Stepping Out in Faith

Sometimes you just have to have faith that God will help you when he gives you a nudge to do his will.

How Technology Has Changed Our Worship September 8, 2013

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The way we worship on Sundays has changed a lot over the past 6 years in the small rural community where we attend church. Sometimes I’m resistant to change, but I like the mix of contemporary music with hymns from my childhood. Being able to follow the sermon by watching the screen at the front of the sanctuary helps me to stay focused. It also allows me to see what points the pastor wants us to really grab onto.

Having a praise band instead of a piano or organ has been a gradual change. This has now become solely the praise band, because we no longer have a pianist, anyway. Many people are participating in a ministry that wasn’t available a few years ago. We have quite a few teenagers who are involved in the praise band by singing or playing an instrument. The music is very uplifting and tends to draw in some people who may not feel as comfortable in a church that only has a piano.

We got a new pastor a year ago and he is pretty tech savvy. Instead of using notes and referring to his Bible to read scripture, he was using his iPad. Evidently some of the less tech literate thought it was wrong that he was using the iPad instead of the Bible. It’s no different than referring to notes that are written on paper. The advantage is that he can have a Bible right on his iPad or easily copy and paste scripture right into his notes. Change is hard, but when we take the time to understand the change we may realize it’s not exactly what we thought at first.

Just as students learn best by different methods, Christians may learn best in different ways. The important thing is that we come together to worship and praise the living savior. It doesn’t matter if we wear a shirt and tie or jeans and a t-shirt, what kind of music we use, or if the pastor uses notes on paper or on an iPad. What matters is the condition of our hearts and that we come to church to praise the one who came to save us. Reach out to others in whatever way you feel God is speaking to you. Of course, this is just my opinion. You’re entitled to yours…

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A Parent’s Prayer Answered July 30, 2013


What a joy to see my baby girl all grown up and getting ready to walk down the aisle to become one with the man of her dreams! Watching the two of them grow up over the past 6
years I’ve seen how good they are for each other. Knowing that they are so perfect for each other gives me peace. But even more imporatantly, I have seen how they have put God first in their relationship. It makes me so proud in this day and age to know how commited they are to making that pledge, because I know the God is going to bless this marriege more than we can even imagine!

Ever since she was little, I’ve been praying that God would bring a man into her life that would make a good Christian home for her and my grandchildren and this prayer has been answered in a big way! He’s great with children and as the worship director at our church at the age of 20, he’s taken on huge responsibility at such a young age and done a fabulous job! I have no doubt that he will be a loving and supportive husband and a gentle, but firm father.

My daughter has graduated from college and works with teenaged girls who suffer from eating disorders. She has such a caring and giving heart that I know the girls will benefit from the love of God that she shares with them. It’s been her dream to be able to show others how much God loves them. As a parent, it’s one of our goals to see our children succeed in the world and I know that they are definitely getting off to a great start!

 

Life Gets Crazy! April 29, 2013

Filed under: Faith,family,love,Uncategorized — webmasteryates @ 11:30 am
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Life has been so busy this year! With several items requiring my attention over, I can concentrate on helping my daughter prepare for her wedding. I’m so excited for her and her fiancé. They are about to enter a new chapter in their lives! As they hunt for an apartment and plan the wedding and honeymoon, it brings back memories from that time in my life. Our wedding day was one of the best days of my life and I know it will be a very special day to them as well!

I also know that wedding planning is a very stressful time. So I know it will be important for them to handle things in a timely manner so it’s not hanging over their head. And they need to take time to themselves as well. I am so glad that God will be central in their relationship. As long as He is first, I have faith that their marriage will be a long and happy one!

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Daily Prompt: All About Me February 13, 2013


Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you. This is my response to yesterday’s prompt:

When I first started blogging, it was in response to our church’s need for someone to take over the website. I contemplated this for several weeks before offering to rise to this challenge. I had never run a website before and I had a lot to learn, but nobody else was coming forward to take the job.

After much prayerful consideration, I felt that I was being called by God to “Step Out in Faith”. I knew that God would provide the skills I needed to complete the task at hand. The blog was a result of my feeling of God’s tug to have faith in him. I felt that this was something I needed to share with others to challenge them to step out in faith also.

