Tower of Babel Sandcastles

Today as I sit in the shade watching Noelle and Daniel build sand castles with plastic cups, my ears are filled with the sounds of a language foreign to my ears. I pick out certain words I recognize – ‘nina,’ ‘y,’ ‘si’ – and my heart turns to ponder Emily and Nick heading to Mexico tomorrow to serve at Rio Bravo, a children’s home in Reynosa. There they will be the outsiders, the ones who don’t speak the language, but here these young ones struggle to communicate with ours. So, ours build their own structures of sand while they construct an elaborate reservoir of water.
It makes me think of the unity God desires in His body, the church. He desires for us to be ONE, to be co-laborers with Him, building up His body here on earth.
I pray for our team from Collierville Bible Church to be an encouragement to our brothers and sisters in Christ in Mexico, whether they speak English or Spanish, whether they are from intact families or not. I pray that the God of endurance and encouragement grant them to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together they may with ONE voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6)

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More Than a Homeschool Mom Retreat – audio uploads

Hi!  Yes, after two months, I am finally posting a link to the audio for two of the talks from the March retreat.

I pray they would be a great blessing.

More Than a Homeschool Mom Retreat Attendees
More Than a Homeschool Mom Retreat Attendees

Talk #2 – More Than My Current Circumstances.  Click here. (Are you being ruled by your feelings?  By human wisdom?  I share on the importance to walk by faith in our everyday lives, especially in making tough decisions and enduring trials.)

Talk # 3 – More Than a Hearer.  Click here.  (Truly, the Lord wants us to know the Bible, yet we must be MORE than mere hearers of the Word, and even MORE than mere “doers” of the Word.  God’s best for us is to to live & move & have our being in Him.)

 

MORE THAN a Homeschool Mom Retreat

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Please join us March 8-9 for a special time of spiritual renewal.  You can register by clicking on the “Retreat Registration” link at the top of the page or click here.

 Retreat Schedule
March 8-9, 2013

FRIDAY

5:30pm
Optional Dinner Fellowship – bring your own dinner

6:30-8:30pm
MORE THAN my Past
“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:11

8:30-9:30pm Connection time!

 

SATURDAY

8:30am
Optional Breakfast Fellowship – continental breakfast provided on site

9:30-11:30am
MORE THAN my Current Circumstances
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

11:30am-12:30pm
Catered Lunch – provided on site

12:30-2:30pm
MORE THAN a Hearer of the Word
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

2:30-4:30pm
MORE THAN a Servant
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God.”          1 John 3:1

4:30-5:00pm
Private Time of Reflection and Prayer

Each two-hour block will include a time of singing, prayer, teaching, personal reflection and group fellowship.

 Additional Information

Retreat Location

Collierville Bible Church
806 Wolf River Blvd.
Collierville, TN 38017

Registration fee:

$15 (early bird until February 28)

$20 (March 1 – March 5)

Registration includes lunch and continental breakfast

Hotel Information for Friday, March 8
(for those coming from out of town or for moms who want to enjoy a night out!)

Courtyard by Marriott: Memphis Collierville (at the Avenue Carriage Crossing)
4640 Merchants Park Circle
Collierville, TN 38017
901-850-9390

A block of rooms is being held as “Homeschool Mom Retreat” for attendees at the discounted rate of $99. Rate includes room with two queen beds and a hot breakfast buffet.
Reservations must be made by February 22, 2013.

 

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Q. I am a homeschool mom seeking renewal and encouragement. Is this the retreat for me?

A. Absolutely!

Q. Can I tell others homeschool moms about this retreat?

A. Please do. We are in prayer for this retreat to be a great outreach ministry to many moms.

Q. Is there anything I should bring with me?

A. It would be great to bring a Bible along with you.

Q. Do I have to currently homeschool to attend?

A. No!  The spiritual truths that will be shared will be applicable for moms who are not homeschooling as well.

Q. Will childcare be provided at the retreat? What about nursing babies?

A. There is no childcare provided at the retreat so alternate childcare arrangements will need to be made; however, nursing babies are always welcome!

Q. I see that the dinner and breakfast are listed as optional. Can you please explain that further?

A. Certainly! Some moms will prefer to bring their “brown bag” dinner and have some fellowship on Friday night while others may need to arrive in time for the evening session; likewise, on Saturday morning, some moms will prefer to attend the continental breakfast while other moms will prefer to get a bit more sleep before arriving for the first session.

Q. What should I expect from this retreat?

A. Expect to hear uplifting messages from God’s Word, engage in dialogue with other homeschool moms, and ponder ways to live out the “More Than” message!

Q. I want to come. What should I do next?

A. Register and spread the word about the retreat to your friends!  If you need hotel arrangements, please make them early as well.  Finally, and most importantly, please pray for God’s blessings on this retreat.

No Grumbling! In Everything Give Thanks!

This week I’ve been reading in Exodus. It drove home to me how easy it is to get caught up in a poor-me mentality.

The Hebrew people had just watched God perform incredible, mind-blowing miracles before their very eyes — from horrific plagues, to parting the Red Sea — yet as soon as they’re thirsty they fall into grumbling.

God impressed on me how often people grumble just because we can’t see that “blessing around the bend” like I’ve written about before. God knows His people need water and He knows how long they can go without. He also knows they need food and He knows how long they can go without.

In Exodus 15, just after the people of God have grumbled about the bitter water and He turns it sweet, God leads them to Elim with its twelve springs of water and 70 palm trees. It made me wonder, “God KNEW that they were going to get to Elim, yet they didn’t wait on Him … they wanted water NOW.”

Then, in Exodus 16, the people are grumbling about their hunger and wishing they were back in Egypt. God says, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you.” (Exodus 16:4) Is he ABOUT to because they have grumbled, or because He was already about to do it and once again they refused to WAIT on Him? Doesn’t God know that the humans that He created have to eat? Yes, He does. He knows us. He remembers that we are dust. He knows our every need.

I am absolutely not saying that we should not cry out to God and lay our hearts bare before Him. We should. God is such a good Father and He loves it when we humble ourselves before Him. But, grumbling is not humbling ourselves. Grumbling is being selfish, demanding our way. Crying out to Him that you need a drink or need a morsel of bread, is not the same as complaining that He has brought you out into this stinking desert and left you here to die!

One other thought I had in reading these passages about the grumbling Hebrews was about who they were grumbling against. Each time they grumbled to Moses, saying that HE had led them out to die in the wilderness. Yet, truly they are grumbling against God. Moses tells the people, “Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.” (Exodus 16:8)

Am I really trusting in God who has brought me to this very place and time, or am I just trusting in myself or in my circumstances? When I find myself grumbling, as I often do, what does that say about my faith in God?

As 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” May we not grumble or grow discouraged, but may we TRUST God, believing that He knows our needs, that He knows the future and that He cares for us.

 

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