"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
~Isaiah 6:8 NIV
"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
~Micah 6:8 NASB

Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 Christmas Cookies

I really love making Christmas cookies.  For the last few years, Steve and I have given Christmas cookies to friends and our bosses.  Buckeyes are a favorite. They are so easy to make.

  • 1 1/2 cups Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 cups powered sugar
  • 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips  

First, you mix the first 4 ingredients together in a large bowl. Cover plates with wax paper, roll the dough into one inch balls and place them onto the plates.  Stick a toothpick into each ball and put the plates into the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
Tip: If I am making multiple types of cookies, I make the buckeyes first so they can be in the freezer while I'm working on the other cookies.
After the balls are frozen, you can dip the balls into the melted chocolate.  I melt my chocolate in a small crock pot, because it works really well.
When all the balls have been dipped in chocolate, you put the Buckeyes back into the freezer or refrigerator until they are firm.  Enjoy!
This year, as luck would have it, I had some extra melted chocolate leftover.  So we decided to get creative and just dip whatever we had around the kitchen.  We dipped some granola bars and I made some marshmallow balls with some mini marshmallows and covered them in chocolate.  Oh, the fun things you can do with melted chocolate.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas GTG from Omaha

We had such a great weekend. Kristen and her husband, Devyn braved the rough 80/90 all the way from Nebraska to come visit Steve and I before heading south to Lafayette to her in-law's house.  They arrived Saturday night at around 7:30 and we went to dinner at Indulgence in South Bend.  Yum. I love that place.We sat around and talked about all kinds of stuff until the turned the "Open" sign off.  I guess that was our clue to go home.

After Indulgence, we went back to our house and talked some more and played with their cute little dog, Bruno.
We talked about everything from life to work to Wycliffe.  Devyn seems to especially like Da Jesus Book.
Here is a picture of all of us after church this morning.

I hope that they had a great time too.  I loved getting to meet someone from an online group that has been so important to me, in real life.  Even though we have "known" each other online for about 9 months, we met in person for the first time on Saturday.  It felt so comfortable, like we had known each other our whole lives.  At least to me it did.  This group has been a God-send to me this year.  There are so many spectacular women in this group.  Now, I'm looking forward to Christmas.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV) 

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Love Made the Difference

“There can be no doubt that the phenomenal growth of Christianity in Africa 
owes enormous debt to Bible translation.” 
- Aloo Osotsi Mojola

Just as the Apostle Paul says in his letters, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now .“ (Philippians 1: 3-5 NIV)  We, likewise, pray with joy and thanks. We recently heard a story that inspires us to want to get to Cameroon sooner and we wanted to share it with all of you.
Lee and Tami Bramlett, translators in Cameroon, working with the Hdi people, were looking for God’s mark on the local culture.  In a dream, Lee was prompted to look again at Love.  They had already learned that verbs have one of three endings, -i, -a, and –u.  Through their work up to this point, they had encountered dv-i and dv-a.  They had not; however, come across dv-u.

Consulting with their mother-tongue translation committee, they discussed loving a wife.  Dvi was found to mean that you had once loved your wife, but no longer.  Dva was found to mean that you loved your wife as long as she did all of her wifely duties; love was dependant on her doing.  When asked about Dvu, they were told that you could not dvu your wife, because you would have to keep loving her no matter what she did.  After a few minutes, Lee asks, “Could God dvu people?” Total silence followed for several minutes, then finally one of the men responded, “Do you know what this would mean? This would mean that God kept loving us over and over, millennia after millennia, while all that time we rejected his great love. He is compelled to love us, even though we have sinned more than any people.”   

One letter changed their whole concept of God’s love for them.  He loves them because of who He is.  Likewise, our Lord loves you because of who He is and His love is not based on anything of or from you.   We can’t wait to discover other ways God has entwined Himself in the cultures and languages of Cameroon.    Just as the Hdi people have had Godly Love  unused, before even hearing about Christ Jesus, other languages and cultures also have the mark of God.

