Tuesday, January 29, 2013

think spring~

think spring

with the warm temps coming i was thinking spring!
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Friday, January 25, 2013

cabin fever~

was not sure if we would survive this second winter storm 2013 here in the carolinas!
here is to iced in, snow fashion!


cabin fever~
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

the f word~

this past sunday we had our monthly revive 31 meeting. where the women of our church gather together collectively to have a time of fellowship & fun. in the beginning i stated i never wanted us to gather without opening God's word. each month i have been so excited to prepare a message to share what the Lord wants to reveal to the ladies of our groups.
this month i laughed because the theme was so overly manly. we showed a clip from the movie facing the giants, a football movie & the text i used was 1 sam 17. the story of david & goliath. totally a mans lesson, it would seem.
well, things are not as they seem.

as i was in preparation for speaking it unfolded as messages do. it became so feminine.

i gave the overview of the account of david & goliath. also the back story of who david was. it was a few points that jumped off the text to me.

  • Who was David? He was a brave young man full of faith & an unlikely warrior.
  • Who was he fighting for? David was fighting for God & His people Israel.
  • David chose 5 stones from the brook, then he chose to run into the valley of certain death.
  • As people when we face our own giant FIGHT or FLIGHT takes over. i want to use FEAR or FAITH.
  • Our giants can be anything not from God.
  • Satan stands before us waving his spear, taunting us & for the most part we do nothing.
  • People who are indwelt with the Holy Spirit & are commissioned by God sit back & look on helplessly.
  • our goliaths come at us from every angle. we can defeat them!
  • Let's make these 5 stones spiritual stones.
stone 1~

FAITH

we have to take hold of our faith strongly & securely when faced with our giant. v. 1 sam 16:13 spirit of the Lord

stone 2~

FORGIVE

our giant may have been following us around from our past. creeping up on us. once he catches up to us he will constantly taunt us. we must forgive ourselves or those that have wronged us.

stone 3~

FOLLOW

when davis gathered those stones. he just yelled RUN and headed into the battle ground. he was not certain if his brothers were behind him, or if the army was behind him. HE KNEW GOD WAS IN FRONT OF HIM. ALL HE NEEDED TO DO WAS FOLLOW HIM!

stone 4~

FIGHT

paul says in eph 6:12 " for we wrestle not against flesh & blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
the enemy is all around us today. we look at goliaths everyday. but we have given armor & will be victorious.
the battle was won on the cross, Jesus was, is & will be victorious. claim it!

stone 5~

FORGE

definition: to move forward gradually or steadily.

we must move on, forge ahead when we beat the giant. it is natural to want to run as far & as fast away as possible. but in doing so we could burn out. (marathon example)
when we burn out the giant catches back up to us. steady with purpose.


we need to remember in our life at this moment we might just a shepard tending to our flock, but with God we can be giant slayers and are destine to be great KINGS.


the girls laughed at all my f words i dropped, but may we all pick those f words up as we gather our 5 stones.




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Friday, January 18, 2013

slowly pecking away

while driving, yet again, up hwy. 49 i saw a bunch of buzzards hanging out on the side of the road. in the middle of the lane was a black feathery mess. apparently, one of the buzzards was hit by a car. a few of the birds flew over and sniffed around the carcass. but quickly hopped away.

Psalm 34:13         
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

even that buzzard knew not to eat the flesh of its own. so why, why do we as sisters & brothers devour each other with lies & gossip. we are slowly pecking away at each other.


Proverbs 19:5     
A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.

scripture is very clear about those who enter into this evil. think before you speak~

T~ is it TRUE?
H~ is it HELPFUL?
I~ is it INSPIRING?
N~ is it NECESSARY?
K~ is it KIND?

i am always careful what comes out of my mouth & guard my heart. i challenge you to remember to THINK before you speak!

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

big news~



mutual ministry. sunday was a big day. my husband announced to the congregation our plans to join pleasant hill church in mutual ministry. the letter below went out to the PHC congregation & relevant will send out an email this week containing our info.

i sit amazed at the workings of God, He is good.


