I just want to thank Pastor Nate and Pastor Greg for inspiring me and guiding me closer to Jesus. It was truly a work of God to bring me to LFA. I also want to thank the entire LFA congregation. I consider them all family as I do my own wife and children. They have accepted me without prejudice or opinion of my past. I am grateful. I was baptized Sunday September 6. I now consider this date to be my birthday. Thank you again to LFA.
HAD A GREAT NIGHT AT IMPACT HARVEST.
We started the Story Formed Way. Some new people came out to participate and were a great part of the discussion. 26 people being led by the Holy Spirit in the study of God's word. We enjoyed a meal together and went through week one. Made some new friends who enjoyed the evening and have committed to come back to complete the study. Looking forward to the next 9 Sunday evenings to grow together in the Lord.
Nate talked about the diversity of the church being important to the mission God has for us. And LFA is a diverse church and for the most part has done a great job at using that diversity to better the church. I have been struggling for the past few years on the lack of programing for the career driven woman, or even mentioning of a single woman instead of wives and mothers. I have gone through anger, and feelings of something being wrong with me, but then God lead me to talk about it, and not hold it in, and lead people to me from in the church who encouraged me to do something about it. And by sticking it out and talking about it God has blessed me with women who support me, (and men too) and women to start a Bible study with. We are diverse in the stages of life we are coming from but we all have a heart for God and longing to be in the Word together and that is what is important. AMEN!
Just wanted to share this God Story/Sighting with my fellow family members...this week, I was blessed by a surprise visit from my Pastorate leader, Greg Hill. He called out of the blue to tell me that someone wanted to send dinner to me and my son. I have been absent from church for a while between working and struggling with major anxiety, which has been keeping me homebound unless an outing is absolutely necessary. Because of this visit, I was able to receive some prayer and words of comfort in my home, and mustered up the courage to attend services this morning. This was definitely God's hand. He knew just what I needed in order to make me feel safe enough to leave my house to attend this morning's service. Pastore Nate Howard's message on embracing what it is to be human was exactly what I needed to hear, especially since I struggle a lot with my limitations. Again, more confirmation for me that there was a larger purpose that set the wheels in motion for this morning. Praise Jesus!!
DURING WEDNESDAY'S TFL CLASS,
As children studied the names of God, I shared a personal example of how I have been calling on God's specific names and attributes in prayer during my sister's struggle of addiction. (which I explained to our 4-6th grades in an age appropriate way.) I modeled how I prayed-- outloud for them- even holding up the names on posters as I prayed about the situation. I also modeled praying with scripture as I held up a picture of the Bible-- I told them that we use God's names and scripture as we pray-- and it encourages us and makes our faith stronger in hard times. After class had ended, I noticed Ish Jimenez and Robin Hickman on the side of the classroom. One was struggling with intense back pain, the other with severe case of hives. I pulled together the remaining kids and said let's pray for Mr. Ish and Miss Robin. We laid hands on them, and I was so surprised as Ethan prayed...."God, we know you are Jehovah Rophe, the Lord our healer. please heal Mr. Ish......." WOW!
Then Emma prayed for her mom, "God you are Jehovah Jireh, our provider. Please provide the medicines that she needs to help her." To claim these truths when they are young is a powerful foundation spiritually.
I BEEN WALKING THROUGH A TOUGH TIME IN MY LIFE.
And this weeks sermon hit very close to home. To have pain everyday to the point where you have to take medication can feel hopeless. But to know God is with me is my only comfort. He is teaching me not to doubt because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. I feel at times it's a curse but it could be a blessing I have to believe.
THANK YOU AGAIN TO SOMEONE OUT THERE!!!
Another wonderful thing happened at our house right after church today!! We no sooner got home from worship, opened the back storm door and there in the door was yet another package in a yellow mamilla envelope! Inside were 2 $5.00 gift cards to WaWa, one for Jess and one for myself. Not only that, but a beautifully handmade red laminated ornament with a beautiful note to Jess and me. It talked about being strong and courageous in this season. There was an elephant in this package!! He will join my donkey:) THANK YOU THANK YOU JESUS FOR WORKING THROUGH YOUR PEOPLE THIS ADVENT CONSPIRACY!