It is GOD who BLESSES and TRANSFORMS...
This is a blog for women who:
(1) Desire to be transformed by JESUS' LOVE, HOLINESS, AND GRACE; (2) Believe that GOD'S WORD is the true Spirit food for HIS HOLY SPIRIT who lives within us; (3) Submit to GOD and walk this journey of life with HIM transforming us more and more into HIS likeness.
It's a blog about the POWER OF TRANSFORMED LIVES. Let's begin with yours and mine and pass it on... 1 + 1 + 1...
Since God's Holy Spirit lives inside a christian, let's choose to be nurtured and transformed by feasting daily on Holy Spirit food - God's Word - The Holy Bible..
Once in a while I take a hiatus from writing, but I have begun again on Easter Sunday 2013. Usually, there will be multiple blog postings each week. You are invited to use it as part of your daily quiet time. Topics may run for several months at a time. The current topic is posted over on the right side bar. Each week, I will try to connect to a song or two that goes with our current topic.
Each day of the week follows a special format: Sunday in the Son; Meditation Monday; GratiTuesday; Women in the Word Wednesday; Transforming Thursday; Family Fellowship Friday; and, Ketchup and Mustard Saturday.
There's a whole lot here! Take your time to browse. Please come back and visit often. Welcome!
Because of Jesus, we can be family,
TRANSFORMED MOMS:MOMS TRANSFORMED
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
HONORING THE DIFFERENCES
Last week we had several vans full of teens from the Green Valley church in Noblesville, IN here at the Pitman church for our VBS. Most of them go to Pat Arthur's (Indiana Ave. c of C preacher in Bloomington, IN) session at Spring Mill Bible camp....small world. They did VBS and Patrick Mead, preacher of the Rochester, MI c of C taught the adult class. It was going well when God decided to make His presence known in a powerful way...He took one of our members to his eternal home via a brain hemorrhage. Franny was 46 years old and had only been born again since April 2007. Yet, to those who knew Franny this past year his conversion was truly life changing.
In May, Franny was replacing the upstairs toilet in our house and he and I were visiting. He asked me if I knew his "story" and I said maybe just a little. He preceded to tell me about his relationship with Rich, one of our deacons and the owner of the construction company he worked for. Franny and Rich had been friends for 18+ years. Franny said that there were many things he had done to Rich that were not good and that he was not proud of, yet "through all the times I disappointed Rich, he never stopped loving me." Over the last couple years, Rich has brought several of his workers from his construction company to the LORD, Franny being one of them. Rich and Franny had recently started sponsoring AA meetings in our Pitman church building on Monday nights. More and more people were coming.
Franny was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday and Wednesday many gathered to pray at the building, in homes, and at the hospital. Steve stayed at the hospital with Franny's friends and family into the night. John P. was there, too. Franny passed on on Wednesday night just before VBS was to start with members of his estranged family gathered around him. Estranged family who could not believe the stories they were hearing about this man they had grown up with. One of his brothers said, "I do not even know this good guy that you are talking about."
On Thursday, Steve, Crystal, and I went on a planned trip to New York City with some from Pitman and the Noblesville, IN group. We took a big bus full of 59. We rode over on the Staten Island Ferry, passed the Statue of Liberty, walked to "Ground Zero", took the subway to Manhatten, walked through Central Park, spent time at FAO Schwarz toy store...then walked and walked and walked down Fifth Avenue past Tiffany's, Fox News, many famous stores until we got to St. Pat's cathedral. Then, there was Saks Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Broadway Shows, NBC, ABC, Times Square....getting tired yet??? We were! We did!
On Friday, back in the office, Steve leaned over to pick up a water bottle and his back snapped...oh, no, his day in NYC had exasperated an old back injury. Steve remained in bed Friday, Saturday, Sunday...I have been trying to keep up with things he needed done or contacts he needed to make. On Monday, I helped him dress to preach Franny's funeral service. Steve had been so "out of it" that he did not know that the printed program listed the song: "I Can Only Imagine!" Steve's sermon title was the same. Go God!!! It was powerful. I've been to some extremely inspirational and remarkable services in my life...but this one was really up there...why? Oh for many reasons...but one was...
At the end of the service, Dan Cooper, the other Pitman minister asked for people to take turns coming forward and telling their stories. From an old drinking buddy who want to know this Jesus who had changed Franny's life, one who wants to learn more about this Philippians book that Preacher Dan was talking about, to a neighbor who said she hadn't taken out her trash in the last 2 years because Franny considered that as his way to serve her, to family members who expressed their astonishment at this changed life, to christians who talked about praying with family, being served by him, and his relentless prayer requests for his physical family and friends from his "past life". Whew!!!!
Steve is still icing down his back, visiting the chiropractor, had x-rays, and is waiting for the results...pray for him that he might be able to go the Sikes Family Reunion next week, that he will be able to speak at the Marriage Retreat in Boulder, CO on July 12-13, and then go with Patti to Oregon the next week....BUT most importantly pray for all of Franny's family and friends who need what Franny had: the life changing TRANSFORMATION that only JESUS CHRIST can give. This TRANSFORMATION includes coming into God's family of believers who HONOR people for WHO'S they are, not who they are.