Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

what happens in life group... just plain funny!

You see these crazy adventures of women who partcipate in Girl's Night Out. Last night was the 'Card's life group' ladies night out.

Now, see here's the difference of women who are trying to show off, and those of us who really do just enjoy each other's company.

Normal Society: Big dinner, expensive dinner. Trip to 'the club', drinking, hitting on guys that you don't know, maybe ending in someone "taking someone home".

Card's life Group: Coney Island, cooing over the most beautiful little baby boy you've ever seen. Dollar Show for a funny movie, What happens in Vegas with Cameron Diaz and Ashton, ( Angie's chair broken so she had to lay down during the movie. Trip to DQ. And as much laughter as you could have without peeing your pants.

It was the best time I've had in a long time. It's funny because God has really been speaking to my heart lately about 'doing less' and 'enjoying life more'. That's difficult for me. There's always a responsibility, someone who will be let down. But last night, I just relaxed, laughed, enjoyed the night with 5 other beautiful women.

Job 8:21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.

Monday, July 28, 2008

It’s beginning to be harvest time! I’m so excited!

I got my first zucchini last weekend, and ate my first cucumber today for lunch. I have lots of blooms but not a lot of veggies yet! The tomatoes are coming, they are green, but they will be red soon! I’m really excited.

My garden was an experiment. Next year, note to self: Max 4 tomatoes plants in the area where I planted 6. Also note to self… Zucchini plants should be further apart, and peppers don’t do well in the area I planted them in, no cantalopes at all. Oh well, it was worth a try.

I can’t wait to make zucchini parmesan and homemade salsa… YUM!!

If you’ve never seen the bloom on a zucchini plant, you’re missing out! It’s beautiful! And it has a wonderful vegetable attached to it.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

a great day!

Yesterday was probably one of my top ten days of 2008, maybe even top 5.

You know what I did? Nothing really. I didn't load the dishwasher, I didn't vacuum, laundry, cut the lawn, wash the floors, you get the picture.

Metro South Church
had a team in the Grace Centers of Hope Men on a Mission softball tournament. I was supposed to help with the concession stand, however, it didn't seem like they needed me (they had LOTS of help!) so I watched softball... all day. I love watching sports.

Our team made it to the semi-finals! They did so well! It was a beautiful day to be out... I'm sunburned but thankful for the day of nothing.

Since it was so far away, I had some great time with God while i was in the car. A lot of cloudy things were cleared up. One thing I heard loud, I brought you to it, I'll bring you through it. Be still, and know I am God. (Psalm 46:10)

Friday, July 25, 2008

This city...

Wanna know if you are living right? Want confirmation that you are doing the work of God?

Watch hell boil over... watch satan come at you with both guns blazin'...

and then... send him packin'

Romans 16:20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

I can't get on Youtube right now... This song comes to mind!

God of this City by Tomlin

You're the God of this city
You're the King of these people
You're the Lord of this nation
You Are

For there is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

Chorus 1:
Greater things have yet to come
Great things are still to be done
In this city
Greater things are still to come
And greater things are still to be done here

Verse 2:
You're the Lord of Creation
The Creator of all things
You're the King above all Kings
You Are

You're the strength in our weakness
You're the love to the broken
You're the joy in the sadness
You Are

Chorus 2:
Greater things have yet to come
Great things are still to be done
In this city
Where glory shines from hearts alive
With praise for you and love for you
In this city

Greater things have yet to come
Great things are still to be done
In this city
Greater things are still to come
And greater things are still to be done here

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Being Child like

“Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”- Matthew 19:14

I love this verse. When I think of it, I don't think necessarily of little children (even though I know they need to be steered toward Jesus), I think of people with child like qualities who need to come to Jesus.

I think of...

People who are helpless. They are in desperate need of someone to meet their needs, whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual. They NEED.

Teenagers. Teenagers have so much thrown at them via their parents jacked up lives, the media. We need to get out of their way (and our own) and let them develop a relationship with Jesus. THEY NEED.

I think of you, and I think of me. I think that one of the most important things about coming to Jesus is that we need to be child-like. We need to love and trust Him like young children trust their parents. That God has control of it all, and we need not worry. I think of so many situations in my own life, that are all going on that I just need to say "God, I know You have it, I trust You to take care of it, it's all Yours". WE NEED.
I think of the desires of my heart, that I want fulfilled that I wonder "will it ever happen?" I believe (BELIEVE!) that God would not have given me those desires of my heart, if He didn't have a plan to fulfill them.

I think sometimes I hinder myself, as a great wise one once said, "I get in my own way".

Today, with child like love and trust, I'm stepping aside, I am asking that God work in me and through me.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


If you know me, you know i don't relax well. That sounds ridiculous, even as I type it. However I know, i need to be in the right frame of mind to relax, it's one of my worst personality traits.

