July 24-26, 2014 Concord, NC
I’m ramping up for the AMAZING & DYNAMIC She Speaks Conference next week! We’ll be equipping speakers and writers!
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The She Speaks conference was founded by Proverbs 31 Ministries’ president, Lysa TerKeurst. Lysa is also the founder of COMPEL Training, New York Times best-selling author and speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ.
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Friday — Saturday, July 25-26
Sunset after the rain last night
Are trials literally hitting every area of your life?
Often when we suffer, it’s the life of our self-nature that causes us pain. When we are dead, we don’t suffer. If we were completely dead to our old nature we would no longer feel many of the pains that bother us . . .
God prepares a cross for us that must be embraced without thought of self-preservation. The cross is painful . . . The hardest thing about suffering is not knowing how great it will be or how long it will last. So often we want to set limits on our suffering.
We can’t reject the full work of the cross within us. If we do, we are forced to go over the same ground again and again. Worse yet, we will suffer much, but the suffering be for no purpose.
Lord help me never fall into the state in which the cross is not at work within me!
God most often doesn’t transform us on a bed of light, life, and grace. His transformation is usually done on the cross in darkness, poverty, and death. He uses disappointments and failures of our life to take our trust away from self and help us put our trust in Him. It is like being burned in a slow fire. Wouldn’t we rather be burned up in a blaze of glory? Aw but a fast burn wouldn’t detach us from ourselves and others.
We must endure the painful process. There is much more at work here than instant maturity. Through the process we will die to self and through relying on Christ and not-self we gain immeasurable faith, love, and trust in Him.
Paraphrased excerpts from the book, 100 Days in the Secret Place-Gene Edwards.
He’s the only answer we need in middle of the trial. We MUST have alone time with Him everyday- no matter what. Forget the pile of dishes, weeds in the garden, social media or watching a movie. Lets run to Him and sit in His presence. That’s where I’m headed right now! Lord, I don’t want to have to keep going through the same trial because I wouldn’t surrender all!
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed– always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you . . . Therefore do not lose heart. even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. for our light afflictions, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal wight of eternal glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”II Corinthians 4: 7-18
Forth of July Picnic
We traveled 3000 miles in three days on $300. It was an ADVENTURE! Jennifer and I traveled from Virginia to L.A., CA.
I love a good challenge, don’t you? Where do you want to go or need to go this summer? Does it seem impossible? Then do it!
I’ve got my master’s degree in pinching pennies after raising five daughters. On top of raising them, we sent all five to college and have married four of them, so far. Many days there’ve been no pennies to pinch. So, we’ve had to work harder.
Several years ago Jennifer got an internship in L.A., CA. She needed to get there with all her belongings- on the least amount of money possible. We looked at the three big budget needs of travel: Mode of transportation, food, and lodging. We calculated every mode of travel meticulously- plus shipping her belongings. Every way we sliced it, we came up with car travel being the cheapest.
This is how we traveled 3000 miles on $300 in three days:
~Our VW Bug could go 45 miles to a gallon on the highway. We needed approximately 66 gallons of gas for 3000 miles. We mapped out the cheapest places to get gas and drove wisely on the highway. We didn’t carry heavy luggage or coolers that would add drag to the fuel consumption. We made the whole trip on $220 in gas.
~We calculated that we would need three nights of lodging. We asked friends in TN (Micca Campbell) and OK (Tammy Dennis) if we could stay overnight with them on our journey. We made WONDERFUL memories with them. Our last night we stayed at the cheapest hotel (THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED). It was definitely a memory which could be a post all on its own.
~We brought ALL of our own food. Loaves of organic bread, peanut butter, jelly, bananas, apples, boiled eggs and water. Not once did we buy fast food. Not once did we visit a convenience or grocery store and not once did we sit down in a restaurant. Not once did we buy a bottled water. We filled up jars with water at home and refilled along the journey.
Traveling is expensive, if you aren’t careful. In I Corinthians 4:2 We are told that, “it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” I want to have been found faithful with all the Lord provides for our family.
It’s a holiday weekend. Yay! Dale and I traveled to the beach to be with our children and grandchildren. For the trip, I packed a picnic lunch. I poured chili in the bottom of mason jars, poured homemade corn bread batter on top of that and topped with shredded cheddar cheese. I then baked the jars in the oven on 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Let the jars cool before putting tops on.
To add live enzymes to our meal, I included my Cucumber Salad and watermelon stars. I filled mason jars with water for drinking and added organic chips to the basket! YUM!
