Friday, January 30, 2009


In the past this blog as served as a prayer request dialogue. Today I felt to reenact that purpose. I just received a text message from a dear minister's wife friend with a very very urgent need. This makes several over the course of the past couple of weeks.

Today I ask that every person who reads this blog stop and pray for those involved in preaching ministry and their families. This includes pastors, missionaries, evangelists, officials, etc. More and more of our churches are seeing major breakthru in revival. With this revival the devil would love to discourage, attack, tempt, and cause sickness. In Jesus Name the devil will not win!

If you commit to pray will you please post in the comment section that you are praying. If you sign in anonymously will you leave your name in the comment? This will serve as a huge encouragement. Minister's wives, even if you are in need leave your name and commit to pray for others. No one will know your need and no one has to know the need. I just want to build faith and show how many are agreeing in prayer. If you aren't a minister's wife you can still join in prayer. In fact it is each of you that can hold up your ministry family in fervent prayer.

In Jesus Name we will have victory over every situation that would love to destroy or weaken our ministry familes. Revial will prevail!

God's Word

Yesterday I wrote about praise and how it empowers us. This morning allow me to write about the Word of God and how it gives light. The past few days I have had opportunity to talk with several of my minister wife friends who have felt pressures the past week. I have been praying for them in their time of need. Also, I have had three minister wife friends in contact with me because they are praying for me and my pressures of life. Yesterday, one of my California friends, Susan, left a comment that she had felt like she was in a tunnel. Susan, I can so relate. Many times I have had that tunnel sensation. I know that when I can begin to praise I feel better. Then if I can just get in to the word I usually 'see' better.

Often in these times we search for someone to give us a word of encouragement. I have prayed Lord will you let someone just care enough to call. Quite a long time back we were going through a trial. We even had some of our family over praying with us. Then, a minister that we do not even know called from Oklahoma. They had a prayer meeting with us over the speaker phone. Wow, what a prayer meeting! Last week I was praying about something and I asked God to let someone speak to me. Then on Monday night out of nowhere our home phone rang. I've been considering having the home phone disconnected since no one ever calls it. Hummmm I think we may keep it forever now!

Another powerful way that God speaks to me from time to time is through His written word. This morning my daily readings were verses that I've read so often. Regardless, to how many times I've read or heard these passages they are still so strong. I dedicate my readings today to all of my minister wife friends. Of course they are for everyone who reads the blog today, too! I could never leave any of you out. As I have said often I read basically 3 translations every day. Today The Messenger is what I read last. Hence, following are scriptures from my daily reading plan copied from The Messenger:

Psalms 55:16 I call to God; God will help me. 17 At dusk, dawn, and noon I sigh deep sighs—he hears, he rescues. 18 My life is well and whole, secure in the middle of danger Even while thousands are lined up against me. 19 God hears it all, and from his judge’s bench puts them in their place. But, set in their ways, they won’t change; they pay him no mind. 20 And this, my best friend, betrayed his best friends; his life betrayed his word. 21 All my life I’ve been charmed by his speech, never dreaming he’d turn on me. His words, which were music to my ears, turned to daggers in my heart. 22 Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders— he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out. He’ll never let good people topple into ruin. 23 But you, God, will throw the others into a muddy bog, Cut the lifespan of assassins and traitors in half. And I trust in you

Romans 7:17 But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! 18 I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. 19 I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. 20 My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. 21 It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. 22 I truly delight in God’s commands, 23 but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. 24 I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? 25 The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different. The Solution Is Life on God’s Terms

Romans 8:5 Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! 6 Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. 7 Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. 8 And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.

Romans 8:31 So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? 32 If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? 33 And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? 34 Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. 35 Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture

I've had my morning time in the Word. Now I think I'll get some praise on. Today will be a good day. We will spend some time in the office this morning as is our routine. Then later we are going to meet a neighboring pastor and wife for lunch. Time spent with friends always makes the day better. I hope where ever you are the light of the Word will shine upon you.

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Last night just before darting out the door to church I sat down to check emails. My Google Reader was up. I realized my friend, Veta , had written a new post. She told several things going on in her life and then shared a dream. Wow!

This morning my daily Bible reading included a couple of verses about praise. The last version I read this morning was the Amplified so I simply copied that version to post.

Romans 5: 3 Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. 4 And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation

Psalms 51:15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.

After reading this passage I immediately remembered Veta's dream. I had to go back and read it. Then the following song started rolling over and over in my mind. Well, some of the words! lol I couldn't remember all the song so I searched for it.

