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, February 29, 2012

Holy Spirit Leading

Sometimes I even surprise myself.  Today my heart really had no words to express what is/was going on inside me. 

I went to a bible study on the Holy Spirit.  It was really great!  My friend leads it and she was talking about being baptized in the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues (and oh I know there could be some crazy conversations/comments about this subject, and the only thing I will say is that if you comment about this – be God honoring!!).  This is not a gift I have accepted/been given as of yet.  Now that is not to say that I will never speak in tongues, it does not mean that I don’t want to, it’s just not something that I am familiar with or have done.  As with all things with Jesus, I am open to receiving any gift He gives me.

I also have never fasted before.  I know, shock and awe this post.  But over the last couple days I really have felt the need to fast.  I don’t know when it was but a week or so ago, I came home, just reeling from the day, and to slow down, I ate potato salad… and not a normal portion of it, and I even said/thought “I know God, I should devour You not this” and that moment has been in my brain since it happened. I have never fasted before because I never felt the need to fast.  Wasn’t for it, wasn’t against it.  But I feel the need to do it now.

And it’s certainly not because I want to go hungry, but it is because I want to hunger after God.  I want to hear Him, I want to seek Him, I want to pursue Him.  He gives me the desires of my heart, and I want to accept them.  Whatever that is. 

How long will my fast last?  I’m not sure, until God says ‘It is finished’.  I’m telling you about this so that if you feel the Holy Spirit telling you to do something, even if it’s hard… be brave.  He has great things for you!

I ask that as I am seeking God that you pray for me.  I don’t like to give the devil too much credit, but I ask that you pray protection over me as I seek His will to be done in my life.

This is a little scary, but not scarier than not listening to His voice and following His way.

Eph 2:10 (NLT) For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

I love this video.  I cannot watch it without crying.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Your Vote Counts

Now, if you know me, I don’t watch the news.  I don’t read the paper.  I just don’t like to hear about all the crap that goes on in the world. I tend to live in a bubble and read about the things I care about.  (Give me a AMEN! for clean water and ending sex-trafficking)

But I vote.  I’m one of those last minute, look at the facts, not going to post a gazillion things on facebook.  I pray about who I vote for and I let God guide me (like everything else in my life).  To be honest, I never base my vote on Pro-life, which is a whole ‘nother subject and you can blog about it all you want!!  Stop taxing me and giving my money to someone on welfare who has a smart phone (and the phone service!)  Seriously!  Stop spending my money needlessly.  And even though it might make people mad, I am going to vote for someone who claims Jesus as their Lord and Savior (past claiming it, I can’t check up on them).

I am not lucky that I vote, I am honored, privileged and thankful that I vote. Many people fought for us so that we could live in a FREE country, but we all know, nothing is free!  There are many men and women who fight for our country, who fight for the right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  

I’m thankful. 

I pray for my leaders, sometimes I pray they get a clue, I pray for them to walk in the footsteps of Righteousness, I pray for their salvation, integrity, but not matter the outcome today, I know that my God is righteous, He is a God of justice, and nothing happens without His permission.

Yes, I voted. 

As people do better, they start voting like Republicans - unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing. ~Karl Rove

Monday, February 27, 2012

New Adventures

It might be hard for you to understand, but I don’t like adventures.  Sure I get excited about the prospect of new things, but I don’t like change, or I don’t like the way I feel in the middle of change.  It’s especially true when God is doing something  TO ME during that ‘adventure’.  I’ve been doing a lot of trekking lately.  I love the destination, the feeling of knowing God did a work in and through you at the end, but the adventure itself can be rough.  I must put my hair in a pony, put my big girl panties on, take the Lord’s hand, and get on with every new adventure.  It sounds easier than it is.  Usually I look like one of those crazy kids kicking and screaming the whole way. But at the end of it, I love Him more.

