Love

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I just posted the final installment in my Advent series @Sweeter Than Honey Ministry. I hope you’ll come check it out.  Here’s a small sample:

I heard Janet Parshall speak at a conference and she remarked that “Hannah prayed and a nation changed; Mary prayed and the world changed”….Read more

Blessings,

Mimi

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV Bible

How to Have A Steady Faith this Advent Season

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This morning, I’m posting the second installment of Sweeter Than Honey Ministry‘s Advent series on the topic of faith.  Won’t you come join in the discussion?   Read more

Blessings,

Mimi

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  Hebrews 11:1 NIV Bible

Some secrets are worth sharing

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Some secrets are worth sharing.  I’ve been keeping one relatively quiet until recently.  No reason.  The only possible one is I’ve been a hermit and therefore, have not seen anyone.  I’ve been writing a bible study.  I’ve written several but I’ve never done a study for publication. This time is different.

I’ve taught bible study at church for almost 20 years.  This fall, I decided not to teach and focus on writing.  Research came first and I did most of it during the spring and summer.  Unknowingly, my Sunday school class was the beneficiary of some of my research and study.  But my words and the actual writing and formatting started in September.

My pastor has been mentoring and encouraging me.  He says of my endless draft tweaking, ” you have to let it go at some point and trust God.”  I keep going in and out of writer’s block, writer’s frustration, writer’s depression, writer’s procrastination, and writer’s envy.  Of the last one, I kept seeing my thoughts on other writers’ pages or my ideas being implemented by another.  Pastor Steve says, “God uses many people with similar messages to get His purpose across.”  I’m believing that to be the case.

I made up a writing schedule complete with target dates.  Pie in the sky.  I didn’t hit my targets but the beauty of it is that I’m the one who set the schedule and I’m totally flexible to continue pushing at the current pace.  I’m hopeful for a January date but I’ve got to complete the draft.  The process and journey with God is far more important than an end date.

Spare writing moments with a busy family are a challenge.  Uninterrupted time a luxury.  That has been my greatest challenge.  I’ve been so thankful for my daughter to keep this blog afloat by writing a post here and there as well as cook meals to give me more time.  I’ll do my best to have a post or 2 each week but I’m not promising.  This season of my life is full and not all the juggled balls can stay up in the air.  I’m going out on a limb and asking you to be patient with the possibility of meaningless blog posts on the horizon in order to keep the site afloat.

I also ask for prayer for this study’s fruition.  I believe that God led me to this particular topic and has a purpose for it.  As the study continues to unfold, I’ll share more details.

Blessings,

Mimi

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV Bible

Simply September

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September was a month of new beginnings.

  • I started a new series of posts called Friday Finds.  Here’s a sample.
  • I started a Fall Bible Study Session at my other website, Sweeter Than Honey Ministry.  We’re currently in Week 4 of Children of the Day: A Study of 1 & 2 Thessalonians by Beth Moore.  You can check it out here.
  • And last but not least, I registered for a blogging 101 course online.

I also began working on a special project this month.  I can’t wait to share more details about it, but for now, they’ll have to wait.

One of the lessons I’m being reminded of this month is that I can’t do everything and sometimes that means I must say no to something that I really enjoy because I’ve said yes to others.  With that lesson, comes the reality that I can’t participate in this year’s 31 Day Challenge but I’ll cheer and applaud everyone else along.

The best fiction book that I read this month was a quirky, sweet story called The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

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The main character, Don, reminded me of Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory.  Don decides he wants a wife so he puts together a questionnaire in an attempt to weed out the undesirables.  Rosie comes into his life with none of the qualifications that he is seeking and … ( I can’t spoil it for you. ) oh and beware, f-bombs fall.  Here’s a quote to give you a taste of Don’s personality.

“Throughout my life I have been criticized for a perceived lack of emotion as if this were some absolute fault….Occasionally an emotion can be enjoyed – the gratitude I felt for my sister, who visited me even during the bad times, the primitive feeling of well being after a glass of wine – but we need to be vigilant that emotions do not cripple us.  I diagnosed brain overload and set up a spreadsheet to analyze the situation.”

We’re loving these TV shows.

  • Scorpion — Nerds saving the world
  • Madame Secretary — Woman saving the world
  • Once Upon A Time — Fairy Tale Characters saving the world
  • Girlfriend Intervention — Sisters saving a basic woman from her bad wardrobe and decorating world.

I’m sensing a theme here….

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Delta is 7 1/2 months old now and this past weekend, her world got rocked when a little fluffy kitten decided to take up residence with us.  Delta really wanted to play and lick her face and nibble on her but she was having to learn to be gentle.  Life is so hard for a puppy.

delta and new kitten

Blessings,

Mimi

“The world’s a huge stockpile of God-wonders and God-thoughts.  Nothing and no one comes close to you!”  Psalm 40:5a  The Message

A Bible Study Opportunity

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Have you desired to know God better?  Maybe, one of your resolutions for the year was to get involved in a bible study or to read His word more?  Would you like to be wonder struck by God?  Would you like to participate from your own home and in your ‘comfy” clothes?

Starting January 27, 2014, I will be offering the bible study, Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg on my other website, SweeterThanHoneyMinistry.com.   Anyone is welcome to participate.  All that you need to do is buy a workbook and join in.  I’ve included a link to all the details below.

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Click here for more information about being a part of this wonderful opportunity to grow in Christ and to be part of a community of people who share a like desire of growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

I hope you will consider being a part of our group.

Blessings,

Mimi

“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”  Psalm 119:18 NIV Bible

We Packed 25,000!

 We Packed 25,000!

 Hey!

Last night, I joined volunteers from three local churches and the local children’s home to participate in a Stop Hunger Now event hosted by my church.    Each volunteer chose a duty and received the privilege of getting to rock a hair net.
I was a “sealer” so my job was to seal the bags once they had been filled and weighed.

“Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 14 years. Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world.”

  
“Stop Hunger Now created its meal packaging program, in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Each meal costs only 25 cents. The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of five years and transports quickly.” 

A $25 donation feeds 100 children.  Our goal was to pack and seal 25,000 meals and we met that goal in record time. We packed and sealed those meals in about an hour and a half.  

The children rang the gong every time we reached 1,000 bags (and maybe a few extra times,too! ).

I can’t think of a better way to have spent my evening than by providing someone with a meal they desperately need.
If you’d like more information about the organization or how you or your group can host an event or give a contribution, just click here.
Blessings,
Mimi
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and 
you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,” 
 Matthew 25:35  NIV Bible