given to God is time well spent...
God has a way of minimizing the workload and easing our burdens. That is
just the kind of God we serve. Many things seem to be undone each
day. There is always someone to call or a letter to write or a
connection I can make. I can lay my head on the pillow and regret the
list I didn't get to, or meditate on the amazing ways that the Lord
ordered my steps that day. Ending the day with a positive attitude
actually starts at the beginning. I am reminded each morning before
my feet touch the ground, that
I am His child before I am a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter,
friend, or ministry director. He is my Dad. I am His child. He gives
me the assignment. I prepare for the task. We must frequently
remember WHO we are serving each day. When a nasty, entitled voice at
the other end of the phone curses me for not paying their electric
bill, we remember that hurt people hurt people. We remind ourselves
that He is a big God. We cannot save the world but we can be
effective in our little corner of the world. When others forget to
come back and say, “Thank you” we remember to look back at those
we need to thank. Every moment is a lesson. Every day is a gift from
the Lord and every able hand He sends is gratefully received. Thank
you to all of the volunteers who multiply our time and through their
dedicated service increase our effectiveness in this ministry.
honor those who multiply our time by
offering able hands that serve!
One such reliable servant...
Linda Abell has served us for almost 20 years. She has multiplied our time on countless
occasions enabling us to complete projects with her expertise in many
areas. She describes herself as, "a jack of all trades and a master of none." We disagree as we have seen her excel in many areas. One of them is teaching childbirth education at the Pregnancy Care Center of Chandler. We have always done our best to network with other organizations in the valley, serving them and maintaining relationships to the best of our ability. She patiently invests in the women who come to this organization for help. Her preparations for teaching are always done with the utmost of care for her clients and her diligence is to be commended. She is also my chief proofreader among many other office responsibilities that need to be maintained here at the ministry. It helps to have another hand to ease the load and another eye for detail in this important area of our mission. She has recently taken on the task of administrator for our annual retreats. Retreat 2015 proved her expertise and skill in this area; it was the best ever with her direction and insight! She has also taken on the role of a counselor, mentor and teacher. She has been training in this area for several years and we have released her to work with some of the clients that come through our Community Outreach. She is always eager to learn and receive further equipping and has certified with the American Association of
Christian Counselors in Trauma and Abuse. Besides all of her assistance in
the ministry, my grandchildren and youngest daughter fondly know her as
We honor those whose faithful service increases our effectiveness in
the ministry. Linda is a treasure to us and in my heart she will always be "... a friend who sticks closer than a brother (sister)." (Proverbs 18:4)