Sisters in Grace
Tina Trout Terrell and
Christie Trout Stephens
“Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.” – Proverbs 4:25.
This summer, I was going to do so much work around the house. I had several things planned at the same time. If you walked through my house this summer, you would see lots of little projects that I started but didn’t finish. It’s really hard to focus, especially with three little ones always there and in to every little thing.
A few weeks ago, Ellie (the 3 year-old) came in to the kitchen when I was cleaning. I was determined to get rid of a lot of junk. I was going through bills, school stuff, and things that accumulated on our counter towards the end of the school year when everything was hectic. I was also adding to the grocery list as I remembered this and that. She began rambling. Sometimes she talks about things that I have no idea about. I nod and smile a lot of the time. But this day, she wouldn’t have that. She began the “but mommy, but mommy, but mommy” phrase over and over. I assured her I was listening as I continued looking through the junk. She said, “No, mommy, look at me with your eyes, with your beautiful eyes.”
It was shock and cuteness rolled in to one. I turned and looked at her. My focus was totally on her. Of course she forgot what she was going to say, but she had my undivided attention and was happy about that. Now when she has something to tell me and wants me to focus, she says, “Look at me with your beautiful eyes.” I know it’s silly, but it’s a comment that I know she really wants me focused, even if it’s just to show me the lip gloss on her puckered lips.
There is so much going on in our lives today. We are always busy, and most people (myself especially) do not give God the attention or focus that He wants us to give Him. Look at Him with your beautiful eyes. Praise Him with your beautiful voice. Serve Him with your words, love, and actions each day. Focus more on GOD and less on the earthly things.
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Can you make a joyful noise? The First United Methodist Choir is looking for you! Join them for practice on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. They perform each Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Come and join the fun.
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The annual Back to School Bash is being planned now. This is a huge community-wide project that helps students in our district receive school supplies for the new school year. Collections of supplies are being taken now. Drop boxes for school supply donations are located at the following locations: DISD admin office, Commercial Bank of Texas, Brookshire Brothers, and First United Methodist Church. Monetary donations can be given to FUMC Diboll. Volunteers are needed! If your organization would like to help, please contact the church office as soon as possible.
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First Untied Methodist Church has much to offer. Youth, 6th grade – 12th grades, meet on Wednesdays and Sundays. YUMYS, (PK4-5th grades) meet Sunday afternoons. Sunday school for all ages and groups begins at 10 a.m. each Sunday. Worship begins at 11 a.m. each Sunday.
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Come out and meet us; come and let us know what we can do to serve you. We want to welcome you into the family of God. Come join us as we worship our Lord. Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!