Monday Morning Musings …

Yesterday was a great day at our church and at our house. As for my musings …

-This weekend 10 or our 16 kids and grandkids were at our house. Our two daughters, both son in laws and 6 of our grandkids. The ones missing were our son, our daughter in law, and 4 of their kids. One of the grandkids who was here was our son’s oldest child. He is with us for a while as I have noted in previous posts. It was great fun. The house was full. There was a lot of movement. There was a lot of laughter and as always, there were a lot of games played. It was a wonderful Father’s Day weekend.

-Our worship service was great yesterday, except for some sound glitches while my son in law Seth was singing. We showed a couple of video’s honoring Dads, one was funny, and one was more serious. There was a good spirit in the entire service. I continued our series on relationships with a message about being an example of hope in our relationships. Our attendance was very good.

-We had a big Father’s Day breakfast at church in place of our Small Group/Sunday School classes. The food was good, and the conversations were lively.

-It was brutally hot this weekend.

-Still praying for my grandson’s Student Visa documents to arrive so that he can get back to his family for a couple of weeks before he travels to South Africa to begin his next semester of college.

-I am loving the praise reports I am receiving from people who are repairing and restoring relationships. This series on relationships seems to have made an impact on many people.

-I am planning on preaching a few messages on joy. I am observing many people who seem to have lost their joy. Or, maybe they don’t realize that they can live with joy.

-I will continue my weekly posts on “A Secret to Get to 43 Years”. Every Wednesday I am posting another secret/factor that has contributed to my wife and I getting ready to celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary in August.

-Many prayers going up for my friend Christian, and his family, as they arrive in Raleigh, North Carolina to plant a church. Excited for them and praying often for the impact they will have in that community, and beyond.

-Yesterday was the first Father’s Day that I haven’t had my Dad around.

-I am expecting it to be hot in the weight room, and gym, this morning for volleyball conditioning.

-Continuing to pray for many people who are struggling in family relationships. As I rejoice with the praise reports I have received recently, I am aware that there are many people who still need healing in their family.

-Yesterday’s attendance was very encouraging. Even with several out of town visitors, the number of people was encouraging.

-Personally, it was nice to have so much of my family in worship yesterday. We don’t get to do that very often.

-I am wrestling with some great opportunities that have come my way recently. I need to be wiser on how many things I commit to at one time. I am seeking to do a better job of moving more people into these opportunities and becoming their champion rather than trying to do so much myself.

-There were many things that encouraged me this weekend.

Here’s hoping you find encouragement in some unexpected places this week.

 

Dennis

Monday Morning Musings …

Yesterday was a somewhat odd day with some fantastic results. As for my musings …

-There were 4 or 5 people who made the decision to accept the forgiveness of Christ for themselves and embrace his salvation yesterday.

-There were more than a dozen people who admitted that they have someone in their relationships that they need to forgive, and they committed to forgiving that person. In some cases, the person they need to forgive is themselves.

-The fantastic results of our time of worship yesterday were encouraging and showed that even when things are not ideal God can still move people.

-We have had a good run of worship times recently, and most of those had great energy and a noticeable sense of excitement in the worship service. Yesterday was different. Yesterday it felt like a struggle from the opening note of the first song we sang until just before the conclusion of the message. Maybe it was the strange weather that saw a downpour, then some sunshine and then the threat of rain that finally resulted in rain that flooded many streets shortly after church. Maybe it was the low attendance. Maybe it was the fact that I was preaching on forgiveness in our relationships.

-Construction has begun for our props and decorations for Vacation Bible School, even though it doesn’t begin for another 7 weeks. That is because we do VBS big around here and because the theme this year lends itself to some big props.

-My wife continues to do well in her recovery from double knee replacement. This past week it seemed that she took a huge step forward in her recovery. Week 8 was a great week. She began to feel much more comfortable, not yet normal, with how her knees feel.

-Praying my grandson’s student visa documents arrive this week. It would be earlier than he was told they would come, but I am praying hard for it to happen.

-This coming Sunday I will finish our relationship series of messages. I have been extremely burdened for this series because of the large number of people I know are going through very difficult times in some of their close relationships.

