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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 11, 2011 - A Tribute to My Mom

By Doug Clay

Abraham Lincoln once said, “No one is poor who had a godly mother!” If that’s true then I may be one of the richest men in the world.

My Mom spent 55 years in full-time faithful ministry to Bethany Assembly of God in Adrian, Mich. She has been “officially” retired for about 5 years; however, she is busier than ever.

For the first 21 years she stood beside my dad as a pastor’s wife, as well as leading the music department, youth department and the young married ministry. In 1972, at the age of 41, she suddenly found herself as widow and single mom of three kids (ages 9, 16 and 18). [Read an interview with Audrey Clay in the 2011 Mother’s Day Edition.]

But God in His providence and faithfulness allowed Mom to serve the next 34 years at Bethany, carrying out the dream that God had given to her and Dad. She did it all — from music to pastoral care, guidance counseling to teaching. Mom poured her life into making Bethany a healthy church.

She has always accepted change and looks for ways to better herself. Her first love in ministry is music. At the age of 70, she taught herself to play the violin so she could be in the orchestra.

As I have watched my mom transition into these later years of life, it is amazing to see that ...

• Her relationship with the Lord is fresh.
She models that walking with Jesus really does get “sweeter and sweeter as the days go by.”

Her outlook on life is positive.
She is the poster child for the “Purpose Driven Life.” Long before Rick Warren wrote about it, she was living it.

Her ministry isn't tied to a paycheck.
She admits that her biggest struggle in retirement is time management. She exclaims, “I’ve got so much to do (ministry related), I don’t have time to do it all!”

Her perspective on change is healthy.
She answers the question about change and dealing with change: “Change is a must! If you don’t change, you’ll die.”

Her love for her family is priceless.
Just ask her sometime about kids or grandchildren. She demonstrates her love too!

I really do feel sorry for whoever has to stand behind her on the day the Lord passes out the eternal rewards. “Her children rise up and call her blessed” (Proverbs 31:28, NKJV).

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.

 

 

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