The Pastor's Companion
The role of the Pastor's Companion is a vital part of the ministry. Each companion brings giftings into the calling of the parsonage home. I am grateful for each person, sacrifice and personality expressed in the lives of our pastor's companions. Thank you for the high honor to work along side of you in the ministry.
This page has been started with you in mind. I want to share with you, pray with you, encourage you, and even cry with you. Each week, I will place a devotion on here for you to read and contemplate the goodness of God. I will share resources and information through on-line sights, books, or other forms of media. Together we will grow in the Lord and draw closer to each other.
Currently, the times we are living in are unstable at best. We are all navigating through unchartered territory. I pray for you and your family daily. The first devotion centers around the feelings associated with the new normal that we are experiencing. You can read it on-line or print a copy to read later.
It is my prayer that this new avenue of connection will be a source of strength to you in your ministry. May God richly bless you.
Seek Peace and Pursue It
Every year at this time I usually think about making new year’s resolutions. For the past two years, I decided to just work hard at being a good person and loving the Lord and letting my life reflect His love. In the past, I have made resolutions to pray more, read the Bible more, eat better and exercise. I discovered that if I just commit to being a better version of me, I actually do all those things without having to make a new year’s resolution. I just ask the Lord daily to help me in my walk with Him.
However, this past year has brought me to a new resolution for 2021. Maybe it is not exactly a resolution, but a decision to look at life differently. I am waking up every morning and looking at my future and saying, “This is the first day to the rest of my life!”
As I view life this way, it helps me to put my mistakes and regrets behind me and look at life with hope. I cherish precious memories and look forward to making new ones. It produces hope and, as a result, produces peace. I have to make a conscious effort each morning to pursue that peace in my new day.
This new way of thinking caused me to reflect on the “firsts” in my life. I remember when I was a little girl and went to the zoo for the first time. I was in awe and wonder looking at all of the animals. I wanted to see everything and had a great desire to just get in there with them! Obviously, my parents wouldn’t let me get in the pen with the animals! My heart was so full of joy and wonder on my “first” visit to the zoo.
I also remember going to Disney the “first” time! There was so much to do and so much to see and it was like all the fairy tales had come to life!
On the day I started my first job, I was so nervous---but very excited about the possibilities and making new friends. I remember the day I got married, the day my children were born and our first puppy! It was those life-changing experiences that gave me joy about new adventures and possibilities.
I wanted to start out the new year of 2021 with that same feeling of wonder and expectancy. If I listen to the news, my future doesn’t sound very promising. If I focus on the pandemic, again, my future doesn’t sound very promising. However, I choose to wake up each morning with an expectant and hopeful heart of what the Lord has in store for me as I start “the first day of the rest of my life!”
As you start this new year, I want to encourage you with this verse as you meditate on the Lord: “Thou hast granted me life and favor, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.” Job 10:12 (KJV)
The Lord has granted you life and favor. He will preserve your spirit each new day, and He will visit you again as you begin the first day of the rest of your life. Seek peace and pursue it. Only God can give you that complete peace as you pursue him this new year of 2021.
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Minister Debbie Parton
Pastor's Wife &
Regional Prayer Coordinator
I am focusing today on Adoration Prayers. Adoration - deep love, respect, worship and honor. When you discover who God is, it causes you to fall in love with Him. Using the alphabet let’s start with A.
The Available God - Psa. 46:1
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
The Almighty God - Rev. 1:8
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
The God Who Answers Me - Psa. 120:1
“I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.”
The God Who is Our Advocate- I John 2:1
“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”
The Avenging God - Romans 12:19
“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[a] says the Lord.”
The Abba God - Gal. 4:6
“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’”
The Approachable God - Heb. 10:22
“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”
The Active God - Ex. 15:11
“Who among the gods is like you, Lord? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?”
The God Who is Aware - Psa. 34:15
“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;”
When we learn how to adore the Lord, we are saturated in His presence and filled with the word of the Lord. Suddenly all circumstances are seen through the perspective of who God is. This is a powerful weapon!
~Debbie Parton, Regional Prayer Coordinator
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by Karen Harper
Re-Opening Kid's Church and How to Navigate the "New Normal" with the new School Year
Miranda Harper is a 5th grade teacher at Parkwood Elementary in Clarksville, IN. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in Psychology and Counseling from Ball State University. She has worked in children’s and worship ministry for nearly 15 years. Miranda has been involved in planning and directing Vacation Bible School, summer camps, conferences, and various children’s ministry events. She is married to Stetson Harper and currently lives in Jeffersonville, IN.
Migrating Your Child back into the School System
by Miranda Harper
Jennifer Roarke has a passion and calling for teaching, ministering, and growing the Kingdom of God. She answered her calling to full-time children's ministry, along side her husband, Derek, beginning in 2015 in North Carolina. Being a Kentucky native, they returned to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where they currently serve as Kentucky State Children's Ministry Directors, as well as Children's pastors in their local church. Derek and Jennifer have two young children, Harper and Hadley, who have inspired them to dig deeper to find creative ways to reach every child to share the Message of God's love.