God is working in many wonderful ways through Bible translation.  Would you please consider partnering with us in this ministry?  There are several ways to be involved and many more stories to be told.  Are you able?  Are you willing? You can be a part of the stories.

Join Our Team: Online: http://www.wycliffe.org/Partnership.aspx?mid=AF45B1

Every financial gift, no matter how big or small, is appreciated and
important to the work.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Welcome ICLWers


It's International Comment Leaving Week.  Comments are the new {Hug} - a way to say hello and encourage each other.  One of the blogs that I follow was involved in this last month and it looked fun.  She got comments from people from all over the US and Canada, and probably farther too.

I have no idea if anyone will visit our humble little website.

Here are some 'Get to Know You Questions'.

1. What was your favorite food when you were a child?

2. What is one of your favorite quotes?

3. What is your favorite cereal?

4. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

5. What is your favorite kind of ice cream?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Our Elfster Gift

Our gift came in the mail today. The socks look so soft and fuzzy.  I can't wait to wear them around the house.  Steve got an Ohio State t-shirt.  He is pretty happy about that too.

The card says, "May the beauty of God's love bless you this Christmas. Best wishes for a new year filled with peace, love, beauty, and joy.". The personal message inside was so sweet.

Thank you, TLR.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Don't Stop Believing

Last night, while I was babysitting the four Walter kids we decided to watch a movie.  Normally, I don't like to watch movies or TV while babysitting.  Last night; however, two of the four were not feeling well.  I let the three year old, Blake, pick the movie because he wasn't feeling good.  He picked Cinderella, which is a great movie.  I hadn't seen it in a long time.  We only got watch half of it before bedtime.

As I was watching the movie with two of the kids sitting on the floor, one on the couch, and the youngest 11 month old snuggling on my lap, pulling on my necklace, I heard to the song in a whole new way.

Listen to the words of Cinderella's opening song:
A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling thru
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
the dream that you wish will come true
Thank you Cinderella for the reminder to not stop believing.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

It's Off to a New Home

  • Proverbs 3:27 - "Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it."
  • Proverbs 22:9 - "He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor."
  • Deuteronomy 15:10 - "Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to."

  • 2 Corinthians 9:7 -"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. "
I am so excited to send out my Elfster exchange Christmas present.  It's going to be traveling all across the Country until it gets to it's destination.  The gift isn't supposed to be sent until December 15th, but I just couldn't wait.  I love buying and giving presents.  It's one of lives simple pleasures.  I really hope that our pick and her husband like what Steve and I bought for them.

Travel safe Christmas present.

ETA: The got it and they really liked it. :o) I think now that she has it I can safely post what it was.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Bible Study - Grieving God's Way: Fresh Grief

Study: Fresh Grief

VOTD: Matthew 15:29-30-"Jesus...went up on a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them."

The Healing Process: Jesus went up a mountainside, sat down, and healed everyone who came to Him. It couldn't have been easy for the crippled and blind to journey up a mountain, but it was a necessary part of the healing process. Jesus healed those that reached out to Him, so I don't think we should be afraid to climb the mountain of despair because that is where we will find God's loving arms.

Feel free to Respond

I like the imagery of this verse. I can just imagine all these people struggling and in pain climbing a mountain to see Jesus. I can imagine them wanting to give up because the pain was too much, but if they would have turned around when they pain got bad then they never would have received healing.

The message of the devotional is so spot on too. In the middle of grief, it's hard to hear that things will get better because you want to believe it, but it's hard to imagine feeling happy again. It's a daily journey to becoming better.