-I believe I am going to preach a couple of messages, or more, on joy. I am seeing a lot of people who to have no joy in their life, or who don’t seem realize that it is okay to live with joy.

-For the next few Wednesdays I am planning to post about marriage. Specifically, about how to get to 43 years of marriage and have a loving and growing marriage. I am able speak to this because my wife and I will celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary in a few weeks. Each week I will write about one of our keys to reaching 43.

-I have been enjoying watching some of the spring college sports championships. I saw a little of the women’s track and field championship and the final race, which impacted the team championship, was awesome. Watching the softball world series and now the road to the college baseball world series, has been a blast. The sheer joy of the athletes and effort they give is great to see.

-I had some very meaningful conversations and times of prayer in my role as a hospital chaplain this past week. Some weeks people don’t seem to be all that receptive, but this week there were several who were very engaged as they shared.

-I am very encouraged by the current group of men taking the Fatherhood course that I help teach at the prison. There are many of them that are obviously looking to learn and apply the lessons.  That is not always the case. In many of our groups we have had several who were there to get a certificate but weren’t trying to apply the information. This group is openly engaged and already applying the material.

Here’s hoping that you are engaged in seeking to improve your relationships.

 

Dennis

Monday Morning Musings …

Yesterday was a difficult day for me. My mind was trying to process too many things and I had trouble staying focused when I was teaching in a small group and when I was preaching. That is not a good thing. I apologize to everyone for being so distracted. As for my musings …

-Yesterday during our worship time we honored, and remembered, five people who passed away in the past year. We presented members of their families with a framed certificate recognizing their loved one’s faithful service to the Lord and our church. I challenged the congregation with needs we now have with the passing of these faithful people. We need more to step up their prayer life, to help in VBS, in encouragement, and much more to continue the good works that these had begun.

-I heard some great praises of how God is working in some families to build relationships and of growing interests in the things of God. I also heard some disturbing reports of relationship strains that some are in the middle of.

-I continued the message series “The Hope of Relationships”. We examined the need to remember those we are in relationship with and to work at making sure they know we remember them. We cannot expect good relationships if we ignore our relationships, especially our relationship with Christ.

-Our attendance was down yesterday.

-On Friday and Saturday my wife and I were in another state where I was coaching a volleyball team at a tournament. I will be coaching at our high school this fall and this is a summer camp/tournament that they have gone to for the past few years. It was a great experience, even if we didn’t win as much as I had hoped. It felt great to be back in that role again. My wife did well with the travel (a few hours away) and going in and out of gyms and up and down bleachers.

-We have a great praise. We have asked for prayer for our oldest grandson and his student visa that is needed so he can study in South Africa this fall. His application was approved!!! It was approved on his first try. Now we wait for the documents to arrive. We are praying that they come quickly, we have been told it could take four weeks. We want them to arrive quickly so that he can get back to Africa where his parents and siblings are serving. This process has cost them precious time together this summer. Thank you for praying.

-Saturday would have been my Dad’s 90th birthday. On Sunday it hit me that this is the first time in my lifetime that I didn’t speak with him on his birthday. However, he is enjoying a much better birthday than he ever has before.

-Being out of town, sleeping in a hotel for a couple of nights showed my wife and I that maybe it is time to get a new mattress. When you sleep better in a strange bed, in a strange place, it may be time for a different mattress.

-My struggle with focus yesterday was a result of some burdens, also from me trying to fix too many things at once, of wrestling with some ministry vision ideas and a little fatigue.

-I am getting excited for our Vacation Bible School and it doesn’t begin until July 30. Some of the props, and decorations are beginning to be put together. A couple of the items will be too big to fit through our sanctuary doors, so they will need to be built in the sanctuary and they will begin working on them soon.

-Coaching this past week confirmed that I need to get in better physical condition and drop some weight. This will be some of my accountability by making my commitment to this goal public on my blog.

Here’s hoping you have someone that you can count on to hold you accountable and encourage you in a goal. If not, then be that for someone else this week. Especially the encouragement part.

