We Are ALL Called


On Sunday, Nov 1, my husband’s nephew (KJ Weisheit, the new Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church Celina) preached on “The Church.” His message spoke to me, and so I wanted to share some of it and some other thoughts on this topic with you here.

KJ PreachingKJ started off explaining “What the Church Is Not.”

The Church is not a building. It’s not meant to be a social gathering. (Meeting in fellowship at the church is good, but socializing shouldn’t be our main focus or reason for going to church.)

Then he went on to share “What the Church Is.”

We are the Church. The people … wherever we meet, and whenever we gather in His name. “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20)

We are one body with many members. And every member has a specific job. Some are called “to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service …” (Ephesians 4:12).

“… each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:6–8)

I’ve always liked this passage from Romans. It reminds me that we each have been called to fulfill the mission of Christ in different ways. We shouldn’t envy others and their roles or diminish the importance of our own roles within the Body of Christ.

As KJ reminded us — How we feel about our part in the Body does not matter. Even those parts of our physical bodies that seem to be weaker than others are still indispensable. We are ALL called to be a blessing (see Gen 12:1–3); we are ALL called to be salt and light (see Mat 5:13–16); and we are ALL called to be love (1 Cor 13).

In a blog post from Holley Gerth, “Psst…You’re Making a Bigger Difference than You Know,” I read a little more about what I believe our calling (as the Church) is and how God equips us:

Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ By this he meant the Spirit” {John 7:38}. This is good news for us: We are not the source. We are not the supplier. We are simply the server. We pour out what God pours into us. Then He fills us up again. [Isn’t that awesome?!]


If you give even a cup of cold water
to one of the least of my followers,
you will surely be rewarded.
{Matt. 10:42}

If you give even a cup of…
patience to a cranky toddler.
kindness to a challenging coworker.
hope to a struggling stranger.
peace to a conflicted family.
joy to a discouraged friend.

What may seem small can make a big difference. One cup of living water can refresh a heart. One cup can save a life. One cup can even change the world.

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Another good post that I think ties in to this message of finding ourselves and our place and role within the Church comes from Shannon Martin at (in)courage — “When Judgment and Self-Doubt Derail You.

She says, “Church culture has taught us to talk pretty and play nice, but what about our hearts? … I’m a believer that we should be the church we long for. We don’t get far toward clearing a new path when our feet and our hearts aren’t willing to make a shift.”


Be the Church you long for. … If you need a friend, try at first to be a friend. If you need help, ask … but don’t forget to reach out to others to help in whatever capacity you can. Think about the aches and desires of your own heart, and realize that there are probably many people all around you feeling just like you. Your weaknesses may very well be just the thing that connects you to someone else in need. But if you are not confident enough to approach someone else first, there’s still something you can do, and that is to simply pray for others. Share your love … share God’s love … through your prayers.

“Sharing makes you bigger than you are.
The more you pour out, the more life
will be able to pour in.”  Jim Rohn

We are all given a choice. Will we be who God created us to be and play our part in the Body of Christ, or will we try to be who others expect us to be? True joy and authenticity is found only when we align ourselves with God’s plan.

“Effectiveness in God’s work depends on
what He calls each person to do.” Charles Stanley

Few will be given a task on the scale of Moses’, but the Father has a calling for each believer. Whether His plan is that we raise a godly family, reach out to a neighbor, or run a business with integrity and consideration, He wants us to do so in His power. (In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley)

LeAnne and Brittany

LeAnne and Brittany (KJ’s wife)

Before I close this post, I want to mention another family member who really seems to get this concept of fully living as a part of the Church, and that is KJ’s sister, LeAnne Weisheit. LeAnne is an active member of Watermark Community Church. Whenever she is not at work (as a teacher) she can usually be found participating in a Christian camp; assisting with a ministry event; or, in some way, reaching out to connect with others, helping them to grow in faith. She lives her faith and shares God’s love all week long. We are so proud of her and her loving spirit.

We believe that each believer has received a special gift
and should employ it in serving others, as good stewards of the
manifold grace of God. Spiritual giftedness and maturity determines
where and how a believer serves. (1 Peter 4:10) Watermark

We are all called to serve.
Have you found your place in the Church?


Dear Lord, thank you for the gifts and talents you have given us. Please show us where we can be most useful for your Kingdom. Help us to see how much you love us and how much you want for us. Help us to trust in your divine purpose for our lives. Lord, whatever I want for myself, help me want what you want for me more.

