When Mosaic decided to become a community home church and Mike and I decided that God was leading in the direction of community, I had some reservations. Sure, I had always had that dream of living in a two story house with a picket fence around it and lots of flowers, but never realized that God knew that dream and was going to make it a reality. How often do we limit Him because of our own limitations?
Well, I am living in a two story house with a picket fence and lots of flowers. Our previous owners loved flowers and plants and the yard is proof! You can see flowering shrubs and plants of all kinds everywhere around the house. So yesterday I decided to take some pictures of them to share with you. The lilac bush did produce some beautiful blossoms in spite of the recent abnormally cold weather we have experienced. Irises are blooming everywhere and I can hardly wait to see what the next one is going to look like when the blossom unfolds! Peonies are ready to bloom as well. From the upstairs window in the office, I can count seven rose bushes full of buds, not to mention the ones on the sides of the house and in the front. There are lilies along the sidewalk and scattered in various other places. My oh my, I am experiencing a little taste of heaven right here in my own yard!
God’s handiwork is quite visible all around here. You know, sometimes we can learn so much from the things in nature around us. He has made each one of us so unique, just like the flowers. He has a set purpose for all things He has created. Sometimes it’s hard for us to see ourselves as beautiful creations of His because we spend so much time focusing on the brokenness we may be experiencing in our lives or focusing on the brokenness in others. Stop and think about it. You are special and God created you because He loves you! I remember learning this little verse as a child and while I can’t remember the Bible reference, I can remember these words, “He has made everything beautiful” and that includes you.
To see the video of Mary Jane Furches singing the song Where Have All The Flowers Gone, click on the video below, if the video doesn't appear, click on the following link:
The Virtual Pew and our other work is supported solely by the kind contributions of others. You can click on the donate button below to give any amount to this work that does so much more than just post articles on the net; I draw no ongoing salary from the church I pastor, Mosaic Wichita which is predominantly a homeless church; I am grateful for any small amount you can contribute to help with this ministry. Believe me there is much more going on than most realize. I will also provide information to verify the ministry and income that comes into this ministry and work. Thanks and feel free to share any material from The Virtual Pew, I only ask that appropriate credit is given and a link to the original site with the material is provided.
Click here for booking information to have Pastor Mike come speak or perform, from speaking to music or magic, something for all groups.
Click to visit with Pastor Mike regarding any of your needs. He will respond to each request personally, and if need be refer you to one of our other pastors.
Now for those that do not know, make sure you check out the numerous articles and blogs by checking out the archives. If visiting The Virtual Pew or MySpace they are archived on the left hand side of the page. Scroll down to where you see newer or older listed under archives and then click there. There are hundreds of postings so make sure to check out the archives. You can also contact me for a free e-book pre edit version of The Keystone Kid at firstname.lastname@example.orgYou can visit http://www.thevirtualpew.com/ and on the front page down on the left side you sill see our store. Your purchase provides needed funds to The Virtual Pew. If you do not see something to purchase you can click on the search engine, (do not put anything in the search box at this time). You will be taken to Amazon where you can search for anything you desire. Hopefully you will consider a gift to The Virtual Pew.
Now I get asked this quite often, Can we repost your blogs or articles? The short answer to that is, what an honor that you would ask, and by all means, spread the word.Here is our contact information
The Virtual Pew
1249 N. St. Francis Street
Wichita, KS 67214
Click on the following links to learn more about The Virtual Pew