"...in Your generous love I am really living at last..." Psalm 63:3

Here I am! Send me.

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am! Send me.’” Isaiah 6:8

“Mom, I’ve been doing some research….” Eleven year olds don’t typically begin an email to their mom with those words. But- this 11-year-old has never fit the mold of a typical girl – so it didn’t surprise me. Last Spring, my very eager youngest daughter clearly outlined for me her plan to follow what she believed to be God’s call in her life by participating in a 10-day Mission Trip to Uganda. My immediate response was, “Allie, we will think and pray about it.” Her immediate response was, “Mom, I have thought and prayed about it and the longer I don’t do this, I’m being disobedient to what I know God has called me to do.” Well- what mom can argue with that logic?

Fourth of July

“Welcome to The Army Mrs. Bare!”
In the Fall of 2002, my thoughts about the Army were that of any other regular “civilian” who celebrated our brave men and women in uniform. I’d stand in honor of their sacrifice when the Star Spangled Banner played, dress in American colors on patriotic days and held a healthy albeit distant respect for how brave they are “to do what they do”.
Then it happened. A man in uniform swept me off my feet. It was our first date. First meeting. Pick-up truck, crew cut and strong arms to boot! That was my Joe. My GI Joe to be exact. He was a Sergeant First Class at the time we met that November afternoon. Did I know what that meant? Of course not. I didn’t have a clue what made the difference between a First Sergeant, Staff Sergeant or Sergeant First Class.  “So, would you be my date for the Division Support Command Military Ball next month?” he asked at the end of our date.  I thought, “Wait, what? You’re asking me to an official military briabarepicBALL?!” Shouldn’t he bring someone he knows better?!” I was floored! I was honored! The next month I meticulously searched for the perfect dress. I had it hanging on my closet door every day, getting more and more excited as the day approached.

June Book Club

unquenchable

 

Are you looking for a summer book to read? On Thursday, June 23 at 6:00 PM, Janet Wicker will lead the discussion for the book “Unquenchable” by Carol Kent. Sign up is required in the Lighthouse Bookstore to hold your spot for this event. Now is the time to pick up your book and get started.

Raising World Changers

clydesdalepic14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom[a] you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:14-15 (ESV)

Life in ministry with three children is what we like to call organized chaos. I am striving for more of an ebb and flow rather than trying to obtain balance. If you could see my neatly colored coded calendar you may marvel at how our family manages to do all we do. These, of course, are just the scheduled events. This does not include the random “Oh by the way I need to…” that happens on a regular basis. Between church, school, soccer, gymnastics, doctor’s appointments and ministry there is not a lot of time at home during the school year.

Starting something new?

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Are you going to try something new this summer?

When my children were young, I would make them try something new in the summer.  It had to be something that they were not normally inclined toward.  They have done drum lessons, ballroom dance lessons, guitar lessons, volunteered at a summer camp for foster kids, etc.  I have this vivid memory of my sons coming home after having done their summer thing together.  They were laughing and actually had fun together.  My middle son then turned to me and asked, “Why have we never done this before?  I was born to do this!”  It is so easy to stick with the things that I am comfortable with, but sometimes I am missing out on something that may stretch me for the good.

Which leads me to ask myself, “How does God want to stretch me this summer?  What is one thing that I could do that would get me out of my comfort zone?”

Coming to the Summer Study will be my start.

 

Just Right

She walks up to me after I finish speaking about God-sized dreams and nervously inquires if we can have a conversation. I nod, and we find a corner apart from the crowd. She leans in as if she’s ab…

Source: Just Right

Please Join Us This Week….

 

Easter

RefresHer will NOT meet this week: March 22/23.  We will have a church-wide Seder Presentation on Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:30 pm in the Worship Center.  Please join us as we see the significance of the Passover and its fulfillment in the person of Jesus Christ!

It’s Time to Shop!

Ladies…it’s time to shop! We have had hundreds of bags donated and we are so thrilled to see what God will do on Tuesday and Wednesday through you to support recovering victims of sex-trafficking!

Bag Sales and Silent Auctions Hours:

Tuesday, March 8th: 8:30am -12:30 pm

Wednesday, March 9th: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

**Cash and Check ONLY (Made out to One Purse).

one purse