Day 32 from Grieving God's Way:

"Those of us in grief don't need anyone to tell us the conditions of the path ahead; we don't want to know. We reject, even resent, reports of splendor down the road. "You'll be a better person," on grieving mother told me. "Who cares?" I wanted to yell. "I don't want to be a better person!" "You'll be happy again," a grieving father said. I wanted to scream, "Are you crazy? I will never be happy again!" Fresh grief is no time to find good in the bad. We don't want to know that the view is great or that wonderful things lie ahead. It's hard to see the view when you are blinded by tears. Nor should we try to sort our feelings about God and faith when we can't even determine night from day."

QOTD: What is your favorite Christmas song?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Gospel Center Cookie Exchange

Look at all these delicious cookies.  Which ones should I eat first?

Steve is going to be hurrying home from work tonight for the leftovers.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Elfster Recipe Exchange

For Christmas, my online group is going a Christmas card exchange with a recipe inside.  We use elfster.com to put the exchange together.  I picked out my recipe and the perfect card and sent it out on Friday.  Just for fun, I decided to make the recipe while Steve was at work last night. Yum!

Better Than 'Everything' Cake (We'll keep the title family friendly) 

1 German Chocolate Cake Mix
1 Jar of Caramel Ice Cream Syrup
1 Can of Condensed Milk
1 Container of Cool Whip
Nuts, Sprinkles (optional)


First, you make the cake according to the box.

I baked my cake in a 9 X 13 casserole dish.  You can make it any cake pan.  Bake the cake according the instructions on the box.  When the cake is done, while it is still hot, poke holes all over it with the wooden spoon handle.  Spread a mixture of the caramel and milk filling up the holes.

Cool the cake, then top the cake with the Cool Whip, nuts, sprinkles, or whatever you choose.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Butterfly Story

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it had and it could go no further.
Then the man decided to help the butterfly, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.
Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. And we could never fly.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Keep Looking Up

It is understood that the beauty of a rainbow
does not negate the ravages of any storm.

When a rainbow appears,
it does not mean that the storm never happened
or that we are not still dealing with its aftermath.

It means that something beautiful
and full of light has appeared in the midst
of the darkness and clouds.

Storm clouds may still hover,
but the rainbow provides a counterbalance
of color, energy and hope.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday Picture Day with Erin

I had a great Thanksgiving with Steve's family in Michigan.  He has a huge family, so it's always a blast.  Of course, the guys and a few of the ladies went out and shot clay pigeons while I kept an eye on our nieces inside.  I'm not big on shooting guns, but Steve enjoys it.  We had to rush home in the afternoon, so we could get home in time to go to bed early. 

On Black Friday, I had to be at work at 4am until 2pm and Steve had to work at 6am.  He is supposed to get off at 7, so he should be home soon.  We shall see if he gets off on time.  After work, I drove up Sears to see Steve and bought some presents for my Elfster exchange buddy.  I think she is really going to like them.  Now, Steve needs to decide what he wants to get her husband, so we can go shopping.  Then I went upstairs to the Photo Studio to see my sister.  She was bored and didn't have any appointments, so she took my picture.  I really like how they turned out.  I got a free 8 X 10 collage, no purchase necessary!  It was a win-win for both of us.  I got great fun pictures and my sister got a photo sit.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bible Study - Thanksgiving Edition

Hi ladies!
My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is about family and being thankful for what you have.  It's so easy when things aren't going our way to focus what we don't have.  It's nice to have a time set aside every year to focus on what blessings we do have.
I would love to switch up for the format for this weeks' check-in. 

What if we just listed are favorite bible verses or song lyrics that have a thanksgiving theme or that have spoke to you this year.  You can add as many as you want.  There is no limit. Smile  If verses are repeated, I think that's probably ok.
This has been a really tough year for many of us.  I know, for us, 2012 will go down as the hardest year of our life so far.

Psalm 145:7: "They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness." 

Psalm 31:19: "How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you."

Friday, November 16, 2012

Bible Study - Grieving God's Way: Friday Check-in

Study: Grieving God's Way

Day 12: "Almost every dieter hits wall.  Days, even weeks, go by without any noticeable loss of wieght.  It's enough to make you want to sink your teeth into the nearest candy bar.  Those of us in grief hit the same kind of wall.  We reach a point where we seem to be stuck in depression and it looks like things are never going to improve.  Whether we call this a wall or plateau, it's God's way.

