Friday, December 31, 2010
So while I wait alone for midnight (cause y'all know Travis and the kids are long gone to sleep), I thought I would share some reflections on 2010. Not that either of you reading cares, but it will help me pass the time. It might be a little more "me" focused than I normally post on this Women's Ministry blog...but I am a woman, and I am exhausted, and I have to keep myself AWAKE...so humor me or come back in a day or two... =)
I think it is very important to grow in some aspect every year...other than the pant size growth which I have mastered might I add! As I think back I am happy to say that I have grown in many areas. Doing the "Woman After God's Own Heart" Bible Study rekindled some habits I had let slide when it came to putting my priorities in order. I am happy to report that through that study I feel closer to my husband than I have been in recent years. And in developing a mentoring relationship this year, I feel I have grown as a friend in many areas too. I listen better than I ever have, and I am not nearly as quick to give advice before praying it through. And my word I cannot even tell you how close I feel to Jesus! If you have never read the book...I highly recommend it. Some people hate it because it is a bit old fashioned...but if I figure that if I turn into my Granny Capps...I will be a better person indeed!
I finished reading the Bible today...third year in a row!!!! Praise Him! Please don't think I am bragging or prideful. I only share that information to encourage you to join me this year! If I can make my severe ADHD self sit and read 15 minutes a day...and stick it out....you can too! If you ask God to help you stay committed...and you earnestly see Him in the 15 minutes...He will see to it that you find the time and effort to succeed. And I will help you if you tell me you want to make it. I am excellent at nagging and I have the most wonderful reading plan that I typed into excel so I could re-use it. Just let me know if you want a copy.
Other growth highlights....was that I ran two 5ks without stopping this year...something I never dreamed I could do. I have never run in my life unless something was chasing me. But this year I prayed and committed to succeed. Of course...I haven't ran in over two weeks...so getting back to the pavement may kill me tomorrow...if it does...y'all be sure to sing Victory in Jesus at my funeral...the Travis Cottrell version PLEASE!!!!
25 minutes to go...I know y'all are thrilled.
Ok what else...I got nothing else.
So let's talk about next year...I want to be better next year at every thing. I want to be the best Christian, wife, mother, friend, employee, runner, etc. that I can be. Kind of like the army....be the best that you can be...whew I am getting so tired...lol I may read this tomorrow and delete it.
What do you want to do next year? What is one thing you can make a reality in your life? I plan to read the Bible again, complete 2-3 Bible Studies, lose a few pounds, run (signing up for a 5k in February if anyone is interested in joining me), cook at home more instead of eating out so much!, and who knows what else. I am not one to set resolutions, most of them are never achievable because they require massive life style changes in the blink of an eye....instead I like to set short term goals...they are much more manageable! If you have any good goals to inspire us...please share them!
Good night....19 minutes to go...and I am thinking I may eat a snack now...cause Jan 3rd I will have to write it in my food notebook...lol
Happy New Year!
I love serving Christ alongside of you!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
In 2011 Beth Moore is doing the Scripture Memory Team again. I will be signing up and hope you will as well. Here are the instructions:
It works exactly like I did on our blog in 2010 because I copied the idea from her in 2009! ha The only major difference is that she offers a free Living Proof Live Event in the following January as a congratulations party. The event is free (you have to bring your spiral or note cards as your admission ticket and say 12 of your verses while you are there) but you have to pay your own transportation to TX and room and food. I don't know that my finances will allow me to go this time...but who knows! In 2009 when I checked it was going to be a bit pricey so I opted out. The satisfaction of knowing 24 verses was reward enough! And the increased closeness to Jesus was well worth the time in memorizing!
I haven't decided if I will do the SMC on our blog in 2011. I can't decide how many of you are participating in the shadows...I know a couple of you made it through but did not post your verses each time. So I'll pray on it and decide by Jan 1. If you want to give me feedback on it...either comment or email me email@example.com I feel VERY strongly about the concept. I cannot tell you how blessed I have been by being able to recall scriptures when I need them. It is an awesome feeling. And I have shared them countless times with others who needed the encouragement. But I don't want to bore both you readers to death if you are not participating. =) So we'll see where the Lord leads me on it.
If you haven't signed up for the Caswell Ladies Retreat, let me know asap if you want to go. I cannot wait to hear Phyllis Elvington!
Have a great day...I probably won't post again until the New Year...so Happy New Year! Be safe! And focus on Jesus in all of your New Year's events!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
So the year ends in 3 days. I am chronologically reading in Revelations now. This will be the third year I have completed the Bible in a year...Lord willing I am still breathing until Friday that is! If you have never read the Bible cover to cover...it is an awesome journey. If you are afraid it may be too boring for you...you are wrong...it has more drama than any trashy novel I have ever read! Admittedly, some books are harder to read than others...but pressing toward the goal will sustain you if you ask God for help! And the Spirit will speak to you and guide you and draw you nearer....if you let Him! So tell me if you want an excel copy of the Bible Reading Guide that I am doing this year...and I will read it with you...and hold you accountable ;) firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Mark Batterson's blog...
