Monday, March 28, 2011

Without My Shoes

I recently had an interesting experience in was communion Sunday and the pastor encouraged us to think about the fact that we were standing on 'holy ground'. She invited us to take off our shoes as we came forward for communion. As I did so it was remarkable to me how the absence of my shoes made me feel.
Without my shoes I felt awkward, unsure and uncomfortable; my feet felt distinctly cold on the uncarpeted floor; my height was diminished and as a result, I felt less important and vulnerable. As I scrambed back to my seat and hurriedly replaced my shoes, I immediately felt more secure, more important, more safe, more relaxed.
But suppose I was meant to feel less important when I stood on that holy ground? Suppose instead of focusing on my own feelings and my own comfort, I was supposed instead to focus on Christ? Suppose as we serve in ministry, the times when we feel unsure, unimportant or uncomfortable are the times when Christ can work through us the most?
This week as we step into our classrooms, our ministry spaces, our playgrounds -wherever it may be that we meet with our children... let's put all our energy into focusing on Christ- because with or without our shoes, we are standing on holy ground.
Chris Tomlin: We Fall Down

Monday, March 21, 2011


March in Michigan heralds the season of potholes! In fact, The Detroit Press last week labeled Michigan as 'pothole paradise'. No surprise then, to hear on the radio that MITA- Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association- have sponsored an online registry whereby Michigan drivers can report the location of potholes. In a period of just two weeks, there have been over 650 potholes reported on this statewide registry, along with photos and comments from drivers. However, although this information is useful, MITA is powerless to actually repair these potholes-
the problem lies with state legislators who need to allocate the necessary funding to fill them in. 
Potholes are always best avoided in our ministry- but if we do find one, how fortunate for us that we can report it to One who is all powerful, One who will already be at work to fill it in...
after all, He is mightier than MITA.
Power and might are in your hand. 2 Chronicles 20:6

Monday, March 14, 2011

For The World?

Beautiful Baby Xander
This week a beautiful baby boy was born and I became a grandma. What a precious gift! What a privilege! I held my first grandson; I watched him sleeping peacefully in my arms; I marveled at this miracle of new life and with a heart full of love, I looked at him and thought, 'I would not give this up for the world.'
2000 years ago, in much the same way, another beautiful baby boy was born. Another precious gift! Another privilege! Another miracle of new life! The only difference here was that when this little boy was born, with a heart full of love, God looked at Him and thought, 'I can give Him up for the world'. And that is just what He did. What a powerful reminder for me, and what a powerful message we bring....
for the world.
Mary Did You Know?

Monday, March 7, 2011


It is so interesting to me that a little phrase, first used by Jesus over 2,000 years ago, has now become one of the most powerful phrases in social networking. Everywhere we turn, we are met with pleas to 'follow me'! 'Follow me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, follow me on my blog'. Even as you read this article, if you look to the right, you will see my own plea for you to 'become a follower'. When I first began my blog, I was so excited to check how many followers I had. Yet maybe what should really excite me is how many people would be inspired to follow me, or my example, when I have gone. And so I ask myself- who have I nurtured, mentored, encouraged or inspired to be as passionate about Children's Ministry as I am?
In this world of followers, ducklings follow ducks, people follow leaders, Christians follow Christ. Who will follow me? Who will follow you?