 

Missing You, Daddy! February 5, 2013

Filed under: Faith,family,God,love,proud — webmasteryates @ 12:00 pm
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Twelve years ago my dad left this world. He was at peace with God and tired of the fight, comforted by the presence of his family until the very end. No matter that we knew the end was near, it still hurts; every day…

My dad was one of the greatest men I’ve ever known. Family was very important to him and I respected him very much. Not wanting to disappoint him, I always tried to do my best (well, most of the time) and treated others the way he and my mom had taught me. He was always there to cheer us kids on in all of our sports and school activities, including band concerts, Christmas programs, and made sure we had what we needed. We didn’t have a lot of luxuries, but we never missed them or felt slighted because we didn’t have the name brand clothes or newest toys.

We knew what it was to work. He expected us to do our part in caring for the animals on our small farm and other chores around the house. He enjoyed gazing at our small herd of angus cattle and got satisfaction from the small things in life. He helped coach my brother’s baseball team and with the dog training club in 4-H.  Taking horses to shows and helping with our cattle to get them ready for the 4-H fair were other things he found enjoyment in.

I have no regrets. Even though I lived 3 hours away with a family of my own, I called him every week and spent time with him as often as I could. He overcame the odds many times as the doctors called the family in saying that the end was near. He fought back and despite the odds, he returned home to live another year or so. He said the thought of his grandchildren was what gave him the strength to get well enough to come home. It’s never easy when you know someone is dying. What do you say? My advice is to spend time with them, let them know that you love them. Listen to what they have to say. They need to say what’s on their mind to feel that they have closure and to feel that they can go in peace.

My sister lives in California, and was traveling home to see him. The doctor said he would never survive until her arrival, but he did! Even though he hadn’t spoken for several days, he acknowledged her arrival and breathed his final breath two hours later. We sat there and remembered the good things about him for a long time. We laughed and we cried as we recalled his singing “You Are My Sunshine” and the time he scared us at Halloween by pretending to be the Headless Horseman. I have many memories stored in my heart and no one can take them from me. I miss you, Daddy. Thanks for the encouragement and the love and guidance you provided. Forever, you will live on in me and my brother and sister! I hope we’ve made you proud. I wish you could have been around longer for your grandchildren to have known you better. You would be so proud of all of them, I’m sure! I know that I will see you again, in God’s time, and I look forward to that sweet reunion!

 

Overcoming Obstacles With God January 29, 2013

Filed under: Faith,God,health — webmasteryates @ 1:22 pm
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Six months ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes. I was feeling horrible with classic diabetic symptoms; extreme thirst, urinating a lot, exhaustion, and when my vision got really blurry, I knew it was time to find out what was going on. My doctor’s office worked me in the very next day and a simple blood glucose test showed a very elevated result. One look at the nurse’s face and I knew it wasn’t good. I was put on insulin to bring my number down quickly and I signed up and attended diabetes education class and met individually with a nutritionist and a diabetes educator.They were very helpful and I learned a lot that helped me deal with the day to day glucose tests and insulin shots as well as what foods to eat and not eat.

It was 4 months later before I found out I had type 1 diabetes, not type 2. My treatment changed again and I had more changes to make in my daily life. Insulin shots before meals were added to my arsenal of ammunition against this disease that has my body fighting against itself. Adjusting my meds several times still has my numbers totally out of whack. Strangely enough, I have never blamed God for this struggle as it’s not his fault. I do, however, praise him for giving me the strength I need to deal with this debilitating disease. My diabetic care team has been a huge help!

My most recent visit to the endocrinologist was another variation to my treatment. Now, I will be learning how to use an insulin pump. That is the next step in my quest for a somewhat normal existence. Hopefully, once I learn to use it, I’ll be able to get things under control. Without God in my life, I’m sure that I would have felt totally overwhelmed through all of this. Knowing that he’s always there for me has helped me to look at this as an opportunity to learn about the disease and to help others who are dealing with it as well. Teaching students in my health classes about it and showing them how to eat healthier are goals that I have now that I am learning more about it. God will help me to do this. I’m stepping out in faith…

 

Did You Pray Today? December 4, 2012

Filed under: Bible,church,Faith,God,Prayer — webmasteryates @ 11:24 am

Don’t start your day without prayer! Jeremiah 29:11-14 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I  have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

God tells us that he has plans for us! Each one of us are important enough that he actually has plans for us that will make us succeed, but how will we know what those plans are if we don’t talk to him and listen to what he’s telling us in return? It only makes sense to start our day by talking to our Lord.

 

 
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