Today I went on a walk today, I need to start training for mountain climbing (Haiti), well digging (El Salvador), and marathon running (In Detroit for Rwandan Orphans!).  I was praying outloud.  (I started praying out loud so that I would get accustomed to hearing myself so that I could pray in front of others).  So as I am praying “God I love You, You’ve got me going on some crazy adventures, I love adventures, wait, God, we both know that is NOT true.  I hate adventures… but I’ll go anywhere with You”

That is a dangerous, scary, totally calming prayer… ALL AT THE SAME TIME! 

I ended up walking 45 minutes, worshiping.  Arms in the air…  it was glorious, though I am sure there were people who thought I was nuts… and then it happened.  I just couldn’t help it.  I ran!  One block.  It was hard, and amazing worship! 

I was listening to one of my very favorite songs, You’ll Come by Hillsong

There are so many chains that have kept me from freedom for so long. I have shaken them off, broken free, in the Mighty Name of Jesus.  There are chains that bind me that I don’t even know about but everyday I turn my life over to the Lord is one more step closer to complete freedom.

I met with an awesome friend, I haven’t known him or his wife for very long but praying for people really helps you to love them!  They were talking about their mission work, in Utah.  Wow! I could literally picture the people in chains.  The bridge of You’ll Come just was echoing through my heart as he spoke.  I printed up a map of Utah, wrote a verse on it, and wrote out the chorus as my prayer.  It might seem silly, look silly, but I don’t care, I want God’s truth to break through all the lies, bring them truth and freedom. 

I have no idea what is ahead of me, I’m scared.  But I know that this adventure like every other one I’ve been on with God, will bring me closer to Him, make me fall more and more in love with Him, and bring me freedom.  

Hosea 6:3 Let us acknowledge the LORD; 
   let us press on to acknowledge him. 
As surely as the sun rises, 
   he will appear; 
he will come to us like the winter rains, 
   like the spring rains that water the earth.”


I have been trekking through the bible with some friends, reading (and listening) to the bible in Chronological order since the beginning of the year.  I must report, I am caught up as of today! I was a little behind but I am caught up.

We are in Numbers. I was shocked I made it through Leviticus without throwing up!  There were some really gross moments, I even gagged a few times!

You know people always get caught up that the people of the church count the amount of people who come and I have heard it said ‘all they care about is the numbers’.  I would say they don’t care about the number of people, they care about the people.  How do we measure things?  It’s exciting to see the lives changed by Jesus!  Whether it’s 1 or 1000 each one of those lives matters to Jesus.  He said He would go back for the one and leave the 99.   Why?  Because each one matters!

Reading Numbers I am thinking about the census they took.  Why because people matter!    People don’t want to turn their names into a church because they are afraid of someone following up with them.  Why?  Are they afraid of being loved?  Are they afraid someone might say that ‘please don’t do that, you’re hurting yourself, and others?’.  People don’t like rules.  I know the depths of my sin, and I know that sometimes it seems impossible to fight it.  That’s why I surround myself with people who will hold me accountable, those who will fight with me and sometimes for me. 

On another note, I was praying for something this morning, something I think I wanted , and I think God just popped me on the head and said “now, really, you know you don’t really want that”.  So many times I think I know what I want.  That’s what I get for thinking!!  Every day I must surrender to Jesus, He is not just Lord of some of my life, He is Lord of ALL of my life!

So thankful for His direction!

Numbers 6:24-26  24 “‘“The LORD bless you 
   and keep you;
25 the LORD make his face shine on you
   and be gracious to you;
26 the LORD turn his face toward you
   and give you peace.”’

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Remembering love in a pot

If you know me, I am not really all that materialistic.  Sure, I like stuff, just like the average person, but there is usually a meaning behind the reason why I like it.  

I have my gram's old dutch oven.  Do people even know what a dutch oven is these days? and do they call it that?  There is something magical about it.  I think that everything cooked in it, tastes better.  I use it for stuffed cabbage, and today, pot roast with onion on top, carrots (organic), and potatoes.

The heaviness of the pot reminds me of harder times, it reminds me of times when things seem so heavy, but still God is there. He is always there. 

