A Note from the Pastor’s Wife,

The year is flying by and we are busy. VBS was great this year and though we do not push children or adults to make decisions, God knows when to knock and in God, we trust. Attendance averaged 98 each night. What a blessing to have adults attend VBS, how exciting. Yes, we always have an adult VBS class and this year adult attendance was higher than the children’s attendance. We are grateful for the adults but we need children, they are our future. Lanier, invite families with children pick up the pace and fill these spaces! Thank you to the teachers, workers, cooks, and helpers; it would not be possible to carry out such an event without your help. The classes were awesome and our teachers and assistants did a great job at bringing exciting hands on lessons and crafts. The worship time was a little different in that we had a few video clips as well as a daily skit along with the music and missions minute. The Lord was blessed and we trust God when He says that His word never comes back void.

I am thankful that the Lord is not slack in anything He does nor is He partial. We on the other hand never seem to get it quite right. Example: we should repent, but we do not, we only confess then keep on going. You see confession without repentance is just that, we have done nothing except speak it. Similar to what Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:5- having a form of godliness but denying its power……

Bro. Mike asked in his lesson a few weeks back, “Is there enough evidence to convict?” (Daniel 6) It is not what we see, but what God sees. He sees the heart! On that lesson, I thought; when we do not trust Him to guide us and provide for us then there is no evidence that He is working in our lives. It is like a bank account though we never treat God as a vending machine. If you constantly take out of the account, it eventually gets drained to a zero balance. Complain and groan= negative draw. Do not help those in need= negative draw. Do not follow godly council or fall under God called leadership= negative draw. Gossip= negative draw. Bad attitude= negative draw. Etc. A lot of this and then we have to try to provide for ourselves because God is nowhere around, we have left Him out, made our own plans and went our own direction! Then, like always

something happens to get our attention and it’s, “Oh God, help us fix our A/C, help our roof not to leak and please send us more people to tithe.” This is nauseating to God! He has shown us what is good!

The fix is easy His yoke is light. He stands with open arms ready to take us back. 1 Samuel 15:22-25: …Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.

Oh God forgive us, let not these things be true of Lanier. Help us Lord to make positive God led deposits. Father may our service be unto You and like that of our Lord Jesus Christ that the left hand not know what the right hand does. Direct us as we seek You in the portion of time, service and money that You would have each of us give back to You, knowing it has come from Your hand. Thank you Father for Your great love. Help us to feed the people as You did both spiritually and physically all they want. (Matt.25:37, 44; John 6:11; Mark 6:30 Luke 9:10-17) Thank you for the clothes closet so we can help those who have need. During this school year as the children are guided in Your ways may they grow in their personal relationships and knowledge of You. You are our God and we want to honor You in all that we do so the evidence will convict us of being the Church of the One True God, whose members are led by the Holy Spirit to do those great works of making disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all things that You have commanded us through Jesus Your son. Thank you for giving us Your son to be with us until the end. In Jesus name we pray.

In Christ Love