Blessings For The New Year

I have taken a time off over the holidays to spend time with family and to gear up for the new year.  First order of business is to be more regular with posting.  Even if it’s just a quick blurp.  So, in light of this being New Year’s Eve, I thought I should at least post something to kick it off.  Have a blessed and safe New Year!  Looking forward to all the new and wonderful things God has in store!  =)  Be Blessed!

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The Beginning of A New Journey (Part 2)

(This is a continuation of my post yesterday, The Beginning of A New Journey)

When he had notified them of his resignation, they gave us until Tuesday to make it official, just in case we changed our minds after praying about it some more.  Like I said, we had come across a church that evening and on Friday we spent the day mulling and praying it over.  After submitting our resume that Friday night, we waited.  We included a link to Tevis’s YouTube page and checked is everyday to see if it had been viewed by anyone in TN and how they got there (either by search, email link, etc.)  We figured it wouldn’t be viewed until at least Sunday since they were more than likely taking Saturday off.  Monday rolled around and it still hadn’t been viewed.  Tuesday came and still nothing.  Late Tuesday night, we made it official that he was going to resign.  “Okay God, You know what Your doing!  This is crazy, but we are trusting that You have it all worked out!” is all that kept running through our heads.

Wednesday morning rolled around.  I got up and checked the YouTube page as usual.  Nothing.  Broken hearted and starting to get discouraged, I was (loving the Yoda thing right now).  I go about breakfast and go and check Tevis’s email at 10:30 and we had gotten an email from Life Point.  Awesome!  I holler for Tevis to come downstairs, that TN had emailed him back.  We read it over and later that afternoon we emailed them back with our answers to the questions that they had.

We didn’t know how long it was going to be until we heard from them again, if at all.  The next day, Tevis was going to be gone to the Leadership Summit with the rest of the staff from church.  At their afternoon 3:45 break, they gathered all the staff together.  They had Tevis announce his resignation to them.  Tevis calls me at 4:05 (yes I really do remember the dates and times of this stuff), and tells me to get a hold of a couple of people for him from the worship team and to tell me that everyone on staff now knows and it’s official.  After I made the calls, I checked his email again.  There in his inbox was an email from Life Point.  They had sent it at 4:35.  They were asking us to come down to visit.  YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!!  24 hours after the first email from them and 30 minutes after he let staff know, Life Point was asking us to come to visit.  In ministry, the hiring process rarely, if ever, moves that fast.  The timing of all this was blowing my mind.  Every time we took a step, God showed up. Doors just kept opening.  So, we just kept walking.

I’ll pick up again from here tomorrow.  =)  Be Blessed!

The Beginning of A New Journey

What a crazy two and a half months it has been!  We have been in the process of moving and what a story it has been!  Of which I will be filling you in on as the days goes by.  Needless to say, a lot of stretching and growing has been and will be going on.

In August, we felt it was time for us to transition; that God was moving us some place else.  We had been feeling this way for some time but were waiting it out to see where he was wanting us to go.  God, having the sense of humor that He has, was wanting us to jump out of the boat first…then He was going to tell us where to jump to.  I cannot tell you how excitingly terrifying that is!  There is a different between me and Tevis.  That being that I am spontaneous and he is structured.  I like my structure, but I love doing things that others would think to be absolutely nuts.  This was one of those things.  Tevis put his resignation in in August without having another job in place.  In todays job market, that’s crazy, but God did His thing.

That evening, after he let them know his decision, I was browsing churches and came across this posting:

Life Point Church is a church plant in Northeast Tennessee. We began in October 2010 and are located in the heart of the Tri-Cities which include Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City.

We are looking for a Worship Pastor with a heart for God, an ability to work with a team of vocalists and musicians and will work in unity with the Lead Pastor within the vision of the church.

Expectations:
Work together as team with the Lead Pastor and have a big picture mentality of the church.
Coordinate worship sets for Sunday and Wednesday services
Coordinate and lead worship rehersals each week.
Lead worship each Sunday morning

Vision: We are a church of nearly 100 with a heart to reach our community and the world for Christ. Our desire is for this position to be part-time until the ministry grows and can support a full-time minister. The salary is somewhat negotiable depending upon background and experience. If you have the drive and desire to minister through worship and to see God’s kingdom grow and the ministry flourish, you could be exactly who we are looking for!

It grabbed my attention, so I let Tevis know about it.  I dug around and gathered info (as much as I could) about it.  One of the main things that kept calling out to me was, after reading about the staff, Stephanie, the Children’s Director, had a background in Special Needs education.  There was a heart for special needs.  Oh the joy!  A (emotional) safe place for Hunter!  I will fill you in on a little detail.  It is HARD to work in ministry and have a child with special needs.  Not only do you break all the stereotypical “pastor’s families” ideas, but it makes it difficult to participate in ministry.

Anyway, we spent the next day really talking it over and praying about it and talking some more.  Mind you, I knew it was where we were heading, I just had to wait for Tevis to get there too.  We decided to submit our resume and take the leap.  If we didn’t, we would never know what God had planned.

Tomorrow I will fill you in on the next leg of the journey!  Have a great day!  =)  Be Blessed!

