Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Lost Data

I dropped my cell phone yesterday on the hard bathroom floor and after picking it up I discovered that the display was black. Normally, when computers, telephones or other technical devices do not work properly, my first course of action is to turn it off and turn it back on again. I did just that and after expecting to see the light come, on I saw nothing. Next step….take out the battery. Still I get nothing.

Panic is beginning to set in because I know no one’s phone number!! Not my husband’s, not my daughter’s, not my son’s, not even my church’s!!! How in the world did I get to the place in my life where I know no phone numbers? How is it that I have depended on technology to take care of so much of my life?

Not only do I need to deal with the stress of not being able to use my phone and not get to my contacts, I now must make a visit to the cell phone store. Honestly, I would rather visit the dentist and get a root canal than go to a cell phone store!! But I was desperate. I was out of town and could not contact anyone!!! After much begging and pleading, I now have a new cell phone but still no contacts. They were unable to get them from my broken phone to my new phone and I have lost the phone numbers of what seems like zillions of people.

As I pondered the ineffectiveness of my dependence on a cell phone to keep up with people and how ludicrous it was for me to not have written them down or backed them up, I knew there had to be a spiritual analogy in this!!

Then it hit me! Scripture memory!! I have access to scripture because I have access to unlimited amounts of Bibles. No worries, I can get to the Word whenever I want to. But, what if, God forbid, I was not able to have a Bible? Then what? Scripture teaches us to “Hide the word in our hearts” because it is a “lamp unto our feet” but what if we lived in a place or time where Bibles were forbidden?? What if my brain had an accident like my cell phone did and “broke” and I could not read? What if, for whatever reason, I was unable to get to the Word? Would I still have access to the “data” in there?

Oh, ladies, I am convicted about the amount of time I have wasted and not memorized enough Truth. Excuses abound and none are viable. Oh, Lord, forgive me for neglecting to memorize more of Your Word. On my own, I am incapable of doing it and desperately need Your power and desire and ability to dedicate myself to having access to Your Truth. In Jesus’ name I pray….

I Will Not Be Afraid

I just have to tell you what happened yesterday! I was driving in Memphis traffic at the crack of dawn to get to the company where I was to provide management training and feeling, yes, it is true….even after what I had just written about battling fear a couple of days earlier….I was feeling very fearful!!

Besides experiencing the emotion of fear….in my case, along with it comes diarrhea!!! I end up spending quite a bit of time on the potty-pot anytime I speak or teach. (Aren’t you so glad to know this?) Well, I spent more time than I had on the potty-pot and was running later than I wanted and really needing to get to where I needed to go…feeling fearful.

Now, I LOVE to turn up the dial and listen to praise music when I drive….but usually, in the mornings, I will drive in silence to hear from my God and to pray. For some reason I kept feeling compelled to turn on the music….but resisted because I KNEW I really needed to pray for the upcoming training….after all, I was feeling fearful and needed to enemy to “begone”!

Finally, I turned the dial on and the very first words of the song playing were, “I will not be afraid!!!” I laughed out loud, declared out loud that indeed, “I will not be afraid”!!!

"...Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Philippians 4:8

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Much Afraid

I discovered that I have used the word “fear” way too many times in my blog writings. It is unfortunate that I allow fear to rule over my life and my mind so many times!! It is time for me to quit being “little much afraid” like the character in Hinds Feet for High Places. (By the way, if you have never read this little book, I would highly recommend it. In fact, I might have already highly recommended it to you.) Anyway….fear has a tendency to rule in my mind and it is something God continues to remind me it is sin. God has NOT given me a spirit of fear but of love and power and a sound mind!

I just recently began teaching Sunday school again after not teaching for one year. (It is hard to believe it has been a year since my husband pulled out of the driveway of our beautiful home in the country to move to this incredible city and it is hard to believe that I have been here 9 months.) And I was fearful as I approached church this morning to teach.

I leave in the morning to travel to Memphis to do some management training for a company I have worked with in the past….and I am fearful.

My husband just left to attend a personnel meeting at church…and I am fearful.

Last Monday morning I got a call at work from a lady who was to speak at a woman’s event that night but she was sick…."could I do it for her?", she asked…..and I was fearful.

We drove home in torrential rain through the mountains Friday….and I was fearful.