Father, help us remember to be present for one another, to strengthen and encourage others, to give generously of ourselves and our resources, and to simply listen when that is what is needed. Help us to use the gifts you have given us to build up the Church, and to share your love with those who may not yet know you. Give us boldness to carry out your will.

Thank you for your grace, your love, and the opportunities you place in our lives to serve you and others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.  


Rest in Him


Today, I’m reblogging an oldie that I thought was worth sharing again.

Originally posted on Fuller Way of Life:

Sweet little nephew, Noah
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28

Will we ever learn to get out of our own way? How often do we wear ourselves out or get depressed simply because we stubbornly insist on doing everything ourselves and we refuse to ask for help or take time to rest and renew ourselves? (Or is it just me?)

Even if we are trying to accomplish work in the service of God, if we are relying on our own strengths, our own natural powers, then it is still possible that God may not bless our efforts.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” —John 15:4–6

Natural powers are whatever we can do…

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Book Break: Desperate Measures

Blooming Branches

When I started reading this book, I didn’t realize that it was the third book in Sandra Orchard’s Port Aster Secrets series [I did not fully read the back cover content]. I kept finding myself losing track of who some of the characters were or having trouble following some of the past incidents referred to throughout the story. Finally, at some point, I noticed a reference in the back of the book to Books 1 and 2. Ahhh, I thought. Now it makes sense.

Port Aster Secrets

While some reviewers have said that you could read this book as a standalone mystery, I’m not so sure I would agree. However, it’s an intriguing story that drew me in right from page 1. The characters are interesting and totally unpredictable. I found myself constantly changing my opinion of some of them; it was hard to decide if they were good or up to no good.

2015-08-20 09.39.58 I would describe Desperate Measures as a well-crafted mystery with a dash of romance and a nice blend of faith, humor, and suspense. If you like inspirational romantic whodunits, you will enjoy this book. Personally, I would suggest picking up Deadly Devotion and Blind Trust and reading those books first to fully enjoy this one.

From the Back Cover

Kate won’t be safe until all of Port Aster’s secrets are revealed

Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the supposed “miracle plant” that tore apart her family years ago. She’s certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding her father’s disappearance. She’s willing to risk anything to find the truth, including her relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But with so many people in pursuit of the plant, going it alone might be a fatal mistake.

Award-winning author Sandra Orchard pulls out all the stops in this breakneck and breathtaking conclusion to the Port Aster Secrets series.

Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several books including Deadly Devotion, winner of the 2014 The Word Award for suspense, and Blind Trust. Her Love Inspired Suspense titles have garnered two Canadian Christian Writing Awards and a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Sandra has also received a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Learn more at www.sandraorchard.com.

Thank you to the publisher, Revell, for providing me with an advance copy for my personal review and my honest opinion.

You’re the Only Hope for This Heart


I was going back through old posts on my site and thought that this one from 2010 was worth sharing again, especially since there are more followers these days who may not have read it before. Perhaps the message speaks to your heart today.

Originally posted on Fuller Way of Life:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and
lean not on your own understanding”
(Proverbs 3:5)
Stress, worries, fear, troubles, doubts, insecurities. We all have them. The question is: What do you do with them? Did you know that you don’t have to carry the weight of all of your problems alone? You can’t do it, really. Not if you want to be content and live a happy life. Sometimes there are bills that you just don’t know how you’re going to pay; or you’re dealing with a difficult individual, and you don’t see how you can possibly “love your enemy” at the moment; or you find yourself seeking answers to a career or your calling in life, and the confusion or the wait for answers or a clear direction is “killing you.”

Just like dragging a bunch of overweight luggage around with you all day every day…

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Gifts of Kindness

Today, I’d like to share a post from a friend whose attitude reminds me that despite all the crazy stuff going on around us every day, the world is still full of kind souls who care about others and about making a positive difference.

Melissa Lopes is a co-worker of my husband’s, and a sweet, thoughtful, adventurous person that I’m happy to know. The following comes from an email that Melissa sent out to her teammates and friends last year.


Birthday Gifts

This year, I celebrated my birthday [early] this past day off by conducting a random act of kindness for each year of life.

