April was an incredibly busy month of traveling and ministry. The closer that we get to the launch of Restoration Church the busier it seems to get. So much to do, so little time to do it. Sometimes finding balance in certain seasons of life can be difficult. Maintaining a balanced life can be a constant struggle. Even the most successful pastors have battled in the arena of busyness and succumb to a sense of guilt that no matter how much they do it is never enough. What I try to do is dig deeper in my devotional time to get firmly planted on what is important. Martin Luther said, “Prayer is the most important thing in my life. If I should neglect prayer for a single day, I should lose a great deal of the fire of faith.” Jesus simply said, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
“NEVER GET SO BUSY MAKING A LIVING THAT YOU FORGET TO MAKE A LIFE.”
– Dolly Parton
So here we go…
Most of Friday I spent the day getting ready for our preview service, several last minutes errands to pick up supplies. Had lunch with my pastor and friend Ricky Morris. This brother always encourages and inspires me to be a better pastor. Friday evening we were at the home of launch team members for dinner and rehearsal for Saturday’s preview service. Danielle came Into town for a wedding shower of one of her high school friends. I love the fact that she has remained in contact and has such close friends, many of them from middle school. We often graduate and move on and those relationships which were so important and vital go by the wayside. In this fast-paced world where we have circled the wagons of seclusion and delegated our relationships to hearts and likes, let’s invest in the important relationships with an actual phone call or a face-to-face visit. It’s important! So we spent the rest of the evening catching up with Danielle on what’s going on In her world.
DeAnna headed out to Red River Assembly of God to their Mother’s Day Banquet with her Mama. Love on your Mom… this Sunday is Mother’s Day! Don’t forget It, you won’t always have her with you so maximize these moments. Danielle helped her Daddy load up the truck and run a couple of errands. It reminded me of when she was home, she was always Daddy’s helper!
The preview service was off the charts! I am so very proud of our launch team, and other folks from other churches who rallied to help up the pull off this event. It was a great success! I pulled Into the house at almost 9:00 p.m. and finally sat in my chair; a few minutes later I was out for the evening.
We went to the church as a family (minus Lim) which doesn’t happen often anymore, these kids grow up on us. We did not have a service so we attended our PAC (parent-affiliated church) Living Free. Always good to worship In our home church with family! The worship service was amazing! US Missionary Chris Brown brought the word. I have known this brother for many years, way back when he was a youth pastor and throughout his years as camp director. We have known each other but became closer friends when we attended Bellshire together. I said all that to say, I had never heard him preach until a few months ago. This brother can preach! I am so happy for what God Is doing In Chris and Shannon’s lives. He has placed them in the sweet spot of their gifting. God know’s what he Is doing!
We had lunch with Danielle, got her gassed up and on her way home. 😢 I hate It when she leaves. DeAnna and I chilled for the rest of the evening.
“IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, GO HOME AND LOVE YOUR FAMILY.”
– Mother Teresa