Saturday, January 24, 2015

Iron Men

Today was our the first Iron Men meeting for our teen boys. 
 In Iron Men, the teen boys come and learn the Biblical definition of a man, what God expects out of each man and how to become that man by following God's Word.  Pastor Mason woke up with the flu this morning so Pastor Chep filled in for him.  Pastor Chep started with a lesson about God and used electricity as an example.  Electricity has boundaries and circuits it has to follow just as a man of God has boundaries and a certain path to follow.  If the boundaries and circuits are not followed in electricity, things will not work or an electrical fire can occur which causes damage and destruction.
  In parallel, when we don't follow God's boundaries and paths the same thing happens, sin causes damage and destruction to our lives.
Pastor Chep then taught the boys basics in electrical work.  They changed out the old light fixtures in the bathrooms and also several light switches and plugs that needed replaced.  The boys loved working on the electrical and gaining new skills.  Several of our boys do not have fathers and said they are so glad that they are being taught things like this that they don't have the chance to learn at home.  Of course I couldn't send them home without feeding them something so after all their hard work I made them a special chocolate marshmallow cake with mint icing. 
In the coming months the boys will continue to learn Biblical lessons on becoming a man of God and also learning plumbing, wilderness survival skills, woodworking, mechanics and much more!  We are praying that through this we will see the teens really get a hunger for God and His Word and see them standing out as a man that wants to follow God instead of the world.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Waiting for the One

Another Friday Teen Night and Pastor Mason
doing an amazing job with the teens........

Another night of food and fun, laughter and of course
 the subject always comes up......
Pastor Mason, I can't believe you have never been on a date............
..........And have never kissed a girl. 
Don't you want a girlfriend?
Pastor Mason's answer is the same every time. 
Of course I want a girlfriend, of course I want to get married but I'm waiting.....
What are you waiting for Pastor Mason?
It's not what am I waiting for, but it's who am I waiting on.
I'm waiting on God.  You see God has the perfect one for me, the one who will complete me in every way.  The one who will be my helpmeet in life, in the ministry and in every other way.  The one I will love and who will love me without conditions.  I have been praying for her for many, many years
and I know, when it's time, God will bring her into my life. 
Pastor're never going to find her if you don't go looking.
If I go looking I will never find her for you see she is not mine to find and take. She is God's and He must give her to me.
He and He alone knows the one I'm waiting for
and if I go looking then I am not waiting for the one from God.

 But Pastor Mason how will you know when God gives you the one?

Because I am trusting God and waiting on God, 
He will tell me when He brings me the one. 

But until God does..........I will keep waiting for the one.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Different Kind of Devotion

We had a wonderful group of ladies for this months Ladies G.A.B. Night!  This month I had my devotion ready a month in advance but as the month moved on God changed my thoughts on what to bring the ladies so I wrote another devotion and then last week I wrote another devotion and then yesterday I felt God did not want me to give any of the devotions I had written.  I prayed and prayed and asked God what he wanted me to do and He showed me something totally different than I usually do.  One thing I have been running into on the internet and even talking to people is that there is coming a belief that if you think something but as long as you don't follow through and act on that thought, it is not a sin.  I presented this thought to the ladies and asked what they thought about it and told them they needed Bible verses to back up and show what they believed and why.  It turned into a fantastic discussion with many, many Bible verses and stories being used to show that our thoughts can be and are sinful even without acting on those thoughts, and that we need to bring every thought under the captivity of Christ and into obedience to him.  The ladies loved digging deep into their Bibles and being challenged to show out of scripture what they believe. 
This may be a different kind of devotion I use in the future!

Of course we had so much fun and laughter as we ate and talked.  Of course Little Miss got passed around and she loved every bit of attention!

For our craft we worked on some new decorations for Valentines Day. 
Our main goal was to get a couple of wreaths and wall hangings done. 
We did not get the wreaths finished so it will be a project for later.

For the wall hangings, we cut foam board into the sizes we wanted and covered them with a red fabric.  Nothing with too much design or too girly of colors as these will be hung on the sides of the sanctuary. 

I still need to finish putting raffia on the boards so we can hang them but they turned out really cute for being such an easy and simple craft!
I just Love our Ladies G.A.B. Nights!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Photo Day 2015

Church today was simply amazing and one reason was that the spirit was so sweet.  The last year has been rough and we have had gossiping and discontentment among some of our people.  Over the last six months we have lost six families and although it is always hard to lose families, along with these families all the gossip and discontentment left too.  Thus leaving behind a sweet spirit with a body of believers who love the Lord and love each other too!  We have also had new visitors every week for the last couple of weeks along with returning visitors from the weeks before.  Of course the preaching has been convicting, encouraging and thought provoking too! 
After the morning services we had planned to have an afternoon of food, fun and photos.  It was wonderful to spend time with our church family.
First we had a table spread with all kinds of fruit to snack on while everyone waited for their time with the photographer. 
Everyone brought in old family photos of themselves and we
had so much fun looking at the pictures and trying to figure out which
 church member was in each photo.
Everyone guessed who they thought it was and the one who guessed the most right, will get a prize after tonight's services.
We are so blessed to have a couple of ladies in our church who take professional style photos and they did an amazing job!  It took several hours but they were able to get smiles out of everyone!
I am so excited that they used a green screen and will be able
 to fit each picture with it's own background.  I know the pictures are
going to look gorgeous!  It was a wonderful day in God's house and although I am extremely tired I am looking forward to services tonight! There is no better place to be than in God's house with a church family you love!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Our First Titus Girl Meeting

