I’ve decided to take a break from the blog for a bit while I focus some extra time on praying for Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan and spend some time resting over the summer.
Be back soon!
In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciplestogether and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. (Acts 6:1-5)
Leader – a buzz word in the American church today. Countless books have been written on the topic. There are whole degrees around the idea of leadership. Leadership is important. Churches and organizations are made or broken based on the leadership abilities of a person.
But is it the end-all? Should it be our goal as followers of Christ?
Acts 6:5 tells us that Stephen was a “man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.” A man with such a description should be in charge, right? He should be up front. He should be a leader.
Instead, he’s given the role of chief waiter. He’s handing out food to widows. He’s in the background.
And he does so with faithfulness and honor. He fulfills his ministry responsibilities with gusto knowing that it is for the service of Jesus. He is so full of the Spirit that while he is fulfilling his obligations to the widows he is performing great signs and wonders among the people (Acts 6:8). It is noteworthy that there have always been those faithful believers whose love for and commitment to the Lord seem to shine through so greatly that others around them notice, and Stephen was such a man.
And his reward?
Becoming the first martyr.
I’m beginning to wonder if I should focus less on being a great leader and more on being full of the Spirit. I’m beginning to wonder what might happen around me if I chose to simply be full of the Spirit rather than full of man’s words. I’m beginning to ask God to create a spirit within me like Stephen: one of servanthood and whose mind is set on things above.
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 Read More »
The mister and I are missionaries. And we’re adopting. So, we’re not rolling in the dough. But, we are committed to a weekly date night. Enter The Dating Divas. I’m so thankful for them and their fantastic ideas. I’m especially thankful for their list of
Where do you get date night ideas?
Note: Some things on Dating Divas is free, some costs. But, it’s totally worth it.
Note 2: Although I LOVE their date night ideas and printables, I do NOT share some of the beliefs of the owners of the site.
This week is Mother’s Day. My most dreaded day of the year. Another reminder that I’m still on the outside looking in. Another year that I’m in the adoption wait. Normally I stay home. This year I’m speaking at a church about the unreached.
My dad likes to tell a story of when I was about four or five years old. He was constructing a swing set for us and I was more than excited. I was anticipating moments of bliss as I flew through the air. Apparently dad was struggling to put this contraption together and I wanted to be helpful. So I asked dad what tool I could bring him to make these poles turn into my beautiful swing set. He didn’t need a tool. I was not deterred.
“What do you need, Daddy?”
Picking up the first tool I saw, I asked, “Is this a patience?” He shook his head. “Is this a patience?” He shook his head. “Is this a patience?”
You get the picture. And my dad got some patience. You’re welcome.
I’m reading the Bible chronologically this year. It’s something different I haven’t done in awhile and I like how it gives me a picture of how things transpired.
As I’m reading through Judges I see a pattern I’ve seen before: things for the Israeltes are bad so they turn to God in desperation. Then he delivers them and we see them quickly turning away from God only to find themselves in a desperate situation where they plead with him again. Over and over God’s grace and love redeems this “stiff-necked people.”
Getting rid of weeds has not been a part of my life. For a long time now I’ve lived in apartments in the capital cities of various countries in the Middle East. This means all my plants are in pots around the house and on the balcony. This also means NO WEEDS. All I needed to do was water my plants and make sure they didn’t get too much of the scorching Middle Eastern sun and they grew. In fact one of my geraniums grew so big we had to cut it in half. Crazy.
We’re waiting. Waiting for the alert that we’ve been chosen to parent someone else’s child. Waiting for our titles of Mom and Dad to be bestowed upon us. Waiting.
And while we’re waiting, we’re doing our best to prepare.
I am a bibliophile which is a fancy way of saying I LOVE to read. I hope to instill this love for reading and learning into our little one (or can I dream big and say ones?). My mom is a great reader and kept many of the books I read as a child. YAY! But I started looking through them and realized that I needed to expand our library to include adoption children’s books. So, off to the library and Amazon and all sorts of places I went in hopes of discovering little treasures.
And discover I did. So, for those adopting and for those with loved ones who are, here is a few books I particularly enjoy. I hope you do, too!
What are you favorite children’s books on adoption?