For years I would avoid doing anything that would cause me to be fearful. Driving over high bridges makes me fearful so I will avoid them if at all possible!!

The reason I am fearful is because I KNOW I can’t do whatever it is I find myself doing that is causing me fear. I am learning that instead of running from those opportunities that cause me fear as fast as I can….God is showing me that yes, I am weak. Yes, I cannot do these things. BUT that in my weakness His power is perfected!!

Honestly, I could go on and on with examples of how I am “little much afraid”! BUT I KNOW it is sin!!! My God is good. He is powerful. He is sovereign. I have nothing to be afraid of!! So, how do I deal with the overriding fear that so often overcomes me?

  1. Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Speak truth to my mind and heart.
  2. Believe that His power is perfected in my weaknesses.
  3. Pray, pray, pray asking God to give me calm and confidence and a twinkle in my eye!
  4. Trust and obey.
  5. Do it afraid!!

My friend, what are you afraid of doing? Now, I am not talking about bungee jumping or sky diving….but perhaps God is asking you to do something you are fearful of doing. My recommendation to you is this: do it afraid!!! Do it afraid and watch God’s power be perfected in you!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Let It Go!

My husband and I have been in the middle of a difficult business situation. We have been dealing with another christian, but in the middle of the situation things fell apart.

As we have been trying to figure out what to do next, conflict has developed. We did not change anything on our side, yet it seemed we were going to pay for the other people involved that did not live up to their word.

I have been in a study of Abraham and last night I shared with my husband some of the things I was learning. We talked about Abraham letting go of the best land when Lot's herdsmen began to argue and fight. We talked about Abraham letting go of Isaac when God asked him to trust Him.

Jim and I spent time last night "letting go". It is not our money, it all belongs to God. We determined our witness was more important than our finances. We "let it go."

A few minutes ago, Jim called amazed and praising God. The person involved just dropped everything and is going to do the right thing.

What are you holding on to? Who is watching? How is your witness? Just "let go" and allow God to show you His power and plan.

Genesis 22:16 "By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not witheld your son, your only son - blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants aas the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the searshore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed because you have obeyed My voice."

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


II Timothy 2:24-26 NIV "And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will."

Do you have a friend who can gently instruct you when you are wrong or going in the wrong direction? I hope each of you have a person in your life that will not excuse your actions, but love you to repentance.

It is easy in ministry to surround ourselves with those who agree with us, make excuses for us and even join us in things that are not the best. I have shared with friends a mistake or a piece of gossip and had them laugh or confess they do the same thing. In those times I may feel better, but I am not nearer to God as a result.

God wants us to be kind but bold. We are to instruct and lead those around us to truth. Why is this important? Listen again to the last part of that verse. "escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will."

Ask God to give you an accountability partner who will gently lead you in the truth. If I am going to be captive, I want my heart to be completely captured by my God. The Lord has granted me through the years those ladies who love me enough to say, "You are wrong, stop it!"

I pray God will give you those kind of people in your life.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Giving An Account

I have been reading a book by Ann Graham Lotz. The name of it is Magnificcent Obsession. I can highly recommend it even though I am not half way through the book yet.

As I read this morning she talked about our one on one relationship with Christ. I was reminded that I would give an account for the way I lived my life. Separate from my husband, children, friends, church. I will stand before God and give an account just for me.

God showed me this truth clearly when I had been married to Doug for about 7 years. God had moved us to Arkansas to a new church. We were both excited about this new journey. As we settled in, Doug became very busy as happens in a new church. I had two small children at home and Stephen, the youngest had health problems.

Mark started kindergarden, Stephen being ill, kept me in the house and Doug spent long hours at church. The people were friendly and anxious to get to know us, but I was confined to my home. I had not made many new friends and I became homesick for my old friends.

Doug and I were very happy and I depended on him for everything, including prayer. When I had a struggle, I mentioned it to God, but depended on Doug to go to the throne and pray about it. God seemed to answer his prayers more than He did mine. Of course, Doug was a prayer warrior. He woke early every morning (while I slept) and spent time in the Word and on his face before God.

One evening Doug was out late, the boys were in bed and I was lonely. I went out and sat on the front porch, looked at the stars and ask God, "Where are you?" In that quiet moment, God answered, "I am always here with you, where are you?"