I'm a big believer in the power of one decision. You are only one decision away from a totally different life. I think we get overwhelmed by the thought of making massive changes so we don't make any! But you don't have to make big changes. You need to make small changes and then consistently follow thru on them. Here's one decision that will revolutionize your spiritual life: read the Bible daily. Here's one decision that will revolutionize your health: go to the gym 3x/week. Here's one decision that will revolutionize your mind: read one book a month.What one decision would revolutionize your body, spirit or mind?
In the book I just finished reading "Surprised by Worship" by Travis Cottrell he says that Charles Swindoll once said "Your critics rarely hit the bull's eye, but they seldom miss the target completely". ouch!
And I just love the Mark Batterson blog post. I have always believed that you can make or break your entire life one decision at a time. How many folks do we know (or us!) have made one bad decision and ruined their entire earthly life? Thankfully one bad decision will not ruin our eternal life because no matter what we have ever done...Jesus Saves! If Jesus did not forgive...none of us would ever see glory. Praise Him ladies!
So in 2011...what "one decision" will you make? If you choose the daily Bible reading....I have a plan I can send you...hehehe
Sunday, December 26, 2010
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Y'all...I have never seen anything like it! It was 3 stations and at each station they had actors and animals. And they had a recorded narration and singing!!!! They had luminaries to guide your path. And you had to turn your lights off. I had only always seen the silent ones, but this one had such life with all the talking and singing. It was unlike anything I had ever seen. They even had a CAMEL...actually 3 of them....for the Wise Men. I was shocked. If you can go by tonight or tomorrow night starting around 7pm. It is such a blessing!
I think it will become one of my favorite Christmas traditions!
Monday, December 20, 2010
- Of course there is the Christmas countdown...5 days in case you live in a bubble =)
- End of year Chronological Bible Reading countdown...11 days...a few more letters from Paul, then I think all that is left is John and Revelation! I love finishing the annual Bible reading...it is such an awesome feeling!
- New Bible Reading Countdown! January 1st!!! please read with me....15 minutes a day is not a lot to give to Jesus! I promise He will give you the 15 minutes back tenfold! I am so excited to be doing my original reading plan...the first one I was successful with...come on tell me if you need a copy.
- D Day...also on Jan 1....Diet Day!!! I have got to get back on the weight loss program. I finally just bought bigger pants to make it through the holidays because I have ZERO will power and there was no need to have my circulation cut off for 6-8 more weeks until I lose 10 pounds! But Jan 1 it's back to counting points for a while!
I don't do "New Years Resolutions", but I have learned that goal setting...especially on paper...is a very effective way to stay focused. So I have been praying about my goals for 2011 and where God wants me to focus my time and energy. Some of them are ...to seek HIM first in everything I do, read His Word again this year, keep up the scripture memorization program, keep mentoring, be the best wife I can possibly be by making sure I always put my husband 2nd behind God alone, keep up the running (my next 5k is Feb 5th if anyone wants to run with me), and keep planning my days ahead...that is key to using the time He lets me borrow wisely for Him! When I plan...I am not wasteful with my time or other resources!
On a side note...if you missed church last night....it was amazing! I loved the Christmas play this year. I like a traditional play and we have not had one in a few years. The other styles of plays are very cute too, but there is just something about a manger scene that melts my heart.
Go and be a blessing today...if you don't know anyone that needs a blessing....let me know. I know some little old ladies who could use a card, call or smile!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Phil 1:17-18 "The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,"
WOW! I used to be the first person to point out poor motives. And I still struggle daily with the concept of judging the motives of others. I continually have to remind myself that being God's child does not make me "Holy Ghost Junior" and He alone can judge a man's actions because He alone can see the man's heart. I have pure argued with God about whether someone is serving Him out of the right intent. Hello????? 1) Why argue with God? 2) Why think after you have read the Bible 3 times...which means you have read the 1 Samuel passage where God tells Samuel that man looks at the outward appearance of man but that God sees the man's heart at least 3 times...would you think you are a better judge of intention than God? And 3) now that I re-read Philippians for the 4th time I see so clearly...that IT DOES NOT MATTER as long as the Word of God is proclaimed correctly. What an awesome revelation for me! I know it is elementary to most of you, but to me it was like finding out AFTER I had broken three vents when I crawled under the house with the kids to "close the vents under the house" that there was a slidey thing on the outside to open and close the vents! Wow! Who knew?
