We Tied The Knot…And About The Past Month

So it’s been nearly a month since my last post. I know…S-L-A-C-K-E-R. But I’m okay with it. So much has happened the past month and I have just been enjoying it.

1.) WE FINALLY TIED THE KNOT. And then spent the weekend in Gatlinburg. We have been together for 6 1/2 years. Lived together 5 years. Bought our 1st car 2 1/2 years ago. Bought our first home a year ago. Adopted our first 4-legged child 8 months ago. And our second 4-legged child 6 months ago. So I think it was time. Plus, the man upstairs had really been convicting me for several months about our situation…I plan to write about that in another post.

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Fun Food Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

If you are like me, about the only thing that happens on St. Patrick’s Day is I try to wear a little green. And that’s about it. Pretty lame, huh?. But this year I am going to spice it up a bit and have a little food fun by making something special.

Check out these fun ideas that I found while searching for St. Patty’s Day food…{click on the images for more details}

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{Shamrock Rice Krispy Treats}

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Community Service Challenge

Want to help out in your community but not sure what to do? Here are a few simple suggestions to get you started…

    • Take photos during an event and donate them to the event organizers.
    • Work with physically challenged kids on an art project.
    • With the help of family and friends, hold a summertime play or songfest at a nursing home.
    • Take toys to children in the hospital.
    • Grow fresh flowers and deliver them to someone to brighten their day.
    • Build a ramp for a person in a wheelchair.
    • Volunteer at your local animal shelter.
    • Alter and repair clothes for the needy.
    • Clean up trash along the river or in a park.
    • Make “I Care” kits with combs, toothbrushes, shampoo, etc. for the homeless.
    • Deliver meals to home-bound individuals.
    • Become a foster parent to a pet.
    • Collect grocery coupons to give to the local food bank.
    • Form a volunteer lawn mowing service with your friends.
    • Donate art supplies to kids in a homeless shelter.
    • Offer to pick up groceries for your neighbor.
    • Help with repairs at a local homeless shelter.
    • Help your neighbors paint and repair their homes.
    • Do art projects with people in the nursing home (even if it’s just finger-painting).
    • Collect supplies for persons who have been in a fire or natural disaster.
    • Offer to read to people in a nursing home.
    • Help fix a run-down playground.
    • Organize a pet show for a local nursing home.
    • Plant a community garden.
    • With the support of a vet clinic, organize a neuter and spay campaign to get animals neutered and spayed at a reduced rate.
    • Build park benches.
    • Rake leaves, shovel snow, clean gutters or wash windows for a senior citizen.
    • Prepare sack lunches and deliver them to the homeless.

Challenge time: Complete 1 idea from this list or any other type of community service and email your story and 1 picture to tonileake@yahoo.com by March 24th. I will feature all community service stories in a post on March 31st.

Get out there and do something for your community! I can’t wait to hear your story!
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Calm My Anxious Heart – Chapter Eight

My schedule for doing these chapter reviews have gotten a little wacky lately but here we are at Chapter 8.

Worry Is Like A Rocking Chair

Worry is like a rocking chair; it will give you something to do but it won’t get you anywhere.

Isn’t that the truth. Worry doesn’t get us anywhere. It doesn’t solve the problem. It doesn’t keep the problem from happening. It changes nothing. All it does is gives us something to do.

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Calm My Anxious Heart – Chapter Seven

Here we are already on Chapter Seven… This chapter and last week’s chapter are 2 of my favorites.

A Faulty Focus

It was spring but it was summer I wanted; the warm days and the great outdoors. It was summer but it was fall I wanted; the colorful leaves and the cool dry air. It was fall but it was winter I wanted; the beautiful snow and the joy of the holiday season. It was now winter but it was spring I wanted; the warmth and the blossoming of nature. I was a child but it was adulthood I wanted; the freedom and the respect. I was twenty but it was thirty I wanted; to be mature and sophisticated. I was middle-aged but it was twenty I wanted; the youth and the free spirit. I was retired but it was middle-age that I wanted; the presence of mind without limitations. My life was over but I never got what I wanted. {Message by Dr. Charles R. Swindoll, “Who Gets the Glory?” Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, TX}

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Inadequate and Unworthy

A couple of weeks ago the Preacher’s son gave his testimony before leaving for Honduras to become a Missionary Teacher at the Good Shepherd Children’s Home. As he was speaking I was thinking…’wow, I’m not the only one that says stupid things. feels inadequate and unworthy.’ Read his testimony below…

I do not think that I have the makings of a good missionary. I am not a successful evangelist..sharing the gospel with strangers intimidates me. I don’t blend in well. I’m tall, I’m random and I tend to say stupid stuff. My mind wonders a lot, and I forget everything. I am incapable of multitasking; it’s hard enough for me to stay focused on one thing, let alone many things at once. I often feel my giftedness is only athletically and that I lack the gifts needed to be effective in the mission field.

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Calm My Anxious Heart – Chapter Five

Here we are already on Chapter 5 of Calm My Anxious Heart.

Content In Relationships

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves…bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse…If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. {Romans 12:9-10, 14, 18}

When our friends, family, or others betray us..it hurts. But as Christians we are commanded to love one another, to serve and encourage others.

What about the betrayal felt by Jesus when He knew He was going die so He asked His friends to stay up with Him, they agreed, and then ended up going to sleep.  They abandoned Him when He needed them most.

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Only One Thing Is Needed

Every week I listen to online sermons from Church of Highlands. This is not a local church but I love listening to  the sermons throughout the week.

This week I listened to a sermon…Only One Thing Is Needed.

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do; Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. {Philippians 3:13-14}

Wow, what a verse! Forget the past. Look ahead. Work towards the purpose that God has given us…

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