Monday, February 28, 2011

The Ultimate G.P.S.

The 24 GPS satellites in orbit
12,000 miles above the Earth
Last week, my husband and I purchased a Global Positioning System for our car. What an ingenious little device! As we drove along in our tiny, insignificant Cavalier (just one of the 125 million cars on the road in the USA alone) I was fascinated by the thought that this small, unassuming silver box, attached to our windshield, could direct us on our journey. And yet it is true that we were indeed connected to, and being guided by, one of the 24 satellites that orbit the Earth an incredible 12,000 miles above! No more worries about getting lost! These amazing devices know, not only where we are, but where we need to be headed.
Do you ever feel lost, tiny or insignificant as you journey in your ministry? Every day, no matter where we are, we have the privilege to be connected to and guided by the ultimate G.P.S.- God's Positioning System. He knows exactly where we are and where we need to be headed. We can trust that He will faithfully guide us there. Turn on your G.P.S!
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying,
"This is the way, walk in it." Isaiah 30:21

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Endings...

When I was a little girl, I loved the stories of The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.


Because despite the best efforts of the big bad wolf, the ugly sisters or the wicked witch, all my favorite characters managed to live 'happily ever after'. I have always loved stories with a happy ending. I still do. I think everyone does.
And if we serve in children's ministry what a privilege we have- to carry with us the greatest story ever told, with the happiest ending imaginable!

The gospel story is a fairy tale come true, penned by the author of happy endings. 

Those three little pigs may have suffered along the way but in the end, they lived 'happily ever after'.

So will we. And so will the children we nurture.

Are you ready to encourage them this week?

Let us fix our eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith. Hebrews 12: 2

Monday, February 14, 2011

Beautiful Feet...

The latest in pedicures...
I stood, riveted to the spa window and could not believe what I saw. Three people sat, dangling their feet in a fish tank, whilst hundreds of tiny fish nibbled hungrily at the dead cells between their toes. An eye catching sign on the wall above boldly declared:

Fish are good for the soles. 
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of fish pedicures- a beauty treatment that I, for one, will not be taking advantage of.

Besides not being thrilled at the thought of fish eating my feet, I have found a far more effective way of keeping them beautiful.

Whenever my feet take me into my classroom or my community; whenever I can encourage a child, or show them that they are loved; whenever I can lead by example, or inspire little ones to open up a Bible....whenever I can bring the Good News of the gospel to children, I have found the perfect pedicure. Friends, if you are serving in Children's Ministry, then you have beautiful feet too.

And it is good for our souls.

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring Good News. Isaiah 52:7