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Inspiring reflection and Winter News from Walk Right In Ministries.
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“I have learned to kiss the wave
that throws me against the Rock of Ages.”

— Charles Spurgeon—

REFLECTION

When I was 9 years old, we rented a house on the southern shore of Lake Ontario for the summer while my dad was on a work assignment in Canada. Among my many treasured memories of that season, I often think about swimming with my sister and our friends off that rugged beach. There was so much to explore.
 
Thirty Mile Creek trickled right through our back yard offering wriggling smelt to watch and rock dams to build. About 100 yards off in one direction on the beach was an abandoned cement pump house where farmers gathered lake water for the surrounding orchards of peaches, pears and cherries. (Did I mention what an idyllic location this was, like right from the scenes of nostalgic movie?) Its roof provided a warm and flat spot for our beach towels — a private hideaway from parents for a picnic and giggles while sun tanning.
 
Just a few yards in the other direction about 50 feet off shore were the remains of an old shipping pier used in the early 1800s. Since the top of that pier lay just a few inches under the water’s surface, you couldn’t see it from the shore unless the waves were very high or the water was perfectly calm. In between high swells, the water dipped low enough to reveal just enough of that worn pier (or at least a ripple in the water) so we could spot our destination and swim out to it. Once we were in the water though, we had to swim blind — just feeling around with our arms and legs for that fun resting spot where we would sit and sometimes linger for hours. It could get exhausting treading water and trying to be the first one to find it. It was also a bit eerie to swim around not knowing the moment when your body would bump the slimy edge of that ancient (150-year-old), algae-covered relic. Among our favorite games to play out there was like a snowball fight. It involved pulling clumps of soft, mossy algae off the surface of the sunken old block of cement and tossing it each other. It would stick to your target’s skin quite nicely actually.
 
Despite the fierce competition, we had a common understanding. If one person always stayed on the pier, then we wouldn’t lose sight of it and everyone swimming in various directions would always know the quickest way back to our safe place. We’d take turns being that person who stayed close to our “moorings” but, make no mistake, it was very helpful to keep at least one person grounded on that foundation. If not for that, it could get exhausting (truth-be-told, even dangerous) trying to find it again, especially if the waters were rough.
 
What a fun reminder of good times and precious friends this is! And the spiritual metaphor is not missed on me today as I’ve been reminiscing on the heels of sharing this quote to Facebook a few days ago:
 
"One of the most encouraging examples of friendship in the Bible is
that of Saul's son Jonathan with David. On one occasion when David was in great trouble,
we read that Jonathan went to meet him 'and helped him to find strength in God' (1 Samuel 23:16).
Friends that do that for us are very precious."

(from Zeal without Burnout by Christopher Ash)
 
Christian friendship has often been an important place for me to find a “mooring” of sorts. Especially when the waves of adversity were rough in my life or when I was flailing around trying to find God in the deeps of my circumstances where the way to safety was hard to see. Throughout much of my life, I’ve been privileged to have friends who cheered me on and showed me the way back to the Foundation. Sometimes we hang out there together and other times one of us has to hold on tight and call out to the rest, “come this way!” Often, it’s just plain fun resting in that anchoring place with each other. Other times it’s hard work not getting knocked off by the waves or slimed by the craziness around us. But always there has been something so satisfying about clinging to our Rock and Refuge together.
 
Christian community is a beautiful thing. It’s an essential resource for staying grounded and safe in faith. It’s a fun place to grow and make new discoveries about the Rock, the foundation of our faith Jesus. Avoiding connection to others who are clinging to the Rock is dangerous. Treading water alone or trying to duck and hide under the waves to avoid getting slimed ultimately gets us in trouble.
 
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm,
for God can be trusted to keep his promise.
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another,
especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Hebrews 10:23-25
 
On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
Psalm 62:7-8

 
“Beware!” I sometimes remind myself.  Friendship, at times, has distracted me from God Himself and offered an illusion of security. To be sure, friends often sustain us but they can’t ultimately save us. Only the solid, reliable refuge of Jesus saves and satisfies us to the uttermost. I love swimming out in the deeps of life experiencing grand adventures together but we will all ultimately wear out without a dependable resting place. Let’s enjoy the full greatness of friendship as only possible within community that is moored to The Rock of Ages!
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RESOURCES

Looking for a fun book to read or need a solid resource related to a specific area of need? Our current featured recommendations:

Second Forgetting: Remembering the Power of the Gospel during Alzheimer's Disease by Dr. Benjamin T. Mast

The Life We Never Expected by Andrew and Rachel Wilson

Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic

 
WRIM also has a FREE Lending Library that includes more than 100 books and DVDs on a range of topics from parenting, marriage, disability ministry, caregiving, grief, Christian living, Christian fiction and more. Please contact us at info@walkrightin.org for a listing or to discuss how your interests fit with our offerings.
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COMING UP

February 21st 
Disability Ministry Connection 
Plymouth Covenant Church
Plymouth, MN
 
February 25th 
Special Moms Day Away 
Grace Church
Eden Prairie, MN
 
February 27th 
MOPS 
Vision of Glory Church
Plymouth, MN
 
March 24th and 25th
2017 Accessibility Summit 
Washington DC
 
March 21st
Disability Ministry Connection 
Eagle Brook Church
Centerville, MN
 
April 18th
Disability Ministry Connection 
Grace Church
Eden Prairie, MN
 
Saturday, February 25
This encouraging retreat is specifically for women who provide care for children or adults with special needs. WRIM is among the exhibitors sharing resources and we have scholarships available. Please share this opportunity with others!
Register Here
March 24-25th
Join families, caregivers, faith-based organizations, teachers and other professionals connected to the special needs community in Washington DC! Lisa and daughters Alex and Erin are presenting the "Parenting Special Siblings" workshop. 
Register Here

PRAY WITH US!

Thank you for praying with us and for us seeking God in these areas: 
Support for Struggling Friends — equip us to share effectively as many people reach out to WRIM for prayer, encouragement, help making connections and support to grow in their faith
Fruitful Events — prepare us to share truth, encouragement and inspiration at MOPS, Accessibility Summit, Jammin' Pie Fest 2017 and other upcoming ministry opportunities
Volunteers —provide ministry partners to meet administrative, communication and marketing needs as well as growth in our care ministry, national networks, DM Connection and annual Jammin' Pie Fest
Resource Development — keep our work on track with God's vision for new books and ministry tools

We're praising God for:
DM Connection Growth — awareness and connections are growing as many more churches want to become places of belonging to caregivers and people with special needs, mental health challenges, chronic health concerns and aging-related conditions; relationships and collaboration are developing among churches as well as between church leaders and service professionals 
More ways to connect with WRIM:
Our email address:
info@walkrightin.org
Walk Right In Ministries is a non-denominational public charity devoted to equipping people to grow and connect in Christ-centered community while discovering adventure in life's challenges. The organization focuses on education, advocacy and networking for people wanting to engage more meaningfully with God and His church, especially caregivers and families experiencing disability. WRIM provides community-building events and resources, consulting services and Bible-based teaching. The Finding Glory Group small group curriculum is used nationwide by church small groups, caregiver support groups, special needs parent groups and book clubs. In 2013, WRIM launched the Minnesota Disability Ministry Connection, a network of area church leaders who meet monthly to encourage, collaborate and stretch each other in outreach to people who have special needs.
 
 
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