Monday, March 23, 2009

Homemaker Moment (a little late!)


This is a really cool moment. My youngest daughter is a READER! She loves books. The school was having a book fair. Of course she wanted books, books and more books. Well, our budget was....you must read and re-read the books you already have because we don't have book money right now. I just flat out told her I would love to buy you books but we can't right now. She was fine with that and seemed to move on (well a little). I told here that during parent teacher conference I would be more than happy to walk her through the fair so she could look at the books, but again there was no budget for purchasing books.

So, I was in a conference with Nicollus' teacher. Just towards the end Nichelle bust out her glamour glare jewels jewelry sets and ask the teacher would she like to buy some. Now understand I met my children at school (they did not come home). Which meant she packed up all her jewelry sets and brought them to school with the intent on selling during conference time. WOW! She sold two full sets to two different teachers (during my conference times) made $16.00 and purchased the books she wanted from the book fair and gave money to her brother and sister! Can you say oh my goodness!

Allow me to help you feel this like I did. I was totally unaware that she was planning this. I am not really sure her siblings knew. This is my 7 year old! She came up with this whole plan all alone. I am just in awe!

After she was able to purchase the books she wanted and gave to her siblings. I praised her for sharing with them and for her entrepreneur skills. We brought it home by acknowledging the Lord's provision amidst it all. God gave her the wisdom, He gave the teachers the money (right amount in cash in their purses...I never carry cash even if I do have money), and God gave them the heart to spend it on her business. Praise the Lord...He provides even for the littlest of these.

Last thing, Nichelle the youngest has a talent for finding money outside. Well one day they wanted something. I told them to pray that we find $5 outside somewhere. So they all prayed and we did not find anything that day. But two days later we went to Kroger. While in the store with the girls trying to find the best deal on cereal that the family likes I looked down and saw a coupon. The coupon was for a free box of Special K 16.9oz (Nichelle's favorite that I never buy because is cost $5). We usually eat that cereal when my mother buys it. She lives next door so we know when she has it. ;) Anyway, there we were in the store with a free coupon for cereal that cost just over $5. Next lesson God may not provide what we want the way we want it and when we want it...but He will show up! When He does it will be for HIS glory, and it will unmistakeably be HIM! Praise God!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

CONFESSION! (part 1)

This song has been on my heart. The Lord has reveal some GREAT truth to me about what is in my heart. I believe I need to share that with you. So first I will share this song called Your Mercy by Blessed. Read the Lyrics as the song it being played.

Confession is good for the soul they say
Well now it's my turn
I'm willing to share all I've learned someday
But somedays not willing to learn

I don't always like to be told
What's right from wrong
I'm selfish sometimes when I don't want to be
How can you stand me?
Oh Lord, why do you hold on?

Chorus:
I'm always talking about the way you blessed me, oh yeah
I'm always singing about how good you are
But I don't always tell
That it's despite of myself
You know I haven't been good
Somedays I don't do what I should
Yet your mercy somehow endures.

There's no other love that compares to yours
It's hard to understand.
How you never repay me what I deserve
I think you that you're not like man
(Not like man)
See sometimes I desire to give hurt for hurt
Yet I know that's not like you
Yet this old flesh of mine tries to win everytime
I'm grateful your word is true
You faithfully see me through

Chorus

Your mercy (Is good and it's kind)
Your mercy (Is brand new everyday)
Your mercy (Is ever lasting)

The Lord's Plan

As many of you (locals) know the medical outreach was postponed due to weather (raining). I am reminded that we plan but the Lord establishes it. There were two different families who recieved "house calls" from the doctor. It was the coolest thing. We had two people in true need of medical care, and were presently without insurance. God gives many of us talents to be used for His glory. One of the families are walking with the Lord solid belivers and needed help. The Lord provided! The other I am not so sure, but the Lord provided! AMEN!

God has a plan greater than ours and His is perfect. We have rescheduled the outreach for April 5. Pray the Lord's will to be done during that time. Thanks All!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

DING DONG DITCH.....

You remember playing this game as a child? I do but only with my friends who knew we were playing it. I mean it is a fun game and all, but I was not trying to get the neighborhood all mad at me for a few moments of fun. Here is how it works if you don't know. You basically walk up to someones door (quietly) ring their door bell or knock on the door, then run away before anyone can see you. Get it Ding Dong Ditch!

Last night we were ding dong ditched but it was the coolest thing. The whole family were sitting around the table just after dinner. We were going through scripture explaining and discussing the work of the Holy Spirit and ultimately the God head. When we heard the doorbell ring. Now when my husband is teaching at home he is not the interrupt kinda guy. So the door bell rang and he kept talking. Now of course the kids and I are thinking is he going to answer the door or release someone to answer it????? After a few seconds he told our son to answer the door, while he reached around the side and looked out.

My husband says there is chicken at the door! Then my son starts this whole thing about poison and people trying to get us! Of course Phil tells him to chill out and open the door. He does and there was about three or four bags of groceries. We brought them in and thanked the Lord for His faithful provision.

We were ding dong ditched. We never saw the individual and I love that! In that the Lord receives all the glory. Christ is provider for us and the family or individual who gave. May God bless you openly for what you have done in secret!

Friday, March 6, 2009

HOMEMAKER MOMENTS!!!!



