31 Scriptures of Love, Hope, Joy, and Faith – Day 14

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Today is day 14 of my series – 31 Scriptures of Love, Hope, Joy, and Faith.  Today’s passage is found in the book of Deuteronomy.  Here is the Scripture.

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31 Scriptures of Love, Hope, Joy, and Faith – Day 13

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This post is for the 13th day of my 31 Scriptures of Love, Hope, Joy, and Faith Series.  Today’s Scripture comes from the book of Revelation.

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Our Daughter’s 16th Birthday

 

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Sixteen years ago today we welcomed our baby girl into the world. As the youngest of four children and the only girl, she has lived a rather pampered lifestyle. For a number of years, whenever we went anywhere Dad would carry her on his back or shoulders. Then when Dad could not handle it anymore, her oldest two brothers took up the cause and carried her. To this day, I often find her trying to catch rides on one of her brother’s backs. Of course, now it is not surprising to see her attempting to carry her on their backs.

Recently I have been reading and seeing a lot of posts regarding fathers and their daughters and I can not help but reflect on my daughter and husband’s relationship with each other. I think it is safe to say she truly is Daddy’s little girl and princess. She holds a privileged spot in the house. It is rare for her father to tell her no. He often will go out of the way for her. Through the years, he has bought her special clothes, special food and taken her places just for her. One of the first things he ever bought her was Ella Bella Bear. He had to go to a conference while we were stationed at a reserve center in North Carolina. The conference location was Raleigh. So he took my daughter and me with him. She was all of about two years old. Directly across from the hotel where the conference was, a mall could be found. We went in the mall and found a “Build-A-Bear Workshop” and of course, our daughter came out with a bear. Fourteen years later, Ella Bella Bear is still a vital and valuable member of our family. Boo rarely goes anywhere without her.

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Then while we were stationed in Pennsylvania, my husband once again had to go to a conference. Once again, he took my daughter and me with him. This time food was the important story. While we were there, we took her to several different places to eat. She was roughly 12 or 13 at the time. We had steak, Mexican, and one other type of food I can not remember. But she really enjoyed herself, especially with the chocolate cake that we ate.

Last year there was a day where our daughter stayed up all night and her dad and I woke up early. So we wound up going out to eat at IHOP and then driving to San Antonio to go grocery shopping. We ate lunch at Olive Garden and she had a fantastic time.

 

Since the beginning of the year, our daughter has been playing the violin while her father plays the violin and her oldest brother plays the cello.  Now her youngest brother has started playing the viola and I have begun playing the violin.  So we are having fun playing together.

So I want to wish a very happy birthday to my beautiful baby girl on her 16th birthday!

 

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About the Book

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Book Title: Renewed

Author: Leigh Powers

Genre: Devotional

Release date: November, 2017

Ministry is a privilege, but it can also be a painful experience. Unrealistic expectations, church conflict, forced resignations, and our own struggles with burnout, loneliness, and insecurity can make church feel more like a place of wounding than a place of healing. How can wounded leaders find the courage to reject bitterness and keep loving the church?

Renewed is a forty-day devotional for women in ministry, ministry wives, and lay leaders who have been wounded by their congregations. You are not alone. God sees your pain. He knows your hurts. And he is waiting to bind up your broken heart. This forty-day journey into the healing love of Jesus will help you find the courage to stop hiding and start loving the church again.

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About the Author

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Leigh Powers is passionate about helping women find hope and healing in God’s Word. A pastor’s wife and mother of three with fifteen years of full-time ministry experience, she is a freelance writer, Bible study and devotional author, and a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She blogs regularly at www.leighpowers.com. You can usually find her with either a book or knitting needles in her hand—and sometimes both.

Guest Post from Leigh

I love ministry life. Several years ago, a young woman from Southeast Asia came to my English as a Second Language class for a year. Her English wasn’t very good, and I had to tug to get a word out of her. She came every week, but I wondered how much she was getting from the Bible stories we did during each class. At the end of the semester, I asked our class to share what they wanted to tell their friends and family when they went home. She looked up at me with big brown eyes. “I want to tell people about Jesus.”

