new vantage point

I’m normally leading Bible study on Sunday mornings but today we had a guest speaker and I got my kids to sit in to hear the sermon.  I sat in the last pew of the church so I was able to observe the congregation from a new vantage point.

A new member of our church gave a testimony – the prayers that we’d been praying for him and his family were answered this week.

I looked over to my left and saw the young mother that got baptised earlier this year.

A few rows ahead I saw the lady who’d just come to Christ two months ago and then seated next to her was the other woman whose life had been radically changed within the month.

Just before the offering, a new mother snuck in the back with her sleeping baby in her arms.  She is going to be baptised next month.  She was followed by her sister (who also got baptised earlier this year) and then her cousin and her soon to be cousin-in-law who are getting baptised as well and getting married in our church in a few weeks.

I couldn’t help but sit back in awe and praise God for using our church in the way since He closed the door on the previous chapter of our ministry.  It’s been such a blessing to see God at work and being a part of it.  Coming home excited and encouraged after church happened less often than not where we were last stationed so it’s a refreshing and welcomed change.

There’s a season for everything and right now, we are in the season of growth and multiplication.  It is good.  God is good.  All the time :).

– Ames –

It’s all about perspective

Priscilla Shirer tells the story of how her parents once took their extended family on a trip to New York.  For some reason, her brother-in-law Jesse, who was a very big footballer build kind of guy, was always eating very small meals for the first few nights that they went out for dinner.

She asked him [paraphrased of course], “Jesse, are you alright?  How come you are eating so little?”

Jesse said, “Oh yes, I’m fine.  It’s just that these fancy restaurants are so expensive and I have a whole family to feed so I just eat a little something at the dinner table and then I go outside afterwards and get me a hotdog.”

Priscilla: “Didn’t you get the memo?”

Jesse: “What memo?”

Priscilla: “Mom and Dad sent an email before the trip that each family covers the meals for their family for breakfast and lunch but then for dinner, they will cover the tab.”

Jesse: “WHAT?!!!”

Jesse then motions to the waiter to bring the menu and orders the biggest steak and potatoes he can find.

Lesson: When you have access to the resources, the way you look at the menu changes.

This simple story really spoke to me this morning.  Though there is no job yet lined up for next year, I know that I have access to the God who provides all my needs according to His riches in Heaven.  And not only do I have access to Him, but He’s proven Himself faithful over the years to give the very best to those who love Him.  So, why worry?

You can have access to this awesome God too.

It’s simple: “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

Saved – not just for Heaven but for this life  – He came to give us life and life more abundantly! (John 10:10b)

– Ames

keeping the right perspective

He is a wonder. 

My cousin had asked if we could have our class time outdoors today and I had to apologise and say no.  My foot pains has been flaring up again and I just wanted to avoid walking as much as possible (we’d have to trek over to a nearby park).  He said, “It’s all in your head, Amy.”  I didn’t say anything in return but inside I thought, ‘Whoa, that’s a bit insensitive!’

I decided to share on the topic of ‘Keeping the Right Perspective’.  It was a message I’d heard from Joel Osteen which I thought would be quite relevant given that we’re in the home stretch towards exams now (October already- it’s gone so fast!).  Continue reading