It's beautiful silver color reminds me of His provision.

It's age reminds me of things passed, and how He never ever leaves us, He is with us until the end of the age.

I think about my Gram today and how much she loved us all.  I can still remember brown paper sacks with a banana, a snack size bag of fritos, homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, a granola bar, and a snack size candy bar.  A goodie bag <3.  I think of her tuna fish sandwiches made with tuna (chicken of the sea brand), hard-boiled eggs, and mayo.  always served on toasted bread with pickles on the side.  And let us not forget... Nesquik chocolate milk.  

Thank you Gram for teaching me the importance of small things, of loving family. 

And Thank You Jesus...  for everything.

2 Chron 35:13 They roasted the Passover animals over the fire as prescribed, and boiled the holy offerings in pots, caldrons and pans and served them quickly to all the people.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Corn & Cheese Chowder

I got this recipe from the Pioneer Woman (she’s awesome!)!!!  I adapted a little (removed flour, used frozen corn)

4 Tablespoons (1/2 Stick) Butter
1 whole Onion, Chopped
3 slices Bacon, Cut Into Pieces
3 whole Bell Peppers, Finely Diced (red, Yellow, Orange)
5 ears Corn, Kernels Sliced Off (I used 1 bag of steamers frozen corn)
¼ cups Corn starch
3 cups Chicken Stock Or Broth
2 cups Half-and-half
1 cup (heaping) Grated Monterey Jack
1 cup (heaping) Pepper Jack
Sliced Green Onions for garnish

Preparation Instructions
In a large pot, melt butter over medium-high heat. Cook onions for a couple of minutes. Add bacon and cook for another minute or so, then add diced bell peppers and cook for a couple of minutes. Finally, add corn and cook for a minute.
Sprinkle flour evenly over the top and stir to combine. Pour in broth and stir well. Allow this to thicken for 3 or 4 minutes, then reduce heat to low. Stir in half-and-half, then cover and allow to simmer/thicken for 15 minutes or so.
Stir in cheeses. When cheese is melted and the soup is hot, check seasonings. Add salt and pepper as needed.

He is!

I was thinking about how much I love Jesus. How much He is my life. I know (I really do know) that people think I'm a little whacky and have gone over the edge with this whole 'Jesus thing' but I don't know how I couldn't.  I mean, really He has changed my life, my heart, my thinking of the world, the way I think about myself.  I was thinking today, about how He is not my idol, He is someone I truly love.

He is holy!  He is worthy!

He is someone I love. He is someone I worship!

I just downloaded a sample of 'A hole in the Gospel' and my friend EJ said something along the lines of I better be ready to do something with it.  And I feel like I am, but I also feel like there is always something that holds me back.  I am totally afraid of being uncomfortable.

Did you know that I have a really hard time with smelly people. I mean, sometimes I gag!  I also like to be clean myself, I like to look presentable (though sometimes I just don't). I like to be comfortable.  I love people, but sometimes I just need to be alone.  And if I don't get my alone time, no one wants to be around me anyway.

I know that Jesus dying on a cross for my sins was enough.  But it blows me away that He would give me the awesome gift of making cupcakes, THEN He would let me use that gift to bring Him glory!  To send my friends and I to El Salvador!  and now to Haiti!  He is a provider.  I wrestled with Him about going to Haiti, and how would the money come...  and today alone I received $70 in donations for my Haiti Trip and that doesn't even include all the cupcake orders I have for tomorrow.

The more I see who God is, and accept His love and grace in my life, the more I want to know Him, the more I want to pursue who He is.  The more I want to accept His love and pour it out on others and show others who He is and what He has done in my life!

He is amazing!  I am so thankful that He has changed me, that He has loved me with an everlasting love!  That He has loved me, and comforted me, and made me, and provided for me, and calmed me as the storms have risen around me!

WOW!  He is worthy!

Psalm 145:3 Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom

Friday, February 24, 2012

I'm not afraid!

I have lived in fear almost all of my life. I actually can’t remember a time when I haven’t been afraid. 