Praise is what I do
When I want to be close to You,
I lift my hands in praise.
Praise is who I am,
I will praise Him while I can.
I'll bless Him at all times.
I vow to praise You
Through the good and the bad.
I'll praise You,
Whether happy or sad.
I'll praise You
In all that I go through,
Because praise is what I do,
Cause I owe it all to You.
Praise is what I do
When I want to be close to You,
I lift my hands in praise.
Praise is who I am,
I will praise Him while I can.
I'll bless Him at all times.
And I vow to praise You
Through the good and the bad.
I'll praise You,
Whether happy or sad.
I'll praise You
Praise is what I do,
Even when I am going through,
I've learned to worship You.
Know my circumstance doesn't even stand a chance,
My good outweighs the bad.
Now somebody lift your voice
And just go to praising him right now
Somebody lift your voice in this place
Lift up your voice in this place.
Praise is what I do
Is what I do

I do vow to praise Him today. Praise is what I do! Last evening our praise service was incredible. In fact just as the last song was finishing a newcomer gentleman walked from his pew to the altar and knelt in prayer. Then two other visiting men began to weep and pray. Our service never got past this point. Praise really does make a difference!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My Good Morning Email

This morning I chose to send a motivational email to the ladies of CUPC. Since I used a new method of sending the email I decided to post it on the blog in case I had transmittal errors. I know many of the CUPC ladies frequent the blog. To those of you readers that aren't members of CUPC take it to heart and benefit for your church.

Bro. Smith and I have been preparing for continued church growth. Ladies, it seems a natural way to prepare for growth is in incorporating each of you. Sunday my thoughts of preparing for growth were likened to preparing for family growth.

When a baby is on the way there is much to accomplish to make room for the baby. The nursery has to be ready even if the nursery is in a quaint corner of the parent's room. Thankfully the nursery structure is in place – the church! Supplies and needed care items have to be gathered. We have all these items, too. We have the baptistery and the altar! Then each parent has to prepare room in their heart for the expected child. I believe most have taken these necessary steps for some time now. It seems most parents are ready before the infant arrives and anxiously awaits the birth. Once the baby arrives he requires constant care. We have babies already being born. Care for the infant is 24 hours a day. Today most parents utilize a monitor when out of the room with their baby. I believe our monitor is prayer. God will give us discernment when our babies are in need so we can rush to them.

Caring seems to come so natural to ladies. In fact little girls amaze me how they simply pick up their dolls and rock and cuddle them. Isn't amazing how wonderfully we are made? Ladies, I would like to challenge each of us to realize we have infants in the church and more are on the way. Let's keep a close watch on our babies. Find creative ways to show someone you care today!

You are in my thoughts in prayers. I know there are needs among our ladies. God is so able to meet every need. I stand amazed at how He cares for us.I hope each of you enjoy a blessed day!

Sis. Smith

Monday, January 26, 2009


Recently I wrote on my other blog ways to show CARE. Wow! I'm consumed with the thoughts of care.....I don't want to 'do' for others but I want to CARE for others. Tonight while involved in some care planning for our church I received a phone call that showed someone CARES. More importantly it showed that God CARES.

It's amazing how you can NEVER out give God. At the exact time of the phone call we were busy planning ways to CARE. I was CARED for so much greater. To my best recall the caller has never called me. It is someone from another town. Honestly, since I haven't spent any time or communication with this person in years she would be more of an acquaintance. The person said she had been praying and begin to share with me what God had spoken to her for Kent and me. I know the person may have thought I was rude because I couldn't even respond. I was in awe. Of course we had company so I needed to get back to my company, too. How amazing that we were planning to CARE for others and God Almighty spoke directly to our hearts CARING for us so deeply!

Wow!!! Amazing....I'm overwhelmed......I'm acquaintance, my true friend has committed to prayer and fasting for Kent, Redonia, CUPC, and me. A true friend doesn't have to talk to you often or talk to anyone yet can hear from God for you! CARING doesn't mean that you have to know details because if God wants you to know them He will give them to you.

God, help me CARE for my friends! I really do want to CARE more this year. I believe if I CARE it will show!!! To all of you my blogging friends, I want to pray for you each day and for the needs of your churches. I believe God can lead us to be sensitive to the needs of others. Additionally, if ever any minister's wife needs a prayer partner "COUNT ME IN". Email me...I'll give you my cell number...leave a comment on the blog, etc.....I believe if we CARE we will AGREE in the Spirit.....To my church family, you are ALWAYS in my prayers. You can "COUNT ME IN". To my family, you are ALWAYS in my prayers. You can "COUNT ME IN".