MUTUAL MINISTRY
BETWEEN
PLEASANT HILL PRESBYTERIAN AND RELEVANT CHURCHES
In the Christmas Story, the angel announces the glad tidings of Jesus’ birth to shepherds in the fields keeping watch over their flocks by night (Luke 2:8-14). It says that “the glory of the Lord shone round about them.” Shepherds were common folk, but God’s glory was revealed to them. The point is: When God reveals his glory in new and exciting ways, it’s just as likely to be revealed to us as to anyone else.
God is about to do something new – something bold and exciting and new – among us in our church. Early in 2012, God put a burden on Pastor Bob’s heart to meet with Matt McGarity, Pastor of a new church development named “Relevant,” which has been meeting for worship in Oakridge Middle School, Clover, SC, for the last eighteen months. Matt and Pastor Bob first met five years ago through mutual Gordon-Conwell connections. Pastor Bob didn’t know it at the time, but Matt received a similar prompting to get up with him, and within a short time they “bumped into” each other at Chik-Fil-A.
They began a series of meetings which consisted entirely of walking, talking, praying, discerning God’s will for their churches, and the study of God’s word. One day, after they had met a few times, Matt asked Pastor Bob, “Why are we doing this? What do you think God wants us to do?” And Bob answered, tentatively at first, that he felt God was moving them to explore the possibility of bringing their two churches together in mutual witness and ministry. Matt agreed that that was his sensing as well.
Next, they brought together five representatives from each church. From Pleasant Hill: Nancy Nutter, Ken Saylor, Tom Wollenberg, Fred Wetherell, and Lindy Wetherell. At their first mutual strategy session, they all agreed that this action had the hand of God upon it. With the general trend in our society toward fragmentation and splintering of church groups, wouldn’t it be a sublime witness to the reconciling power of God to bring two churches together in mutual ministry?
Pleasant Hill needs to do this because we are an older, established congregation that has reached a “plateau” in membership, and attendance in worship has been on a downward trend. For these reasons, we commissioned a Vision/Learning Team in 2010 to explore various reasons why we are not growing. The “Plan for Further Action: 2012” workbook was the product of those two years of discernment, and it delineates several barriers to growth in our church. One of those barriers is our lack of effectively reaching out into the community to bring people to saving faith in Jesus Christ. Relevant began with a very small group of worshippers two years ago, and has built a congregation of about two hundred at the present time, most of whom had little or no church experience before. They have the ability to reach the “unchurched” with the gospel in a compelling way.
Relevant needs to do this because they have been meeting temporarily in a school and now desire to be in a more “settled” location, to be able to offer their members a place for worship and education, as well as somewhere that can offer facilities for weddings and funerals and other amenities of a Christian community. Pastor Matt’s vision includes not only planting new churches, but helping to revitalize older, established churches. He also desires for his members, most of which are “new Christians,” to be able to interact with more “seasoned” believers who can share the benefits of living the Christian life “in the long haul.”
Our two churches will begin planning for mutual worship to begin on March 10, 2013. This would include an early, traditional service and a later contemporary service, times to be worked out mutually. The early service will be led by Pastor Bob and will continue to use a Reformed order of worship. It will benefit from having special music every Sunday (chancel choir, solos, ensembles, praise band), and will provide an option for those who presently worship at 11:00 but choose not to participate in a truly contemporary format.
The later service will be led by Pastor Matt and will utilize the elements that have worked so well for Relevant. These include, but are not limited to, conversational-style preaching that utilizes over-head screens; a praise/rock band that plays contemporary pieces as often heard on New Life 91.9 FM Radio; assorted worship “props” such as background screens and special lighting effects that can be set up in the sanctuary, but stored away when not in use. To be clear: this will be a very different, contemporary worship format!
As a way of introducing each church to the other, we will have an initial joint service of worship on Sunday, February 10, 6:00 PM, at Pleasant Hill Church. A small reception of punch and cookies will follow the service, either in the narthex area, or the Multi-purpose Room of the Boyd Education Building.
All those involved have sensed the leading of God from the very start. God is calling Pleasant Hill to engage in a bold, new initiative for reaching the unchurched in our community, and growing the members of our church in the faith by partnering with Relevant. At least initially, we will proceed as two churches worshipping as one, with the goal of merging sometime in the future. , We will trust in God to guide our common future as we plan how this will come about organically and structurally. Such practical matters as worship times, staff relationships, finances, etc., will be worked on in teams/committees as we press ahead toward the common goal of mutual witness to our God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:14).
Emily Warnke, Clerk of Session
bio attached:



 Matt McGarity is a follower of Jesus, a husband of one and father of five.
Sinners saved by Grace, Matt and his wife Elizabeth both were born and raised in Charlotte, NC. They met in high school and later married during college. Matt was raised at St. Giles Presbyterian and Elizabeth at Myers Park Presbyterian. They both came to know the Lord at an early age in life.

After high school, Matt enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During his six year enlistment, he attended North Carolina State University receiving an AA in Agribusiness Management, then a BA in Business from Montreat College.

Matt spent 9 years of his professional life prior to full-time ministry in the civil construction sector. Beginning as a laborer on a paving crew, Matt worked through many positions of field work and heavy equipment operating to engineering, estimating and project management, and finally in positions of executive leadership as Director of Business Development, and Vice President.

