Say Goodbye to Insecurity

As you are reading this I am beginning a new Bible Study at my church, The Donelson Fellowship. It’s based on Beth Moore’s book So Long, Insecurity. The book came out in 2010. I actually preordered it before it was printed. Does that give you any idea where I stand with insecurity in my life? About a year later Lifeway released a Bible Study workbook to accompany the book. And that is the study I am now leading on Thursday mornings at our church.

All of us have some area of our life that we are insecure about. We may keep it well hidden or it may be laying open for all to see. Some of us don’t have to say a word because you can see insecurity written all over our face. Others of us hide our insecurities behind a big personality that fools others into believing we are full of confidence and self assurance.

The world spends a lot of money and a lot of time telling women how they should look, what they should say and what they are doing wrong. It tells us what our hair should look like, what color our complexion should be, what size our waist should be, what the number on the tag in our dress should say, how much money should be in our bank account for us to be worth anything, how many children to have, what age we should get married, what brand purse to carry, what color hair to have, where we should send our children to school and what size house we need to live in by the time we are 30. Those are just a few expectations you might get in one day. There are thousands more that I am not listing. It sounds really sad when you read it, doesn’t it? Have you ever wondered why we fall for that?

In the grand scheme of things none of that matters. Jeremiah 17:7 says “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.” That one little sentence sure makes that whole previous paragraph sound silly, doesn’t it? This study is about how to change the focus from that paragraph above to the sentence of Jeremiah 17:7. It’s all about searching for security in the hope and confidence that comes from God instead of the false security the world tries to sell us.

I plan to share bits and pieces of what I learn each week here. I hope that you will come by as we learn together how to say So Long, Insecurity!

Voices of Lee at The Donelson Fellowship

Just to let you know that the accapella group, Voices of Lee, of Lee University will be at our church in concert Sunday night June 3 at 6:00. Free Concert.

You probably recall this group competed on the NBC singing competition show, The Sing Off in 2011. They are from a Christian liberal arts university in Cleveland TN. They are amazing and won’t regret the trip to The Donelson Fellowship for their concert.

Here is a video of one of their performances on The Sing Off. The beginning of the video is the group talking about who they are, where they are from and how important their faith in Christ is to them.

Xample Choir Wins State Competition With My Children In It

Saturday was state competition for the TN FWB Youth. There are about a zillion categories in music/arts and Bible. Xample makes it to nationals every year. The year will be no different. Saturday Xample, our church’s youth choir, won on the state level and will be representing the state of TN in the choir category at our national convention – which happens to be in Memphis this year. Kids can move up to Xample from the children choir when they enter 7th grade. My kids have been in choir since then and have made it to nationals and won every year but one. That year one of our girls had a skirt that was too short. Perhaps you will see why they keep winning when you watch this:

A Long Time Comin’

I didn’t get around to writing a Perfect Moment Monday entry last week. I was too wiped out to do so. But If I could have I would have written the one I’m gonna write now.

This year was the first year in 17 years that I got to spend Mother’s Day with my mother. The last time I was with her was when I was pregnant with Michael and dad flew me home from Florida to surprise her. That was in 1993. It was really very  nice and a long time comin’. We have bonded quite a bit in the last couple of years during my dad’s illness. I saw a strong side of her that I wasn’t sure (as she wasn’t sure) she had it in her. But we all found out that she did. The times in the last few years they have come down for a visit they have always left before church on Sunday morning because of needing to get home early enough in the evening for mom to rest and get ready for work on Monday. But since she is retired now they didn’t have to leave on Sunday. So, they went to church with us. It was wonderful to share our awesome church with them. The people loved meeting them and getting to tell them how much we had all prayed for dad’s healing. I was a proud daughter.

After church we went to a new (to us) Italian place in West Nashville called Coco’s Italian Restaurant and Market. It has quite a lively atmosphere. They had a violinist and guitarist who would play for you at your table. It was different than anyplace we had ever been. I think it was a little beyond mom and dad’s comfort zone. But it was very unique. Besides, it’s good to stretch yourself every now and then.

Three generations of girls in Coco's Italian Market

The kids with my parents at lunch today in Coco's

Then after we all went back and rested for a bit, Mom and I went shopping to my favorite consignment shop in town, Clothes Mentor. We both found some good deals. So, church, dinner, resting, shopping on Mother’s Day makes for a lot of Perfect Moments!

Zip on over to Lori’s blog at link up your own Perfect Moment Monday Post too.

Sundays In My City

Today I begin a new challenge called Sundays In My City.  Each Sunday I will share a picture of some scene from my beautiful city, Nashville.  If you visit Mami’s site and check out the other SIMC links you can get a cyber tour of cities all over the world on Sundays.  I love Nashville and I am looking forward to sharing bits and pieces of it with you each Sunday.   Continue reading

The War of the Holidays

Our Pastor, Rob Morgan, preached a very thought provoking message this Sunday at The Donelson Fellowship.  I will be sharing quite a bit of it in the days ahead but I loved his introduction.  As soon as he started it I wrote down “BLOG INTRO” on my worship program.  He made reference to the “taking Christ out of Christ” war going on now as well as the current debate between Christians and atheists – specifically in the battle of the billboards.  But Pastor Rob put it well.  No matter how you try to do it Christ cannot be removed from the holiday season.  So, here is Pastor Rob’s intro.  I think you will like it. Continue reading