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Connecting with God

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

If you’ve been around PAC lately you’ll know there have been a couple of prayer initiatives going on. Were you part of it? If you weren’t do you feel like you missed out? The first time, when we did it for a week, I signed up once. That first time was a neat experience. The room was set up nicely with a mellow mood; it seemed the right place to pray. The second time around when the initiative lasted a month I signed up maybe four or five times total. At the beginning I started off strong because there were pamphlets that had lots of stuff in them to pray about. As the initiative moved forward, I got tired and restless.

I think the biggest reason is that I don’t do well when I sit and pray in one spot. I don’t connect well with God sitting in a chair with my eyes closed. It feels awkward and uncomfortable. I have noticed lately that what does work for me is nature. We have a dog named Cole and I am the lunch duty person when it comes to walking him. If the weather is nice, I take him north up to the field at the end of 8th street. This summer has been amazing in terms of warmth and sunshine and I’ve connected with God very easily here, numerous times. I don’t always go with the idea in mind that, “I’m gonna go walk the dog and pray.” Most of the time I’m just wanting to get the dog walked so I can move on to other things. Almost every time I get up to the end of 8th street, I effortlessly  move into a spirit of peace and prayer. This is my connecting spot. This is where God speaks to me and it’s a beautiful thing.

If you find prayer really difficult, maybe you just haven’t found your connecting spot yet. Can I make a suggestion to try praying in different places or settings until you find the right fit? I’m not looking forward to the weather changing because I don’t do well outside in the cold. I’ll be looking for that new winter spot!

—Alison Lehman

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Trials

September 21, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m working through James in my Bible reading right now and one of the first things this book talks about is trials.  James says that when we come up against trouble or trials in our lives we should see it as an opportunity for joy. Seriously? Never thought of trials that way before. He says that when our faith is tested, our endurance has a chance to grow and when our endurance is fully developed, we’ll be strong in character and ready for anything. Well, I’m all for the strong character thing and to be ready for anything would sure relieve a lot of stress and anxiety.  Like anyone else, I don’t like trials. They scare me and then sometimes I doubt.  Christ always gets me through them but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

Romans 5:3 says, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us – they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. And this expectation wil not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hears with his love.”

So even though trials are difficult and scary, it’s sure good to know God has a purpose for them and they aren’t thrown at us  because He’s angry with us. Hang in there and know that good will come out of them.

–Alison Lehman

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No Man is an Island

September 12, 2011 Leave a comment

This past Saturday I went to a Beth Moore simulcast in Winkler with a group of women from PAC. It was fantastic! We thought there were only two groups of us that were registered but when we got there we saw three others from PAC. It wasn’t just the Simulcast I was looking forward to but the company on the drive down to Winkler.  I went with three other great women whom I love dearly but don’t have a lot of contact with throughout the year. We all work and some of us are at different stages in life.

The Simulcast was wonderful. Beth Moore is a genuine lady on fire for God who has come from a past of addiction and abuse. She is intense and admits it freely but she has a way of igniting passion in others, giving us hope and courage to press on. One of the key things she talked about on Saturday was that “We are made for good company.” We weren’t meant to do life by ourselves. We need each other and we need to surround ourselves with others who can build into us, encourage us and love us for who we are. I can do life for a period of time on my own but it leaves me feeling discouraged and empty, without strength. At the end of this simulcast I was FULL. I was overflowing with love, joy, and contentment. The worship was a wonderful way for me to praise God for what He does in me daily. My calf muscles were aching because I’m changing running styles but I was grateful that I couldn’t stand…it gave me a great excuse (not that I needed one) to get down on my knees and worship in humility. I feel like I want to do that at church sometimes but there isn’t room and I’d feel self conscious about it.

Are you doing life with others? Do you have men or women in your life you can do small group with or LTG or go to a simulcast with? It’s so important not to isolate yourself and hide out at home alone. If you’re not sure who to connect with or how to get connected, talk with Gloria Willms or her team at the info booth at church. They can help you plug in and if you haven’t been to a conference or simulcast before, you wanna go. It fills your tank, it really does.

–Alison Lehman

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Kids Rock!

September 3, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m getting excited. Wanna know why? Because Fall is coming and when Fall comes so does a new season of KidsChurch (PAC Kids Rock). Tim and I serve in what will now be called “Remix” which is a group of kids in grades 4-6. We have just launched some new grade sevens into the service and are receiving new, excited grade four kids. Part of the reason I’m excited is because we have new curriculum called Flyte. Stafford let us take it home to review and to check it out. Our son, Cameron, saw it and was ripped off that he’s not going to be in PAC Kids Rock anymore. He is in grade seven now and will be going to Junior Youth. I think it’s going to catch the attention of the kids and I think they’ll get excited about it, too.

Another reason I’m excited is because I feel honoured that God would allow me to build into His kingdom this way. I am not an expert with children but God has given me a heart to want to build into them, to teach them about His outrageous grace, love, mercy and power. Not only do I get to do something powerful for God’s kingdom but I get to do it with cool people. Excellent! Part of what makes Remix a great place to serve is our team. We encourage each other and build into each other as we serve the same kids but on separate Sundays…and that is just our Remix team. There are other teams as well and on Sunday mornings we gather around, catch up with each other, pray and launch out for the morning. Team is a big deal to us. It’s important and is what helps to keep us going. I am proud to do ministry with this group of people and am looking forward to a new season of PAC Kids Rock!

If you’re interested in building God’s kingdom in this way, you can talk to myself or Stafford or anyone else on the team. We’d love to serve with you. Check out PAC Kids Rock online

–Alison Lehman

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