Be You..

Be You..

At times in life we can feel like we really aren’t good enough. I know that in ministry we can fall into that trap as well. We hear a great sermon and want to go and do that sermon (that is not a good way to show what God is doing in your life) or we want to go and be that person somehow. I have fallen into that trap before and it is horrible to be there. It is hard to continue to be someone else when God made me the best me.

Ministry is about you being you! God made you to do ministry the way He made you. In ministry, the trap comes as we try to look, talk, act, dress, speak, sound, study, read, listen, yell, live, move, sing, design, like the people who are “doing it.”
WHY?

Who said you’re not getting it done In your area that you are serving now? You may be reading this and in the back of your mind you are thinking, “well only if I had this or that”.
Why are you “not getting it done”? Maybe because you are looking in the backyard of another church or ministry and you are jealous because they have cooler lights, larger staff, amazing worship leaders, great communicators, cool carpet (ok no one is saying they have cool carpet).
Let’s look that up in the Bible…WAIT, IT’S NOT! No where does it say, the “cooler” buildings, lights, screens, stage designs, sermon titles, get people to come to your church or events.
It does say it is about relationships, that is it! People knowing that you truly care about them, and want to see them grow in their walk with God.
BE you. BE who God made YOU. Don’t be someone else. You will be more successful if you are you! The people that you try to be like, are not like anyone else. They’re not scared to just be them, so do ministry the way God designed you to be, not how He designed everyone else.

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Be

Be

cropped-bestillpiccopy.jpgFor so long my favorite verse has been Psalm 46.10…. I have it on my wall in my office I stare at it all day long. I preach it, tell it, counsel with it, etc. I have just found that at times I need to REALLY put it into practice.

Can I really “Be still and know He is God.” It is hard at times to just do the first part “BE” can I even do that just “BE.”

I work hard to focus on this and let it really be lived out in my life.  Life can at times be so incredible, but happening at a speed that is very fast.  Those are the moments that we forget to just BE…. I challenge you to BE this week… What is that? How do we “BE”?  I would take time and ask God, and see what He says about you being “Be” You have to figure that out for your self.

Dad’s we HAVE GOT TO GET IT TOGETHER (to-get-her)!!!

Dad’s we HAVE GOT TO GET IT TOGETHER (to-get-her)!!!

When Emersyn and Ayler say Da-Da it is so amazing!

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I love it when Emersyn my soon to be 4-year-old little girl- says Daddy, Daddio, or even DaDA. I love it! There is just something about hearing her say those words that will never get old.. (It did at times, when she was 1 and that is all she could say, example – Dada meant I’m hungry, tired, board, or more Mickey)

What being her dada does to me is makes me strive to be the best DADA I can for her…  Reminds me that I need to sacrifice things for her to spend time with her.   I need to get on the floor and play with her Ponies, her Anna and Elsa, twirl her in her princess dress, watch Sophia with her, go to daddy daughter events at her school and church, tell her she looks beautiful when she gets dressed on her own and looks like an unmatched Christmas tree with all the accessories.  I need to get off my phone when I am home with her, so she can see my eyes looking at her instead of the top of my head.  I need to take her on walks, dates, and just us to go to the park or pool.

Am I a perfect DaDa? No, but I am giving it my all.  I want her to know that I will always be here for her, I will always listen to her, I will always protect her, and I will always love her!

I want to encourage dads to please stop pouring into things that wont last and start pouring into your little girls.  They have always needed us and always will need us.  Right now in our world we as Christian Dads need to step it up. We must be spending time with them. Look at your time, where is it going? Is it work? Then take time off to spend with her, don’t look back on your time as a dada and wish you would have left work a little earlier, or didn’t answer that call, or turned the game off just to spend time with her.  Before you know it they will be out of the house and searching for a man who is similar to you, being the only example that she has seen..  What are you showing her?

Lets strive to be the best Dad we can!
When I talk to girls who are already grown, this is what they are thankful for…
     – They are not thankful for the house you got them
     – They are not thankful for how much money you made
     – They are not thankful for all the long hours you put in at work
     – Instead it was
               – Thanks for loving me so so much
               – Thanks for letting me interrupt you
               – Thanks for getting on the floor with me and playing
Here are some tips to continue to be an amazing father… 
1. Touch: Just like their moms, girls need to be hugged. All the time, Daily if possible..
     – Girls don’t understand when puberty hits that dads back off when they used to wrestle and hug a ton..
     – When dad is still hugging the younger kids and not the older girl.
                              – The girl feels like he doesn’t love her any more..
     – Lets continue to hug.
2. One on One time – Breakfast, lunch, dinner!
                              – Put it on your calendar and do it, don’t book something else over it..
3. Sweet cards, flowers, short prayers
4. The most important is conversation and asking questions (Girls feel abandoned by their dad when they are not verbal with them.)
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Party – Just Because

Party – Just Because

This past Sunday two of our staff members  Ryan Herzog and Meredith Landry had an idea to throw a party for one of our students Helen.  Read her Instagram post below to see what Helen is going through in her own words.. screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-2-12-32-pm-2

So they wanted to throw her a party just because, just because we love her, just because we want her to know we are here, just because we want her to know her friends are here, just because.

Please join us as we continue to pray for her amazing dad!

Please enjoy this video of what took place…

 

 

 

Be Still

Be Still

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Psalm 46.10 – Be Still and Know that I AM GOD.

When was the last time you just sat in complete silence, with nothing to do or look at? When was the last time you went 1 hour without looking at your phone?

Being still is almost unheard of in our culture today. Being still is not looked at as something that you would do to be successful.

Being still is something we must build into our lives, we must take time to STOP. God took an entire day off, He called it the sabbath.  Some how we have been taught that we don’t need to sabbath.

With the world continuing to add noise to our lives in so many different ways, I challenge you to find some time to Be Still. When you do this it will help to block our the clutter and make room for the Creator.

 

 

Worship – as a Minister/Pastor

“Worship is our response both personal and corporate to God—for who he is and what he has done.” – Louie Giglio

At times in ministry, we can fall into the trap of worshiping only when we are at a worship service. Only when the lights are out, the music is loud, the haze is heavy and emotions are flowing. If this is the moment each week where you take time and worship, then you are confused and need to re-focus your “worship.” God calls us to worship all the time, 24 hours a day. If you see the quote above from Louie, it says “our response both corporate and personal.” Now worship is not just singing songs, it is a life style, it is what you do all the time. It is never ending. We can not get into the habit of only allowing worship to happen on Sundays or Wednesdays, those need to be bonus times to your already continuous worship. Look what the Bible says about worship, Paul says,

Romans 12:1 – So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. (The Message)

My Challenge to you as a minister (not just a paid person in a church, but a CHRISTIAN), is to worship all day long, not just singing songs but RESPONDING TO GOD, for who He is and what He has done in your life