The Power of Positivity
I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.How often do I need the help of my relationship with God to remind me to look to God for the positive thoughts? Every time I find myself spiraling down, I’m learning to “lift up my eyes” sooner rather than later. In the midst of my negative thoughts I pull myself back and begin to pray that God will use me in the work I have to do. As maturing Christian disciples this odd little human tendency becomes an opportunity to see how God wired us to rely on our relationship with God. So often, when our lives are going along just fine we drift away from that closeness with God that we are supposed to desire. But the drift itself is meant to pull us close! What a marvelous way to think of how God designed us with a tendency that we can use to pay attention to God’s work within us.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face; And the things of earth will grow strangely dim In the light of His glory and grace.
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.