Yesterday was quite a day. It was the kind of day when you know God wraps His arms around you, hugs you in so many different ways, you can't help but know you are loved.
I got asked quite awhile ago to lead a devotion on my dorky (I'm the dorky part, otherwise, it would be cool) scrapbooking retreat. Honored isn't even close to how I felt, add a little scared to that. But sometimes I just have to say, ok, my heart, my words, Lord, it's all You, fill me up and then let me empty with words that will touch the hearts of others so they KNOW they are LOVED. Originally I thought I would write about one thing, but that didn't work out because it was about what I wanted, not what He needed me to write and to have someone hear. Pray for it. Please. I'll post it before I leave on my trip.
Sunday Phyllis's friends asked her to make them dinner. Justin's mom is in the hospital, she had a HUGEMUNGOUS cyst on her ovary, came home, had issues and was back in the hospital. No one to take care of them. So Phyllis went over there before core groups and made Shepherd's pie. They loved it, today, it's spaghetti for the boys because we have all the ingredients in the cupboard (Thank You Jesus). Somehow my gift of cooking looked so fabulous on her. Gave me a different perspective. Funny how God somehow gives us new glasses when we are ready to try them on... My oh my, He loves me.
Yesterday was Pastor Clark's birthday at Grace Centers Of Hope. If there's anyone who is worth celebrating, it's Pastor Clark. That man's got God's love oozing from his pores, and he sometimes has that ugly love that Sara spoke about today in her post that when someone needs it, the truth comes out. There were about 200 people in church, and Keith chose me to serve cake. I would have volunteered but to be chosen, meant a lot. It made me feel special. Maybe serving cake doesn't seem like a big deal to you, but to not be overlooked (which I often feel I am) made me feel special. Silly silly, I know but God again reminded me how much He loves me.
Want to know what to get Pastor Clark for his birthday? Make a donation to GCH. Money or "stuff" that you don't need anymore. They'll put it to good use.
One more thing, I was driving up to GCH for church and I stopped at this deli, Breakaway Deli (I had the #17 - YUMMO!!). I stopped there because one day I went up to volunteer at GCH and they had donated literally 50 sandwiches!! So I thought I would, in turn, support them (and I told them that's why I was there!). So if there's a place that you frequent for what they stand for (or what they stand against), let them know what someone is listening.
Jer 1:5 5 "Before I formed you in the womb I loved you, before you were born I set you apart
**Pictures are Keith and I, Pastor Clark blowing out the candles on his cake (there were a LOT of candles HA!), Pastor Clark opening his presents with the kids, Pastor Clark holding up "his" present which was a donation of razors for the ladies program :)