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Spring Clean Your Mind

Spring is almost here… although someone forgot to tell the weathermen. 

Nevertheless, according to the calendar, it's almost spring. Time to open up the house and let the sunshine in. Grab a few dozen trash bags, go through all the closets and the attic, and throw away everything that has cluttered up the house.

I decided this spring I needed to clear the junk out of my head first. Only a few months into the New Year, and I already had too much on my mind.

I still had a lot of questions built up from last year. God, why did this happen? Why did I pray for this, and it still fell apart? Why, God, why? The questions were piling up, and no answers were in sight to help with the mess.

I can be the ultimate pity party planner. Just give me one problem, and I’ll sulk on it all day. I could feel myself going there one morning and suddenly realized I needed to get with it. Thankfully, God sent me a gentle reminder that He was more than willing to help.

I started to pray, “God, I gotta get rid of this annoying habit of feeling sorry for myself when the most miniscule thing goes wrong in my day. I mean, I have so much to be thankful for, I should be skipping to work every day. But how do I do this? Where do I begin?”

I must admit that I am the queen of unfinished projects. I’m a great starter. Following through is a different story. Cleaning out the pesky demons of jealousy, ungratefulness, and general pessimism would not be easy. I wondered, How do I start cherishing my life?

I was being rhetorical, but as I turned the key to my house door, I heard that still small voice say, "You can start with every moment."

I had to pause and laugh at myself. Of course! The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, as does any big spring-cleaning job. If I could take every moment and enjoy it to its fullest, letting tomorrow take care of itself, in no time I would look back on a life of laughter and love.

So I sat on my couch, turned on some christian music, and let a smile creep across my face as I began the work I so enjoy. The day looked better already.

I can’t say that I completely understand how or why my life got so cluttered, but at least I know how to clean it up. And it may never be finished but as God continues to perfect the work He started, I can at least enjoy the process.

Dear Friends,
 
I hope you’re getting excited about our upcoming Prayer Empowering Weekend, March 15-17.  This is the fourth step in the Lay Renewal Journey.  Next year, 2020, will be the fifth and final weekend.  I pray that the first three have helped us to get to know one another better, come to discover our spiritual giftedness, and learn how to better share our faith in our marketplace.  This weekend will emphasize prayer, as you can tell by the name.  As the body of Christ, our task is to take the Gospel of Jesus to the world.  To be able to do this, we need power.  We receive our power through prayer.  Through prayer, the power of heaven is poured into our lives.  I hope you will plan to be here and share with us that weekend.  Please keep this emphasis in your prayers that God will move in powerful ways in our church family and community.  On Thursday March 14, we will begin with a 24-hour Prayer Vigil to prepare our hearts for renewal.  Hope to see you there.
 
The following is a quote from Robert E. Lee:  Knowing that intercessory prayer is our mightiest weapon and the supreme call for all Christians today, I pleadingly urge our people everywhere to pray. Believing that prayer is the greatest contribution that our people can make in this critical hour, I humbly urge that we take time to pray--to really pray. Let there be prayer at sunup, at noonday, at sundown, at midnight--all through the day. Let us all pray for our children, our youth, our aged, our pastors, our homes. Let us pray for our churches. Let us pray for ourselves, that we may not lose the word 'concern' out of our Christian vocabulary. Let us pray for our nation. Let us pray for those who have never known Jesus Christ and redeeming love, for moral forces everywhere, for our national leaders. Let prayer be our passion. Let prayer be our practice.
 
As an Associational Missionary, I used to make this statement quite often.  “You don’t measure a church by the number of people in attendance, by the amount of money in its budget, or by the size of its buildings.  You measure a church by its heart, by its love, and by its service for the Lord.”  I thank God for the love that is in our church family.  I have watched you share your love as you have ministered to families and individuals who are hurting and going through difficult times.  I have seen your love as you have stood by others who are struggling for whatever reason, and I don’t believe anyone could find a more loving church.  God has truly blessed our church in many ways.  May He continue to help us grow, as more people accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and / or decide to join with our church family.  And may He help us to continue to grow in love.
    
Hope to see you Sunday with a smile on your face, a Bible in your hand, and a heart full of love. 
     
From my heart,
 
Pastor Gordon
 
Greetings from NYC!
We were thankful to be able to travel to Ft. Worth to celebrate and help with the arrival of our 4th grandchild and 1st grandson, Eugene Thomas Smith. Gene was born on Jan. 19th—early morning hours just after midnight so we were scheduled to fly out that day and arrived on his birthday! We managed to leave NYC in between two storms and gratefully missed some of the most severe cold weather this winter.  While in Texas we were also able to celebrate our granddaughter Netty’s 1st birthday a little early. It’s very nice to have both our sons and their families in Texas. 
 
We returned to NYC and hit the ground running and began following up many new ministry opportunities.  Randy is in contact with the associate director and men of Reality House, a residential  substance abuse facility which prioritizes homeless veterans. He has been able to provide snacks and share his testimony during a Wednesday night weekly meeting. Please pray that the executive director will allow Randy maximum access to the men. Several men wanted to talk with Randy after the meeting.  The new ESL class in the Greek Cultural center is set to begin February 26. Please pray that the students who enroll will have an open heart for the gospel.
 
We greatly appreciate your prayers and support!
Randy and Debbie Smith
HOPE. What a word to describe God's plan for our lives. We make statements like, "I hope God hears my prayers" or "I hope He knows what He is doing." With these statements, there is a little bit of doubt and a question about whether or not His plan will be accomplished in us. Our hope is directed NOT in our own ability to achieve success or status, but our hope is directed in the Lord.

Read Psalm 33.

How do we "hope" in the Lord when it comes to our future?

Do you believe God's "plans stand firm forever"? Even in your own life?

I love verse 15 of Psalm 33 "...he who forms the hearts of all..." What an incredible truth and a great comfort for all of us! Our hope founded in the Lord comes from the fact that God created and knows our thoughts and hearts. His plan for us is perfect!

It also says in verse 18, "...the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love." Do you hope that God is holding you together and has a perfect plan for you? Do you trust him with your life? Are you willing to surrender your desires and dreams to the Lord? Where is your hope? In your own hands or is your hope in the Lord?
Our God is looking for those who "fear Him" and seek to know His ways for our lives. Will you stop today and rest your hopes in the Lord? He knows and can be trusted with your future. Seek Him, know Him, and He will direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Put your HOPE in the Lord.

Also be in prayer for two things. Pray that God would be with our Hope Box ministry to Kentucky, and pray that God would show you how you can be involved in this ministry. Specific areas you can be used is through packing a box yourself, continuing to pray, and by going with us to hand out the boxes. March 10th is quickly approaching and this our cut- off day to sign up to go on the trip. If you need more information see myself, Roger Marsh, or Richard DeVier.


In His glory alone, Pastor Kyle
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