I know this sounds simple, but that evening God and I had a long talk and He made it clear that He wanted to hear from me and talk to me (through His Word). I began a fresh walk of consitent one on one time with God. He was always there and He always answered. I still went to Doug with prayer concerns, but God and I could talk without him in the middle.

Is your relationship with God wrapped up in your husband's relationship? God wants to meet with you personally. Don't miss out - one day we will give an account!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Call To Prayer

Some of you may have heard the story of Rifza Bary. I just want to remind you to pray for her today and this week. She is a 17 year old Muslim girl who accepted Christ 4 years ago. When her father found out he demanded she renounce Jesus or he would kill her as commanded by the Koran.

Her trial is today. It will be decided if she is to be returned to her father or not. Please pray that God would grant supernatural wisdom to the courts so that the testimony of Jesus will be proclaimed and the best situation for Rifqa and her family will take place.

Rifqa insists that this is not about her but about many Muslims come to Jesus. Also pray for her lawyers who have been threatened and bullied.

This Friday, September 25th is the Muslim Day of Prayer. Please join christians everywhere who are fasting and praying that Muslims will be moved by the Holy Spirit and convicted by the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Ladies, take time today to remember Rifqa and that it is not about us, but about the many people we know who need Jesus.

Friday, September 18, 2009

See You In Jackson

Ladies, let me share with you information on two events coming in November in Jackson at our state convention annual meeting. Come join us for a time of fellowship and networking among ministers wives in Tennessee. Jennifer Landrith, senior pastor's wife from Long Hollow BC in Hendersonville will be speaking at both events. Rachel Lovingood, Student Pastor's wife from Long Hollow will join her and Carolyn Reed, music evangelist from Nashville on Monday at The Good Cup at West Jackson Baptist Church. They will be facilatating a panel of ministers wives from across our state who will share insights and experiences they have had as a minister's wife. The Good Cup is a time of personal sharing around tables with other wives; a place where you can just be yourself with ladies who understand; share in a time of worship and meet old and new friends.

Our annual luncheon will be on Tuesday at Calvary BC in Jackson. Daphne Murrell, Music Minister's wife from New Harmony BC in Paris will join Jennifer as we share real life issues centered around the new book, "in our shoes" written by Jennifer Landrith and Rachel Lovingood. The first 100 who register will receive a free copy of their book. Cost of the luncheon is $15 and you can register online at

Join Jennifer, Rachel, Carolyn, Daphne and me in Jackson on November 9 & 10. For more information on these events to to: or contact Lana Rose at

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Vacation Time

Everyone needs a vacation and I personally believe ministers need one every month. Vacations give us time to relax (unless you are running across a theme park) and to renew our lives.

Now as I have said before my idea of a perfect vacation is to plop down in my beach chair, dig my toes into the sugar white sand, take a deep breath and listen to the roar of the ocean while the sun warms my face. Yep, that is just perfection for me. For my husband it is golfing and checking out the area history.

Anyway, two weeks ago we returned from a vacation to Minot, ND to visit our son and his new wife. They are stationed at Minot Air Force Base. It may not sound very exotic but it was an adventure. We drove from Tennessee across the middle of the nation to our destination. Yep, it was a long two day drive yet it was pretty awe inspiring.

Across the middle of our nation into the Dakotas you find miles of prairie and farm land. Although it can get boring at times, there is a unique beauty too. The richness of the land and the colors of the sunset are definite God moment vacations. It is like the Father says, “I knew you were tired and weary of this tedious drive so let me refresh you with the beauty of my creation.”

If you have never been to the Dakotas, you really should experience it. Did you know sunflowers are grown there? Words cannot describe the beauty of miles and miles of happy sunflowers dancing in the breeze. What’s even more amazing is that at night they bow their weary heads in rest yet as the sun breaks forth and warms them during the day, the sunflowers turn their faces toward the heavens. Girls, it is almost like God gives them a “mini vacation” at night so that the sunflowers can renew themselves to praise their creator the next day!

Everyone needs a vacation whether it is to the beach or to simply step away into your backyard and enjoy a few moments in nature. I have an idea for you—grab a blanket tonight and find a great spot to glaze at the stars. (One command though—you cannot think about church only the Father!)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Who Do You Appreciate?

In my Sunday Bible Study class we are studying “The Art of Connecting” by O. S. Hawkins through Lifeway’s Master Work series. One lesson in particular made me truly think on whom I appreciate in my church.

