We were able to sneak away for a short cruise thanks to finally refinancing our house at current market rates. Whoot! Josh and I had a swell-full time thanks to hurricane Isaac. Awesome to experience the power of the Atlantic. It was wonderful. We got to rest, have uninterrupted conversations, experience new places, and new food together, just the two of us. The Bahamas were beautiful even though we were rerouted due to the storm. I wish our excursions hadn't been canceled tho. :(
I got back from the cruise and had about a week before flying off to Texas with my cousin. We went to be trained for the new software system our company will be transferring to next month. It has been a lot of work and fine-tuning. The trip was successful though. Somehow our brains, despite the migraines, were able to retain all they taught us. We came back to share with the rest of the team. We are only a week or two away from the big transition. Things should settle down for me after that... I hope! ;)
Celebrate Recovery is going well. Our team is in our the third book and really growing in transparency and intimacy. We are all very excited about what God is going to be doing in the next few months. Our first Golf fundraiser is in November and we are praying that God goes before us. He will prepare the way. Josh finished his masters and has launched his counseling practice. Right now he has to fit in clients at night around the other job until we can transfer him full-time into the campus pastor position.
A lot is going on and we are so thankful. We are holding onto our hats cause it's a wild ride when the Spirit leads. :)
We are getting closer to the Launch of Celebrate Recovery and Josh has opened up the Counseling Service of Lifeline. We have been able to raise up a leader for the Lifecoast Nursery ministry so we can step out of direct leadership in that ministry. This will allow us to concentrate more fully on the Lifeline Celebrate Recovery Ministry and Josh's Counseling Practice. We have several fundraisers in the works and are praying for God's continued provision as we move forward.
I have been helping out a friend by watching her daughter a few days a week. She is a sweetie pie and it hasn't been that difficult for a few hours each day. It has actually been a lot of fun to have a playmate for Dassa-Beanie. Three kids aren't too difficult. No crazy ideas for an addition to our own though. Its been nice to make a little extra spending cash for helping out a friend.
Also, I might be flying out to Texas in the next couple months to learn a new software system for Trades of Hope. I am very excited about getting out of Florida for a few days. I love Florida but need a change, some adventure. It will be interesting to see how I do away from my family for that long tho.
We have our first official night of a CR step study tonight. I am very excited to begin my own personal journey through this Beatitude-based study. We are excited about the things God is bringing together to see the possible launch this Fall in Flagler County.
We got our confirmation email today! Yesterday we had our re-evaluation virtual interview. We have been accepted into the Launch Training program now that our vision for a Celebrate Recovery Campus is clear.
Conferences are lining up to prepare us for the next 6 months of intensive training. This has been a huge encouragement! A year ago we went to launch. We were approved but were waiting on God to clarify his vision so we could proceed.
It took some heart work, since starting a Celebrate Recovery is not an easy path. We are excited to see God placing things before us to reaffirm that this is indeed the path He has called us to.
The last year of team building opportunities through other ministry has been a challenge. The time has strengthened both of us to be more resilient. (Nursery Ministry & Counseling)
So we feel ready to say, BRING IT ON! :D
I am on day 3 of a juice fast. Plus a raw salad or banana here or there to take the edge off. I agreed to do it for 2 weeks. Had a slight headache in the evening of day one and off-and-on all day of day 2.
Today I feel fantastic! Hoping this effects my breastmilk only in the positive. I was thinking I might be losing it before I started this. Seems this little girl wants more than I can give her. I have started giving her solids in the evenings and she is sleeping 8+ hours. Yikes! I am excited to see how I feel at the end of it. My whole family is doing raw and they all look and feel amazing. This is our second time starting a juice fast so we will see if we can finish this one out strong.
We are praying for direction, provision, and partners to start a Celebrate Recovery for the Flagler County area. Exciting to have some clear vision, but now to have the steps laid out and actually start down the path is exhilarating. I'm so hoping this ministry explodes and blesses many.
Enjoying my girls! Love my husband! God blesses and Life is awesome!
Loving my fenced backyard and swing set which has helped restore two hours naps(much needed!).
I finished one website that brought in another paycheck. I have another one almost done! Ikea chair is in place, pack-n-play is waiting in the closet, and we even have backyard chairs. A special thank you to my parents! I can watch Dassa-Beanie out in the yard now in comfort!
Got a new CD-player from my future brother-in-law today for Dassa-Beanie, since hers stopped working. Are we blessed or what?! Every need and want seems to be met before I can name them. Thank you, God!
We took over running the church nursery ministry with another couple. God has been providing new volunteers with great ideas and new enthusiasm. So grateful that God is bringing in people!!! Church nurseries always seem to struggle and I wouldn't want to head this up without His help! We have strong teachers for each week, friendly greeters who are helpful in making parents welcome and comfortable along with lots of helpers who keep the kids happy and participating. :)
We decided to go on this trip out of faith. We trusted that if we took steps toward God he would reveal himself as we were obedient. Well, things were tight. Literally 15 minutes before we left I brought in the mail. God gave us a check from our bank because we had overpaid into our escrow account. What?! He gave us more money to cover a hotel, meals and then have some leftover. Confirmation we were doing the right thing or what!?
