Today began early with a near 4am frantic knock at the door, not once but twice! I was already a bit awake, but this was a cause for my husband to be woke up. He handled it like it was nothing (because he’s a near 20 year veteran police officer) – yet something more, because he was protecting his family. It was a teen boy and girl on our front porch – their friend had been yanked out the car, assaulted and the keys taken by the assailant. Husband called 911 and didn’t step out until the police showed up. *Sigh*. The boy beaten up is someone we are familiar with – several summers back he spent much time down the street at a neighbor boy’s home. The neighbor’s momma had to eventually cut all ties with him as he was becoming a bad influence on her son. I’ve prayed for this boy since then (and since then he continues to run into trouble with the law for truancy and theft). So last night was a reminder: keep praying; he’s not hit rock bottom. And this is not the first time he’s been beat up. I’m praying he turns around before it gets unsurvivable. All I could think about last night as I tried to go back to sleep was how his Momma might feel – him being out (in HER car) at 4 in the morning and getting beat up. How heartbroken I would feel if these were the choices my boys were making. She’s a single mom, from what I remember. I know God can rescue Him. I’m praying He does. Will you lift him up and ask God to send help for a turn-around? A do-over?
So, corporate worship we missed, but serving we did 😉 Our preschool class is a high-light of our Sunday. At one point, I had them sitting on the floor so I could give them some information before we headed outside….and one after the other kept getting up to give me a hug. It was hilarious and heartwarming! Now I’m realizing that perhaps it was because my family was out last week! I completely believe in having consistency in ANY ministry, but especially with children. It is so much better for them to be able to adjust to new teachers each August and those same folks show up week after week to love on them and tell them the Good News, not to mention the opportunity to connect with their parents. JOY!
Husband was out pittin’ yesterday so we had some fine pork but with KFC sides. Boys did some dish washing and putting away as they are the elected dishwashers since ours is fried. Maybe we’ll get that replaced next month. This month: we are repairing my driver door which was pummeled by a doe a week ago Friday. *Sigh* It has been one thing after another….I refuse to give up my joy over these trials that are light and momentary troubles, achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV). But I have lost it at times…mainly over the dishes, hence, boys are now evening dishwashers. Tony and I sat in the swing outside Friday evening, watching them through the kitchen window work together – dancing to loud music. It was lovely! I think the dishes were clean….
Our evening ended at church to hear our Pastor’s vision for reaching 10K households in 3 years, and what that would mean for our church. It is very exciting. I want to be challenged in this area – to reach others for Christ. I’m looking forward to how God asks OUR family to engage others in the hopes of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ!
Something I saw today: the heart of one of my boys turn around quickly when he’s realized his response was not respectful (and I didn’t give him the evil eye to let him know). And the heart of the other boy, who complained about going out to the lake area of our church to pray – and then found fun at the end with some Frisbee, fellowship, fishing, and popsicles. He apologized on the way home for his bad attitude….not a bad ending, eh?