I’m a firm believer in attending church weekly. If you didn’t get a chance to attend this weekend, here is a sermon you can listen to.
I’ve been attending this church for about four years now and I have learned so much. I have also grown from participating in Celebrate Recovery that Pastor Steve mentioned. I graduated from this Christian 12 step program.
Also, I am a Stephen Minister. I attended 50 hours of training to learn more about listening to others as they process through the life they are living. And I was fortunate enough to be assigned to someone who helped me through a rough area of life.
Yes, a Stephen Minister can take a break when life hits them with a blow and be ministered to as well.
I have participated in 3 different Life Groups or Home Group/Core Group as some of you might call it. The wisdom that was represented in these groups. And the camaraderie that I experienced was great for me.
So these are some of the Ministry Helps and opportunities to grow at Ten Mile Christian Church that can help you in your journey.
I hope you will take a listen and stop by if you are looking for a church HOME.
Watch ILMC Authenticity
Sunday, January 12th, 2020 sermon at Ten Mile Christian Church
On 1-5-2020, I was reminded that I need accountability. I never voiced this until recently.
My mother never checked on me because she knew I would land on my feet.
In listening to the audiobook,
13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do [electronic resource] / by Amy Morin,
I realized that I have been living my life this way… without accountability. I’m the one who checks on others. And I never required, requested or demanded that people look in on me… to check up on my status in one area or another.
Even my husband has seen me as a Super Woman! I did have two lady friends around 2014 who were good at checking up on me. And when they moved away, I was devastated. Though I couldn’t understsnd my deep grief over their departure.
It was stemmed back to the familial saying, “Nek’ka always lands on her feet”. These two ladies gave me what I was missing… then they were gone.
I mentioned this a few days ago, in my minimalist challenge blog, that I’ve hired a couple of coaches for 2020. The year for praises and not complaints. So I’m incorporating my own helps and hand holding.
I’ve had mentors over the past 20 years and while I was given assignments, so many other areas of my life were unattended to or overlooked.
In Amy’s book, she was relaying a story of how a women’s family of origin had nicknames for all the kids and she was living up to hers even subconsciously. This woman didn’t examine her life to see if that label resonated with who she identified as an individual.
And I never shook off that label, “she’ll always land on her feet”. It’s good to know or believe that. But how is that suppose to happen?
When I land on my feet, are my ankles sometimes twisted? Did I break my legs landing on my feet because I had no assistance? I never saw negative in that statement. I was just doing my best to live up to that expectation.
Don’t get me wrong, I have some really good friends that I can call when needed. And we’re all busy with our daily lives. When I see them, we all get caught up on the latest happenings and have a good laugh. And then I go back to my world of “landing on my feet”… alone, as it were.
What childhood or early adult nicknames or statements are you trying to live up to? Do they resonate with your true identity, your core being? Write your comments below.
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In watching and listening to the video listed below, I was struck by the phrase, “Has my identity shaped my activity?”
I recently had an opportunity to enter a business deal for the purpose of making lots of money. As I sat there listening to the pitch, I felt I had already answered that question expressing “no interest” in joining this person’s business in previous interactions. I was simply meeting them in person for possible future referrals.
Well, anyone who knows me probably would not descibes me as money hungry. Yet this salesperson was determined to play on that chord…like I would hear something and jump. Are you a salesperson like that?
Knowing my identity in Christ to obey and follow God’s leading, I told this person that if God wanted me in this business, I would be there tomorrow. (I’ve told many people this.) I try to give myself a chance to sleep on the matter before I give a definite answer.
I felt this question had been answered weeks ago and this person didn’t get MY answer. Maybe they thought I had changed my mind or that they could convince me to join.
As I consider single parents out there, how many potential mates how come on strong like this? You say, No, and they are still trying to turn your No into a Yes. Is your identity in your marital status? I had that hangup during my 16 years as a stay at home single mom.
Today, my identity is in Christ and not money, fame, worldly success or marital status.
Thank you God for good friends with whom I can share my frustrations and good friends who keep pointing me back to You, Your will and Your way, in Christ Name, Thank You, Lord!
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For so many years, I have been affected by my marital status. Married or single. I’ve been both as an adult. And it has plagued me. The video was so right on about who or what I am basing my identity on. That affects how I am.
Who or what do you base your identity on?
Help us all Lord to based who we are on you, in Christ’s Name! Amen!
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