What we’ve been up to . . .

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

So far, this summer has been fun! GOD has been good! I can hardly believe we have only three weeks before school starts. We’ve spent a lot of the summer slowing packing because at some point we will be moving – not sure when, but some time in the near future.

Don’t you just love this backyard?

Yeah, I know it could be bigger, but it’s actually much bigger than you see in this picture.  It’s perfect for us, not too much leaves to rake or grass to cut, plus the one we have now is much smaller. Just a peek into some things we’ve been up to :).

We really haven’t done much this summer except read, read, read and play outside. The kids read lots of books this vacation to keep their brains from turning to mush, Jonathan is starting a new school in September and he wants to put his best foot forward. Lizzy just reads for fun. Here’s a picture of Liz literally just hanging out.

But we did visit a few places, one of which was the Maritime Aquarium. If you’ve been there you’ll know it’s very hands on for kids,

and if your kids are like mine, they had a great time!  We saw Sharks, beautiful Sea Turtles, Stingrays, Otters and a variety of other sea creatures including the Jelly Fish. I’m sorry I only have a few pictures, we did more videos because the kids love to go home and watch themselves on tape and hear the funny things they said. Lizzy  loved it so much she asked if we could live there, I told her “I don’t think so, the smell would drive me crazy! :)” But the water front views were spectacular.

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 

I’ve been thinking a lot on this particular scripture. I don’t necessarily believe this scripture is referring to natural things, I believe it is suggesting that we cannot even imagine where God will take a truly consecrated individual, someone that loves God with their whole heart and spends their spare time meditating on His words and singing sweet melodies to Him in worship like David did. GOD promised to confirm the words of the person that truly delights themselves in Him with signs and wonders. God is still looking for people He can use. I want to be one of these persons. I want to see what God will do in my life. I want to experience the unimaginable, the miraculous.

You can too! God bless you, and thank you for stopping by Apostolic Talk!

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Ladies Ministry and Kitchen Disaster!!!

I’m not sure what it is about ladies ministry that intrigues me so much, but I get excited when I hear of an upcoming women’s conference. Maybe it’s the knowledge that in that conference I’ll be surrounded by some of the most powerful beings on this earth. No I’m not a feminist, I’m actually a stay at home mom with three children under 7 and I love and respect my husband very much. But there is a certain strength, a courage, a power of influence that is hidden in the tiny frame of the young mother, the widowed woman, the aged grandmother, the separated wife and the single woman. Many of these ladies have seen so much anguish, experienced so much pain, but somehow they still manage to give a meaningful embrace, offer an encouraging smile and share an uplifting word with others.

So when the call came to work in the Ladies Ministry, I jumped at it. Oh the thrill of sharing my own experiences and encouragements and listening to those of the young ladies, the new wives and new moms. The privilege of learning earnestly the wisdom of the older mothers in Zion and the joy of crying and laughing together with those so similar to myself.

But surprise, surprise! There was another side of the ladies ministry that I failed to consider … THE KITCHEN!! I am very familiar with my own kitchen and even enjoy being there, but what a total disaster I was at our annual leadership luncheon. First I felt very unneeded because the kitchen staff was such a well-oiled machine. Everyone knew where everything was and they even operated on a schedule. There was someone in charge of the overall kitchen, then someone else was in charge of the head table (the pastors and presenters), someone was in charge of setting up and decorating the lunch area, servers, sharers and even someone to keep things clean as the activities whirred on.

I’m terrible at jump rope, and standing at the kitchen door looking in, was like watching a jump rope game in full swing, looking carefully for an opportunity to jump in seamlessly and keep the rope swinging in perfect rhythm. I thought I saw an opportunity and jumped!! The result was not pretty, to make a long story short, I dropped a huge soup pot in a sink filled with water, the effect was a gigantic wave of soapy greasy water which covered Sis. J’s luncheon outfit. I broke some fine china, slipped on the floor hurling my body through the air and landed on my back. The kitchen staff stared in horror at the new assistant ladies president and tried their best to offer some help.

I wont bore you with the details of how I purchased bags and bags of bad corn to feed over 100 guests and it was too late to get more. SIGH!! So working in the Ladies Ministry has been quiet an adventure. But you know what? I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Are you involved in a ministry that you have a God given love for? How’s that working out for ya? Do you have any funny stories to share?