I realize it’s been a while since the last time that I posted, but a lot has been happening with us lately!!
In April my husband took a position as senior pastor at first baptist church in a new town in west Texas. He has been doing such an incredibly great job and I am so proud of him! The Lord has truly been preparing him for this role and through God’s strength he has been excelling! I am so honored to be married to this man of mine!
I am so proud of my amazing husband! Today Download Youth Ministry published one of Emmanuel’s sermon series!
Today, many Jesus loving, Bible quoting, youth group going students head to a strange new land called their “College years” (a land without parents, where students can do whatever they want) and they trade in the things of God for the things of the World. In the Old Testament, Daniel was in the same situation. He was in a strange new land without parents yet, he Resolved to continue to walk with the Lord. In this series, your students will discover what Daniel did to be faithful in a foreign land. My hope is that this series will give students a goal, plan, and desire to live for God throughout junior high, high school and college.
This series explores Daniel 1:1-8:
Week 1: RESOLVE to honor God
Week 2: RESOLVE to be connected to others
Week 3: RESOLVE to make God’s Word your standard
If you are a pastor or youth pastor looking for a new sermon series, I would highly recommend that you check this series out! It is well written and packed with God’s truth!
You can find it here: http://downloadyouthministry.com/shop/resolve-3-week-series/
Check it out! 🙂
“Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
This past weekend Emmanuel was asked to be the guest speaker for First Methodist Houston’s Disciple Now and I had the privilege of going with him! The drive to Houston was absolutely beautiful especially when we got around the Brenham area. There were so many beautiful fields with wild flowers and pretty houses. It was really peaceful and we enjoyed getting to spend some time together!
On our way we stopped at Buc-ees. If you’ve never heard of Buc-ees it’s basically just a gas station but their store’s are super nice and are unique to Texas. This one had a gift shop, a grocery store, a candy store and was also a gas station.
Finally after a long drive we made it to Houston. Driving downtown Houston was definitely an experience and a little bit crazy at times, but it was also beautiful at the same time. The church was right in the middle of it all with skyscrapers all around and the city train right next to the church. It was a beautiful church and we were excited to be there. Just to give you perspective, in the picture below, the church is on the far right and is the tan brick building.
We loved getting to meet all the students and other small group leaders, as well as see an old friend. Emmanuel spoke 4 times throughout the weekend and did a fantastic job each time! I am so proud of him and honored to have him as my husband.
God truly showed up and students lives were transformed. There were students who said that they were ready to step up and be leaders in their schools and students who found the Lord for the first time! It was such a blessing to be a part of such an awesome weekend!
While we were in Houston I also had the opportunity to see my sister, brother in law, and nephew. It is always fun to see them and I enjoyed getting to spend more time with my cute little nephew. He even showed me some of his new tricks! I also got to see their new house that they just bought! It was so pretty and they have already done so much to make it their own. I’m happy for them and their new adventure as home owners!
The weekend went all too fast, but we had a great time being together and praising the Lord with students in Houston!
If you are ever in need of a terrific guest speaker feel free to contact me, I know a guy! 😉
A lot has been happening around the Jimenez household! It seems that this time of year is always a little busy for us with the Holidays, Disciple Now, Community Activities, etc.. So I thought I’d give you a brief picture update of all that has been going on (pictures are more fun anyways).
I stumbled upon this video today and it is so good! These boys are truly talented and I love that they are using their talent for the Lord! Enjoy!
“Rooftops” by Jesus Culture
Here I am before You, falling in love and seeking Your truth
Knowing that Your perfect grace has brought me to this place
Because of You I freely live, my life to You, oh God, I give
So I stand before You, God
I lift my voice cause You set me free
So I shout out Your name, from the rooftops I proclaim
That I am Yours, I am Yours
All the good You’ve done for me, I lift up my hands for all to see
You’re the only one who brings me to my knees
To share this love across the earth, the beauty of Your holy worth
So I kneel before You, God
I lift my hands cause You set me free
So I shout out Your name, from the rooftops I proclaim
That I am Yours, I am Yours
All that I am, I place into Your loving hands
And I am Yours, I am Yours
Here I am, I stand, with arms wide open
To the One, the Son, the Everlasting God
Last week our church hosted a “trunk or treat” for the community. We passed out candy as well as information about our church and showed the love of Christ to the community. It was a lot of fun and it seemed to be a big hit!
