We had a really good day today! We had three visitors at church today, and all our regulars were there. One of our visitors was a Chinese exchange student. She's 16 years old, and here in Canada to finish high school and then go on to college. She was very sweet, and we got to know her a little bit and learn a bit about her country and family. Her English is very good, but she still struggles a bit with knowing exactly the right words (I do that, and English is my native language!). I'm hoping to get her to come to some of our teen things, and maybe one day we'll see her adopted into the family! :) Our other visitors were neighbors to one of our regular families. We've met them before, so it was good to see them come to church.
Tomorrow is Labour Day here in Canada, just as in the US, so our rec centre closed early today. They close at 3 p.m. on Sundays of long holiday weekends. So that leaves us without a place to meet on those Sundays, and most months have at least one holiday weekend in them here. So tonight we went to Greater Vancouver Baptist Church, the church that sponsored us into Canada. We always enjoy going over there; those folks really took us into their hearts when we moved up here! The greatest thing for me was to be able to sit down and just be there. I enjoyed the music, the fellowship, and the preaching. In just over two weeks, they are hosting the Canadian Independent Baptist Pastors' Conference, and I can't wait! It'll be two days of preaching, singing, and fellowship with pastors from all over the nation. I intend to get my tank filled up those two days!
This week promises to be busy, with school starting on Tuesday. We'll be up in the air for a few days, trying to get back in the swing of things, and then we should settle back into a regular rhythm once again. I love the beginning of school! What am I going to do in five years when I have no more students?
I am once again re-evaluating my time online. I don't plan to totally leave blogging - either reading or writing - but over the summer I have lapsed back into being online more. I had about conquered that this past spring! I have a long list of blogs that I read, and I'm going to have to go through and do some pruning again. I find so many that I love, that it's' hard to decide which I'll continue to read and which I'll have to leave. Pastor Conner said something tonight that sealed my decision for some of the things I read. He was preaching from II Timothy 2, where Paul is warning Timothy to "strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers" (verse 14), and to "shun profane and vain babblings" (verse 16). Now, I hesitate to call anything that anyone writes from their heart as "words to no profit" or "vain babblings," but when the words are not profitable to me and my life, I should re-evaluate their place in my life and not spend my time in vain reading those things. There are things I love to read because they're fun or witty or pretty, but are they profitable for me to be reading? Do they profit me spiritually? Do they profit me in my attempts to be a wise wife, or godly mother, or diligent homemaker? Do they help to build some area of my life? Are the words that I write valuable, or are they just babblings? The Lord spoke to me clearly tonight, and I must look some things over and make some changes. I'm having trouble balancing some things - remember I'm a fairly new pastor's wife, less than 2 years, and learning as I go how to balance my responsibilities. And don't we all need to reevlauate occasionally to make sure we're still keeping our priorities straight? My desire is to please the Lord! So we'll see what happens. I think I just need to do some pruning is all.
I hope you all have a great week, whatever you're doing!