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Susan Sosebee
Pastor for Families with Children

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

Howdy! My name is Susan Sosebee and I am a Texas native with roots in Alabama. I graduated from Sharyland High School (my picture is still on the school wall!). I followed that up with a degree (Bachelors of Science) in Sociology at Texas A&M College Station.  I have worked for Calvary Baptist Church for twenty plus years. My husband, Danny, and I joined in membership in 1983.  We have been blessed to have three children, Rachel (Kenneth), Jacob (Nicole) and Seth (Okatsu).  We have five adorable grandchildren, Owen, Crawford, Kaid, Liam, and Emma and they have enriched my life incredibly.

 

What has been going on in your personal life in the last five years?

The last five years reminds me of Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 about the seasons of life.

Some of the seasons have been hard, like losing my mom in November of 2014.  Losing my parents has been a season of mourning. They were wonderful parents. I miss them every day.  Some seasons have been seasons of birth and joy, like with my grandchildren. Those seasons have been filled with fun and adventure.  I have four grandsons and now one granddaughter! Another season of joy was in April 2017; I celebrated 20 years on staff at Calvary. What an amazing time that has been. I have been so stretched, loved, and grown by the pastors and families I have loved and served with.

 

What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years?

By God’s grace, in 2018 I hope to help families discover how to disciple their children in a holistic healthy way: spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally. Parenting today is very hard. I hope to love, guide, and train families on how to grow their children in God’s ways.  As far as the other four years, we will see where God directs me. Each day is a gift and I want to be intentional with each one. Some things I hope to accomplish, God willing, with our families: being mindful of dangers of technology, how to develop and disciple children, and how to help families that have special needs.

 

What are some suggestions you have for parents/grandparents rearing their children today?

1. Parenting is hard so it is very necessary to have a supportive group of people around you, a community, to help. Being in a small group of like-minded people that will encourage you is so important. In the small group, having accountability is important too.

2. Be aware of too much technology for everyone in the family.  Take more time to have no technology, like at dinnertime, etc. to show your child they are important. Be consistent yourself so you can be a role model when you limit their time too.

3. Talk about Jesus, read your Bible with your kids, and pray often. Not only will it train your child but it will help you as parents as well.

 

Why and how should I read the Bible?

The Bible is such a beautiful love letter to us from God. It shows, from start to finish, that we are God’s beloved children. It has so many amazing chapters with truth after truth so that we can say yes to Jesus, our savior. This gift, the Bible is for all. I learn new things each time I read it. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

How? I have many ways I go about reading the Bible like plans I read, studies I do, questions I ask myself to reflect on after I read it, but the most important is to begin each day with a thirst and a willingness to hear from God. The best part of my day is when I am in prayer or reading my Bible.

 

Why come to church/what is the church?

In the book of Acts, we see Christ’s new disciples begin the New Testament church. We see the people sharing, doing everyday life together. They had a sense of Jesus’ plan of redemption that needed to spread to others. That small bunch of people had passion and a strong sense of the race Jesus had called them to. I think Hebrews 10:23-25 says it well. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. “  Meeting in local churches is important for the health of all Christians. It gives us strength, like an army, knowing the purpose and feeling the encouragement of the living out the day-to-day process. Local Churches look different all around the world and yet they should have things in common, like glorifying God, spreading the Gospel message of Jesus, and encouragement for each other to continue the race of making disciple-makers. As we use our God given gifts to love and serve others, “THE CHURCH”, which is Christ’s body, will spread and reach even to the ends of the earth, so all nations will have the opportunity to know and love Jesus personally.  When each of us knows the importance of being part of God’s local church it should spur us on and help us not to neglect meeting together.