I feel CARED for this evening. How refreshing!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Awesome Isn't Enough Nor Is Incredible

CUPC had great church today! There just aren't words to describe what all happened. I observed people responding to the Spirit of God that have never responded in quite the manner they responded.

Both services were tremendously worshipful not dancing but worshipful. This morning most of us moved to the altar in tears after Kent's message. It's amazing how tears wash away the cares of life. Tonight as Chris Ferguson opened the door for me to enter the church I spotted a new person in the choir. Immediately I asked if it was Peggy. Bro. Ferguson said, "No, I don't think so." I looked again and knew it was. Peggy and her great husband, Micahel, have been members for only a few months. I have been praying for them to get more involved. Peggy has an amazing solo voice. When Bro. Ferguson confirmed it was Peggy tears gushed from my eyes. The foyer was full of people so I stepped back outside. Kent quickly came to see what was wrong. I know he was thankful I was shedding tears of rejoicing. This morning Michael told Kent that their family is behind us and they are ready to be involved (paraphrased). As the choir led in worship another newcomer, Tamara, made her way out of the pew and began to worship God at the altar. Soon most of the congregation was in the altar praying for one another in such an amazing way.

One of our Kroger stores has an employee that has worked there for many years. Each time Kent and I see him we are kind to him. Later Kent will talk about how admirable for the young man to work in his crippled condition. Tonight as I was gaining composure in the foyer in walked Mark with another one of our newcomers. Of course more tears began to flow. During the worship service Mark began to respond to what he felt. He is considering baptism. I don't know how many times this gentleman has bagged my groceries nor can I remember the many times I have seen him walking down the service road the couple of miles to his job. I'm thankful I have always been kind! Wouldn't it have been bad if he would have showed up tonight and realized Kent was pastor if we weren't caring?

God confirmed to Kent and me at BOTT some things that He has planned for CUPC. Today was certainly a great beginning. We had many out today with sickness, funerals, or out of town. I wish each of them could have been there to have felt the presence of God that we each enjoyed. I pray each of you had good church at your places of worship, too!

Upon return from BOTT Kent and I faced several problems. I am thankful that God is faithful regardless to situations. In fact, He helps those in difficult situations, crisis, sickness, sin, need or whatever the problems may be. The love, mercy, grace, and faithfulness of God still amazes me.

This week Kent and I will continue working on outlining the growth plan for CUPC. Pray we are sensitive to God's voice.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Home Again, Home Again

It's good to be home! I left the house straight so we returned to a 'straight' home but I have one question. How does a home get dirty when no one is home? So you guessed it. This morning I will dust, clean bathrooms, clean kitchen counter tops, clean mirrors & doors, and just overall clean my home. Since Kent insisted on buying some heavy commercial vacuum cleaner he gets to vacuum. I wanted an Oreck or something lighter. Of course he thinks if its light it doesn't clean. He hasn't caught up with new technology concepts! lol Maybe I should insist on him using the old main frame computer or at least a pc tower sitting in his lap for his computer! ha ha Well, I won't fuss too much because the way we have it worked out is he vacuums with the heavy tank. If he buy something lighter he may choose to let me vacuum. Later we have a hospital visit to make and an appointment with someone needing to talk.

Last night we planned to eat with Redonia, Trent & Calah. Of course Trent and Calah had youth service so we planned it for late. Just before leaving for the church to meet the kids, Trent called and asked his Dad to hurry. He said Zack was hanging from a wall. What??? Why did they have Zack hanging from a wall. Well you can go to Trent's blog and find out! What will they come up with next to make youth nights exciting? It was pretty amazing I must admit.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

BOTT, Alexandria Louisianna

My boyfriend and I took a little trip. We are having a great time visiting with friends that we rarely get to see. Today @ lunch I had once such teenage friend approach me. I knew I recognized him but couldn't remember his first name. Thankfully, I did get the last name correct! Wow seeing people from my teens years that I haven't seen since is a strange thing. Yes, it's been that long ago. I haven't seen since this guy since I was either 16 or 17 and I'm almost 46. Amazing that he recognized me.....please tell me it's because I look young! ha

Speaking of being with my boyfriend and visiting with my friends, I have certainly enjoyed being with my BEST friend, Jesus. While I have enjoyed each sermon (and yes I have made EVERY service) I have to tell you Bro. Shock and Bro. Huntley were my MOST favorites. Every speaker has been very good! Today was amazing. It gave confirmation to some things Kent has been feeling. In fact last week he told me of a few things he has felt for Conroe. Today they were confirmed. I texted a few things to Trent and Calah during the services. One time I texted them something that I felt and then bam out of know where Bro. Huntley said the EXACT thing!