The Greater Picture

Sometimes we forget how much of a difference we can make (to even complete strangers) by sharing a compliment, smiling, or even saying a simple thank you. My random acts of kindness really opened my eyes to something that should not only happen on special days, but every day. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had, and that is why I am sharing with you what I would like for my birthday …

For my birthday I don’t want an email, text, or Facebook post wishing me a “happy birthday.”

INSTEAD, my birthday wish is for you to conduct one random act of kindness and share it with me.

Random Act of Kindness

It’s a challenge, so to speak.

It doesn’t have to cost money, just try something as simple as giving a compliment or sending a thank you note.

When was the last time you wrote a thank you letter? Or called a distant family member/friend?

If you run outta inspiration I’ll share with you my 22 acts. I had a list prepared, but was hoping things would find me during the day … (which they did) … enjoy!

  1. I was preparing by buying a few gift cards for friends. The cashier made a mistake in the transaction and confided in me by saying she had been up for 48 hours straight and had to work her second job that night. I handed her the $25 gift card to Starbucks. She cried, then I cried.
  2. I had gotten my roommate her favorite candy and paired it with a big pink bow.
  3. Donated old books.
  4. Left a bag of candy and thank you note for our neighbors for being so nice … and for never complaining about the weekend noise.
  5. Mailed a much needed hand-written thank you card, with a gift card to my best friend’s mom.Thank You
  1. Delivered doughnuts and a thank you note to the local police station.
  2. Delivered cookies and a thank you note to the local firehouse.
  3. Left candy and a thank you note for the mailman. I also apologized for being so horrible at letting the mail pile up in the mailbox.
  4. While I was out checking the mail, I heard a frantic woman over the bushes. I went to see what was going on and she was on the phone with the cops saying she was missing her two and a half year old son. (She apparently thought Hansel was in the other room with the husband … she turned around to realize the door was wide open.) I immediately ran down the street and called out to everyone I could see to look and guard the street since we live off a main road. I actually ended up finding Hansel a few minutes later WAY down the sidewalk before the cops arrived. The whole moment was so hectic and I was SO grateful he didn’t wander in the street or anything else.  ****No, I am not lying this actually happened*** and I nearly thought I was going to have a heart attack afterwards.
  5. Sent a hand-written letter to my grandparents.
  6. Left notes in windshield wipers of parked cars wishing everyone a great day.
  7. Purchased a gift card then turned around and gave it to the person in line behind me. (He was so shocked)
  8. Brought cake pops to a random [company] store. No, I did not make them but got them from a local bakery! (hope you liked them)
  9. Got all new dog toys and huge bones for my already spoiled-rotten dogs.


  1. Left a new dog toy with a note in the yard of our other neighbors with a big dog.
  2. Helped push runaway shopping carts back to Wal-mart. (An employee was confused on what I was doing and wasn’t very happy … continued to help anyway!)
  3. Taped money to a vending machine.
  4. Donated to a few different charities. (Pan can of course!)
  5. Left hidden notes in some of my favorite books at the local book store.
  6. Paid for the person behind me at the Starbucks drive thru.
  7. Refrained from honking at the bicyclists who like to cut in front of cars and take up the ENTIRE driving lane in my neighborhood. (This counts … right?) 
  8. Hid some dollar bills around the local playground for kids to find.

**And since #21 doesn’t count ** I am also conducting a “birthday special” at work on my actual birthday. I’m bringing delicious treats in for the guests that come through the door. We are having a “party” at the store!

Melissa Lopes


Thank you so much, Melissa, for allowing me share your words and story. What a wonderful idea to give the gift of thoughtfulness to others on our own birthdays or any day at all. It really doesn’t take a lot to share a bit of encouragement … a bit of ourselves … with others. You may never know the difference your random act of kindness makes in someone else’s life … but I am quite certain it always does!

Let God Grow Your Dream


From Holley Gerth:

Every dream starts small. It’s a seed that first sprouts in thoughts and conversations, quiet moments and glimpses of a vision, late-night prayers and early-morning hopes. It has to fight through the dirt and dark when believing is not yet seeing.

Then it finds its way to the daylight, throws itself toward the sky and audaciously dares to add more beauty than you ever saw coming. It becomes so strong and wild you can hardly imagine that it might not have been. All you can do is point and say with a bit of awe in your voice, “Look what God did.”

Only God knows … what unseen wonder a single seed, one little dream, can hold.

Roses in Bloom

Don’t be afraid to plant and pursue your dream!