Thursday, July 30, 2009

Just Thinkin'.......

The following quotes are NOT be be READ by Pastor R. Kent Smith but rather were journaled on this blog site to inspire the blog author to leap, jump, let go!!!! Well, honestly the aforementioned sentence was in jest but my sweet husband does inspire me. Honestly, at times he scares me! He is a person of incredible faith hence CUPC is a wonderful ministry. While other pastors at our stage in ministry would prefer to be comfortable he still dares to risk, dream, and GROW.

While trying spend a few moments in devotion I realize scripture reading tonight will put me to sleep. Often to get me thinking I read a few poems or quotes. Tonight the following leaped to me. My dear blogging friends, I hope these quotes will inspire you, too!


"Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?"~ Frank Scully

"Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible"~ Cadet Maxim

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."~ Robert F. Kennedy

"We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success. "~ Henry David Thoreau

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I... I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."~ Robert Frost

"If you risk nothing, then you risk everything."~ Geena Davis

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."~ Mark Twain

"The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you. Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."~ William Jennings Bryan

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Day of Accomplishments

Today was our first full day in the office after a couple of weeks of funerals. We have mourned the loss of Bro. Rubio's Mom, Kasey's Dad - Ronnie Franklin (a member of our church, too), Justin's Grandpa, and Bro. Blackmon's sister. These deaths have taken us to Bellaire, Trinity, Oil City, DeRidder and Jasper. Never have we had in a few days so many deaths.

I felt like a racquet ball on a racquet ball court today. I was the little ball that bounced from wall to wall. I began working early this morning before leaving our home and continued working after returning home around 8:00 pm. I certainly don't mind fact I LOVE accomplishing.

While today I didn't check off as many items as I would have liked I did accomplish. Of course returning to the office means others have questions and things to 'run' by me. We have a christian school. Today I spent time with our administrator working on an in-service seminar. Additionally, we made some changes for our janitorial staff. CCS is progressing quite rapidly. We're opening two new classes this year, a new computer lab and a new 4 year old kindergarten class. Additionally, we worked on creating a new lunch/snack billing system.

Redonia is an artist by profession. I chose some words that she will free handed write on one of the walls in our Great Room @ the church. She was going to begin today but the room was in need of a coat of paint. Thankfully, Trent was able to get right on it and tomorrow Redonia will begin the art. I can hardly wait. This room is a multi-purpose room. Today I ordered seminar style tables to enhance the room. It's going to be very nice.

Deadra worked on artwork for an upcoming back to school event. We will distribute school supplies to the community. Of course, I work closely with her proofing/editing. I am so delighted because I was able to gain consent from a department store to set up a table the Friday before the event to distribute fliers. We will also distribute ice cold bottled water that has our church logo/information. This will be tax free weekend. The manager stated in a few short hours he will have more than 1000 customers who will be recipients of our materials. EXCITING!!!

Finally around 2:30 Kent and I broke for a quick lunch at McKenzie's BBQ. Adjacent is a wonderful bakery. After lunch I ran in the bakery for a cookie. They had so many cookies. They looked so good that I couldn't help but take cookies back to the church staff. I LOVE doing little things for people.

Tomorrow I have a goal to be @ the church between 8:00 and 8:30 am. There's much to accomplish! We are working on lots of physical things but we are also working on many GREAT plans for continued church growth and revival.

The future of CUPC is bright. We have awesome people who love God and want to serve Him. Sunday night Kent had our musicians to go forward for prayer. With the exception of one the musicians are younger than 23. He had those of us who work on the van and bus routes to go forward. Of this group there are only 2 of us who are over 23. Amazing!!!!

I find it ironic that today I received an email from Lisa Marshall, WNOP. Following is the first paragraph: "Young people are our most valuable natural resource. Their energy, creativity, and mission-mindedness are needed if the church is going to realize its potential and perpetuate the apostolic message. This energy must be directed constructively, which can only be done by seeking God. Satan wants to turn youthful energy into a negative, destructive force. We must, however, challenge his desire through focused intercession."

I'm excited about the many things happening @ CUPC. I'm thankful to be apart of a church that loves it's youth and children. I'm also thankful to be apart of a church who does things for the area youth/children. Student Ministries is a MOST valuable ministry in every church.

In conclusion following are the wall words Redonia will beautifully draw and paint tomorrow:

For I know the plans I have for you . . .
Plans to prosper you & not harm you
Plans to give you hope and a future.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Rambling Update

Maybe I have writer's block. Maybe I'm busy. Maybe I'm feeling disconnected from my blog. Maybe it's just Summer. Maybe it's because I'm on Facebook and don't have time...maybe maybe maybe actually all of the above are TRUE reasons I haven't been blogging.

