Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Here's a few excerpts from the article:
"I’m not called by Scripture to submit to all men, just my non-existent husband. But along with all believers, I am also called to submit to and obey my parents (Eph 6:1–3). And my pastor (1 Peter 5:5). And my boss (Eph 6:5–8; 1 Pet 2:18). And my governing authorities (Rom 13:1; 1 Pet 2:13–17). I’m also called to intimacy within the body of Christ (Heb 10:24–25), where my femininity is supposed to make a contribution to God’s purposes (Titus 2:1–14). But in a broader sense, the fact that I am a woman should flavor all my interactions.""My prayer is that I can make a small contribution for the benefit of my single sisters in Christ."
Be a Help
"The Bible makes it clear in numerous passages that as Christians we are all here to serve."
"One opportunity is on the job. Whether with subordinates or superiors, we can emulate our Savior by being oriented to helping others—but this is especially important for our immediate bosses."
"This helper concept can extend to friendships, as well. We can express our femininity by encouraging single men to lead activities, while offering to assist them."
The Importance of a Question
"One of the best ways to serve men in any of our relationships—romantic, platonic, or professional—is to ask questions.
"I have to work very, very hard at killing the pride that motivates me to make pronouncements rather than to ask questions as a helper. But the reason questions are so important is that they position us to serve and counsel to men, and therefore leave room for them to make decisions and lead."
The Learning Curve for Leadership
"All that being said, we need to remember that there is a learning curve for leadership, just as there is one for “followership.”"
"There is a learning curve for leadership— and it requires grace and faith from young women as these young men grow."
Monday, November 27, 2006
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sovereign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.
Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
This is Mr. Bob from Highlands Fellowship in Virginia working at Ms. Lambert's home. He and a couple of guys from New Jersey put the floor into her trailer, she's thrilled.
Ms. Lynn's house has the inside painted and a team from Ellison Ridge Baptist in Mississippi is working on finishing the soffit, cleaning up the grounds, and other miscellaneous things around the house.
When I walked into James and Ms. Bea's house the team Calvary Baptist in Carney Point, New Jersey had guys working in almost every room mudding or sanding sheetrock. Their house is coming right along.
At Ms. Redford's the ladies from Trinity Lutheran in Joppa, Maryland worked at getting the lattice up n the front porch
Part of the team from Calvary Baptist in
And then there was the group from
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Since arriving in Lakeshore I have been introduced to several musicians and bands that I was previously unaware of. One of my favorites has become Sandra McCracken and her The Builder and the Architect cd. (So I know I'm a little behind the times since the cd was released Nov. 15 of last year)
I am especially fond of the song “Grace upon Grace”, which is based upon a prayer called “Grace Active” in the Puritan prayer book “The Valley of Vision.”
In every station, new trials and new troubles
Call for more grace than I can afford
Where can I go but to my dear Savior
For mercy that pours from boundless stores.
Grace upon grace, every sin repaired
Every void restored, you will find Him there
In every turning He will prepare you
With grace upon grace.
He made a way for the fallen to rise
Perfect in glory and sacrifice
In sweet communion my need He supplies
He saves and keeps and guards my life
To Thee I run now with great expectation
To honor You with trust like a child
My hopes and desires seek a new destination
and all that You ask Your grace will provide.
I love the first verse stating the things we go through require more grace than I can come up with on my own, but I can go to my Savior who will provide grace and mercy that is endless.
I think my favorite line in the whole song, though, would be “and all that You ask Your grace will provide.” Reminding me that everything that God asks of me, He will provide enough grace to accomplish whatever that is.
Another favorite song is “Thy Mercy”
Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song,
The joy of my heart. and the boast of my tongue;
Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last,
Hath won my affections, and bound my soul fast.
Without Thy sweet mercy I could not live here;
Sin would reduce me to utter despair;
But, through Thy free goodness, my spirits revive,
And He that first made me still keeps me alive.
Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart,
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart;
Dissolved by Thy goodness, I fall to the ground,
And weep to the praise of the mercy I’ve found.
Great Father of mercies, Thy goodness I own,
And the covenant love of Thy crucified Son;
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine.
I think Sandra McCracken has done a beautiful job with the entire cd, but the depth of each of the songs is what I enjoy the most. The songs don’t necessarily paint a promised happiness or a light and fluffy picture of Christianity, but speaks of reliance on Christ and our inabilities, God’s grace and mercy toward us sinners, Christ’s death, and our redemption in Christ. Most songs are based off scripture passages and words of great hymn writers (William Gadsby, Isaac Watts, Joseph Hart, John Stoker and the Puritan writers), as well as a reformed perspective.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
The group from Riverside Fellowship in Florida also made another trip back to Lakeshore. It was a blessing for me to get to meet them and spend a little bit of time getting to know them in the evenings. They spent much of their week at Ms. Lynn's house painting and laying the floor in the bathroom.
This past Thursday was the grand opening of the Silver Slipper Casino just down the road from the church. I never expected to be stuck in a traffic jam in Lakeshore, but I found myself there Thursday night after the women's Bible Study. While I found myself complaining that I was stuck in traffic, I knew just down the road was the folks from Riverside Fellowship, and man from Alabama, and Pastor Don taking advantage of the back up traffic by passing out $1,000,000,000 bills...of course not the real but one with a short gospel presentation on the back. When I arrived back at the church I grabbed a few myself and we headed for the casino. We got into the casino and began passing them out. This was the first time I had ever done anything like passing out tracks...and entering a casino for that matter. I'll be honest, it was a bit weird for me at first, but once I settled down and realized that God could use this opportunity I began walking around handing out the billion dollar bills. I got many different reactions, but most people just kinda looked at me funny and some turned down the bill but others took it. For a little more detail check out Pastor Don's blog. He does a fine job detailing the adventure.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
As I have prayed through it I have not felt as though God is directing me elsewhere or to begin some sort of career and no other opportunities have come up (not that I was really out searching, as it was my desire to stay in Lakeshore). I am excited about staying in Lakeshore into next year. I continued to be amazed at the Lord's faithfulness and provision as I observe what happens around here. And I wish I could somehow express the amount and depth of the things that the Lord has been teaching me these past 5 months through the work that continues here in Lakeshore, the perseverance of His people, the teaching of His Word, friendships I've built, and life in general.
For those wondering, I will get to travel back to Wisconsin to see my family around Christmas time, but the thought of being in Mississippi most the winter is a comforting thought. As there will be warmer temperatures, which means (Lord willing) that I will spend more time on me feet than on my backside as I wont have to worry about several months with snow and ice. (As my family and friends back home will attest to I am not the most graceful person when it comes to keeping my balance, especially in slippery surfaces)
I will also be beginning a women's Bible Study here in the next week for the women of Lakeshore Baptist and anyone they invite. I am excited about the study. We will be looking at Pursuing God - A seekers guide By Jim Elliff. If you think to, pray for me for God's guidance as I prepare for this study.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
This is Jame's and Ms. Bea's house before the insulation and sheetrock that was hung this week.
This is a couple of men from Harvest Community Church in NC painting the railing of the church office.
A group from West Virginia was here this week that worked on painting Ms. Lambert's trailer and hanging up sheet rock.
And at another place we are working. We are working on turning the old carport into a small apartment. This is a team from Tennesse framing it up