Sisters in Grace
Tina Trout Terrell and 
Christie Trout Stephens

Make making time for God a priority in your life

“Those who obey him will not be punished. Those who are wise will find a time and a way to do what is right.” Ecclesiastes 8:5

Time is often a precious commodity in the Stephens house. This past week was no exception. We had a zillion, or so it felt, things going on. I was the delegator as usual. I would call or e-mail Greg every day to let him know how we were breaking up the daily activities. He would take care of some things on his way home, pick up kids from school if I worked late, and took care of dinner. I would do the rest. We would talk in the evenings to let each other know what was going on, what meetings we had, etc.

You see, the end of the year is a busy time for a teacher. There are lots of assessments, making students’ plans for the following year, parent meetings, etc. Greg often has meetings at work and is on call throughout the evening. Usually our dinner gets disrupted at least twice with calls and/or texts from his work, but that’s all part of his job. Our kids also have school activities, extra-curricular activities as well that take place with after school practices, performances, etc. Not to mention the usual weekly household duties such as: laundry, dishes, grocery shopping, etc. Then come monthly orthodontist appointments, doctor checkups, and any other kind of appointment you have to squeeze in somehow.

Does this all seem a bit stressful? (Please excuse me while I have a small, over-due breakdown.) UUUUGGGHHH! Now that’s better! Everyone has been there. You have WAY too much to do and not enough time to do it, but we have to make time.

How long does it take to blink? How long does it take to stretch? How long does it take you to take the walk from your favorite TV watching spot to the bed to go to sleep? Not long. How long does it take to pray and revisit the Lord? You may be super busy like me and my family, but we all have time for God. We can use the time we wake up in the morning, look up at the ceiling, and say, “Good morning God. Thanks for the wonderful day. Help me use it to further your work.” What a wonderful prayer! You can glance at a coworker during a meeting and say, “Lord, I know me and Sue over there are not the best of friends. In fact, I don’t like her very much at all. Help me God understand that you place people in my life for a reason. Help me show her Christian love even though it may be hard.” You can even pray while backing up the car, although please don’t close your eyes for this one!

Making time for God should be a priority. God provides calm, stability, and peace in our lives. In all the hectic daily living, wouldn’t it be nice to have the love of the Lord cover us in a warm embrace? Won’t you make time for Him today?

CATFISH! GET YOUR DELICIOUS FRIED CATFISH! The church will be selling Catfish dinners on Friday, May 24, 2013. Dinners cost $8 and include catfish, French fries, hushpuppies, and a dessert. Lunch times are from  11:00a.m.- 1:30p.m. and dinner times are from 4:30p.m-6:00p.m. You can dine in the church fellowship hall or call to set up delivery. This is a fundraiser to help pay for our new playground. We appreciate your help.

Can you make a joyful noise? The First United Methodist Choir is looking for you! Join them for practice on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary. They perform each Sunday morning at 11:00 am. Come and join the fun.

First United 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 10:00 a.m. each Sunday morning. Worship begins at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday.

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!