So again I receive affirmation from God that reading the Bible in a year can be very effective. He will speak to you in remote little passages if you are seeking Him. Some people say that you can't get anything from reading the Bible this way...and to that I NOW say....does it matter? Does the motive really matter? Isn't having some one's face in the Word ok regardless of what gets them there?
So here comes the end of year challenge...start with me Jan 1. Read the Bible in 2011. It takes only 15 minutes a day and you will be blessed. I am using the old reading plan that I first got started with again next year. It is an excel file and I would love to have you read with me. Contact me if you want a copy.
And the definition of ponderful in case you are pondering is...something very interesting and odd that needs to be pondered about.
Ponder it ladies! Love ya!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
My verse this time is: James 2:19 "You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder." (NIV)
I love this verse. It is one that I semi-quote a lot, but I never can remember WHERE it is located! So this one I am going to be able to quote fully and tell you where to find it!
Every time I read it I imagine satan shudder like a cool breeze blows through hell. And then I realize if the name of the Lord makes satan shudder...it better put a little quake in me too! I think a lot of times we lose the "fear of God". Not like an "oh no I am going to get beat or murdered kind of fear" but a more healthy "He loves me enough to discipline me and let me make my own choices even if they are disastrous and I wish I could take it back" kind of fear ;)
We believe that the "compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love and faithfulness" God (Ps 86:15 a prior memory verse! woohoo) is so forgiving and understanding that we need not "fear" Him. And I think that is a lot of what is wrong with us as Christians today. If we feared God the way we should...we would behave more like the Christians Paul coaches us on how to be (Eph) and less like the world. By taking the "fear of God" out of the equation...we just blend in...and this leads to destruction! =) Look at your actions and reactions...do folks see that you "fear God"? Or do you react to situations like a lost person? Do people see you react like a person with no respect or love for the God that created her...a person who does not care how their words or actions affect others...do you "fear" God?
He loves you more than anything in the world that He created...but He commands fear and respect and love and an intimate relationship...and I have learned the hard way that you can't have the relationship without the others! So take it from a sista who has been there and tried it!
Enough of that...let's hear your verses!
Monday, December 13, 2010
So y'all pray for the hearts that received books this weekend, and the 8 more next weekend. Pray for their hearts to be softened and eyes to be opened to Jesus. There are so many hurting people. My heart has really been burdened of late for folks that I love that would not go to heaven today if Jesus came back. I just want to shake them.
It did not make it in the bulletin...but if you are planning to go to Caswell on the ladies retreat (Feb 25-27) I need to know ASAP. $50 deposit due as soon as you can pay it (payable to the church but hand deliver it to me)! I need to make sure we will fill all 30 spots before I pay the deposit. So if you are interested let me know even if you cannot pay the deposit right now. If you are reading from another church you are welcome to go with us...it is so much fun!
Go be a blessing today!
Friday, December 10, 2010
So last night I thought it would be a good idea to run...at 8pm...with it below 30 degrees. I think I may have frostbite on my ear. But it was kind of strange that you sweated but it didn't run down...lol Anyway, the Nike Plus gadget must not be calibrated quite right...because when I hit 3 miles and pressed the button that aggravating thing said 2.82 miles...so I kept going for an extra culdesac. So I have to try and calibrate again...I know you are surprised.
This is random, but here is our group picture from the OCC work day. It was cool to crouch down surrounded by those boxes. It is such a humbling, blessed experience. It is hard to describe...please go with us next year!
OK...so the reason I logged on was because I wanted to share something that I got from Mark Batterson. And yes I realize how sad it is that it took me 1/2 a post to get to it....(Batterson wrote "In a Pit on a Snowy Day with a Lion" and "Primal" - two books that changed my life forever if you don't know of him). He sends out a little blog devotion thing from time to time and today it made me stop and go WOW!
Default or Design
Posted: 09 Dec 2010 04:35 AM PST
There are only two ways to live: by default or by design. I'm guessing that 90% of people live 90% of their lives by default. In other words, life happens to them. They live in reactive mode. The other option is to live in proactive mode. Living by design is establishing priorities and then living by them. So what's the difference between default and design? Well, in financial terms, a budget may be the difference between default and design. In experiential terms, life goals may be the difference between default and design. In spiritual terms, a Bible reading plan may be the difference between default and design. And in relational terms, a scheduled date night may be the difference between default and design. The common denominator is a plan. When I'm frustrated spiritually or relationally, it's often because I'm in reactive mode. I'm just reacting to the circumstances I find myself in. And that's when you default on life. When I'm feeling fulfilled, it's usually because I'm proactive. I'm going after goals or executing a plan or living out my priorities.
