The Gift: A Story for Advent – Part Four

The Gift - A Story for Advent

During the month of December I have the honor of sharing a beautiful piece of writing with you.  A dear friend in ministry, Audrey McCormick, wrote this story a few years ago.  She read part of it at a church service recently and I knew I had to share it with you.  I thought I would share it to celebrate this Advent season – as we prepare to remember the birth of Jesus this Christmas time.

However much I love Christmas, with all the decorations, baking, Christmas parties, songs, dressing up and delicious food, Christmas to me is about so much more.  It is a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  For many of you this is just a ‘nice story’ that gets mixed in with all the other celebrations.  For me and Captain America it is a special birthday, one like no other.  It is a ‘story’ full of miracles, of prophecies fulfilled, one that demands the response of a relationship with a real man, who lived and walked upon this earth in order that we could live our life to the fullest and fulfill our destiny.  It is a story of truth. Continue reading

The Gift: A Story for Advent – Part Three

The Gift - A Story for Advent

During the month of December I have the honor of sharing a beautiful piece of writing with you.  A dear friend in ministry, Audrey McCormick, wrote this story a few years ago.  She read part of it at a church service recently and I knew I had to share it with you.  I thought I would share it to celebrate this Advent season – as we prepare to remember the birth of Jesus this Christmas time.

However much I love Christmas, with all the decorations, baking, Christmas parties, songs, dressing up and delicious food, Christmas to me is about so much more.  It is a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  For many of you this is just a ‘nice story’ that gets mixed in with all the other celebrations.  For me and Captain America it is a special birthday, one like no other.  It is a ‘story’ full of miracles, of prophecies fulfilled, one that demands the response of a relationship with a real man, who lived and walked upon this earth in order that we could live our life to the fullest and fulfill our destiny.  It is a story of truth. Continue reading

The Gift: A Story for Advent – Part Two

The Gift - A Story for Advent

During the month of December I have the honor of sharing a beautiful piece of writing with you.  A dear friend in ministry, Audrey McCormick, wrote this story a few years ago.  She read part of it at a church service recently and I knew I had to share it with you.  I thought I would share it to celebrate this Advent season – as we prepare to remember the birth of Jesus this Christmas time.

However much I love Christmas, with all the decorations, baking, Christmas parties, songs, dressing up and delicious food, Christmas to me is about so much more.  It is a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  For many of you this is just a ‘nice story’ that gets mixed in with all the other celebrations.  For me and Captain America it is a special birthday, one like no other.  It is a ‘story’ full of miracles, of prophecies fulfilled, one that demands the response of a relationship with a real man, who lived and walked upon this earth in order that we could live our life to the fullest and fulfill our destiny.  It is a story of truth. Continue reading

Coffee Date

Coffee Date

It’s a Christmas Miracle! I did a Coffee Date Vlog!!!

Thank you so much for your patience over the past few weeks as i just have not had the time to do a vlog for Coffee Date – however yesterday afternoon I found myself with 15 minutes to spare, dressed, hair straightened and make-up done (ready for an early family Christmas dinner later that night) and thought I should make you a quick vlog.

Apologies if I ramble, I realize that “I’m really excited” is my favorite phrase….but hey…a vlog you want so a vlog you got!

Enjoy!

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The Gift: A Story for Advent – Part One

The Gift - A Story for Advent

During the month of December I have the honor of sharing a beautiful piece of writing with you.  A dear friend in ministry, Audrey McCormick, wrote this story a few years ago.  She read part of it at a church service recently and I knew I had to share it with you.  I thought I would share it to celebrate this Advent season – as we prepare to remember the birth of Jesus this Christmas time.

