April 28, 2016
Last month, while camping on Santa Rosa Island, we went on a hike to the Torrey Pine Grove.
Having been there before, we decided to take a different route on “Wreck Road.” Hiking on an
Island usually consists of a lot of steep trails, with not a lot of flat ground. Wreck Road is a steep
hike. We started climbing up and up and up. We had to take many stops to rest! A couple
of times I thought to myself, “Is this worth it?” But, when we would stop and look back from
where we started, we could see the distance we had gone. The new perspective of what we had
accomplished made the next part of the climb a little easier. When we reached the top, we could
see the interior of the island with all its wild flowers and rolling green hills and pastures. The
climb was worth it! It didn’t seem like it was that hard now that we could look out over all of God’s
This climb made me think of 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
“For our light and momentary troubles
are achieving for us an eternal glory
that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,
but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
In this life, we may have to climb some steep, dusty, rocky, rough roads, but on the other side the
Glory of God is waiting.
April 28, 2016
April 3rd was our first annual Community Outreach Sunday. Attend-
ance at the luncheon program was a full-house! Several people
shared their ministries in the community, and inspired the rest of
us. We ran out of time for others to share their ministries. How
wonderful! Next year they will share and inspire us. Meanwhile,
more opportunities for more of us to minister in the community will be
announced as they present themselves.
Our congregation is “enthused”. We think of that as excitement; but
the origin of the word means “to be inspired by or possessed by
God”. Both are true of us. I hope we’re openly enthused about
God’s work among us, so that we speak of it in our daily life........
January 28, 2016
Hearts Prepared to Trust
“My heart says of you, “seek his face! Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8
Trust is the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone. As women we place great value in trust. Without trust our relationships are superficial.
This begs the question. Do we really grasp the crucial necessity of our placing our trust in God and in Him first? This does not eliminate other areas of trust in our lives but it sets an important precedent that God is to be our primary source of trust.
To begin this journey, I think we must first examine our own hearts. What is truly inside our hearts? We have a great capacity to love. God our Father made us this way. This is a blessing.
We are promised that nothing can separate us from God. However, a prideful heart separates us from the ability to seek God. A heart of independence creates a situation in which we are incapable of subjecting ourselves to the loving guidance of our Father.
Our hearts are also vulnerable, to hurt, rejection, and ridicule......