Archive for September, 2008

29
Sep
08

Dear Church Volunteer

OK – so I’ve lived most of my adult life in full time, paid ministry positions. When my second child came along three months ago, that all changed. While I still work part time (from home) directing GAFA, any involvement I have in a weekend worship service is strictly volunteer. And I just have a few things to say to all of you volunteers out there who give so much of your precious time to the work of the ministry…

  • Thank you – The church could NOT function without you! Family time, personal time, work time – it’s all precious and limited and so your gift to the work of the ministry is a valuable one. Thank you for giving what you have and understanding the our amazing God is worth every second that we surrender to Him as an offering of worship.
  • Tell someone else how amazing it is to serve! You are the church’s best advertisement for volunteer service. You’ve all heard the annoying and never-ending pleas from the pulpit for more help in the nursery or more singers in the choir. But the truth is, most of us tune out the announcements and they have never given the church great results. (I know, because I’ve made SO many of those desperate announcements!) If you are excited about serving the church – and have found fulfillment in giving your time and talents back to God – then tell someone! Bring someone to serve with you and see them find joy in their service, too!
  • Be faithful. A few weeks ago, Don and I had to hire a babysitter to come and watch my babies during pre-service rehearsals because he had to work and I was scheduled to play and sing for the service. Because I have seen both sides of this situation – as the leader of the team and now as a volunteer – I ask you to remember your commitment and do what it takes to fulfill that commitment! It’s not fair to ask your leader to make do with less than the service needs because your schedule has a glitch! Don and I didn’t want to spend $25 on a sitter that morning, but we did because we saw it as another seed that we were planting in the amazing soil of the local church. Basically – if you agree to do something – then just do it! 🙂
  • Do more than is expected. We could all “get by” with doing the minimum that is required. Some of us can “fake it” enough so that no one knows you haven’t spent the time to prepare your music or learn your children’s class lesson – but doesn’t God deserve more than that from us? Let me tell you that lack of preparation makes it hard on everyone and I believe that the lost in our cities deserve to be presented only things that are excellent and a whole hearted sacrifice of worship.
  • Have a good attitude. I don’t know how many times I presented a new piece of music to my team only to see some in the crowd roll their eyes halfway back into their brains because they didn’t like the new song or thought we should be doing something else. Or how about the team member who gets their underwear all up their crack for being chastised about being late or unprepared. Ummmm – excuse me, but we are called to a higher level of excellence and we are only going to get there with pure hearts and genuine desire give all we have….so do it with a smile, please!
  • Respect your leader – God put them there so don’t give them a hard time….
  • Serve with passion – the weekend is THE DEAL, people! If we can’t get up on that stage and look like we are excited about our God, then we should find something else to do that will ignite a fire under our butts. Passion inspires passion in other people

There’s more – but I’ll save some for later. Do you volunteer in your church? Leave me a comment and tell us what you’ve learned about serving in the church.

25
Sep
08

Grammy Comes To Visit

Don’s mom came for a visit over the weekend. This is the first time she has met little Rylee and we are so glad she was able to get away for a few days. We had a great time hanging out together and letting her love on her grand babies. I couldn’t resist posting a few pictures from the weekend…

OK – so this last one doesn’t really have anything to do with Grammy’s visit but I just couldn’t resist it. Reagan said he was a “Diaper Ninja”. HAHAHA – I love my boy. 🙂

22
Sep
08

Rylee’s Body Guard

William West – 8 days old / Rylee Printy – 8 weeks old

Aren’t they just adorable? Rylee will never be bullied by anybody as long as this bruiser is her friend!

21
Sep
08

Caught in the Act

Reagan started gymnastics class last week. I don’t know if he got off to a great start or not… These pictures were taken right as his class was beginning – in this order….

At least he felt bad about it…. 🙂

17
Sep
08

What Am I Doing To My Son?

16
Sep
08

Tuesday Morning Brain Dump

So, I haven’t done one of these in a long time – and I’ve been missing the chance to just unload all of the random stuff bouncing around in my brain….

  • Rylee is turning out to be a pretty good sleeper. If I can just get her to drop that darn 3:30am feeding!
  • Reagan told me that bananas have potassium in them. How does a three year old know that?
  • Don’s mom is coming for her first visit since Rylee was born. She hasn’t seen Reagan in over a year and has yet to meet the girlie girl. Can’t wait to see her!
  • I’m addicted to Banana Chocolate Vivano’s from Starbucks.
  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE Brooke Fraser’s new live album – her voice is perfection.
  • As you can see from my previous post, don’t try an come at me with gossip – I’ve been trying to wash out my brain for days.
  • I talked with someone very special to me on Saturday – I hate that so many of my closest relationships are so far away. Pops, Mama Reba, Cindy, Stephanie, Mindy, Sarabess – I miss you all like I can’t even describe!
  • My friend, Rachel and her husband, Anthony, are talking about something very important over at her blog. Please go and read their story – you’ll have to scroll down a bit to find the first post and then read through them in order. I’m an sure that there are some of you who can relate and need to hear what they have to say.
  • Lisa Rinna’s lips are freaking huge! Good grief.
  • I’m excited about fall tv starting up next week.
  • David is doing an amazing job with the creative art’s team at Rock Church. I’m so thankful God sent him to us just at the right time!
  • Glory Academy is back up and running. We are everything that typical “church dance teams” are NOT. We exist to bring excellence and relevance back to the art of dance in the church. Help us spread the word! We have classes in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, pointe and hip hop from ages 3-adult. All new students receive a FREE LEOTARD for their class. Amazing….I know…
  • I need to figure out a way to bring in some extra money – something that I can do from home. Any suggestions? (I am bracing myself for the inevitable sarcastic suggestions from this guy and probably her, too.)
  • That’s enough for now…but I’ll leave you with this picture. Can you guess what Rylee is doing in this shot?
12
Sep
08

Dealing With Gossip

Yesterday I received a message on Myspace from a past friend of mine – who I haven’t seen in many years – that was quite disturbing. They were accusing someone very dear to me of doing something incredibly awful – but they didn’t have the guts to give me any details or proof unless I called them so they could spew over the phone about what they thought they knew. I wanted to throw up when I opened the message – and struggled all day not knowing what to do with this information – because deep down I don’t believe a word of it.

At the end of the day, I knew that God was in control of this and that He doesn’t need my help to deal with anything. So –  I deleted the message and shut down myspace for the night. I absolutely will not entertain gossip or hearsay about people that I love and know that God has put in my life. Come to me with proof and a right spirit or I’ll shut you down in a hot minute…




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