By Abigail Dolbear
“Hello!” I answered excitedly as my phone rang. “I just don’t know how to deal with this.” Was all my friend said, and then there was silence. I didn’t know quite what she was talking about, with so many things today that we find hard to rationalize or to settle in our minds. Is she talking about some relationship issue, or the current status of our government, did something happen with her job? I wasn’t quite sure so I asked. “What do you mean?” Immediately she said, “I can’t wrap my head around the shooting in Connecticut! How could this happen!”
I’m sure I’m not the only person who has had this interchange; certainly we all have made some mention of this tragedy in our recent conversations. Perhaps making mention of unbelief or sorrow. This conversation along with unbelief and sorrow was riddled with fear…
“The Best Laid Plans …”
by Worship Pastor, Abby Dolbear
Summers are quiet in our home. You would think that as parents of three children, our house would be busy, there would be a pile of dishes in the sink and stacks of laundry by the washer! There isn’t, and I do have to admit, I didn’t mind the reprieve in chores! A couple of years ago, we talked to each set of Grandparents and thought it would be great for the kids to spend a few weeks each summer at their places. It’s been a wonderful experience that the kids and Grandparents alike look forward to.
Behind The Music
By Worship Pastor Abby Dolbear
This past Sunday we sang a song “Praise Your Name”, I bet you had no idea that this song was inspired by YOU, the people here at Grace. A few months back it seemed like there was an unusual number of prayer requests coming in. The staff would join together and pray for each one we knew of, it just seemed like it was going on and on. …
Consumed by His Love
by Worship Pastor Abby Dolbear
I am a focused person. I’m so focused that there are times I will not hear or see things that are happening right in front of me. The year was 1993. I was in my 10th grade English Literature class. On this particular day, we were instructed that we would be having student/teacher conferences during class. So the drill was to do our assignment quietly until the teacher called our name, then we would go up to the desk and have our conference. My last name started with a “T” so I knew it would be awhile before he called me so I started working on my assignment. The next thing I knew teacher stood beside my desk. “Abby, did you not hear me? It’s your turn.” He never called my name! Come to find out he did call my name, and several times. I was so focused on my assignment, my sight, thoughts and mind so completely filled with it, that my teacher had to get up out of his chair and retrieve me!
Did I Hear That Right? By Worship Pastor Abby Dolbear
“Mommy, how do you make love?” This is not the question you want to hear coming from your 5 year old! My daughter and I were on our morning commute to where she attended daycare and I work, when she threw that question at me. The first thought that ran through my head was, “BOYS! (her two older brothers), What have they told her now!” Then it comes again, “Mommy, how do you make love?” My mind is still reeling for any kind of “Super Mom” wisdom to come to mind and nothing does. My jaw literally dropped! All I can think of is what she may have heard from others and now, how can I explain this to my 5 year old daughter. MY 5 YEAR OLD! I felt that this should not be happening yet. I wasn’t prepared for this question!
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Moved By God Through Worship IN Christ – by Pastor Abby Dolbear
This past Sunday there was a comment made on our team about how great it is to come and worship knowing who we are in Christ. Knowing that in order to experience and worship God we don’t have to be “sin conscious”, or grovel at the altar for hours, or burn candles, or run through a ritual of various confessions to somehow attempt to gain a sense of confidence to come before the presence of the Lord. The truth is, if any of those religious efforts to please God were necessary to come before Him, we would never worship Him. We couldn’t. He wouldn’t be approachable!