We had such a blast at the first Titus Girls meeting!  We started with a devotion on the Bibles definition of a woman and how the world has distorted this.  We went through the Titus woman and some of the things they would be learning this year in Titus girls.  We really had a great discussion.
For lunch we made Cheesy garlic pull apart bread, and Italian tortellini
and also Italian chocolate cake for dessert. The girls loved cooking and learned a few new things and of course we cleaned the kitchen
as we cooked, and it was totally clean when we finished. 

For our sewing project we learned how to sew buttons on. 
This is a simple task but so useful to know!  A couple of the girls had never sewed a button on before and it was so delightful to watch their faces light up as they finished the project and shouted, "I did it!".

Since we were using buttons I decided to show the girls
how to make button bracelets.  They loved it rummaging through my collection of buttons and finding the prettiest ones and they
loved turning those buttons into a bracelet! 

After three hours of learning and crafting the girls did not want to go!  They are already looking forward to next months meeting and as they were leaving said they hoped they had as much fun next month as they did today!
After the Titus Girls I had a couple of hours of office work to do
and then Chand and Saraina brought Little Man over for us to watch for a few hours.  As I sat and played blocks with him I was taken back to 20 years ago when his daddy was this age because Little Man is the mirror image
of his daddy!  Sitting and playing with this wonderful little one was
 a great way to end a great day!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Titus Girls

God has been working on my heart for the past couple of years about starting a Bible Study and teaching time for girls.  To teach them
what the Bible says about becoming a young woman after God's heart and a time of teaching the girls basic cooking, cleaning, and sewing skills along with manners and modesty.  Sadly, it seems that the of girls today are not being raised knowing the basic skills needed to run a household and to love and take care of their husbands and children.  I remember my mother diligently teaching me manners and courtesy to others but it seems today that many girls are loud, rude, and disrespectful.  The girls of today need someone to take time to love them and show them what a true woman of God looks like, both on the inside and the outside.  As I have been praying about this, one of my friends started a group like this in her church and God spoke
 to my heart again, telling me He wanted me to do this.
I chose to name our group Titus Girls after the verses in Titus 2:3-5
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;   That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,  To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
We will meet once a month and each month I plan on asking a lady in the church to host our little group meeting where the Titus Woman will share her testimony and a devotion.  We will then help the girls cook a meal, do a craft or sewing project, learn tips on cleaning and work on our manners.

I plan on using the Christian Lady's Handbook as we study and find out -
"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies." 
I received this book several years ago and although it is a small book,
 it really hits some good points.  It tells how there has been a decline in the last several generations of manners and politeness in Christians and non Christians alike and the reasons why.  It then teaches many manners that a Christian Woman should be exhibiting in her life.  I am praying that through this the women will grow closer to our girls and start to influence the girls more and that the girls will find godly role models and learn valuable skills that will help them as they grow into the godly women.
Our first Titus Girls meeting is on Saturday
and I am so excited as we start this time with the girls! 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

O Taste and See

I was able to finish the banner for church today! 
My sweet husband helped me hang it up and said how he thought it turned out so well.  I think it could have been much better but not bad
for only having a couple of days to make it!

Today as we were cleaning I heard my husband singing "Wiggle Worm" today as he was cleaning the younger kids Sunday School room.  He loves to sing as we clean the church and I think it's so funny that he sings songs
that fit the age group of the classroom he's cleaning.

One thing I am always scrubbing on is the church drinking fountain.  Last year I spent several hours scrubbing all the hard water off of it but when someone took over the cleaning the church I didn't think of the fountain again. 
When we started cleaning the church again a few months ago I noticed that the hard water had returned.  I have scrubbed and scrubbed
but the hard water just has not wanted to come off!
When I was at the Dollar Tree this week I saw they had LA Totally Awesome for Rust, Lime and Calcuim.  I love LA Totally Aweome!  For a cheap dollar store cleaner this stuff is amazing!  When my brothers cat walked
 through the used car oil that was sitting in his garage and then came in the house (Unbeknownest to him!) and walked all over the white carpet
and white couch, he was so upset!  He tried everything to get it out but nothing worked until he used the regular LA Totally Awesome cleaner
and all the oil prints came right out of the carpet!  I sprayed this on the fountain and scrubbed it with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and all the hard water came off within a few minutes!  Going to keep a bottle of this
in the cleaning closet at all times from now on.! 

My husband and I went shopping today as I needed a few things
 for my secret sister gift tomorrow and while we were out I saw a package of mushrooms.  Since I pinned a recipe on Pinterest for Glazed Garlic Mushrooms I decided to buy them and make them tonight. 
They were good but just not as buttery and garlicy as I was thinking they were going to be.  Not sure if it's one I'll make again.
I can not believe it's Sunday again tomorrow!  Looking forward to another great day of worshipping God with our church family!