It was November 2002 and on that particular Saturday I was standing in a mountain of laundry crying my eyes out when I saw him at the door. David, our friend from up over the mountain in Tennessee was returning a Buck goat to our herd – he had borrowed him! I quickly dried my tears and opened the door and invited Dave into our laundry room – as it is with human beings we got talking.
“How’s church going?” Dave asked
“As a matter of fact, Dave, we just left the church we’ve been going to for umpteen years.”
David invited us to visit their fellowship the next day although the pastor wasn’t going to be there and there would be a guest speaker. Dave left and my sister and her two grands arrived! By now I was feeling better, before David had left he asked if he could pray for me, so we stood in the midst of the laundry pile and he prayed just about the sweetest prayer my heart ever heard!
Sister Peg, the girls and I were having a fun visit when she asked if I’d help her find a little church over in Mountain City because she was guest speaking there the next day (at the time, Peg was the director of our county’s Pregnancy Care Center). What? What church? You guessed it, the very same as David had invited us…
The rest, they say, is history.
Isn’t it amazing how our great big God cares so very much for His kids? We went to Community Church the next day. And, the next Sonday. And, the next Sonday. And…you get the picture – we’ve never looked back. Pastor Ron Drake and his chic Nancy are not only our pastoral leaders but they have become our very good friends. Ron and I are a lot alike – we are cut-to-the-chase people. We have no issue with calling things out and dealing with them, all for the growth of the believer and the glory of God. I love his style, a teacher of The Word, not a sharer of his opinion! Over the years he has used several sayings – and, trust me, he drives them home. These are words one finds themselves saying over and over! However, they aren’t “just words” they are Biblical truths and today I want to share them with you.
What’s going on in your world? Are you going it alone? Or, are you getting God involved?
Things aren’t going as you planned? Are you frustrated? Are you trying to make things happen? Is God involved? Jeremiah 29.11
What are we doing? What is the purpose of our life? Is God involved? Are you allowing HIS plan to guide your steps? What is your mission?
If God is involved in your everyday life, His plan is dictating your steps, your mission is to honor Him…then, let’s be redeeming the time!
These sayings have spanned the almost-13 years we’ve been attending CC – but don’t you just love how they all build on one another? This is a SOLID, BIBLICAL outline for all of our lives – we can sink our heels down in these and when doing so we will live blessed lives. Sure, there are times we forget but these four simple truths are the very best checklist to go back to – I am grateful to Pastor Ron and his teaching all these years and grateful the Lord won’t let him retire. There is Kingdom work to be done and he is redeeming the time!
Simon’s baby dedication late June 2003
Vow renewal – 20 years of marriage – November 2004
Nancy Drake hugging Marni, at her baptism.
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