Of late I've been frustrated with lack of commitments, people, and on and on I can go. Well, almost every speaker has spoken about the problems and pressures that they felt in '08. Bro. Mangun was the first who was brave enough to tell it. Bro. Tenny stated it this way, "A lot of you stayed up to wait for 09 to get here but I stayed up to make sure 08 left." Bro. Huntley did an awesome job today of telling how that God said "If 2 or 3..." He said God realized it may be hard to get 3! He talked about that over 500 were invited to the Upper Room but only 120 showed up. Bro. Huntley said he would have probably cancelled the event since so many were going to be sick, out of pocket, etc but it wasn't cancelled and look what happened! Wow~~ How many of us church leaders have felt Bro. Huntley's frustration. He challenged us to not worry about the numbers that may not show up or be in agreement but if we can get 2 or 3....what will happen!!! Bro. Huntley "We can do this!" I agree "Conroe can do this"

I know that Kent and I & Calah and Trent are agreed....that's 2 or 4 however you count 'us'. It's happening....I KNOW for sure that others are agreed with us regardless to the lack of's happening. I feel in 3 years we will have to have 2 morning services to accomodate the church. I truly feel it! God spoke to Kent about these things. I wont tell in case he plans it for a sermon but Bro. Huntley confirmed it MOST direct to us today.

I feel reasonably sure we may have problems waiting on us when we get home but I also know we have a harvest that we have to plan and prepare for......EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Caught Up! Well till Tomorrow....

This morning I read some of my scriptures before beginning my day. One of my Christmas presents was a gift card to Radiance Day Spa. This morning I enjoyed a relaxing 1 hour facial. It's amazing how good I feel after enjoying a pampered appointment. Thanks, Babe! The boys played golf. Redonia spent the morning with Gentry and Madeline. They LOVE for Redonia to spend time with them. I guess Calah slept late. I really haven't talked with her today.

This afternoon Redonia decided she wanted Rudy's BBQ. Yummmm Redonia and I shared a baked potato and the three of us shared brisket and smoked turkey. After dinner Redonia wanted to stop at a 'knock off' purse store. Then she and her Dad had to go shopping for Bishop @ Petco and believe it or not a Dog Bakery, too. What will this world come up with next? The icings on the baked items are made from yogurt. The dog bakery concept seemed too much for me so I sat in the car. Later Redonia and Kent decided since Circuit City is closing they may have electronics too good to pass up. Finally, we got to the most important part of the evening....desserts! We enjoyed desserts @ Black Walnut Cafe'. This is a favorite of ours. Kent enjoyed cheesecake with mixed fruit, Redonia had a cup of gelato, and I had a slice of snickerdoodle pie.

Tomorrow we are going to BOTT in Alexandria. We planned to go, planned not to go, evaluated cost to value and thought it wasn't a good idea then friends started applying pressure so we are going.....I guess friends to value is a winner everytime! We'll see.... Of course we will enjoy church that is always a blessing but honestly I'm thinking the bigger benefit will be spending time with friends and family this time. Tonight I decided what I will take....I don't feel too enthusiased! ha I thought earlier about maybe taking one service and sleeping in....Kent would NEVER do that but I probably could do it without even wiggling!Maybe I'll catch a few pics of friends and family the next few days and post them.....

I hate leaving Redonia behind. She's still my little girl. Today she suffered with a little pain and it bothers me to leave her. She insists she'll be fine but did say she would MUCH rather go with us. I don't think she can work it out or I would just have her pack up and go......

Tonight I sat here as Kent did whatever ??? and I caught up on my Bible Reading. What a good feeling! I read the scriptures that I was behind on so quickly that I really want to go back and read them again. I caught the jest of things but I really like clicking on different translations, looking up words, etc. Honestly every verse I read each verse about 3 times since I enjoy the different translations. At the rate I ENJOY reading the scriptures I'll be behind again soon, I'm sure. I'm glad to say I'm caught up for NOW!

Enjoy your week! As I used to tell the kids "Night night sleep tight don't let the bedbugs bite don't forget to say your prayers I love you bunches I'll see you in the morning chicadees"

Of course this brought out "Mommy, I need to go to the bathroom, I need a drink, my tape player is messed up, I forgot to do part of my homework, can you come and read me another book, I love you, can we get doughnuts for breakast, did we have any more sausage balls you can heat up, can we eat pizza for dinner tomorrow.......or anything they could come up with to stay awake!!!" Girlfriends, stay awake all you want....I'm outta here.....Nite Nite....