Of course, I love and appreciate my pastor husband who juggles home and family while shepherding our congregation. (Personally, he’s pretty awesome.) I feel blessed that we serve with a remarkably talented staff who strives to follow God’s leadership. However, there is one group of people I truly want to single out—my Sunday Bible Study class.

These individuals welcomed me into their class with open arms. They did not keep me at a distance as many people do with ministers wives. Instead they have embraced me with love and support. They just give me a safe place within the church to be me. Oh, I am quite sure they think I am crazy and they all know that I believe Jesus and chocolate make the world go round; however, they love me anyway.

So who do you appreciate in your church? Is it a staff wife or staff person? How about the janitor, pianist, or secretary? Could it be a prayer warrior, the nursery worker or just someone who is faithfully there week after week worshipping God?

Girlfriends, I want to encourage you to express your appreciate to a person in your congregation. Give them a call, take them to lunch, write a card, or surprise them with flowers or chocolate.

“Appreciation is the missing element in many relationships and its absence is at the root of many misunderstandings and strained friendships.” O. S. Hawkins

Monday, September 14, 2009

A Divine Appointment

Yesterday in bible study I witnessed a divine appointment. This week our church has hosted Team Impact, a group of power lifters who use their talents to share the Good News. We had the privilege to have one of its members visited in my bible study class.

This man shared a story of a very sick little girl who had recently lost her battle with cancer. He explained that although he, his church, and her family prayed for healing on earth as only God could provide, God’s plan and perfect will was for this little girl was to come to complete healing in His presence.

What this gentleman did not know is that one of our class members is fighting cancer. On this day my dear Christian brother felt strong enough to attend church with his wife.

Because of this divine encounter, our class gathered around our friend to lay hands on him and claim healing from this illness. We claimed as Martha did when Jesus arrived after Lazarus was dead that “even now” God could heal our dear brother from his cancer. We all voiced healing in the earthly realms but we also understand that God’s plan maybe for a perfect healing.

Ladies, I can honestly say that this prayer time was one of the most powerful things I have experienced. Through the simple act of two men meeting and group prayer I believe my bible class and our church will witness God’s glory and perfect plan.

Read: John 11:1-44

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Patient Teacher

I am so glad that God is a patient Teacher. I am so glad that He is always working for my good and His glory. I am so thankful that the two go hand-in-hand.

I hadn't planned on blogging about all of this stuff this week. However, this is where I am and what God is currently showing me. It may seem all so simple to you. Or you might be able to remember when God taught you something similar. Writing about it all has really helped me process what God has been teaching me. Thanks for being willing to read through it as I go through it. Hopefully, this little journey of mine, has been an encouragement to you.

What is God patiently teaching you right now? Is there a lesson that you wouldn't mind sharing that He has taught you in the past? If you can't recall one or don't feel like He is teaching you anything right now, let me encourage to ask Him to take you gently into His arms and show you something new - about Him, about you, about your relationship with Him. I am sure that He will answer a prayer like that.

Friday, September 11, 2009

My "Law"

"Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor."
Galatians 3:24,25

The Law exists to show us what we should and should not do. It shows us our need for Jesus. Like a tutor, it teaches us, but once we've been given faith, through grace- we no longer need a tutor.

Personally, I've been using my lists and calendars as my "law". There is a need for them. I can use them. But! I can't let them rule over me. I took my focus off Him and put it on the things I've been doing- especially the things I felt like I was doing for Him.

I've asked God to teach me to balance this life of faith. I've asked Him to help me use my lists and calendars instead of them using me, to help me keep Jesus as my perspective and to trust him to keep everything in order . . . to trust Him to be in control. I mean He is -whether or not I trust Him.

Thank you ladies for humoring me as God and I work through this together. I truly value your input and advice . . . Please feel free to add your thoughts!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

He is still speaking . . .

"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me."
Galatians 2:20

"So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you , do it by the works of the Law or by hearing with faith?"
Galatians 3:5

These two verses have been part of my Bible readings the past two mornings. God is definitely still speaking to me about living a life of faith. I think in a way, my good intentions, mixed with my attempts of being organized, with my colored-coded calendars and countless lists- I was living, imprisoning myself, in a law of my own making. Those things are constantly gaining my attention. I am too busy getting ready for the next big thing on my calendar, that I am not living within the days, the hours, the moments that God has given me.

