Woody is an army chaplain in Hawaii as well as part of the leadership of Hillcrest Alliance Church, who lives in Roseville, CA. Shouldn't that be the other way around? Oh well. Needless to say, he flies a lot, which isn't his favorite thing to do - after all, he is Army and not Airforce! I always appreciate the opportunities for ministry God gives him as he goes. - Ray
My daughter has a quite painful chronic medical condition that has necessitated some hospital stays over the last few years. Once diagnosed, she was admitted several times for treatment that utilized the most current medicines and technology for periods of one to five days. Her being on the sixth floor of the local hospital during her most recent admission was not a unique or unusual situation except maybe for one thing: she also works as a nurse on another floor in this same hospital.
Breanna is the leader for Great Commission Women in our district. Get to know her a little as you read her blog article. She lives in Sacramento and attends Gateway Fellowship where her husband Brian is the Missions Director. These are two people that are SOLD OUT for what God is doing around the world through the Alliance.
I’ve been the Great Commission Women’s Director for almost 3 years. The past few years have been filled with all sorts of moments ranging from ‘Oh boy, what did I get myself into?’ to ‘Awesome, I got this,’ then back to ‘God are you sure you called the right person?’ Even now, I wonder these things, and then I hear the still, small voice of God telling me ‘Yes.’ and my own voice still wondering what I got myself into. Ha! Ha!
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One of my friends told us about his daughter’s basketball coach. The coach kept the girls busy morning and night, even over the holidays. The coach told the kids, “You have to balance sports, school, church, and sleep.”
He omitted family.
Even so, are sports, school, church, sleep, and family equals to be balanced? I’ve been told to balance life’s demands, balance work and family, balance my emotions, and balance my checkbook.
Today, I say… Forget about it. Balance is not your friend. I hereby set you free from balancing life’s demands. You’ll be trapped.
I'm afraid Keith's experience is like many of us. I know that I resonate with his sentiment, "I don't want to come home from vacation (or any traveling) to a mountain of emails." Whether or not this would work for you is something you will have to figure out. But it is obvious we all need more balance in our lives in this area. Take a look at what he has to say and see if it applies to you and if it is an idea you can use. And thank you Keith for making us think about our priorities.
My wife and I often take our wedding rings off at night and lay them on the dresser where we pick them up the next morning and put them back on. Occasionally, I get distracted in my morning routine and leave home without this representation of my marriage, or more accurately of my wife’s commitment to me, on my hand.
Following 26 years as Senior Pastor, I will hand off my responsibilities to Pastor Jesse Richardson. I will take on a new role as the Associate Pastor at Sierra Bible Church. I want to share with you thoughts that are filling my heart regarding our journey together, past, present, and future.
Mike Barnes is on the board of Gateway Fellowship in Sacramento. He also happens to be in a men's accountability group with me and a couple other guys from Gateway. I never cease to be amazed at the depth of insight he brings to us at 5:45 a.m. Monday mornings over coffee in a garage at another friend's house. I trust you will be as blessed by his writing as I am. --Ray
Robert "Woody" Woodson is a new addition to the CPD as an army chaplain. I recently had the privilege of attending his Branch Transfer to the Chaplain Corps service in a church service at Hawaii Kai Community Church as he officially became a chaplain. He has been taking seminary classes, and had to write this for one of his classes. Walk with him today as he wrestles with the role of change and transition in how they lead us to transformation.
--Ray Van Gilst