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, April 29, 2015

A to Z - Viddles

I don't know why I've been thinking of the Beverly Hillbillies so much lately. I was singing the theme song in Haiti.

I've been racking my little pea brain for a "v"...

You know sometimes I wish I was one of those true beauties who dress up in fancy dresses, wear lots of make up, and can sing like a song bird.

Instead I'm comfortable with very little make up, jean capris, and a tshirt.  My gift isn't singing. Like really... Not. My gift... Viddles.  I can whip up a dinner fit for a family in minutes, that is super yummy. When something happens to someone, I pray and cook. Sometimes I pray while I cook ❤️, ok I always pray while I cook.

I'm happy in the back, stirring sauce, and it makes my heart happy when I tweet about something I make and they can't wait to eat it. I hope that one day I'll have a husband to cook for, and even though my family is small, I'm always happy to make my daughter happy with a good meal. 

My gift might not seem like much but I love it. And I never have to worry about getting cheese sauce on my fancy dress.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A to Z faith Unite

I was driving down vandyke yesterday on my way to belle isle. I have to say I think the area is getting cleaned up! Three or four years ago I drove down that way and it was a little rough. 

I was so thankful to see so many churches! I thought of the verse

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37-38 NIV)

One of my thoughts was "wouldn't it be great if churches in the suburbs served the churches in Detroit by funding some much needed programs.  And by this I don't mean come in and take over and do it their way, I mean, invest in those churches.

Not just throw money blindly but really UNITE in the cause for Christ. For helping and serving people.

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:20-21 NIV)

I don't know the solution but what if we spread our wealth and reached out. We'd be more like Jesus by doing what He says 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Back to Meal Planning

It's been awhile since I meal planned... heck, I barely cooked in the last month. So, while most people would rather eat out, I'd rather cook, and am making some of my favorites this week.  And then we can have leftovers for lunch.

I love cooking at home, and am so very thankful I cook well, AND I get to be home! 

Happy Home to you!  Sending love!!


Sunday – Alfredo, Veggies, and noodles

Monday – Rice & Beans, Haitian Chicken in the Crockpot

Tuesday – Tacos, Rice, & Beans

Wednesday – BBQ Chicken, Cole slaw, & potatoes

Thursday – Dinner with Jessica

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A to Z faith - trust

Sometimes I just have to believe it's all going to work out for my good.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 NIV)

Sometimes things happen that I hate happen or maybe they just don't like it when things don't turn out like I'd like.

Through all these things I've learned to trust God. Things always work out when I follow Him.

It's not always easy to trust Him when I can't see the end and sometimes it's easier to follow because I can't mess it up.

I have two things that have me a little crazy but I know it's His direction so I'm going. Some days I laugh, some days I cry, but all days I trust 

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:1-6 NIV)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A to Z faith - serving

When I bought my 2015 Calendar the first thing I did was put in my birthday and Phyllis's birthday. Then I went through the months and wrote "MBK" and "BH" through the whole year. 

Those are two places I serve almost every month, one of the worst things this month with all my crazy traveling is that I missed them both :(

I can actually tell when it's been awhile since I've been to MBK (because it's first in the month) because I'm a little edgy. It's like my soul aches to cook for 75-120 people every month. 

A lot of people serve because they want to give back. I serve because I love Jesus. When I first became a Christian I served to some crazy degree because I confused loving and spending time with Jesus and serving. I think really deep down I was trying to pay back what God did for me. Sure I had great joy but it wore me out. Now I serve just the right amount. I love Jesus and love serving Him in crazy ways. 

I've become great friends with people
Who I serve with, we share our joy when we serve Jesus. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

A to Z faith - remembering

This past week I spent time with people that I don't know very well, and so we talked about our kids and our lives. 

Sometimes when I take the time to look back  it helps me to move forward. When I remember, I see the hand of God all over my life.

I see His provision, His healing, His saving, His love, and His overwhelming grace.

When I remember what He has done, I am overwhelmed by His mercy. 

