“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” — Psalm 46:10
We just got back from our greatly needed, week-long vacation at the beach. It was so fun to get away and just relax. Crystal Beach is our usual vacation. Greg and I get a house and we load up half our household belongings to spend a week at the beach. This year, we pretty much did the same except we had my whole family with us (my parents, Tina, Mike, and her kids too). We grabbed all our essentials and then ventured off to our “happy place.”
Our house this year had a double deck – one upper and one lower. We enjoyed sitting and watching the waves. At night, we could see them shimmer in the moonlight but we definitely heard the roar of the waves splashing ashore. Many mornings, when I couldn’t find my mom, she was happily having coffee on the deck enjoying the scenery.
On a normal day at home, if I am not doing something, I catch myself playing on my phone, watching TV, etc. At the beach, we rarely watched TV. In fact, I can only recall cartoons being on for the kids a couple of times. We played games, played at the beach ,and splashed in the pool. We so enjoyed our surroundings, nature, and being together. (Now we did take pictures on our phones to post, but the phone use was greatly less than normal.)
We were so relaxed and enjoyed every moment at the beach. There was no checking work emails, no talking about work, and no reminders of responsibilities which were waiting for us on our return. We were able to disconnect from the world and connect with one another. It was a blessed vacation, and I love my family so much. Thank you Lord for each of them.
Sometimes it is necessary to disconnect from the world to reconnect with God. We need to put down the technology and really listen to Him. I read something the other day – not sure where or who wrote it – but it said something like: ‘trees grow in silence, flowers grow in silence,’ and it went on to name many other quiet things in nature. Then it said, ‘maybe you need to silence things in your life to grow with God.’ That is not the exact wording, but the point is the same. We need to remember in order for us to stay centered in His word, we must stop and fully focus on God. He deserves our time. Won’t you give it to him?
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First United Methodist Church of Diboll has much to offer:
The annual Back to School Bash will be held at the Diboll Jr. High gym on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. or until all supplies are gone. Donations for the event can be dropped off at TLL Temple Memorial Library, and monetary donations can be given to F.U.M.C. Please consider donating to support the children of our community.
Our sister church, Ryan Chapel UMC, will have a benefit dinner to help with rebuilding their church after the devastating fire. They will host an Italian dinner Aug. 13. This will be held at First United Methodist Church in Lufkin. The evening’s activities include entertainment, silent auction, live auction with many items including: Nolan Ryan jersey, autographed baseball by Nolan Ryan, sculpture, acoustic guitar, and many more. For more information or tickets, please contact Shirley Terrell at 936-829-3246. Tickets are $20 each.
Sunday School – We have a class for every age and every way! From the very young to the young at heart, we have something for you. We offer couple’s classes, women’s, men’s, and children’s Sunday school along with Youth each week. Sunday school begins at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday morning. Join us for coffee and fellowship at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall.
Children and Youth Ministry- U.M.Y.F., United Methodist Youth Fellowship, is a time of connection and fellowship for young adults grades 6-12. Youth meet Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 3:30 p.m. The Young United Methodist Youth, Y.U.M.Y.’s, meet weekly at 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Sundays. Y.U.M.Y.’s provides worship for children in grades PK4-5th grades.
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!