Those are the ministry moments that thrill us. It is a privilege to help people find freedom in Christ, teach God’s word, worship with the congregation, and walk alongside people in their moments of joy or sorrow. On those days I can’t imagine choosing another life. Then there are days that make me want to hang it all up and go work at Wal-Mart. Days when anonymous letters get slipped under the office door. Days when you’re the brunt of gossip, when loneliness is like an ache in your bones, or when you start sending out resumes for new positions because you aren’t sure how much longer you’ll have the one you’ve got.

Ministry can be tough. Over the years I’ve met many women who have experienced the painful side of ministry. Church conflicts, forced resignations, depression, loneliness, feelings of inadequacy, and our own struggles with faith can take a toll. That painful side of ministry can make us start looking for an escape hatch.

I wrote Renewed in the middle of a difficult ministry season. It was a hard season, but it was also a season where Jesus showed up for me in an almost tangible way. At the same time, I was also hearing stories from other ministry wives and women in ministry that sounded all too familiar. I started putting words on the page, hoping that somehow God would use them to bring healing to other women in the same way he had brought healing to me. That outpouring of hurt, healing, and hope eventually became Renewed.

Some of you reading this are nodding along right now because you’ve been there too. You love the church, but you’ve seen how ugly it can be when we get it wrong. You’ve got wounds of your own, and sometimes you wonder if you can ever risk your heart again. If that’s you, I want you to know that there is hope. God has not abandoned you. God sees your hurt, he knows your pain, and he is waiting to bind up your broken spirit. He’s waiting. Turn to him, and may you find your spirit renewed.

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To celebrate her tour, Leigh is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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MY THOUGHTS:

Leigh Powers provides an insightful and realistic view into what is like to be a preacher’s wife.  Roughly twenty-six years ago, my husband became an ordained Primitive Baptist Elder (preacher), and I became a preacher’s wife.  As I read through this 40-day devotional, I found myself nodding my head in agreement with what she says.  Even though we have been away from our home church since 2008, I still consider myself to be a preacher’s wife because the calling on my husband did not stop just because he went full-time in the Army Reserves.

Her complete title, Renewed: A 40-Day Devotional for Healing from Church Hurt and for Loving Well in Ministry resonated with my soul.  She captures the challenges and difficulties pastors and their wives face in the church.  I found the opening line for day 11 to be truthful, “Loving your enemies seems easy until you have one.  And now, God – this?  I’m supposed to forgive this!”  As a Christian, these words come across as both honest and heartfelt.  Forgiving is much easier said than done. We know it is the right thing to do, but that does not make it easy.

This book suits both pastor wives, those in ministry roles and those who have been hurt by the church.  While serving is typically a calling, something someone feels led to do, it often winds up being an experience of unrealistic expectations, judgemental church members and more make ministry hard.  Leigh Powers captures all those facts in a truthful and insightful view.  As a preacher’s wife, I definitely recommend this book.

So check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

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31 Scriptures of Love, Hope, Joy, and Faith – Day 12

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Today is day 12 of my series – 31 Scriptures of Love, Hope, Joy, and Faith.  My Scripture for today is found in the book of James.  Here is the Scripture.

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31 Scriptures of Love, Hope, Joy, and Faith – Day 11

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Here is my Scripture for Day 11 of my 31 Scriptures of Love, Hope, Joy, and Faith series.  The Scripture is found in the book of 1 John.

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Review of Brinkman Adventures’ Season 6 – Underground Rising

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I love adding Audio Dramas to my family’s listening time, and so I was thrilled to receive the digital version of Season 6: Underground Rising from Brinkman Adventures for our listening pleasure.  Our family enjoys listening to audio dramas any time we travel, so this was the perfect fit for our family.  These Audio Missionary dramas will captivate your family.

