Friday, July 25, 2014

The team is heading to Cambodia

We made it to Korea safe and sounds - when we board here we only have about 5 1/2 more hours until I attack my daughter and son-in-law!!  Can't wait!

Please pray for us we're weary after traveling 24 1/2 hours so far!

Keep your eye on our blogs and we'll keep you updated!

Praying Crossroads is filled with God's amazing presence these next two weekends!!

Love you all!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

leaving for Cambodia

Pray for our team as we prepare to leave for Cambodia tomorrow please!

More info to follow - hopefully later today!

Monday, July 14, 2014

weekend report

How has another weekend come and gone already?   I swear I feel like I just get a handle on all the details and preparation required and before I even 'fully participate and take it in' - it's gone.

I always sit through our Saturday night service so that if any adjustments needs to be made to the length of the service or something needs added we can do that for Sunday... as I walked down the back-hallway to speak with our interim pastor at the end of the final service, and heard applause in the auditorium,  I became overwhelmed with thankfulness to our faithful Crossroads attendees for encouraging the efforts of all involved in the services and support ministries of Crossroads.  Applause = thank you!

Even though there is a strong sense that we know 'who we are' and 'what we're about' - in this time of transition it could be possible if we take our eyes off of Him - that we could try to make the ministry about what we like - our personal preferences.   Instead it's perhaps more important than ever before to know who God's called us to be to our community and to the Body of Christ that worship here.

My hubby talked to a family this weekend that left Crossroads for a season to support another local pastor - they are back and their time away helped them to return fully committed to the importance of expository teaching and a strong direction in ministry.  It seems weekly the Lord provides at least one story of encouragement telling us that even in this transitional time - people recognize our commitment not to change directions, and to support the fact that the Lord moved Pastor Tim to a place He needed him more - AND that He also knows exactly who He needs at Crossroads now.

Our setlist:

Announcements on video:  We've been using younger people predominately on our video announcements - but, this weekend I asked tech guys to include one of my favorite 'older ladies', Nadine and she nailed it!  I got so many compliments about using her - she's a rock-star!

Jesus Paid It All - took our congregation into passionate authentic worship…so strong!

Lay Me Down - Passion
We Believe - Life Worship
From the Inside Out - Hillsong
Jesus Paid It All - Passion

Message:  A Living Hope: Beyond Temptation - Interim Pastor Brian Boone

Exit Song:  From the Inside Out

To Watch our service go to

To see what other ministries used in their service go to

Have an amazing God-filled week!!  Praise Him!

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

wading through stuff

Yesterday I cleaned my house and we hosted the last official Young Married's Group at our home.  (although we do life with these couples so all it changed is a regular monthly study)

This change was necessary because my hubby's been asked to launch men's groups this Fall at Crossroads -so we had to eliminate something to make room for more.

I was thinking about how full my house is and made the comment to my hubby that I would be content never to move again…the thought of packing is overwhelming!

Over the 4th of July holiday we spent time with my parents in Ashland - and went to an auction.  I love seeing what people are selling and this sale was a 2-household sale.  There was tons of stuff!

This is a shot looking down just 1 of probably 20 tables of stuff..  

Although we have more than we need - I really think the only things I have boxed up are some dishes of Ron's grandparents and my kids old toys/school books.  We try really hard not to buy stuff that just gets put in closets, boxes or not used.  Even so, we have too much!

I wondered how the people who's stuff was for sale, could have this much extra that family didn't take? It looked more like a 5 family sale.

If we could take all the stuff that accumulates in our homes that we have no need for, sell it and use it to bless others - what clean houses we would have and what a blessing to our families some day that won't have to deal with all our stuff.

I've also been working this morning at cleaning out my email.   I can't even guess how many emails  I get each day… it requires regular housekeeping too.  Gee, I wonder why we're all so stressed all the time!  We're surrounded by things that need care - things that need cleaned - and things that need discarded.  Certainly not a simple life.

Well, I'm finished wading through my stuff for another day - I'll turn my eyes toward the weekend and the privilege once again to lead at Crossroads!  See you all there!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

tryin' to be wise

I've been trying really hard to be wise - and it's not working so well.

I've been trying to be wise when friends come with problems - even though I know full well they just need a listening ear - not solutions from me.  Tryin' hard to be wise…

I'm trying to be wise with my care about the ministry.  I sometimes act as if it's my ministry and have to draw myself back hard - and lift my eyes upward to once again focus on the only reason I'm in ministry.  Tryin' hard to be wise…

I catch myself worrying about who's not there, it's a normal summer but it feels way more personal this summer.

I was blessed when I found this today on my favorite author's blog.

 The very Son of God had a ministry to 12. And even one of them abandoned HimForget the numbers in your work. Focus on the net value of  your work. 
May I be wise when I talk to even one.  Who knows, I may have been called to ministry just to reach one!
I give up trying to be wise in the eyes of the world - and will follow and listen and wait…patiently.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

what I learned today

I've been familiar with CR for a long time since Crossroads hosts a Celebrate Recovery program each Friday evening.

But I have to admit, the world I grew up in could not be more polar opposite then what many of the members of CR have experienced.

There is no one I admire more than someone who has fought back from abuse, neglect or addiction!  How tough that must be - I can only imagine.

Today I had the privilege of reading a testimony of a recovering addict - and marveled at her amazing life now.  She may share her testimony with us soon.

While I was reading the testimony and preparing for this weekend at Crossroads -

My hubby had the opportunity today to visit a rescue organization created to rescue trafficked girls and hide them.  Locally.

In fact the lady that showed him what needs to be done in their homes, was herself kidnapped as a young girl and rescued.  She now works to save other young, innocent girls from the slavery of the sex trade.

So, as you face your problems today, as you deal with frustrating little ones, or a job that's less than satisfying, rejoice in the freedom you have!

Rejoice that Jesus chose you to be His own!

And pray for those people all around us that are slaves to abusive partnerships, addiction and worse.

Monday, July 7, 2014

my day off

Psalm 143:8 Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

You probably have guessed, I'm once again blessed to be in my favorite spot…

I saw this scripture this morning posted by a worship pastor that I talk to from time to time and it just resinated with me in the special place God has given me to renew and reflect.
My day off always starts in the right way when I begin here, with Him,  un-distracted and un-burdened.  It was also a very fitting verse based on recent conversions I've had - where I've tried to help lead others through times of transition and discussed trusting God as the key part of that decision making process.
Even if I'm not making life-changing decisions - we still make decisions that matter for eternity everyday.  Will I share my faith if given the opportunity or will I be too worried about people's opinion of me?  Will I decide what to watch on TV or the internet based on the fact that the Holy Spirit is right there with me - God himself dwells within me.  My body and mind are not my own.  How will I spend this day that I'll never have back again - working my hardest at the job God's provided and placed me in, or complaining about my job or circumstances?  
God knows exactly how many days, hours, minutes, seconds he's ordained me to live on this earth - they belong to Him not me.  Do I live that way - even when no one sees me?
That is my prayer this morning as I sit here soaking in His creation - worshipping Him for being God - that I live this day to glorify my God!
Let us all live a day of worship - blameless before Him - recognizing opportunities to live for Him - worshipping Him with our lives.  Have a great, great Monday!