Yesterday I went looking for a church to go to today, I searched a number of different ways on google, but I could find a church that I felt I wanted to go to or that I felt lead to. I wanted something relevant, something like Metro. Today I kept searching, finally getting the bright idea to search 'non-denominational church'. Up came Baypoint Community Church. It looked modern, and relevant, and it was 5 minutes away... I know that church can't bring you closer to God, but sometimes it helps us to start our week off or get us focused or whatever. I've been at church for the last couple weeks but I'll be honest, I've been running around trying to get everything ready for this or that, I haven't actually sat through 'service'. Today I almost felt a sort of unrest. I needed to go to church.. If you can judge church by it's website, this looked very cool, very real, very relevant.

I ventured out this morning, stopping for an iced tea at the 'coffee bean' and a blueberry muffin because of my poor timing I missed breakfast. I was starting to get a headache.

I knew going in, this wasn't going to be a normal service because it was their 10th anniversary celebration. Truth be told, I really wanted to see how God had moved in the life of this chruch. That is always exciting to see.

First thing I noticed that they have 'first timers' parking and entrance. Nice, because I hate trying to figure out where to go in, especially since this church was pretty big. One thing I was surprised by was that their greeters were not overly excited for me to be coming in. Now this could be for a couple of reasons. After attending the church they had stated that the wanted to tip the scales to the non-believer. They seem to be what I could label as an outreach church, which is awesome! They may not want 'seekers' to be overwhelmed by some over enthusiastic Christ Follower first thing walking in. However, I wanted to learn more about this church. I figured I would ask later.

The life of this church is definitely friendly. You can tell that these people love and care about each other. They were very busy speaking with each other, so much, that no one noticed me. And I'm usually hard to miss :) As part of our first 5 group, I pray that we don't let anyone go unnoticed. After service, one woman, Marsha, after I spoke with her was so kind and walked me around the church, telling me how much she loved it, bragging on it, and she unashamedly called it home. That kind of thing makes my heart sing.

Their pastor, Nick Twomey, spoke about the decisions that they've made with this church, and where they are going. They've already started to outgrow their building in about one year of being there, how great is that! It means God is moving through them in this community. His love is spreading and people don't just know about it, they feel it.

Praise and Worship was what I could best describe as "lakewood-esque". Quality. Not exactly my type of music, however, God breathed. I was encouraged by the teens in the worship band (you know I love those teens!). I engaged in the words to the song, instantly connecting with God.

The pastor walked about the decisions the church had made since the very beginning. How building people where more important than building buildings. That always makes me smile because it shows that he is carrying God's vision not his own, that shows the true character of his leadership.

He also talked about the vision for the next 10 years. One great thing he brought up was the need for another service, and how Saturday nights was really the best option for a 3rd service, but it would burn out the staff (Go Pastor Nick!) for saying no to that. I don't think it's good to burn out anyone, even in the name of Jesus.

And it was their baptism day... they do it in Grand Travese Bay... 80 today! 80 lives changed by Christ and showing the world they love and follow Him.

This church made me appreciate my own church, friends, and pastor.

What a great experience from beginning to end.

After that, I was able to relax on the water.

Thanks be to God for today.

few words

I have a lot of feelings but my words are jumbled… so until it’s sorted out…I’ll sing and continue to worship in all I do.

Ecc 5:2 Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Last week

I wanted to give you a recap of last week.

What a great week! I can only imagine how God looked down on our kids with great pride. I was so proud of them! They worked so hard and I know they were hot! I know this because they were also stinky :)

It is so great to see God work through them all week, cooking, painting, cleaning, working with kids, whatever needed to be done!

I didn't do much except cook for the kids and clean! We ate well! Drank lots of water!!

Today we are in Traverse City with my dad's new family (me for the weekend, Phyllis for the week).

to be continued!

Thanks for praying!

Matthew 9:38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."

The reputation of this city begins with me!

We're back! It was a great time, very tiring!! Next year, I'm getting my own sleeping quarters :)

Serving God is amazing!

More l8r!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

I love Detroit!

WOW! We’re about to leave tomorrow for the Detroit Mission Trip 2008! I’m excited and nervous! I’m excited because I love to serve God and I love to see God move in the hearts of “my kids. I’m excited about that some of the kids that are going, I didn’t know were going, and THEY ARE! I’m always nervous about having enough food! God gave me this incredible gift of loving to cook, even though it’s a lot of work, it doesn’t seem like it. My biggest hope is that this gift I have, is passed on to someone so that someday they will have the same joy I do.

I’ve just been amazed at God lately. I mean, I am always amazed at Him and how He loves us, but lately, I’ve seen millions of miracles, big and small. I’ve watched our church come together and love each other. In ways bigger and better than ever before!

