Joining Together

Joining Together

I spent the past week with lots of other folks, people who have dreams like I do of reaching the mission field of the military for Christ. It’s a bold dream.

I love joining together, though. The uniqueness of what God has called each one to do is amazing. Here is a small list of folks who were there:

REBOOT Combat Recovery: REBOOT’s faith-based combat trauma healing course is designed to address the spiritual wounds of war.

STRONGER Movie: Reflective Life Ministries has come together with The Mighty Oaks Foundation and many others to produce a movie titled STRONGER. Our goal is to raise awareness of PTSD and to show the hope found only in Jesus.

CRU Military: We are a caring community passionate about connecting the global military community to Jesus Christ.

Officer’s Christian Fellowship: OCF’s purpose is glorify God by uniting Christian officers for biblical fellowship and outreach, equipping and encouraging them to minister effectively in the military society.

Military Missions Network: We are Evangelical Churches, Chaplains and Ministries Collaborating for a Greater Synergy in Outreach and Ministry to Military Worldwide.

Armed Services Ministry: Armed Services Ministry exists to help meet the critical spiritual needs of our nation’s military by providing customized ministry programs and Scripture resources.

Military Community Youth Ministries: Celebrate life with military teens, introduce them to the Life Giver, and help t?hem become more like Him.

Hope for the Warriors: We provide a full cycle of care to restore self, family, and hope to post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen.

Engage Your Destiny: We exist to bring life, hope and healing to our hero’s by giving them a platform to tell their stories.

Stonecroft Military Ministry: Stonecroft Military supports military women where they are, as they are to create community and to strengthen families.

And my favorite:

Planting Roots: Planting Roots is a nonprofit organization encouraging military women to grow in their faith.

Check them out. See how God is using them. Pray about what God may be calling you to do!

What does your mission field look like and are you impacting it where you are?

Ordinary Moments

Ordinary Moments

It has been three weeks since I blogged last. Sometimes the biggest challenge in blogging is trying to find something in my normal everyday life that would be of interest to someone outside the four walls of my home. I have moments of deep thought, but those are few and far between. Much like most of you, I struggle every day simply doing my best to follow my Savior. I certainly have days where that is easier than others. No doubt you do as well.

So what do I blog about, what do I share, when most of my world looks much like yours? In my attempt to think of something brilliant to share, I will just give you a glimpse of our week and my thankfulness in it.

Monday:
We started school this week. As a homeschooling family, we have some flexibility. Most of Kansas started a week earlier, but we just weren’t there yet – like I had not lesson plans, although I had actually bought all the curriculum and supplies. Prepping my children for a bumpy week (the first week is usually bumpy as we find our groove), I reminded them of a thing called grace . . . and told them we would use it often in the coming week.

Monday we also opened registration for our Planting Roots strength2thrive conference coming in November. I had created the registration form. And knowing that I am not necessarily that techy, I prepared to “fix” any issues. Luckily, few were spotted. Remember that grace I reminded my kids about? Well, God reminded me about it too.

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Tuesday:
PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel) kicked off for the year here. It is our Chapel Women’s community of Bible study and fellowship. Deciding on a study was a bit difficult, but being again connected to Christian military wives in “real life” is such a beautiful blessing.

Wednesday:
School, haircuts, phone calls, and work. Sounds like just a normal day, I know, but I am thankful for haircuts and churches that want more information about bringing a Planting Roots Conference to their location.

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Thursday:
Bible study training for Planting Roots. So very cool to see God bring together ladies with a heart to share and grow. Our online Bible studies are the very core of what we do – growing together in Christ.

The kids and I were also invited to visit a 93 year-old man at his house for a tour. Built in 1885, he lives in what the kids call a “mansion.” It is a BIG house – like three of our houses in one. He gave us a lovely tour with stories about furniture, wallpaper, stained glass, and his sweet wife. She passed away a few years ago, but so cool to see how he loved her. We followed this by lunch with a friend, always a good time!

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That evening we skyped with daddy. This was the highlight of our day as he sat and listened to the three of us tell him about every inch of the house we saw that day. Daddy loves the craziness when he is gone because he misses us. It might be a bit different when he gets home and is around it all the time.

Friday:
Finishing up school for the week and cleaning the house were our goals for the day, along with some phone calls and other business. We were successful, including playing frisbee for recess. We finished the day by taking a walk through the neighborhood after dinner. The weather has been beautiful.

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Our week, much like yours, was filled with ordinary moments. Between school, ministry, and life, we attempt not to just find balance, but to follow Jesus. He does have a plan for all of it. Managing my time in a way that brings Him honor is a great responsibility and a humbling gift. To think that my ordinary days can bring honor to the God of the universe – well, it makes those moments seem not so ordinary anymore.

I know I may not have profound theological knowledge to impart today, but I do want to encourage you. In the ordinary moments of every day, we have the privilege and honor to share Jesus with a world, even if the “world” is only on the inside of our homes that day. Today,

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