Losing the one parent I had
Losing my daughter
Losing my own life (leaving Phyllis by herself)
Losing my job

Those are some big ones but I’ve been afraid of other things too.  Small things, things that probably don’t ever matter in the grand scheme of things but yet, I found myself afraid.  And fear is crippling.  And I have to battle it almost every day.  But I now don’t fight it on my own.  I repeat verses over and over in my head.  One thing a doctor told me to do was to write down all the things you’re afraid will happen for one month.  Put them in a box, at the end of the month make a pile of the things that actually happened.  None of them happened. It showed me that fear is ridiculous, and often I remember that exercise and it helps me to overcome.

 I also remember that I am an overcomer.  There is nothing in my life that can come up against me that is bigger than God.  And am I thankful for that!  I am also thankful that I’ve been praying the names of God because it brings peace of all that He is!

I will tell you that yesterday as I was serving in a Soup Kitchen/Church all of a sudden this overwhelming fear came over me that I’d lose my job and what if I had to eat in a soup kitchen.  OHMYWORD!  Of course in this economy there is always that chance, but for crying out loud there is no need to borrow trouble.  Sheesh!

I have a dear friend who also struggles with fear and so I was praying for her, and she has been in my constant thoughts. 
Fear is crippling
It is joy-stealing
It is complete work of the devil

God tells us so many times, don’t be afraid. DON’T BE AFRAID!  I’ve got it!  He tells us in Jer 29:11 – I’ve got you – I know what you need, I will take care of you, I’ve got some great plans!  In Matthew 6 He says hey, don’t worry, I care about lilies and sparrows, and I care so much more about you! 
I think about how much more we love things that we’ve made, and He made us in His image, and good parents watch out for their kids, they do not let things happen to them.  He loves us so much, He sent a Savior, and nothing can separate us from Him! That is something to rejoice in!  Doesn’t mean I don’t struggle, it just means I know where my hope is, I know who fights my battles, and that helps me love bigger, live for Him, and sleep at night!

Using my gifts for His glory!

This was actually written 2/22/12 but I was having posting issues...

I had a fundraiser yesterday, I sold cupcakes and water for my trip to El Salvador.  All the money that I raised went to our ‘general fund’ of expenses.  There was a lot of lessons that I saw come to light yesterday.

I was thinking about the song from Wicked last night, ‘ No good deed goes unpunished’ and how UNTRUE that really is.  I try to really live with a generous spirit.  Sometimes it is SUPER easy and sometimes… not so much.  Maybe you don’t know this but I make cupcakes for a ton of people in my office, it is something that I truly enjoy doing. I mean I LOVE it!  I know that we are grown adults but it does not mean that God loves us any less or that a birthday should not be celebrated!  Because I have shared lots of cupcake love (we used to have cake, then I had the brilliant idea that cupcake holders were a lot cheaper than plates and forks – and cupcakes are easier to distribute) & people know how good my cupcakes are and were willing to purchase them.   It was amazing to see how generous people were!  I don’t make cupcakes with the intention to ever get something out of it, but I think that if we are kind and loving towards others, that love is indeed returned to us.

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

I didn’t make all the baked goods myself.  My friend Netta gave me two loaves of her world famous poppy seed bread, my friend Eliz donated rice krispie treats, Phyllis helped me bake cupcakes, people helped me carry in all the containers, and people purchased cupcakes!  And lots of people prayed.

Variety is the spice of life!  I had a nice variety of cupcakes for choosing.  Yes, I could have made one kind, and I am sure I could have sold them, but everyone has different tastes and I think my combination was perfect (I actually sold EVERY LAST ONE!)

