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{I Am Retired Y'all!}

  It sure is a bittersweet time but I am surely looking forward to my adventure with the Lord. I wanted to share a few pictures with my friends. I have received so many phone calls, texts, cards and gifts this week that have just brought tears and joy.  Turning in my office keys of many years was hard! But, Jeremiah 29:11 is surely reminder that God has set the plans for my life and that I will trust.  I only had the blessing of serving alongside Pastor Scott for nearly a year and I pray God's blessings upon him and his family as his journey continues. However, he is a quick learner and learned that I was the BOSS! LOL! The former pastor and his wife that hired me 22 plus years ago even tuned in to the recognition with a video. It melted my heart. I will never forget interviewing with Bro. Edsel in his office and then I was interviewed by the personnel team.  Lastly, Bro. Edsel's wife Judy interviewed me at a luncheon. Bro. Edsel trusted her discernment of me totally. However,

Wednesday in the Word-Threshing

I am teaching Gideon with our ladies on Wednesday nights right now and we are finishing up week 2. I cannot wait to see what unfolds with this Bible Study for me. If you haven't done this study then I urge you too. Last week our conversation revolved around the word "threshing". Threshing actually means to separate . Gideon was threshing (separating) the grain of the wheat from the stalk. Separating the good from the bad in essence.  Not only was this Gideon's livelihood so his family could eat but in order to keep the Midianites from steeling the harvest he had to sneak around to do it. All the while God had a plan for Gideon to do way more than threshing wheat. God's plan was for Gideon to (thresh-separate) one nation from another, one kingdom from another, God's people from God's enemies but some threshing-separating had to begin with him!  Gideon

Wednesday in the Word-What are you doing with your blessings from God? A long time ago I was challenged in a Bible Study class to list daily how I bless others and to see if there was changes I needed to make in my life. Of course my first thoughts reflected on my caring for my husband, my children and etc. I was pretty sure I was being a blessing so couldn't really see where any changes needed to be made........(so that is what I told myself anyway) However, the challenge was based on Genesis 12:2 where God told Abraham “I will bless you ....and you will be a blessing . This was actually the first law of blessing.  So what did that mean? Well, the Lord showed me that His reason for blessing me simply meant for me to bless others. We're not to hold our blessings all to ourselves but to use our blessings to be a blessing .  I love how Rick Warren says it best. How do you bless others? By serving a need, whether it is physical, emotional, financial or practical.  That covers a lot

Wednesday in the Word-Dependence

I know that some of you have read this before but thought it worth reading again today. Dear Lord, I haven't done anything wrong today. I have not made any mistakes, spoken any wrong words, or had any bad thoughts. I have done everything right so far. But Lord, I haven't gotten out of bed yet so I am really depending on You. Haven't we all felt that same way at times? Can I tell you something? That is exactly where Christ wants us to be.... DEPENDENT on HIM! Not just for a medical need or a financial need but for everything in our life.  It seems that we have a tendency to NOT see our need for Christ when things are going well for us. But the minute we find ourselves in a crisis of some kind then we reach out to Him and we reach out in desperation. "At times my failure to see my need for Christ every day upon every hour has caused me hardship and heartache".  If you feel that you are in a place in your life right now that you KNOW that you cannot

Let's Talk Thursday-10 Books that changed, touched or entertained your life!

I was challenged by my friend Donna Monds to list ten books that has touched me, changed me and entertained me. Being one that loves to read this was hard because I have so many good reads. I am not challenging you to challenge others but thought it would be fun to see what you like to read! Let me might have read something that I haven't and want too! LOL! 1: The Bible -not only is the Bible true but any kind of story you can imagine is in the Word of God-and everything from the beginning to the end points to Christ .  2 Just like Jesus by Max Lucado. (God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way!)   3: Trial by Fire by Terri Blackstock ( A fast pace thriller, Christian based)  4: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (Shows true redemption of Christ)     5: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp (Being thankful in EVERYTHING in

Wednesday in the Word-CHANGE

If you have not read "When Women say Yes to God" by Lysa Terkeurst I urge you too. It is a great read and short little Bible Study that you can do at home.  I find myself going back to this book. I don't know about you but I highlight, mark, date, write notes in my Bible and I find myself doing the same things in books that I read, especially for those WORDS that seem to jump off the page at me. As I was skimming back through the book I came across these words: God reveals Himself and His activity to all of us, but very few really want an encounter with Him. Encounters cause extreme changes in our plans, our perspectives, and our personhood, and most of us hate change . In reality, though, the very act of trying to protect ourselves from change is the very thing that makes our life the boring mess that it sometimes is.  The word that kept jumping off the page at me was Change .  When we have an encounter with Christ it is going to cause