Today I had the privilege of spending a little bit of time with two of my blogging friends, Sis. Elms and Sis. Guidroz. It wasn't planned out that way but it happened. I love spontaneous happenings. They are always BEST! We all met with our good looking husbands at Starbucks in Lufkin. Soon after in walks my Father in Law. Of course, I went to their car and had my Mother in law join the party, too. Only moments later, a life long friend LeRoy Long walked in. Of course I went to their vehicle and got Sis. Elaine to walk in, also. Not much equals friends.

Last evening we had friends come from Louisiana and East Texas. We enjoyed dinner with the Whites from Silsbee, the Booths from Deridder, and the Christensens from Dequincy. We enjoyed Changs and the Chocolate Bar. This was their first introduction to the Chocolate Bar. I think everyone LOVED it!!! Yummmm

Although we are in the middle of summer Kent and I have been busy of late planning and mobilizing for more growth and revival at CUPC. We've found that as soon as one program or department begins running smoothly it is time to begin the next phase....we are in Phase 1 million, I guess! Never time for much idleness. Even on vacation we work on dreams, plans, and goals.

I will do better with blogging eventually! I enjoy reading blogs and have been sad because many people have forsaken their writings....guess we are enjoying Summer....

Hope everyone enjoys a blessed weekend!

Monday, July 20, 2009

I'd Rather Have Jesus

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I’d rather be His than have riches untold;
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands,
I’d rather be led by His nail pierced hand.

Than to be a king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin’s dread sway,
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.

I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause;
I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I’d rather have Jesus than world-wide fame,
I’d rather be true to His holy name.

He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;
He’s sweeter than honey from out of the comb;
He’s all that my hungering spirit needs,
I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead

Monday, July 13, 2009

Incredible 2009 Summer Vacation

One word to describe our vacation - incredible. Sorry to be slow in posting. I will 'try' to get around to putting some pics up today. We enjoyed an amazing trip to California. We flew in to San Francisco and stayed Monday - Thursday nights in Monterey. Friday we travelled to San Francisco. We flew out from San Francisco Saturday afternoon.

Points of our trip included Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, the 7 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Gilroy, Santa Cruz, Madonna Pass, the Big Sur, Hearst Castle, and San Francisco. Of course there were communities in between, too. We enjoyed the water, the mountains, the flowers, friends, quaint towns, and each other. Kent enjoyed a day of golfing and I enjoyed a spa day.

Since we have been several times to San Francisco we did not do the 'tourist' thing. Kent did enjoy a steamed crab @ the Fisherman's Wharf. We drove Lombard Street so I could see the beautiful flowers. We enjoyed the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. It's just an elegantly trimmed and decorated old hotel. We enjoyed dinner at the House of Prime Rib. It was so delicious. If you are ever in San Francisco I highly recommend making a reservation and having dinner. Otherwise we shopped. The kids sure looked pretty @ church yesterday! :)

Again, hopefully later today I will post some beautiful pictures of a fun and relaxing trip. To my Texas friends in need of rest and relaxation fly in to San Jose or San Francisco rent a convertible and take this road trip. We were blessed with temperatures in the 50's and low 60's the entire trip!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Day 1 Slideshow

'09 California Vacation - Day 1 Update

The Monterey, California area is one of the most relaxing places to spend a summer vacation. We left the extreme heat of Texas and flew into a cool 59 degrees. Upon stepping out of the airport I thought I was going to freeze. Of course my jackets were tightly packed away. I felt sure we wouldn't enjoy the convertible. However, by morning when the sun was up we braved opening the top and enjoyed the cool breezes and bright sunshine.

Yesterday we enjoyed breakfast at a popular downtown Monterey diner. The french toast and crisp fried bacon was delish. Kent enjoyed biscuits and gravy. We spent some time driving around Monterey. Then we enjoyed the beautiful, SPECTACULAR views of the 17-Mile Drive. Never have I enjoyed scenery any more beautiful.

Driving along the 17 Mile Drive were beautiful homes, ocean, foliage, and golf courses. The highlight of the 17 Mile Drive was Pebble Creek Resort. Kent really enjoyed the putting green. The golf course there is amazing. We browsed the quaint shops. I bought Kent a cute golfing hat as a souvenir.

We exited the 17 Mile Drive thru Carmel. Carmel is another beautiful quaint town. The Carmel beaches are beautiful. The water is the color of the Caribbean, beautiful turquoise. The sand is pretty and white, something we don't enjoy in Galveston. The homes in this area are very pretty. One thing I've noticed is regardless to how large are small the landscape is beautiful. The weather is perfect for gorgeous flowers.

After leaving Carmel we took Hwy 1 to Santa Cruz. I wasn't as fond of Santa Cruz. I know if my children were with me they would have preferred Santa Cruz. It is complete with beaches, shopping, and an amusement park on the beach. As we drove beside the roller coasters on the beach we reminisced our vacations spent at amusement parks with the children. We quickly left the area and found the quaint downtown area. I bought a few prizes for the girls.

