Deeper Still

You can read the back story to this post here and read my roadtrip partner’s comments about her weekend here.

Friday my sweet friend Audrey and I packed up and hit the road for a 4 hour (or so) trip to Birmingham, AL for a one-night-stay in the downtown area (compliments of the points Kyle has accumulated by working out-of-town). We made this whirlwind of a trip because of Deeper Still.  

I haven’t been able to spend  much time with this girl since I went back to work since our lives are very different during this season. She makes me laugh and want to be a better woman for Christ. What more can I say?

 

We were amoung 13, 900 women! They converted the men’s restrooms into women’s for this event!

All four speakers on stage having a hilarious “panel discussion”.

While waiting for Beth, we had the priviledge of meeting Priscilla Shirer. Audrey attended one of her conferences a few months back and mentioned how much she really enjoyed her. After hearing her speak this weekend, I must say, she is one of my favorites now as well.

Aside from the powerful teaching we were able to receive all weekend long, Audrey and I both had a highlight of  “star” encounters. I was as excited about seeing Kay Arthur, Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer as I was about Travis Cottrell leading worship! I have one of his cd’s and I am surprised it still plays without skipping. I listen to it so much the kids know what song is coming next. Even Katie Mae (at 20 months old) sings what lyrics she can because she has heard them so often. He is a talented man and he uses that talent to glorify his Creator. He is a gift. So, needless to say, even though this is a horrible picture of me…my weekend was complete when he stopped to take a quick picture.

On the ride to Birmingham, Audrey mentioned Kelly  from Kelly’s Korner was going to be one of the nearly 14,000 in attendance with us this weekend. We (Audrey more so than me) kept an eye out for her all weekend hoping to see her friendly face. When the conference concluded on Saturday there was a message on the big screens: Siestas please meet at the sound booth following the conference. If you follow Beth Moore’s blog you knew what they were talking about. Those of us who knew what “siestas” was referring to excitedly gathered around the sound booth and waited….and waited…and waited. As the arena continued to clear we realized we were probably going to get to meet Beth Moore. Audrey kept looking at her watch, not wanting to leave too late because of the long drive. Finally we turned a corner after standing in a long hallway and there she was. She spoke to our group of 20 or 30 “siestas” and we took several group pictures with her. Not with our cameras…professional photographer only. Both of her daughters were there and they hopped in for a picture too. I spoke with her oldest, Amanda, who is a mother of 2 and her youngest, Anna Beth, is one month older than Katie Mae. I read her blog and laugh at how similar our little girls are. After the long wait and rush of excitement, it was over and they started trying to shuttle us out the door. We turned the corner and low and behold Audrey squeals: “There’s Kelly!” 

 Her day had been made and we snapped a few pictures. I then asked Audrey if it was worth the long wait since she had been such a patient friend to wait with me to see Mrs. Beth!

I cannot even begin to tell you how many notes were taken and how the Lord used such a special time in that great big arena to change my heart and call my attention to areas in my life that…well…need my attention. 🙂 I need to run, but I will try to write another post about SPIRITUAL side of this trip because I haven’t even said a word about Kelly Minter’s power-packed, 15-mintue, early bird devotion on Saturday morning. Or Kay Arthur taking us through the ENTIRE book of Matthew Friday night. She spoke for and hour and half straight. Or Priscilla Shirer’s pratical yet powerful charge for us to be the “Sisterhood of the Emty Quiver”. And Mrs. Beth’s urge to treasure where we’ve been, who was with us, where we are, who is with us and where we are going. Or the painting/story board that were created while we worshipped….or…

I do want to mention that this was the next-to-last Deeper Still event that they will do. The last one is scheduled for June in Louisville, KY and if you are able to attend…I would encourage you to do so.

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Christmas Cards

It’s that time of year when we all start to wonder how to get those Christmas cards printed, addressed, stamped and in the mail so they are actually received before the new year! To be honest, I have always had the best intentions with Christmas cards and LOVE to receive photo cards from others, however, this will be our fourth Christmas as a family and we have never sent out Christmas cards. I know…terrible. This year we actually planned ahead and had the pictures taken..Step One-complete-however, I was getting a little overwhelmed at the thought of choosing a card style. To  save me from losing my holiday cheer I am choosing from SHUTTERFLY’s new Christmas card collection. These are a few of my favorites.

We had several pictures we wanted to use, so I love that we have this option and do not have to choose just one photo.

Also, last year we gave these Snapbooks as gifts to some of our family. They were well received and we plan to do it again this year with our cute family pictures.

 Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Christmas Planning!

To be continued…

In His Shoes

I will post more about our Fathers Day weekend later. I wanted to share this video that was the opener for the Fathers Day message at our church yesterday.

Check out Jenn’s Blog today. She’s having Bon Appetite Monday.

Ingredients
Cooking spray
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1 cup natural applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup lowfat buttermilk
1 Golden Delicious apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 12-capacity muffin pan with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar, the pecans and cinnamon.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose and whole-wheat flour, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, whisk the remaining 3/4 cup sugar and oil until combined. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, whisking well after each addition. Whisk in the applesauce and vanilla.

Whisk in the flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the buttermilk. Whisk just until combined. Gently stir in the apple chunks.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan and sprinkle with the pecan mixture. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to remove any air bubbles. Bake for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of 1 of the muffins comes out clean.

Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the muffins to loosen them and unmold. Cool completely on the rack

Repentance

Love this and this

I woke up this morning needing a change…I logged on to write a new post and reread my last blog entry…similar in mindset, today, I am CHOOSING to step up and out of this funk I have been in for…months. It has been an exhausting season. I could start listing the things that have been difficult and challenging and that have led to the exhaustion…but as I said…I am CHOOSING to step up and out. As I spent time with the Lord this morning and reflected on the past few months I began thinking about God’s promises. That led me to realizing I need to be doing a structured Bible study this summer, whether by myself or with another lady or two to keep me focused on His promises and not my current circumstances. I would love to be involved with the ladies Bible study at church, but I am a working woman, with a new company and a new job…so that was out of the question. However, I am delighted and excited to say that my boss and I will be doing a Bible study together with thousands of other ladies starting June 22nd. How will this working woman connect with so many ladies when she isn’t able to attend a small ladies group at her local church? THIS is how. The study for the summer is: RUTH: Loss, Love and Legacy by Kelly Minter. I have always loved the story of Ruth. Ironically, I fell asleep a few nights ago after watching The Story of Ruth on the local Christian T.V. station. Watch the trailer and see if you recognize the person who plays Boaz (wearing the purple shirt)…Yes, that is CARMEN…I haven’t heard much of him in recent years, but he was a pretty big part of the contemporary Christian music movement when I was younger.
ALL of that to say, simply making a decision to commit to a study discussing a subject I’ve always been drawn to has lifted my spirit and I know following through with the commitment by actually going through the study will do so much more for that ‘change’ I am needing…and the direction I need to hold onto the promises of God!

Until next time…