Oh my Word! As Beth Moore would say...that was a "Fresh Word" for me! I want to live life by design. It was so timely because just yesterday a friend and I had lunch and discussed a planning system that would allow us to organize our priorities to match God's priorities. And to schedule specific acts of service and kindness in our planning system would draw us nearer to Jesus. When I read the Mark Batterson email today I just laughed out loud. God is so funny to me when He sends you basically the SAME message in several ways and from different people. He knows me well enough to realize that I MIGHT not get it the first time...haha Clearly right now His message to me is to plan more wisely and consistently so that I can live for Him in a clearer, intentional and consistent way! So let me go plan something!
Happy Friday! Be a blessing to someone today!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I hope everyone is having a good week so far. If you are healthy...then you are having a good week whether you know it or not. I had to take Peyt to the doctor this morning and there was a young couple coming in with an infant carrier and it was covered with a blanket and the daddy was wheeling the biggest oxygen tank I have ever seen beside it and the tube went under the blanket. And the mom smiled but looked exhausted. I don't know who they were or what they are facing but please lift them in your prayers today. God knows their name and what they need.
I am VERY excited about this Christmas. I get excited every Christmas because you may not know that...I am a "giver". Since I was little teeny my favorite part of Christmas was surprising others. And as I get older my favorite part is surprising them and them not knowing. Not just at Christmas...but all year long! Anyway...I almost lost my point. lol So this year I am doing something different for the season. Christmas has lost the meaning in most families. And I want to put Jesus back in the focus where He belongs. We do not exchange gifts with our "adults" in the extended families anymore but this year I have something to give every single person in our family...28 of them in all. It is the NIV Christmas Story family Bible that "Aunt Tammy" shared with me.You can order them here if you are interested...they also have a hard back collectors edition that is gorgeous (it is more expensive but still only $5).
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”
This is one of my favorite scripture passages. I think the most sobering reality in my life of late is that the writer is not necessarily referring to the physical age of the older women versus younger women. (Well that and where the WMU trainers told me I was old. hehe)
God has shown me over the years that physical age does not matter in His eyes...He is more interested in whether we are growing older spiritually. I think it takes older spiritual women to impact the lives of younger spiritual women in a unique way that you don't get from regular discipleship interaction. Discipleship is very important, but learning to cultivate relationships with Jesus and other believers pays huge dividends as well.
The past year we have been piloting a One to One Women's Mentoring program. The blessings have been endless and we want to expand it in 2011 by creating more one on one groups.
If you are spiritually "older" and would like to meet weekly to complete a 12-24 week Bible Study (depending on your speed) with a spiritually "younger" woman please contact me. Also, if you are spiritually "younger" and feel like having a mentor would help hold you accountable and help guide you in being a Christian woman, let me know. I'll pair you up and get you going in January down a very exciting road of growing and building relationships!
I know some of you reading this are members of other churches...feel free to participate with us. Maybe we could help you start it at your churches.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
In other news...Operation Christmas Child is AWESOME! We went and worked at the processing center in Charlotte on Saturday. 13 of us. It was quite the adventure. Who knew it would really snow here while we were gone...lol We decided it was certainly a memorable trip. Not only do you feel so blessed from participating which makes it memorable enough...but in addition...
1 - The church van got pulled on the way out of Raleigh for failing to move over when a State Trooper was on the left side of the road. We were in a row of three...I got over as I passed him, vehicle # 2 was half way over, but the van had no where to go because of traffic. Can you believe he actually told them they should have come to a complete stop in the left lane of I40 and waited until it was safe to get in the next lane....HELLLLLLOOOOOO that would have caused a major pile up! He let them go with a warning...thank God! And the van had no registration paperwork so it could have been much worse for us!
2 - The van window would not go back up after they were pulled and we had to get one of the guys to work on it because it was FREEZING!
3 - The van had only 1/2 a tank of gas because I did not think to check it so we had to stop in Mebane. Road Warriors we are! haha
4 - We were about 10 minutes late to work due to traffic, and patrolman, and gas, etc!
5 - Vehicle #2 lost his keys at the processing center! We realized it when it was time to go and although they tried to tell us to leave...I could not imagine leaving folks stranded to wait for Triple A. So we asked Pastor Billie and Lorraine to pray while we searched (they were at home) and 10 minutes later someone came forward with a set of keys they had found...PRAISE THE LORD!
6 - We had a marathon hour and a half meal at Ruby Tuesdays after being delayed by the keys!
7 - And when we got to Greensboro and saw the snow we were shocked!
8 - We got back to church at 12:15am Sunday morning!
9 - Then I got stuck on Highway 70 in Pine Level due to a terrible accident that had just happened moments before and did not get to Princeton until 1:30am!!! Praise God for protection and timing! 10 minutes could have made me a victim!
If you have never gone to the processing center you will have another chance next year...take advantage...it is so worth it!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010