Those Misspoken Words

What a treat today has been.  It’s been rainy and cloudy.  We had a coupon for Chili’s for the kids to eat free, so we hopped in the car and went for lunch.  Can’t beat feeding a family of 4 at a sit-down restaurant for $15!  What great conversation we had.  It was nice to be able to sit and Hunter not be bouncing off the walls (though he did plenty of that once we left!)  The thing that has been a reoccurring theme for today has been misspoken words.  Mainly from the kids.  It had me thinking about all the things that we say everyday that don’t come out the way we were meaning.  For example, we were talking about the bartender and what he does.  We were explaining to the kids that not just anybody could be a bartender but if they are good at it, it does pay well.  The next question asked was, “Do they get laid?”  Tevis and just stopped and looked at Destiny.  Needless to say, she was laughing hysterically because what she meant to say was “Do they have it made?”  Such a simple mistake.  Interestingly, she didn’t really know what it meant that she had said.  Another example was this evening.  I had walked into the kitchen with Tevis and we were talking about what I was going to make for supper.  I told him that I couldn’t do anything until it was cleaned up (I will explain more on that when I tell you about our new adventure).  Hunter, not missing a beat, says “MOM!  Don’t worry about it!  Don’t cook!  We can just eat scraps!”  Tevis and I lost it!  He was meaning leftovers.

How easily it is that we misspeak things.  There are many, many scriptures about speaking; what we speak, how we speak, etc.  We are to be careful in what we speak.  I have to say I fail at this DAILY!!!!  I have a sarcastic sense of humor and that is not always in my favor.  I have been known, on occasion, to have a quip that has went to far.  I later run through it again and again in my mind.  Proverbs 12:18 says, Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.  I have to ask myself “is what I’m speaking healing or hurting?”  Most times I ask it a little too late.  We speak so carelessly anymore.  We have gotten away from realizing how much weight our words carry.  God still expects the same from them today as he did then.  He intends us to use our words wisely and to use them to build others up.  Take a look:

The tongue has the power of life and death.  (Proverbs 18:21)

The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil. (Proverbs 15:28)

Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone. (Proverbs 25:15) 

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. (Proverbs 15:2)

The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. (Ecclesiastes 9:17)

We are to speak softly and with wisdom.  And being slow to speak leaves room for the wisdom.  We need to be more responsible for the words that we speak and how they are spoken.  Matthew 12:36 says, Men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.  I will need to remind myself more often of the account that I will have to give of my careless words.  What would that account look like?  I don’t know if I really want to know.  As of today though, today is my day to start anew.  I love how God uses my kids to reveal things to me.  He’s not done with me yet!  =)  Be Blessed!

I’m Back…Sorta =)

Hey everybody!  Been a crazy couple of months with preparing to move and transitioning to a new church.  We are now here and digging in.  I will be posting soon about the new adventure that God has got us on.  For today though, just to grab yall’s attention and to let ya know that I am still alive and kicking, I am reposting an earlier post.  Enjoy!  Let me know what ya think!  Be Blessed!  =)

 

Our Built In Virus Scanner

I was running a scanning program the other day checking for all the bugs and virus’s on my computer.  Just trying to get it cleaned up from whatever may be on there.  It got me thinking.  How wonderful would it be if we had a scanning software for our brains.  I mean, how much junk do we allow into our brains that goes on to infect our thoughts and feelings?  Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to just do a virus scan and clean it all up.

In a way we do have a virus scan.  It’s called the Holy Spirit.  Ephesians 4:22-24 says, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.  Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.  Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy.

So, let’s break this down.  “…..way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception”- that is equal to your computer getting a bug or virus.  You know how it will pop up a screen that tells you a file is corrupted?  The same thing goes for our brains!  We allow bugs/viruses in by what we expose our eyes to.  Just because something makes us laugh doesn’t mean it’s right.  A show has a couple who are unwed, living together and whatever else and you know that according to the Bible it’s wrong, but since it makes you laugh and you don’t “feel” bad watching it, it’s okay.  (this was just an example.)  With each thing that we watch or allow into our minds that is morally, biblically or ethically wrong, we slowly chip away at the convictions that we have about them.  We start to let the black and white of right and wrong to become grayed.  We are allowing the “virus” to grow within our minds.  With that, our judgement of things becomes skewed.

“Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes” – The Holy Spirit is our Norton Antivirus, so to speak.  It scans us and, if we let it, shows us what areas of our lives and minds are infected with something that is not of God.  It can renew (clear up) the viruses and bugs that have infected our minds.  We are to fill our minds of things that are of God.  Positive, uplifting and pure.  It’s really hard to get the bugs out once we let them in.  It takes a lot of work.  The best way, is to not let them in in the first place.  Stop watching and reading things that are morally damning.  Every little step counts.

This is a challenge for me.  It’s something that I’ve been working on for a while.  It’s been a slow process but something that I feel is needed for myself.  So challenge yourself.  Yeah, there is a new show coming on or a new book coming out.  Find out what the story line is.  Hold it up against God’s standards and decide if this is something that is healthy for you to watch or read.  Will it bring you closer to God or will it inject something that could be used as a wedge?  He gave us freewill but our choices can either build us up or tear of down.   Just something to think about.  How’s your built in virus scan working?  =)  Be Blessed!