Serving God in Perry New York

Monday, September 02, 2013

The Best Time of The Year


I know it's only the second day of September.....but this girl loves anticipation!  I also love fond memories and Anne of Green Gables is one of those.  My Mother and I watched this series together and now that she is no longer here, that memory is even more special.

Don't you find that in the world of memories life is perfect?  Well.....unless it's a bad memory.  But seriously, when we conjure up good memories the setting, I find, is more perfect than the reality.  I love this about memories, we can filter out everything but the most wonderful parts and it truly does become the perfect memory.  Including the sounds and scents of the moment.

I love that God has given us this ability.  My bible reading is in Jeremiah and Ezekiel and even though I wasn't present in the stories depicted, I find that my mind can imagine me there and I can actually feel the sorrow of God over rebellious Israel and I can feel the pain in Ezekiel as he has to prophecy to a people who would not hear.  What an incredible mind God has given to us.  

Greater meaning is given to the command, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength"  

Do you consider how you love God with your mind?

Happy September!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

It Is Well With My Soul

No matter what is going on in your life, the first question should always be, "how is my soul?"  

"Whatever my lot, he has taught me to say, it is well with my soul"

Love my new sign I purchased from Dear Lillie. If you've never been there you must drop in, she has some sweet gifts. 

www.dearlillie.com

Phyllis



Saturday, July 06, 2013

For The Record

We Love Baseball!  Yep, that is for the record books.  I notice many of my Facebook friends do as well, go Braves!

This past April we left for Pittsburgh for an overnight to see our Braves play in our favorite park.  Though we haven't visited every ball field, PNC park is our favorite so far!  The Braves are only in Pittsburgh once a season and we especially love going when they're playing 'our' team.  It was a four game series that began on Thursday.  We could have taken in the Thursday/Friday games, which would have been our preference, but we planned on the Saturday/Sunday games due to our son not able to take vacation time from work.  It was his birthday weekend and so we wanted to celebrate that as well!

So, hotel is booked and we are excited.  Yep, we love baseball, we even plan a vacation around catching a baseball game.  That is exactly how we saw this weekend, a 'mini' vacation.  However, while away, I guess it was noted, in jest, to the congregation that we weren't there because we were at a baseball game.

Without even going down the many avenues that our enemy (Satan) is so successful at leading us with such juicy statements, I would rather simply state that, we love baseball!  I'm not going to deny it.  But because we had never gone away for a Saturday overnight baseball game, it's possible to have seen this as a skipping Church event instead.  Even though in 21 years and in 2,000 plus weekends we have never chosen to take in a couple games this way, some people (still) could choose to believe that baseball is becoming an idol in our life.

We were informed of the statement by the one who made it, admitting it with regret.  No worries, don't we all say things we wish we could take back?!  However, we have not received any comments from anyone!  Nope, not a soul.  So, why am I writing about this since there was no fall out?  So that I can say, I love God more than baseball.  Since the statement was made publicly, I feel the need to respond, somewhat publicly.  In fact, as Dave and I talked about this, we both agreed that unless we fit a baseball game into our weekly times away, we would never leave for a weekend baseball series again, not even if it accommodates a family member's work schedule.  We made this decision even though we received no backlash or complaints from anyone.

I love baseball, but let the record show, I love God more!  My mission at Perry Baptist is to increase your affection for God.  I can hardly encourage your loving God more if there is any question of my own love for God.  I know you know this, but I had to......let the record show ;-)

Friday, July 05, 2013

Happy July 4th!

A day late I know, but I do hope you had as wonderful a day as I had. Spent the day at our daughter and son in law's home. Rachel and Jay were a great host and hostess!

Nothing like spending time with family and friends.