Posts Tagged ‘Discovery Church Bristol’

Baptism Day

2016-07-03 10.28.21I usually consider myself to be technologically savvy, but for some reason, when it comes to recording things on my iPhone, I’m completely inept. Last month, I failed to get a video of Sam’s modeling debut, and today I almost failed to get a video of his baptism. I missed all the nice things Tony said at the beginning, but thankfully, I noticed my phone wasn’t recording just in time to get the actual baptism. (I noticed Trevor videotaping the whole thing, so I’m hoping it will be posted on the church’s facebook page where I can share the whole thing with everyone.)

I am incredibly proud of Sam! He has given his heart, his life, and his musical talent to God; and his only desire is to live the rest of his life to bring glory to God and to advance His Kingdom.

Being human as I am, I would love to take the credit for the transformation in his life, but I can’t. I’ve made many mistakes along the way; I am far from being a perfect parent and role model. The one thing I did right was to pray for Sam and to enlist my friends to pray for him as well. God answers prayer!

In the picture in the upper right corner, Tony is talking before baptizing Sam. Here is a picture of Sam stepping into the baptismal tank:

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And, here is the video…


Month of Thanksgiving: Day Fifteen

2015-11-15 14.41.52Today, I am thankful for my church, Discovery Church.  I am especially grateful for the emphasis on teaching the Word of God. Our pastor, Tony Marr, does a great job teaching the Bible as he goes through one book at a time, chapter by chapter and verse by verse. I have met lots of great people at Discovery, and I have made some lasting friendships. I thank God that my friend Maureen kept inviting me to go there with her.

Super Bowl Sunday

seattleToday is a super day for more reasons than just the Super Bowl. Yes, the Super Bowl is a great sporting event, and I’m looking forward to it, but I’ll discuss it some more a little later.

My day started out super at church. I mentioned in a post last week how much I have been blessed by Discovery Church. The message this morning was a difficul one for me because it was on the first half of James 3, all about what a dangerous instrument the tongue can be. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to speak more kindly to Sam, even when I’m upset with him. I’ve been doing a lot better, but since there is still room for improvement, I felt the stings of conviction during the service.

Another super thing about today is the return of the Blacklist tonight after the Super Bowl. I love that show! It’s a little cheesy and predictable, but I really like James Spader. I could sit and listen to him talk all day long.

Sam and I are going to watch the Super Bowl and pig out on bad-for-us foods. We don’t normally eat stuff like pizza, wings, taquitos, chips and dip; especially not all in one evening. But, hey, it’s the Super Bowl, and it’s one night out of the year, so we’re going to enjoy ourselves and the game.

Now…about the Super Bowl itself… I don’t need to tell you who I’m for, since I have a Seattle Seahawks picture at the top of this post. Even if I didn’t like the Seahawks and wasn’t already going to cheer for them, I would simply because I think Bill Belichick is a cheater. I’m not just talking about the deflated balls, either. Remember “Spygate”? He has a history of cheating, and cheaters shouldn’t win the Super Bowl. For all you Patriots fans, don’t be hatin’! It’s my opinon, and I’m entitled to write it on my blog. You can write your opinion on your own blog.

Today’s Post #1

loveI have so much stuff swirling around in my head today that I’ve experinced difficulty narrowing it down enough to write this post. I wrote out a long post and realized it seemed to have two distinct and somewhat unrelated parts, so I decided to do two posts today. Since I couldn’t come up with a fitting title for this one, it’s just going to be Post #1.

As most of you know, I’ve been a single mom for most of the last 19 years. Before long, Sam will be off living his own life, as he should, and I will be left alone. I’ve often searched and asked God for someone to love me the way I love, which is with my whole being. I was thinking about that this morning, and during the worship service, I felt like God was saying to me, “I already love you that way.” I had to admit to Him that He was right, and I asked Him to help me be content with His love. I don’t know the name of the song that was being sung then, but it seemed that it was echoing those words…not the exact same words, but the same message. As I read the words of the song on the screen, tears started falling, and I knew God was speaking right to ME.

This church I’m going to is different than any other church I’ve gone to, and way, way different than the kind of church I grew up in. I was very skeptical about it at first, and I only went because a friend of mine had asked me several times. A couple weeks ago, I admitted to her that I really don’t like the music. I don’t think it’s wrong, necessarily, but it’s just not my style, especially for church. Then, today, God used that music to speak to me in a very profound way.

The past several weeks that I have attended Discovery Church have taught me a lot — about myself, about church, about God. I’ve learned that I had become stuck in a routine and that going to church had become a chore, a duty that I had to perform. I’ve learned that the purpose of the church is to equip God’s people to do God’s work, rather than simply a place to go every week to see your friends and feel smug about yourself as you drive away. I’ve learned that although God accepts us where we are, He doesn’t intend for us to stay there; and that when we’re open and listening, He can speak to us, even in a YMCA gymnasium or through music that isn’t our style.