Our worship leader asked for prayer for hearts of worship. I think if we have a heart that is continually in worship, whatever we are doing whether its singing or teaching children, or working in a cafĂ©, or cooking for a mission trip, you can’t help but see the miracles God has for us EVERYDAY.

I am thinking to myself, I sound so corny, that if you are reading this, and you don’t know God, you’ll think I’m nuts, but once He’s touched your heart, once you’ve lived one second in His grace and love, you know what I speak of is true. You know that miracles are found every day, it’s like that old hymn says, you were once blind, but now you see. You were once lost, but now, YOU’RE FOUND!

Have a great week, pray for us! I love you lots!!

Listen to this song… it’ll end up on your ipod ;)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Off we go!

Good morning! TGIF! Sorry I haven’t blogged! I’ve been SO busy (even for me). Getting ready to go on vacation at work, which means a whole lotta preparation getting ahead of the game or at least not leaving anything behind.

Vacation for me means we’re going on a Mission Trip. This year, we (Metro South Youth Ministries) will be serving at Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries. I’m excited! I can’t believe it’s here (we leave Monday and return Friday) and I am no where near having the food for our group purchased. A church from Arkansas is coming up to serve with us, how cool is that?!

So… while we’re gone, I gotta few prayer requests if you don’t mind.

1. My sanity (as Youth Staff – and not to mention, I’m high strung – this is always needed.)
2. That our physical bodies are safe but our spirit and love for Jesus is DANGEROUS
3. Satan’s plans be bound, God’s plans be loosed
4. That the students (all of us really) have a servant’s attitude
5. Jesus is with us everywhere we go and He’s honored by what we are doing!

Thanks for your prayers! I’ll have pictures when I return.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Becky Mara

I have to tell you about this friend I have… Becky.

Becky is great. She loves coffee and has quit smoking (I’m SO proud of you Beck!). When you see Becky, you are always greeted with a big smile (I’m usually greeted with a “hi Beautiful” but that’s me – I’m ‘pecial)

Becky is a great friend. Yesterday she called me just to check up on me, to make sure I was ok, it’s been a rough couple of days. She laughs at you when you’re nuts about something and it may seem that she’s laughing at you, but she’s not, she’s laughing with you, she’s just waiting for you to catch up. Lol…

Becky is joyful! JOY-FUL! Even when her daughter is leaving for Uganda, all by herself, Becky knows that following God is the best way and she’s joyful.

She’s trusting too! She knows God has it all unde rcontrol, she may not know the plan, she might not even be too crazy about the plan, but this she knows, her God is a mighty God, and He is bigger, and knows better than us.

There are a lot of things Becky is that I’m not, and vice versa. But one love we share is cooking for those we love. A funny, true story. Our church, which we all refer to as ‘the building’ was under construction from October 2006 to ~March 2007. Every weekend we had groups and groups of people who worked, I don’t have that kind of talent, but I could bring food, it seemed that Becky did the same thing… The funny thing is, not knowing, we always brought food on different days, we kept people fed. We work so well together that we do it without even knowing.

Becky is a great mom, all her kids are different, they even have great but different personalities. And because they are loved, they love too! You can tell a mom by the way she loves her kids, and that looks completely different for each mom. Becky = love!

Becky is a great wife. To be the witness to someone who prayed and prayed and prayed and prayed for God to lay hold of her hubby, and watch it happen, a little at a BAM! He grabbed hold. It was great. What a wonderful example!

Hey Beck! I love you, thanks for being such a good friend, and sister in Christ.

Ecc 4:9-11
9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:

10 If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!

11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

should have known better

I am not very trusting, I may seem like it, but I'm not. That's really why I hold most things in, because I can never decide if I should really trust someone enough to show them my heart. And yesterday, I thought I could trust someone, only to find out.... I'll never do that again.

There's only One that you can trust.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart... in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6

Saturday, July 05, 2008


Now this is funny!!

Thursday, July 03, 2008


“what do you need me to do, except pray, because I’m already doing that”.

That is my response in a time of need. You see, I am that person who really has it in her heart to help. I fall short, or I’m uber busy, but I try. There is one thing I can always do, pray.

Now, I’ve been told that if you want to pray correctly, you need to go to a quiet place just like Jesus. Like praying at my desk or in the car or while making food doesn’t count. Let me just confess this right now, I hardly ever go to a quiet place to pray, because if I did, I’d be snoozing in 3.5 minutes. It is entirely true when I tell you that I fall asleep praying, that is, if I want a good night’s sleep. Falling asleep in the Arms of God is the best way I’ve found to fall asleep and stay asleep. I can also tell you that I pray (and worship) most effectively when cooking. Even if it’s making macaroni and cheese from a box or melting cheese on nachos. If asked to pray on a blog, I pray right then. And somehow, I am drawn to the blog even more, and I pray each time I visit.