After years of wrestling with a call to vocational ministry, Matt began seminary in 2006, while working full-time and serving as a volunteer worship leader at Clover Presbyterian Church. With less than half of seminary completed, he received his first call to serve as an Associate Pastor at the River Hills Community Church in 2008. He left earthly building and began to focus solely on Kingdom building. During his three year covenant at RHCC, Matt began to sense a call to plant a church. Still plugging away continuously through his studies, Matt graduated with an MDIV from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in May of 2011. With a deep passion and sense of call to reaching the "unchurched" with the Gospel, Matt stepped out of the boat in

faith to plant Relevant Church in July of 2011 after his covenant with RHCC expired. Upon examination and authentication by a council of ordained ministers, Matt was ordained on October 29
th, 2011.
With a clear vision of ministry, the mission of Relevant Church is to "connect a changing world to an unchanging Word." The passion of carrying forth this mission is through church planting and growth with dynamic methods that are "out of the box". God has called and commissioned us to make a huge impact in our world through the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Matt McGarity serves as Lead Pastor of Relevant Church in Lake Wylie, SC and holds board positions with evangelistic ministries such as Biblical Character Education (Charter Board Member, Treasurer), and Godfactor (Board Member) www.godfactor.com. He and his family reside in Lake Wylie, SC.

~ www.aboutrelevant.com ~

~ www.mattmcgarity.com ~



welp....that is the word~
please continue to pray for both churches as we seek the details & our implementation teams start the work of this mutual ministry. i have to say i am loving the words used to describe our trendy church. hope we don't blow their eardrums & they don't mind jeans & flip flops. ONLY GOD, could bring these two totally different churches together. ONLY GOD.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

rainy days

rainy days
 
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help me help

{needy homeless & hungry}
how many times have we seen someone on the curb holding up a sign like this. i need help because i want to help. please comment~

yesterday i was at the corner of a major intersection & there was a man holding up a sign with the verbiage above. {needy homeless & hungry} of course, i was in the turn lane & missed the light so i pulled up right beside him. i met his eyes, i didn't want to smile or look away so we just looked at each other. i wanted to roll the window down and offer him whatever i had in my wallet & to pray for him. but the moment passed. he moved along the side of the car to the car behind me and down the curb. i saw him go up to the car a few behind mine. i watched him take hold of some money offered him but the person in the car did not let go of his hand. as i looked on i witnessed this man lower his head & i knew he was being prayed over. i missed my opportunity. the light turned green~

Deuteronomy 15:11  
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’


Matthew 5:42         
Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

Proverbs 28:27         
Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.

not to mention

 Mark 12:31         
The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

we have been on the receiving end in our time of need. countless people on their knees for the life of our daughter, her healing, our healing, blankets, gifts, little surprises for our family, financial gifts toward her medical bills, unending support. we know need, but not like the man on the corner.

so what to do? some might say they are lazy, there are shelters, there are job placement centers...

my heart wants to throw him in my car with my five kids, bring him home, feed him & send him to get connected with someone who can get him back on his feet. but that is not safe today~



help me help~
please comment.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

a big thank you~




a HUGE thank you to the longboat key fire & rescue for letting us tour the fire station & play on the fire truck.
most of all we loved seeing denny. we will never forget the morning of july 10th & how thankful we are for all the first responders. hopefully next year we can catch up with the whole crew~

 
 
 




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LBK~


our clan at the longboat key fire & rescue station, talk about the royal treatment.

 
we are home from our tropical beach vacay in south florida. it was so great to get away from the freezing cold temps at home & spend time relaxing & playing in the sand. it is so good to get away but so good to get home.




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ACH visit~2013

here are some photos of our time at all children's hospital.






 
 


if we head to my parents house in florida we can't make that trip without going to visit all children's hospital. we are so thankful for the staff & doctors at ACH. it is amazing to go and watch libby claire run & play.
here is our last visit in 2010.


