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This turkey is a gift to our office and many people we serve at Trinity. She has a heart to see people loved, restored, and healed. She has a desire to bless others. Her motto is “love big, love well, love lots”. If you have had the pleasure of speaking to her or received one of her hand-written notes, you know who I am referring to.
But, so often, people come into our lives for a season. Trinity has been encouraged, challenged, and changed because of this turkey. However, this season, we must say our goodbyes. She is moving to the Middle East in January to share the love and truth of Jesus Christ.
The area that she is moving to has approximately 68 un-reached people groups but only 20-30 local Christians. After visiting this area, learning about the need, and falling in love with the people, she has decided to live out John 4:34, and Go! We, here at Trinity, will miss her but we know God will continue to use her in wonderful and mighty ways.
Ok, who is this turkey??
How can you help stuff this turkey? Starting Tuesday, October 31st, and extending through the month of November, we will have a turkey created to hold all of your stuffings! Oh, this will be fun!!!
On October 31st, Dr. Bo is going to help stuff the turkey by matching any financial gifts up to $250. Plus, on this day there will be two more fun items: (1) the entire Trinity staff will be dressed up for Halloween. Stop by to check us out! and (2) chair massages will be offered throughout the day ($5 suggested donation to help stuff the turkey).
What do you stuff the turkey with? Two items:
(1) Financial gifts: Kayla is soooooo close to reaching her financial goals. Let’s stuff that turkey full so she is fully funded.
(2) Encouraging gifts: a note, a bible verse, a caring thought; encouragement goes a long way.
How can you stuff the turkey? Three ways:
(1) In person: Come to Trinity. We will accept cash, check, and credit cards. This could be the most fun because you can say hello to the turkey while you stuff the turkey.
(2) Mail: Checks made payable to TEAM with Kayla and account number (011854) in the memo line and sent to: PO Box 1986 Grapevine, TX 76099-1986.
(3) Online: Go to TEAM’s website and search the account number (011854). Monthly automatic withdrawal is available to set up if you want to stuff this turkey during the 3 years that she is gone.
Thank you for your help! We look forward to stuffing the turkey (Kayla) with lots of love!
How do you deal with the ‘facts of life?’ Recently, we had a good friend diagnosed with cancer. The process of hearing the news always causes a mixture of emotions for not only the person diagnosed but also friends and family. Funny how a fact – a diagnosable fact of life- can cause you to have faith or fear.
This above-mentioned friend and his wife stopped by the house the other day on a whim (“they were in the neighborhood”). It is rather great how a surprise visit (no matter the length) can turn into an unexpected blessing. Never not take the time to stop by or call or text a friend just to let them know you care. It is invaluable and worth the effort! So, as we sat there and chatted about his recent diagnosis, his wife said, “During a time of prayer and worship, God gave me a word picture: Facts or faith.” We chatted about this for a moment, laughed and enjoyed one another.
After they left, I thought about her statement: Facts or Faith. The more I thought about it; it hit me that facts are nothing more than that; facts. They provide useful information but what they produce in us is something much more. The facts of life produce faith and/or fear. Let me give you some examples.
1. Fact: Cancer Diagnosis
Faith: God is my healer & deliverer. He is in control. He is trustworthy.
Fear: I have no control. Why did this happen to me? God is not good.
2. Fact: Bank account at $0
Faith: God is my provider and sustainer. I lack nothing.
Fear: I have nothing. I will never amount to anything. I am not good enough.
3. Fact: A person lied about or mistreated me.
Faith: God is my defender. My identity is secure and not based on what others think, do or say.
Fear: What will others think about me? Will others like me? My reputation is ruined.
I do not mean to over-simplify something as significant as a cancer diagnosis, loss of a loved one, money troubles, abuse, etc…These events and many more are significant moments in our lives. However, what I do want to emphasize is that during your life, you may get diagnosed with cancer, lose a loved one, have unexpected money troubles, your name slandered or a host of other things – these facts are just that: pieces of information that contain objective reality. And that information then causes a response to arise in us that lends itself to either faith or fear. Now, I am fully aware, that fear, anger & anxiety may rise up at the initial hearing of the facts but those emotions must be replaced with faith if we are to overcome the ‘facts of life.’