However much I love Christmas, with all the decorations, baking, Christmas parties, songs, dressing up and delicious food, Christmas to me is about so much more.  It is a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  For many of you this is just a ‘nice story’ that gets mixed in with all the other celebrations.  For me and Captain America it is a special birthday, one like no other.  It is a ‘story’ full of miracles, of prophecies fulfilled, one that demands the response of a relationship with a real man, who lived and walked upon this earth in order that we could live our life to the fullest and fulfill our destiny.  It is a story of truth. Continue reading

21 Graces – Week 28

21 Graces #3

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21 Graces – Introduction

Here is this week’s 21 Graces:

Week Twenty-Eight – 12/07/2013

So this week I am cheating a little as I skipped last week as we were out of town for Thanksgiving…..so this weeks is a combination of the past TWO WEEKS!

Also, I promised you all a Coffee Date a few weeks ago however we have SO MUCH going on during the next two weeks before we leave for England that I just don’t have the time……so I’m giving myself some grace (!) and taking a break from Coffee Date for a while!

 

1) A great early Thanksgiving with the family

2) Catching up with a friend during her 24hrs in the country between mission trips

3) Making it to the airport in time for our plane to Vegas even though there were multiple times when we thought we would not

4) Not getting killed in horrible Thanksgiving traffic

5) Being given money so we could treat ourselves in Vegas

6) Unexpected presents

7) Going clothes shopping for the first time in months and getting great deals

8) A delicious Thanksgiving dinner #2

9) Booking our flights to England

10) Knowing I will be at home for Christmas

11) Telling my parents we booked the flights and seeing the joy on their faces 🙂

12) Another unexpected fundraising opportunity

13) Raising enough money so Julie can book her flight to England too 🙂 

14) Christmas baking begins

15) Having recipes highlighted by other bloggers

16) Getting my haircut

17) …………for free 🙂

18) ……….and being given some free hair products

19) Finding a cute outfit for a party

20) Conquering my to-do-list

21) Scheduling blog posts ahead of time to clear some space in my day

Mission Trip Update

Mission Team Update

One of the joys of ministry is flexibility!

I have been learning this in a greater degree in the process of planning and fundraising for our Mission Trip.

It started with a plan to go to East Africa, then we added a stop in the UK as we would probably be flying through there anyway, God then spoke to us about doing ministry while in the UK, so we made the stop there a little longer and after Africa.  Then God spoke again, and we switched the trip plans, UK first in December and the beginning of January, then East Africa for the rest of January.

All the time we were fundraising, promoting the online giving, having fundraising events….the money was coming in but it was very slow.  

We kept pushing back our decision date (the date we had to decide whether we were going on the trip or not), flight prices were rising, but we knew we had to wait.  So wait we did.

Julie left for Missouri, a family visit and ministry trip.  God opened the doors for her to speak and minister at many churches and ministries…..many more than she ever thought possible.

It’s now nearly Thanksgiving….initially we had planned to leave for Africa on December 2nd…..that’s not happening! We then rescheduled and were planning to leave for the UK on December 16th….but still not enough money to buy our flights.

I’m going to be totally honest here, at this point I was really stressed! It just didn’t seem to make sense, we felt so strongly from God that we were supposed to go to the UK, for me that meant two things: 1) I get to spend Christmas with my family, IN ENGLAND, which I haven’t done for 3 years (if you don’t live in a different country from where you grew up this probably won’t make any sense to you, if you do…..you get it!  It’s a big deal!) and 2) I get to do ministry again in the UK, something I know God spoke to me very clearly about and I knew He was opening up opportunities for us.

It became really hard for me to separate the two things, I REALLY wanted to be home for Christmas (FYI – I only call it home at Christmas which should tell you something ;-))

And then there is Africa…..everything about our Africa trip is expensive!  There is so much that goes into a trip there, and much of the expenses cannot be calculated until you are actually in the country so we know we need a substantial amount of money accessible to us while in Africa.

It became clear to us that the fundraising just was not going to raise enough money in time for when we thought we were supposed to be in Africa…so we have decided to postpone the trip but continue to fundraise, with zeal, and hopefully go in Summer 2014.

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Now the Mission Trip plans took on a while new dimension, we felt like we are supposed to go to the UK to build a network and grow connections there.

When you take Africa out of the mix it allows us more flexibility with the dates of the trip.  