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mighty oak farms~

well, here we are! our family is thrilled to actually be taking steps to a working farm. big secret, don't tell our kids but the chicken coop and goat pin and shelter will soon be under construction. finished just in time for spring. our kids will be getting animals very soon!

the chickens & pygmy goats plus a milking goat, will be welcomed joyfully i am sure. we will begin mighty oak farms with eggs, fresh chicken  and goat cheese. our plan is to lease some acreage to a cattle farmer we know, and eventually, purchase a dairy cow. that is if the goat milking goes well.

our home is on the market and we will be moving onto the farm once we sell. all this is in the works as i write. i know it will fall in place. funny how i am such a control freak but when it comes to something as huge as a place for all 7 of us to go...i just know it will be fine. we have done this up in the air thing many times in regards to residency.

we have house plans and know what we will need. this will be where we will settle and grow our roots deep. this will be the house and farm our grandchildren will visit. maybe the pasture one of our children's weddings will take place.

when you are in ministry you go where He calls you to go. i know this and we have always built, sold, and lived in houses we knew were not permanent. we have been in this house for 4 years. that is an eternity for us. the longest we have ever lived in one place has been 2 years for the past 14 years.
this will be the place we can call home even if God calls us somewhere other than this zip code.

now you are in the know~ and think of us if you need eggs or goat cheese in the spring of 2013~





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disappearing ink

our second son, beau, came home from school a few weeks ago with a small bottle of dark blue ink. It looked like a refill ink for pens or some kind of printer. when I inquired of the ink he said he found it at school. practicing letting our children become more responsible, I reminded him to please keep it away from his younger siblings. I also reminded him that this ink could ruin anything it splattered or spilled on. beau then proceeds to squeeze some of the ink onto his shirt, then all over the off-white slipcover we have. WHAT??? SERIOUSLY????
i was almost going to loose it, when he started smiling and told me to come watch the mess he made. it began to disappear right before my eyes. this dark blue ink staining his shirt and our sofa was vanishing. within moments it was all gone, completely gone, without a trace.


1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
 
Isaiah 43:25-26
"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence.
 
Acts 3:19
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
 
Isaiah 1:18
"Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
 
Hebrews 10:17
Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more."
 
as i read the verses above i am overwhelmed with gratitude that each day when i fall short, miss the mark, live in my flesh...that HE has cast my sin as far as the east is from the west. HE remembers it no more. just as the ink disappeared, vanished, so does my filth.
 
Matthew 26:28
This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
 
let this verse in Matthew remind you of the true cost of that sin. Jesus died for you & for me. the price was paid. we are washed white as snow.
 
as silly as the prank beau pulled was, how amazing the revelation it brought to my heart~

 
 
 
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

amy d~



amy d~

for the last few days there has been great sorrow & great celebration over amy. i knew amy in high school. our lives intertwined through separate social circles and a grade level apart. but I have fond, funny memories of who she was in high school. i did not have the honor of knowing the amy most of you did. as a daughter, best friend, wife, mother. the two of our  lives only brushed for a moment in time. i did not go to amy’s wedding, or celebrate her pregnancy. i have not met her & adam’s precious charis. i was not there when you girls gathered together to shave amy’s head. i did not babysit charis or even take them a meal.  i have sat back & watched amy’s life from the sidelines. I have over the years witnessed beautiful girls, I grew up with, become brides, mothers, business owners but only through pictures. the joy seeped from these photos. and as the course of life continued i started following amy’s caringbridge. it sucks having a caringbridge, the realization just sucks. it sucks living in this fallen world, being sick, watching someone else struggle with the wreckage that surrounds treatments, loss, suffering and so on.

but I can say with all certainty, it was my blessing to travel through this from afar with amy, her family & friends. i have had the honor of lifting her up before the throne of our God. talking about her & cancer. praying for a miracle or a cure. i have learned a life of knowledge from her. her optimism but realism in each & every post. her faith, her beauty, her trust, her strength, her joy, her fight, her character, her love, her authenticity, her hope, her smile, her beautiful bald head, her awesome earrings, her fear, her…just her.

and I really have no place, i can only say what I have seen not able to walk alongside her.

it saddens me that at the closure of one’s life is when  we finally write what we admire or glean from the person they were here on earth.  so amy, adam, charis, family & friends I chose today that amy your passing with not close a chapter of me watching from the sidelines but I am going to become a fighter.  i am going to live the joy.  i will honor you by continuing to fight the good fight. loving up on my kids, cherishing my husband, committing to be a better friend, and not waiting to tell everyone just how much I love them & passing through this life with them, while wearing some awesome earrings.

well done amy, i know i will see you again where we can live in eternal  joy & admiration of our King. our days were so few here but oh how you made a permanent impression on me forever. and I was just watching…


matthew 6:19
1 timothy 6:12
2 timothy 4:7
 






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Thursday, January 3, 2013

longboat key fire & rescue

we have defiantly enjoyed the weather while here on the gulf coast. the sun has been out and the pool & beach have seen lots of the mcgarity clan. today we went by to see the first responders to our 911 call on july 10, 2009.
denny was in the ambulance and cared for libby claire. we can not express how grateful we are for the team of guys that came to help that day. it is wonderful to let them see libby claire healthy, happy and whole.





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