Wednesday, August 19, 2009

"My Weakness, His Strength" by Traci Rhoades

9But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. II Cor 12.9-10

In my old yearbooks, my friends used to write phrases like, “Don’t study too hard over the summer; try to have some fun” and “Don’t be such a nerd.” Yes, I was the honor roll student you beat up. You’ve heard of those organized, Type A personalities? Meet their leader.
These days, I have no idea where I’ve put my to-do list. No, correction, I can’t remember if I started a to-do list or just thought about it. I begin each day with great ambition… complete the laundry, get the groceries, read a few pages in the book I started. However, here’s the reality at the end of most days… the laundry has been put off yet again, I’ve managed to serve my husband leftovers one more time for dinner and maybe in six months, I’ll get that book completed.
You’ve probably guessed it by now; I’m the mama of a toddler. Please tell me, did they pull us off to the side and explain to us in school just how hard and all-consuming it would be as a mother? I must have been absent that day. No, that’s not true; I usually got the perfect attendance record each year (uggh, someone stop me)!
I’ve had the great pleasure of meeting so many moms through church and play groups these past few years. And can I just tell you every woman seems to have it so much more together than I do? Do you ever feel that way?
OK, maybe I’ve taken some writer’s liberties and embellished a few details in my saga, but not much, I tell you. However, in the midst of this craziness and my lack of control, God uses me! I’m so excited about this discovery. Even when my act is not together, He uses me! When I think what I’m offering Him is a comical substitute for holiness, He makes me glorious. Taking my attempts and ministering to others. And my toddler, she is actually thriving.
So, let my experience minister to your hearts and your own crazy lives. When we are weak, He is strong. When we don’t have it together, His power comes and rests on us. Initially, this isn’t comforting news to us Type A ladies. But in our souls, we know it’s THE Good News. Because it’s furthering His kingdom. And that’s way better than being the perfect student, the perfect mom, the perfect attendance certificate-getter… it’s better than anything!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Praise and Coffee Night in Plainwell, MI

August 13, 2009
At The Plainwell Coffee Mill
717 E. Bridge St. Plainwell, MI 49080
7-9 PM

Come out for lots of laughs and then at the end of the evening, we will be breaking up into small groups such as:
*Healing of Broken Hearts
*The Challenges of Moms with Young Ones
*Marriage Encouragement
*Substance Abuse and Support
*Woman to Woman~ How God Impacts Our Lives
*Blogging Basics ~ tips for those who want to start blogging

Picnic

Sunday August 23rd from 12:30-3P.M. at the school. Bring a picnic lunch, potluck with friends, or fast food for lunch. Brats will be grilled and sold for $1.00 each. Drink and dessert will be provided by the Women's Ministry. BROWNIE BAKEOFF CONTEST will be held. Bake at least a dozen brownies and drop them off in the kitchen before church. Three categories Ooey-Gooey, Nuttin'Better and 3 Cheers for Chocolate. There will be a "best in Show" for each category and will receive ribbons. Please wrap one piece of your brownie separately for judges to taste. Please bring in your brownie recipe along with the brownies. Forms for this contest will be at North Point or notify Traci Rhoades at traci_407@msn.com or Katrina Pelfrey at dkpelfrey@juno.com.
You may want to bring a pop up awning for shade, lawn chairs, and or blankets.
There will be GAMES for all ages.