 

Dennis

Monday Morning Musings …

Yesterday we experienced another great time of worship, unfortunately there weren’t very many people who were apart of the experience. On to my musings …

-Many people came forward at the close of the message yesterday, committing to work on restoring a relationship. We all have at least one relationship that needs restoration. We looked at the Word for steps to take to work on restoring a relationship.

-There was a good spirit in the service from the beginning to the end.

-Our attendance was very low on this Memorial Day weekend.

-Our oldest grandson is with us for a while. I love having him here, but I hate the reason he is here. He is going to do a semester abroad in South Africa this fall. It seemed that it shouldn’t have been a problem to get his student visa for this since his parents are missionaries in Africa. They have been for 5 years. However, he was told that he had to come back to the states to get this taken care of at the South African consulate in Chicago. He flew in this week and is gathering all the paperwork he needs before he can go to the consulate get this taken care of. Prayers are appreciated for this to go smoothly and quickly.

-I was very encouraged to see a couple of our teens come forward to commit to restoring relationships yesterday.

-It became official this week that I will be an assistant varsity volleyball coach at our local high school this fall. I am excited about this opportunity. It means some readjusting of our summer schedule, but I love coaching and working with young people.

-I was encouraged by two days that I spent in meetings this week. One of those days was being a part of our District’s Board of Ministry where we interview those who are moving toward being ordained. We also spend time working on the process we have in place for ministers. It is very important, humbling and exciting to be a part of this group. The other day was the Mission Strategy Team for our District. I get really jazzed about this one. We work on the mission and vision of our District. We get to hear reports, updates and the vision of our new church plants. We work on how best to share the vision and get everyone on the mission. I love spending time with a group that is so focused on the big picture and cares about each church and pastor. I love my District.

-Our church is now in “let’s get ready for VBS” mode. The first gathering of recruiting the volunteers took place this past week. Materials for the props are being gathered. You need to understand that we transform the whole building when we do Vacation Bible School, so a lot of materials are needed.

-As I watch, and listen, to my grandson going through this visa stuff I am impressed with his maturity and spirit. It is humbling to see how well he is handling it all. I remember shooting nerf hoops with him for hours when he was a toddler. I remember the little boy giggle he had that brought a smile to everyone. Now we sit and talk about world issues over a cup of coffee. I am proud of the Christ following, people loving, world changing young man he has become. There go those allergies making my eyes water again, this has happened a few times since I picked him up at the airport.

-My wife continues to do well in her recovery. The progress each week is a little slower now. That is because she made such great progress in the first four or five weeks that the improvement now is not as obvious. She is still a rock star with how well she has done with a double knee replacement.

-I spent some time a couple of days ago leafing through one of my Dad’s old Bibles. There was even a few of his message outlines in there. It was interesting to see what he had underlined and a few notes he had made. I am blessed to have had such a great example.

-This coming Sunday we will be remembering several members from our church who passed away within the past year. We have a certificate of remembrance and honor for the families of these people. It is a time to remember and celebrate those who have been faithful to the Lord and our church. It is always an emotional day.

Here’s hoping that you recognize how much you are loved by God and will share that with someone in need this week.

 

Dennis

Monday Evening Musings …

Yesterday morning went very well. This morning however, did not go as planned, that is why these are Monday evening musings…

 

-Our Worship service was very good yesterday. The music went well, and the congregation seemed to be engaged and participating well. We honored a young lady in our church who just graduated from college. It was encouraging to see how she is maturing and growing in her faith and life. She graduated from high school just a few months after I came here to pastor. We had a great time of prayer. Even the offering seemed to be a moment of worship.

-The message was on repairing relationships as part of a series of messages entitled “The Hope of Relationships”. I received word from 2 people yesterday afternoon how God spoke to them and how they needed that message.

-Attendance was reasonable and has been up slightly for the past 3 months.

-We had 9 youth in our worship service yesterday!

-There is a growing sense of God’s moving in our fellowship, and in our community. Doors are opening for relationships and opportunities. A few more people seem to be burdened to pray intensely. There is obvious spiritual growth in some people. There is a renewed excitement. Some of the excitement stems from seeing children and youth growing in their walk with Christ.

-My wife continues to do well in her recovery. On Wednesday it will be 6 weeks since her surgery.

