We have finally gotten somewhat settled in Fulshear, Texas. One of our “to do’s” was to find a church we would all enjoy. As a family we discussed the importance of finding one that was totally bible based. You might think it is an easy task, but not so these days!
Christian churches and denominations are trying too hard to be “people pleaser.” It is a melting pot of wants, desires, and monstrous sized congregations. Abundance and prosperity are the hot words of the day. And don’t forget where to send your donations! The bible is like a field of fruit trees to these Pastors. They pick the good fruit bible verses to put on display and leave the bad fruit verses in the dust. Surely, God did not mean for us to understand His whole Bible. Only the parts we like.
OK, I will remove my tongue from my cheek. We are excited that we have found a bible based church, here in Fulshear. And so far, the Pastor’s sermons are thought-provoking and motivating. Especially this past Sunday’s sermon which will continue through the month of October. Have you ever looked forward to going back to church the following Sunday, for next installment? We are and I am amazed!
The Pastor told us how people give him books to read and he was given the book “30 Days to Live.” He said as he got into the book, he thought this is what he needed in his life. The more he read and prayed about it, God revealed this book was what the congregation needed too.
Now, I know what it is like to be looking at my own mortality. Over 8 years ago, I had a tumor behind my left eye and it was continually growing. The doctor told me it could be cancer and suddenly I was faced with the fact that my time was up. Going to heaven did not seem like a terrible option, but my youngest son was 9. The two other children were grown and had lives of their own. As someone said to me that I probably felt like I had not finished my job yet. Fortunately, the tumor was benign, but I have a rare disease called Wegener’s Granulomotosis. And God is good!
Even today, I need a reminder of my mortality. Whether I know it or not, today could be my last. Number one priority is “Do I know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour?” The answer is yes. Do you? Number two, 30 days to live passionately and prioritize the important from the mundane!
I am passionate about God, my husband, my children, my grandchildren, and my writing. And this is where my work must begin. Am I living everyday for them or for the world? I have half written novels, children’s books, and short stories. Time to finish them, even if they never sell. You see I internalized other’s opinions and comments about my first children’s book, The Tent Maker, letting myself and God down. It is a great book! So what if I don’t have a degree, and if the English Professors say anyone can write a children’s book. Did they ever write a book or even try to get published outside of academia?
For thirty days I am to rise from the ashes like a Phoenix and then gloriously return to the dust where I began. Hopefully it will only be a role play and not the end of the play, but we never know. Join me as I passionately write, prioritize, and love my way through these next 30 days!