Yesterday included a couple of outstanding happenings, some great news, wonderful conversations and one frustrated preacher. As for my musings …
-The time of prayer at my 10:30 church turned into a very powerful time in our worship. At least 12 people came to the altar seeking healing. They were surrounded by others who lifted in them prayer and encouragement. It was one of the most moving times of prayer during a worship service that I have experienced in a long time.
-The sermon went much better at my 9:00 church than it did at my 10:30 church. I don’t know what was wrong with me the second time around but I was frustrated with myself.
-Last evening, we enjoyed a cook-out/potluck meal and fellowship time with several people from our 10:30 church. A couple who leads a small group and a Sunday School class invited their groups over and some who could be a part of their group. It was a very enjoyable time. It was great to see interaction and realize that some of them were getting to know each other much better. The food was outstanding.
-We received great news late yesterday afternoon. Our oldest grandson made it safely to Uganda. He has been in the States for his freshman year of college while his parents are serving as missionaries in Africa. They had not been together for nearly 9 months. I am guessing that it was a reunion with a lot of smiles and contented sighs.
-We began recording our messages a few weeks ago and I am encouraged by the number of people who say they are listening and passing the link to others. Praying for expanding reach, and impact, into our community and beyond.
-This Sunday we will begin a new sermon series on relationships. It will be 6 weeks, from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day. The title is “Restoring Relationships: 6 Keys to Building Fantastic Relationships”.
-For Mother’s Day, we are going to have a couple of photo booths available for moms to take a special picture with their family. Too often we think of getting a photo to commemorate a special occasion after the fact. So, we are going to help by providing the set up and even some props. We have never done this, but I love to try new things and I believe this will be fun.
-I was so encouraged yesterday when I took note that someone who visited on Easter Sunday and accepted Christ as their personal Savior that day, has attended each Sunday since Easter. Yesterday, I noticed that they were now carrying their own Bible. How awesome is that?!
-Our vacation begins in 16 days!!!
-I am excited to teach on Fatherhood at the prison this week. This will be the third session with them. I am growing quite fond of these men and am encouraged by their desire to be better fathers. Better when they get out and to even start working on it now.
-I cannot believe how much my furnace ran the first week of May. In looking at the forecast, this morning may be the last time it will run for several months.
-The Chicago Cubs are the defending World Series Champs! I just wanted to throw that out there.
-I am looking to do a lot of reading, along with relaxing, on our vacation. Any spiritual, or personal, growth books you recommend?
Here’s hoping that you notice God’s presence this week.