So ladies, please respond and let me know how you balance a life of faith while trying to be on top of everything that needs to be done. What are the things you do to keep everything in perspective? How do you re-connect when God has shown you that things are out-of-whack?

God has a reason for showing me these things . . . and, I know He is telling me that I need to do more than acknowledge my issues and sins here. I need to repent and turn from these things that He is convicting me of.

Thankfully, He is graciously demonstrating little miracles in my life. I know He wants my good . . . I know He is making me more like Him. He is still speaking to me about faith . . .

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Not Finished Yet

Well, I just thought that God was finished teaching me about MY time . . .

This morning I rolled over to realize that I had forgotten to set my alarm clock. So, I was up at 6:30 instead of 6:00. I got Riley to school on time and myself to the church with no major set backs. I missed my quiet time, but so far so good. I was only planning on being there for a couple of hours, however, two hours easily turned to four and I all but missed my weekly time with my friends.

That still, small voice in the back of my head seems to be saying that I haven't quite learned my lessons on time management yet. It doesn't matter how organized my time is. It isn't mine. He isn't finished with me yet. Evidently, I have a long way to go. I am just happy that He will finish what He has started!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day

Can you believe it? Where did the summer go? Today is Labor Day and now it is almost gone. Early in the summer, even as late as the first week or so of August, it just seemed so far away. Now, it has come and gone.

Riley is in the tub and I need to pack her lunch for school tomorrow. There is a Sunday School Conference at one of the Association's church's tomorrow night and I find myself already trying to plan dinner around my husband's schedule.

As he was finishing up the lawn mowing, I started an impromptu game of tag with Riley around the front yard. It felt good to get my pulse rate up and even better to hear her six-year old laugh fill my ears. When Wally put up the mower he joined in the chase and soon all of us were laughing.

Then as I ran Riley's bath water God used her words to tell me something. She said, "That was fun Momma. We should make time to do something like that everyday. I like to play games with you." It was then I realized that we hadn't played like that in a long time. But every day? Didn't Riley know how busy we are?

Instantly, God instantly convicted me that I am spending too much time trying to fit everything in to my day. Yes, I know I need my lists and calendars. Someone needs to take care of all those things that really must be done around the house. But those things, and my lists and my calendars are not to be in control of my day. I'M not even supposed to be in control of MY day. I pray in the mornings to give my time back to Him, yet He showed me that I am not really letting any of it go.

If my family is as important as I say they are, we should be able to play more often. The laundry CAN wait one more day. Nothing is ever as important as I act like it is. I don 't want to look back on these days and wonder where they went. I really want to live them, to savor them as the Creator who gifted them to me intended.

I totally believe that we women are sanctified through child bearing. God uses mine to make me more like Him all the time. What about you? Have you had a child teach you Truth lately?

Friday, September 4, 2009

And the Project Continues....

When we first moved into the house I didn't want to put wallpaper up in the bathroom. So instead I painted it and then hand stamped a leaf print onto the wall. However, it was not until now that I realized that the stamp formed a raised print, which requires sanding to remove them. They are literally all over the walls. I tried regular plain old sandpaper, but that was not working. My arm is about to fall off. So I have begun using an electric sander. It still is not the easiest thing to remove, but I am making headway...along with a huge mess.

I wish I had thought earlier of the Scripture verse Paul used in Phil. 4:11 - "...for I have learned to be content"!!!!


You know how it unravels...first you get an idea to redo something in your house. Just a small project that won't cost a lot of money, take a lot of time, or be a big problem. Then you begin....

That's where I am. I decided a few months ago that I wanted to paint my bathroom. I should have known it was not going to be easy because right off the bat I couldn't even find the material I wanted for the curtains. I had picked out the paint last year when I saw it somewhere and really like it. However, trying to match the paint to some material that would match the rug proved to be more than I bargained for. FINALLY, after months of shopping at every fabric store I could find from Tennessee, to Arkansas, to Alabama, I finally found some material at a discount fabric store in North Carolina.!! So now it was time to paint.