The grief plateau or dieter's wall serves a useful purpose - this slowing down allows the body to adjust to the many physical and emotional changes taking place.  Whether a person shoots up a foot, loses ten pounds, or is traumatized by loss, the brain must make adjustments to accommodate the changes.

Emotions are as taxing to the body as physical exertion. Grief changes how a person breathes, behaves, and even thinks - and this is reflected in speech, movement, and outlook.  The brain can't possibly process this all at once, so we shut down.  We become more reclusive to prevent outside stimili from interfering with the work of the brain. It feels like we are buried in a hole, but in reality we are in God's protective care."

Faith comes to us in the quiet moments and healing takes time.  You may think you are making no progress and are stuck in grief, but God is preparing our body and soul for the next stage of healing.

VOTD: Job 37:14 - "Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God."

Feel free to respond.

Question of the Day:

1) When was the last time you stopped and saw something or somewhere that can only be described as "wondrous work of God?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bible Study - Grieving God's Way: Wednesday Check-in

Ever since I wrote a message on Facebook looking for study ideas for the Bible study that I help lead, I have had a few friends ask if they could be involved.  We start a new study every week on Wednesday, with a check-in on Wednesday, Friday, then Monday. I'll post the check-ins here, so people outside of our forum can participate if they want to.

Hi ladies,
I got this free book in the mail yesterday called, "Grieving God's Way - The Path to lasting Hope and Healing."  I thought this week, I would share some of it and we could "read" it together.  I pulled out some things to share from what I have read so far.

Study: Grieving God's Way

VOTD: Romans 8:26 - "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness."
Feel free to respond

When a loved one dies, the body reacts with shock.  The circulation slows; we feel cold and disoriented.  Breathing is shallow. After the numbness wears, bones ache and muscles are sore.  Food holds no interest, and though we may fall exhausted into bed each night, we often can't sleep, or we sleep too much.  This is how the body grieves. Grieving God's way requires us to trust that God will lead us through the darkness, heal our pain, take away our weariness, and fill our hearts with hope, peace, and new purpose.

Day 2: "Take a deep breath. If you are grieving a loved one, chances are you haven't taken a breath for quite some time.  The physical and emotional stress of grief can do an enormous amount of harm to the mind and body. We become so caught up in our pain we literally forget to breathe." In both Greek and Hebrew, the word for breath also means spirit.

Studies have shown that deep, slow breathing can strengthen the heart, tone muscles, increase energy, etc.  Shallow breathing, the kind that is prevalent during grief , fills only the upper parts of the body with air.  The headaches, back pain, indigestion, and depression that plague us during the darkest days of grief might simply be our bodies crying out for oxygen.

Question of the Day:

1) How does grief affect you physically and emotionally?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Divine Appointments

My former pastor called Divine Appointments those times when God brings people together in surprising ways to meet a need.  Have you ever met someone and they said or did the exact right thing that you needed at that moment?  You knew that God had to be in it.  Time and time again God leads Christians and sometimes non-Christians together to cross another person's path and great things happen.  My last year has been filled with Divine Appointments.

I have always loved the month of November because it's a month to give thanks.  This year I find myself thanking God for my loving husband, my amazing friends, and an online group of ladies that I have never met in person.  This Spring I stepped out of my comfort zone and joined an online group.  I'm usually a pretty private person, so getting my story out there was hard.  I have found nothing but love and support from this group and I hope that I have given love and support back.

Today, I logged in to the group and what I found did not surprise me.  This year has been hard. 2012 will be a year that we will always remember.  We have not been very open about why today is significant in our lives, but of the few people that do know no one remembered, but this group did.

Here are just a few of the messages that I got today.