Commitment: The Greatest Value

This year it is my goal to measure everything I do against its value. For almost 1 month I have been searching myself and reflecting upon CUPC. I began to honestly critique myself against the value I add to the church. Further I have analyzed the various ministries of the CUPC. Of course it is impossible to do so without considering the various persons that serve within each individual ministry. I have come to one conclusion regardless my involvements in order for me to carry out my responsibilities as unto God I must first have a commitment to the cause.

Honestly my evaluations have caused me frustration. I recognize the only thing limiting a church is the commitment levels of the individuals who frame the structure of a church. A church mission statement or goal can utilize the word commitment and even feel it is committed but without individual commitments true commitment is nonexistent.

A great business leader once said "...the basic philosophy, spirit, and drive of an organization have far more to do with its relative achievements than do technological or economic resources, organizational structure, innovation, and timing. All these things weigh heavily in success. But they are, I think, transcended by how strongly the people in the organization believe in its basic precepts and how faithfully they carry them out." Thomas J. Watson, Jr., A Business and its Beliefs - The ideas that helped build IBM

To commit is to pledge to a certain purpose or line of conduct. It also means practicing beliefs consistently. Possibly the best description of commitment is "persistence with a purpose". Effectively demonstrating commitment to God, others, the basic principles of a church, and to one’s self is never easy. Demonstrating commitment is hard work. Unfortunately wavering commitment is usually seen as no commitment at all. The only way to achieve a reputation for commitment is through determination and persistence. Genuine commitment stands the test of time.

According to a major leadership organizational company commitment is demonstrated by a combination of actions. The first action is called supporting. Genuine support develops a commitment in the minds and hearts of others. This is accomplished by focusing on what is important and leading by example. It is not uncommon for people to be either confused as to what is important, or lose sight of it over time. Supporting means concentrating on what adds value, spotlighting what's working, and rewarding others who are focusing on what is important and leading by example. A crucial aspect of true support is standing up to those who would undermine commitment, those whose words or actions show disrespect.

Commitment is most difficult yet proven during tough times. How someone weathers a storm most clearly demonstrates their basic beliefs. Epicurus stated: "...a captain earns his reputation during the storms." When your competition scores big against you, when the money dries up, when the glamour of success wears off, or when things become mundane it is easiest to compromise commitments. The real test of commitment is when it is easy to compromise faithfulness. Often we are presented various ways to compromise our faithfulness to commitments.

Fortunately, paying the price that commitment commands has payoffs worth the cost. Commitment is a two-way street. The returns of commitment can never be achieved with anything less that total commitment. This year it is my goal to help make people become aware of the value of commitment.

Often people feel their duties or responsibilities are small and someone else can easily step in and fill the gap. Even worse some never even care enough to consider if anyone will fill the gap. All too often people simply make decisions based on what they want to do or about themselves and not for the good of the whole. Selfish individuals are never committed individuals. Commitment reaches beyond one’s self and must blend harmoniously with other's so no one person is seen or heard.

Today Kent challenged our congregation to be at prayer service at 5:59 pm rather than 6:00 pm. I wonder if there was more commitment to prayer if he would have even thought to ask for the extra minute. I think that rather than asking choir practice to end a few minutes early for prayer people would be in the sanctuary ready to pray as soon as the instruments and vocalists become silent. He challenged Sunday morning saints to attend Sunday evening services and all to be faithful to Wednesday night service. Of late on several occasions the subject of church attendance as arisen when we are with other ministry couples. Most are seeing the trend shift to larger crowds on Sunday mornings than Sunday nights and midweek service attendance being even smaller. While I realize some have job or college schedules that prohibit attendance at some services I seriously doubt the real issue of poor attendance is for valid reasons. People have always worked, gone to college, and dealt with sickness. I feel lack of commitment has simply made it where it is easy to miss church, drop out of choir, stop teaching classes, miss prayer meetings, not attend church socials, and on and on the list continues.

My prayer and thoughts have caused me to conclude that commitments to a pastor, the church, a class, a praise team, a choir, a van route, hospitality to newcomers, or a position will never be stronger than an individual’s commitment to God.

God allow me to be committed to You. Help me to be an instrument used of You to help others desire a commitment to You. I want to be committed…..God help this pastor’s wife be all I should be.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Let's Agree

Matthew 18:19 The Amplified: Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20 For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them.

Matthew 18:19 The Messenger: When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. 20 And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.”

