Chuck E. Jesus

 

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Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35

“Where’s Chuck E. Jesus?” asks one of the girls at my son’s three year-old party.  Her interpretation of a kid’s theme restaurant is a place where she might see Jesus. The motto for this celebratory place is, “Where a kid can be a kid.” Sure enough, it’s crammed with kids elbow to elbow. The lights, games, cotton candy, rides, pizza, sounds, tokens, tickets and prizes are a bit overwhelming to the average adult. It’s no wonder a newbie child at Chuck E. might associate Jesus.

Our everyday busyness is portrayed much like the land of Chuck E. Cheese. It’s jam packed with events, food, children’s activities, working motions to produce the sound of coins falling into a piggy bank, and the lights don’t turn out until we’re fully overwhelmed with a day’s worth of activities. Where does Jesus fit into the portrayal of Chuck E. Cheese? Jesus modeled it for us. He got up very early in the morning, while it was still dark and went off to a solitary place where he prayed.

You may go to Chuck E. Cheese one day. You’ll be thankful you modeled after Jesus and prayed yourself up for such an event. Jesus knows our busyness and what lies ahead. Have you encountered the land of Chuck E. and asked, “Where’s Chuck E. Jesus? He wants to be included in the first part of our day—early. Have you put Jesus first in your day?

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God Speaks, She Speaks, and I Speak

My Desire

My heart’s desire is to glorify the Lord through this cooking ministry. I have a heart to serve my family, the homeless and others in need within our church and surrounding areas. We’ve been able to serve our local women and children’s shelter for three years.  Countless frozen meals have gone to the needy.

Heartbeat of MOAM Ministry

The Proverbs 31 woman provides food for her family, opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy and does not eat the bread of idleness. Ladies, this is the heartbeat of this ministry. We are called to be like her.

Will you join me on this journey by freezer cooking for others? You can be a “Mom on a Mission.” The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve (Matthew 20:28).

We can be a missionary in little ways, delivering a loaf of bread, a bag of muffins or granola. In other ways, preparing a freezer casserole with a bag salad. In yet another way, hosting a cook and play date with a friend and cooking for a homeless shelter.

My Calling

Recently, God has given me a vision to teach freezer cooking to other MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and church groups in Asheville and outside of NC. And I have a burning passion to complete a missionary cookbook.

My calling is to equip women with freezer cooking skills to serve others in need while they are cooking for their own families. God has laid a desire to attend the She Speaks conference in July 2011. Will you prayerfully consider partnering with me through a financial contribution, which is tax-deductible,  towards a scholarship?

Also, will you pray for God’s will regarding this ministry to flourish in God’s perfect timing? I ‘m overwhelmed by God’s perfect grace and how He would choose an “ordinary” me to do such an “extraordinary” work.

Please click on the Scholarship Information to sponsor me at the She Speaks conference and allow me to get out of His way so God may speak through me.

My Prayer

For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. John 3:34. I pray for the Spirit without limit to shine through this ministry. I pray for your involvement in serving others as you learn to freezer cook. Blessings, my friends.

This post is linked to Lysa Terkeurst’s blog.

Plugged into the Powersource

Car Alternator

I had a new alternator in my trunk.  Every gauge on my dashboard registered zero and my battery was less than a quarter full before the lights went off. I began to pray for the remaining three miles home. Fearing the worst, I turned onto our street and drove up the hill. It died just before I reached the driveway.  God answered my prayers as I put the vehicle in neutral and coasted backward into our yard.

I learned something new about cars. The alternator is the source of power for the battery and it keeps my Suburban running. When the warning sign alerts-battery not charging-you should check on the alternator-right away-not the next day.

I am much like an alternator. To be an effective, Godly wife and mother, my battery needs to be charged, too.   In the past three years, I’ve had two babies. Sleepless nights and motherhood have taken a toll on my quiet time, but as my babies grew into a sleeping pattern, my patterns changed as well. I enjoyed the extra sleep and as a result, I stopped meeting with God. The hour set aside for God had dwindled into a five minute devotion.

My relationship with God wasn’t the same. I wasn’t reading my Bible enough and my actions reflected it. Recently, God has reminded me the importance of spending time in His Word. The more time I spend with Him, I yearn for Him. It’s just like old times waking up to savor the intimate moments with Him, and not being interrupted by five others in the household.

God is what helps us operate effectively. Whether at work or at home, spending enough time with the Lord is vital. The next time you catch yourself thinking or doing something you’re not proud of, ask yourself, “Have I been plugged into God long enough?”  “Have I taken time to allow His Word to speak?” Perhaps like me, you need a gentle reminder. Without an alternator, you’ll be stranded on the side of the road. You can also be high and dry without God’s Word.

