This past winter, we got some snow and ice storms in Georgia.  Probably the most we have seen here in a few years.  Along with the pretty snow came some power outages.  Our power was out for about 2 days.  Not so much fun. It’s amazing how much we use for power.   However, the power outage opened up opportunities for more family time.  We talked more, we went outside more, and we actually made a fun home movie using the iMovies app on our iPad.  Fun times!

I think that a lot of times those of us who work in ministry get our power turned off.   You know how it is…we get busy.  Programs, events, retreats, crafts, supplies, emails, finding volunteers, meetings, and so much more.  We get so busy ministering to others that we lose our true focus.  We go and go and go and go that eventually we get tired and our power shuts off.  We can’t go any more.

What will it take for our power to come back on?   We all should do the following things:

1.  Worship  
Plain and simple.  Just worship.  Go to a service.  Listen to praise music in a quiet place.  Do what God created you to do.  Worship him.

2.  Spend time in the Word    
Want to feel re-charged?  Go to the Bible and read it.  It’s the Word of God.  He talks to us on each page.  We just have to be still and listen.

3.  Attend a Bible Study
I know what you are thinking.  You are already at the church so much, so why would you want to attend a Bible study?  I began taking a Bible Study in January at our church and I absolutely love it!  It has refreshed me and re-charged me. Find a Bible study in your church where you can go and just participate.  You will be amazed at how much God speaks to you through it.

4.  Pray without ceasing
Talk with God all the time.  In every thing you do, praise Him.  Go to God with your problems and concerns.  But, remember to stop and be still before God.  Just listen.  We will hear him through the silence.

Don’t let your power go out.  Don’t lose your passion for ministry and serving God.  Remember to stay charged and not lose focus on our mighty God.

How else do you keep your power on?

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Vanessa Myers is the Children’s Director at Dahlonega United Methodist Church in Dahlonega, GA. She holds a Masters in Church Ministries from Duke Divinity School and is professionally certified in Christian Education through the United Methodist Church. Vanessa loves to write and share her experiences in children's ministry on her blog, KidMin Days. She is married to Andrew and they have two daughters.

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