Confession Time: Luke Bryan

#ConfessionTime and #LukeBryan

Well, tonight in our little neck of the woods there is sort of a #BigDeal going on.

Luke Bryan is in town.

In concert maybe?

Truth be told I’m not sure if he sings or if he’s an actor. :-/

Really. I don’t.

And this OK.

Do you know what I did tonight? My hubby and little man went to the golfing range with the guys from church and Miss Priss and myself went on a Mommy Daughter date!

I wouldn’t trade this for the world!

I am happy for those who were able to go when they wanted to so badly but that’s just not something that ‘gets my goat’.

You know what I’m looking forward to this weekend? Junkin’ with my family and then a day of worship to begin my week!

Yeah, I’m definitely not #HighMaintenance…but I am of #HighImportance to my family. And this makes me very happy!

And as my daughter says almost daily…
#BestDayEver
#ConfessionsOfABlessedPastorsWife

Is it Friday already?

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I’m here and I’m still a kickin’!

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I know, I only missed yesterday in my blog posting and there is no “rule” that says I have to write daily…but I have to be very intentional about not beating myself up over missing a day.

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My week has been filled with sick kiddos, long sleepless nights, fever, strep throat, and Emergency Room visits with my father in law.  No, this is not an ideal week but my family is still alive and happy!

(This was my view at around 4 am on Wednesday morning..no zoom.  Oh Lord help her crazy little feet…)
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I am surrounded with such sweet, Jesus loving kids that it makes my heart smile.  Yesterday, Allison was starting to feel a little better so she road with her daddy down the road to get some hay.  While they were gone she said she started feeling bad so she went and layed down in the truck while he was talking.  I said, “Sissy, how come you didn’t tell Daddy you were sick and needed to come home?”  She replied, “They were talking about the Lord… so I didn’t want to interrupt them.”

Y’all, if this doesn’t melt your heart I don’t know what will.

She was so sick too…when he carried her in, her temperature was 102.5.

This is a true act of selflessness.  A seven year old girl, achy and feverish, but still not going to interrupt a conversation about the Lord.

Thank you Lord for my sweet, sweet babies…

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My post today may not be all “spiritual” or even have a scripture in it…but this is OK.  To be completely honest, none of my week has been real spiritual or had much scripture in it.  I’ve read my chapters for my Bible Reading Plan but other than that, not much more than prayers of healing over my babies and father in law.

And some days, this is OK too.

Challenge Accepted Saturday

 

I know it’s Saturday and I haven’t been writing on the weekends.

 

However, ….

 

I have a CHALLENGE for you…

 

I challenge you to FOCUS this weekend…

 

Focus on your husband, focus on your children, focus on your Precious Savior…

 

Put down your phones, try and stay off social media for a bit today and FOCUS.

 

Be INTENTIONAL.

 

*Look at your children when they are speaking to you and pay attention.

They are absolutely begging for your attention.

If you don’t give it to them…somebody else will.

 

*Ask your husband questions. I know life is busy and you’ve probably missed out on a lot this week.

-What was a high point in his week?

-Did he have days a little more troubling?

He would love to see you interested again…

 

*Get in the Word. Period.  It doesn’t have to be anything in particular. Just get in and read.

 

Now…as for myself?

 

#ChallengeAccepted

 

 

 

God IS…and that is ALL that matters.

Confession Time

 

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Life is busy.  I miss my husband.  I miss my kiddos.  I need some family time.  I need some Jesus time.

 

I work full time, I’m a full time Momma, a full time wife, and we hold church in our garage 3 times a week. At this present time we are trying to get our new church building up and active, we have graduations, birthdays, revivals, and chicken auctions to attend.

 

I know that at times I create this illusion that I have it all together.

 

I’m the pastor’s wife after all. 😉

 

But did you catch a very important word in there?

 

Illusion

 

“Woe to the obstinate children,”
    declares the Lord,
“to those who carry out plans that are not mine,
    forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit,
    heaping sin upon sin;
who go down to Egypt
    without consulting me;
who look for help to Pharaoh’s protection,
    to Egypt’s shade for refuge.
But Pharaoh’s protection will be to your shame,
    Egypt’s shade will bring you disgrace…
…They say to the seers,
    “See no more visions!”
and to the prophets,
    “Give us no more visions of what is right!
Tell us pleasant things,
    prophesy illusions.

Isaiah 30:1-3,10 (emphasis mine)

Illusions are not a good thing.  Illusions are not from God.

God is TRUTH.  God is CONSTANT.

God IS.

 

And the truth is right now that I need to get more intentional with my family time and especially my Jesus time!

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Scripture says (and this is Jesus speaking) in Matthew 11:28-29

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

So this weekend, I am going to do just that.  I am going to say “No” to things that simply pass away, and “Yes” to things that are everlasting.

