Who likes to wait? Raise your hand. For the most part, as a society, we don’t like to wait. Just ask the waitress that gets yelled at because the food took 5 minutes too long to get to the table.
Now how many of you like a really good rack of ribs? The best ones I have ever had were so tender and flavorful – because they had been allowed to marinate and then slow cooked to give all the flavor time to be fully achieved. Preparation, marinated and slow cooked. It took time!
Have you ever felt like what is the next step, do I go through door number 1 or 3? You have been praying about a specific thing and you are just not sure what the next step is. You want to go ahead and walk through door number 1, but there is a hesitation about it. Have you ever jumped ahead of God? The Holy Spirit will guide us, but we must be paying attention.
The answer is to wait. If we rush then we do not receive the best God has for us, and we could really mess things up. How many of us can identify with lessons learned from jumping ahead? As we wait, God is preparing! Those ribs could have been rushed, but they would not have been as tender or flavorful. Allowing God to add flavor to our lives while we wait can be really hard but oh so worth it!
“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31”
Hi everyone. Well, 2020 is coming to an end. There’s been many challenges this year that came in different forms. With the challenges came changes.
When a storm comes, clouds form and the sky gets darker and darker. And then it hits. The length of a storm varies, but after the storm there is a freshness, a washing of sorts, of nature and civilization. Where once there was dirt, grime, and heaps of leaves, now there are flowers pushing their way through all that to reach up and bloom with an array of color and foliage. Even streets look brighter. They have been changed by a storm.
Through this storm may we be changed and emerge with a freshness, a renewed passion for the life we have been called to as children of God. He is speaking to us! I ask myself and each of you “are we listening?”
Christmas may be different this year, not large gatherings, but the meaning and the focus has not changed. Emmanuel, God With Us. Jesus left all of glory and came to be our Redeemer, giving us life eternal through his death, burial. and resurrection. We can REJOICE in that truth and celebrate our life in Him.
We love each one of you and wish you A Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
We really enjoyed our time together at the annual Ornament Swap! 2020 has been a rough year, but Jesus still sits on His throne! And today we celebrated our Savior! There was fun, encouragement, laughter, and even a few tears. And boy, oh boy, were there beautiful ornaments all up for grabs! Thank you, ladies, for joining us. We hope you left today with joy in your heart and were encouraged in your faith. Now go share those special invitations with someone who needs to hear the real reason for the season!
What a great evening! Thank you, ladies, for a wonderful night of fellowship and fun. What a creative bunch!
I feel like I don’t pray for my kids enough. Do you ever feel that way too? Sure, I pray for them for the everyday stuff, and believe me, there are A LOT of breath prayers throughout the day. You know, the ones where you need to have a moment with Jesus before you lose it? And I pray for their safety and protection.
But sometimes I feel like I am missing out on the big, meaty prayers. Do I pray enough of those for them? The prayers that have the possibility of literally changing their world.
But I have come to realize my BIGGEST prayer for them covers ALL the other big areas that I worry about for them.
My biggest prayer for them is that they will really know Jesus – that they will have a vibrant, active, living relationship with the One and Only Savior of the world. And that, my friends, covers ALL the others.
If they have Jesus, they will have strength beyond measure. His strength. Even when they face the trials in this life, He will be their strength as they make their way through the storm.
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
If they have Jesus, they will have love and compassion for others. His love. His compassion. They will be a beacon of light to a lost and dying world.
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
If they have Jesus, His love will overflow out of them to others. They will want to tell others about what He has done for them.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9
If they have Jesus, they will know how much they are worth. Worth dying for. They will read God’s Word and know just how loved and valuable they are to their Father.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
If they have Jesus, they will work as unto the Lord. They will be excellent and responsible employees. They will be a committed spouse. They will be one day be a hard-working parent raising Godly children.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
The list goes on and on. If they have Jesus, everything else just falls into place. How I pray for that for them! He is all we need.
The WM Team
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 NIV
In this passage are hidden jewels. First, it says we are the light of the world. Not that we might be but that we are the light. As a disciple or follower of Jesus we are light in a dark world. We are that city on a hill. Our actions and words should always point others to Jesus. Second, the life we have received through Jesus is to shine outwardly so others can see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven.
Sometimes our lights burn brightly and at times they may be dim. They burn the brightest when we stay connected to the source. We are different from the world and we have what they need. People need Jesus. They are searching and wanting something they cannot find in the darkness of this world. Light dispels darkness! By sharing Jesus, we share light and hope.
So, child of God, SHINE, SHINE, SHINE!
The WM Team
We sure have missed your faces and our times to come together for events. Please be sure to visit our Upcoming Events tab – we have some events in the works!
A Confident Heart Bible Study – Intro/Book Distribution – August 18th, Study begins August 25th
Girlfriends Night Out – September 11th
Craft Night – Paint & Praise – October 16th
Ornament Swap – December 12th
Stay tuned as events are subject to change due to the current conditions of COVID-19. Our desire is to offer events while following CDC guidelines and to provide a safe environment to fellowship.
The WM Team
HOPE. It is something we all want and need…yet so many don’t have it. I was counted among that number. I want to simply share how I have hope. Maybe right now you can relate. My life had ups and downs – things happened I just did not understand. Hurts, loss and disappointment. Even now things happen I don’t understand but I have hope. How? Through the love of the Cross. God reached down through His Son and told me, “I love you” and offered me life in Him. I came to realize things I did were wrong in God’s eyes and I needed Him. No matter how much wrong I had done He would welcome me just as I was into His family. That alone was mind blowing. I accepted God’s offer of love and forgiveness and now, even though things occur I don’t understand, I have hope and His Name is JESUS. Maybe you have questions. Maybe you want to know more. Please call 803-359-2681 and ask for Pastor Jeff, Pastor Mike or Pastor Matt. #hope
We had such a great time at our 2020 Ladies’ Brunch! Mrs. Jean Padgett shared a powerful message to us about cleaning all of the “junk” out of our attic (our spiritual attic!). And the food and fellowship were simply the best. Thank you to everyone who joined us.