Looking ahead.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A to Z - Quirkiness

Q… that’s a hard one…  The only word that I could think of that described part of my faith is Quirky.  LOL

This time in Germany I started listening to the Gospel of Mark, made my way through Matthew, then on to Luke, and today, I will begin the Gospel of John.  To be honest, when I trek through the bible, I head to the writings of Paul, typically, but I really felt like I should listen to Mark, then the rest of the Gospels.  I love that many of the stories are the same, but told from a different perspective.  Isn’t that just like us?  We could be at the same event but God can touch our hearts from a different perspective, because we all have experienced something different in our lives. 

I think everyone, even the normal ones of you, can reach Jesus because of the things you have experienced, and how because of His grace and Love, your life has been changed… I hope that even in my quirkiness I can move people closer to Jesus.  

I love that so many can tell the stories of His love, and in their mess (and quirkiness), He saves them!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A to Z faith - people

Sometimes I think it's hard to love people. To make disciples. It's easy to plan, program, build things, but the actual loving people is difficult. Years ago God started speaking to me about relationships not just tasking it all the time. Tasking comes so easy for me. Box checking. 

Loving people who are different, broken, hard, addicted, and dirty and smelly, that's hard. It's easy to follow the rules that fit into the boxes of our lives is easy. 

There are certain things that make me a little crazy, when we fight about homosexuality, abortion, politics, or other things that are worldly, I'll tell you, no one wins when we're fighting, even if we say we are fighting in the name of Jesus. I read the other day a quote by my friend Bruxy (he's not really my friend but I wish he was!!!) he said "when we pick up our sword, we put down the cross". And he was not referring to the armor of God. And I might have audibly shouted "yes!"

I am far from perfect in this area. It is something God is continuing to work in my heart about people. Community center, community garden. Community. You cant have community (whether it's 5 or 500) without people. People matter. 

God surely is working in my heart about loving. Not just more but deeper. 

People matter. A lot 

Monday, April 20, 2015

A to Z Faith - Obedience

Obedience is greater than sacrifice

1 Sam 15:22 But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
    as much as in obeying the Lord?  To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

There have been many times when I have been asked by God to do something, sometimes it’s a big thing and sometimes it’s something as simple as me sending an text or a message to someone I love, saying “loveyou”.  When its hard, sometimes I say no, but then I know that whatever God is asking me to do is for my own good, or the good of others.
April 2014 , God told me to tell Adam (The Youth  Pastor at my former church) that I’d no longer be doing Youth Ministry at Alive.  I actually laughed.  No way, I told Adam I’d serve with him in Youth  Ministry until Zion graduated, he’s 3 now.  Then in July 2014 my friend Katie (Adam’s wife) told me they were moving to Colorado. I laughed (after I cried)…
God had been telling me to take a rest period, which I did, starting in September…  and during that time, God told me he had different things in store for me, and it was time to leave metro.  And I then began church shopping.  Let me tell you, church shopping is not for the weak of heart, it is difficult, but I know that I belong at a church…  one that really is the church and reaches lost people, and I knew that where I would attend would be in the city of Detroit.  I visited a lot of great churches… and then at the end of my rest period, God lead me back to Courage Church (I’ve been going there off and on for years on Sundays).  He said “I didn’t send you there sooner, because I knew you wouldn’t rest.  LOL  God is funny, and wise.

Then it happened, Netta and I went out for a Diet Coke (well, I had iced tea because you know I don’t drink that diet coke stuff  LOL).  She notified me that her family had been lead to move to Lansing.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  As much as I’d love to say I said all the right things, I probably said something dumb.  What can I say, I am happy that I followed a pastor and his family that followed God, but what?!?  

So during a few really really really REALLY!!!!!! Hard days, I said “but God, they were part of the reason why I felt like I should make Courage my church Home, first Adam and Katie, and now Chilly and Netta, what the heck?” (Yes, sometimes I talk to God like that, my God is big, He can take it).   He simply said to me “do you follow them, or Me?”.  Gah.  I hate when He says stuff like that to me, because well, I’m a jerk, and I know the answer, but the truth is, for a moment, I just wanted to run back to Metro.  It’s comfortable, they love me (most of them), and I can serve there.  But I don’t follow people (clearly, because I’d be in Littleton, CO) I follow Jesus, so I won’t follow the Chiltons either.

