Fling & Hurl

A few days ago our friend & Pastor, Kevin Berry tweeted this scripture:

“Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”

Psalm 55:22 NLT

It’s been buzzing around in my head & heart since then. I’ve dug
into it a bit and want to share a tiny snippet of it with you over several
days this week.

“GIVE” – this word (in the original Hebrew) can mean CAST, HURL,

When I am burdened I can snatch up my thoughts & troubles and
fling them into God’s hands. “Fling” happens quickly and without
much contemplation. No sitting around thinking about how I feel
and how this affects me, and “poor me,” etc….
Just grab up those thoughts/situation and FLING it! Pronto!

And the word, “HURL?” It makes me laugh…
maybe it’s all those years I spent in Jr. High ministry! ha!
Hurl implies BARF! And BARF is most effective when it’s projectile
barf… it gets the yucky stuff out quickly and puts it far away
in an extremely quick manner.

That’s what I want to do with my thoughts & struggles; I choose to
FLING and HURL them on Jesus.

(And He’s OK with that! What a Gracious God!)

Your comments and thoughts are certainly welcome!

Menu Plan Monday, April 21, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Lunch- Egg Salad, Homemade Breadsticks
Dinner- Taco Skillet over Rice,
Fresh veggies & dip, tortilla chips

Lunch- Cottage Cheese, Fruit
Dinner- Stromboli, Veggies

Lunch- Cheesy Tortillas, Oranges
Dinner- Cranberry Meatballs, Homemade Noodles
Steamed Broccoli

Lunch- Ham & Pineapple Wraps, apple slices
Dinner- Chicken & Homemade Rice-a-Roni

Lunch- White Bean Chili
Dinner- Homemade W. Wheat Veggie Pizza

Lunch- TBA
Dinner- Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Lunch- Crockpot Stuffed Peppers
Dinner- Leftover Veggie Frittata

More ideas are at OrgJunkie

Just Standin’ there, Confused

It’s there… in the Bible… and it seemed like
such a sad thing to say about the disciples/friends of Jesus.

Jesus hung dying on the cross,
“But Jesus’ friends, including the women who
had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching.”
(Luke 23:49 NLT)

It was a BIG deal. A huge moment.
An event that would forever change their lives.
And they kept their distance, watching.

These were not just casual observers who had heard of Jesus,
these were His close friends. The Greek word used in the
text means those who had a close experience with Him;
someone who knew Him first-hand. Someone like…

That’s exactly what I said to Jesus as I read this.
“Lord, I’m like these disciples. I know You first-hand
and understand that You’re doing something hugely
significant right in front of me, and yet I’m standing
off at a distance, rather dumb founded, just watching.”

Then God silently spoke: “You ARE just like those friends.
But what ELSE are they doing?”

Me: Umm.. we’ll they were probably…

But they…
Were Loyal
Kept eyes glued on Jesus

Oh… Yes… Thank you, Jesus.
I get it!
(Big relieved sigh!)
I will keep my eyes – heart- glued on YOU!

Isolating is like…

Leadership of any kind bring heaps of joys
and loads of difficulties. Being a leader
in ministry is no different. Lots of leaders
find themselves in a lonely place, caused by
a variety of reasons, but alone in a crowd
none the less.

When a lady finds herself in that situation,
the temptation can be to further isolate her
heart from others. Not good.

“Isolating yourself and your feelings is like
applying the car brakes on the ice;
it stops you from forward progress and sends
you spinning in all the wrong direction.”

(from my journal a few weeks back)

Isolating ourselves is a slow form of Quitting!

Galations 6:2
“Share each other’s burdens,
and in this way obey the law of Christ.”

Menu Plan Monday, April 14, 2014


Monday –
Thai take out! Yay!

Homemade Chili & Mashed Potatoes
(hey, it’s supposed to snow…sigh)

French Fry Salad w/chicken

Thursday –
Ham, Homemade Mac & Cheese, Veggie & Dip

(click here for an invitation to a GREAT
artistic Good Friday service)
Homemade Pizza

Saturday –
Peppers & Sausage over homemade noodles

Sunday – EASTER! (Thank You, Jesus!)
Grilled Ham w/pineapple, Scalloped Potatoes, asparagus,
Jello Jelly Beans, Angel Food Cake & Strawberries

More ideas here

Tuesday’s Talkin’

My family says I
talk to myself, but
I prefer to think of it
as “thinking out loud!”
Here’s what I’ve been
thinkin’ lately…

– Where do you go when your heart is hurting?

– Silly text messages from old friends make my heart light
and happy!

– Small things make BIG differences in peoples’ lives.

– I have an amazing gift for selecting the coldest, most
frigid day of the week to go grocery shopping.

– Moving around a lot in ministry can do number on your

– My oldest daughter, Mariah, returned home safely after
a week of ministry on the streets of New Orleans during
Mardi Gras with Saints Community Church
and a team from our church.
She’s so adorable, strong, fun, sweet & wonderful!
(Hey, it’s my blog & I can say it like it is!) hee hee

– Mariah preached on Sunday morning.
She tag-teamed with Freddie, another beautiful woman of God!
You can hear their message here.