  • "This am as I was driving the little girl I nanny for to school I saw a sign that said Wycliffe (I think it was the subdivision) and it made me think of you. On the way back to their house after dropping her off I had the sense that I was supposed to pray for you. So while driving I started to pray for you!"
  • Extra ((((HUGS)))) for you today.
  •  I have been thinking and praying for you extra this week, especially today. I hope that the day is kind to you. I am sending you so many (((hugs)).
  • More here, honey! Big, huge, squishy HUGS!
  • Extra hugs to you today dear! I hope the day is kind to you.
  • Even more bigger hugs your way!  *hugs Bethelgal extra tight*
I believe in Divine Appointments.  I believe these wonderful ladies were brought into my life at the exact time that I needed them.  This is not a group that you volunteer to join, but it's a group that is a god-send and we were all brought together at the perfect time. 

Our Date Night

I can't believe this year is almost over.  It's been quite a year of ups and downs.  Today, we are remembering what could have been if things turned out differently earlier this year.  Last night, we needed a date night, since Steve works tonight.  He said that we could go anywhere that I wanted to.  I wanted to try Cheddars.  We hadn't been there yet and I had heard pretty good reviews of it.

The biscuits that came with the salad were absolutely delicious.  Steve got the Braised Beef with mashed potatoes.  The mashed potatoes were heavenly.  The beef was good too.  I wanted to get the Chicken Pot Pie, but they were all out so I got a sandwich...very tasty.

Our food came out really fast, but our server was a little slow with our drinks.  They were pretty busy though.  She was really friendly.

After dinner, we went to the dollar theater to see Hope Springs.  It's a movie about a couple that has been married for 32 years and they go on a week long marriage enrichment trip.  It was actually pretty funny.  It's not a movie to bring kids too.  It's rated PG 13 for a reason, but it's tastefully done.  Marriage was portrayed in a positive light as something worth fighting for and not something you just throw away.  I liked that since so many movies nowadays try and portray marriage as something negative that should be avoided.  It was an honest movie with some humor thrown in.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Book Review: Going Deep By Gordon MacDonald

Going Deep: Becoming A Person of Influence
By Gordon MacDonald

I ordered Going Deep: Becoming A Person of Influence back in January and admittedly it has taken me this long to read it, not because it was a bad book but because it's been a very stressful year.  It was very much a book written for pastors and church leaders.  Too many churches are content with reaching people where they and then letting them stay there.  My pastor has says, "God loves you where you are, but He loves you too much to leave you there."  This book is the story of a pastor that wanted to take his church deeper.  He had a passion for seeing lives changed and had a vision to train up leaders to do that.  What do you think churches in America would look like if they are started living like they really believe what they are teaching?

* Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Heat Things Up

84 percent of Americans owned on average more than one Bible and we have access to many different English translations.  When we open up our Bibles, we can read the words on the pages in a language we understand.

For a few million people around the world, when they open their Bible (if they even have access to on) they have to read it in someone else's language. Wycliffe believe that every person deserves to have the opportunity to open up the Bible and understand fully what God is saying them in their heart language.  That's why we are going.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Anchor Holds

Ray Boltz - The Anchor Holds

I have journeyed
Through the long, dark night
Out on the open sea
By faith alone
Sight unknown
And yet His eyes were watching me 
The anchor holds
Though the ship is battered
The anchor holds
Though the sails are torn

I have fallen on my knees
As I faced the raging seas
The anchor holds
In spite of the storm

Ive had visions
Ive had dreams
Ive even held them in my hand
But I never knew
They would slip right through
Like they were only grains of sand 
I have been young
But I am older now
And there has been beauty
That these eyes have seen
But it was in the night
Through the storms of my life
Oh, that's where God proved
His love to me
CHORUS (repeat) 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Maid of the Mist

I took a video while we were on the boat.  It was absolutely amazing. I had to stop shooting the second video when the water raining down us got too hard for my phone.  Enjoy the view.

