Saturday, March 07, 2009

Musicale, Gathering, Ravi Zacharias

(Sorry I don't know the name of the worship team.) What a busy week and a half of meetings and messages. It was refreshing. Sixty miles of riding back and forth in snow storms, slick roads, and through car after car in the ditches was exhausting!

The Anchorage Native Musicale went by so fast! Alaska Freedom Band was scheduled to be the very last group on the very last night. They had problems. It became funny. First, our lead guitar (Steve) got messed up on his guitar solo; my brother (Don) sang his solo all wrong (a new song written by a good friend of ours); then Doug's solo voice just disappeared! My son Kris was playing drums that night and he said he was waiting for his drum sticks to go flying through the air next, but he held on to them! lol Through it all, I believe Jesus Christ was still glorified. I tell everyone that mentions the troubles they had that night that they always sound exceptional in my basement!

I was able to make it to the Anchorage Leadership Gathering for two days of the three and enjoyed the messages by Lance Kramer. We went home with a booklet with a test to see where our spiritual gift, gifts are. I am still filling it out.

Oh my goodness, how wonderful it was to be able to sit under the teaching of Ravi Zacharias, especially to see him in person! What a brilliant man of God! As he began to speak I actually wondered if I was going to even be able to understand him, I did and he was edifying. It is always a wonder to me how the Holy Spirit leads our teaching shepherds to build on each others teachings. It was good and so was the musical worship prelude.

I know I have been quiet on blogging lately. Personal relationship issues squelch the sharing urge and my heart is just not into writing - I only seem able to sit quietly, recover, and heal.

So it goes with us all from time to time, right? I do not wish to run away from anxieties but ask that God will strengthen me spiritually, draw me closer to Him each day, and make certain that there is no place for bitterness.

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.Romans 5:3 - 5


e-Mom said...

I've missed you. I know how it is though... it helps to sit quietly, heal and recover. I'll pray for you. :~D

Lol, I tell everyone that mentions the troubles they had that night that they always sound exceptional in my basement! Sorry about the music snafus. It sounds like your conferences were wonderful, especially the one with Ravi Z!


Constance said...

I completely understand sweet sister and BBF! Sometimes the Lord calls us to rest in Him, rest not only from our troubles from other things whether noble or not. You are where you need to be and there's no need to apologize to any of us, we got your back!

On a lighter note:
It's IDITAROD time!
Hugs, Connie


Dear Connie Marie, you are one of the sweetest lady that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

I am praying for you and I have faith that God will give you all that you need. You will come out all the stronger when it is over and you will be more like HIM> Take care and don't forget us. Sometimes it helps to talk or click those keys. love you, connie

Faith said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers my friend.
How awesome that you got to sit under Ravi Z's teaching!

Proud mommy of four said...

Dear Connie,
I am so sorry that you are in a time of struggle right now. Taking time to stop, reflect, pray, and be still is very wise (perhaps what I should practice more often) You are in my prayers my sister in the Lord. Take care and God bless you.

PS No matter what we go through it is all to HIS glory even if it does not seem like it IN the midst of it all. I so respect and admire you as a sister in Christ and know that HE will have you have victory in whatever you are going through.

e-Mom said...

P.S. Still missing ya, sista. :~D

Jettie said...

just checking in on you and hope things are going better. i know sometimes it's so hard to think that way. mine is especially hard when a family member has just really tore your heart out and I just can't figure out why!
I am thinking of ya!

mrsjojo said...

Praying for you.
I was so looking forward to hearing Ravi Zacharias in person. With us going to Phoenix the last minute we weren't able to attend his meeting in Anchorage. Jim and I have listened to him on the radio for a number of years and really enjoy him. He has so much experience and knowledge to share from the word. What a blessing that you were able to see and hear him in person.

nancy said...

Oh my! I love Ravi!
I'm just checking in to see that all is well in Big Lake. We have finally bought a house (in Ohio) and moved into it, so perhaps my blogging will improve. Meanwhile, God bless you, my friend. I think of you often.

Jettie said...

just checking in on you!! miss you!