Thursday 3/26

3 26 ThursdayHello from Pastor Ken's Loft!

Today is a good day to 'shelter at home' around a fireplace!

No, the picture is not me growing marijuana! Shelly Stauffenberg sent me this picture and encouragement today. Enjoy and share her blessing!

'I don't know if you can see it but it's a nest. Every year a robin puts a nest in my wreath by my front door. I just put it up and she's already started her nest. Usually I'm annoyed because I don't want to mess with the bird poop. lol. But this year I look at it in a whole different way. That every year spring comes after winter. And that is a way of remembering that God is faithful that after a dead winter spring always comes, the birds come back and the beautiful flowers bloom and the warm air comes back.
So today it just reminded me that although this is a dark time, God is faithful and the sun will shine again. And Matthew 6:26-27, Jesus says, "Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in Barns, And yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" I thought of that scripture today when I saw that little nest and I heard the birds chirping, that God cares for us so much more than the birds and he is here with us now and he will carry us through and this will pass! And we will be stronger and better when this is over.
I just thought I'd share that with you and try to encourage you that God is still here and he is still in control and if he takes care of the birds, he's going to take way better care of us!'

Thank you, Shelly.

Together in Christ!

Wednesday 3/25

Hello from Pastor Ken's Loft!

Someone sent me this prayer this morning.

Whatever life throws at you today, however you are feeling, let this prayer encourage your heart with the gentle whisper of a God who is present in your life and mine!

Together in Christ!

Tuesday 3/24

From the Loft,

Couple of friends gave me encouraging words this morning as we 'fast' busyness and business as usual.

'Thanks Ken! I won't lie the first couple days I did find myself being pretty anxious. But I really had to just sit back and almost look at this as a gift. How often do I get 2 weeks to stay home and be with my family? I'm hoping that everyone can come out of this with a new appreciation for what they have and the life that God has given them.'

I realize some of us are not with family and isolation might be difficult. But could 'fasting' during Lent help us appreciate the life and relationships with which we look forward to being reunited?

Another friend:
'We engage in prayer to partner with God. We raise our awareness of his presence because he loves us, and we love him. We crave a deeper relationship with him—not a relationship that is an “add-on” to our lives, but a relationship upon which our entire existence is built.

And when we give something up for Lent, we’re teaching ourselves to let go. We’re putting the other gods that vie for our attention in their place. We’re recovering our perspective and realizing that there is only one God who supplies our needs.

So, what we do to humble ourselves before God is not based on what we want God to do. Our humility is a result of our gratitude for what he has already done.

Pray: Take time today to thank God for what he did. God came to us, became one of us, and gave himself completely to us through death and resurrection. Then ask God to increase your desire for intimacy with him. He told us that the hungry would be fed. Pray that your hunger for him deepens during this important time of the year.'

Together in Christ,

Pastor Ken Garner

Monday 3/23

Okay, I fell off the wagon...jumped!

I bought and ate Peeps. Bought a 2 liter of Coca Cola and even Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookies (Tate's Cookies - try them. My daughter doesn't get any royalties. Someone stole her name!)....

and totally FORGOT what yesterday's Breaking Chains was about! EXPECTATIONS!

I was an anxious mess Saturday night...sure Sunday's service would tank! Sunday morning I could not wait to get it over. Again, sure that it would tank!

Then somewhere in the middle of the service, the music, the scripture, the message started sinking in. I could hear the elephant on Disney's Tarzan saying to me, "Sometimes you embarrass me.' What was I so worried about? Even if it did tank, the point was getting together with our people and all of us being encouraged to carry on and carry the light of Jesus to a world needing hope right now. I AM NOT THE POINT! Kenny, Kenny, Kenny......

Jesus said in Matthew 7:12 - Do to others as you would have them do to you; in Matthew 22:39 - Love your neighbor as yourself. Thank you for getting together with us yesterday. Thank you for chiming in and being patient as we figure it all out. Why I cannot be as nice to myself as others are? Why are we so hard on ourselves?

Jesus, help me not to project my expectations on others. Help me to not project any expectations on myself except to Love you and to Love my neighbor as myself. Help me to see myself as a reflection of You. When I do not get that completely right, help me to see your scars and remember you came and died to set me free! Your perfect love sets us free. 1 John 4:16-18.

Stay Socially Distanced and electronically and prayerfully connected!

Together in Christ,

Pastor Ken Garner

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