Thursday, January 31, 2013

My All in All



I'm reading a daily devotional book "My All in All" by Robert Morgan. I love his writing style. The book focuses on Scripture containing the word "all" and there are lots of them. Morgan notes that often that word "all" could have been left out, and the verse would have made sense. But God included it. Why? Just read some of these verses as written, and then read them again omitting the word "all" --- I think you'll understand why God is an "all" kind of God.


"All things work together for the good of those who love God" Rom 8:28

"You have thrown all my sins behind Your back" Is 38:17

"Even the hairs of your head have all been counted" Matt 10:30

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart" Matt 22:37

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart" Prov 3:5-6

"Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" 
Matt 11:28

"Goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life" Ps 23:6


God is the Lord of ALL, our ALL-in-ALL, our ALmighty God, our ALL-Sufficient Savior from whom ALL blessings flow. He is ALL we need.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Back to Work

In January I began to work in Women's Ministry again at my church - Centreville Baptist. It feels strangely familiar since I previously served as WM Director, but that was a few years ago. Wow, it was more than a few years ago -- I left that role in 2007. Now I'm assisting Kelly Scheuring, our current WM Director, who also happens to be young and hip and smart and funny and my friend.

How do I feel about that? I'm happy and delighted and free. I think I can better use my giftedness to support Kelly in hers. She's gifted as a leader. I'm gifted as a teacher and encourager. I love pouring into women. I can do that within the Women's Ministry as I interact with women of all ages and stages. I delight in watching young women like Kelly grow and serve. I'm able to speak to women's groups and teach Bible study without all the responsibility that comes from being in charge of WM. So, I'm free to do what God has designed me to do. And that feels wonderful.

What has God designed YOU to do? Are you doing it?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Books

I love books. You'd know it if you came to my house. Books are everywhere -- on my IPad, on my bookshelves, on tables, by my bed -- books are everywhere. Sometimes it drives my husband crazy, but I'll write about that another day. Today, I'm talking books.

Here's what I'm currently reading.
  • I just finished Andy Stanley's newest book "Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend." Reading it made me more passionate about church and all the possibilities before us.
  • I'm also reading "A Hole in Our Gospel" by Richard Stearns which is making me examine my life in relation to the hurting world.
  • "Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die" by Chip and Dan Heath is causing me to reexamine my teaching and speaking. Are my messages "sticky"?

Here are some books I'm anxious to read:
  • "My One Word: Change Your Life With Just OneWord" by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen (Rachel is a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker, and I love to support that ministry.)
  • "20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now" by Robert D. Smith
  • "Weird: Because Normal Isn't Working" by Craig Groeschel. He's a great pastor and speaker, and I love the title -- it fits me.
What are YOU reading and why?