Posted in Be You, encouragement, faith, goals, serving

Dream

Lord, help me to focus on your dream for me…to live out your purpose…to continue on with my story, the one You wrote for me.  

Keep my heart pure and focused, remembering that I was created to live out my story for Your glory, not mine!

His Glory!

Amen & Amen! 

Winnie

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.
 He has planted eternity in the human heart, 
but even so, people cannot see the 
whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 
Ecclesiastes 3:11
Posted in encouragement, faith, Praise the Lord, serving, Thank You Jesus

It’s Oh-fish-al….

I am a dot com!  **insert cheering** 

I realize that it’s probably not a big deal to most of you because technically this is so 1990! However to me…it’s one step closer to what God has planned for me. You see, while I may have started this blog back in 2007, at that time it was because it was a fad and a trend. Now, God has a purpose and a plan for my blog and I know He is going to use this page for His glory. 

My prayer is for God to ‘exceed my imagination’.  

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 
Ephesians 3:20
So, I hope you will stop by often and watch as God’s plan unfolds.  I don’t know exactly what that is, but I know He has one!  I am excited to be walking in it and even more excited to see what tomorrow holds. 

Giving Him all the Glory!

Winnie

P. S. Thanks to my son Matt, who made the dot com official. I am a little a lot challenged in the area of technology and all that goes with it, but I’m learning. He is our computer genius…this was nothing for him to do! But, a huge thanks to him for taking me to the next level! 

Posted in church, encouragement, serving

Mission-Beautician

When I was in junior high a Nun spoke to our Catechism class about her time in the mission field.  I don’t remember where she served, but I remember that most of her time was spent in an area where the villagers lived in grass huts. I was very intrigued with her stories, her desire to help others, teach them about God and a little excited to live in a grass hut.  I proudly announced to my Mom on our way home that day that I was going to be a missionary. 

Several years later in high school, I enrolled in Cosmetology and decided that I wanted to be a ‘beautician’. When I mentioned this to my Mom she reminded me that I was going to be a missionary.  Oh, yea, I was going to be a missionary..but, now I wanted to fix hair…so she said I could be the mission beautician!  We laughed about it…actually still makes me chuckle a little bit.

Sadly I ended up not doing either.

Or did I?

Last night during a meeting about our upcoming 3rd campus launch our Pastor read this scripture:


“The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields”. 

Luke 10:2

The evening brought back my memory of being a missionary….all these years I thought it was just a child’s dream, and maybe it was all those years ago. However, this adult woman has that same desire and passion, to see lives changed for Christ. I may not be living in a foreign country,or in a grass hut, but we are being sent out into the fields to serve others and tell them about God, right here in Oklahoma City. The harvest is plentiful…..

Keith and I made the decision to be a part of Peoples Church over 11 years ago because the heart of this church is to see people come to Christ, to reach outside of our 4 walls and draw them into a relationship with God. 

I don’t fix hair…but if you want to be a guinea pig, I’d be happy to give it a try!

However, I am a missionary…working the fields of Oklahoma City along side my Handsome Man and thousands from our church. Our hearts are to serve our church and our community. The harvest is plentiful…..

I am praying God will give you the same desire to serve the fields in your city, your church, to see lives changed for Him.

The harvest is plentiful…

Winnie 


Posted in church, serving, Thank You Jesus

It’s not about me?

I know, shocker, right?  I mean, when did it stop being all about me, me, me?

For some of us, it was realized years ago, others more recently and for others, well, you are in total shock right now! No worries, you’ll come around. 

For me, it’s been a transformation that has taken place over the last several years.


I can now say it’s not about me and mean it.  It’s about what God can do in and through me.  It’s about what I can do for others. It’s about serving Him.  It’s about God! 

When I realized that and took the focus off of myself, God revealed talents and passions that had been hidden beneath my ‘what about me’ attitude.  

It’s not about me. God opened my eyes to the needs of others. He took me from the quiet, shy (yes, I know it’s hard to believe) person that I was  to a confident, serving Him daily, woman! I stepped off the shore and into the world of serving at church. Serving for His glory and not mine. 

I have served in church for years, but now it’s different. I serve with a purpose, God’s purpose, not my own.  To be used by Him to see lives changed and grounded in Him. I want to help others realize their value in God and to help them see the life that He has planned for them.  

When I serve, I am serving God and others…not me.

It’s been life changing, stepping into His plan and using the gifts He gave me. 

I didn’t do it alone; I have been mentored by awesome people over these last few years. They have taught me the importance of seeing the needs of others over my own. 
“The only really happy people are those who have learned how to serve.”

 Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life


Humbly His!


Winnie
 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.  Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
 Philippians 2:3,4