A wish for a hope-filled Spring

May 3rd, 2014 Posted by No comments

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Spring is a time of new beginnings and sometimes new beginnings inspire hope in us. I’ve been thinking a lot about hope and know that when I feel its peaceful presence I am fueled with renewed purpose to continue my work in this life.

Even something as mundane as a Monday brings me hope. Of course if you’re not a pastor’s wife you won’t understand why this is, but trust me, Mondays bloom with hopeful possibilities for the future.

The beauty of flowers just budding in my garden send me dreaming of scent-filled afternoons and charming bouquets on my counters — hopeful.

God understands the importance of hope in our lives and takes pleasure in gracing us with these moments.

It is true that hope doesn’t have an impact without the experience of walking through a dark time. The endless days of a child’s illness become touched by hope when his fever breaks, and we know our prayers have been answered.

If you’re like me, you have things you have seen decades pass without seeing a dream come to pass, but the knowledge that God planted our dream, watered it, and kept it alive, revives our hope that we will yet see it happen. And because of His hope, we persevere.

If you’re going through a hard time, lean on God’s word and rejoice in the Hope of the World for He is sharing your days and experiences with you, and does not leave you hopeless.

Romans 5:2-5 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Janice

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A sweet way to send cards

February 26th, 2013 Posted by 10 comments

cardsEvery once in awhile something so fantastic comes along that you simply have to try it out. That was my experience with SincerelyScent –  https://sincerelyscent.com/app/Home.accv3 from Scentsy.  I was delighted to learn about this streamlined system of card giving – who else sends out more cards than pastors’ wives?

Scentsy, for those of you who have lived in a cave and haven’t attended a party, is a wonderful candle company. I will not go into detail on their delightful products, but instead continue on to my subject today which is their new product line of cards. I don’t know about you, but I can purchase a card, write a note inside, and even address it, but I can never seem to get it into the mailbox. I’ll find cards days and weeks after they should have been mailed lying on my desk.

So when this service was brought to my attention, I sat up and took notice. On the site you can choose a card, personalize it with your own message should you wish, address it, and mail it. I say mail it, because the amazing thing is the cost of the card includes the postage.  These are not e-cards, these are real cards like you purchase in a store, you simply purchase them online and the company mails them out for you. You buy credits from the company and use them to purchase the cards.

I began the year by opening an account on Scentsy, and  purchasing credits (they sell them in lots of 10). I then entered the birthdays and anniversaries of everyone in our church in my “Contact Manager.” Now, at the beginning of every month, I open my account, pick out cards for the following month’s recipients, write a personal note in it, choose the date I want it mailed and Voila! Scentsy mails the cards out on the specified day.

In the event that you do not know a Scentsy consultant in your area, allow me to introduce my daughter to you. Her name is Jana Waddell. She and her husband live in Oroville, Washington where hubby is a police officer and she is the worship leader in their church. Jana has been a Scenty consultant for several years, and told me about this new program because she knew I struggled to get cards out in a timely manner. If you email her at janablessed@gmail.com and ask her for directions on purchasing points. She will be glad to offer you her expertise.

 

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Small Church Growth

June 18th, 2012 Posted by 13 comments

A really good blog article you might find interesting. Just click here to follow the link:
http://www.joemckeever.com/mt/archives/001351.html

Let me make it clear I am not endorsing (nor not endorsing) the writer and his website. I simply agreed with and liked the points he made. Tell me what you think, I’d love to hear from you.

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