You can also make my Chicken& Dumpling cobbler in mason jars. Where do you plan to go this summer or where do you wish you could go? I would love to hear what food you bring on trips to save money!
I thought I was all alone but there were noises coming from the cellar. I was too afraid to open the door. . . so I didn’t. I continued to type and then from the corner of my eye, I saw something move. I gulped and bravely looked to see him staring at me from the cellar door.
Fear grabbed me and then I ran outside and screamed for Dale. The six-foot snake still hung from the top of the door staring at me. The tip of its tail clung firmly to the top for security. Bare handedly Dale grabbed the snake with both hands. The snake was holding on for dear life! He firmly pulled him off the door. Its head stood straight up and body seemed bigger than life as Dale juggled his weight toward the front door. All along I watched from my standing position on the table top. Dale looked at me as if to wonder if I was just going to stand there or help him. He said, “I NEED YOU TO OPEN THE DOOR!” Then, he flung the snake out into the grass.
I gathered myself and sat back down to work. My daughter came into the kitchen a few minutes later and calmly pointed at the same door and said, “Mom, there’s another one.” I gulped and turned to see the second huge snake staring right at me.
This one was determined not to get caught. He slithered behind the large freezer. Us girls were undone with adrenaline and disgust. Dale told us to get a grip and help him. The third snake appeared…
We all took a deep breath after the third snake was caught and sighed in relief, believing that it was all over. It was getting late, Ellie (16 yrs old)and I were washing dishes together and she made a proclamation, “I will never, ever sleep in this home again. I’m moving in with Becca. They don’t have snakes!” As I handed her the rinsed plate to be dried off, I assured her that there were no more snakes and that she would not move in with her friend Becca.
Calmly she said,”Mom, there’s one coming from the cellar door right now.” I said, “Ellie, don’t be silly.” I turned just to make sure she was kidding but she was right! Number five and six came last and we’ve never seen another snake in the house since. Ellie never moved in with Becca.
We’ve lived in our house for twenty years and never had a snake before that or after. Dale had left the crawl space door under the house open in the fall and forgot to close it. The snakes saw it as a welcome sign for winter dwelling and took up residence. Winter was over and they were looking for their way out…
That night as I laid in bed, the verse from Ephesians 4 came to mind, “Don’t give Satan a foothold.” What’s a foothold? An open door to be invited in. Satan looks for open doors of opportunity- footholds into our life. We open doors to him when we have un-forgiveness, anger, fear or we constantly dwell on conflict we have with others. . . (just to name a few ways he slithers his way in).
We don’t even realize he’s gotten a foothold sometimes until fear or anxiety stare us in the eye and say “here I am, now what are you gonna do about it?” We can choose to ignore it, be too afraid to face it- or engage in the battle that will define our life. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to live with snakes in my home.
It’s MY home and God has not given me the spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and of sound mind. Negligence in this battle is costly. Imagine what my house would be like if I didn’t get rid of the snakes or left the door open all year long. I wouldn’t want to live here!
If Jesus is Lord of our life, than we have the weapon we need. The Word of God will defend us! We need to read it, believe it, and live it. Jesus promises to help us! Ask the Lord to reveal any open doors in your life that have allowed the enemy to have a foothold. Clean your house and shut the door to snakes!
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” I Peter 5:8
Take up the sword of the Lord which is the Word of God and rebuke the enemy with TRUTH!
“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
The Princess and Prince united in Holy Matrimony-June 7, 2014
The wedding was glorious! True love took center stage in the old country church. Their purity combined with their passion- exploded our hearts with joy and peace. It’s a breathtaking wonder for a couple madly in love to wait for their wedding day, to partake of all the pleasures God has for them.
I sat directly in front of Jennifer and Alex and wondered if angels filled the place and all of heaven as they watched them pronounce their sacred vows. I could sense God’s pleasure coursing through every word and gesture. When two combine as one in they way that He intended, it is an awesome wonder.
The possibilities of a Happily Ever After marriage are endless now. . .
True love becomes drunk with passion when Christ and unselfish love unite as one.
Thank You Lord for allowing Dale and I (your humble servants) the honor of raising your princess. You are worthy of all praise and honor! You are the King of Kings. You are the most High GOD. The Great I AM!
The cake was lowered from the ceiling for the unveiling while music played and all eyes watched! It was a real life fairy- tale wedding and reception!
The humble servants of the Most High God are still cleaning up from all the festivities!I’ll be sharing all the wedding and reception photo’s in a couple weeks! Thank you for praying for us!