I WILL POST MY HOMEMAKER MOMENT LATER TODAY! DON'T FORGET TO GET YOURS UP....SEE HOMEMAKER CHRONICLES ON THE LEFT SIDE AND CHECK OUT WHERE IT ALL STARTED!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Berean Christian Ministry Newsletter Intro.

Welcome to the newsletter of Berean Christian Ministry(BCM). This quarterly publication is meant to inform our families, friends and fellow laborers as to what the Lord is doing in Conway, Arkansas. In each quarterly issue, we will look at Oakwood where the Lord has built a small gathering of people to know His name. We will profile believers who are serving in Oakwood, testimonies of those who have come to faith and whatever else is happening in Oakwood.

Secondly, you will gather some great insight from Wives in Touch, a prayer ministry for women to pray for their husbands. Lastly, you will learn about an exciting ministry where believers are given the opportunity to express their gifts in the arts.

Poetheology is BCM’s attempt to spread the name of Jesus Christ through the arts and provide redeemable images of arts to the city of Conway.

In summary, we desire that this newsletter would inform you to the great work God is doing through His people. It will also serve as a tool to assist you in praying for us as we proclaim Jesus Christ in our city.
Jesus Christ stated we should be a city on a hill, a light to those around us. BCM is endeavoring to be that small city in the city of Conway, Arkansas where families and individual believers live lives reflecting the work of God in Christ.

Phillip and Nicolle Fletcher

NEWSLETTER CONT


BCM had its first session of POETHEOLOGY during the month of February. Believers gathered at the Faulkner County Library and were treated to poetry, dance and painting by believers living in Conway. Poetheology is a ministry dedicated to presenting redeemable images of the literary, performance and creative arts to the city of Conway, Arkansas. It is our hope, that believers in Jesus Christ will have the opportunity to express the glory of God through their gifts and at the same time interact with others in the context of the art culture. In each of the successive newsletters, we will profile believers who have a gift in relations to the arts. Our hope is that as you would hear the hearts of these people that we all would enjoy Christ more in how He uses men and women through the arts to declare His name. If you are interested in participating or serving please contact us.

The “City of Hope” is the best way in which to describe the ministry that occurs on a weekly basis in Oakwood. The community of Oakwood is located in the older section of Conway, Arkansas literally on the other side of the tracks. Here at the City of Hope we seek to not only bring the Gospel of Christ in word and deed but also equip believers to minister to the least of our city. We have partnered with two college ministries CHI ALPHA and Elevation, as well as Conway Celebration Church, affectionately called the Barn. Working alongside these believers has not only strengthened our relationship with believers throughout our city but provides the people of Oakwood with Christian examples in their lives. So what happens in Oakwood? On Sundays we gather to preach the Word of God, sing songs, pray and love on the people of the community. The first Sunday of each month is dedicated to meeting the people of Oakwood in their homes, praying with them and building
relationships. Tuesdays, Nicolle and older women meet with women in the community for prayer, Bible Study and fellowship. Finally, we have started to meet with the kids on the first Saturday of each month to play games and look for mentoring opportunities. Lord willing this summer the City of Hope will begin a tutoring program for kids in grades K-12 and also start a mentoring program for young adults and married couples. All of these are meant to be avenues to share the Gospel and have a sustainable presence of Christ in the community.

Wives In Touch is a ministry developed out of the need for women to earnestly seek God on behalf of their husband. As a believing wife and mother heavily involved in ministry, I found myself doing “drive by” prayers for my husband. The term “drive by prayer” is simply what it sounds like. The prayer that takes place while washing dishes, “Lord, bless my husband at work” the end. That is a drive by prayer. I realized that as women we are willing to pray for everyone and everything all the while failing to pray earnestly for our husbands. If the husband is sick or something is wrong then prayer is easy because we need God to do something, NOW! Wives In Touch is about women in touch with the need to seek Christ for their husbands walk with Christ, daily strength, encouragement, leadership, parenting, and marriage. We want to be proactive, laying our husbands at the feet of Christ. We meet in homes once per week and pray for one hour. In our prayer time we focus on one attribute of God, define it and read scriptures in accordance. We use the four steps of prayer method. The first being Praise, we praise God for who He is. The specific attribute helps define our time of praise. The next is Confession. This time can be silent or open. Then we honor the Lord with Thanksgiving. We remember the prayers answer and that builds our faith in the True and Living God. We know that He hears and He answer the cry of our heart. And finally we make request or supplication unto the Lord. The four steps are Praise, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. It is a wonderful and sweet time of prayer. For the wife, submission does not come easy. I have learned and understand that sacrificial servant leadership does not come easy to our husbands either. So as help meets created by God, we need help our husbands in prayer.

Berean Christian Ministry is dedicated to equipping and edifying believers and evangelizing those within the urban areas of the city in order that many would see the glory of God in Jesus Christ. It is our endeavor that God’s name be known to all as we proclaim the risen Savior and serve all He brings in our lives.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Saturday March 7, 2009 Poetheology at the Faulkner County Library, 6:30 pm
Saturday March 21, 2009 Medical Outreach in Oakwood, 11:00 am
Sunday April 12, 2009 Spring BBQ Outreach in Oakwood, 1:00pm