Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Thought

Every week my church sends out a e-newsletter, which includes the Sr. Pastor's Thought of the Week. With Scott (Sr. Pastor) away writing a thought was my responsibility this week. It took me a while to decide on a subject, which was the reason for yesterday's facebook status was "Elizabeth is lost for words...but trying to write" This is what I ended up sharing:

Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
Psalm 103:2-5

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of reading Psalm 103 at my grandfathers funeral. It was a emotional moment and I could feel tears welling up in my eyes. By verse five my sight was becoming too blurry to see the words correctly. What I ended up saying didn’t make sense, “who scarifies your desires.” I read it again but still said “sacrifices” completely changing the meaning of the verse. I paused, apologized to the congregation saying it was hard to read through tears. After someone passed me a box of tissues and I dried my eyes I was able to see the words clearly, “who satisfies you desires with good things.”

The situation got me thinking about our relationship with God and how we need clear vision to see Him and His truth. Circumstances, guilt, pride, broken relationships, even our joys and successes can blur our vision of God. Join me in asking God for a clear picture of who he is. We also need to remember that so many people around us are still blind to God. Pray for them this week.

Pastor Liz

Thankful Thursday #17

I am thankful for:

1) Rain
2) Quiet
3) My job
4) Children
5) Friends
6) Chance to preach
7) New opportunities

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Psalm 118:1

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I'm Back!

It’s always fun to discover people read my blog. Just over a week ago I fly home (Ontario) to be with family as we grieved the lost of my Grandpa Willson. After condolences the second most popular thing I heard was “why aren’t you blogging?” or “when are you going to post something again?”

I knew I hadn’t been writing much but it wasn’t till then that I realized that the last significant post was from June. So, I give my sincere apology to those of you who still read blog. All I can say is it has been very busy and writing suffered. Thank you for sticking around and hopefully I’ll get back into a routine when school starts. For now a list of what’s been going on:

· The biggest event of the summer was the death of my grandfather. It was hard and sad because I miss him. But I am glad he’s in heaven…probably watching a ball game. And it was wonderful to see my family, swim with my sister, and see my family.

· First of July I was at Beulah for family camp. A good week the highlights were playing board games, ordination, and visiting with Missy

· My writing group me a wonderful gift, after failing to make the June 30th deadline for my nanowrimo novel the group to a collection to help me self publish when the story is ready. Sadly I haven’t worked on the story since.

· I lost all self-discipline after Beulah. I stopped running because my friend and I couldn’t get together, I gave up on the apartment therapy, and I stopped writing (as you just read).

· We (the children’s ministry at the church) did three backyard clubs and a soccer camp this summer. I am so thankful for Tabi or I wouldn’t have survived the chaos.

· We divided the youth group into two nights by age for the summer Wed was junior high and Thurs was senior high. It made things very busy for me but was the best summer interaction and participation I’ve had in the four years I’ve been at the church.

· Sr. High night was called Epic. We had a games night, campfire, 80s night…I was the only one to dress up, laser tag with Hillside, and the most awesomtastic Frenchies Formal banquet!

· Jr. high night was called Team vs. Team or TVT. Each night was a completion for a trophy but there were also animals awarded (I borrowed the idea from Kirk Perry and Zion Hill). It was a hit when kids could make it but soccer had a huge effect on our numbers.

· Somehow to deal with the stress of the days events I’ve been watching a lot of TV. Blockbuster has this great 30 days of unlimited older movies rental for $10. I watched all of season 4 & 5 of Alias, first season of the Big Bang Theory, plus Tabi, Lucas & I are working through Lost. Then on Wed and Thur I have TV night @ Doug & Terri’s. We’ve been watch So You Think You Can Dance, Big Brother, and Rookie Blue.

So that’s my summer…more writing soon (maybe even sooner if I stop watching TV)

P.S. One more thing, I’m in a musical…play this weekend. It’s really more of a dramatic reading of a musical. Back in April during Script Frenzy my friend Donna wrote a musical about three Canadian girls visiting Paris called Ooh-La-La-Eh! As part of the editing process she is having three of the readings this weekend to get view feedback. One of the readers had to back out so I am stepping in at the last moment. In fact I need to run to practice right now…

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thankful Thursday #16

I am thankful for:

1) My Grandpa Willson and the opportunity to know him
2) My Mom
3) My Dad
4) My sister Lee-Ann
5) My Aunts and Uncles
6) My Grandma and Grandpa Stewart
7) My cousins

I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord.

Psalm 116:17

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thankful Thursday #15

I am thankful for:

1) Maria for host HHQ 2
2) Joan, Lucas, and Tabi for making everything run and being superheroes
3) Kids for making me laugh
4) Kim and Tabi for taking over HHQ 3 without me
5) Terri who was just there
6) Air Canada...I know strange but I was able to get a ticket to fly tomorrow within hours of knowing I needed to
7) My family

Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works in songs of joy.

Psalm 107:22

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Thankful Thursday #14

I am thankful for:

1) Pastor/Coach Mike
2) Coach Derek
3) Soccer Camp
4) Tabi
5) Donations to kids ministry
6) A week off from superheroes
7) Time

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.

Psalm 107:8