Last month I mentioned how it would be a great idea to do something kind for someone who is going through the journey of breast cancer, or any type of cancer. Those words, "You have cancer" as was proven through the sharing of several women last month, is an overwhelming experience where the need for family and friends is paramount during their surgeries and treatments...and long afterwards. This month I am encouraging all my readers to find a place of service for those less fortunate during Thanksgiving. Possibly assist in a soup kitchen or if all those spots are filled find a shelter or restaurant that is treating those who do not have a place to go and volunteer to serve. Possibly they will need additional side dishes, desserts or other food items in feeding the numerous people who will come through their doors on Thanksgiving Day. If you live in the South Hills of Pittsburgh we have a great diner called Mom & Pop's that opens their doors to anyone who doesn't have a place to share Thanksgiving. It doesn't cost a dime and is one of the most generous outreaches I've seen in a while (in additional to soup kitchens). They are requesting desserts and I plan to contribute the day before Thanksgiving since we will be spending the day at our daughter's. If we were going to be in Pittsburgh, I'd be a server! There are countless opportunities to serve others this time of year. If you don't know of a restaurant or a shelter near you, just extend the invitation through your church or community. I'm sure you will fill the places at your table in no time! "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6
This particular section of the website has remained in tact for quite some time. It tells of my experience when I came to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Although I've often wondered if I should remove it or rewrite the context, I simply stop and realize there isn't anything different to write about how it happened! I love Jesus and I'm so honored to be able to teach and minister to others in anyway that I can. May God continue to use my "grape juice story" for others to see how simple it is to receive the free gift of salvation from the Master's Hand!
It all started with grape juice.....
If you want to know about a particular ministry it is probably good to know about the person who has become the founder. It is my pleasure to give you a little insight into who I am and why there is a ministry by the name of The Sounding Board Teaching Ministries. I was born and raised in a small rural community in Lynchburg, Virginia. If you are familiar with Liberty University you are aware that my small rural community has grown exponentially over the past years. In fact, when I visit I have a difficult time finding my way because of its growth. However, it was a small, close community when I was growing up. I attended Flat Creek Baptist Church, the home church of both sets of grandparents. Now how many of us get to raise our children in that spirit of family today? At the age of seven, I remember helping my paternal grandmother after services gather up all the communion cups from the backs of the pews. My granddad was a deacon and the wives took turns fixing communion. As I was very hungry around the noon hour, I began to ask what could I do to participate in having communion. All I remember was being told I needed to join the church. Well, the next Sunday I walked up front and told the pastor I wanted to join the church. I simply don't remember being told that I needed to give my heart to Jesus. However, I joined the church and was baptized. Fast forward to the age of 21. I was taking a class to learn how to witness to others about Jesus. We were given the Four Spiritual Laws booklet to use as our tool. I clearly remember reading through the booklet and thinking to myself, "I've never prayed a prayer like this one." "Did I really ask Jesus to forgive me of my sins and come into my heart?" After being a long-time member and teaching in the elementary grades on Sunday mornings, I was a little embarrassed about this sudden revelation. I immediately inquired my dad's opinion. He stated that I needed to get it straight with the Lord and it didn't matter what folks thought. So I talked with the pastor of the church we were attending and I went through "Believer's Baptism". This time I knew what I was doing and why. Have I needed God's forgiveness along my journey? Absolutely, but He is always there to forgive my mistakes and give me a clean slate of opportunities. Educationally, I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and used that degree in private school settings. But God etched into my heart a love to teach the Bible. That has been my greatest joy and continues to be as the opportunity arises. The Sounding Board Teaching Ministries, begun in 2009, was a name given to me by God. At first I thought it might develop into a counseling ministry for women, but was soon led to use the concept of a sounding board as a reflection of God's lessons as He opens platforms of His choosing for me to share. One of my favorite Bible verses is found inPsalms 19:14; "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." Please contact us if you have questions regarding the ministry! God Bless!