Sunday, July 29, 2007

Times of refreshing....

I'm back! And so thankful for the time of refreshing the Lord gave my family. Our visit with our eldest and her husband in Kentucky was so sweet. We worshiped with them in the little Kentucky church where our son-in-law is a youth minister. The church sits right in the middle of some mountains and it was just so picturesque. Our daughter had arranged for our family to sing, something we haven't been able to do in years. They even had us listed in the church bulletin as "The Worsham Family Singers"! Do we sound professional or what?! My heart was just bursting with thankfulness to God as our whole family sang our praise and worship to Him. How blessed am I?!

There is so much I want to tell about our trip and I hope to do that this week. For those of you who prayed for us, thank you, thank you, thank you! God is faithful! For now, I have to transition back to the real world! I start my new teaching job tomorrow...actually, I have New Teacher Orientation for the next couple of days, then Staff Development and students return on the 6th. I have to get back on my "work schedule" which mans I have GOT to get to bed earlier!
It's good to be back and to catch up with all my "bloggity friends!"

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Here I am...but here I go...

For you sweet friends who come by fairly often....I'm so sorry for the absence. Since returning from the retreat, life has been coming at me FAST and FURIOUS! What is it about taking a little R & R that causes life to go into a tailspin when we return? I think I recognize the work of ol' slewfoot himself! The retreat was refreshing. Although it rained most of the time, my man and I got some wonderful quality time together while being able to fellowship with other pastors and wives in our state. The Lord confirmed some things for me and reminded me that I am not in this race alone. Sometimes in ministry we feel like Elijah under the juniper tree....I'm the only one serving you Lord...just kill me now! And just like Elijah, we receive the lovingkindness, mercy and grace of our God. He is ever patient and provides all we need to carry on. Thank you, Lord!

I will be away for a while again. Friday morning we are leaving for a little vacation time in Kentucky. My hubby and I and our 3 daughters will be visiting with our eldest daughter and her husband, who are students at Southern Seminary. We have not been able to visit with them there since they moved last year. Will be gone for a little over a week and most likely will not get on a computer while gone...we're going off into the mountains while we're internet....will I make it? bet! For those of you who will pray for us, pray that God will gives us this time as a time of relationship building and strengthening. This has been a tough year for the Worsham clan and each one of us has some specific hurts that we are dealing with. Pray for healing and rest from our worries and cares. Thank you friends. I'm just blown away with the fact that I can ask this of you and know that you will intercede on our behalf. You are too much!

I want to leave you with a quote I received while at the Pastors/Wives Retreat. This is from Andrew Murray when he found himself in a place of great pain and heartache.....

First, He brought me here, it is by His will I am in this strait place: In that fact I will rest.
Next, He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace to behave as His child.
Then, He will make this trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow.
Last, in his good time He can bring me out and when He knows.
Let me say I am here,
By God's appointment
In His keeping
Under His training
For His time
And all God's people said..........

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Thankful Thursday

I have just enough time to make a short post before I leave for the event I am very thankful for today. I am so thankful....

to be leaving in just a few minutes to our state camp for the annual Pastors/Wives Retreat. I am so looking forward to a few days of renewal and refreshment with my hubby. As the Lord brings us to mind, please pray for my man who is under heaps of discouragement right now. Pray that God will give him a fresh vision of ministry and renewal of spirit.

for the beauty of God's earth. Truly the earth is full of His praises and I'm looking forward to being smack dab in the middle of it!

Have a great weekend my bloggity friends. I'll let you know what the Lord did this weekend when I get back!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Helped By Dr. Phil

I caught the "Dr. Phil Show" this afternoon and watched slacked-jawed as a husband who claimed to follow Christian principals, attempted to justify demeaning his children and wife, and verbally and physically abusing his wife. He said he was "forced" to have extra-marital affairs because his wife was not meeting his physical needs. To Dr. Phil's credit, he quickly explained the Christian teaching of being a husband and then in true Dr. Phil style, went about giving the guy "a clue." Go Dr. Phil!

I tell you all this to say.....I LOVE MY MAN! While watching this, I just fell more in love with the man God gave me and I intend to let him know it very well when he gets home this evening! I realize that sometimes I am so used to what I have, that I don't realize what I don't have.

This week I will let my man know OFTEN how grateful I am that he is obedient to God's Word in fulfilling the role of husband and father in our home and I will do my best to make that job as easy as possible for him.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Things I Dig About Jesus!

