WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE……

March 2021

Think back with me (for most of us) many years ago. Most of us, in our childhood years envisioned something we wanted to be “when we grow up” ……. a dancer, a firefighter, a teacher, a police officer, a mother with a house full of children…. well maybe a few children, a preacher, a singer, or even a movie star. When I was 4 years old, I was riding in the car with my Dad. I turned to him and said, Daddy I want to be a preacher and truthfully that is all I ever wanted to be. In all the things we said we wanted to be when we grew up, did we ever say, I WANT TO BE LIKE JESUS!?

I grew up in a musical family. I was a singer, my sister was excellent on the keyboard, my mother had a lovely alto voice, but my dad …. well not so much, but he enjoyed the music that the rest of us produced. My father did have favorite hymns and one day, not long ago the words to one of his favorite hymns popped into my mind. I would like to share those words with you. For though they were written many years ago, I believe they have a message for us today.

OH TO BE LIKE THEE
Thomas Obadiah Chisholm 1897
O to be like Thee! Blessed Redeemer this is my constant longing and prayer. Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures, Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear. O to be like Thee full of compassion, loving, forgiving, tender and kind, Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wand’ring sinners to find.
O to be like Thee! Lowly in spirit, Holy and harmless, patient and brave. Meekly enduring cruel reproaches, willing to suffer, others to save.
O to be like Thee, while I am pleading, Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love. Make me a temple, meet for Thy dwelling, fit me for life and heaven above. Chorus
O to be like Thee! O to be like Thee, blessed Redeemer.
Pure as Thou art; Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness. Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.

A special prayer request:
April 8, 2021 will mark one year since Linda, a precious wife and wonderful mother, made her entrance into her Heavenly home. Our family will be meeting together to place some flowers and share some memories (and I am sure shed a few tears). Your prayers will be greatly appreciated on that day.

As always, thank you for all your love and continued financial support for FBM.

Blessings,

Lyle

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FISHBOWL MINISTRIES

2020 REPORT TO THE BOARD

What a year this has been! I wish I had a dollar For every time I heard the word

Unprecedented!

Most people, at the beginning of a new year, make all sorts of resolutions as to what their new year will look like.

Of course, by the end of the first week, most people have broken those resolutions. At the beginning of 2020 I decided to focus on one resolution and choose one word that would be my word for the year. I sensed that the word that God gave me was “stillness.” Little did I know at that time that I would have plenty of chances to need and use that word. As we started to hear about Covid-19, there was plenty of time for stillness. And then came April 8th when Jesus called Linda home to be with Him. I had then, and still have a need for times of stillness in my life.

Even though I struggle with technology I am grateful for what it allows us to do. When I could not meet in person with pastors, we knew we could talk on the phone or have a ZOOM meeting. We could laugh together and pray together, and in the loneliness of being a pastor they knew that there was someone who cared about them and wanted to encourage them. Several times during the year I would hear “We really appreciate FishBowl Ministries, and we are grateful for what you do.”

There is one thing that God continually reinforces in me, year after year, and that is the passion and love that I have for all those who are in ministry. This has not been an easy year for pastors as they have had to make decisions about “do we open our church for people to come in person?” “What do we do with the issue that some want to wear masks, and some don’t, and then hurtful remarks are made on social media?” How about the finances? (Interestingly enough, pastors that I talk to have said “During Covid-19 our income has actually been higher.”)

God is good! He takes care of His Church and those who serve him.

I am grateful for our FBM Staff and for each of you who serve on this board and for your prayers for this ministry, myself, and my family. Most mornings I take a prayer walk. I pray for my family and I pray for you! God is still at work and I want to be a part of what He is doing!

Additional Thoughts:
I wanted to take a minute to thank you and let you know that if it were not for all of you reading this newsletter, Fishbowl Ministries would not exist. I thank you for your continued faithful prayers and your generous financial gifts.

We are going to make some changes this year. (or as my daughter told the board, we are moving Dad into the 21st century.) The major change that we are making will not affect you until the end of 2021.
Every year, each staff member sends me a list of their donors complete with their address and amount they have given and then I hand address all the receipts for all the donations that have been given. This year I did 175 of those. It is not only time consuming, but it is also costly.

January of 2022, I will be sending out all of the receipts by email. This will save FBM at least $200 in postage and printing. I am asking all of our staff to make sure they have email addresses for all of their donors throughout this year.

Here is the one request, and it is a simple one, I ask of you – Send your email address to: lyle1268@nullgmail.com

Blessings and Peace to all of you!

Lyle