The night before the event we threw our costumes together and they actually turned out pretty cute! We decided to go as minions and our dog Moses went as a Rubix cube.
If you are ever looking for a quick and easy costume, a rubix cube is always an easy win. All you need is a box, craft paint, a paint brush , scissors and tape. For our dog we taped the box together then cut leg holes as well as a head hole. We put tape around some of the curves to make them softer for our dogs legs. I then painted all the squares. It was super easy and everyone loved it!
Here’s an inside view of the box.
Moses checking out his new costume!
And finally, the cutest rubix cube ever!
I’m typically not a big reader, but recently I have stumbled on some pretty good books. I just started reading “Disciplines of a Godly Woman” by Barbara Hughes and so far it is great! In reading the first chapter today, I was really challenged by it and thought I would share an excerpt with you in hopes that it will be as encouraging and challenging for you as it was for me.
Years ago when I was in my early thirties and the busy, flabby mother of four, a friend and I made up our minds to get in shape and exercise a little physical discipline. We donned ratty old tennis shoes and weather beaten t-shirts and shorts and set out to run around the block. To our dismay, we made it only as far as the first corner, nearly fainting with that much exertion. But we didn’t give up. Every morning we tried again. The day we made it to the half-mile marker, we were so happy we celebrated with donuts! That morning workout eventually lengthened to three miles, then to five-always ending with the prize, a donut! We got fit, but we didn’t take it too seriously. We understood that some disciplines are more important than others.
The apostle Paul links this idea of necessary training or discipline with the spiritual life. First Timothy 4:7 says, “Train yourself to be godly.” That word train is derived from the very ancient Greek word from which we get the English word gymnasium. By New Testament times it referred to exercise and training in general. In a sense, Paul is saying, “Gymnasticize yourself for the purpose of godliness.” He’s calling for a spiritual workout.
It’s this spiritual workout that Paul deems so much more important than a morning jog around town. He goes on to say, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
I’m nearly sixty now- a soft grandmother of sixteen youngsters. I don’t jog anymore, though I regularly make the most of my occasional bursts of energy by using the few pieces of high-tech exercise equipment stashed inour basement. The older I get, the more I understand Paul’s exercise priorities: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4: 16).
After reading this I was challenged. Too often I focus on perfecting the things of this world, things that will some day pass away. Since I am a runner this hit home even more for me because when I think about jogging for 30 minutes I find that to be somewhat easy, yet when I try to daily spend 30 minutes reading God’s word I can at times find it challenging. While working out and running are good things, they are things that someday will fade away and when I am 60 + I’m sure working out and running will have much less importance to me. But how my relationship with the Lord is will matter greatly, because that is something that will last forever.
Training can often be challenging, whether you are training for a marathon, a test, a game, etc… yet in the end, the training was worth it because of the end result you receive. The same is true about spiritual discipline and training…it will be hard at times and there may be days where you don’t want to do it, but in the end it will be completely worth it!
John Wesley once said:
O God, fill my soul with so entire a love of Thee that I may love nothing but for Thy sake and in subordination to Thy love. Give me grace to study Thy knowledge daily that the more I know Thee, the more I may love Thee. Create in me a zealous obedience to all Thy commands, a cheerful patience under all Thy chastisements, and a thankful resignation to all Thy disposals. Let it be the one business of my life to glorify Thee by every word of my tongue, by every work of my hand, by professing Thy truth, and by engaging all men, so far as in me lies, to glorify and love Thee.
I too want this to be the cry of my heart! I don’t want to look back on my life and only remember the hours I spent training for races or wasting time doing things that don’t matter for eternity. Instead I hope and pray that at the end of my life I will see all the ways the Lord continually was moving in my life and how I was earnestly seeking Him with all that I am. But in order to have such results, it must start today.
So I challenge you too…how is your relationship with the Lord? Are you giving your all to Him even when things are hard? Are you willing to discipline yourself for the sake of the cross?
Lord, draw my heart and draw the hearts of those who read this today. Make us more like You. Give us discipline and a desire for you Lord. And help us earnestly seek You with all that we are.
**Excerpts were taken from the book “Disciplines of a Godly Woman” by Barbara Hughes. Check it out, it’s good!