– Seeing my children serve Jesus out of their own personal
love & relationship with Him inspires and thrills me!

– Using proper grammar can give credibility, even to one
who doesn’t have much education. The opposite also proves true.
Improper grammar makes even the most educated person seem otherwise.

– Every time our sweet daughter, Courtney, struggled with the
discomfort/pain of wearing braces on her teeth, I’ve sung some
horrible rendition of a song that says, “It’ll be worth it all.”
Now, several years later she’s enjoying the truth of that song.
Her braces were removed yesterday, and her lovely smile is certainly
worth it all!

-Online schooling demands much, but offers much, too! I love it!
(Connections Academy)

-Repeatedly doing the same things and expecting different results drives
me crazy! How in the world can I help women in this city understand
that God can change their hearts, motives, actions and RESULTS!?

– In what areas of my life do I expect change but keep doing the
same things? (I’d better check for a plank in my own eye!)

– Having my kids home during the day delights me!

– Self thoughts can really damage our actions & motives.

What’s been on your mind lately?

Menu Plan Monday, March 11, 2014


Lunch- OUT – to celebrate Courtney’s braces coming off!
Dinner – Tortellini Soup
(I’ll post this recipe later this week.)

Lunch – Tomato Salad (PB & J for kids)
Dinner- Chilton Chili & Mashed Potatoes

Lunch- Tossed Salad
Dinner – Little Mamas (tostadas) fruit

Lunch- Rice-a-Roni (homemade)
Dinner- Fish Fillets,Baby Potatoes, Gr. Beans

FRIDAY- Max’s Bday!
Lunch – Hot Wings, Fries
Dinner – Mac & Cheese, Fruit

Lunch- Do-overs (left- overs)
Dinner- Homemade W. Wheat Veggie Pizza

Lunch – Corned Beef, Potatoes, Broccoli
Dinner- Cheesy Tortillas, carrot sticks

Why do you do it?

John 12 tells the story of Jesus having dinner with a group
of people. Guests included the famous sibling group of
Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead;
Martha who was serving dinner;
Mary, who broke an expensive bottle of perfume, on purpose,
and anointed Jesus feet. (You can read this story here.)

Each had their own role in this evening with Jesus and
the response of those around them varied.

Martha – She served the meal. People probably ate it,
enjoyed it and most likely never said a word of thanks
or appreciation.

Lazarus– He was a close friend of Jesus and involved in
the dinner conversation. This took place in his own town
and his sisters were there serving. He was living his
life as obvious & living proof of the power of Jesus.
(Since he’d been raised from the dead prior to this story.)
People crowded to see him and began believing in Jesus
because of him. Others, however, wanted to kill him because
of his “walking, living proof of the power of Jesus!”

Mary – She humbly and sacrificially washed Jesus feet.
Others in the room reacted to her actions with harsh criticism
and disgust. Jesus told her critics to “Leave her alone!”

Whatever role/serving we’re doing, we must do it completely for Jesus!
People won’t necessarily thank us.
or, People may think we’re awesome & follow our example.
People may hate us for it.
People may criticize us for it.

Jesus says to them… “Leave her alone!”

“Lord, forgive me for doing YOUR work and then grading
myself according to the response (or lack of response)
from other people.”

I serve Jesus and all that I do, I will work at it
with all my heart because I’m working for God,
not humans.
(My paraphrase of Colossians 3:23)

Menu Plan Monday, Feb. 24, 2014


Lunch – out
Dinner- Roast Beef in slow cooker, Roasted potatoes & carrots

Lunch- Homemade Biscuits & Lunch Meat, Fruit
Dinner – Pepper Pasta

Lunch – PB & J, fruit salad
Dinner – Homemade Chicken Nuggets, broccoli, Tator Tots

Lunch – Grilled Apple cheese sandwiches, carrot sticks
Dinner – White Bean & Ham Soup

Lunch- Cheesy Eggs, Fruit
Dinner – Homemade Whole Wheat Veggie Pizza

Lunch – Do-Over pizza from last night
Dinner – Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Lunch- Spaghetti & Sauce, Steamed Veggies
Dinner- Tomato & Mozzarella salad

zillions of other idea can be found at Organizing Junkie

Home Safe Home

It’s true, we DO live in Detroit.
But this isn’t about location, crime
or even bankruptcy. It’s about YOUR home
and mine!

(Photo credit MAKE YOUR HOME app)

(Photo credit MAKE YOUR HOME app)

A husband may have constant ideas for change
and improvement/advancement in his workplace (or
in our case, his place of ministry), but perhaps
not so many creative ideas for the way daily live happens
at home. That can mess with a wife’s head.
Don’t let it.

Home… should be the one place that he
doesn’t have to work hard to prove himself or
attain a goal to be considered successful.

Home… where he is loved unconditionally. When
that love flourishes then husband and wife are
both empowered to be their best.

Home… where a husband is safe. It is his castle;
a place where he can learn to let him mind rest
and his heart dream.