Sisters in Grace
Tina Trout Terrell and
Christie Trout Stephens
“I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.
“Bend down and listen as I pray.” – Psalm 17:6.
Choices … We all have them. Some choices are small ones. What do we watch on TV tonight? Should I wear the black dress or the red dress? Where do we go on vacation this year? What should we name our new dog? Some choices are harder and/or have more effects on your life. Should I apply for this job? Should we move out of state? What should we name our baby? Should we buy this house? We are all faced with questions in life and we all have to choose how to answer them. We all have to make choices.
I recently had to face a hard choice in my life. I had to pick one of three choices. All of them were great. They all had aspects that would give me fulfillment, joy, challenges, and success. All three also had challenges, obstacles, and fear of the unknown. I had no idea what to choose or how I felt about each option. I asked for a few days to think about things before making a choice.
I began to pray. “Dear Lord, Please help me make the best decision. I am going to leave it all in your hands. I don’t know what to do, so God, I am relying on you.”
As I have written before, I am very independent and hard headed. (This is, I am sure, a surprise to all who know me!) I know what I want, when I want it, and there is usually no question how I feel about something. I am usually not indecisive and can make decisions under pressure, but in this case, I could not. I needed direction and guidance. I had to rely on God. I had to let Him lead the way.
Off and on throughout the day and evening, I prayed. I let God know I needed Him to make the choice for me. I could not make the decision for myself, and I just needed him to make it clear for me. “Lead me Lord where you want me to go.”
I went to bed that night and surprisingly slept. I was peaceful all night. Earlier that day, I told a friend I wasn’t going to sleep well at all because I am a worrier. However, this was not the case. I slept like a baby all night long! When I woke up, I immediately thought of, and envisioned, one of my choices. “Hmmm” – I thought to myself. Then I began to read my morning devotional. The topic was about changes, stress relief, and how change is good. All morning while getting ready, one of the choices stood out among the others. I just kept thinking about one very clearly. I could see myself there! God had given me a clear “winner”. I knew he was leading me to a choice. I took his advice too.
Changes are hard for all of us – especially when we are attached to something, someone, or are fearful of change. Sometimes change is good for us. God is leading me in a direction and it is my job to listen and go where he tells me. Are you listening to His direction today?
This past Sunday was Father’s day. Although he doesn’t like it when we do this, because he is such a private person, Tina and I would like to give a shout out to our Dad, Jimmy Trout – the best Dad a girl could ever have. He survived the two of us, and Tina and I have given him five more challenges – grandkids! He is a pretty swell Papa too!
Next, we would like to say Happy Father’s Day to our husbands: Mike Terrell and Greg Stephens. We are blessed to have you in our lives. Our kids are lucky to have you both too. Thank you for being great Dads. (AND for all the material for our article!)
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Youth and YUMY Garage Sale is scheduled for June 29 from 8 a.m. to noon in the church fellowship hall. Donations are accepted now, and large donations will be accepted the week of the sale. All proceeds go toward the Youth and YUMY church camp funds and youth/children’s ministry.
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Vacation Bible School is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children in Pre-k through fifth grade. If you’d like to volunteer to help, please call the church office. ministry.
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 box will be located at DISD admin office. 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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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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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!