Lately I have seen two separate concepts floating around on the internet. One, to keep your straw in your soft drink (pop), turn the tab around and insert the straw through the hole. This prevents the straw from popping out of the can every few seconds.
Two, to keep your drink bug-free, Read the rest of this entry »
Hello and Happy Spring!
I think that it is officially Spring weather throughout the U.S. now. Yay!
With summer so quickly approaching, we have much going on here at the Ministry. One thing that will consume most of my focus this summer is a trip back to India to see the girls! Let me know if you’re interested in coming along with me.
Also some great news – my car is fixed! And it wasn’t as bad as I originally thought! Thank you, Jesus!
Read all of the other news here (click on the image to zoom in):
PDF: April 2013 Update
(This is an email devotional I sent out to the ladies in our small group.)
Hello my fabulous friends!
I am really excited about our service project tomorrow night! And since that is tomorrow night, I figured I better take the time tonight to get this out.
In Eat This Book, we just finished up reading about the kings of Israel. And there is one king that really intrigues me: Hezekiah.
Hezekiah’s story can be found in 2 Kings 18-20 (as well as in 2 Chronicles 29-32 and in some of the prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc.). And his story opens up in 18:3 by telling us that he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. This is noteworthy when you consider who his father was – the evil King Ahaz.
King Hezekiah made it his mission to help point the people of Judah back to God. He tore down the high places (of idolatry), reinstated the Passover celebration, cleansed the Temple, restored Temple worship, and organized the priests. And he started this when he was only 25! Read the rest of this entry »
The following is an email devotional I sent out to the ladies in our small group.
Hey gorgeous gals!
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!
Brad’s Easter message was so encouraging, wasn’t it? (If you missed it, it will be posted here soon: http://www.tworiverschurch.org/703611.ihtml.)
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the idea of living outside of our comfort zone. I had dinner the other night with Lynda… Lori and Michelle’s mom. As we conversed, Lynda made a small circle with her hands in front of her and called it the “comfort zone”… then pointed to an unseen point just up and to the right, and called it “where the ‘magic’ happens.” I decided to illustrate it – look at the picture:
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This is a continuation of the story of the healing journey the Lord has me on. You can read about The Need, The Past 6 Months, Quiet Waters, 6 Weeks Since QW, Christmas, and Encouraged by Sarah’s Story.
I was thinking the other day that it has been a while since I’ve written an update about where I am in my healing process. I guess it is because there haven’t been any noticeable changes recently.
Or at least I thought, until I was cleaning the other night. The mini blinds in my room were quite dusty, and I couldn’t put it off any longer. And the windows in my room are huge, so this was no small undertaking…. like, try 2.5 hours to do three side-by-side windows. Read the rest of this entry »
He is risen! He is risen indeed!
As I contemplate the coming of Good Friday and Easter, I find my mind going back to those very streets of Jerusalem that I walked just a couple of years ago… the path that Jesus took to the cross. And I am overcome by His sacrifice for me… for all of us.
Because of Him, I am part of God’s family (Eph. 1:5) and I get to be a minister of reconciliation for His Kingdom (2 Cor. 5:17)! And in His goodness, He lets me minister to people here in the US as well as those precious little girls in India. I’ve had some exciting things going on in that arena, so make sure to read my little blurb about that. Read the rest of this entry »
The following is an email devotional I sent out to the ladies in my small group.
I hope that this email finds you well! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been just exhausted lately. If that describes you this week, make sure to take some time (even 30 minutes) to do something just for you And if you need to rest more than you need to read this email, that’s ok! I totally give you permission to close your email and come back to this at another time.
This week’s devotional is in two parts. First, I’d like to spend some time processing some of the themes in Judges. Then we’ll move on to Ruth briefly.
Chris preached on the theme of Judges this past weekend, and I thought he did a good job! When he presented the cycle we see in Judges of sin – oppression – repentance – deliverance, did you see yourself in there? I did! Do you ever feel like certain areas of your life are 2 steps forward 2 steps back? Or maybe you’re just stuck in a sin-confess, sin-confess kind of cycle and never find deliverance.
It can be so frustrating! Where is the victory Jesus talked about in that?! Read the rest of this entry »
The following is an email devotional I sent to our women’s small group at church….
I hope all is well with your weeks! Just a reminder: The Well is tomorrow night at church from 6:30-8:30 (or whenever you can come) if you are interested in joining some of us.
Lately I have been thinking a lot on the theme of believing God. I suppose the theme first really showed up at our Women’s Retreat where Tracy shared with us about being women who believe God. I will share more about the things she said in a bit.
In the Beth Moore study I am doing right now, the theme of last week’s homework was also on belief. This quote stuck out to me:
“John’s Gospel doe not just call us to belief as a past-tense experience. Christ calls us to be living verbs! He calls us to the ongoing act of believing! Yes, for many of us the belief that secures our salvation is past tense and complete. We have already trusted Christ for salvation. We are now and forever secured, but tragically, too many live in past-tense belief, believing God for little more from that time forward. Read the rest of this entry »
Well, spring is starting to show here in Tennessee, even though I know my northern friends are currently getting a fresh blanket of snow. But the daffodils are blooming here and their little yellow faces bring me so much joy! I love spring – the new life that it brings. It makes me think of our new life in Christ and all He has done for me.
There is much going on in my life right now. I have briefly written about it in the document below. Plus, I have included a list of some urgent needs that have come up recently. Please prayerfully consider if the Lord is asking you to help me in one or more of those areas. Read the rest of this entry »
The following is a devotional email I sent out to our small group.
Greetings gorgeous gals!
I hope you’re having a good week! I am excited that many of you are coming to the Women’s Retreat this coming weekend. God is going to do some amazing things there.
Whether you are going, or are unable to, this is a good week for all of us to examine our hearts. Two Sundays ago, Brad’s sermon focused on how when God touches the life of any person playing ‘god’, hardness of heart is always a certain reaction. (If you missed the sermon, you can watch it here: http://www.tworiverschurch.org/702479.ihtml.)
At the end of the sermon, Brad challenged us with two truths to apply to our lives:
- Certain sensations are given to us as a gift from God.
- Ask God to free you from your hardness of heart. Read the rest of this entry »
This is a continuation of the story of the healing journey the Lord has me on. You can read about The Need, The Past 6 Months, Quiet Waters, 6 Weeks Since QW, and Christmas.
I listen to K-LOVE radio in the mornings when I’m getting ready for work. I love listening to the Morning Show – the three DJs are very encouraging and entertaining.
On Monday, February 4th, they received a call from a listener with an amazing story. Her name was Sarah, and she shared about her life with severe scoliosis – so much so, that her ribs touched her hips. But only days before calling, the Lord had miraculously healed her and she grew 4 inches! The DJs kept her on the phone for a while to hear more of her incredible story. Read the rest of this entry »