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Don’t Fret

Psalm 37:1

What in the world does “fret” mean? Here is a little word that doesn’t have any positive definitions. It means “to worry, to be discontent, to have something be eaten away by something else.” It means, “to torment or irritate or upset someone or yourself.” So when the Bible says not to “fret” it means “quit worrying about it.” That’s not always easy to do, is it?

Here’s another little word with a negative definition: Envy. Envy is a kind of jealousy. The dictionary defines it as the “resentful or unhappy feeling of wanting somebody else’s success, good fortune, qualities, or possessions.” We can envy someone else’s clothes, their looks, their friendships, their talents, or their achievements. For example, when a friend does well on an exam, instead of being happy for her, you feel jealous and you wish it could have been you instead. That’s envy.

The Bible says that we shouldn’t fret about or envy the apparent success of people who do wrong. Do you know someone who got rewarded for cheating? How did it make you feel? Did you fret and feel envious? Unfortunately, fretting and envy don’t change the situation, but they do make us miserable. That’s why the Bible says not to fret or envy. And although people who cheat to get ahead appear to be getting away with it, they’re losers in the long run.

Dear Lord, I admit I have both fretted and been envious. Please help me to be content with doing honest work and to trust you with the rest. Amen.

You Are Worth More than Flowers

Matthew 6:30–33, The Message

Have you ever wandered deep into the woods and found a beautiful flower blooming there? Ever wondered who, besides you, will ever see that beautiful flower? Jesus talked about that. He said that God gives a flower so much beauty and detail and then he may put it in a place where no one ever sees it. Why? It is because God makes everything perfect whether or not anyone notices. Everything he makes has a purpose. You have a purpose. And he didn’t make any mistakes when he made you. Even if you sometimes feel like you are hidden in the woods where no one notices you, God has a purpose for your life.

Because you are his child, God will take care of all your needs. Jesus told the people of his time to stop worrying about everything. He told them that God knew they needed certain things to live. He said that if God dressed the flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, God will certainly take care of his children—that includes you—who are much more important to him than flowers.

If you can understand that God loves you and wants to take care of you, life will be a lot easier. God knows what you need. God knows what your family needs. Count on the fact that God knows, and trust him.

Dear Lord, I know you love me and that you care about my needs. Help me to trust you to take care of me and my family. Amen.

Worshipping from Home

With our worship service being cancelled for today, you can still participate from home by following St. Paul Lutheran Church Olean on Facebook.  Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/stpaulolean

Today’s bulletin highlights for this First Sunday in Lent:

Our Christian sympathy to the family of Jeanne Heller who passed away Thursday. Her memorial service will be held at a later date.

The Women of the ELCA General Meeting will be held next Sunday after worship services.

A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board for Lenten refreshments. Instead of assigning groups this year to serve refreshments after Lenten services, you can provide them for a date that is convenient for you!

The German Dinner is next Sunday following worship services!

Reading for the Prize – Sunday School students still have the opportunity to read a book from the church library or a portion of your Bible, attend Sunday school and tell your teacher and classmates about what you read! Then, choose a prize from the basket.  This event will run from February 1-March 1.

Though the weather outside is frightful, the Y is so delightful! Sign up and go, sign up and go, sign up and go – to the Congregational Lick-Awa”Y” at the Southeastern Indiana YMCA in Batesville on February 28 from 5:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. We will swim, walk, play, eat, enjoy each other’s company, and forget about the frigid temperatures for a few hours. See the newsletter and the poster in the educational building or contact Teresa Lawrence for more information!

W.O.W. Outing – Mark your calendars and sign up for a return trip to Derby Dinner Playhouse on Thursday, August 20, to see the final installment of Church Basement Ladies. Reserve your ticket soon!

Prayer List:  Harold Stegemoller, Brian Evans, Bill Westmeier, John Bunselmeier, Donetta Benham, June Hurelbrink, Patsy Ralston, Leonard Rohls, Merrell Webster, Dorothy West, Ethel Stegemoller, Esther Boyles, Andy Grossman, Mary Sue Thompson, Rich Apuzzo, Joyce Mercier, Barbara Boggs, Polly ‘Fox’ Kellerman, Camille Evans, Erich Schaefer, Derek Bair, Koltyn Huntington, Steve Laswell, Mary Schwanholt Dickerson, Lori Helton Welker, Roberta Benham, Earl Laker, Dottie Halcomb, Gavin Frey, Gene Mockbee, Ruth Booster, Karen Philip, Kasey McAdams, Alice Bruns, Helen Carter, Judy Lengerich, Cathy Salyer, Julie Harrington and all of our friends who are in need of healing. We also pray for those serving our country in the military: Jacob Menchhofer, Whit Wright, Matthew Tinker, Isaac Everage, Mathew Vogel, Tim Cassidy, Adam Thieman, Jessica Belt, Logan Hudson, Tyler Hudson, and James Bardine, and Travis Cornelius.

Take a Deep Breath

Matthew 14:13

Musicians know that a song isn’t merely a series of notes. Deliberate beats of silence, called rests, make up the melody as well. Blending notes with rests, the musician creates a unique composition of harmony, melody, and depth.

As we go through our unique life, sometimes we are actively “playing notes” and sometimes we are obligated to take rests. Consider the times when we don’t get to do what we want, but instead have to take a break. God is still with us. Even unexpected disappointments are part of his plan. Just like rests in a song, they have a purpose. If we’re sidelined by a coach, we can accept the rest with the attitude that we will be ready when we’re called on again. If we miss a field trip because of the flu, we can still appreciate the quiet time that our body requires to get healthy again. If you are forced to rest, don’t let a bad attitude get in the way of the future notes you are to play.