Three verses: (read & meditate)
1. Philip. 4:6-7 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds…”
2. Joshua 1:9 – ” Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
3. Eph. 2:10 – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them”
On family movie night, we decided to watch ‘A Dog’s Purpose.’ It was a cute movie that revealed much about human interactions with not only each other but also their beloved canines. Without giving away too much, the movie allowed you to venture into one dog’s world over and over again in differing scenarios but the question that kept surfacing was the same; why I am here? What is my purpose? As I sat there and watched, I realized many if not all of us ask the same question in the differing seasons of life we find ourselves: what is my purpose?
Henri Nouwen, in his book, Discernment, writes, “Who am I? This is the core question that every person asks and answers throughout life. Naming ourselves, seeing the shifting roles we play during our lives and seeking to live by the values and beliefs at the heart of our existence are lifelong challenges.” Nouwen continues, “As beloved children, our core identity is secure in the memory of God. Whether we do anything worthwhile, prove anything important or give anything of value, God still loves us unconditionally. It is a strong, vital and active fatherly and motherly kind of love that holds us safe and affirms our worth, wherever we go and whatever we do. Can you or I remember that we are the beloved of God when we fail? When we hurt someone? Even then we are God’s beloved called to remember that beneath our woundedness or frailty is the deeper call to live out of the inexhaustible riches of God’s love.” You see, all of us ask the questions, who am I and what is my purpose? The trick is, what are your answers to those questions? I will not give you your answers b/c asThomas Merton notes, “You cannot tell me who I am and I cannot tell you who you are. If you do not know your own identity, who is going to identify you?” So, how do… you identify you?
Back to the movie…the climatic end is summed up with three powerful words, “Be Here Now.” Throughout the seasons of our lives, and in varying degrees, we will continue to ask, who am I & what is my purpose? But in that, let us not to forget to…be here now. I sent a text to a friend the other day; it read, “Praying that your day is filled with unexpected blessings and intentional moments.” As I reread what I wrote, I thought, is it not in being intentional with our moments that unexpected blessings happen the most; we just have to be looking for them; we just have to…be here now!
I am a chiropractor and I love it. I love everything about it. The laying on of hands to stimulate and motivate the body to heal & self-regulate. It’s magical to watch. I am always amazed at the power of a simple adjustment. And yes, I love the noise of a joint being adjusted; eight ball in the corner ball I think to myself. Was it the will of God that I become a chiropractor or was it a choice I made to apply to chiropractic school from a seemingly random question in my living room some 18 years ago? Maybe a little bit of both?
Ever heard from yourself or someone else this question: what is the will of God for my life? Such a broad sweeping question isn’t it? Is there one specific answer for each person in the world? Maybe. Maybe not. Is it a tightrope of sorts to walk the will of God – ever hoping to not make a wrong step as to fall off? Always wondering if I get it right or wrong? Seems this tightrope walk could bring fear and lack of movement. And lack of movement leads to decay and decay leads to death. Or is the will of God more like an eight lane highway with freedom to change lanes as choices present themselves? Yes, there are ditches on each side of the eight lines that we can slip into (outside of the will of God – sin) but does not having eight lanes bring freedom and movement. And movement brings growth and growth brings life.
1 Thesl. 5:16-18 puts it this way, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Straight-forward don’t you think?
What’s the will of God (in Christ) for you: Could it be a 3-stranded tightrope made of up daily choices to: (1) Rejoice (2) Pray (3) Give thanks. Seems you can do this anywhere, anytime, anyhow and with anyone? If those 3 strands make a tightrope to walk out God’s will for my life – that has to be the biggest tightrope I have ever attempted to walk on (maybe as big as an eight lane highway?)
Look, the bottom line is this: It may be His will but He still gives you a choice. Do not make God’s will so elusive or exclusive that you miss out on a remarkable journey into the very heart of God.