I will select a winner of the giveaway and post her name on Monday. I’m not going to close comments so the discussion can continue but know that the current entry 37 will be the cut off for the giveaway. In the meantime, I’m headed out the door to the ATL to see Mama Beth and worship with 10,000 of my closest friends. I hope to see lots of you there! I’ll tell you all about it when I get back! xoxoxoxo Lisa
Hey Girls! It’s time for us to jump back in to our book discussion but it seems rude to get straight to business without catching up for a bit first.
Last week was Spring Break and the weather was p-e-r-f-e-c-t-i-o-n. Luke and I cleaned out our storage building and if we’d had a camera crew could have easily filmed our own segment of American Pickers. If I were a better blogger I would have some pictures for you. The reality is I’m a stinky blogger so you’ll have to envision my awesome locker baskets that I’ve held on to for years waiting to find just the right place for them and the box of old metal toy trucks Luke bought at an auction before we met. We also have an antique bed that was manufactured by the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Furniture Co. in 1927 and an old laxative tin that came out of my great-grandmother’s pie safe. The medication is long since gone but I’m thinking the tin would look cool on a shelf in our bathroom. An inspiration piece of sorts.
The kids went to their grandparent’s house in Georgia Thursday. Luke spoke at a banquet for a ministry we dearly love on Thursday night. Friday we hit every homebuilding supply store in a 100 mile radius to gather ideas. Saturday morning I spoke at a women’s luncheon for a group of adorable women with some serious skillz in the food/decor department. (I’ll show pictures and tell you more about them in a couple of days. Lots of great ideas from their event.) Saturday afternoon Luke and I drove to Cartersville, GA to see the house we are building in real life. A developer has it for sale so the darlin’ realtor let us go in and spend lots of time taking pictures, etc. so we could see if it felt like home. (It totally did.) I am challenged when it comes to seeing a house plan in 3D so the tour was gold.
And then it was Sunday and since all the kids were still gone I got to church on time.
And now that I’ve finally worked myself around to church, let’s get to our discussion on ‘Embracing Your Thing’. I’m going to pitch out some straight forward questions. I also want to point out to you that I’ve added a plug-in that allows you to reply to various commenters. I’m trying to use that more to communicate with you and I hope you will use it as well to talk back and forth with one another. Don’t forget to begin your response with your name, state, and area of ministry.
This chapter deals with our individual giftedness and how that is manifested in our congregations. Let’s talk about it!
1. What is your favorite area of ministry within the church and are you currently serving there?
2. Which activities and ministries are you doing that fall outside your personal calling?
3. Would you characterize your contribution to the body as exhilarating or exhausting? Keep in mind that exhilarated exhaustion is not the same as burnout exhaustion.
4. If you are burned out, what are some of the reasons you’ve not yet stepped out of the fire?
5. Has caring for young children or perhaps aging parents caused you to grieve being unable to do more with the church? In what ways has the Lord confirmed caregiving is the ministry ordained for you in this season?
I’m looking forward to hearing your answers on this one! To thank you for your participation, I’m going to give away two more copies of the book for those of you who don’t yet have it. Simply leave a comment telling us if you are hoping to win one for yourself or your pastor’s wife. I’ll announce a winner on Thursday.