-My oldest grandson is having to come back to the states for a few weeks to clear up some of his student visa issues. While I am excited to see him and spend some time with him. I hurt for him as he is losing his summer with his parents and siblings and they are losing that precious time with him. Just another example of sacrifices that missionaries and their families make.

-I feel the need to set aside some time to make sure that I am doing what God desires of me right now. Recently, I have had a lot of opportunities come toward me. All these opportunities are intriguing and interesting. All of them are good things. I just want to be sure that I am spending my time on the best things that are available. That may mean saying no to some good things. I want to make sure that I am not chasing after so many things that I am fail at doing my best. I am not good at stepping aside for this type of evaluation. I love to evaluate, but I love to evaluate after I am doing. I need to get better at some evaluation before I even begin. Now to make the time to do this evaluation.

-My message this coming Sunday is on restoring relationships. It is one thing to repair broken parts of a relationship, but it is another thing to restore a relationship that appears to be dead. Prayer are appreciated as I try to get this important message across to the people of my church.

-I did some Facebook live with our service yesterday. I would like to do this every week. But I need to figure out some better logistics for the recording.

Here’s hoping you are seeing reason to hope in your relationships.

 

Dennis

Monday Morning Musings …

Yesterday was a very good Mother’s Day for many, a difficult day for some and just another day for a few. As for my musings …

-We began a new sermon series yesterday. The series will run from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day and is entitled “The Hope of Relationships”. We will be looking at celebrating, renewing, repairing, multiplying, recognizing and restoring our relationships. We were created to be in relationships. Our relationships matter, and they have a major impact on all areas of our lives.

-We had a couple of areas set up for people to have a picture taken with Mom yesterday. This is the second year we have done this, and it has been well received both years.

-Our attendance was okay, but we did not get a bump because of it being Mother’s Day.

-My wife continues to do well in her recovery from double knee replacement and has begun a more rigorous level of therapy.

-We were able to introduce a new baby to the congregation yesterday. He was 5 days old on Sunday and Mom, Dad and his 2 siblings were beaming as they walked into worship.

-I believe this Mother’s Day was the 30th since my Mom’s passing.

-I had several people in my congregation were going through their first Mother’s Day without their Mom. That can be a very difficult day.

-I believe that even tougher than Mother’s Day without your Mom is Mother’s Day without your child. No matter why you are without a child (death, conflict or have not been able to have a child) it is a very difficult day.

-The planning, and work, for our Vacation Bible School is about to ramp up. Our VBS is at the end of July, but we do VBS big, so the work is already underway.

-Our venture into doing a mid-week ministry for children and youth has gone very well. We are taking a break for a couple of months. We originally were going to do just do it for 6 or 8 weeks last fall and then consider doing another few weeks in the spring. The beginning went so well that the children’s workers just kept going. The first week there was 1 teen who attended. Last week there were 10!!! Our children have gone for about dozen to a stretch where they averaged 20+. The bigger praise is that we are seeing some significant spiritual growth in our children and some of the teens have begun attending on Sundays as well.

-I am getting ready for a church board meeting tonight. I love my church board. They are always seeking to try things that could make a difference in our community. They are not stuck on any specific method of ministry. They are generous toward anything that could help reach more people for Christ.

-We start a new round of teaching a Fatherhood class at the prison this week. I am anxious to meet this group and build relationships.

-I have been praying fervently for some musicians to begin attending our church, or for some people who have musical abilities in our congregation but have been hiding it to step up and minister. Maybe we will grow them up among our growing children and youth ministries.

-I need to get going and finish some reports for the board meeting.

Here’s hoping you will take time to celebrate some of your relationships this week.

 

Dennis

Yesterday was a very good Mother’s Day for many, a difficult day for some and just another day for a few. As for my musings …

-We began a new sermon series yesterday. The series will run from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day and is entitled “The Hope of Relationships”. We will be looking at celebrating, renewing, repairing, multiplying, recognizing and restoring our relationships. We were created to be in relationships. Our relationships matter, and they have a major impact on all areas of our lives.

