Archive for January, 2011

He Has Made Me Glad

I was reminded of this old but wonderful song & just wanted to share the lyrics with you.  May it give you a grateful heart for all He has done for you today!

I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart,
I will enter His courts with praise,
I will say this is the day that the Lord has made,
I will rejoice for He has made me glad.

He has made me glad,
He has made me glad,
I will rejoice for He has made me glad.
He has made me glad,
He has made me glad,
I will rejoice for He has made me glad!

Val

January 13, 2011 at 9:46 am Leave a comment

Join us for a “whale” of a time!

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts”, says the Lord.  “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”
(Isaiah 55:8 NLT)

Doesn’t that sound exciting?  So why then do we so often get frustrated or worse when God throws a monkey-wrench into what we thought was the “perfect” plan?  I think it’s safe to say that most, if not all of us, have struggled with this in one way or another.

We are offering a bible study by Priscilla Shirer to help us learn how to navigate life’s interruptions.  Here’s a note from Priscilla regarding this new study she will lead us:

“Interrupted lives – probably an accurate descriptor for all of us, don’t you think?  Whether with deliberate detail or inadvertent spontaneity, we each chart out a tidy yellow-brick road of goals for our lives.  I certainly have.  Without even realizing it, I’ve taken my life by the helm and asked God to conform to my flimsy timetable & arrangements.

This was never more clear than when baby Jude, our third spectacular gift from God, began growing in my tummy.  We were shocked and a bit overwhelmed at the prospect of life with a newborn…again.  Yet through this new adventure, God began to expose my tendency to cling to my own plans instead of embracing His purposes for me, even when they differ from what I deem suited for my capabilities.

Your interruptions may differ from mine.  In fact, I suspect they are.  Life’s too individual & unexpected to treat us all the same.  Yet interruptions can be difficult to manage, no matter what – or whose – they are.

  • looming retirement with a diminishing nest egg in a crumbling economy
  • another year of singleness when you long for marriage
  • a spouse’s secret revealed that threatens your security
  • a heartbreaking encounter with yet another year of battling infertility
  • a burst of success in business that seems far beyond your capacity to manage
  • redirection into ministry that means abandoning a lucrative corporate career
  • a new baby (or two), requiring all the attention these little ones always do

Interruptions.  They come in all sizes & shapes.  All colors & shades.  Good & bad.  Though we wish to avoid them, every season of life seems to include a few – sometimes on either end of the same day.  As we’re coming up for air from the devastation of one, a fresh & exciting interruption takes our breath away, challenging us with new responsibilities, leaving us feeling inadequate & outmatched.  They shock us; they shake us; they compel us to change.  Sometimes they make us wonder if God even cares.

So, welcome to Jonah.  He knows how a life interrupted feels, and he’s got a firsthand account of how yielding to God is the best decision after all.

Join me, won’t you?”

Priscilla Shirer

Details are as follows:

Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted
by Priscilla Shirer
Date: Wednesday evenings beginning Jan. 19/11 till March 2/11
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: Heritage Room at FGMB
Cost: $20 & includes a member book
To Register:
In person: This Sunday, Jan 16/11 in the West Foyer @ church
By phone: call Stacey @ 287-8662

Val

January 12, 2011 at 9:54 am Leave a comment

God of this City

What a fantastic worship experience we encountered yesterday morning at the One Heart Wpg Service at the MTS Centre.  As we gathered, 12, 000+ people, worshipping & celebrating “One Lord, One Church, One Harvest”, I was reminded of our role as a church in the greater church.  Like Paul wrote to us in his letter to the Corinthians signifying the important role of each part of the human body & comparing that to the larger body of believers in Christ (1 Corinthians 12: 12-31); each with our own role but dependent on the other to work together, so it is with even our own congregation.  We are just one part of the larger church body & need to work together in carrying out the great commission God has called us to (Matthew 28:18-20).

May we be encouraged to stay in unity with our Christian brothers & sisters throughout our city, to work together, serve together, pray together & demonstrate Christ’s love together.  Hallelujah!!

Val

January 10, 2011 at 8:38 am Leave a comment

Newness

There’s nothing like something new to lift one’s spirits; like a new piece of clothing, a new haircut or a new calendar.  Call me silly, I know, but when I open up a new calendar for a new year, it comes with some eagerness to see what will fill these pages.  What will my year look like?  How will I “manage” my calendar & what will fill my days?

I recently came across a list of things I wanted to do in 2010.  I’m not a resolution maker (that just sets me up for disappointment).  Instead, this past year, Kev & I each made a list of things we would like to do in 2010.  The list could include anything but had to be attainable.  They weren’t long and although the lists got buried in amongst “life”, not to be seen most of the year, as I look at them now, I was able to check off most of the items.  Kind of fun, so I think I’ll try it again & this time, perhaps keep it in a more visible spot so that I can check it often.

Here’s a sneak peek at a few items on my list:

  • knit something
  • have a wiener roast in our backyard
  • catch a fish
  • do a road trip
  • attend the women’s bible study at church
  • read more

I’m excited to see what God has in store for this coming year.  How about you?  What’s on your “list” for 2011?

Val

January 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm 1 comment


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