I wasn't too sure about teddy bears at first, but these bears are being sold by a local charity to benefit the children's hospital. Seeing as children are what mothering is all about, and buying these would help sick children, Wes thought the moms would really love receiving these bears. And he was right. There were gasps of delight and much laughter as each lady got her bear. I took a boy one, since both of my boys will be gone this summer. They are sweet little bears, so soft and fluffy. Each one is wearing a hoodie and pajama pants with a little hole cut in the back for its tail - way too cute! ;)
We had several visitors yesterday. One couple had visited us a few weeks ago. They are looking for a church, having just moved here recently, and they are in the process of going to different churches to see where they fit in best. Needless to say, we were very excited to see them back this Sunday morning!
Wes' sermon last night was so good. It was a very encouraging sermon about how God is faithful to forgive our sins, and He helps us to forgive ourselves and pick up and move on with life. It was a great help to me. I get that "performance" mentality going sometimes, a lie from Satan that says to avoid God when I sin, because He's upset with me and doesn't want me around - as if God only wants me if I'm good enough. That's the opposite of what God says! God wants us to confess our sins and run back to Him, not hide in shame and fear. So that sermon kinda pushed a reset button for me, reminding me that God truly does love me and desire my fellowship. I tell ya, my husband is just getting to be a better and better preacher all the time! I love how he gives us practical Bible truths that we can apply directly to our lives, not just some mushy stuff that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy but doesn't help you live any different at all! Clear, direct Bible teaching is what people need, and our people have commented several times that they sure appreciate how their pastor teaches them to live for the Lord.
After the morning service, we started taking pictures, so I thought I'd introduce you to some of our church family. I say some, because by the time it was over, every female in the church was gathered around Wes for a picture, leaving about 4 or 5 guys standing there to take the pictures! LOL