Thursday, October 21, 2010

October 17th Inspired ThirtyOne

Inspired 31
October 17th
We'd love to hear your thoughts about the day, so today I left an option for comments!

Mark the next one on your calendar, we can't wait to see you there!
Topic: Giving to Others In Various Ways
Debbie Marshall, Missionary/Heart of Hope in Romania
Jill Foster, Author Creative Cakes Anyone Can Make
Sunday, November 14th
3:00-5:00 Casual Tea & Scones
No Cost, Donations Welcomed

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Inspired 31 with Chelsea Cameron

What a blessing the October 17th gathering of Inspired 31 was! Chelsea Cameron gave a truly inspiring message of having established convictions before the compromising situations arrive! She compared our old nature and new nature in Christ and the hope and forgiveness offered by a relationship with our heavenly Father.

The highlight for our table was the table discussion where the concept of "convictions" were challenged to us to take one conviction we particularly needed to work on! It was inspiring and touching hearing our ladies honestly share our heartfelt desire to work on a specific area. Some were self-control, speech and forgiveness.

The Mission of Inspired 31: To facilitate teenage girls & mothers & others to find & follow their God given path. Each of us has unique gifts were meant to use for God's glory! Without the convictions to take us through challenges and temptations we would not be able to reach that goal. What a blessing Chelsea was for hearing God's call on her life, and answering it by speaking to us! What a true honoring of her God-given gifts. Thank you Chelsea!

There will be a bible study follow-up on Convictions at Melissa & MacKenzie Kytlica's home, however the date has been changed. We will send an email to all who signed up and if you are interested please let us know!

Thank you to Macy Ens! Her cupcakes were as beautiful as they were delicious. More important than either their beauty or their taste was the fact that Macy is using her God-given gifts to honor God and donate to something that is (trying :) to be glorifying to God: Inspired 31. Way to go darling, Macy! You are inspiring to me!!!

Welcome also to Marta & Tabitha, our beautiful new mother-daughter steering members who boldly shared their testimony's on honoring God in different places: from movie sets to Hume Lake and at school. Thank you Tabitha, you were so poised and unruffled when the microphone was acting up! A real delight to see you keep your wits about you & show such grace!

We'd love to have you participate if you feel so led! We'd also love for you to sit back and just enjoy! Whichever you do...may you be richly blessed!

Please sign up for the blog, so you can receive the recap and pictures from the events automatically, as I won't be doing the follow up emails after this one...just the that things are running smoothly!

We'd love to have guest bloggers & comment! If you were inspired, convicted or touched my something please email me or reply to this, as we'd love to share your thoughts with everyone if you are so inclined!

God bless you richly,

Psalm 19:14

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Thankfulness in All Things: The Big and The Small**

The last few weeks have made me appreciative of the big things: God, family, friends and health. It has also made me thankful for the small things: lunch with a friend, time to decorate for fall, lighting the pumpkin scented candles, simply for the blessing to just "be".

I was reminded, yet again, of the preciousness of life with some diagnosis of serious illness, surgery, etc.. of those I treasure. The recurring thoughts of our short time on earth, and the preciousness of our loved ones got me to thinking of little things (and how important they are) ...

Having "time out" to relax with a friend, and talking about life, dropping goodies of at a "sick" friends, hoping to show her how loved she is, coffee with a friend, going to watch a dear friends kids in their band, a cooking class with another dear friend made me think: All of these aren't the "little" ones really, they are the BIG things.

Thinking of what touches you? It made me think of what makes me feel loved. Time and I know you'll laugh...but dinner (or lunch) at a friends home. Why? Who knows? I'm guessing it is the intimacy of being at someone's private space. It is the time and thought. When beginning Inspired 31 and trying to prepare a 4 minute speech, my friend had me to her home and fixed me a sandwich and arranged it on her good china, and did it with such love. She kept apologizing for it, however I wonder if she realized how long it had been since someone had me to their home for a "simple sandwich"! I was so touched. It wasn't fancy, just so thoughtful!

It doesn't matter what you do, but that you DO it! Just like it doesn't matter what you have been gifted with, but that you USE it!

I have included some photographs here of some of the "fancier" lunches and dinners that I have been invited to at peoples homes. Yes, of course, I took pictures! It is just my thing. There are also simple things that remind me, it is true: It is the thought that counts!

From Romans 12: 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. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice Hospitality.

***Pictures are from "Fall", dinners or lunches, where friends put such lovely time and thought into having us/me over :) Thank you A!

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