Wilmington area friends, you’re invited….

….to my next speaking engagement.  I’m honored to be speaking at Pursuit Ladies Group at my home church, Global River Church, next Tuesday, August 8th.  The meeting starts at 630.

You might remember my “Beautiful Messes” blog post that I posted in June.  God spoke to me back around Easter to write a full message on that topic.  I’ve been working on it ever since!  I’m sharing that next Tuesday.  If you are living an imperfect life like I am, it will encourage you!

Global River Church is located at 4702 South College Road.  Feel free to email me with questions – Lisa@CelebratingWeakness.com.

Thanks!

 

Can you “Choose Joy” in the midst of your suffering?

This is a guest post by my friend Dana Hott.  Dana has been a faithful Celebrating Weakness reader and we share many things in common.  I have been inspired by her decision to “Choose Joy” in the midst of challenging circumstances.  I know that her story will encourage you as well.  Lisa

Have you ever felt pushed to your limit?  For me, the last three years of my life have been difficult…probably the most challenging years I have ever faced. My trial began in March, 2013 when my father was diagnosed with lung cancer.  Eight months later my precious father-in-law lost his battle from bladder cancer. As if that weren’t enough trauma in my life, my brother-in law was diagnosed with cancer and only lived for five more months.  I hate cancer.

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There is a church that wants you

I sat across the table from my spiritual mother, drawing life and comfort from her healing words.  I was lonely, confused, scared, and feeling unwanted.  My husband and I had recently left our church and church family of nine years.  The senior pastor had said from the pulpit that if people left the church because they were frustrated then no church would want them.  And we had left because we were frustrated.  And I felt unwanted and that no church would want me.   I was like a spiritual leper – an outcast – and undesirable.

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How should you leave a church?

There are many different reasons that families or individuals leave churches.  Sometimes the church does not offer the programs that the family desires for their children.  Sometimes the vision or leadership of the church changes.  Often, though, in our fallen world, people get hurt or offended.  Some leave churches in anger and bitterness, swearing to never step foot inside their doors again.  Others leave churches because it hurts too much to stay.

A friend text messaged me recently asking, “How does one leave a church?”  I don’t know that there is one right way. I only know how God led our family to leave a church 9 years ago.

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When you want to give up your calling and quit ministry

Have you ever been doing something that you know that God has called and gifted you to do, but you just want to quit?  Sometimes walking in the ministry that God has given us is just plain hard.  Recently I have been wrestling with God’s call on my life to lead and to teach.  I have wished that I could just quit being a leader and a teacher, and just serve in the background again.  I know that God has called and gifted me to be a leader and a teacher, but I just don’t want to do it anymore.  It is too hard and it hurts to much.

My fantasy is that I could simply give out food at my church’s Food Pantry and not lead women or teach the Bible.   Somehow handing out bags of rice and beans in my Fantasy Island seems less likely to draw hurtful criticism.

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A quick note about me and my blog…

Hello, my dear readers…

I worry.

I worry about you.   I worry that your may worry about me.  Because of all the crying and neediness and weakness and struggle in my blog.

And I don’t want you to worry about me, so I wanted to jot down this quick note to you.

I am inspired to write blog posts at different times.  When I’m deep in Bible study and uncover a spiritual truth, I write.  When I am inspired or moved, like at a graduation or a funeral, I write.  But mostly I write when I am hurting or scared or struggling.

Yes, you’ve seen lots of struggle!

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Lessons Learned from the Wild Rumpus at Urgent Care

This is another guest post by my best friend of 25 years and fellow She Speaks graduate, Nicole Holmes:

My recent wild rumpus was not in Times Square or at Walt Disney World, but at the Urgent Care in Wilmington, North Carolina.  My feverish 7-year-old daughter had just finished an antibiotic for strep throat when her fever spiked and she complained of a sore throat.   Honestly, I wanted to pretend I didn’t hear her.  It was dinnertime, and instead of sitting down for spaghetti and meatballs, we loaded up in the minivan and headed to the doctor’s office.  It was our third visit to the doctor for strep throat in three months.

Within 10 minutes of entering the exam room, the diagnosis was clear … strep throat … again.  This time, instead of the pink liquid antibiotic, the doctor recommended an injection.  The 7-year-old did NOT want a shot.  Tears started streaming down her face.  She cried so hard, she blew snot bubbles.  It was sad.

Then, she stomped her foot and said, “I’m NOT getting a shot.

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