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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Lies of Full-time Christian Ministry

Many years ago I attended a high school graduation at a Christian School.  A young lady from the church I attended was graduating. I overheard this comment about her as I was walking into the building........

"Isn't it great that she is going to go into full-time ministry?"

My first thought as a wife and stay-at-home-mom was...."What?  If she was going to marry and have kids she's not in 'full-time ministry'?"

Sadly, this person believes the lies.


A few months ago a new wife asked for prayer because she felt that she wasn't serving God because.....

 she wasn't in full-time ministry

Sadly, she believes the lies.


Recently someone told me that they couldn't pursue a serious relationship that may lead to marriage because.......

they wanted to go into full-time ministry

Sadly, this person believes the lies.


Do you believe the lies too?  

The lies that tell us that 'full-time ministry' requires you to
  • go to the jungles of Africa because that is where full-time ministry is
  • go to seminary or Bible School because you need special training for full-time ministry
  • become a pastor or missionary because they are the only ones in full-time ministry
  • teach in a Christian School because only a 'christian' vocation is full-time ministry
and the list goes on and on.  I'm sure you've heard some yourself and believed it too.  I don't fault you, I used to believe these lies too.  When that is all you hear at every missions conference you attend, every time someone says they have been 'called' to full-time ministry,  every rally at high school from Bible school representatives, every picture of that starving child without God....it brings ups the picture of 'full-time' ministry.   

No wonder why so many are 'Sunday morning Christians'....why bother being more than that if what they were doing on a day to day basis wasn't considered 'good enough'. 
  
I remember many times I felt that false guilt when I believed the lies because I was only a wife and mom.  Thinking to myself that I wasn't doing anything for God.  I don't remember when my mind set changed, when I realized that my HOME was my mission field...that my FAMILY was my full-time ministry.  When I stopped believing the lies and started embracing the truth the guilt was gone and I was free to serve God where He called me!  

Consider this instead:



Anyone who has a heart attitude to serve God in everything they do is in full-time ministry! 

I have to admit that all too often my heart attitude wasn't one that would be considered serving God.   Just ask my kids....they often bring up the time I told them that living with them was like living in h**l.  Ummm...yea, not a servant's attitude at all, huh?  

So if you are ONLY a wife, ONLY a stay-at-home mom, ONLY a business person, ONLY a Sunday school teacher, ONLY a cashier, ONLY a nurse or any other thing you can think of....remember this:  

YOU ARE IN FULL-TIME MINISTRY  

God has called all those who call Him Savior and Lord into full-time ministry.  BUT remember only when you are doing what He has called you to with the right attitude are you truly serving Him.

Stop believing the lies and start living in the truth.  

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Colossians 3


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Dreaded Question Answered!

As moms our days are filled with pressure from everywhere....the phone, the laundry-dishes-dirty floors, diapers, spills, school, fixing boo-boos, paperwork, errands and on and on and on.......and then 4PM arrives and the daily, dreaded question is posed by someone, 


"What's for dinner, mom?"

 and I don't have an answer......again.

What if I told you there's a book that lays out 52 weeks of meals?    Recipes for an entree, side dish and dessert.  Fifty-two complete meals. I bet that would make your day.....

Well, get ready to have your day made! 


Six Sister's have come to the rescue with their new book: 

Purchase here for only $17.90
Gotta say I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!  
I would love it even more if it were spiral bound, but when someone does the meal planning for me I can get beyond the fact that the book doesn't stay open to the recipe I'm working on :)
 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

What's Your Worldview?

Have you ever been asked this question...."What's your worldview?"  and you weren't sure how to answer? Or you didn't even know what they were talking about, worldview?, what's that? you wondered.


Well, I have a book for you....





Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Healthy Goodies with the help of NuNaturals

I am not a baker, not even close!  I don't understand the 'science' behind baking.  Science you ask?  Well, of course....when you bake with this you must have that so this will do what it is supposed to do.  I just don't know what this and that are :)

When I do bake, or have in the past, I always try to make it as healthy as possible.  Back in the day that meant no white, processed sugar. Today it means so much more...no dairy, no gluten, no sugar.....ugh!  That is just too hard!  That must be why I don't bake very often anymore.  

NuNaturals contacted me to ask if I wanted to review some of their new items.  I guess they liked what I had to say about their stevia last year!  Oh you missed that?  Well, click here and you too can read about the yummy treats I made using NuNatural's stevia.

Thankfully, they not only sent a TON of products but recipes to try out these products.  

One of the items they sent is PreSweet Tagatose.  If you have no clue what PreSweet Tagatose is, you are not alone, I didn't either. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

The 'Son of God' Scroll from Biblical Reproductions


I was a bit excited when this package finally arrived at my house, because I didn't know what Biblical Reproductions was going to send to me.

Here's what was inside:

'Son of God' Scroll rolled out encased in plexiglass  




Backside

Sunday, March 2, 2014

2014 For One Another Challenge: An 8 year old's example

Here is an example of how one gesture of love shown to another can really touch lives.....

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ohio-8-year-old-turns-20-into-priceless-gift/

This is the kind of  news story I love to hear!

Let this 8 year old motivate us to show appreciation and love to those around us.  We never know the change we can make!



Thursday, February 20, 2014

Passing the Mommy baton, picking up the Gramma torch

April 13, 1987....I became a mom.  And my life changed forever.  Seriously.  I never realized how that small child, that little being I was now responsible for, would change me.   My thoughts here on that topic.......

Then child # 2 arrived on June 12, 1989.....read her story here

Ok, so our family has 2 girls...of course we can't stop there....Gotta try for that boy.  Read about the day I heard, "it's a boy" on June 23, 1991.

Life took on a whole new dimension with that 3rd child. Talk about 'let's just stay home cuz it's so much easier". 

If you do the math you will see that I now had a 4 year old, a 2 year old and newborn at home. 
Can you say, 
"will I ever again have time for myself?"   

Moms, if you are at this stage and thinking this, let me assure you, you will have time for yourself again, I promise!  And when you do, you will wish for the time when you didn't...crazy isn't it?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Delving into Biblical Reproductions





Have you ever gone to a website and were so overwhelmed that you just clicked away?  There was just sooooo much going on that you didn't know where to begin?

Thankfully, that's not the case at Biblical Reproductions.  I find their website easy to navigate with just the right about of information.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Biblical Reproductions? What's that?



As a part of the CWA Review Crew my blog was picked to review an item from Biblical Reproductions.  

After my initial excitement of actually being chosen, (I was that kid who was one of the last ones standing)         
I was like..."say what?"  I don't even know what this is!

So I clicked on over the Biblical Reproductions to check it out. (which I hope you just did too!)

Here's the first thing I read:

We are the only company authorized and licensed to sell replicas and photographic reproductions for the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in the Western Hemisphere.