!  Exciting stuff

I am about to turn 40 in December and I can’t help but wonder what the next ten or twenty years will bring. I don’t want to just get by and coast on into heaven without being on the front lines, but I want to be a world changer. But first, it starts with me, opening up to the one who created me, allowing him to do heart surgery…….

Will let you know how it goes……I am going to enjoy the journey!