Preceeding this verse is the account of how to deal with a problem with someone. I think if problems will be resolved in our homes, churches, and every relationship we will have God in the midst and will stand amazed at what He will do.

So often a 'backdoor revival' as my husband refers to it occurs before a church enters a time of harvest. This frustrates me even though I have found it to be true time and time again. I would much rather people work out their issues and everyone serve God together. Matthew 18:15 - 18 reveals that God realizes sometimes people are not willing to fix a problem immediately if they are even willing at all. Hence I guess is why the backdoor revival occurs. (Back door revival: when people can't work out their issues and leave the church or change churches)

Read this account from The Message: Matthew chapter 18: 15 “If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you. If he listens, you’ve made a friend. 16 If he won’t listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest, and try again. 17 If he still won’t listen, tell the church. If he won’t listen to the church, you’ll have to start over from scratch, confront him with the need for repentance, and offer again God’s forgiving love. 18 “Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this.

Our words our actions are eternal! It concerns me when people get angry or frustrated and 'pop off'. In the heat of a moment it is easy to forget that words are lasting. We are living in a day when more and more people seem to be governed by self motives rather than God's will or motives. This causes people to feel the need to say or do what they will.

Today and everyday I choose agreement with the will of God in every situation. I know by agreeing with Him I will agree with others. I also recognize that according to Matt 18:18 this is something to take seriously. I will allow not only my love but the LOVE of God to flow to those who will not listen or be submitted to God. I will offer His forgiving love. Then I have confidence that there is no end to what God will do....

I choose to be agreed!!!!

PS I am thankful that CUPC is in a time of growth - I am thankful we are at the place where more are agreed than not. Oh sure some will always be in a congregation 'disagreed'. We will love them but not focus on the lack of agreement since lack of unity hinders receiving what God desires to give the church.

Blessings for growth in each of your congregations....

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Enjoying the Word

Although I'm a little behind on my daily reading (I'll catch up!) I am really enjoying the Word.

Following is a portion of what I read this morning:

Psalm 33
1 Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. 2 Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. 3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. 4 For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. 5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. 6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. 7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 9 For he spake, and it was done ; he commanded, and it stood fast. 10 The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. 11 The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations

I do want to be upright and praise the Lord. I want to be aware of Him. I never want to grow too familiar with Him but want to remain in awe of the Lord. I'm thankful He doesn't allow the devices of people to effect me. The past few days I have been humming songs. I want to continually praise Him.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

So Much Going On...

This week I'm getting my receipts, milage, etc ready for my income tax returns. What a horrible chore! Thank the Lord for a wonderful secretary who has come to my rescue. We sent the Pastor out of the office today to play golf. He was driving me inane. lol Kent called a neighboring pastor, Daryl Hooper, and invited him to join him. Thank God for neighbors!

Speaking of neighbors, last night we had the distinct honor and priviledge of having dinner with our friends and neighboring pastor, David and Sally Whitaker. The Whitakers are such great people. We enjoyed sharing our hearts with them. They are still in home missions status. Of course we have walked that road ourselves. After 18 years of pastoring I hope Kent and I encouraged them. Of course Kent wasn't interested in anything but going to their church. Once a home missionary always a home missionary!!!! Definitely they are heroes to us. Thanks Sally for such a wonderful evening. Montgomery's Hope Center is definitely in our prayers! You can check out Kent's blog for his thoughts.

Sunday like a cluts I fell out of the church van. Ouch! I have two really sore legs. Thank you to all my church family for checking on me this week. I didn't go to the doctor but I think I am doing quite well hobbling right along.

Our church is turning up the heat this year! We are endeavoring to pray more, study more, invite more people, be more hospitable, and simply do better jobs and whatever we do. I'm excited about what God is doing in Conroe. Already this year we have 3 new families. I can't wait to see what all God is going to do this year.

I hope each of you enjoy a wonderful week!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Apology & More

For some unknown reason my sidebar has dropped to the bottom of this blog. So if you are looking to connect to someone or read the things that should be on my sidebar scroll down.

I love technical challenges and this one has confused me. I have researched and researched but this time it's beyond me. So, I have asked my real HTML technician, Jeff Backhus, to give me a helping hand. Hopefully by tomorrow this issue will be resolved. I did find a HTML fix and forwarded it to Jeff. So I can say I was 'apart' of the fix if it works. The previous statement was am insider especially for Deadra. She has recently dubbed me as the Tech Support Specialist or something like that for CUPC. When we have technical issues sometimes it takes too long to wait for David Weldon or Jeff Backhus to make a 911 emergency run to our rescue. With the help of many technical forums I try to resolve the problem. Sometimes it works and sometimes I have no clue what the geeks are talking about.