As I started looking at what I needed to do Tuesday to get things going (take down the old curtains and blinds, remove the light fixture, etc.) I realized that the plate glass mirrors over both of our sinks had lost some of the backing around the edges and they looked black and ugly. So I thought I would just replace them. It was then that I realized that the finish on the lights above the mirrors did not match the faucet. So if I bought mirrors, which finish should I chose? Theeennnn I noticed, for the first time, that because the sinks were not centered in the countertops, the lights did not line up with the sink. So if I removed the big mirror, which goes from one side of the vanity to the other, and put up a regular mirror, then do I hang it over the sink and not line it up with the lights?

One of our church members and her husband were over at the house and I asked them what they thought. He is a carpenter by trade and I needed an expert's advice. They were not sure either. We could move the lights, but then it would involve an electrician. We could change out the vanity tops and center the sink (I do like those new glass bowl sinks that just sit on the vanity top !!!) but that would be a lot more money than I budgeted for. I also realized that if I changed out the sinks I would have to change out the cabinets because they would no longer line up.....

After a mind boggling time, I decided to have the carpenter frame out the plate mirror. That way you won't notice all the things that don't balance or match! One problem solved...
It's hard to believe I have already invested so much energy into this project and I haven't even opened the paint can!!!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Going to the Chapel....

Well, my nephew that got engaged in December was married last month. This is my sister's son and it is also my husband's brother's son (brothers married sisters!!!) We had been anticipating it for months. I had driven to Arkansas a couple of times and then flew once, in order to help my sister. Even though she is the mother of the groom, she helped more than normal because her daughter-in-law to be had a sister that gave birth to a premature baby just a few weeks before the wedding. Her mom went to Oklahoma to help with the baby and so we all pitched in to do whatever we could.

We had a blast!!!! Like most of you, I don't get a chance to see my family a lot. We have so much in common, and yet we hardly ever see each other face to face. We talk on the phone almost daily, but there is something wonderful about just hanging out with loved ones. There was such excitement and joy as each family member got into town. We stayed up late and got up early. We were deliriously tired and yet it didn't matter. We folded programs, tied bows, moved tables, set up chairs, painted columns....the list went on and on. Yet, we still had fun.

Finally, the big day arrived. My heart was beating so fast as the music started to play. I was in awe at how beautiful my sister looked. And I was so proud when I saw my brother-in-law, who is a pastor, walk out to perform the ceremony. The bridesmaids were beautiful, of course. But the flower girl stole the show. (She was my 2 year old granddaughter!!!)

However, when the bride started down the aisle, all eyes turned towards her. She was radiant and I was so excited that this day had come at last. I made sure that I could see my nephew's face so I could watch when he first got a glimpse of his bride. His eyes twinkled and I saw him mouthed the word "wow" as he saw her. What a precious moment. The ceremony was so sweet and my brother-in-law made it so very special.

But the ceremony ended in the most unique way. As Rob pronounced them man and wife, right before he kissed his bride, the groom turned to his best man, who just happened to be his twin brother. His brother squirted breath spray in his mouth and then, without missing a beat, Bryant turned to Amy, held her in his arms, dipped her backwards and gave her a kiss. The church erupted into laughter and applause. As they started down the steps the music began to play. It took a second for me to understand what it was, and then I recognized it. "Son of a Preacher Man"!!!!! It was then that I remembered again how much fun it was being in the ministry.

When God Speaks...

Have you ever noticed the way God speaks to us? He tells us the same thing over and over---just in different ways and through different people. We may read something in His word, and then someone later that day will be talking about the same subject, or you will hear a song related to that subject, or you will hear some preacher (usually your husband!!!) preach on it. It goes on and on. I am sure He does that to make His point and to be sure that we get what He is trying to tell us.

That happened this last week. I don't know how many of you got to participate in the Beth Moore Simulcast this past weekend, but it was great. I always enjoy her speaking, but this time it was as if God was whispering in my ear. I really needed to hear what she had to say. The whole context of the weekend was delighting ourselves in the Lord and He will give you the desires of our hearts. Of course, we all love that scripture because we want those desires to be met. Then she told us to lay those desires at the Lord's feet. I went to Him in prayer and earnestly did just that. Boy did I feel better. But then, as she closed the weekend, she spoke on being content!!!! That is what the Lord has been speaking to me about for a while now. I had to admit that I have not really been content. I know that God CAN give me those desires if He wants, but what if He doesn't want that for my life? Am I willing to be content??? I have been thinking about that for days now. And I was wondering, what about you????