Being in a ministry couple is a strange experience. The minister is on call 24/7, there’s no such thing as a date night unless you leave town, and it’s the only job where hubby’s employer feels the right to make demands of the minister’s spouse.
So it is a special treat when you meet another ministry couple and have a chance to chat with those who completely understand. It’s an absolute treasure when you meet a ministry couple who become valued friends. God has blessed us with just such a couple in Bishop D.C. Darensbourg and his fabulous wife Cherton. As God has moved Jim out of “traditional ministry”, we have become even more grateful for their friendship, support, and encouragement.
We may not live there any longer, but there are a great number of people from our home state of Michigan who are cherished friends despite the distance!
Today’s is bittersweet. 15 years ago today we lost my grandfather. He was a man from a small town who loved well. His influence on our lives and our children lives on today and we are deeply grateful that we were blessed by his presence in our lives.
Jim has started writing a daily devotional – here’s a link to the devotional from August 1st of this year!
Mary Jo here – I know this is supposed to what both hubby and I are thankful for but I just had to share this from his personal blog. I am DEEPLY grateful for a husband who is passionate about his faith and shares it boldly.
Imagine, during a conversation with a friend, you had this exchange: Friend: I’m desperate to get a million dollars in the bank. You: How much money do you have in the bank right now? Friend: A million dollars. You: (standing there with a confused look on your face, shocked into silence) I’m thinking that your […]
via Devotional for July 26, 2017: “Desperate?” — pastorjim86
This past Sunday, Jim got the opportunity to preach at 2nd Baptist here in Fort Dodge. June is Youth Month at 2nd Baptist with the teens providing all of the announcements, special music, etc. Likewise, the sermons have all been focused on the young people of the church. So here is Pastor Jim’s sermon, “Childlike, not Childish” –
Today’s “Thankful Thursday” is an easy one and rather simple – we are oh, so grateful, for our granddaughter. Henry Onalee was born May 5, 2017, and she has undeniably stolen our hearts. This grandparent gig is pretty sweet!
Today’s “Wednesday Wisdom” comes from one of Mary Jo’s favorite Bible teachers!
In light of the holiday celebrated earlier this week, today we are grateful for freedom. The freedom to discuss ideas openly, the freedom to worship how and when the Spirit leads, the fact that our children have the freedom to pursue the careers of their dreams . . . this nation may not be perfect – then again, is any nation perfect? – but the freedoms we have should not be taken for granted.