Does God Ever Sleep?

By Biscuit Gilmer, Trinity Mascot

Biscuit Gilmer - always ready for a walk and to answer your questions.
Biscuit Gilmer – always ready for a walk and to answer your questions.

Hi, kids of Trinity! I hope your summer is going well. I’ve enjoyed taking a lot of naps this summer. In fact, I just woke up from one! Naps are great because they let me take a little break and get ready for the rest of the day. One question I’ve been asked is if God ever naps or sleeps.

I’m glad you asked! Unlike us, God does not have a physical body. God doesn’t have arms or legs, teeth or hair. Because God isn’t a human or animal, God doesn’t need to get any sleep. It’s important for us to get a lot of sleep at night, and some of us need naps, too! But, not God. That’s a good thing, because God is always busy watching over us—every minute of every day of our lives, God is with us.

Grab your Bible and turn to Genesis, that’s at the beginning of the Bible. This is the story of how God created our world. Look at Genesis 2:3. It says God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy (we’ll talk about that soon), because it was the day when he rested from his work of creation. That doesn’t mean God rested because of being tired. It means God chose to rest. It can also mean God chose to stop doing what He was doing—God was finished creating our world. Now look in your Bible at Psalm 121:1-4. Verse four says God never sleeps. There you go! That’s the answer to the question about God sleeping. No sleep needed for our awesome God. But, not us. We need sleep to stay healthy. Now, if you’ll excuse me. I… yawn… feel another nap coming on.

Until next time, remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!

Biscuit

 

A New Year(ning)

CRISP-ANDREW-113by Amy Crisp, Minister of Education

The beginning of a new year calls us to reexamine our lives. What is working? What isn’t cutting it anymore? Am I the person that I want to be?

These questions lead to new resolutions. I am going to lose weight. I will cross some things off my bucket list. (Skydiving, anyone?) I will finally read the books that have been sitting in a pile on my nightstand. I will spend more time with my family.

As John Wesley would say, we are always “going on toward perfection.” But he wasn’t talking about our physical selves. He was referring to our relationships – with God and with each other.

So what would New Year’s resolutions look like from the church, or from anyone who claims the name “Christian”?

 

1. Pray more. Your relationship with God is exactly that: a relationship. Relationships require communication. One of the ways of speaking to God is through prayer. Not only does communicating with God strengthen your personal relationship with God, but praying for others also strengthens your relationships with other people.

2. Invest in your spiritual gifts. Are you a teacher? A preacher? Full of wisdom? A powerful prayer warrior? We all are blessed with spiritual gifts which God calls us to use to build up the body of Christ. Working together, with all of the gifts and their various expressions, is how we do the work of the church. So what are you passionate about? What are your gifts? And how can you use them to reach out to others in the love of God?

3. Care for yourself spiritually. Your faith is important. Are you taking the time to worship and study God’s word? Are you seeking after God in ways that nourish and rejuvenate you? At Trinity UMC, we have classes and worship services available to feed your spiritual life.

4. Build community. The church is all about community. Each of us has been created in the image of God. It is only in the presence of one another that we begin to see more clearly who God is and discover who we are as God’s children. In community, we lift each other up, hold each other accountable, and love one another as God has called us to do.

 

As we usher in a new year, I pray that we also usher in new yearnings to be in relationship with God and one another. May we continue to grow in discipleship and in love for one another.

 

Missions, January 2014

by Dan Moore

Heart to Heart Christmas Gifts – Thank You!

photo       Thanks to thirty Trinity members and friends, we provided $3100 to Heart to Heart Children’s Village which was used to purchase many Christmas gifts and festival food for the kids’ holiday. On behalf of the ninety children, thanks Trinity! http://h2hcv.org/

 

Missions Sunday

We will be celebrating Trinity’s international missions’ ministry at both worship services on January 5. Please make plans to join us for a special video treat as well as personal witness and testimony of God’s work among us.

 

Trinity is Returning to Honduras in March

photo 2We will be traveling to The Leadership Center (TLC) to work with 24 wonderful young women who are seeking to better their future. Are you ready to join us?

TLC’s ministry seeks to empower the next generation of Honduran leaders to deliver their country out of cyclical poverty by educating motivated high school graduates. Program focus is ethical leadership and entrepreneurial business skills. http://leadershipmissioninternational.org/

This mission trip to Honduras could really change your life. It will be a wonderful, rewarding experience that will seriously impact your faith journey. We will work with the young women on the coffee farm and in the classroom. We will be in continuous fellowship with the students and their teachers. We will show God’s love to those we seek to serve and in that process we will be blessed in more ways than we can describe.

We plan to be in Honduras about 10-12 days in mid-March. The TLC campus setting is very rural, and rustic, but comfortable. If you would like to learn more or consider joining this team contact Dan or Chris Moore soon. (703-893-0054 or christinecmoore@gmail.com)

 

Ask Biscuit

by Biscuit Gilmer, Trinity Church Mascot

Hi, kids of Trinity!

Biscuit staff photo I hope your Christmas was wonderful. I got some special dog biscuits and a new toy, so I’m happy. (I know that’s not the real meaning of Christmas. It’s Jesus!)

I wanted to share one of the questions I’ve received. This one is from Zachary. He writes, “I’ve been hearing a lot about prayer at home and the importance of talking to God. When do you talk to God?” Thanks for asking, Zach!

Talking to God is important. That’s what prayer is – it’s just talking to God! God wants us to share our happiness, our fears and our needs. Even though God already knows what’s on our hearts, we should always go to God in prayer. The cool part is that God is always ready to listen and help us.

As for Zachary’s question about when I talk to God, I like to talk to God when I’m on long walks with my family. God made the earth and the sky, the trees and the birds. (I like chasing the squirrels God made, too.) Going for walks makes for good God-talking time.

If you have a question for me, just go to bit.ly/askbiscuit.

Remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!

Biscuit paws