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Archive for September, 2012

STEPS Girls Singing in Church


This past weekend, the girls of STEPS sang in their church. The youngest are not singing, but you will see fifteen of them here in their matching dresses. Aren’t they just too precious?

And I love they song they sing about Jesus redeeming them, because He truly has redeemed these girls from a life of no hope. Because of STEPS they have hope of a better life. They are safe, secure, and loved. They are truly blessed little girls!

Psalm 8:2 – From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise!

Great job girls!

Enjoy!  (more…)

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September 2012 Ministry Update


Happy Fall!

I love this time of year! I got to go home for a short weekend and the leaves in IL are already beginning to change. And our horseback ride took us through some half-harvested corn fields. It definitely feels like fall there! Here in TN it is still in the 70s everyday (thankfully!), and the leaves won’t begin changing for a few weeks yet. But soon the mountains will display God’s handiwork as the trees begin to change colors. It is truly a wonderful time to live in the mountains.

STEPS has been growing in the last few weeks – meet the new girls in my update.  (more…)

The Psalms – Sept 25 Devos


Our growth group is doing something new this year. On our off weeks when we aren’t meeting (because we’re an every-other-week group), we’ve decided to be intentional about studying something together. So myself and a few others are listening for where God wants to take us on those off weeks, then I’m sending out a devotional for all of us to do together. So here is what I wrote to them this week:

The Psalms

Hey ladies!

I hope you are all doing well today! Since this is our off week, we’ll be doing some devotions. The idea is to take the next week to think and pray over our topic and come to growth group next week ready to share (if you feel comfortable doing so) what the Lord has been showing you.

When I was sharing my story with you all last week, I was reminded of how when I was in that dark desert time there was only one passage of Scripture that I was able to read. God had me camp out in Psalm 27 for a very long time; it gave me hope when I had none. I read it, and prayed it, and recited it back to Him so often. So this week, we’re going to talk about the Psalms in our stories. The Psalms are so full of raw emotions that we often find ourselves looking for comfort, guidance, promises, or praise during different parts of our journeys. Remember, Psalms were songs in ancient times. So just like songs today stir emotions, so the Psalms did then and continue to do so now.  (more…)

Day 14, India Summer 2012 – The Last Day & Mehndi


The following is excerpts from my journal from my most recent trip to see the girls of STEPS Home in India. 

August 5 –

Sunday, our last day. How time flew by! We went to church and I wore my new sari from Faith. Church was two hours long today, per the norm. When the started serving communion at the end, we had to sneak out since Isaac had to at a memorial service.

On the way home, we drove through a cemetery because Tarun wanted to see the grave marker for their cousin (the one we were going to the one-year memorial service for). Cemeteries are an odd thing to see in India, since Hindus burn the deceased on a funeral pyre. We saw where Isaac’s cousin was buried, not far from where his parents were buried.

We stopped by the house to pick up everyone else, then headed to the memorial service. I thought the concept was a really neat one. A year after a loved one has passed away, a service is held where the family members come together to honor their loved one. After sharing some memories and a short message from the Bible, the family gathered for a meal.   (more…)

Day 13, India Summer 2012 – Chameleon, Sketchy Food, & Shopping


The following is excerpts from my journal from my most recent trip to see the girls of STEPS Home in India. 

August 4 –

The girls had school today (Saturday), but we got a little hang-time with Vanija and Angel this morning!

 

We played “spot the chameleon on the post”. Can you see him?  (more…)

Thankful Thursdays


The three things I am thankful for this week…

1. Our small group beginning a new year together! I am glad to be back together with all of the lovely ladies – old and new! I can’t wait to see what the Lord does in our group this year. It truly is a special group of women that the Lord has brought together.  (more…)

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies


I found a delectable recipe one day floating around on facebook, so I traced it back to it’s source to get the full set of directions. After all, who doesn’t love molten chocolate oozing out of the center of something yummy, like a cookie??

My first (double) batch I made for our Sister Splash women’s night at church… and they disappeared like… well, not like hotcakes, but like hot cookies! Ooey-gooey cookies!

I made them again for my small group last night, and again they were a hit! I think I may have found my new go-to recipe when I need to bring a desert. So here is the recipe for you:  (more…)

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