Helping Others In Need

We’ve all had a crisis in our family at some time and we’ve needed help. Mom on a mission is partnering with BBC (our local church) to help a family who needs help. A mom with four children under the age of 8 (one set of 4 year-old twins), is left behind. Her husband passed away due to flu complications and we would like to shower this family with God’s Love.

How can you help if you are a mom, single, or male or female? You can help by donating a frozen meal to this family. We’re accepting donations for several weeks to pack as much love as we can into their freezer. We will have the drop off times and dates as soon as we get more information, but pray for this family and pray how your food can impact others. Contact st.king@hotmail.com if you would like to donate a frozen main dish casserole or food gift cards.

**If you’re preparing a casserole, please wrap unbaked casserole tightly in heavy-duty foil or double wrap in regular foil. Label the following on the foil with a sharpie marker-

Your casserole name, Directions: Thaw 24 hours, your baking time (please add 15 minutes to the original recipe time)

TIP: If you are making more than one casserole for your freezer, what I like to call double bubble, you need to maximize your space. If you’re not using prex lidded baking dishes to freeze, then you need a method for keeping those precious casseroles from collapsing. I use either a small cooling rack (dollar store racks work great) or a flexible chopping board in between the aluminum pans. This allows them to freeze solid without a lid and you can slide it out once it’s frozen. Just make sure your foil is heavy-duty or you’ve double wrapped with regular foil.

Use this method if you are freezer cooking with a group and you’re transporting your casseroles home. Hey, what a great idea, cook and have a play date with one or two friends and make food for your family and others. Did you know we also serve the Steadfast home in Asheville, a women and children’s shelter once a month. We’d love to have your help this month.

Have you ever cook and played?

I Wear Many Hats

“Don’t flush ittttttt!”, my two year-old screamed at me.

My two-year-old held his hands high in the air as big alligator tears rolled down his cheeks, but it was too late; my forefinger had pushed down the forbidden silver handle…. Join me at Incourage as I share my heart.

Obviously, one of my passions is cooking, but I also love to write. My desire is to share the Word of God with others through writing about my family. Because I’ve been blessed with four children, I have many, many stories to tell and lessons I’ve learned through mothering. We all have a story to tell.

What’s your story? Perhaps you might enjoy writing as much as I do.

The SON Shined

  

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 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
   where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
   the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

Good news—after four bouts of vomiting and three changed beds, the “Son”shine helped my son. He enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine and he soaked it up like a sponge. It’s amazing how much better the sun will make you feel. Not only did the sun shine on my son, but God’s son, Jesus shined. He gave him comfort and mercy and caused a turnaround in his once lifeless body. He perked up like a lifeless flower receiving a drink of water.

Before long I was holding his legs while he was crossing the monkey bars, and he was squealing out, “More…do it again”. Not only can the physical sun revive a child, but the spiritual Son, can do it as well.

God’s Son can provide the twinkle, refreshment and renewal we all need in our daily walk. If we feel down and out and need a lift, all we have to do is look up to our Father and look for Jesus. The Son will shine brighter and straighter through our inner being to give us the strength and support we need to make it through our most difficult days.

Have you lifted your eyes up to look for the Son? Will you ask the radiant Son to shine upon your day?

Motherhood: Humble Me with the Letter P

As soon as I read the Proverb and the prayer left my lips, I knew God was going to humble me. This was yesterday and today my two kids have puked four times so far. My three year-old woke up puking and I found him in his bed with more puke or should I say vomit? Either word is disgusting and remind me of the horrid smell that comes from digestion.

I changed my son to take the other two to school and I went to wake the baby. The entire hallway had the wretched smell, which I assumed came from the boys’ room. However, when I went to wake the baby, she was covered in her own puke, too. Oh, the humbling experience of cleaning up a child who has either pooped or puked. The two “P’s” humble me as a mother and continue to keep me humble.

As I changed their beds, washed their sheets and bathed them before 8 o’clock this morning, God reminded me of yesterday’s prayer: Keep me humble, O Lord. Yes, I am humbly bathing my nine month-old; picking the dried chicken bits out of her hair. I just happened to introduce soft chicken at dinner last night–big mistake.

Thank you Lord for the gift of motherhood and the humbling experiences I have to keep me on my knees praying for my children.

Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments

Speaking of  prayer, I want to share a prayer guide. I was reminded of this resource during a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting yesterday. It’s topical and it has teachable moments to share with your children. In other words, you have a life application you can share with your child. This book is called Parenting with Scripture , a resource you can use from birth and up. Amazon sells it, but better yet, you can check out the inside at the website.

Praying for our children is the best gift we can ever give them. I’m praying for God to be my children’s Jehovah Rapha right now. We all have a prayer concern. We can give this intangible gift to our children.Won’t you join me?

Do you recommend any additional prayer resources?

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