Have you ever read something or seen an advertisement and thought, “Why didn’t I think of that?”  It seems so obvious once someone else has come up with it that you can’t believe you didn’t think of it first. For example, these newly designed “inside-out” umbrellas that you can now get under a dozen different names (oops, someone didn’t take advantage of patent law…).  I don’t know if any of you have ever tried to get out of a car in the pouring rain using an umbrella, or gotten wet after coming in from the pouring rain when you grab the outside of your soaked umbrella.  I know I certainly have.  But these umbrellas are actually inside out from what we would consider a normal umbrella and eliminate those issues. Such a simple concept, but so much better!   


Now this is not an advertisement for these umbrellas, but in a way it is a pitch for the Biblical Life Hacks we’ve been studying. The more I study God’s word, and particularly the book of Proverbs, the more I think to myself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” After all, doesn’t it make sense that being prideful, thinking of ourselves like we talked about last Sunday will only lead to harm in our relationships? And doesn’t it make sense that we should seek to learn from those who have gone before us in the hope of not repeating mistakes they may have made? Of course, both of those make perfect sense, but nevertheless we will need God’s guidance.  I guess the question of why I can’t think of those things on my own doesn’t really matter because we are blessed enough to have Scripture to continually remind, instruct and guide us. That really is the best life hack of all – “Good friend, don’t forget all I’ve taught you; take to heart my commands.  They’ll help you live a long, long time, a long life lived full and well.” Proverbs 3:1-2 (MSG).  I look forward to talking more about this on Sunday as we continue on our study of the Book of Proverbs. 

Until then, I want to give a quick reminder that the Honduras Mission Team leaves on Tuesday, July 18th.  That means that this will be our last week in service before the trip.  We so appreciate your support and prayers and hope you’ll be there this week to pray over the team and send us off well.  T-shirts will be available once again at service on Sunday if you want to show your support of this important mission while we’re away, as we return and for years to come! 

Also, an opportunity has arisen to rally together and show that Rock Church Amesbury is FOR OUR COMMUNITY.  On Saturday, July 15th the Rupps are arranging moving assistance for an area family that does not have local friends or family to help them.  In addition to this family, Michelle Hanscom, one of our Honduras Mission Team members who attends in Plaistow, has to have her current apartment emptied out that day before leaving for Honduras and is in need of assistance.  We already have a handful of people committed to help, but our hope is that if we can get even more volunteers that many hands will make light work and we can assist with both of these moves quickly and easily.  Thanks to all who are willing to pitch in for being For Our Community!


Looking forward to seeing how God will move among us on Sunday!  

P. Rachel