Yesterday was a fun Mother’s Day with many positive moments throughout the day. As for my musings …
-Our oldest daughter, son in law and 2 youngest grandkids came to visit for the weekend. My wife couldn’t have asked for a better Mother’s Day, unless all our kids and grandkids were here. Our two youngest grandkids are 2 ½ years old and 16 months old. They are a couple of the most expressive girls you will ever meet. There was time at a couple of parks, a visit to a zoo, a cook-out, a lot of bubble blowing and many stories. We loved it. The bonus, was that they attended our 10:30 church and worshiped with us.
-At our 9:00 church the moms received a gift of a handmade small purse of their choice.
-At our 10:30 church there were a couple of photo booths set up so that moms could have a family picture taken. There was a breakfast made and served by the men before worship and there were carnations for the moms. I forgot to mention the carnations so one of the men was sprinting around the building after worship trying to catch all the moms before they left.
-My stomach decided to rebel early Sunday morning. The result was that I missed my normal extended walking prayer time around the building and it kept me from practicing my sermon. I also, felt like I was living on the edge throughout both worship services. During the 10:30 service I had to leave the worship center during part of the music time. Just as the 10:30 service finished my stomach settled down. That is an experience I would rather not repeat. (Sorry if that was too much information, just keeping it real.)
-Yesterday we began a new sermon series, “Restoring Relationships: 6 Keys to Building Fantastic Relationships”. Each week we are examining one specific thing that we can do to restore and/or build our relationships. These keys apply to all relationships, friendships, family, marriage, and more. I felt like I did not do the message justice in my presentation but as always, I am counting on the Holy Spirit to have covered my failings.
-We have had a week of nice weather and no rain. It is really feeling like we are approaching summer.
-All the lights went out during our 10:30 service just as I got up to preach. Some people thought it was part of the message. Some kind of electrical surge blew the breakers for the worship center lights. The situation was resolved within a few minutes.
-We leave for vacation in 9 days. Yes, I am unashamedly counting the days until our vacation.
-I am very encouraged by my discipleship group that will finish our 3 Steps soon. They will continue their discipleship path by leading others through the same process they have just completed. I am excited for this move of discipleship in our church.
-Attendance was up a little in my 9:00 church and just below average in my 10:30 church.
-Looking forward to visiting my Dad later this week.
-I am already getting excited for our Vacation Bible School. Praying for children to accept Christ as their Savior. Praying for connections to families that do not attend a church. Praying for our volunteers. Praying for the celebration of VBS in a worship service after the week of VBS.
-I loved my early prayer time today and the direction God is moving in me.
Here’s praying that you sense God’s direction for you.