Resting Dreams in the Hands of God

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Why are all the shark’s teeth we find on the beach black or brown and not white?

That’s the question I get asked every time I take a friend on their first shark tooth expedition.

I always thought sharks teeth were black because the weathering of the waves and the churning of the ocean buffed them to a shiny black sheen before they were magically tossed ashore.

But actually just the opposite is true.

The open water current and waves cause abrasions and eventual destruction to the teeth. The shiny black pearls we find on the beach have been fossilized.

For this to take place, when a shark loses a tooth it must quickly fall to the ocean floor and be covered with sediment.  The sediment acts as a protection from oxygen and bacteria which cause decay (just like our teeth.) Water then seeps down through the sediment and deposits various minerals into the open pore spaces of the teeth, over time giving each tooth its distinct color. This process of fossilization takes a long time, as much as 1,000 years.

Do you feel like God’s deposited a dream into your heart but nothing seems to be happening with it? You’re confused as to what you’re supposed to do. You don’t know how to get things going.  And all this leaves you feeling restless.

Think of yourself as a sharks tooth. Come on, use your imagination, and stick with me for a minute.

When God first plants a dream into our heart, it might be a bit fragile as yet and not ready to make it’s shiny appearance into the world. In some instances, we may think we are ready to launch but God knows better.

If we don’t allow God to pull us down into a protective space, if we try to act out on our own, we might get tossed around by waves of disappointment and failure that threaten to destroy what we think we want to achieve.

However, if we find rest in the place God has put us, whatever job, position or circumstance we are presently in, it will allow Him to deposit the necessary minerals of truth, wisdom, and experience that build the character we need to fulfill the purposes He has set aside for us.

It’s His way of protecting us while He prepares us.

And sometimes that preparation takes years to complete. But, God has a plan meant just for you and me.

Restless? Then, rest my friend.  Rest in His mighty hands.

As 1 Peter 5:6, reminds us,

“Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor.” NLT

I’m waiting. I’m resting while God deposits what He needs to in me. And I must be getting close to ready because by numerical years, I’m approaching fossilization!

Oh, but when the time is right and the work is done, He will open the doors of opportunity and fulfill the dreams He’s planted in your heart and mine. He will throw us up on shore to shine like a beacon to the world. And won’t that be grand!

I invite you to come join me, Susan Freese, Kelley Hastings, Reta Kae Denning, and April Tapp, for the Bible study Restless, starting Monday night June 1. Discover the purposes God has for you. Set into action the dreams He’s put in your heart. You can still sign up online.

I look can’t wait to see you there!

ALL THE DETAILS:
Mondays from 7:00 to 9:00pm

June 1 to July 27

Chets Creek Church – Hodges Campus

Facilitators: Susan Freese, Kelley Hastings and other Chets Women leaders
The cost is $15 for the workbook (free if you already own the book) and childcare is provided. LifeGroups and ministry teams are welcome to sit together at a table.

{This article was written by Christy Mobley.  Christy is a girly girl at heart. She has a passion for fashion and decorating which is to say she loves clothes and accessories and moving things around her house. She chases tennis balls for recreation and enjoys scavenging the beach for shark teeth.  She and husband of 30 years, David, are life group leaders and have been at Chets from it’s earliest beginnings. They have two adult sons and two daughter-in-laws.  Christy loves sharing God’s Word through writing and teaching. Check out her personal blog at http://www.christymobley.com.}

Join Us For “Restless”!

Hey ladies!  What are your plans this summer?  Ever feel a little “restless” in these months between our Spring and Fall Bible Studies?  We heard your feedback and will be offering ONE study on Monday nights throughout the summer!  Get ready to add a great book to your summer must-read list that will bring on some life-altering time in the Word!  Don’t worry if you’re out of town a time or two – plug in when you can and take your book along with you on your travels!

“What would happen if God got bigger than your fear and insecurity and you spent the rest of your life running after His purposes for you?”

This is the question we will tackle as we go through Jennie Allen’s Restless, a video-based Bible study on the life of Joseph. We’ll see how his passions, relationships, and suffering fit into the greater story of God. You will learn how your story can do the same.

ALL THE DETAILS:
Mondays from 7:00 to 9:00pm

June 1 to July 27

Chets Creek Church – Hodges Campus

Facilitators: Susan Freese, Kelley Hastings and other Chets Women leaders
The cost is $15 for the workbook (free if you already own the book) and childcare is provided. LifeGroups and ministry teams are welcome to sit together at a table.

Register in the atrium on Sunday or online at: http://hodges.chetscreek.com/women/bible-studies

Mother’s Day: “In Christ Alone”

This past Sunday, May 10th, 2015, was Mother’s Day. To be perfectly honest, it started exactly same as all of my other Sundays. I got up with my three kids around 6:30 in the morning and made them breakfast. As precious and dear as my children are, there was a significant amount of whining that morning over the type of breakfast being served and the vessel it was being served in.

My husband, Will, awoke from his slumber when the noise level began to escalate. He separated the older two into their rooms and individually gave them a good ol’ fashion talkin’ to. From the back of the house I could hear him say, “It’s Mother’s Day today. That means no crying allowed, got it? Now go out there and tell your mother Happy Mother’s Day and that you love her.”

