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Moving Forward

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Thank you , for reading our post. this was on my mind . i hope you enjoy it.

After putting my son down for the night, and i look at his toys and as my wife is getting ready to shower i look back and think to myself. It has been a good three years. I tell my self that as we make our preparations for our move to the east coast. Yes friends, my career has taken another monumental step. -i moving forward!!

I was praying one night and i felt the Lord was really wanting me to evaluate how much i truly trusted him to take control of my life. i had entrusted everything to Jesus except my career. that was mine. i loved my church family in Oak Harbor WA. i also enjoyed my location. so for me it was win-win.
so fast forward to that night while on deployment in 2011 when i was praying i felt his Holy Spirit impress upon me if i would trust him with my career? i said yes but i was reluctant, for i knew that meant that i did not have a say in where i would want to go. rather, he would direct ( which is another topic altogether). He sent us to Ridgecrest CA. Here we learned several things and met some inspirational people. many of whom we will treasure the rest of our days. T and I felt that this season of our lives was more of God allowing us to “gel” as a family. to develop our family dynamic and to rest for we were non-stop for about nine years straight.
we are rested and have been refreshed. i am now ready to move forward and to fulfill what i believe God has called me to do.
i declare this not out of arrogance but out of humility. so that i may come boldly before the throne of grace rejoicing that the Lord is on my side encouraging us as a family to continue to venture out beyond our level of comfort. to impart to those we impact. Pray for the hurting. reaching the world.
i want you to make it every day. celebrate the wins NO MATTER HOW SMALL. Get rest needed to function. love the unlovable and help the misfits fit.

Friday focus: You are not forgotten

Luke 12:6-7 

6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Serve when you feel undedevalued.  My pastors were always appreciative of everyone who joined in serving. although I know that may not be the case in some churches around the globe. It is up to the ministers and leaders within the ministry to be the encouragement to those who are serving. 
  Encouragement when done correctly can motivate others to continue serving and inspires those who desire to serve to jump in. When you know that you have the support and confidence of your leaders it motivates you to push harder, aim higher and walk confidently why? You have a group of brothers and sisters who believe like you. They can pray for you.
         But what if you’re not thanked? What if you continue Sunday to Sunday and you don’t get a thank you, even from your pastor?
            I want to tell you thank you for being the hands and feet of the church; That’s  what you are when you serve at church.You are a blessing to your pastor. You accomplish God’s mission to those you impact. I hope you’re able to see the fruit of your giving. For this reason it is best to continue to serve.
  You are being watched by our heavenly Father, he sees you. He values your decision to help in the local body and values your dedication in ministry; especially when many find more reasons to leave, rather than stay.  The Lord appreciates your heart.  His desire is that you and Him would be one in your heart. Don’t think for a second that you are in the background when you are in Christ. You are a New creation and he loves his children and like the scripture states, you do have value. Nothing ever escapes the Lord’s attention.
  Find your piece/peace
            Ask the nursery worker why they still serve even when there not scheduled and they will respond much like the rest.  They do it because they have found their piece and receive peace because of it.  The motivator for recognition should not be for status rather, it should be the draw of doing what you believe God has called you to; find your piece to the puzzle of life.  Check our motives but don’t stay there. Grow from it,  Plan accordingly, move on. Serve with/ what you care

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