Again, my appologies for a messed up blog! lol

For the More:
Wow! What an incredible day I've had. My yesterday and my today ran together. Yesterday CUPC hosted Section 9 Conference. We prepared an informal reception in our foyer prior to the conference. The tables were draped in black and puddled with white. I love black! Since it's near Valentines I chose to accent the tables with rose petals, tiny red glass hearts, red tealites, and my beautiful Mikasa vase compliments of Section 9 at a previous event we hosted. The menu was fruit, muffins, cheese tray, creme puffs, pretzels, homemade cookies, a small coffee bar, and water. I'm sure I'm missing something but that's the jest of the menu. After the conference we enjoyed spending time with our friends Jeff & Wynette Sherry. We got home after midnight.

This morning CUPC leaders met for a dynamic challenge to go the extra degree. All I can say is INCREDIBLE. Kent distributed copies of 212 The Extra Degree . We each received a button and we had drawings for mugs and mousepads with "212 The Exra Degree" logo. This years meeting was one of the best. We've received very positive feedback already. I am thankful to work with a group of leaders who are ready to give the extra degree. We shared progress of each department and of the overall church. It's amazing the progress when you take the time to reflect. Then we set out some new goals and the path we can achieve. Watch out Conroe is all I can say!!!! Trent spoke very passionately and challenged each of us. I couldn't help but notice how there was hardly a dry eye as he spoke. I'm sure several were emotional because they have known Trent since he was only a very young boy. Now to see the hand of God settle on him in his leadership role is amazing. We always have a time of comments and group discussion. Each one contributed so much to the success of the meeting. There was definitely a feeling of teamwork and unity in our gathering. Great things are happening in Conroe.

Tomorrow will be another blessed day to serve the Lord.....

Thursday, January 8, 2009

All Exercise Is NOT Healthy

While I am still trying to decide if I should utilize my exercise equipment this year I have discovered there are some exercises I will not participate in this year. They simply are not healthy exercises.

"Too many people confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, running up bills, stretching the truth, bending over backwards, lying down on the job, sidestepping responsibility and pushing their luck." - Unknown Author

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Email Inspirations

Not only do Kent and I have the awesome challenge of working to establish personal goals and motivate ourselves to accomplish them but we also are responsible to help establish goals for our church leadership team and help motivate the leaders to to catch hold of our vision as well as establish goals of their own for their responsibilities. Personally and corporately establishing goals and putting actions to goals requires a lot of motivation.

This morning when I checked emails I discovered I received three significant emails. One is proof of failed motivation while the other two are inspiring. Allow me to share the inspiring emails.

At 5:27 AM the following email was delivered to my inbox from Terry Davidson, Supt. of Public Schools, Comanche OK. Mr. Davidson sends motivational type emails to his collegues each work day. His wife Sue is a follower of my blog. With my permission I have been included on his email list. It is a email I look forward to receiving each day. Upon being included on his emails I requested permission to use his powerful notes from time to time. Following is today's motivational email:

I must admit that I was somewhat pressed during the holidays. It was a good holiday, yet there were many struggles: a struggle to stay focused during a time when the schedule didn't necessarily dictate that focus; a struggle to manage to spend some time with family in the midst of the demands of a compelling deadline to complete the geothermal retrofit project; a struggle to maintain a commitment to mental growth during a time when there wasn't anything in my schedule that would necessarily demand that growth; a struggle to maintain an exercise regimen during a time when my schedule was ever changing; a struggle to limit my calorie intake while my wife and my Mom were providing every incentive to do the opposite.

"Supe, it sounds like you didn't have a very good two weeks." No, actually, it was one of the most satisfying holidays I've had in a long time. I will admit that I wasn't successful in overcoming all of the struggles mentioned (especially the calorie intake). But there is a real sense of accomplishment that is motivating me to begin a new year with excitement and enthusiasm. In a letter several months ago, I addressed the dangers that lurk during times when there is nothing to do. I've certainly not had to worry about those dangers recently.

Besides, it's struggle that completes us and makes us better. It's during times of struggle that we capture an understanding of our real character. John Neal said, "Kites rise against, not with the wind. No man has ever worked his passage anywhere in a dead calm

The second email was delivered to my inbox at 7:31 AM from Linda Weldon, a member of CUPC. Sis. Weldon gave us a most incredible book as part of our Christmas present. Yesterday our secretary, Deadra, contacted the Weldons to see where the now no longer published book was purchased. We intend to give the book as gifts to our church leaders. Linda Weldon received a quote from the source where she purchashed our book and thought we would enjoy it, too. Hopefully, it will inspire you as much as it did me.

