Honoring Dr. Jim Turner And Thanking God

June is here. It's time to celebrate. Join me as I honor my husband, Dr. Jim Turner, for his many contributions to our community and to my personal health, well-being and future. "Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness." Psalm 11:1

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Unqualified and Under-gifted

If you are presented with new opportunities, do you feel inadequate or weak? Are you afraid of failure? Do you feel unqualified? Under-gifted? Out of your comfort zone? I can relate. Several years ago, I found out about a bunch of high school kids that were close to getting kicked out of school for good. The academic dean asked me for help. I didn’t feel I had the ability to put together such a thing; I thought I was far from qualified. “God, not me" I argued, "I have a new job, I am busy, I am a cancer survivor, I have limited energy and time.” I didn’t know how to create a truant program at a local public high school.

I remembered what God brought me out of, once a rebellious and promiscuous teenager, chain-smoker, alcoholic, drug addict and drug dealer who cut class all but 5 days my junior year of high school. God reminded me – I knew what these kids were going through.

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Have you grown weary in praying for a person in a difficult situation that seems to remain unchanged? Here's hope from Passion: "Remember"! [Tweet "Celebrate Worship Wednesday with @SGiesbrecht and @passion268's Remember:"]…

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I’ve Got to Remember

I’ve got remember to tell Paul, I thought. My daughter-in-law Megan’s face glowed, was great with child, in her last trimester. I listened intently as she excitedly explained the preparations for the baby’s birth. And then it dawned on me, oh yeah, Paul isn’t here; he’s in heaven with Jesus. October 17, 2009 was the day Paul was promoted to heaven, the day everything changed.

Today would have been Pastor Paul's 59th birthday. How will I remember his life on this, another one of his birthdays? It's the anniversary of the birth of Pastor Paul Giesbrecht. I’ve decided to spend the rest of my life remembering.

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