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by Joy O’Toole
There are two main ways to live: intentionally or reactionally. I know I am living reactionally when my circumstances drive my mood, when I respond emotionally to a situation instead of prayerfully, when I don’t make the time to plan and just “wing it”, when I run my race without thought, prayer, or plans. When I am living in this manner, I am constantly at the mercy of the urgent, the loudest voice, the squeakiest wheel and I have to ask the question: ”Is this really the way the Lord would have me live?”
The answer is no. The Lord would have me live with a quiet and gentle spirit, in prayer, in thanksgiving, in an orderly manner. I have found that it is impossible to live this way unless I have made time for thought, for forming convictions, and for prayerfully determining God’s “To do” list for the day.
Does that mean that the day’s agenda never gets derailed. No, of course not. There are days when the whole day turns upside down. Holding the “to do” list lightly and listening for the Holy Spirit’s direction from moment to moment are key.
However, most days need structure and planning and an ungirding of prioritizing the important things. The important things are often quiet and undemanding in comparison to the urgent things. They wait for you to notice them. They don’t often loudly demand as the urgent things do. And they will be lost if you don’t take the time to notice them and carve out the space to include them in your life.
I want to live intentionally, to choose the important things over the merely urgent, to think about the true and the lovely and the worthwhile things, to do my husband good and not evil all the days of my life, to teach what is noble and just and praiseworthy to my children, to love other people in the right ways, to put God and His kingdom first, to have a quiet and gentle spirit which is pleasing to the Lord.
How about you? Do you live intentionally or reactionally?
About Joy: Joy is a full-time wife to Greg and mother to Luke, Jonathan, Joshua and Gavin, a part-time home educator, and a part-time librarian. Her life involves many different facets, about which she often ponders in her heart as Mary did. Visit her blog here.
NLICC hosting James River Presbytery Meeting on January 11th
The Session has asked us to provide breakfast and lunch for our presbytery leaders on Saturday, January 11th. In lieu of a Women’s Prayer Breakfast in January we ask that you pray about preparing food or helping to serve our leaders while they meet together. We’ll need volunteers to set out each of the meals and clean up. CLICK HERE to sign up for food and help. Contact Christine Fulcrod or Brenda Deaconson if you have any questions.
Women’s Ministry Meeting – Sunday, January 12th at 4:30pm in Room 217
Help for Greenberg’s
Here is a signup sheet that Evident Grace ladies put together to help Jeremy and Tracy Greenberg out with meals. Baby Selah is home from VCU Hospital and on the mend, but Tracy is still wiped out from round-the-clock care. Consider being a mother’s helper for Tracy next week as she regains rest and strength.
Ruth de los Santos’ baby girl is expected by C-section January 14th.
- Pray for healthy and safe delivery.
- Pray that Ruth’s pregnancy induced carpel tunnel will cease.
Resolve to join us! Women’s Bible Study begins Januray 14th
The Westminster Confession of Faith, led by Christine Fulcrod
Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30am on January 14th
Child care available!
Sign up with Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dinners in Homes – Saturday, January 18th
“and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart” – Acts 2:46
Contact Christine in the office and let her know if you’d like to host a dinner (and how many guests you can accommodate) or be a guest in someone else’s home (and how many people in your family will be attending). (540)786-4848 or email@example.com.
Office Help Needed
Christine in the office is looking for some help with starting to archive our church history.
If you would be interested by sorting records and/or church pictures, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-786-4848.
The office is updating and printing a new directory by the end of January. Please check your directory at home and provide any changes that you would like to make for your family.
- Did you drop a land-line? Let us know and we will remove the old number
- Names of adults, children and birthdates (we acknowledge birthdays monthly in our church newsletter)
- Wedding anniversary
- Full mailing address
- New emails for adults
- Cell phone #s for adults **Phone numbers can remain unlisted if you indicate that you prefer that. Only staff will see those numbers.
DEADLINE for submission: January 11th. Please email Pam Lopes at email@example.com with any new information
Save the Date! – Prayer Shower Breakfast for Expectant Moms – February 8th at 9am
We know of the following expectant Moms: Amanda Oberlin, Cindy Hughes, Laura Heflin and Laura Scrivener. Please let Heather know if you are expecting at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add you to the list!
I don’t know about you, but reading what others are learning from the Lord is encouraging to me. Like Joy, I desire to live more intentionally for Him. If you have appreciated reading Joy’s and other pieces contributed to the Update, consider submitting one yourself, or have a lady from your Titus 2 or Care Group who has shared her story and touched your heart submit hers.
in His grace,
for the Women’s Ministry Committee
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