The first video is a better, but the second has a really clear picture of the rainbow.

Monday, October 22, 2012

God's Glorious Creation - All Lit Up

They light up the Falls at 7pm from the Canadian side every night.

That is alot of water pouring over the falls.  All the mist is where we were earlier today.  The water going over the Falls is only 50% of the water that was in the river because half of the water is stopped and redirected to be used in the New York power plant.  How cool is that? Niagara Falls generates enough power to power New York City, the surrounding area, and all of Ontario, Canada.

Breathtaking Beauty

I took this picture from the Maid of the Mist.  It's a beautiful day.  I have always loved rainbows, but this year they hold a whole new meaning.  They were all over and very visible while "driving" into the falls. We got really wet, but it was so worth it.  We even saw a double rainbow.

Our Retreat: Niagara Falls

Steve and I are taking a few days away.  It's been a very stress filled year, so this should be a rejuvenating trip.  Steve has never been to Niagara Falls and he found a Groupon online to get a great deal on a hotel here, so here we are.  We arrived last night after an 8-9 hour drive.  It was a fairly easy drive. We are staying at the Four Points Sheridan here in Niagara Falls, NY.  At first glance, it looks really fancy and the $8 bowl of oatmeal for breakfast proves that.  I bet it's really good bowl of oatmeal though.  I don't think we will be splurging for it though.

The picture is our view from our room.  It's a very peaceful view of the Niagara River.

Friday, October 19, 2012

When my world is shaking, Heaven stands

Your Hands by JJ Heller

I have unanswered prayers
I have trouble I wish wasn't there
And I have asked a thousand ways
That you would take my pain away
You would take my pain away

I am trying to understand
How to walk this weary land
Make straight the paths that crooked lie
Oh Lord, before these feet of mine
Oh Lord, before these feet of mine

When my world is shaking, heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave your hands

When you walked upon the earth
You healed the broken, lost and hurt
I know you hate to see me cry
One day you will set all things right
Yeah, one day you will set all things right

When my world is shaking, heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave your hands

Your hands that shaped the world
Are holding me
They hold me still
Your hands that shaped the world
Are holding me
They hold me still

When my world is shaking, heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave you
When my world is shaking, heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave
I never leave your hands
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/j/jj_heller/your_hands.html ]

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My Life's Soundtrack

What songs are included on the soundtrack of your life?
  1. Someone Like You by Jamie Slocum

    This is my ministry song.  As Steve and I make the journey to serve God full time with Wycliffe Bible Translators, this song comes to mind.  God can use someone like us to bring His word to the people that still need it.
  2. Hurt and Healer by Mercy Me

    I am so thankful that God has brought us through this last year.  This song has been a big blessing this year.
  3. Wait for Me by Rebecca St. James

    I am thankful that I have a husband that loved me, before he even knew me, enough to "wait for me."
  4. Tomorrow from Annie

    I grew up watching this movie.  No matter what happens the sun will come up tomorrow.
  5. I Will Be Here by Steven Curtis Chapman

    This song is for my amazing husband.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Let Your Light Shine

Let your light shine out
make it big and bright
Let your light shine out
deep into the night.
Let Your Light Shine

Let your light shine out
for the whole world to see,
like a flower as pretty as can be.

Yes, let your light shine out
making it spread about
to every creature & everyone
making it a happier place under the sun.

Written by Sue Chevalier on August 3,1996

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October: A Month for Women and Hope

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
On October 25, 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed that October would be Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
  • Approximately 1 in 4 pregnancies worldwide will end in miscarriage.  
  • Approximately 75% of all miscarriages occur in the first trimester.
  • An estimated 19% of the adult population has experienced the death of a child (this includes miscarriages through adult-aged children).

    "When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them." - Ronald Reagan
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
This year, YWCA Week Without Violence is October 14-20, 2012.

  • One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
  •  85% of domestic violence victims are women.
  • Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.
  • Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.
  • 30% to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household.

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