White with Raspberry Filling with Vanilla Frosting
White with PB frosting
Chocolate with PB frosting
Yellow with chocolate frosting
Banana with cream cheese frosting
Poppy seed Bread
Rice Krispie Treats

Never take the gifts that God has given you lightly.  I often look at my talents and think “I just cook” or “I just do that” and I look at others like Pastors I know and people who lead worship or who write books or do whatever… and think ‘wow, it would be cool to have a gift like that, they affect 100’s or 1000’s of people all the time’ but then I think of the quote by Mother Teresa “if you can’t feed 100 people, than just feed one”.  Our gifts matter, even the gift of making cupcakes!  I think that if we offer up our lives, our gifts to God, He will honor them.  Because He loves us, and He knew what He was doing when He gave us those gifts. 

My fundraiser was a complete success!  It would have been a success if I raised $20 because God did so much work in my heart through the whole thing!  But at this point I have raised $658 towards our trip!  I originally set my goal as $200 but God had spoken to me and said “don’t put a limit on Me” so when I sent the email, I did not include what I had hoped to raise, I just let God do His thing.  Also I was going to make 250 cupcakes, and God told me that would be too much!   15 dozen, 180 cupcakes, and I sold every single one of them by 4:30!!!  What would I have done with 70 extra cupcakes???  I find it comforting and THRILLING that God knows what He’s doing and is the Boss of me!

I cannot put into words the joy and love in my heart poured out by so many in my life. I’m thankful for a Savior who not only saved me from a life of eternal death, but has brought so much joy and love into my life that my heart could just explode!

Finding Comfort

I find that there are some days that are just a little harder to get through than others. Yesterday was one of those days.   I found myself 'blah blah blah' in the morning.  Which is not like me, I wake up, I'm usually ready to take on a new day!  but sometimes those days come and they just stink.  I muttled through knowing that I had way more to be thankful for than to worry about my burdens but yet, still.

I picked up my computer yesterday (it was at my dad's getting a tune up) and came home and felt a little better knowing that I could write again.  you wouldn't think that would bother me so much, but it did.  I need to figure out what I am going to do in Haiti and El Salvador!  I decided that I needed to stay home, I had other options but I really felt like home was where I needed to be.  So, I cleaned up the house a little white Ally McBeal was on.  I used to really love love love that show. I watched/listened to 4 episodes. I laughed.  what a goofy show that is, but yes, I like it.

I went to be hoping today I would jump out of bed and be ready to take on the world.  There is a song called 'He still loves me' and one of the lyrics is 'I used to wake up somedays and wish i'd stayed asleep 
cuz i went to bed on top of the world today the worlds on top of me ' and its ok.  

There is something about me, can't break me.  So today when my burdens seem big, I'll change my focus to something Bigger.  I'll praise Him not for the things that He has done for me but because He is Worthy!  He is Holy!  He is a Risen Savior!  And He is the Lord over all my life!

Matthew 11:28-29   28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

15 years

My computer had a crazy virus so I haven't written....  I need to write, it's a great form or relief and doing it with a pen and paper just isn't the same for me.

I can't believe that today I've worked at the same place for 15 years!  it's been an amazing adventure and I've learned a lot.  I can tell you, it's nothing like when I first started, doesn't mean worse, just isn't the same.   I've seen a lot of people come and go (by choice and not!) I've met some amazing people.  People that I've grown to love as family.  I've seen health and sickness, I've seen God do some pretty amazing things.

I pray as I walk into my office for my leaders, for my company.  Sometimes I pray at my desk.

I'm so thankful for such an opportunity.  They took a chance on a young woman who didn't know anything about the industry.  But when asked a question about something I said "I don't know, but I can learn anything" and that's still true to this day.

Steering Wheels, Outside Rearview Mirrors, fascias, emblems, seat tracks, wiring, electronics, headliners (my fave!!), visors, assist grips, IP parts, plastic parts, fenderliners...  and more!

But it's really not all about car parts, as I have come to know and love Jesus I have learned that it is the place where God has given me the opportunity to show people... Him.  Someday I am really good at it... and somedays I am thankful for His grace and mercy as I muck it all up.

I'm so thankful for God's provision with this amazing job that has provided me with so many opportunities to live love, to grow!

Jer 29:11-13 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Love looks good on me!

