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Dear Pastor… July 27, 2015

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Dear Pastor Jeff Huber,NICU

In order for this to make sense, I’ll have to start at the beginning. But before I go to the beginning, let me introduce myself. You likely won’t remember me. (more…)

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Painted Doors May 20, 2014

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painted-doorsWe are swamped at church right now as we plan, dream, and pray, and prepare for a new ministry model AND summer program. There is a lot to be done…

As I was in the garage tonight, painting a second coat of primary colors on closet doors for our new set, I felt myself becoming bitter. I hate painting. It’s messy, and time consuming and it hurts my back. And, I don’t have time for this. My to-do list is growing by the minute. I’m working hard to make sure this is done well… and no one is ever even going to know I was the one who worked so hard to make these doors look nice!

As soon as that last thought crossed my mind, the one about people knowing my contribution to this part of the new program, I heard that small still voice say, “So, this is about you? For your glory?” 

Yikes – I immediately insisted the enemy get behind me and began to pray. As I prayed I was reminded that if I wasn’t the one painting the doors, someone else would. And if I didn’t show up tomorrow, someone else would lead our team. God doesn’t need me. He does, however, love me enough to let me participate in HIS good works, and painted doors. And none of this is or should be for my glory. Painting these doors – it’s for HIS glory.

My thinking absolutely did a 180 in that moment.

Painting doors for God’s glory. HOW COOL IS THAT?! That I could GLORIFY God by painting doors? Shut up. That’s ridiculously AWESOME! And that He would allow someone like me to do something like that for Him. Choked me up a little bit.

I LOVE PAINTING DOORS!!! What an honor.

As each of you continue to chip away at your to-do lists in front of you, remember those doors and thank God for the opportunities, big and small, to do anything and everything for God’s glory.

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink ((or paint doors)), or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31 

 

WHOLE (testimony) August 8, 2012

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I can plainly remember laying in my bed at about 8 and asking Jesus into my heart. I didn’t really know what that looked like and wondered if my heart had an itty bitty door or how Jesus was even going to fit in there. It was a perfect mystery, but while I didn’t understand the how I really wanted to give Him my heart, my whole heart.

I had a “normal” childhood. I was raised by 2 wonderful parents who worked very hard to give my brother, sister and I a good home. We lived in a good neighborhood and went to great schools. I got along well with peers, made good grades, and loved playing sports. All in all, I had a great childhood.

My mother took us to Sunday School every Sunday where I soaked up the stories they taught. I could recite a parable like a youngster recites his ABCs. Just like the ABCs, I didn’t know at the time that put all together they told a bigger story and painted a more beautiful picture.

By the time I started high school, church had become a stigma. My “christianity” took a back seat to my desire to fit in and be accepted. (more…)

 

The Cross April 3, 2010

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About this time every year we recognize both the tragedy and the beauty of Jesus’ work on the cross, and celebrate His Resurrection on “Resurrection Sunday”. I assume that if you are reading this, you are believer and understand the implications of the cross… I’ll quickly quote one of my favorite hymns and then get to the point of this post… (more…)

 

Bible Study March 30, 2010

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This past fall I accidentally enrolled in a Bible study lead by a co-worker (I knew I was enrolling for the study, just not she was leading) who though I loved her as a friend, found her difficult to work with. ((disclaimer #1 – in hindsight, this of course was no accident. Thank you Abba Father!)) It really isn’t important *why* I found her hard to work with… Just that I had issues, heck… I still do! Anyway – after 10 weeks of intentional and weekly time (more…)

 

Welcome!

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…just what the world needed, right? Another “ministry blog.” (more…)