Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lessons from Godly Teachers - Part One

Part One- Charles Stanley

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel with my husband to Branson with 14 senior adults to the Jubilee Conference. We had a wonderful time getting to know the people in our group (most of them from our church). What a blessing they were to us! And the conference was fantastic…great singing, preaching, and entertainment. We got to hear Dr. Charles Stanley and Dr. Johnny Hunt preach the Word, Mark Lowry entertained us and made us laugh so hard until our eyes watered, and we got to listen to Dino, The Inspirations, and The Perrys.

On the way home from Branson, the group dropped me off in Little Rock to join my sister & her church group at the Living Proof Live Beth Moore Conference. Wow! What another blessing!

I don’t want to forget the lessons I learned from any of these Godly teachers, so I’m going to summarize my notes. I hope some of the lessons will speak to you as well.

Dr. Charles Stanley

“Walk Wisely” from Genesis 37

If you had the power to change one thing in your life, what would it be?

He talked about JOSEPH and SEVEN CRISES that he faced in life.

CRISIS—A Moment of Opportunity…

1. In the family—his brothers were very negative, rejected him, jealous

2. In the well—Joseph was desperate but took advantage of those terrifying moments to renew his faith

3. In slavery—Again, Joseph responded by increasing his faith and being full of integrity

4. At the Egyptian slave lot—Remember, God is always AHEAD of your CRISIS

5. As an Egyptian slave owner bought him—He took the opportunity to learn how to be a servant

6. With Potiphar’s wife—Joseph RESISTED temptation! He took the opportunity to obey God in the midst of a crisis

7. In Prison—For nearly 10 years, Joseph lived in prison but he was respected and the jailor put everyone under his authority

Joseph always responded by using the crises as learning opportunities. Each crisis prepared him for the next one.

How can we respond to crises in our lives?

  • · Remember Romans 8:28—God works ALL things together for our GOOD!
  • · Remember Psalm 103:19—God controls all things!
  • · Remember Isaiah 55:8-9—God says that HIS thoughts are not OUR thoughts…we can’t even fathom how to think like He does!
  • · Don’t focus on the pain because that takes your eyes off of God!
  • · Be in the Word DAILY!
  • · Recall your past crises and reflect on how God brought you through those hard times.
  • · Submit yourself to the will of God & trust Him!
  • · Demonstrate gratitude even though you don’t feel like it!
  • · Determine to look for an opportunity to LEARN from your crisis!
  • · Refuse to listen to the misinterpretations of others’ reactions to your situation! Only talk to God!
  • · Remember Isaiah 64:4—God “acts on behalf of those who wait for Him”
  • · Pray without ceasing!

I couldn't post without a few pictures from our trip...

Mark Lowry was SOOOO funny! He is SOOOO talented too!
We ate quite a bit in Branson...this was at Steak & Shake! YUMMY!

We got to see the show NOAH at the Sight & Sound Theatre...what an awesome experience to see how it could have been during that time! The audience felt like we were actually in the ark!
This was a statue of Goliath at the Sight & Sound theatre! Can you believe he was that tall??

We had lunch at a country store on the way home! It was so much fun! I'm so thankful that we had the opportunity to travel with our senior adult group!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Memory Verse #8

This past week I had the opportunity to travel with Eric to take the Senior Adults to their Jubilee Conference in Branson and then I got to go to the Beth Moore Living Proof Live conference in Little Rock. Wow! What a spiritually uplifting week I've had!

Yesterday, I decided I needed to memorize some of the key verses from the weekend's lessons, so here goes...

I'll have to share more about the wonderful messages I heard this week from Dr. Charles Stanley, Dr. Johnny Hunt, and Beth Moore.

2 Timothy 4:5
"But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry."

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Today we had the opportunity to go on a field trip with the Nacogdoches Home School group to tour “Whatakite” in Lufkin. It was such a neat place! The owners were so friendly & generous. They gave all of the kids a free kite & they all got to fly them in the field next to their building. The weather was perfect! The kites that they make do not have any wooden dowel rods in them, so they seemed to fly easier. The boys had a wonderful time! I'm so thankful we had this opportunity for some family time, and I'm thankful that my husband was able to move his "day off" to this morning to go with us! The boys love having time with their daddy!

Evan and Ethan visiting with the owner while they're flying their kites.

I just love this picture...Ethan was tired of standing so they just sat down and watched his kite fly. (This was after a little mishap where Ethan let go for a second & the kite took off for the woods...Eric had to run & did a nose dive but caught the kite! Whew!)
Look at the smile on his face...he was determined to get the "parachute" in the air!

Evan's finishing his run with the parachute. On his second run, he had a little collision with another girl but everything was fine. :)
Daddy is helping Ethan get his kite to start flying.
Waiting in line for their turn with the "parachute" kite. It taught them about resistance.

Ethan got the parachute up in the air!
Once Daddy helped him get the kite up, he wanted to "do it by himself" the rest of the time. He was great! It stayed up for a LONG time!
Evan's kite kept wanting to do little whirly birds instead of being steady.
This was one of their gigantic kites that they had bolted to the ground.
Inside Whatakite...such a neat place!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Memory Verse #7

Psalm 116:1-2 (NIV)
"I love the Lord, for He heard my voice;
He heard my cry for mercy.
Because He turned His ear to me,
I will call on Him as long as I live."

Soon, I hope to get back to updating our lives...the internet is still a problem & I can't seem to upload pictures at our house...but someday we'll figure this out. :) Until then, I'll keep living life, teaching our boys, and memorizing scripture. What verses are you trying to hide in your heart? I'd love to hear them!