Maybe it’s me but sometimes God gives us the greatest gifts that don’t cost us a thing.  I feel like things have been crazy, I keep saying it!  I’M GOING TO HAITI!  And then, like me, I start thinking of all the things that could go wrong…  #1 on my list...  What if the kids in the orphanage don’t like me.  Isn’t that nuts?  I still feel like I’m that kid that’s picked last on the playground.    Always someone better to play with I guess.
It’s dumb to worry in the first place but to worry about that is just dumb. 
In the busy-ness of my life… BAKE SALE TOMORROW! I went over to love on my favorite muffins.  Ava, Lana, Levi, Judah, Zion with Phyllis.  I had gotten to see Jenna and Taylor this morning for lunch.  Let me tell you something, and let me tell you this too, I mean it with my whole heart.  Life doesn’t get much better than that.  Twilight walks (not the movie, we went for a walk in the dark as a distraction), bath time, watching Phyllis read to Lana, rocking Zion, forgetting to put on shoes, lots of giggles, and snuggle time.  It makes my heart sing.  In the craziness of life. It is those we love that matter most. 
I don’t often say this about me, but when you look at that picture, and even at the end of the day, flat hair, little makeup, don’t I look beautiful?  Love does that to you.
 Song of Solomon 7:6 How beautiful you are and how pleasing, my love, with your delights

Baked Potato Salad

3 - 5 lb bag of redskin potatoes, cut up, and cooked (not too mushy)
1 bag of bacon bits (I get them at Aldi - they are called Real Bacon bits or something)
2 handfuls of cheese (you can determine how big your handfuls are)
5-6 green onions cut up
equal parts of sour cream and mayonaise
~2 T of dried parsley
salt and pepper

Cook potatoes.  drain.  while still warm... add bacon bits and onions.  doing this warm releases the oils in these foods and makes it in all the potatoes.

Once cooled...  mix in cheese.  Remember to be kind of gentle - potatoes are delicate

Mix together mayo & sour cream, parsley, and salt and pepper.

Mix into potato mixture


Sorry this is kind of 'this and that' but that's how I cook!

God Working!!

Happy Monday!

I’m going to El Salvador in August with a group of my friends/family! I’m excited to bring clean water and Jesus to El Salvador! Well, Jesus is already there, so I guess I am just meeting Him there.

We had a fundraiser in the Fall and we are having a bowling fundraiser on March 31 (it’s a Saturday if you’d like to come, consider this your invitation – more details to follow). We do have lots of money to raise! I felt like I should have a bake sale at work to help raise the funds for our group. Use the gifts that God has given me for His glory. You’d think this would have been an easy thing to do… however, it really wasn’t. Asking people for money (or help in general) is not my favorite thing to do. HOWEVER, I really felt like I needed to do it. I’m excited about my trips (Haiti – June, Detroit – July, El Salvador – August), I’m excited to do something, anything, in the name of Jesus. Clean water is not a privilege, it is a right if you ask me.

So I stepped out, I even wondered if I’d get in trouble, but that didn’t stop me. I sent out a letter (adapted below) to the people I work with. I was going to put a goal on it, and God spoke very clearly, “don’t put a limit on what I can do”. So I took that part of the letter out (after the bake sale I will share with you what my goal is and what was achieved – but I can tell you, I’ve already passed my goal with pre-orders and donations by 50%).

I tell you all this not because of what I can do, because on my own, I can do nothing! I know that God brings to us a lot of things, I know that He gives us incredible talents, and sometimes when we are scared, it is then most that He works in us, and others. Sometimes I think I just need to tell fear to pack it’s bags and hit the road!

I think that it is so important to remember that whatever we do, that we remember everything in our lives is our mission field. We reach people’s hearts in our grocery stores, in our office, in our family, in our city, in our world. I’m excited about my trips, I am excited about helping others, and I am also excited about God working in my own heart, to make me more like Him, and bring more people to Him.