The life I sow into my children and the love I pour into my relationship with my husband is forever…and my relationship with Jesus Christ is ETERNAL.

 

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I think I will.

Finding Joy through a Servant’s Heart

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“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Mark 10:45

Around our home right now we are learning a lot about becoming a humble servant and praying for a servant’s heart.

 

Ministry isn’t always about cheese and sprinkles! Sometimes it’s ugly, sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it’s about giving more than receiving. No, I take that back. Oftentimes it’s about giving more than receiving.

 

But this is OK. It’s still all worth it!

 

I began Confessions of a Blessed Pastor’s Wife in order to help others find JOY in their journey….to help them navigate through life, not in the mundane but in the EXTRAordinary! But through this, I cannot WILL NOT let my own children lose their JOY in serving others.

 

Not long ago I had a long, heartfelt talk with my 9 year old son about the importance of serving God at full speed.

 

The best approach to loving what we do is to live as Christ and serve others with all of our heart.

 

If you will remember, we currently pastor a church of approximately 75 people (over 100 this last week), 3 times a week in our home. Granted, we are very close (just a few weeks) to getting into our new building but we have been serving God in this capacity for over 2 years. Our bedrooms, living room, and den all become Sunday school rooms every week while our garage is a full time sanctuary. We do not have a nursery so on some days my kids’ rooms are visited by children during service times.

 

This sometimes upsets my son.

 

He may be the pastor’s son but he is human too and has to learn and grow just like the rest of us do. He doesn’t quite understand WHY they think this is ok but more importantly I want him to learn WHY we do what we do and HOW to truly love and embrace this season of our lives.

 

God called us to this ministry and when I say “us”, I do not mean just me and my husband. He called US as a family. I don’t just reprimand my son for being frustrated or not understanding. I desire for him to learn ‘not’ to be frustrated and to understand why.

 

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This picture is of my trash can after one of our church services.  It is filled to the brim with water bottles.  These bottles were strewn all throughout our home.  Austin helped me empty and trash all of these bottles while we had this conversation.  We had fun while doing it and made a game out of it.  I was able to be that walking example of finding JOY in the ‘not so glamorous’ part of our Journey.  It helped. :)

 

I explained to him how God has blessed us with a nice home in order to hold these services and he has blessed them with fun toys in order that they may share their blessings with others. If God did not see our family fit to serve in this capacity, we may not have this big house or all these toys to be able to share with others.

 

My son is beginning to understand this. Will he question seasons like this again? Probably. Is this ok? Absolutely!

 

My children will walk JOYfully in Servanthood, as did Christ.

 

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God gives us spiritual gifts and these gifts require growth…these gifts mature over time…

 

If we bypass these seasons of growth or ‘throw it in the microwave rather than the slow cooker’, we will not mature in our gifts and we will continue to stay as newborns in our walk with God.

 

We must make the most out of our ‘growth opportunities’ so that we can be used at maximum capacity and in the fullness of the power and the authority that Christ has placed within us.

Just Show Up

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Ladies, I know that it’s just Friday but I want you to keep this truth in mind…

…for Sunday Worship, this entire weekend, and for your entire life…

 

 

You don’t have to impress anyone…just show up to worship the King.

 

 

Mommas, wives, ladies … Sunday morning worship is not a competition. 

 

Life is not a competition.
More than likely, “Miss Has It All Together” battled with screaming kids over brushing teeth and clean clothes just like you did. Very possibly, “Miss Perfect Family” cried herself to sleep last night because she fears her husband has been unfaithful. And maybe, just maybe, “Miss Spiritual Suzy” is crumbling on the inside looking for a warm smile, a heartfelt hug, or a simple touch…

 

A few days ago as I was leaving for work, I kissed my husband goodbye. He said, “Ooh, are you wearing perfume today?” And I said… “Nope! That’s dry shampoo sweetie!” 😂 I may have been looking all pretty 😉 and smelling all sweet at first glance but behind the front? I woke up late, didn’t get my hair washed and had to settle for dry shampoo!

 

So ladies, let’s not assume just because someone looks the part that they have it all together.

Let’s enter into His presence tomorrow … and Sunday … and everyday… with a Heart of Worship.

I can promise that when you do, all that other stuff won’t seem as important.

“Sing to the Lord, all the earth;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.

Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and joy are in his dwelling place.

Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come before him.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
Tremble before him, all the earth!
    The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
    let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”

1 Chronicles 16:23-31

I used to be Super Mom…but now I’m not.

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Confession:

It’s true. I used to be Super Mom.

I used to be the mom making the amazing gifts for every single student in my kids class.  I used to be the mom who sent the best snacks and drinks…and I NEVER forgot.  I used to be the mom who gave the best Christmas and end of the year gifts. Y’all, I even used to be the mom to make goodies for the teacher’s lounge.

