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Let Your Light Shine!!! December 22, 2008

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Tonight our church held our annual Candlelight Service. This is a very special service. It is a time for our church to come together and share in the Lord’s supper. We are challenged to examine ourselves to see if there is anything that would hinder us from participating in the Lord’s supper. I always ask the Lord to show me if there is any unconfessed sin in my heart or unforgiveness that I need to deal with. I am thankful that the Lord is able to cleanse me of my sin problem, or I could not stand. As I confess my sin to him, He will forgive me and cast my sin as far as the east is from the west. That is so comforting to me. The Lord’s supper is served by our pastor and deacons.

After the Lord’s supper, where we remember His body that was broken for us and the blood that he shed for us, we begin our candlelight service. Our Pastor explains that just as Christ is the Light of the world, we as Christians are to reflect His light. If Christ would not have come, this world would be a dark place. The stage lights began to go down. It gets so dark that you can not see your hand in front of your face. This is what a life without Christ looks like.

Then the Pastor calls the other ministers to light the Christ candle. That one beam of light shines throughout the room to dispel the darkness.

The Pastor’s light their candle and they light the deacon’s. The deacon’s light each member of the congregation. Until every candle is lit.

As each candle is lit, the darkness is dispelled. It gives us such a glimpse of the power of the Holy Spirit living in each of us. It also show us that the more light that shines, the less darkness can prevail.

As each Christian lives their life in honor to Christ, we can began to bring light into this dark world.

When all our candles were lit, we lifted them high into the air as the choir sang “O Holy Night”. It was such a moving moment to see each person’s light shining. Does your light shine?

I pray that my light will shine before my family, co-works, the girl’s I counsel, my friends, my community, and my church family. It has to start with me and then I can light another, and they can light another…and so forth. Go light your candle and pass it on, one life at a time. Share the good news of Christ this Christmas season.

 

 

 

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What a mess he’s gotten himself into!!! December 20, 2008

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Dustin, my 21-year-old son, has found himself in an unlikely mess. It is too serious to be funny, yet somehow, it is funny. Dustin is my child who is a perfectionist. He had a 4.0 throughout High School and he was so upset when he made his first and only B in college. He is a rule follower like his mom. He wants to do well at whatever he does and if he doesn’t think he will do well, he won’t even try. He will graduate at the top of his class at Union in May. He also follows the law and usually drives the speed limit most of the time.

So, here goes the story. Back in April, Dustin was coming home from visiting his girlfriend who lives 3 hours away. He was coming through a small town and did not notice that the speed limit had changed from 45 to 30 (can you say speed trap). He was driving 47 mph when a policeman gets behind him and turns on his lights to pull him over. Dustin pulls over and gets a ticket for speeding. Dustin said, “I was not speeding I was going 47 in a 45.” The officer says, “the speed limit is 30 mph.” Dustin says, “I did not see a sign”…blah, blah, blah….anyway he gets a speeding ticket and a day to show up in court.

 

Well his court day is in May, and he was again visiting his girlfriend 3 hours away. He would have to drive an hour and a half to go to court with gas prices at close to $4 per gallon. Well, his dad wants to come to the rescue. He calls the city clerk’s office to see how he could take care of the ticket without going to court. He tells her that he is a college student and doesn’t need to spend money on gas to get there. She said, “If he is a college student, I am sure the judge will let him off with a warning and 6 months probation.” She said that Dustin needed to fax in proof that he is a college student and she would take it to the judge and see what he would do. Dustin then faxes all the information she requested. She calls Dustin and tells him that he does not need to come to court that he just better not get another ticket in this town in the next 6 months. So, we assume it is all taken care of….

not…we get a letter in mail a couple of months ago that says that since Dustin did not show up in court that he is in danger of losing his liscense. Randy calls back and talks to the same lady. She said, “I remember talking to you and it is just an oversight, I will take care of it”. Randy calls back to make sure she had it all worked out. She informs him that it is all taken care of. …

not…we get home Thursday night at midnight after being gone for two days to my grandmother’s funeral and find a letter in the mail stating that Dustin’s liscense has been SUSPENDED!!!! I can not tell you how upset and stressed out I have been about this.

Randy and Dustin have been on the phone with these people trying to get this straightened out, but at this point it is still not worked out…

I am thinking…Dustin, you cannot drive or you will go to jail…what about insurance…what about your perfect record…it has been so stressful.

Dustin called me yesterday and said, “mom, I am having to drive to choir practice because we are singing at Graduation tonight and no one can drive me. I am at work and so is Cody and Dad.” I talked to him the whole way and he is freaking out everytime he sees a cop. I was so tense. I said they will carry you to jail if you get pulled over or wind up in an accident. He makes it there and back fine. Me and Randy take him to graduation and pick him up. He tells his classmates about it and they laugh and say…you would be the last person I would have ever thought would lose their license.

Like I said, it is too serious to be funny, but if you knew Dustin, it is hilarious that he would be in this much trouble with the law. He is freaking out wanting to get his record cleared up. He said if dad would have left it alone I would have went to court and paid the ticket and everything would be ok. Dad of course was just trying to be a hero.

