The second week of the month I will be heading to Tennessee with some of the ladies from church. We are going to learn how to teach Kay Arthur's method of inductive Bible study at the Precepts Ministry campus. We had a class last night to introduce us to it so we aren't blind-sided when we get there. It was really good. I couldn't believe how much we saw in 14 little verses of the Bible that I'd never seen before. It's going to be a good experience. It's going to be fun, too, with the crew that's going....and I am the van driver. Buckle up!
I'll have one week after that trip to get myself organized and repacked for V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N! I don't even have words for how excited I am about that. It's been seven, 7, SEVEN (!!!!) years since our last real vacation. There have been little weekends away but no real escapes from reality. We are heading to our favorite place, Chincoteague Island, VA, where we've rented a house along with one of Tim's sisters and her husband. This is going to be our first all grown-up, no riding herd on kids vacation. We are stoked!
Plus, we will be there for the famous pony swim when the Saltwater Cowboys (local firemen) round up and swim the wild ponies from Assateague across the channel to Chincoteague. I've wanted to see that since I read Misty of Chincoteague when I was 9 years old and found out it was true. It's one item I'll be able to cross off my bucket list.
I've read Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson in the last week and I'm a little more than halfway through The Duck Commander Family by Willie & Korie Robertson. I am fascinated by the story of how Duck Commander came to be a multi-million dollar business. There is so much business genius floating around in that family. There is also a rock solid faith in God. This quote from Willie says it all, I think.
"...that's the only way you can ever be truly successful in this world. You have to acknowledge that it is from above. And you have to have the confidence that even if you lose it all, things will be okay. You have to be willing to fail, and all the while work your tail off to succeed. You have to continue doing the work, believing in what you are doing, and most important, keeping your faith in who you are. The faith of our family is not in the things we have. Our confidence is not in the monetary success we have gained. It is in the One who made us and who is there for us in good times and bad."~~~~~~~~~~
Drove my sister-in-law and her husband to the VA hospital the other day. The husband is the same age as Tim, I think. He is probably 100 lbs. lighter, but smokes like a chimney. A couple of weeks ago he had a heart attack. He failed a stress test about as bad as you can fail one and they also discovered that the blockage in one leg is 100%! They are very worried that it (the leg) will start to die, but couldn't do anything until they took care of his heart. He had a heart cath done and is back home now. I don't know what they will do to his leg or when.
My mentor started helping me lay the groundwork for my first sermon today. I had a rough idea of the subject and she helped me find scripture that dealt with it and to hone in on a passage/verse that will be my key. It ended up being James 4. Once I found it, she helped me start picking it apart with Precepts' inductive study method. There is so much yet to find, but basically, it shows everything a Christin shouldn't want to be.
Well, I am coming to Friday Fragments really late due to a busy day and I am just about to the point of not being able to keep my eyes open so I think it's time to say goodnight!