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.
14 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. I would love to say that we spend a lot of our time at home during the summer, but anyone who knows youth ministry knows that summer is a season unto itself. There are some weeks my children eat a very healthy diet of McDonalds, Tropical Smoothie, and Chick-fil-a. Don’t judge, we always ask Jesus to bless it and I’m sure He does (especially the Chick-fil-a). We, all 5 of us, love this chaos that we live in. We share in our children’s successes and their failures. We are our children’s biggest fans. I get to do ministry right beside my amazing husband, and I would not trade getting to see a middle school student lead another middle school student to Christ for the very first time. Joshua, Jayla, and Josiah love getting to be a part of ministry with their daddy especially if it means they get to ride on the big bus!
Our hearts’ desire is that our children grow up with a love for God’s word and a desire to make His gospel known. We work to pour God’s word into them on a daily basis. We purpose for our children to be around others who model what it looks like to be a Christ follower in this crazy mixed up world. Through off campus sports we make it a point for our children to be around others who do not profess Jesus to be their Lord and Savior. We want our children to know that there are children right where they live who desperately need to know the love of Christ. We are not perfect parents and sometimes we make mistakes, but with God’s help we look forward to the day that they will be world changers for our Father’s glory.
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.
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!
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 uses the power of the purse, an item every American woman has in her closet, to provide young sex trafficking survivors with an opportunity to live free, embrace redemption, and pursue a confident future.
At this gathering you’ll be encouraged to Exchange a Purse to Change a Life!
Click on the box below for more information:
One Purse Gathering!
Join us this week for Seamless by Angie Smith and taught by Janet Wicker.
You can pick up a workbook at the Lighthouse Bookstore and begin the Week 1 homework!
April 1-2, 2016
Purchase your tickets @ lifeway.com/livingproof
You can reserve a room at Best Western Plus:
131 Fairway Drive | Miami Springs, FL 33166 (approx. 6 mi. from event)
Rooms held under: FBCN/ Must reserve by Feb. 29th
(786) 515-1871 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Rates: $149.99 (King) | $154.99 (Double)
Includes breakfast and parking