Brinkman Adventures provides a thrilling radio show that tells true, modern missionary stories through the fictional Brinkman family.  The episodes run for approximately twenty-six minutes and according to their website, “contains a Biblical theme, lesson, and compelling drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat.   Using modern sound effects, original music, and superb writing, Brinkman Adventures are ‘Movies for the Ears’.”

Season 6: Underground Rising contains the following episodes:

55 Dutch Underground Part 1
56 Dutch Underground Part 2
57 Twice Born Fly
58 I Wonder Why?
59 Free Burma Rangers Part 1
60 Free Burma Rangers Part 2

You can find the real stories behind these episodes here.  On this page, you will see pictures, stories, videos and more about what inspired the adventures. One thing we really loved about the “Real Stories” page on the Brinkman Adventures’ website was the inclusion of the “Making It Work” section.  This includes a Logline, the theme, and additional commentary.  I feel these items lend themselves to enriching family discussions and activities such as notebooking pages or other activities to help reinforce the stories.

As our family began listening to the Dutch Underground in our van, the intensity of the story captivated our entire family.  We could actually picture ourselves in the story.  The despair and courage faced by individuals in countries the Nazis captured come through.  We discussed whether we thought we would have the courage to put our own lives at risk for others.  This segued into a conversation about the early members of the church like the Apostle Paul, being willing to die for their belief in Jesus Christ.  Then we moved into a discussion about how Isis tortured and killed those who believed in Jesus Christ.  So we discussed what courage it took to be willing to lay down our lives for Jesus Christ.

As we listened to “Twice Born Fly”, we loved how the opening had the family gathering around the table and discussing what they were thankful that day.  We try to always eat dinner as a family, and often I try to have our children and my husband say what we are grateful for, so we could definitely relate to this portion of the episode.  But as the story progressed, we found ourselves confused by the episode.  Jack begins telling a story about being in prison and an event that occurred while there.  We just could not imagine Jack being in jail.  When he finally gets to the end of the tale, he reveals how it was actually a dream.  At that point, it made a lot more sense to our family.  We loved how even one of the daughters in the episode commented about not remembering hearing about her father being in prison.

When we began listening to “I Wonder Why?”, My children discussed how they could relate to the family picking up and moving.  Even though we are not missionaries, we are military.  So far our family has relocated 3 times, courtesy of the military.  Each time, some if not all of my children have had moments where they questioned why we had to move.  But in the end, the family we heard about recognized God’s hand in them being where they were.  Similarly, my children have come to terms with where we were stationed at, if not developing a genuine like for the location.  We also discussed how people rather than actual places make someplace home.

In the final two-part episode, we learned about Dave Eubanks, his family, and their life in Burma.  My husband and I loved where he finally convinces the woman he loved to marry him.  Despite numerous rejections, he persisted until he received the answer of “Yes!”

We found it fascinating to listen to the part where the Brinkman family came to visit.  When Jack and his children go off with Dave and some other members of his team, we were sure some kind of adventure was going to take place.  I am not sure we expected to have them involved in a potentially life-threathening conflict with the opposition.  Nor did we expect them to assist a woman who wound up giving birth during their attempt to make it to the safe camp.  But in the end, we saw that as Romans 8:28 (KJV) states, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  Dave and Karen Eubanks definitely were following God’s direction for their lives and received the blessings of that obedience.  We also discussed how sometimes it can be hard to hear God’s voice, but often at those times, we can receive some small bit that later shows God’s hand was upon us the entire time.

 

Last year we had the privilege of reviewing Season 4 of the Brinkman Adventures.  You can review that review here.  You can also find Brinkman Adventures on Facebook here.

So if your family is like our family, and your family enjoys listening to  Audio Dramas check out the digital version of Season 6: Underground Rising from Brinkman Adventures for yourselves.  Click here or on the graphic below if you would like to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew who also received this audio drama.

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