If Yesterday is History than why…….

Do we let it affect us now? As I have talked to friends, the common factor is well that was what I grew up in so that is why I do this now. I am guilty of this too! I have a very hard time spanking my children because as a child that was overly used for punishment. I remember it but did not feel loved because of it. I need to work on finding another way to displine them that is out of love but not hurtful. Just to make them think! I think it is interesting. We do love to go back and remember the good times which is great! I love to do that too but no one wants to go and trace back those bad times to why we do something a certain way today. I admit it is harder to face those hurts head one rather than shove them deep down and try to put them out of my mind. One of the things that I struggle with on a daily basis is that I tell my husband that I am going to the store for only a few items but really I know I will be spending more but if I tell him the truth than I won’t get to go. This is from growing up and not being able to spend the money I earned on things I want. Yes, I need to work on communicating this with my husband and YES this will be a HUGE turning point for us. I am working on but it’s hard to let that old way go!

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Camp Adventure Homecoming!

So….these past few days I have posted some old camp pictures my facebook page. It is amazing what pictures do to people and the thoughts they trigger. Fun! Over the past few hours a few friends I met at Camp Adventure Terra and John Barlow…have been talking about having a “Homecoming”! Wouldn’t that be neat to get together and laugh about the past and remember the times in life when we were reaching out to the next generation. We are now reaching our children at the moment as we raise them. But I think it’s neat how people relate to a moment in time. A moment that may have brought happiness despite what was going on around them at home. A moment that brought them closer to Christ. A moment that challenged them to “Dive” deeper into their relationship with Christ and trusting him fully and completely. If you have ever been to camp before you know that amazing feeling and experience you get. You are on that mountain top away from all the worries and care of home! Away from all the bad news on t.v. You are in the presences of the almighty God! It is an amazing experience and time. A time that marked me and my relationship with Christ. Think about those times in your life. When I was at Camp I was able to be free. It was a safe environment where we could be crazy and the kids would follow along. It was a time where the worship was what I imagine heaven to be like. It was a time when I was challenged to over come my fears. I am thankful for the times I had at Camp Adventure.

What do Pastors do?

Good Morning! This past weekend I went to a concert where one of the artist sings as it works into her families schedule as her husband is a pastor. As I watched her tell people that she was content and was where she needed to be now in life it was surprising to see people’s reaction! I don’t think people realize that there is alot more than meets the eye in ministry than just getting up Sunday morning and preaching! 🙂 I know before I my hubby became a pastor I thought oh it is so easy he will just preach on Sunday morning’s and that is it! Boy oh Boy was I WRONG!!! Being married to a pastor is sort of like being married to a doctor. You are on call ALL the time! Well, expect for when your on vacation but even then you may get an emergency call. Our husband’s prepare for their sermon, spending time in prayer, prepare for and attend lots of meetings to keep the church running and growing. They are available to people for prayer, to listen, to carry others burdens, to marry to bury. I know my husband spends alot of time at the hospitals when loved ones are in the hospital because he know’s how important that is to the family of having the presences of a pastor there. He also helps out people who are contemplating suicide. He has walked through lots of valleys with people in the community and some of our own. We have gone back for funerals because we knew that we were needed. Yes, there are times you feel as you are alone and no one understands. This is a calling not a job! I will touch on bitterness amongst pastors wives in my next post. In the mean time lift your pastor and family up in prayer….they have alot going on! 🙂 more than just Sundays! 😉