Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Overwhelmed with Thanksgiving!!!

I wrote a post earlier today (Wednesday) that lists some of my blessings. I've been so aware lately that I am overwhelmed with blessings. God just keeps pouring them out upon me!

I'm excited by the new ministry opportunities that are coming my way. Excited and a little overwhelmed. I've been asked to write devotions for Laced with Grace (what an awesome group of ladies!) AND the NEW Internet Cafe.



The elders at church asked me to take over as Children's Ministry Director. I said no a few times but God wouldn't leave me alone. I kept telling Him that I'm supposed to be ministering to women, not children. I think He had other plans for me. I'll be donning goofy goggles and a lab coat while I try to blow up things in order to impress the kids this summer at VBS. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

About a year ago I formulated a vision for myself in ministry. I had some great dreams, but they don't seem to be coming to pass quite the way I expected. Actually, God's vision for me is a whole lot better than I would have imagined. Just in the past few months, different opportunities have opened up and I feel SOOOO blessed.

What are you thankful for today? Go visit my friend Iris to join in on the thanksgiving!



23 comments:

Nise' said...

Congrats on the writing invitation. Will be looking forward to what you share.

Denise said...

Congrats my sweet friend, may God continue to shine on you.

lori said...

Isn't that just like GOD...to take what we think it should be and MAKE it what HE wants it to be! I'm with you girl...I'd NEVER see myself in THIS kind of ministry...it's all about trust...

We are blessed and so will everyone that reads your post today be....It's really GREAT!
You had me when you mentioned Brother Lawrence....one of my all time favorites!! Thank you for the reminder....
It's all in how we see the details!!

Thank you girlfriend! Now hopefully you can be a little still and enjoy the day...and take pics...I'd love to see you in goggles and a lab coat blowing something up!!

Hugs!
lori

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A Stone Gatherer said...

Wow great new! Congrats on the writing, you'll do great! And it's nice having another CMD to talk to! Dive in!!!

Melanie said...

Congratulations on all the new opportunities!

Your church must be doing "Power Lab" for VBS this year. It sounds just like what we're doing at ours. :)

twinklemom said...

Heather: LOL, Shhhh.....LOL; Love the post and oh wow...What an awesome journey God is calling you on!

Susan said...

Hey Heather,

I can just FEEL all the excitement packed in your post!

You are such a gifted writer and have so much to offer, I'm thrilled God is allowing you to use the many talents He's blessed you with.

I'll look forward to your devotions!

Blessings to you♥

Lynn said...

Oh Heather,

I am so glad you are a servant of the most high. Your writing is excellent and filled with Jesus.

Love your girl!

Amy said...

That's awesome Heather, isn't it funny how we have such plans and God has the opposite :-)

amy
mytudorhouse.wordpress.com

Angie said...

So very glad to have you on the team! I love your writing...your heart for HIM!
You are a blessing!

Shari said...

That's great that God is showing you some wonderful opportunities. Since I have 5 kids, I didn't want to do ministry work at church that involved working with children. It's so interesting how I'm now leading a class of kids - the Youth Group volunteer's kids.

Heather said...

Yay, God!! He loves you, Heather! His blessings are just one of the many ways that He reminds us of that.

Have a blessed day!

Susanne said...

Awesome!! I look forward to seeing you at the Cafe!

Susie said...

God is so amazing how he works things out in such different ways than we could even imagine. Blessings to you and all your new endeavors!

Tiffany Stuart said...

This was such a great Thankful Thursday post to read. Yeah, God is blessing you.

Dana said...

Congrats Heather! I enjoy getting to know you thru LWG! Blessings.

BP said...

Blessings to you as your are letting God lead you and reaching out to others.

eph2810 said...

Congratulations on writing for the new Internet Cafe. I am very excited for you. But I am even more excited that you are also writing for Laced with Grace :)

Hm - on God's plans for our lives. He is teaching me that I can trust Him. Like you said - His plans for our life are sooooooo much better :)

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us this week.

Be blessed today and always.

Love Bears All Things said...

How wonderful to know the direction God wants you to go!
Congrats on your new positions,
Mama Bear

Peggy said...

Isn't it aMazing how God takes what we think we'd do well at and changes it all around...but we must surrender our will to His, which seems to be what you have planned and see the way He rewards your obedience!!!Congrats!!! His vision is far beyond our vision.
You watch how your Children's Ministry will open doors to all kinds of women that need ministry- you may get two for the price of one! Continue to flow in His blessings...while I check out this Internet Cafe(and I'm not even a coffee drinker)! God bless, Peggy

Amber (Imperishable Beauty) said...

Amazing! Blessings to you!

Mel's World said...

Heather,

It does NOT surprise me about the writing invitations nor the call to move over to Children's Ministry.

We serve a GREAT and MIGHTY God, but He is also a God of wisdom and understanding.

I have always felt a call to lead women, every since I knew that God wanted me to serve Him daily. I was offered a job at our local church but the job was as the weekend Preschool Ministry Director. I begged the Senior Pastor to "reconsider". He asked me to PRAY about it and then we met again. He said something to me that knocked me right out of my socks...He said, "Melissa, I know your heart is leading women, but when you lead these preschoolers you are not only affecting the mommies you are making a lasting impact on the ENTIRE family." He had me at HELLO!

I served faithfully for 4 years in that position and grew the ministry from 99 kids on the weekend to over 450 kids (birth-4 years old) on the weekend when I passed the baton to my #2 girl! I was promoted to Pastor (licensed, not ordained) of Membership and ran all the baptisms, small groups, weddings/funerals, and the entire membership process.

I was just settling into my new job when God lead me out...yep, right out of ministry at the church. 5 months in that new position opened my eyes to see the God CAN and WILL do anything HE wants to do for His children...even call them to step down as their flesh fights to stay.

I am excited to see what God is getting ready to do in your life Heather...you are a faithful servant to Him!

Many Prayers,
Melissa