1 Cor 12:1-11 1 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

Dear friends,

I am going to El Salvador on a mission trip with 10 of my friends. We decided as a team that we would sponsor our own well and pay for our own trip. The money I am raising is to offset the cost of the well and some traveling expenses. The amount in our general fund is $13,000. We’ve raised a little over $6000 so far.

Going on a mission trip overseas is scary for me. What is funny is that I am never afraid of getting hurt, I am always afraid of not being comfortable. In the past, I have been involved in overseas missions by cooking food for fundraisers, selling candy so my daughter could go to Colombia (she’s been twice 2009 & 2010), helped organized the trip, and been the financial tracker for 66 people. I have always loved, loved, loved local missions. I’ve been on 5 local week-long mission trips, I’ve cooked for 5 of them, in some fashion, worked in organizing them, 3 of them, I will be helping lead the 2012 I love Detroit Mission Trip. I serve in numerous ways in the city of Detroit, Pontiac, and Hamtramck. I’ll be happy to tell you all about them, but you should pack a lunch because I can talk for hours (shocking! I know !!).

I used to say that if God called me to an overseas mission trip, I’d hang up, but I’ve learned that when God calls you to do something, if you love Him, you really can’t say no, no matter how uncomfortable you will be. I believe, because I believe that what the bible says is true, that we are the hands and feet of Jesus and we can all do different things to make it possible to provide clean water, love people, whatever it is we are called to do.

I want to be clear, the cost of my trip is $1750 which I will be paying for all myself, including any medical expenses I will have. Our team has a general fund of expenses that includes sponsoring the well that we are digging.

I will be having a cupcake/water sale at my desk on Feb 21 throughout the day. Whatever I raise on Tuesday is going 100% to towards the trip. I will be covering all the expenses for the cupcakes. I’ll also have containers so you can bring them home to share with your family.

I will be selling the following:

Cupcakes $1/each
6 cupcakes for $5
12 cupcakes for $10
Water for $1/bottle.

If you would like to make a donation, any amount is accepted and checks can be made out to Harvest Bible Church in order to get a tax deduction.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I appreciate any prayers, purchases, and donations!

In His Love and Grace,


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Meal Planning week of 2-19-2012

I choose our menus for the month... and then pick weekly what we are having!

Sunday - Stuffed Cabbage, mashed potatoes

Monday - Leftover stuffed cabbage

Tuesday - Turkey burgers and baked potato salad

Wednesday - Taco Chili (since I made this Sunday, today I will be serving it with brown rice)

Thursday - Teriyaki Chicken with Brown rice

Friday - ?

Saturday - Stir Fry

Stuffed Cabbage

Phyllis and I love stuffed cabbage.  I got this recipe from my friend Sara. The main reason why I am typing it here (and putting in my adaptions is so I can find it easier). I never made stuffed cabbage until I read her recipe.

2 lb ground turkey
1 2/3 cups or so of rice (still I eyeball it)

1 med onion2 eggs
2 large heads of cabbage
2 small cans tomato paste
1/2 ring of smoked sausage (I use Dearborn Keilbasa)

The day/night before
1.  Core head of cabbage, cover with water in a large pot and bring to boil.
2. As leaves soften and loosen, gently detach from head and allow to boil a for a few minutes then remove to cool.
3. After cooling, remove the large center vein from the individual leaves (leafs?) by gently running a knife along the top of the leaf from the top to the base.

The next day:
4. Mix turkey, egg, rice, salt, pepper together. 

5. Form meat mixture into a roughly egg-shape of the size proportionate to your leaf.
6. shlep the meat into the cabbage leaf.  Mine look perfectly imperfect and are all different sizes!
7.  Mix tomato paste and water.  so its very watery.  Remember, all the rice is going to suck up all the 'juice'.
8.  Pour the tomato paste mixture over cabbage.  Then put the sausage on top.
9. Bake at 350 for about an hour or so depending on how much your making and check to see how done your stuffed cabbage is. I like to reduce to 300 and bake for a few hours longer.

Thankful for friends who can make yummy stuff and I can use their recipes!