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Archive for November, 2012

STEPS Christmas Gift Catalog


This is the gift catalog for STEPS Girls’ Home in India that I mentioned in my latest Update. Please consider giving to them this Christmas season. Thank you!

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November 2012 Ministry Update


‘Tis the season!

Can you believe that Christmas is almost here?? Things have been busy here around the ministry. You can read all about it in the update below, plus I will be posting a Christmas Catalog for STEPS Home. Would you prayerfully consider giving a gift to STEPS this year?

The Smell of Snow


I stepped outside of church last night to a very familiar smell. I could feel it in the air.

Yesterday was a rainy morning followed by a damp, overcast day. After the sun went down there was a chill to the air.

Oh yes, this smell was unmistakable: (more…)

Vision – November 20 Devos


The following is the email devotional I sent out to the ladies of our growth group. 

Hello sweet sisters!

I so loved what Laura shared with us last week through her testimony and the things her father has taught her. If you would like copies of the handouts she gave us, check your email from me last week, or check the Facebook page under “Files.”

We all have our dreams and hopes for the future, don’t we? Sometimes they come to fruition… and sometimes they don’t work out exactly like we planned. And this can be a good thing, or a not as good thing, depending on how you look at it. But in all things we have confidence in these promises:

  • For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)  (more…)

In the Car…


I have a confession…. there are things I do in my car that I would never do around people. This is especially true when I am driving back to my hometown, since the drive between Tennessee and Illinois is about 12 hours, because on those trips I have ample amounts of time to entertain myself.

I often sing at the top of my lungs to whatever is playing, be it Christian, country, rock, r&b… it doesn’t matter. When I really want to belt it out, I usually reach for Adele and Michael Buble’.

My singing is often accompanied with various dance moves that can be performed whilst sitting. Obviously you can’t get too crazy with your hands on the wheel, but there is still a large range of moves one can groove with. (more…)

Thankful Thursdays


This week I am thankful for…

1. New life! Joey and Dani are in the hospital this moment, about to meet their baby for the first time. We have prayed for little Vinnie through this whole pregnancy, and he truly is a little miracle!  (more…)

Six Rounds With a Centipede


If you know me, mornings are not especially my favorite part of the day. It takes me a while to really get going. And since I’m not a coffee drinker, I rely on my showers to wake me up. But the other morning, my adrenaline got so ramped up that I went from hazy to alert in under 2.3 seconds.

Dozily I stepped into the warm shower and pulled the curtain. In my shampoo-lathered stupor, something caught my eye through the opaque shower curtain lining. I tried to tell my brain that it was part of the design of the decorative shower curtain. My brain wasn’t falling for that trick though… it knew something was wrong, and sent the message to my adrenal glands and I was wide awake.

The biggest centipede I have ever seen. It was at least 5 or 6 inches long and fatter than an earthworm. I would have commenced the ‘freak out’ dance if I wasn’t worried about slipping and falling in the shower. Yep… here he is:

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I’m All Shook Up


Yesterday I was relaxing on my bed and perusing Facebook. It was a lazy morning… well, it was sorta still morning. It was actually 12:20pm. But hey, I had only been awake for an hour, so it still felt like morning to me.

As I was reading about my friends’ latest news, my world got rocked. Literally.

Surely the door to the garage had been slammed. No… the shaking lasted too long, and was much more intense. The bed and the wall trembled for at least 15 seconds and it sounded like a fleet of semi trucks were rolling by.  (more…)

Thankful Thursdays


This week I am thankful for these three things:

1. My church. Two Rivers is a special place where God’s Spirit dwells. I love the people, the pastors, the worship, the preaching, the focus on prayer. I have grown so much in my few short years in this body of believers.  (more…)

Pursuing Him Together – November 6 Devos


(The following is the devotionals I sent out to our women’s small group for the week.)

Hey ladies,

If you were in church this weekend, you heard Pastor Brad share about the pursuit of Jesus. (If you missed it, you can watch it here: http://www.tworiverschurch.org/699277.ihtml.) Jesus’ invitation to ‘come after Him’ calls us to pursue Him with the same intensity found in romantic love.

Just as in a romantic relationship we wouldn’t let anything get in the way of our pursuit of that person, we shouldn’t let anything get in the way of our pursuit of Jesus.

So what barriers do you need to knock down? Do you need to lay down your fear? Sacrifice your pride? Surrender your time? Trust Him fully with the plans He has laid out in front of you? Is there a person you have put in place of Jesus?

Or do you need to go back to do the things you did at first, a time when you felt much joy in your relationship with Jesus? (more…)

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