The roadside between Monterey and Santa Cruz is lined with commercial farms. We passed lots of lettuce and strawberries. The strawberries are currently being harvested. We stopped at a farmers market and bought some fresh fruit.

On the way back from Santa Cruz we pulled off Hwy 1 to Moss Landing. We found a commercial fishing area where seafood was being loaded into huge coolers and loaded into 18 wheelers. We ate at a little seafood dive. It is obviously a very popular locals hangout.

After returning to Monterey we went to Cannery Row and enjoyed an Imax Film about sharks. Those 3-d films make the fish appear to be in your face. Yikes! We enjoyed coffee at a small local coffee shop. The time change is making us tired at night and awake early. We headed to the hotel for an early bedtime. This morning I awoke @ 4:18 which would be 6:18 CST. I may need a nap before the day is over.

I will be posting a slideshow of our first day in a few minutes. We have wonderful plans for the day....

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Fast Furious and Headed Out!!!

Kent and I worked at the Fireworks Warehouse all weekend. Our youth undertook this huge project as a fundraiser. You know how that goes....not many youth participated but a whole lot of adults rescued it! lol I'm thinking the adults should get most of the proceeds. The youth are going to use a little of the money for NAYC then use some for Sheaves For Christ and hopefully a new screen/projector for the Studio.

The good wife that I am knew that if we didn't get clothes to the cleaners Thursday we would forget them on Friday. Of course the good husband that I have knew that he wouldn't forget a single thing. Well, who do you think won the discussion? We both did!!! He got his way on taking them Friday and I got my way that he forgot to pick them up on Friday. We had an agreement that I was to leave it out of my mind and he would get them to the cleaners and out! Well, he got them there but not out.
Maybe he did it on purpose. He got 3 new shirts!!!!

We got home @ 12:30 AM today from the fireworks warehouse to a yard that was rolled, wrapped or tp'd whatever you call it! Then someone set off a roll of firecrackers outside my window @ 1:18 AM. We are grateful that we are cool enough for people to love us enough to do that sort of thing to us!!! We are the coolest Aunt, Uncle, Parents, Pastor & Wife EVER!!!! People only pull pranks on those they love the most!!! We feel loved oh so loved!! We KNEW Maddie and Gentry had to be part of the pranks. They went to our bathrooms and took our paper to wrap our yard! Too funny!!! I love my nieces and nephews. I'm thinking that possibly my grown nephew, Jason was a part of the fireworks. We love our family.

We had awesome church this morning. Then Kent, our children and I took Jasmine, an outreach kid to Pei Wei for her birthday. Then I rushed home to do laundry, packed clothes, and changed clothes.

Kent and I had a credit voucher for a boat rental. We gave it to the kids for the afternoon. We are sitting back waiting on Bro. Jerry, our taxi driver to take us to the airport. Whew all that and I am 30 minutes ahead of schedule!!! It's gonna be a great week. Donie, Trent, Calah, & CUPC we are going to miss you!!!

Gotta run...the taxi's here...later!!!

Friday, July 3, 2009

27 Years & Counting

Today marks our 27th wedding anniversary. I am truly blessed to have shared the past 27 years plus 8 months of dating with my best friend. Kent came into my life at a very difficult time. Dad was sick when we were attracted to each other. Soon after Dad passed away. Kent made the approximate 15 hour drive from Aransas Pass, Texas to Birmingham, Alabama to be with me. We had only 3 dates after Dad passed away before getting engaged. Totally crazy, I know. I would flip if Redonia did that to me. I must add that Kent and I met at Texas Bible College. Kent was 7 and I was 5. Our Dads were students in the late 60’s.

For all but 2.5 years of our married life we have been involved in full-time ministry. Two of those years we were at Texas Bible College. Kent has been incredible at juggling responsibilities of church (work) and home. There has never been a question in my mind if I was his priority. Many times we have spent hours working together for God. Many of our anniversaries or birthdays have been spent serving in ministry. However, when those times occur we always find a way to get some alone time, too. This year is an example. We will work at the Fireworks Warehouse on our anniversary but next week we will spend quality time together in California.

Redonia posted a status on Facebook today that made me proud. Redonia gets annoyed when people say their "significant others" are perfect and they would not change anything about them. If that’s the case your relationship has no point. The point of a relationship, especially a serious one, is changing learning and growing together. That’s the only way it can last. No one is perfect and if you really think they are your mind is jaded and reality is gonna hit you hard.. just sayin.. Neither Kent nor I are perfect but we have definitely worked together on ourselves and have grown together.

God has blessed us with two children, a daughter-in-law, and a wonderful church. What more can a couple committed to ministry want? It’s amazing the many many wonderful memories we have made the past 27 years. I’m thankful he’s still my boyfriend. I still think he’s adorable, charming, witty, and good looking. He is conistent, honest, and fair. He has conservative views and values that are easy to follow. He strives for balance and moderation. I look forward to the next 27 years spent with him.

Happy Anniversary, Babe! I LOVE YOU!!!!