-We had a couple of areas set up for people to have a picture taken with Mom yesterday. This is the second year we have done this, and it has been well received both years.

-Our attendance was okay, but we did not get a bump because of it being Mother’s Day.

-My wife continues to do well in her recovery from double knee replacement and has begun a more rigorous level of therapy.

-We were able to introduce a new baby to the congregation yesterday. He was 5 days old on Sunday and Mom, Dad and his 2 siblings were beaming as they walked into worship.

-I believe this Mother’s Day was the 30th since my Mom’s passing.

-I had several people in my congregation were going through their first Mother’s Day without their Mom. That can be a very difficult day.

-I believe that even tougher than Mother’s Day without your Mom is Mother’s Day without your child. No matter why you are without a child (death, conflict or have not been able to have a child) it is a very difficult day.

-The planning, and work, for our Vacation Bible School is about to ramp up. Our VBS is at the end of July, but we do VBS big, so the work is already underway.

-Our venture into doing a mid-week ministry for children and youth has gone very well. We are taking a break for a couple of months. We originally were going to do just do it for 6 or 8 weeks last fall and then consider doing another few weeks in the spring. The beginning went so well that the children’s workers just kept going. The first week there was 1 teen who attended. Last week there were 10!!! Our children have gone for about dozen to a stretch where they averaged 20+. The bigger praise is that we are seeing some significant spiritual growth in our children and some of the teens have begun attending on Sundays as well.

-I am getting ready for a church board meeting tonight. I love my church board. They are always seeking to try things that could make a difference in our community. They are not stuck on any specific method of ministry. They are generous toward anything that could help reach more people for Christ.

-We start a new round of teaching a Fatherhood class at the prison this week. I am anxious to meet this group and build relationships.

-I have been praying fervently for some musicians to begin attending our church, or for some people who have musical abilities in our congregation but have been hiding it to step up and minister. Maybe we will grow them up among our growing children and youth ministries.

-I need to get going and finish some reports for the board meeting.

Here’s hoping you will take time to celebrate some of your relationships this week.

 

Dennis

Monday Morning Musings …

She’s back! That was a major celebration in our time or worship yesterday. There were other great things that took place as well. As for my musings …

-Yesterday my wife led our worship team, as they led our congregation in the music portion of our worship service. This was just 3 ½ weeks after having double knee replacement! What a blessing to see her back doing something she loves. On Saturday we participated in a Walk for Life to raise support for a local pregnancy center. She walked a ½ mile at that event. To say that she is doing well would be an understatement.

-We had a couple of newer families return for their 3rd or 4th week in a row. That is very encouraging. They both made their way to our church from very different directions, which is also encouraging.

-We have had several weeks in a row of outstanding worship services. With that in mind, yesterday seemed a little flat. The service went well, people seemed to be engaged, it was just that the overall atmosphere fell a little flat compared to the last 5 or 6 weeks. That is to be expected I guess.

-Our attendance was good. That is 3 good weeks of attendance in a row.

-This coming Sunday, Mother’s Day, we will begin a new series of messages on relationships. This series will go from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day. We will look at celebrating, repairing, multiplying, renewing, recognizing and restoring our relationships in this series.

-My grandson who is attending college here in the States made it safely back to his parents and siblings in Africa. Thankful for safe travel. I know they are celebrating, or they will be after he gets some sleep.

-There are a lot of people around us who are struggling with family relationships. This deserves much prayer, listening ears and compassionate hearts.

-I think I may need to back off from something in my life. I am involved in many great things and have a couple of new opportunities that have become available. Wisdom says that I probably shouldn’t add anything without subtracting something. I am praying and processing all of this to determine what is the most productive things for me to be doing for my mission with Christ and where I can impact, and multiply, the most people.

-I am hoping to get some time to relax with a fishing pole in my hands in the next couple of weeks.

-I have been spending significant time recently seeking better avenues in which to make an impact in my community and beyond. In some things it is to continue to do what God has already led me into and to not close my mind to new things God is revealing to me.

-I have been reminded often this past week of the wonderful legacy I have enjoyed through those who have gone before me. In my family and in my church.