But now Im not.

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Somewhere along the way, Super Mom was replaced with ‘last minute, throw it together,  doing good to remember they even have snacks’ mom.

Don’t get me wrong, I feel I am a very attentive parent when it comes to my child’s school work and activities (and especially their Spiritual walk) but all those extras?  Yeah well, this year I’ve slacked a little in this area.

Teachers, will you please forgive me?  We highly respect you and appreciate you so much!

We have been EXTREMELY blessed this year with such amazing faculty. They don’t just teach my children but they love my children…and they inspire my children.

They deserve to be pampered.  They deserve treats. They deserve something special.

They don’t deserve the message that says “Can I have your mailing address please?”.  In case you are a Super Mom and don’t know what that message means, it means ‘I’m just now ordering your gift so it will not be in by tomorrow.’ (Which happens to be the last day of school by the way)

 

To the teachers, again…I’m sorry. I will truly try and do better next year.

 

To all the Super Moms out there…Can you please go above and beyond for our teachers this year to make up for people like me who are in an extremely busy season of life?

 

To the rest of the moms out there, try and take a few minutes to write out a “Thank You” note to the teachers and if you can swing it, grab them a gift certificate to pamper themselves this Summer. And remember,  you are not alone… more than likely your teacher totally gets it and forgives you. Why? Because if you have teachers are anywhere near as good as ours, they truly teach because they love it. All the extras don’t make or break them.  They are just that, extras.

Next year…I will be Super Mom again.

Not really, I probably won’t but I am going to try and be more intentional and show my appreciation towards those who serve my family…:-)

#GoodIntentions

Update: Confession #2

As I slid into the parking lot minutes before the awards ceremony, I stuffed $20 in an envelope.

Seriously,  who does that!?!

Mrs. Springer and Mrs. Thralls, I love you…and I’m sorry. :-) :-) :-)

Tornado’s, Momma’s, and Graduates…and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

IMG_20150510_093632We’ve just celebrated Mother’s Day.

I love Mother’s Day…and it’s not because I receive gifts and get pampered from sun up till sun down either, because I don’t…and this is OK.  Oh yes, my hubby and kiddos give me gifts and try not to fuss with one another throughout the day. However, mother’s day around here this year was about something completely different. As a matter of fact, it was about a few ‘something differents’…and this is OK too.  (It was also my daughter’s birthday)

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It began with Sunday morning worship and everything running very smoothly…until I ended up in my kitchen floor (remember we worship out of our home for the time being) with a spoonful of peanut butter when my blood sugar crashed. This is frustrating in itself. I know better than to skip out on breakfast but sometimes on Sundays, my mornings get away from me before I have a chance to eat. Anyway, I felt better before the service was even over and nobody even realized I was missing except for my sweet son who was taking care of me.
After Sunday morning worship, we had lunch at the house. I had prepared beans and cornbread (one of my favorites) the night before so therefore, no cooking for me!  (Win! Win!)

 

The weather outside was anything but perfect. We live in Southern Oklahoma and this time of year is Tornado season. I am not completely terrified of storms but I do get a tad worked up over tornado’s, even though I’ve never actually been in one. Either way, with our eyes glued to the television we watched as the storms got closer and closer. From the Emergency Alerts going off on our phones,to family members calling and sending text to make sure we are all safe to the urgency of the weatherman, my attention span was just about at maximum capacity. Needless to say, when my kiddos started getting loud and rambunctious, I wasn’t about to win the ‘Mother of the Year’ award. :(  Just being real here… :)

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Not only were there storms all around, but the afternoon was getting away from us and we had big plans for that evening. My husband had been asked to preach the baccalaureate for the graduates in our community this year.

Even though I’ve been rambling so far, this is where I’ve been headed.

Warning: Brag Post to follow

Ya’ll, my hubby did so well last night. I was so proud of him.  He has preached other places before but this was something special for us. Not only was it an honor in itself to be asked to do this but several of the graduates hold a special place in our hearts. We were their youth pastors for many years as they were growing up and we couldn’t be more proud of them.  (These pictures are very poor quality but it was the best I could do without causing a scene.)

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He spoke on David and Goliath. I’ve heard this story many times before as I’m sure most of you have. However, he related it to the graduates about to leave the nest and head out to face giants of their own along with the 8th graders about to head into high school. He spoke on the importance of these 5 little stones and encouraged the graduates to come up and get a stone out of the wooden bowl he had set before them. Believe it or not, one of the little 8th graders was the first to stand and before long about 30 different students were walking up to get their “Rock”.