We checked flight prices against our fundraising total…..we were just $500 away from us all booking our flights.

We had a sense of peace.  We booked two flights, one for me and one for Captain America, we prayed money would come for Julie’s ticket so she can join us in the New Year.  More money came in.  We are now $150 away from booking her ticket.  We have two additional fundraising opportunities before we leave!

The trip is booked!

Captain America and I fly to the UK on December 16th, Julie joins us early in the New Year (she will hopefully be booking her flight tomorrow!) and we all fly back to the US on January 14th.  

We are making connections and developing ministry opportunities during our stay.  We are excited and hopeful for the connections that God has in store for us.

Thank you for your support and please continue to pray for us and for all that God has for us to do in the UK!

ENGLAND HERE WE COME!

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21 Graces – Week 25

21 Graces

If you are new to the blog you can find out more about 21 Graces here: 21 Graces – Introduction

Here is this week’s 21 Graces:

Week Twenty-Five – 11/16/2013

1) Church prayer meeting – with insight and direction

2) New visitors

3) Resolving an argument with Captain America

4) A very fast (and productive!) Congregational Meeting

5) Fellowship….in all its forms

6) My last Prophecy class for the semester

7) Finishing all my marking for the semester

8) Friendships

9) Meeting great friends for a spontaneous dinner

10) Perfecting a Pumpkin Cranberry Bread recipe

11) Finding a comfortable position to work in despite horrific back pain

12) Being productive despite no internet connection at home 😦

13) Internet connection getting fixed….simply!

14) Last day of live viruses…woo hoo!

15) No adverse reactions to the live viruses 🙂

16) God Connections

17) Meeting new believers with a similar ministry

18) A very productive day

19) Realizing three heads are better than one!

20) Planning our Bake Sale Fundraiser

21) Date Night 🙂

 

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ONLY 30 DAYS TO GO, we have raised 14% of our $18,000 total!

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Keep The Big Wheel Turning

Keep The Big Wheel Turning

It has been nearly two weeks since we updated you on our ‘Leap Of Faith’ so we thought we should let you know what has been happening!

It has been a crazy few weeks, with so much ministry developing, and opportunities opening up.  It seems like we have hardly had the chance to come up for air, and our ‘to-do’ list just gets longer and longer. Continue reading

Coffee Date & Pumpkin Pancakes

Coffee Date and Pumpkin Pancakes

Today I have a real treat for you…….Coffee Date AND a recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes!

I just couldn’t resist another pumpkin recipe to send you into the weekend!  We all know that pancakes make the perfect weekend breakfast treat, so here’s a great recipe using pumpkin for you to try!

It’s so so simple too – perfect for a relaxing weekend!

So let’s start with the recipe……

Ingredients:

1 C Buttermilk Pancake mix

1/3 C oats

1/3 C wheat bran

1/3 C walnuts

1/2 C pumpkin puree (for a recipe on how to make your own, CLICK HERE)

1 1/2 C cold water

Directions:

Mix ingredients together in a large measuring cup.  The mixture should be very thick you should be able to pour it slowly, if not add a little more water to gain the right consistency.

Pour a little into a hot non-stick pan (or us e a little cooking spray if your pan is likely to stick), yo should be able to make multiple small pancakes at the same time depending on the size of your pan.  Cook on a medium-high heat until the mixture begins to bubble and the outside starts to change color.

Carefully flip the pancakes and cook on the other side for a couple more minutes until cooked through.

Serve immediately with maple syrup, peanut butter….or whatever topping you love on your pancakes!

Delicious!

Now for the Coffee Date:

So apparently left to my own devices I can talk FOREVER – I hope I didn’t bore you all to tears!

Don’t you love the part at the end where I can’t do math – so embarrassed but I couldn’t edit that out!!

What I was trying to say was:

If 10 people give $1000,

or 100 people gave $100

or 1000 people gave $10 we would have our total! 

Are you one of those people??

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ONLY 23 DAYS TO GO, we have raised 14% of our $12,000 total!

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