"People often tell me that motivation doesn't last, and I tell them that bathing doesn't either. That's why I recommend it daily." Ziz Ziglar

I intend to be as the kite and work the struggles to my advantage to set my sails higher. I agree with Mr. Ziglar just as bathing is a daily task I will also keep in the forefront of my mind that my motivation will not last but rather I must look to my goals daily to keep them in place. I KNOW they are necessary therefore I will frequent them daily.

Thanks to both authors, Linda Weldon and Terry Davidson, for helping me in this week that is solely set aside for working on goals, motivation, and determining what things are worth the struggles and what things are just weights to keep my kite from sailing.

Struggles will come in fact in some sense they will probably arrive daily. I trust this year each of us will view it as a medium to rise and not accept defeat. I do not intend to surrender to the struggle nor allow the struggle to keep me from soaring. I intend to use it's wind, it's energy to my advantage and soar...

All to often people face obstacles and quit. A failed grade is never a reason for a college student to withdraw. A spousal disagreement isn't a reason to divorce. A failed career isn't a reason to quit working. For us failed attempts in pregnancy wasn't reason to give up on having children. Poor income today isn't reason to not have aspiring goals of financial success. Unsaved family members isn't reason to belive they will remain unchurched. Mistakes aren't reason enough to quit. Sickness isn't a reason to doubt miracles of healing. All of these failed attempts may just be a reason to access the purpose of the failure and gain a new method or add more commitment to the already tried methods.

I'm motivated.....Tomorrow I will be motivated...In fact each day I will ensure I will return to my motivations....Don't quit....don't slack.....Be ....

Monday, January 5, 2009

Hotel Hallelu 11889 Elizabeth Ridge

Wednesday - Saturday we enjoyed house guests and family Ken, Kay & Kameron Burgess
Saturday - Sunday we enjoyed house guests Meridth, Drew & Garret Vyvial and neice Carley
Sunday - Monday we enjoyed house guests Victor, Belinda & Victoria Alba
Monday - Tuesday we will enjoy house guest and brother, Myron
Wednesday - ??? we will enjoy returning house guests Victor, Belinda & Victoria Alba

We love having company and spending time with family and friends! Each of these guests whether family or not are really like family to us. We don't have to do fancy entertaining but rather let them join our family life.

My kids, Trent and Calah attended the Texas District MAP Seminar. The MAP Seminar is for Texas District UPCI licenses candidates. They were able to spend personal time with family and friends. I truly believe our entire congregation experienced MAP as a result of Trent and Calah's enthusiasm in our service last evening.

Today is our first day back at the office for an official work day since Christmas. Whew! So much needs doing....This will be a busy week - revival with the Albas, we host Section 9 Conference Friday night, and our annual leadership overview meeting for the year will be Saturday.

Later I will return to Hotel Hallelu. I hope to spend some time gathering myself for the remainder of the week. I need to prepare a nice hot meal for a cold winter night! What should I cook? Chili, soup, baked chicken ????? I have a lot to do so it needs to be something good yet quick.

I hope each of you are enjoying a blessed Monday.....


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Alive...Well...Happy New Year!

Yes, I'm alive and well!

Our new year has started off great. Our family, Ken, Kay & Kameron Burgess have been with us this week. They are missionaries to Argentina and we rarely have family time with them. We have enjoyed them the past few days. Tonight we sit in the living room relaxing. Kent's on his computer, Kay's reading and Ken's on something - GPS, I believe. The house is quiet as a mouse. I love a quiet house. Redonia is out with friends and Kameron went to a lock-in with the youth. We'll miss them when they are gone. They only get to stay with us about once every 4 years.

This weekend we have more house guests. We'll enjoy the Albas and Vyvials, too. Kent and I love both of these families. They are both former assistant pastors - great great people!!! Bro. Alba will be preaching for us Sunday. Trent & Calah and Chris & Misti Ferguson are in Lufkin @ MAP. Both men will be meeting the board this year. We will miss them Sunday. God has blessed us through the years to have great people working beside us. Currently we are blessed with the Fergusons and Trent & Calah. Kent and I can hardly wait to see what God does with these couples.

I've been working on a few things in me....setting new goals that I WILL reach...check out this scripture:

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,” Titus 2:11-12

It's the same saving grace that teaches me to say NO!!! This year as I'm tempted to be slack in my goals...His Grace can help me say NO.....I love moderate self-controlled living.

Happy New Year....I love NEW things....