So… fast forward, the new pastor and his wife start at Courage Church.  I have to say that even though I will miss the Chiltons, more than I could ever even put into words, and I’m a talker ;) I am excited about this new chapter.  

I have no idea what God has planned but I know that it will be great and full of Him!  I’ve never been sorry I followed Jesus.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A to Z faith - never


If there is one thing I've learned is that i should not tell God what I'm never going to do. Mostly because He knows WAY better than me.

I told him I never ever under no circumstances did I want to go to Haiti. Good thing He didn't listen to me because it's one of my favorite places on earth. I've learned some of my hardest and bestest lessons in Haiti.

Remember the first time I came to Germany? I was so excited and it ended up being a terrible!!!!!!! trip. I never wanted to come back here, EVER EVER EVER AGAIN!!!  But at the last minute (while in Haiti ha!) I found out I was coming for almost two weeks! Gah! But honestly this trip, though it would have been better with a friend, has been sooooooooo awesome!! I've been brave and done a lot of exploring (and walking)! I've learned a lot about myself and I'm certainly braver than I think or feel. When things got tough the other day I listened to the miracles in the gospel of Mark and the next day the teachings of Jesus in Matthew. CLING to the word of God!!

But it's not just about what I'm NEVER gonna do, it's about not bossing God.

I always wanted 6 kids (holy moly!) but I have one biological. You'd think I'd be sad... About what I'm missing. Except that I've got kids all over! Stitched in my heart. And certainly my schedule would be a lot harder with 6 kids.  Thankfully my friends keep having kids so I can be an auntie!! And enjoy doing fun things.

Now sometimes God gives me what I ask for, but I've learned to pray "if it's Your will, and if it's not, please give me peace to accept it".

As much as I'd like to have my own way, I NEVER want to do anything contrary to His will!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A to Z faith - me

So it kind of seems funny to write about me when I'm talking about my faith, because if it's one thing I've learned about Jesus is that it's not about me ;)
And to prove how much Jesus works in my heart, I'll give you some comparisons of me and Him

It's the me in me that would stay by myself, never risk hurt or heartache 

It's the Jesus in me who reaches out, establishes relationships and continues to nurture them even when I'm hurt.

It's the me in me that would never help anyone... I'd leave people to their own demise.

It's the Jesus in me that gives generously that volunteers, that extends a hand to help

It's the me in me that gets big and loud so that no one else can be heard, so that I will be. Proud and arrogant 

It's the Jesus in me that leads quietly, listens, and doesn't care if I get my way or even if I'm heard. Gentle and humble

It's the me in me that when I'm scared gets mean and angry

It's the Jesus in me that trudges on, even if I'm scared, because I know there is nothing that hand of God can't redeem or heal

It's the me in me who thinks people must always "earn it" 

It's the Jesus in me who donates to people going on missions that I think are lazy because they will carry out the call of God on their life.

That's just a few examples... I could go on for years...

I'm so thankful the Jesus in me is there

Friday, April 17, 2015

A to Z Faith - Love

1 John 4:16

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. 

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

A to Z Faith - Kindness

Do not mistake my kindness for weakness

I’ve said that a million times… maybe more. I’ve said it in my personal life and in my work life.  Some people may not believe this, but sometimes I really have to work at being kind.  But just because I make kind gestures, it doesn’t mean I am weak, it actually shows Christ’s strength in me.

Oh, sure, it’s easy when I love someone to extend a kind gesture, but to someone who has been a jerk to me or I just don’t like… well, I have to work at it.

The Oxford definition of Kindness
the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate

It’s a fruit of the spirit…
Love, joy peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, and self control

Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

I wish that kindness always came easy for me, but I’m a jerk…  lol 

So be encouraged, as God works in my heart, kindness comes easier and easier and almost seems like a new way of life for me, and as He works in your life, I hope the same is true for you!

2 Cor 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here!