Dear Lord, Even though I know you measure out the rests and the notes, I am still disappointed when I can’t participate where I want. Please help me get through it so that I will be ready when I can. Amen.

When Life Gets Tough – Hang On!

Mark 4:37

Storms are scary. They are destructive and they can threaten life. When a huge hurricane named Katrina swept ashore in New Orleans, it just about ruined the city. Jesus’ disciples knew all about storms, so when they got caught in a furious squall on the Sea of Galilee, they were sure they were about to die. They expected their boat to be demolished by the storm. Jesus was asleep in their boat, so they woke him up and asked him to save them. And that’s what Jesus did. He spoke to the storm and told it to be quiet.

Tough times come to everyone. Sometimes someone we love gets sick. Sometimes a friend betrays us. Sometimes there are real storms like hurricane Katrina. There are lots of scary things that can happen, but just like the disciples, we have Jesus in the boat of our life. We just have to call out to him. He will help us find a way through the worst problems we could ever have.

Dear Lord, Thank you for being there through the good times as well as the bad. I know that with your help I can overcome anything that comes into my life. Help me trust you more. Amen.

Happy Just to Be … Myself

Philippians 4:11

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to compare yourself to others? Even if we know better, we look at someone else and think he or she has it better. How many times have you thought: If only I had the right hair or clothes or shape … If only I were taller or faster or bolder or funnier …

There’s an old story of a king who went to his garden and found everything withered and dying. He asked the oak tree what was wrong. The oak tree said it was sick of living because it was not as tall and beautiful as the pine tree. The pine was dropping needles because it couldn’t grow grapes like the grapevine. And the grapevine let itself shrivel up because it couldn’t stand straight and tall like the peach tree. Every plant in the garden was discontented and wanted to be something different, except the violet. There it stood with its happy face turned toward the sun. The king asked the little flower why it was so happy and content when every other plant in the garden was so miserable. “Well,” said the flower, “I figured that if you had wanted a big oak tree or a pine tree or a peach tree in my spot, you would have planted one; but you planted me—a violet. Since I knew you wanted a violet, I’ve made up my mind to be the best little violet I can be.”

You were made by the almighty Creator with a purpose in mind. Wishing to be anything other than who you are does nothing more than steal your time, energy, and joy. But when you see yourself how God does, you realize how great you really are. So you can stop concentrating on other people and instead focus on your own blessings. Only then will you find you are ready for all the plans and adventures God has for you.

Dear Lord, Help me stop comparing myself to other people and worrying about the things I think I lack. Thank you for all of the gifts you have given me. Show me how I can best use them for your glory. Amen.

Reminder: Children’s Christmas Program Practice

Reminder to all parents that practice for the Children’s Christmas Program will be held after church on Sunday.  Jennifer Miller and Connie Hunger are requesting that parents work with their children to learn “Away in a Manger”.  A recording of this song is included in this post just in case you need a little help! Just click on the arrow on the black bar above!

Streams in the Desert for Kids … of all Ages

In God’s Time

Genesis 21:2

Did you ever notice that God doesn’t seem to be in a hurry? Often it seems as if he waits until the last moment to answer our prayers. God had promised Abraham that he would make a great nation out of him, but Abraham had no children. How was he to become a great nation if he had no son? It was thirty years from the time God first promised Abraham a son until he held his little boy, Isaac. Later, Isaac’s son Jacob had twelve sons, and the children started multiplying. After many years they formed a nation—the nation of Israel.

What is your family praying about? Is there something you’ve waited and waited for? Don’t give up. Keep praying, and God will answer in his time, which is always perfect.

When Isaac was finally born, there was much happiness in Abraham and Sarah’s house. God’s promise was worth the wait. And it will be for you too. When Jesus finally answers your prayer, you’ll be smiling.

Dear Lord, I’m looking forward to that happy day when you answer my prayer. Amen.

Streams in the Desert for Kids … of All Ages

Every Single Thing

Mark 9:23

Everything? Wow! That’s some promise, Jesus! The promise was given when a man brought his son to Jesus. The boy had an evil spirit living inside him. It made the boy do strange and sometimes dangerous things. The father said to Jesus, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” That’s when Jesus answered with a question, “‘If you can’?” and then said, “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

So what do you want from Jesus? Would it be good to pray for something then add, “If it is your will”? That’s the hard part of knowing how to pray—are we praying the way God wants us to pray?

Understanding that Jesus can do everything is easy because God’s Word says it is true. But that doesn’t mean God will automatically do everything you ask. Even though he can, he may delay an answer—or do something else—to develop your faith. For example, God told Joseph that Joseph would rule in Egypt one day. But many years passed before God put Joseph on a throne. During that time, God tried Joseph’s soul but developed his faith.

The challenge for us is to believe God’s Word that says he can do anything, but then trust that if he doesn’t do what we ask, he is up to something else for our good.

Dear Lord, I believe it. You are the one who can do everything. I trust you and whatever answers you give me. Amen.

Don’t Forget – Cherub and Junior Choir Practice! Wednesday night, 6:30 p.m.!

Cherub and Junior Choirs will sing “Pumpkin Patch” at Church Service on Sunday, October 26.  We’d love to see all your smiling faces at practice on Wednesday night!!!