Sunday, February 27, 2011
I have two blogs and am posting this on both of them. I hope it encourages you in your place of influence. Thank you for letting me share it twice.
Last week was a very trying week personally for me. I received a diagnosis that was not good and was confirmed by my doctor.
The day of our WOW event, I ended up in the hospital. Probably in God's mercy He was protecting me as I was in no mind-set to speak that night.
God has shown himself faithful to me and has used our beautiful ladies to show quiet influence through words of encouragement, hugs and meals delivered to our home.
Quiet Influence is our theme for this year with our National office of the Assemblies of God. You ladies have prayed and been His hands and feet to me and our family.
I'd worked hard on a sermon that night, but hopefully will be able to share it in the future. The year isn't over yet!
Thank you so much to our leadership team that stepped up to the plate and covered that night. I didn't worry as our ladies are able and capable.
I appreciate you all and am thankful for each of you!
I am believing for healing in my body and know that God is faithful to complete that good thing He has begun in me.
Philippians 1:6 (New International Version, ©2010)
"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Let's continue to be that Quiet Influence with those that we come in contact with showing His love in our sphere of influence.
Love & Hugs,
Monday, February 21, 2011
Love this song!
Romans 8: 26-28
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
Friday, February 11, 2011
This song has spoken to me in so many places in my life. With Valentine's upcoming, remember He is the only Valentine who will never disappoint or let you down.
Love & Hugs
O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.
O light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.
O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.
O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.
Written by: George Matheson
My hymn was composed in the manse of Innelan [Argyleshire, Scotland] on the evening of the 6th of June, 1882, when I was 40 years of age. I was alone in the manse at that time. It was the night of my sister’s marriage, and the rest of the family were staying overnight in Glasgow. Something happened to me, which was known only to myself, and which caused me the most severe mental suffering. The hymn was the fruit of that suffering. It was the quickest bit of work I ever did in my life. I had the impression of having it dictated to me by some inward voice rather than of working it out myself. I am quite sure that the whole work was completed in five minutes, and equally sure that it never received at my hands any retouching or correction. I have no natural gift of rhythm. All the other verses I have ever written are manufactured articles; this came like a dayspring from on high.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
February 27, 2011, is National Women’s Day in the Assemblies of God, a special day on our church calendar when we focus on ministry for and by women in our congregations across the nation. The 2011 theme, “Quiet Influence,” and the verse, “Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in” (1 Peter 3:4, The Message), speaks to each woman who wants to be an “influencer” in the lives of those around her. Carol Kent, author of the theme message, and theme book, Becoming a Woman of Influence, says, “Our lives produce a type of fragrance that lingers with others, even after a brief encounter. What would happen if we decided to quietly influence lives on purpose? Not because we have to, but because we want to. Not because it’s our Christian obligation, but because it brings great meaning and joy to our lives. Not because of duty, but because of love.”
The 2011 National Women’s Day service gives an opportunity for every church to honor its women and encourage them to expand the ministries they currently share. Churches may wish to recognize women for their varied and valuable contributions to the ministries of the entire church.
National Women’s Day also allows each congregation to give an offering to support the Assemblies of God National Women’s Department. These offerings help continue the ministries provided to women across the nation and around the world.
Information for planning your National Women’s Day service will be mailed in December this year. If your church has not received the packet containing a program guide, offering envelopes, a sample bulletin cover and other theme-related items by January 15, 2011, call the National Women’s Department at 800-448-2235. Visit women.ag.org for more information about ministry to women.
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