-Yesterday was one of those times in preaching where I could not get a good read on whether people were following the message I was preaching or not. It is difficult to preach when you have trouble reading the faces, and body language, of those to who you are speaking.

Here’s hoping that you are able to give someone a helping hand this week.

 

Dennis

Monday Morning Musings …

We enjoyed another powerful, and meaningful, time of worship yesterday. The weather was nice and seeing the sun shining was a wonderful sight. As for my musings …

-The stirring continues. Yesterday we experienced another outpouring of the Holy Spirit throughout our entire time of worship. God is up to something in our church and community. I want to be part of this move of God. I am praying for a breakthrough that ushers in a community changing move of God. Part of that change is for those of us who claim to follow Christ to be shoulder-to-shoulder with people in our community loving them with the love Christ.

-The youth worship team who was with us last week led our time of music again yesterday. Their spirit is outstanding. Our congregation responded to them in a wonderful way. Praying that our growing youth group will follow their example.

-Our attendance was good and some who had recently visited came back and they appear to be connecting with our people.

-My wife is continuing to improve in her recovery from double knee replacement. She is planning to lead worship this coming Sunday.

-We are rejoicing this morning after receiving word that our son, who is serving in Africa, made it back to his family and current assignment safely. He was part of a team that took relief supplies back to the area from which he and his family had to be emergency evacuated a year ago. There was no communication while they were in that area. We have tears of joy after receiving word that they made it back and that the ministry they were able to do went well.

-Missing my Dad today, I have some stuff I would love to talk with him about. But, I am glad that he is pain free and enjoying his eternal reward.

-Very burdened today for a few of my people who are having major physical procedures done this week.

-I am smiling as I reflect on the messages I have received in the past couple of weeks from people in our congregation who have been moved by the current sermon series. They have told me how the mantra/theme is exactly what they have needed and how they have shared it with others. Here it is “Yes, you can! No matter what you are facing, you can make it through it. No matter how you got here, you can make it. You can make it because God will be with you, God will give you the strength and God will guide you. It may not be easy, and it certainly won’t be painless, but you can make it. Yes, you can, because God will.

-Last week we concluded the latest Fatherhood class that I help teach at the prison. It was great to hear how they have made changes and how the group, and the teaching, has impacted them. I will miss those guys and will continue to pray for them. We will start another group very soon.

-This past week I was part of a powerful time of prayer with some other ministers in our town. There is a group of us who meet every other week to share and pray. I love that group and I love this community.

-I am still wrestling with what the next series of messages will be.

-The weather is warming up and we have been enjoying some sunshine in recent days. I am ready to do some fishing.

-I need to get back to some regular physical activity. My belt and the buttons on some of my shirts are screaming at me to get up and move.

Here’s hoping that you will find some time this week to enjoy God’s creation and enjoy His presence.

 

Dennis

Monday Afternoon Musings …

Yesterday was a day full of highlights. Some as a church. Some because of God taking over worship. Some of a personal nature. As for my musings …

-I got caught up in several things this morning and this afternoon and nearly forget to put my musings out there today.

-Yesterday a youth worship team from another church in our denomination came and led worship for us. They were helping us out while my wife is recovering. This group of high school students were outstanding. They were very good musically. But what was outstanding was their spirit. They worshiped, and they led us in worship. Our congregation responded in a great way. They were a great blessing to us.

-There was a great spirit of anticipation as the service began. Then the atmosphere shifted into a time of intimate and impactful worship. Then it moved into a time of listening to the spirit. Finally, it moved to a spirit of response to God’s leading. Wow, God did great things in this place yesterday.

-A dozen or more people stood as a statement of commitment to take the next right step in their difficult circumstances. They made that commitment with the understanding that they were saying yes to God’s direction even if it doesn’t go the way they hope.

-My wife came to worship today, 11 days after double knee replacement surgery! She ditched her walker a couple of days ago, walking with either a cane or nothing. She is doing incredible.

-Our attendance was better, but of course the visiting worship team helped that number.

-We had snow on Wednesday and the grass was mowed on Saturday. That is crazy. The last 3 days have been great weather.

