Update on My Summer and New Faithful Friday Series

This post is to let those who regularly follow my blog some things that have happened over the summer and some great things to come.

My Busy Summer

When I was a kid (ages ago), my first assignment given by the teacher after I returned to school was to write a paper about what I did this summer. I don’t know if teachers still do that, but I thought I’d let you know about my incredibly busy summer.

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My husband and I have always wanted to go to Alaska. We finally were able to manage it this May. We booked the tickets on an Alaskan Cruise and made all our plans to go. We thought things were all set. Then disaster struck.

I tore my rotator cuff about a year ago. Since then, I had been taking anti-inflammatory medication to help it heal so I could try to avoid surgery. Well, three weeks before the trip, I didn’t feel well. By afternoon, I felt better, so I attended Wednesday night church. During church, I started feeling worse, so I left the service and went to the Ladies Room. I was in a lot of pain, and by the time I realized I was in trouble, I couldn’t get up to go back into the service to get my husband. So I sprawled on the bathroom floor until church ended and he found me. To make a long story short, the paramedics came and transported me to the hospital. I was in there for five days with a serious case of pancreatitis. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s very painful and can cause death if not treated. The doctors were wonderful and said I should be good to go on my trip. They decided the cause was all the anti-inflammatories and said my doctor should fix my shoulder. So surgery was set the Wednesday after I got back from Alaska.

The Alaskan Cruise was wonderful. My husband and I got to see eagles, whales, sea lions, and porcupines in the wild. No, we didn’t see a bear. The glaciers were breathtaking in the same way Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon are breathtaking. They were beyond description. I’ve posted a few of the pictures.

After getting back, I had my shoulder surgery. Shoulder surgery doesn’t hurt as much as pancreatitis, but it does hurt. And it takes months to heal. The first month, I was in a sling. Then came the physical therapy which I’ve just finished. I’m doing better, but the doctor says it could take up to a year before I feel completely normal, whatever that is.

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Now’s when it gets fun. Even though I had health problems, I still had a full summer schedule for Revival Fire for Kids. I did take June off while I was in the sling and couldn’t use my arm, but one week after I got out of that horrible sling, I was in Tennessee doing a kid’s crusade and singing Put Your Hands Up. I know. I’m crazy.

After that, I did church camp in Zanesville where God moved in a great way. Then there was another kid’s crusade in London, Ohio. I also helped my daughter, a children’s pastor in Massillon, Ohio, with her VBS. It was worth it though. Not only did it speed up the healing of my shoulder because I had to use it, 13 children were saved and 13 were baptized in the Holy Spirit. That doesn’t even include my daughter’s church.

Summer is over now, and I can’t say I’m sorry. Even with all the chaos, I did enjoy some of it, and I learned a lot about trusting God. I’m ready for a new season, Fall, and a new beginning.

Future Plans

I won’t be doing any traveling this fall or winter season or going to any conferences for about a year. Instead, I’ve decided I need time to recover and take care of myself.

During my “time off”, I’m working on an entire year’s curriculum on the basics of Christianity. It will be complete with great music and video clips to enhance it. It will be downloadable or available on DVD and CD-Rom to make it easy to copy for multiple workers and to keep the cost down. It will be available in a discounted One Year package, or you’ll be able to purchase separate modules 4-8 weeks long. The first module will be called The Road and will include lessons from the Roman’s Road. I hope to get the entire curriculum done within one year, but the first module should be ready by early Spring.

I also have some exciting updates in my online store coming soon and some awesome sales available only to those on my newsletter list. So if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, do so now. I only send emails out occasionally, so you don’t have to worry about me blowing up your inbox.

I will start my traveling back up in the Spring, so if you’d like to book a kid’s crusade, teacher training, consultation, now’s the time to contact me.

Now that my busy summer is over, I’ll work at being more consistent in blogging. I love sharing with other children’s ministers what I have learned over the years. I also have improved my Revival Fire for Kids Facebook page, so be sure to like it.

Faithful Friday and Blogging

That brings me to my new feature: Faithful Friday. Every Friday, I will be honoring a faithful children’s minister both on Facebook and on my blog. If you would like to nominate anyone for this feature, contact me at revivalfire4kids {at} att {dot} net.

If you have any ideas of what you would like to see on my blog, just leave a comment. On second thought, leave a comment anyway, and tell me about your summer.

2 responses to “Update on My Summer and New Faithful Friday Series

  1. Isn’t it great God is good all the time and faithful all the time, in good times and in bad! Keep up the good work.

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