Saturday, January 30, 2016

Time Away

Monday the 25th was our 24th Anniversary and to celebrate we took a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The road trip, along with the last 24  years have definitely been an adventure.  He is crazy and silly and I am totally the opposite and serious, but we balance each other out perfectly! 

We enjoyed our time in Santa Fe and spent time talking and praying, studying our Bibles and just totally enjoying each other.  Although it was cold there, we still were able to go walk the Plaza and enjoy the culture and artwork of that beautiful city.  It seems like our week came to an end way too soon and we were headed back home!

We arrived home to two little people so excited to see their Pappa and Amma!  Chandler and Saraina were at the church to help with the teens, so we were able to hug on and cuddle our babies who we missed so much!
I wish I could tell you that our time in Santa Fe was uninterrupted by ministry but as you know ministry is 24 hours no matter where you go.  Several pressing issues came up while we were gone and my husband was thankful that he had time to thoroughly pray them through before he came home to handle them. After a few cuddles with grandbabies my husband was off and running and trying to see all the people who needed his attention after being gone for a week.  This morning before he started running again, we prayed and asked God to give us the right hearts and attitudes today as we served Him, for without Him leading and guiding us we can make a total mess of things!
Love time away but so happy to be back and looking forward to loving and serving in the place God has called us to.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Building and Singing

The amount needed to tackle the next phase in our building was raised so the men were busy today trying to get as much done as they could. 
There were men working inside to finish up the framing....
And a group of men outside working on getting the second of three
handicap accessible ramps finished and installed.  The weather was in the 50's today and perfect for working outside!

I knew all the men would be hungry so I put together a big crockpot full of ham and beans and made cornbread to go with it.  The men always appreciate when there is food while they are working!
Pastor Mason led Iron men today and was teaching them woodworking skills.  He also talked to the boys about leadership in the church and what God expects out of the men that serve Him.

We had to leave in the middle of the work as we had gospel singing at the nursing home today.  The people love to sing and I love to watch them as so many people have the songs memorized and sing them by heart! 
Our time there seems to always fly bye and with a few minutes of chit chat with each of them it is time to leave!  Each week we do this ministry, I fall more and more in love with each of the people there!
It's been another busy Saturday and I am so thankful that once again,
 God let us serve Him in these little ways!


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Healthy Dinners

We have several elderly ladies in our church who are living independently but have trouble cooking because of health issues and also because of dietary restrictions.  These ladies have been buying TV dinners because they are easy to cook but very high in sodium, not healthy and also just plain expensive.  Someone approached me and asked what we could do to help these ladies and after praying about it, God gave me the idea of making healthy, filling meals and freezing them in individual servings.  Today I made six different dinners and I was able to divide these into containers to feed each lady for almost a month!  Tonight my husband helped me pack everything in the car and deliver these freezer meals to our ladies.  The ladies were so thankful and excited to have healthy meals made specially for them!  Next month I plan on asking some of the ladies at church help me as this is a needed ministry for the dear elderly saints in our church.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Serving with Love

I absolutely love this picture!  Today was our monthly Foodbank day for our community and one of the ladies was extremely tired and weary after coming out in the cold air and was having trouble breathing.  As soon as one of young men approached her to help her with her box, she grabbed hold of his hand to steady her and help her walk and pick out her food.  How calm and patient this young man was as he served with love!
We had so many families come for help today and one of the most memorable was a family that went through the line and when they got to the shampoo and conditioners, they just stopped!  The lady looked at us in amazement and explained to us how she had just been counting her change and hoping she had enough for some shampoo and conditioner! 
We told her that God knew exactly what she needed and were able
 to witness to her of God's goodness!
So thankful that God has given us this opportunity to serve our community by giving out not only food for their bodies but also food for their souls!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Expecting Great Things

Saturday we took our teens to Gillette, Wyoming to a New Years Youth rally. 
It was a looonnnggg ride, we left at 5am and didn't get back until 8pm that night!  The teens love long van trips because they get to laugh, joke and goof off with Pastor Mason!  Although it was a long ride, the teens had so much fun and it's always great to meet new teens and hear good preaching! 
On Sunday mornings I always make sure that there are cookies and treats on the coffee table.  No matter how long I have been without sugar, the smell of sugar makes me want to take a bite, but I stayed strong and all the treats made it to the coffee table without my having a nibble!

We need a new Sunday School worker in the nursery and I volunteered to do it until we find someone.  Usually nursery is just playtime for the little ones but this week I wanted to start a song and story time.  We only had one in nursery yesterday but every little one is so special in God's eyes.  Little lady loved song time and just sat in my lap and watched my face as I sang to her!  I found some new flannel graph pictures on Amazon and told the creation story.  The creation story has so many animals and we spent a lot of  time making animal noises!  She loved it and we will do the same thing next week!
After an amazing Sunday last week, I asked God to do the same thing this week! Bring us visitors, a salvation, let us see growth in our people and just to see His hand working in the services and peoples hearts.  All the visitors we had last week came back this week but I was disappointed not to see any new visitors and we had no salvations.  The services were good but I was expecting great and mighty things and I didn't see anything!  As I prayed and told God I felt disappointed, he whispered to me that great things are not always what we expect.  He told me He was working in hearts and that was something I couldn't see.  He does great things we can see in the positive and also in the negative and sometimes He does great things without us seeing. 
 I stopped right then and thanked God for all He did and told Him I was sorry for holding Him up to my expectations because as we know, His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts!  I am so thankful
His great things are not what we expect!


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Coconut Bread

Already, 2016 has been such a busy year for my husband. 
It seems like I have hardly seen him as he studies, go out visiting and also runs around helping and ministering to those in need.  Sometimes I go with him but at other times he takes other men in the church or has situations
 he needs to handle with privacy.  I promised God this year,
that no matter how much time the ministry takes him away, I will not complain but will find something useful to do so I do not just sit home
and become bored and bitter!
Today my husband shared with me his busy day and I decided that I would make up a batch of coconut bread.  If you have never had coconut bread you must make it!  It is absolutely delicious and a family favorite.  I was able to make five small loaves of the batch and then this afternoon I went and visited several of our elderly ladies.  The ladies were so happy to have company and we sat and chatted and chatted.  What a wonderful time I had with each lady and before I knew it, it was time to go home and fix dinner for my husband.  I loved going out an ministering to these dear ladies
 and plan on doing this again soon!
Coconut Bread
2 cups sugar
1 cup buttermilk
4 eggs
1 cup oil
2 tsp. coconut extract
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup coconut
3 cups flour
Stir and mix well.  Pour into 2 large loaf pans or 5 mini loaf pans and bake at 325* for one hour.  While baking, make coconut glaze.
Coconut Glaze
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. coconut extract
Heat until sugar is melted and pour onto bread while still hot
 and let the glaze soak in.  Enjoy! 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

An Amma's Answered Prayer

As I have said before, I have a wonderful daughter-in-love!
She has such a love for the Lord and is such a great mom to my grandbabies!
Every morning she diligently reads and studies her Bible and the kids know exactly what mommy is doing.  This morning I was praying for wisdom for Raina as she grows in the Lord and takes care of her family.  Then as I prayed for Keith, I prayed that when he saw his mommy reading her Bible,
 he too would want to read his.  I was blessed to tears when Raina posted this picture on Facebook with the following message.
"I'm pretty sure my heart just melted a little!!!
He sat down with me and grabbed his Bible! He's even reading it saying,
 "it's God, God,God" my mommy heart is over filled!!!!!!!!!"
So thankful that God hears and answers the prayers of this Amma!