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“David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. – 1 Samuel 17:45

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What a blessing and honor to be a part of something so amazing on this wonderful Mother’s Day/Daughter’s Birthday/Sugar crashing/Storm Chasing/Baccalaureate day of worship.  That is A LOT of stuff…but it’s OK…I wouldn’t have it any other way.

(again, please excuse the crazy snapshots throughout the day…some are not the best quality but I still wanted to share)

Dresses, Tiaras, and One Procrastinating Momma

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In my head, I may have been having one of those CrAzY Lady moments…

It was the day of my little girl’s 7th birthday party…and I had procrastinated. Really, I typically have a somewhat decent party planned for my kiddos … but this year? Well, we have a lot going on right now. My hubby pastors a church out of our 2 car garage. We’ve been in here for a little over 2 years and have been averaging around 75 people in attendance. Recently, we have acquired a building and have been remodeling it into our new place of worship. Needless to say, we are all beyond ready to get into our new building. We worship on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s and have been having work nights at the church 3 other nights per week. I work outside the home right now so this has basically left me with no time to spare to run errands. I had some amazing women from my church step up and create some really fun cakes.  This little girl of mine is a “lover of life” and was beyond excited about her party. She wanted to wear a princess dress and tiara. So, on my lunch break, I began my hunt for the perfect dress. 5 stores and 2 hours later, I still had no dress. Oh, and my A/C had stopped working in my vehicle and if you know anything about Oklahoma Summer paired with 100% humidity, then you will truly cry for me now. 😉

Now back to my ‘moment’…I managed to grab a bite to eat after stripping off any extra article of clothing or accessory that was not absolutely necessary and headed back to work.

I had managed to locate a tiara and also remembered another lady from my church that has a daughter similar in size to mine and loves to bless us with very nice hand me downs from time to time. She was able to find us a dress! Praise the Lord!

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Once I was able to leave for the day, I ran by to pick up the dress and then headed home.

I still had to bathe my daughter, fix her hair, and decorate for the party when I got home. To my surprise,  one of our Teen girls from church had been at my house and had already given her a bath and fixed her hair.

{SIGH!} – Love those girls.

Even though Allison had asked about a dress and tiara, she was so surprised when I pulled them out for her!

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This party was FAR from Pinterest worthy but it was not a fail!

*Best.Day.Ever*

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Oh yeah, it started raining while I was trying to get pictures!  At this point though, we burst out laughing, then stopped and snapped a selfie!

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Will the real ‘Women of God’ please stand up…please stand up?

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May I have your attention please?
May I have your attention please?
Will the real ‘Women of God’ please stand up?
I repeat will the real ‘Women of God’ please stand up?

I lay in bed recapping all the moments of the day. It started off rough from the beginning.

Strong-willed kiddos. Exhausted momma. Barking dogs. Unwashed laundry. Breakfast to be eaten. Dishes left from the night before. Mini petting zoo to be cared to. Cheerful husband. (Oh yes, this one is good but sometimes we tend to overlook, even be annoyed by the good at times like this.)

And then, I walk into the living room and there in the middle of the floor are several items that I have told my son, over and over and over to please put away.

Am I the only Jesus-loving woman who turns ‘CrAzY Lady’ from time to time?

My patience decreases, my voice volume increases, and my ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ personality flees … can I get a Witness?

This wasn’t the way I wanted to react. This wasn’t who I was…or was it? As I was lying in bed that evening I became overwhelmed with guilt. I do not typically act like this in front of others. I can be gentle, patient and compassionate with every woman in our church. I can attend and even minister at women’s events with such poise, integrity, and grace…so why do I find myself being the complete opposite from time to time with the people I love the most? It’s simple. I must be a fake…a phony… a fraud!

Then, I hear a still small voice from within saying, “You are NOT a fake! You are a mighty woman of God! You are a loving, gentle, attentive, kind, and faithful woman of God! The woman whom you see when you are walking in your ministry, speaking and engaging to those in need, praying prayers over your babies, making dinner for your widowed neighbor, respecting your husband, and loving life? THAT is the core of who you are. THAT is who I created you to be. All these other moments in between (no matter how often they may come) are just that…moments. And as you grow in Me, these moments occur less and less. Ask for forgiveness to those you may have wronged, dust yourself off, and keep being AWESOME!”

“Because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4b

We may stumble and we may fall but that does not make us a failure or a fake. I heard someone recently say “If I simply paint a wall, that doesn’t make me a Painter.” Well, if I merely mess up from time to time, this does not make me a Failure or a Fake.

My failures remind me that I am a sinner, saved by an Almighty King and proves just how desperate I am for Him.

Woman of God, you are not a fake and you are not alone. You are loved, you are chosen, and you are The Real Deal!

I repeat, will the real Women of God please stand up?

*Disclaimer: I do NOT listen to nor do I approve of the actions, words, or life of this original song or singer.*