 I am sure it will get worked out, but it is driving me nuts worrying about him getting arrested on a SUSPENDED LICENSE!!! Please Mr. Policeman don’t take my baby to jail.img_0532

 P.S. Randy just got off the phone with the judge. He called the judge at home. He is only in the office once a month for a few hours. When the judge answered the phone he said are you calling me as a “judge” or “lawyer”. Can I say “Mayberry”. Randy was talking to him like he knew him. He said the judge was on speakerphone. Randy was calling him by his first name. I was like that is suppose to be “Your Honor”, or “Mr. Judge, Sir”. He said he was talking like a good ole boy. This town is so small that the clerk is also the dispatcher. The judge is also the lawyer…and so on. At this point the judge said he will handle everything and clear his name, but it could take a while. Praise the Lord! So, Dustin will have to be chauffeured around for while. Hopefully he will not end up in jail with “Otis, the town drunk”.

 

 

Joy to the World December 8, 2008

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Tonight at my church Englewood Baptist Church was our Christmas Night of Praise. The music was AWESOME! Nothing seems to stir my heart more than music. Music takes me into the presence of my Lord and Savior. I feel as though I am actually bowed low in front of the King. I can visualize me on my knees before the One Who is Worthy to be Praised and Adored!!! The choir sang many familiar Carols but with about 300 choir members and the Jackson Symphony to accompany them. The church was packed with an overflow room. It was a wonderful time of worship. One song in particular was very moving “The Little Drummer Boy” as the song was sung, Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus take center stage…a young boy comes down the isle playing his drum…as he leaves a mother brings her drum and places it before the King…then a fireman….a construction worker…and a minister…they each brought their drum to the King. What gift do you have to bring? No matter what your gifts and talents are you can present them to Jesus as an act of worship. He wants your time as an offering to Him. How can you give of your time this Christmas season.
One of the things our Sunday School class is doing is participating in…
This is where we feed the homeless and give them shelter from the cold. We serve them and spend time fellowshipping with them. We are also feeding breakfast to the homeless church called “The Church Without Walls”. This church was formed to reach the homeless in our community.
Our church has many ways to get involved with the community. We give toys to needy children. We minister to the families in the projects behind the church. We take the gospel door to door in Go Visitation. I hope your church goes outside the walls to reach the world for Christ. Share some ways that  your church or family gives at Christmas. I would love to hear your ideas.
What would your drum be that you would lay at the feet of Jesus. Oh, Lord I bring an offering to you!!
 

A Christmas Reflection December 6, 2008

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This time of the year brings with it many memories from the past, some pleasant memories and some not so pleasant. I can remember one Christmas in particular. It was the first Christmas that we were in Florida. My husband had been called into full time ministry. We moved from Tennessee to Florida so he could go to Florida Baptist Theological College. We moved to Flordia on faith trusting God to provide for all of our needs. We knew He had called us to Florida so we sold everything we had in Tennesse and moved to Florida with 3 small sons. We had just enough money to pay the first months rent and utilities with no extra money. Randy got a part time job which barely paid our bills. He went to school full time and worked part time and was interim pastor of a small church. I had 3 preschoolers, so I was a stay at home mom. Money was tight. As Christmas time approached we were not sure what we were going to do. We had 40 family members on our list to buy gifts for. We called them and said we could not swap gifts this year because we did not have the money. Each one said don’t worry about buying us gifts, but we still want to buy gifts for your family. This did not help the situation. It was a nice jester, but it made us feel like we still needed to give them gifts as well. I cried and prayed about what to do. Finally, the Lord laid a poem on my heart so I had it typed up and printed on Christmas paper and framed. I gave each family a copy and they all shed tears as they read it. It turned out that a gift from the heart meant more than all the presents we had given in the past.

Have you ever stopped to think about last Christmas and what you got in way of gifts. I have a hard time remembering myself. The Christmas in Florida was a Christmas I will never forget. God taught me that spending time with family and friends is more important than baught presents. Do you have a special Christmas memory to share. I have others I will share in the days to come so check back and take a stroll down memory lane with me.

 Here is the poem I gave to all our family…

 

A Family Who Cares

We want to take this special time to share a thought or two,

To tell you just how much we love you, just because your you.

 

Not because of presents or anything you do,

We are just glad to say we love you for being you.

 

We want to say we miss you each and every day,

And nothing makes us prouder than to be with you today.

 

For Christmas is a special time to be with those you love,

And here is where we want to be just ask our Lord above.

 

It is good to spend this time with you our loving family,

To remember all the fun we had the way it used to be.

 

But let us not forget the reason for this day

Cause Jesus Christ who came and died, all our debts did pay.

 

He gave us love and happiness that no one can compare,

And in it all He gave us you, A Family Who Cares.

 

By: Randy and Marilyn

©1993

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Sitsmas!!! December 2, 2008

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Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

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Remember Jesus is the Reason for the Season!!

 

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland

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On the way back from visiting Wander’s we decided to take another route home through Kentucky. We wanted to go to Patti’s to eat a 2″ Pork Chop and to see the Awesome Christmas Lights!!! We had a great time strolling around looking at over 500,000 lights and displays. It was like “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”.  The food we ate was scruptious. You know what they say a picture is worth a thousand words….so I will let you see for yourself.

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