God SO touched my heart through this trip. It was hard to leave our daughter for so long, but I have come back so refreshed (physically, emotionally, and spiritually). I know it was worth it!
Being surrounded with such godly people, all on fire for serving God was so moving! I imagine it will be what heaven is like. I can't explain how encouraged we were by this group of people who volunteered their time to meet with us.
Met some other great couples searching for their vision as well. We met others who knew what God was calling them to. They were coming to get equipped. It will be neat to see where God has taken each of them in ten years. Got a taste of heaven in Georgia rubbing elbows with Christians who were fully alive in their faith. Incredible!
Launch stressed the importance in priorities and boundaries. They focused on how important the wives are to the ministry. Never heard a organization stress healthy marriage and families as key to any kind of success. Its so true but it has totally not been the focus of ministry in the last generations.
I am pleased that our marriage evaluation was flagged. Because we were so in-tune with each other, they thought we had cheated. The guy said he has never seen such scores in 25 years of marriage counseling and wondered if we had taken the test together. We didn't! I know it is all God, but hearing that gave me such peace. If we did go into ministry full-time that we would have a good chance of keeping a healthy marriage and family put to rest one of my fears. We have a good base.
Hearing from other pastor's wives, was what I needed to hear. There were all extremes of personality and vision of their personal calling. One awesome lady said, "I am called to remain healthy, so I can bandage my husband's wounds when he comes home and to be the best mama ever." I have such a heart for my children that to hear that I don't have to be running women's ministry/children's ministry (if I don't want to) and I could still be a great pastor's wife was so freeing! When the kids are older I have no doubt I will want to be more involved in ministry, but at this stage, my kids are my heart. After being there for Josh, of course.
At the end we had to wait around to drive home with Mike and Holly, so we were surprised when they called us in and gave us our results right then. They affirmed God's calling in our lives which was so encouraging! Hearing other godly people affirm what God had already told us in our hearts was some tasty icing on an already incredible cake! They said that when/if God calls us to build a church they are ready to back us and help us through training. I could see joy shining in my husband's eyes. My own heart was overwhelmed that these people we came to respect so much, would want to partner with us. That in and of itself an honor.
So, now we press in and wait for God to make our path clear. I have so much more peace that if I were to be a pastor's wife that God could make me a great one. Looking forward to getting their full report with suggestions for strengthening any weak areas.
My favorite saying was "start your day receiving a fullness." Most of the time, I start my day with prayer or scripture but they encouraged to instead start the day accepting from God. Accept His love and allow Him to fill you, so you serve him in overflow instead of your own strength. Makes sense! I needed to hear that! Seems a selfish way to start the day, but He created us to have a relationship with Him! Needless to say, I feel like I have new wind in my sails. I love God and I am so thankful that he has more than the norm for me. Just saying that makes me cry. He gave me this crazy desire to live an adventurous life for him and I will accept no less.
Thank you Father for loving me and fulfilling me like no one else can!
Going away next week with the hubby to a church planting evaluation/seminar. Excited to hear from God if this might be a new direction for us, but also a little scared that it might be. My parents called saying that they had some money for us and they also will be watching Dassa-Beanie. Now we can afford to go to Georgia and not worry about hotel fees etc as we search out what God has for us! Whatever else will be gifted to agape midwifery towards the birth of our child since we won't be going on any out of country missions trips till after KeiKei is a bit older. We have no clue how God pays all our bills but he always comes thru! He is the ultimate budget balancer!
Praying that the trip is a refreshing one for us. This will be the first time we have been out of state just the two of us since our honeymoon. Hoping it is also spiritually refreshing for us too as we seek God's will for our future in serving Him. We want to be used in whatever capacity but it would be stellar if we had a more concrete direction.
I was praying for a friend's marriage the other day and got a text moments later telling me how God had already answered my prayer!
Getting a fence this weekend when I thought we wouldn't be able to afford one for quite some time! Thank you, God, for sweet neighbors!
I helped design some websites! I haven't had a job since before our daughter was born so I am feeling so stoked! It feels good to be able to help our family in a monetary way. I get to be home with my baby, so no daycare bills. I also get to do something that I love when she is napping. I am so grateful for these opportunities that God has placed in my lap - literally! Such a boost to my self-esteem and a joy to be useful!
I am feeling so overwhelmed by God's provision and am so glad I am writing this all down. I know how He always has provided but I hope seeing it written out will help me not take it for granted. My memory is poor and I want to remember every detail about God's goodness in my life!
Going on a long-awaited date (voyage of the dawn treader!) tonight with Josh since my parents are gonna come watch Dassa-Beanie. We are so blessed to have supportive family.
Halfway through my pregnancy with another healthy baby girl!
My Current Mantra
Walk humbly with God and do the work at your hands....