-I have been communicating with several people this week who going through some very, very difficult circumstances. My prayers have been full of pleading for these friends. I count it a privilege to pray for them and try to encourage them. At the same time, it is agonizing lifting up people you know who are going through such tough stuff.

-I have learned a lot while helping to care for my wife over the past 12 days. She is tough. We have an incredible support system with our church and family. Prayer really matters. Nurses are superheroes. It can be frustrating not being able to do more for someone who is recovering. I am not as good when my wife is out of commission.

-I think I have gained several pounds since my wife came home from the hospital. The people of our church planned to bring in some meals for us. The meals that came were more than one meal. People who were on the list to bring us food still brought us food. Our daughter made a few meals for us and froze them while she was here last weekend. We still have leftovers from a couple of meals. We have at least 3 more days of food in the freezer. Plus, some of them brought pies, candy and other sweets. Everything has been very good, and I have done my best to finish it all.

-We had a couple of new people in attendance yesterday.

-There is a stirring in our congregation. There has been visual evidence with people coming forward or standing in response to the messages. There have been some great conversations as people are sharing what they sense God is leading them toward. There has been a tangible feeling of the power, and presence, of the Holy Spirit in our services for the past month. I don’t know what is coming, but I am excited to be a part of God’s move.

Here’s hoping that you are sensing God’s presence and power in your life.

 

Dennis

Monday Morning Musings …

Yesterday was a wonderful, and exhausting, day. God showed up and worked where I failed, and many people helped by filling in for those who were not able to be in attendance. As for my musings …

-I am sitting at my kitchen table this morning as I type this post. I am my wife’s caretaker for a few days. She had double knee replacement surgery last Wednesday. She came home on Saturday and is doing fantastic. She is getting up and down from her recliner by herself (I am standing by her, just in case.) She walks around the house with her walker and I am just her back-up. I am keeping track of the medicine she is taking and getting food to her when she feels like eating. The pain medicine is messing with her stomach a little. I am in awe of how well she is doing. She is a rock star!

-Yesterday one of my sons in law came and led worship for us. My wife normally leads and given her current situation (see above paragraph), she is unable to do that for a little while. He came last minute because the person I thought was coming to help let me know on Friday afternoon that they would not be able to help. So, he, my daughter and 3 of our grandkids, rearranged their schedules and made the 3 ½ hour trip from Iowa to help. It was a special blessing to have all of them here. Plus, my son in law is really good at leading worship.

-Our daughter from Michigan made the over 4-hour trip on Saturday to be here when we got home from the hospital. She stayed beside my wife on Saturday night so that I could get some sleep before Sunday morning. She stayed with her while I was at church. She prepared a few meals for us to heat up before she left Sunday afternoon.

-I am blessed with a great family. With the help of technology, I was able to keep our son, and his family (they are serving in Africa), informed of my wife’s progress all week. They couldn’t come to help, but they have been praying and sending support.

-We had a few other people who had unexpected circumstances yesterday and were unable to attend and serve in their normal places. Our people adjusted, and others stepped in and did well. I love our congregation and our community.

-I did a terrible job of presenting the message yesterday. The Holy Spirit did a fantastic job of speaking to people’s minds and hearts. We had several people respond at the end of the service. God is good.

-My wife and I are so blessed to have such a caring and generous congregation. They have filled in for us this past week. They have lifted us in prayer. They have provided food, care and compassion.

-I had a funeral on Friday last week. That makes either 9 or 10 funerals I have participated in since January 1. Just like the snow that came overnight, I am ready for that to change.

-We are waiting for the home health care to come and set up my wife’s home therapy schedule.

-Burdened this morning for a couple of ministry friends who are in difficult situations. Praying that they will be assured of God’s presence and guidance. Praying that they have people come alongside them to encourage them. Praying that they will know God’s will. Praying that I can be the friend and support that they need.

-I am really being challenged by a book my District Superintendent gave to all the pastors on our District. The book is “Hero Maker”, by Dave Ferguson and Warren Bird. I began reading it while my wife was in surgery. I am about half way through the book and have marked it up and written notes in the margins. I will write more about what the book is stirring in me when I finish the book.

Here’s hoping you find someone to encourage today and that you will be encouraged by something today.

 

Dennis