Archive for May, 2011
First, let me back up and tell you a bit about our 24/7 prayer initiative. For a full week our church decided to pray, not just in the regular hours of the day but ALL hours of the day. And everyone that signed up to pray did so for an hour at a time. That’s 168 hours and almost every spot was filled. And those that weren’t filled either some of the staff took the extra spots or congregation members that already signed up, did so for the 2nd or 3rd hour. It was a very encouraging week to see God’s people pray.
On Wednesday of that week we had a “Lift Service.” The idea was to lift up our prayers for our church family, our denom, our city and our country before God. So for an hour we did just that…we prayed non-stop. Our prayers came in all different forms, from praying in small groups, to reading prayers on the screen together, to praying all at the same time (I call this hullabaloo prayer). We even had all the staff split up around the auditorium and had each person go to one of the staff and pray for the city, the government and our neighbours around the church. That was a very powerful hour of prayer. Can’t wait for the next time.
So back to the prayer boards, we decided to put up prayer boards in the auditorium the whole week of prayer so people could post prayer requests and praise items. Then when people came into the church to pray for their hour they had requests and praises to pray through. It was so well rec’d that we decided to make the prayer boards a permanent thing. So now if you walk down our hallway behind the auditorium you will see two very large bulletin boards that above them say “leave a request” “pray a prayer” & “post a praise.” These are the very simple instruction we give to those who want to use our prayer boards. And we have heard nothing but encouraging comments from those in our congregation about how much the prayer boards are so important to the life of our church. Also you can from the picture above the prayer boards are being used regularly. So much so, I am regularly going over the prayer requests and taking down “old” ones so new ones can be added.
So thankful to be apart of a church and staff that values prayer. Not just the prayer boards but every Wednesday at 1:30pm our staff stops their regular work to pray — for the congregations requests, to pray for each other and to pray for our church’s future. Prayer is the backbone of our church at City Centre…I hope it is the backbone of yours.
This past weekend was amazing. Let me start from the beginning…
Saturday morning we had a fantastic visit with Shawn. We took him to a nearby park in his hometown and played on the swings, went for a long walk and watched Faith go down the slide a million times (okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration … it was more like a million and one…haha). Nonetheless we had a ton of fun. And best of all we got to see Shawn smile and laugh for the first time. He is a very stowic little boy, happy but quite serious. I put him in a swing and lightly pushed him, then he started to smile, then I pushed him a bit harder and he started to laugh. Who knew, he actually enjoys the swings as much as his sister. Cool.
After our visit with Shawn we headed home for lunch and then Faith went down for a nap while Daddy and Mommy did work around the house. De-Ann worked in the garden and dug up the dandelions on the lawn. While I cleaned out the garage which hasn’t been cleaned or organized since the move in February. It looked like we were having a garage sale. But it looks great now.
While cleaning the garage one of our neighbours came over to invite us over for a BBQ. After we were done all our work and Faith got up from her nap we headed over to the neighbours. To our suprise there were 6 or 7 other families there from our court. It was our own little community. We had so much fun eating, drinking and getting to know our neighbours. Faith had a blast too because there were 10 or so other kids there that made Faith feel right at home. The best part, not the food–which was tasty, was feeling accepted into this little community, our court–the best court in Ontario!
Since the BBQ the people in the court now know us and we have had many chats and conversations since then. Faith has been in the court many times on the weekend playing with the other kids and everyone shares their toys, big wheels, bikes, scooters, and even their road chalk. What a great group of people. And best of all we know that the people on this court are safe people and are always looking out for our daughter and eventually our son!
The rest of the weekend was much of the same, playing, cleaning, working and having fun with our neighbours. So glad God brought us to this neighbourhood.
Dust, dust and more dust is another title for this post.
This past week has been nothing but drywalling, taping, sanding and doing it all over again. Our house is one big cloud of mist / dust. There is a thin layer of dust all over everything. After this is all over we are going to have to clean the whole house top to bottom. Yuck.
Anyway, we are hoping today is the final day for sanding and then the fun begins … finishing the bathroom, flooring, lighting, tile around the fireplace, putting the doors in, priming, and the last thing is to put in the window. I am sure there are lots of little things I have missed but as they happen I will be here to report them. Until then.
Faith’s new favourite word is “my.” She put my on the front of every sentence. We were getting ready to leave this morning for daycare and she likes to say good-bye to the workers who are doing our basement renovation. So after saying “good-bye boys” she looks at me and says “my boys, Daddy.”
Today after supper we went to the park to swing on the swings, slide on the slide and watch planes go by overhead. As we were sitting on the bench watching the planes go by Faith says “my planes, Daddy. Those are my planes.” She also said “bye planes, bye” as they flew away. It was a lot of fun just sitting there on the bench relaxing as the planes flew by one by one. It’s cool you can almost time the distance between them.
Then we went to the mall to meet De-Ann (Mommy). On the way there Faith pointed and said as we pulled up to a strip-mall “is that my mall Daddy?” I told her it wasn’t because we hadn’t gotten to the mall we were going to. Then we were on the road the mall was on and Faith pointed again and said “is that my mall Daddy?” I told her it was and we were going to go see Mommy. She cheered. haha.
On our way home Faith said “Daddy are we going to the new house to see my Mommy?” I said “yes.” Then she started singing “My Mommy, my Mommy, my Mommy!”
There are many other occasions when Faith used the word “my” … referring to the car I drive, she says “that’s my car Daddy.” She also says, “my Sherwin” (one of our cats), “my … pillow … TV … putter (referring to my laptop) … glasses … ponytail … Peekaboo … Busha & Monic-ca-ca (her daycare workers) …” And on and on and on.
I think “my” is Faith’s favourite word for the time being. Mind you she uses the phrase “I don’t want to” quite a bit lately. It’s almost as bad as “NO.” haha.