Pastor Lucy Paynter
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Presence versus Presents

The best gift of this holiday season is to spend time with the one you love.  I know we all go an extra mile this season and use money to buy gifts but nothing beats spending quality time with those dear ones.

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My Love

My childhood memories of this holiday season entails more of the things we did together as a family not necessarily the gifts I got. The tradition or let me call it the family norm of Maina’s Family was to receive a new outfit every Christmas. There was no feigning surprise or checking under a tree, to see if Santa brought you something.  We knew the truth,  Mum and Dad went shopping on Christmas eve and got the six of us what would be our next Sunday best for a whole year. Considering,  the weight of matter, the choice was not easily made and so they would spend hours shopping.  Looking back at how precise and accurate they were, I feel greatly indebted to them. On Christmas morning we would all dress up and attend the Christmas service.  I  loved Christmas service because it was the only service in a year we got driven to church as a family.  All the other sundays we got up and walked to church for either Sunday school or those teens service and mum and Dad would drive to church later for second service with the baby. But Christmas Service was no separation it was a family service.

Now you know why at Glorious Power Church we do not hold sunday school or Tweens and Teens on Sundays but on Saturdays, so that no child will feel what we felt on Sundays. To me Sundays are family Days.

From the service things just got better,  mum and dad allowed us to participate in the cooking and Christmas was always the day we ate more than we needed. From the era of record player to cassette player music and dance always crowned the day.

To the Maina’s Family it was not about the gifts it was always about having time together as a family.  Last year I  shared with you a tradition that mum introduced later on when God continued to bless us.

https://pastorlucypaynter.com/2019/12/25/christmas-traditions/

We learn from our parents mostly through observation and just like the other tradition we borrowed, we can borrow this one too.

During my years of youth and Teens ministry, the words used as the title of this article have been said more times as a form of a complaint. As a parent I understand we may not be able to be there 24/7 for the children but just like my parents did we can create special memories where they have our undivided attention.

As we give gifts let’s add time to the receiver. The gift of time is not only wonderful to children but to all people, your spouse, your friends, relatives, neighbors.

Merry Christmas and Remember to give not only gifts but Time.

Merry Christmas
Thank You

Am taking this opportunity to thank everyone who has partcipated in the successful launch of Perfected Praise Purview book. May almighty God exceedingly bless you. Our God is to be praised at all times!
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I cannot thank you enough for your continued support towards this work, may almighty God bless you and fill your mouths with praise.
Shalom
Pastor Lucy Paynter.

Birthday Traditions

Today is my Birthday! Yeah! I was born on 10th March. I won’t tell you the year but feel free to guess. People acknowledge their birthdays in diverse ways. Some throw parties, others treat themselves or a treated to something nice and affordable. While others literally forget their birthday. No matter how you handle your birthday it is an important day. It marks your grand entrance into the world.

In our family, my parents made a big fuss on our birthdays until one reached ten years old. Being the second born in a family of six siblings, I got to celebrate more of their birthdays than they celebrated mine. For instance by the time I was ten years old our last born was almost three years.

Eventually, the only birthday we all celebrated was our youngest brother.

For the Last fifteen years, I have developed a personal birthday tradition which marks the entrance of a new year. I may not share the in and outs of that tradition, but just know that part of it involves praying specific prayers over my life.

Part of this specific prayer was derived from the need to be successful in fulfilling all my God given assignments.

My main purpose of sharing this with you is that you will join me in prayer. As you pray for me please remember to pray for yourself too.

In this day and age we all need wisdom.

Wisdom
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
  For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.
Proverbs 9:10‭-‬11 NIV

As I celebrate another year, I have specifically asked God to increase wisdom in me.

There is a promise of added years through wisdom.

Wisdom to deal with all areas and aspects of my life.


My family, my friends, my foes, I need wisdom.


My purposes, my plans, my pursuits, I need wisdom.


My character, my charisma, my concerns, I need wisdom.

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
James 3:17 NIV

The wisdom I desire is not to show off-: how wise I am. But this one from heaven that is;

pure,

peace-loving,

considerate,

submissive,

full of mercy,

good fruit,

impartial

Sincere.

Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
Psalms 51:6 NIV

In that secret place may I tarry and abide. Yearning and longing to learn from you. In that secret place may you teach me wisdom. Amen.

Happy Birthday To me.
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