The day started to look up from there. They both came out of their rooms with happy, smiling faces and immediately got out the crayons and coloring paper to make me a card. Whether this act of kindness was their own idea or whether my husband threatened them with their life if they did not “get out there and make something immediately” will never be known. All I know is that I got some pretty adorable, homemade Mother’s Day cards out of the deal.

We spent the next two hours scurrying around the house getting ready to leave for church. I often find myself chuckling over the irony of getting my family ready to walk out the door for church on a Sunday morning. With three young children under the age of five, it can be rather hectic, to say the least.

Once we arrived at church we dropped the kids off at their classes. I would like to take this moment to thank the kind and committed volunteers in the Chets preschool ministry! Thank you! Will and I retired from the preschool ministry about a year and a half ago when it dawned on us that our home is, in essence, a preschool ministry these days. We moved up to the middle school ministry and now serve there as Life Group leaders; Will for the seventh grade boys and me for the sixth grade girls.

After middle school Life Group was over, we went upstairs to the third floor to watch the special Mother’s Day game the middle school youth pastor, Jeff Bedwell, had planned for the 6th, 7th and 8th graders before their worship service began. For those of you who don’t know, middle school has their very own worship service called OVERFLOW.

The game was perfect for the brain of a middle school aged kid. On one side of the room there were two, three-person teams operating giant sling shots, like the kind you see in a massive water balloon fight. Only they weren’t launching water balloons; they were launching baby dolls through the air to a “catcher” on the other side of the room. If said catcher caught a baby doll, they had to run it back to a table where another team mate was waiting with a Styrofoam cup and a gallon of milk. For every baby doll brought to the table, they had to chug a cup full of milk. Needless to say, it was hilarious and ridiculous. Nothing says “Happy Mother’s Day” like a fleet of baby dolls being violently catapulted through the air.

After the game, Will and I retreated downstairs to make our way over to the “grownup” worship service. As we were leaving the middle school wing, we ran into all of the families who had just finished with the Baby Dedication on the main stage. They were being herded out the back of the worship center for some photo ops and fellowship. Naturally, all of the families and their wee ones were absolutely precious in their coordinating outfits and Sunday best.

I couldn’t help but take note in the stark contrast between the way middle schoolers celebrate Mother’s Day and the way actual mothers celebrate Mother’s Day. Imagine the shock if the two were accidentally switched and Pastor Spike was sling-shotting real infants up into the balcony for Baby Dedication Sunday. It certainly makes for a good mental picture, doesn’t it?

When we finally made our way to the sanctuary, I was excited to hear the song “In Christ Alone” being sung by the praise team and congregation. Hands down, this is my favorite worship song.

In Christ alone my hope is found,

He is my light, my strength, my song;

This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,

firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

What heights of love, what depths of peace,

When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!

My comforter, my All in All,

Hear in the love of Christ I stand!

The sermon that followed was wonderful and very appropriate for Mother’s Day. Pastor Spike focused on the parable Jesus told in the book of Luke, Chapter 18, verses 1-8; the one about the persistent widow who went before the corrupt judge to seek justice against her unknown adversary. As the story shows, this widow had several praiseworthy characteristics. She was a very determined woman who loved, protected and took care of her family, never giving up hope that, one day, justice would be served. Pastor Spike used this Biblical example to illustrate Godly characteristics of a faithful, modern-day mom; a mom who trusts in the Lord, is persistent in prayer, has a walk of faith, lives with integrity, provides security, makes provision, practices a life of worship and who shows love to her children through encouraging words as well as through discipline. My favorite line from the lesson that day was, “Sometimes a parent has to do the hard thing so their kids will do the right thing.” How very true.

I left the worship center that day feeling proud of my “Mom” title and inspired to live out my role as a mother the way God would want me to. For the remainder of the day, I also had the words of “In Christ Alone” echoing through my head. After all, it is In Christ Alone that I am a Mother. He created me and provided a husband for me. Together, He blessed us with three little, adorable and rather rambunctious munchkins.

It is In Christ Alone that I have the energy and strength to wake up each and every day and care for my family.

It is In Christ Alone that I live a life of thanksgiving and joy, even when my circumstances say otherwise.

Although my spouse and my children show their love for me on a daily basis, I feel most cherished and most worthy In Christ Alone; in what he did for me on that cross.

It is In Christ Alone that God can look upon me and see a holy, righteous and blameless person despite all of my sin and failures as a Mom… a wife… a human being.

Lastly, it is In Christ Alone that I have confident hope in knowing that, even when this life on earth ends for both me and my family, it will really only just be getting started. Whew! Thank God for that!

Even if your Mother’s Day, like mine, wasn’t overly glamorous or exciting according to the standards of our culture, I hope and pray you were able to rest as a Mom in the love, the hope, the peace and the joy that comes from Christ alone.


{This article was written by Katie Roseborough. Katie has been married for 10 years to her wonderful husband Will and is a full time mom to three amazing, crazy and hilarious children that keep her busy and laughing every second of every day. She is a part-time Physical Therapist who has a special love for her elderly patients. She loves Jesus and serves in the Middle School Ministry at Chets Creek Church. Her most favorite activities include eating, watching movies and swimming in a pool!}