Friday, October 19, 2012

Day Off

What to do on a day off? Go on a fabulous trip to north Georgia to see the changing season?  Take a trip to the beach and walk for miles on end with the nice breeze?  How about going shopping in St.Augustine?  All of these are great ideas, but I think I will play catch up instead.

How about redecorating?  Perhaps, put up my hammock before the weather gets too cold to be outside. Another idea is to do some decluttering which I already started.  Perhaps even clean out some items from my crowded closet and use them for a garage sale or just take them to Goodwill to help someone get a job.  I think I am going with my second list.  The leaves in Georgia are not in their peak so two more weeks will be just fine for that trip to see the beautiful oranges and reds.

So redecorating and catching up it is! I know in the long run it will make for a more relaxing future, but before I get to all that hard work, let me make some tea.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Message Last Night

A square piece of cardboard. Last night I went to church at Northland a Church Distributed in Longwood, FL.  First of all, I don't usually go at night since I have to get up early the next day to go to work, but I had had a busy weekend with my son visiting that I missed my morning routine.  Frankly, that was fine.  So I called a friend and we decided to go to the evening service.

I actually thought it would be Pastor Joel Hunter speaking but he wasn't there.  To my surprise, it turned out to be that new Mt. Dora Site Minister, Jeff Ball.  Jeff is new to Central Florida, coming to NCD from somewhere in the north.  I had had the opportunity to listen to him speak about a month back when he was introduced to the congregation and was delighted to hear him again.  He is a fast talker and he will tell you that himself.  You need your roller skates to keep up with him.  So he took Pastor Joel's message and transformed it.

While speaking about the need for all of us to be interconnected, Jeff, interjected that his wife had given him a square piece of cardboard with a message on it. He said that he puts it up on his book shelf and is reminded of its truth every once in a while.  The message? "God made you for this." Whenever he is on a difficult call he sees this. When he feels overwhelmed he is reminded. When life gets hard and feels homesick, tired, and wants to quit, he is reminded that he is not at this place by mistake.  What is true for him, is also true for us.

Lord whenever life gets really hard and we feel like walking away and trying something easier and to say the heck with it, remind us of this precisely: "God made you for this!" Call on his help.  The Lord is there with you saying, "I will never leave thee nor forsake you."

God bless Jeff Ball, his wife, and family!