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A Mini Vacation a Happy Thought, or it should be…

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I am going on a mini work vacation. As the church secretary for River of Life Family Church I am needed by the Pastors’ at the FCM Conference this year. FCM is Faith Covenant Ministries, a group of Churchs who answered God’s call to drive the Apostolic mission of planting churchs throughtout the nations. It really is a pretty awesome organization.
Anyway, RLFC is connected to this wonderful mission. Each year one of the  FCM Conferences is held in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. For the first time, I have attended for years being in leadership, I am staying for the whole conference. This means a hotel room for 4 days and 3 nights, dining out, a pool and actually minimal work.
The work I was responsible for this year was accomplished in the office over the last few weeks. Now all I have is to assist my Pastors’ which I am told is very little and manage the registration desk and schedule, which the lovely Val, my friend and the last church secretary, is finishing out this year. Next year the task is mine.
This should be a vacation for me. I have never been on vacation. Not a real, hotel stay vacation! Laughably I just spent the last few days trying to get ready and packed. I realize I do not know what I need for a vacation. Ridiculous I know. I have everything from clothes and toiletries to my coffee cup and the last thing packed will be this laptop! LOL!
The first two nights I will be alone, so I will write and blog if I have trouble sleeping. The last night my husband will be able to join me. He ushers every year at this conference. He cannot join me for the entire stay due to work…
So I sit here at this computer pondering why I feel weepy and anxious. This conference I know from these emotions is going to be awesome. The enemy does not want me to get there, does not want me to enjoy myself with my friends and church family. So I know to count this all joy, regardless of my emotions and anxiety.
Once again I feel as if I won’t be covering my duties as mommy and wife…craziness!! being that all of these four unfortunates who are being unattended are adults! I have visions of… ohhhhhhh!! All of you sister wives and mothers know these visions! They are terrible. And terribly self involved, giving no credit to my family in reference to them being able to care for themselves, each other and the house that is their home. Oh! and the pets!
I vow to my Lord to enjoy this experience. To have fun and wear my new bathing suit to the pool and swim. I thank the Lord my God that I have been allowed this luxury. That I am trusted with the tasks He has set before me in my employment. I pray the blood of Jesus Christ over all who are connected to this conference and the conference itself. I thank the Holy Spirit for joining us all in our praise to The Christ. We will honor and glorify Him this weekend, I will sing His praises. As this vast group of churches and Christians unite in the Love and Mission of God the Father, may His will be done. In Jesus name, AMEN.
As I continue Looking UP…I recall the new favorite scripture…Isaiah 43:19
I am doing a new thing. See I have already begun.
So heres to the next new thing in my life…Vacations!
Blessings All.

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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