I pray while I worship in song because I think sometimes we need the words others write when we don’t have our own. And quite often, I pray with my heart and no words because I believe that God can hear my heart (mostly because it’s truer) better than any words my mouth/brain could conjure up.

I think sometimes people (who don’t truly understand prayer) underestimate it’s power. I’ve asked for prayer many times. There have been many times when I’ve asked for it, and have been lifted so high in prayer that I could actually feel it’s power. Prayer is amazing.


What can I pray for?

Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Massages and gardening

I go to a spa to get my nails done (my g-friend works there). And honestly, it took all I had not to get a massage yesterday. Like i need to spend $70 on that... I needed to go the vitamin store and get my nutritional supplements. I knew it was going to be A LOT because I was pretty much out of everything, and if Phyllis didn't have her Kelp, she was going to be in for some more hot flashes. Poor thing. I really wanted to though. Really. This is not the time to spend money foolishly.

Yesterday I needed to stake up my tomato plants... lots of yellow flowers and a couple little tiny tomatoes growing! Yeah! The zucchini is growing, the basil is getting bigger, the cilantro is flowers, the parsely is bunching, and the mint is spreading like wildfire. The rest of the plants... not so much! Oh, and the weeds in the back yard.... they are going crazy I tell you. It will be some well needed gardening this weekend.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Catching Up!

Its been awhile since I wrote last, I’ve had a lot of thoughts in my head, a lot of people on my heart, I just haven’t had time. So I will get you all caught up… sorry for the rambling.

We went to Desperation Conference and… for the kids it was great, it got them recharged. To be honest, I had this very anxious feeling. I didn’t feel like I belonged there. I continually felt like there was something else for me. Even during worship, I couldn’t engage with God like normal. We spoke but it wasn’t like praise and worship, it was just different. Friday every time I opened my bible it was to Isaiah. I mean EVERY TIME! I would think I’d be opening to psalms… Isaiah… Matthew… Isaiah… Revelations… Isaiah. God knew I needed to be in Isaiah. And as I side note… Whenever it’s Isaiah I always think of the of old Detroit Edison commercial where Isaiah Thomas’ mother says “Oh Isaiah”. And I kind of think that. Isaiah is a hard read for me. It’s packed with a lot of good stuff, but for me, it’s a hard read especially without my study bible. Rarely do I carry my study bible with me, it’s my pink beat up one that travels in my purse, frankly because the other one is just too heavy. However, I brought my study bible “on accident” along with my standard pink one. I had lent it to one of the kids for the trip. It was nuts because I actually had forgotten it was there until someone said something… Oh thank You Jesus!! So Saturday morning instead of going to the conference, I spent my time reading Isaiah and was filled up like crazy, my mood changed. God said to me “you do not need a conference to go deeper with me” and “everyone worships differently, don’t be troubled”. After reading, I proceeded to prepare all the stuff for lunch. And then once the kids came to eat… I prepared for dinner, sorted plastic silverware. I sang and praised, and sorted silverware. It seems funny to worship sorting silverware… but I did. I made dinner, that was SO yummy!! And I got everything put away, and right before they came out of the conference, I made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, staged the snacks, and water so we didn’t have to stop and eat and could go home. Again… worshipping the whole time. Thank You God for my gifts. They really are fabulous although they are not glamourous… they are fabulous. I came back more rev’d up then I could have imagined.

We were so blessed to have Deas Vail (and Coin Laundry Loser) play at Alive last night. This is my opinion, I thought they were good, kind, and sweet and thankful. Monday morning my house looked like a college dorm. Young people everywhere.

Typically I cook for the bands that come. I always figure it’s good to feed them a good meal because they eat pizza and fast food while out on the road. It seems kind of silly, but I always do that. It’s my gift and I love giving my gift away only to be blessed even more.

For some reason, I don’t know what happened but the band didn’t have a place to stay. “you can stay at our house” came right out of my mouth. We brought the leftovers from dinner home and they feasted some more… Chicken enchiladas, taco dip, Spanish rice, and the normal compliment to that meal… lasagna. Before going to bed, I threw together a French toast casserole for them to make before they left to go back on the road.

I went to a funeral visitation for a friend in my life group. He was 58 which seems so young. What a great man. He loved his family, He loved God. He was real, and loved. He was funny and he loved. The world is a better place for those who knew him, he is in Heaven and he will be missed. My prayer… for God to keep his family, and to call those who haven’t answered so loud, they can’t help but answer.

And one last thought ... Love Wins! Everytime.
2 Corin 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.