I've been tagged by my sista Denise at Thus Far The Lord Has Helped Me to tell 5 things I "dig" about Jesus.....only 5?! Let's see.....

Here are the rules:
1. those tagged will share 5 things they dig about Jesus…
2. those tagged will tag 5 other bloggers…
3. those tagged will post a comment here with their name and a link to their “dig” Jesus list…

Here's my list:

#1. He loves me...He just flat out loves ME, just the way I was, the way I am, and the way I will be. He has no reason to, but He does, and it just blows my ever-lovin' mind! (1 John 4:10)

#2. There is not one single need I could possibly have that He cannot cool is that? (Phil. 4:19)

#3. He rescued me from a miry pit of mediocrity, defeat, and ignorance, and set my feet on a solid rock....and then He set them to dancin'! Praise His name! (Psalm 40)

#4. I love the fact He is always working for my good (Rom. 8:28). He is incapable of doing me harm...His thoughts toward me are always good and I need NEVER worry that He doesn't know what He's doing ( Jer. 29:11).

#5. I absolutely LOVE His word and I love to "dig" into it! It is His revelation of Himself to me, and I just love getting to know more of Him through it's pages. His word is life. It saved my life and gives me life. It is pure unadulterated truth and gives me the security I have longed for my entire life. I, literally, could not live without it (Hebrew 4:12; Psalm 119:50).

Now, I am tagging the following sistas...let me hear what you dig about Jesus girls....

1. Jennifer at Savor The Master's Blend

2. Xandra at Heart of Service

3. Amy at Purpose Driven Wife

4. Sue at Praise and Coffee

5. Alida at Black Purl's Knitpickings

There is none like You, O Lord! You are great and great is Your name in might. Jeremiah 10:6

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Thankful Thursday

It's been a stressful week and I'm thankful for this directed time of thankfulness! With much praise to our God, I am thankful for...

a job! I've been hired as a JUNIOR HIGH choral music teacher! I've been teaching High School for the last 7 years so this is going to be a whole new world. Between their adolescent hormones and my pre-menopausal ones it's likely to be a toxic mix! Help us, Lord!

Blogville! I know I've probably said this before, but this whole blogging thing has turned out to be one of the things I look forward to each day. I have been so encouraged, and have learned so much from all of you out there. I love seeing how God is growing you and I love your transparency. It makes me feel not quite so alone at times.

time away! My man and I are going to be attending a pastor/wives retreat sponsored by our state convention next week. The theme of the week is "Living Life in the Fishbowl". I'm looking forward to a few days out of it.....glub, glub!

a house full of college kids! My 2nd born will be celebrating her 21st birthday Sunday and being the family socialite that she is, we will be having 6 of her college buddies over for the festivities which begin tomorrow night! Yes....go ahead and say that prayer....strength and endurance, Lord! I really am looking forward to it. All these kids love my Jessica and they love Jesus and have been serving Him in various ways throughout the summer. It is going to be good to hear what all God has done in their's going to be a praise party!

the stability found in our God! He never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Truly He is a rock of continual habitation (Psalm 71). Don't you just love Him?

Monday, July 2, 2007

Still Workin' the Thing Out!

My man and I sometimes tease each other about our marriage...we jokingly say, "We've been married 26 years and it's been 12 of the happiest years of our lives!" After reading what Christine said about the comments she has received from women who are struggling with this challenge, I just wanted to say, I've struggled too. This challenge has made me realize how much I take my husband for granted. I've been surprised at how consciencously diligent I have had to to be at working on my goals instead of it just coming natural. From my previous post in this challenge, I would not want to give the idea that things have ALWAYS been good...far from it. Just because I'm married to a pastor doesn't change the fact that he is still a ordinary man. I married that man, not his calling, and we have had and still have the same struggles as most of you. It's been hard...REAL hard....but God had captured both of hearts before we captured each others and HE is the reason we are where we are today...still together, still in love, and still working the thing out!

If you have not been to the Living Proof Blog and read Beth's comments on the survey she conducted with some "blog husbands" (June 30th post) you need to take a trip over there. It will be well worth your time. I think it is so appropriate for those of us who are involved in this challenge. It will give some helpful insights.

Hang in there girls! Your comments and ideas have been such a help and blessing to me!