I admit it! During the holidays, I undoubtedly have FOMO, fear of missing out. I don’t want to miss a single invite if it means getting together with my friends having ornament exchanges, favorite things parties, or just being in their homes admiring their beautiful décor.
It’s finally December and many of us are anxious for 2020 to wrap up and be gone. It has been a year of the unexpected—from being told to stay home, forced to watch church online, kids home from school, job loss, delayed weddings, vacations cancelled, relationship issues magnified—the list is endless.
Have you ever been really excited to meet someone? I mean, really excited, like nervous stomach, sweaty palms, happy dance excited? When I was a kid and heard we were on our way to meet Santa Claus, I was thrilled! I was about to see the big, jolly fella with the long white beard with my very own eyes. Of course, the best part would be telling him everything my little heart desired for Christmas—guaranteeing him that I had been a very good girl.
“I was baptized by Pastor Tom as a baby,” Joe says. “I remember going to church just because my parents wanted me to. But as I continued to grow, I decided on my own to be more involved, especially through my friends at church and it grew from there. I was plugged in with the help of former youth pastor Mark Fowler. I joined the junior high worship band and ended up volunteering with the media team.”
We have all be in that place of feeling unnoticed, unwanted or maybe even overlooked. We've all also felt what it's like to be welcomed with open arms, wanted and loved. If you have a beating heart, I'm sure you can relate to all of these high and low feelings.
Thursday night, September 17, found the church sanctuary filled with nearly 200 women having a good time together. The creative songs of Camille & Haley had us smiling and then standing to join in singing I’m proud to be an American…God Bless the USA! Then came the comedy of Amy Barnes. I’m not sure which joke or funny story I liked the best—wearing Yoga pants to go to Target, the hamster that died twice, or the thigh-gap giving way to the pie-gap! Amy was not just talented in writing witty lines, but also songs that she sang, accompanying herself on keyboard. Definitely a multi-talented woman!
If you saw my front porch today, you might think somethings wrong with this picture. In the tiered plant stand are three very tired looking begonias. The leaves are brown on the edges and beginning to curl as they slowly die (so sad). The color of the flowers are fading as they, too, have peaked and are making a slow decline. But then sitting on the cement at the base of the plant stand are three very bright, very happy looking yellow mums. Hmmm.
Scientists have studied the human brain and have discovered that we have an opportunity to change our thoughts every 6 seconds! Amazing, right?
This quarter we are doing something a little different with book club. We are offering one book that we will all read, then get together (in person or ZOOM TBD) to chat about it. The Fall Book Club selection is Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say by Sheila Walsh. From simple talking between you and God to a powerful weapon against the enemy, this new book by trusted Bible teacher, Sheila, will encourage, motivate, and train you to pray. Praying Women is available at Mardel or Christianbook.com, both for 40% off.