19 May 13
No post yesterday and I apologize for that. We left Camp Garner Creek last night and got home late, and then today we have been busy with Church, catching up on some much-needed family time and then I had my last Church Board meeting tonight.
There have been several people that have checked to make sure I am okay with not being re-elected to the Board. I love you guys for your concern, but trust me when I say that I know that God has something else he needs me to be free for right now. These elections are not a popularity contest, and should not be something coveted. I was honored to serve in that capacity, and if called to do so again, I will prayerfully answer that call. The brothers and sisters I have been privileged to serve beside have taught me so much about Christian leadership and how that should look, and I will be forever grateful for the relationships that have grown and been nurtured by the Lord in my time there. I am not down about it at all; I am excited to see how God is going to have me apply what I have learned in this next chapter.
Pastor has taught me the most, and I am sure that relationship will continue as I count him as my friend, my brother, and my mentor. I believe he has a God-inspired vision for Grace Church, and that with the Board along to help hammer out the details of that vision, great things will continue to happen at Grace.
When the princes in Israel take the lead,
when the people willingly offer themselves—
praise the Lord!
We missed the closing day of the Warrior Weekend due to familial obligations, but we were there all day Saturday and this retreat is something that continues to inspire me. Soldiers see that healing is possible, and that they are valued, loved and honored. Spouses find understanding for experiences that seem unreal, and all involved are able to come to grips with the fact that Jesus is always present, in the midst of our struggles, and that he doesn’t just sit by, but he strengthens us and is the rock that we stand on as we fight the battles in the war that has already been won. Thank you Abba God.
Sunday school was unusual even for our group. We aren’t “that Sunday school class” for nothing, but I believe today a new high (or low, depending on your opinion) was set. But our class members aren’t superficial people indulging in hypothetical conversations about theoretical situations. These are real people, often broken and hurting, who are living life with everything that implies: the good, the bad and the ugly. So our humor is real too, and it involves real life events and how we have dealt with them. Sometimes we critique each others performance out of love, never from judgment or condemnation. And we have a lot of fun doing it.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”