My husband, Chris and I traveled the world for 20 years, thanks to the United States Air Force. He was a Chaplain and I worked with children in the DODDS school systems on the bases overseas. I loved it. My first culture shock came with our first assignment – Las Vegas. Fresh out of Oklahoma, this little Baptist was not ready for the bright lights.
Since the early days of Chris’s ministry, we have focused on LOVE1 as the center of Christianity. Legalistic do’s and don’ts, condemnation, and judging people isn’t Jesus way. So we settled right in to see what God wanted us to do here with these people. When the Billy Graham Crusade came to town, Chris was given the privilege of being the Follow-up director.
My task was to teach all the children who were new converts. I quickly discovered that these kids did not have even the basic Bible stories. Many had never been in a church or chapel. I started teaching them “The Bible in One Year” along with a wonderful, incentive program called Jr Astronauts. When The Bible curriculum went out of print while we were stationed in Germany, I began to write my own curriculum for the kids.
Throughout my life I have been a teacher. It’s my number one, overwhelming spiritual gift. Even after we left the Air Force and began pastoring again, I taught teens, children and adults. I taught courses on Experiencing God, world religions, spiritual maturity and well, you get the idea. So, when I got to sick to teach I fell apart.
I would love to tell you that I was strong and brave and trusted God completely. But I wasn’t. And that was a blessing. Now I can relate to other people who have trouble dealing with tough times. As 2 Corinthians 1:2-5 tells us
“What a wonderful God we have—he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us. 5 You can be sure that the more we undergo sufferings for Christ, the more he will shower us with his comfort and encouragement. 6-7 We are in deep trouble for bringing you God’s comfort and salvation.” (The Message)
As hard as being in constant pain has been, being bed fast, losing my vision, or not driving a car for two years has been, it’s not being able to teach that has been the most difficult. That is why I started blogging on the website I used to teach spiritual maturity spiritualmaturity.wordpress.com
These first blog posts are also found in the archives.
Thank you for joining me here. I hope you gain some strength, help, or comfort from our study of the Apostle Paul’s suffering, struggles and prayers.
In His LOVE,
1LOVE I use all caps to designate God’s LOVE as radically different from human love. God’s LOVE is always based in utter selflessness Philippians 2
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