Monday, August 30, 2010

Me, Myself and Lies: A Thought Closet Makeover

This fall, starting September 12th at Macedonia Baptist Church, I will be teaching another Bible study. I was very unsure about whether or not I should teach a Bible study this fall. Here is a little bit about this Bible study.

Me, Myself and Lies: A Thought Closet Makeover By, Jennifer Rothschild

Adapted from the trade book, Self Talk, Soul Talk, in the Bible Study, Me, Myself and Lies, Jennifer shares practically and helpfully from her own life and from Scripture to show how every woman can turn her words—and her life—around for good. The member book provides a personal study experience five days a week plus viewer guides for the group video sessions of this women's Bible study that encourages them to clean out the junk in their minds and replace hidden negative thoughts with positive truths from God's word.

This Bible study for women encourages them to clean out the junk in their thoughts and replace these hidden negative thoughts and failures with positive truths from God’s word. Rather than struggling with self-esteem, body image, stress and other unhealthy thoughts and emotions learn to replace the lies you may have been telling yourself with the truth from God’s word.

Words are powerful. Especially the words women speak to themselves. All too often, what they say to themselves when they lie in bed at night or look in the mirror in the morning is not even close to the words God wants them to speak to their souls. According to Rothschild, what we think about often has a ripple effect on nearly every area of our lives.

After reading the Bible study description the Lord made it very clear that I needed this kind of thought closet makeover in my own life. I cannot wait to dive into this study and give you an update on what God is teaching me!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

LeTourneau University Health Fair

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Thursday, October 7

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Note: For the best lab results, do not eat or drink after midnight the evening before the event.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Flashback Friday: Our First Summer Together

I am so excited to post my first Flashback Friday blog post. I posted a different flashback on my Living a Change Life blog, so make sure you check it out.. I got this great idea from my friend, Tia. If you want to know more about Flashback Friday, please check out her blog, The Adventures of Christopher and Tia. I hope to continue to post flashbacks on Fridays from now on.

Our first flashback will take us back five years to the summer that Jon and I started dating. That's right only five years ago, Jon and I began our relationship together. We started dating on May 28, 2005. It was a very crazy summer, to say the least. Jon went on a mission trips to India ten days after we started dating. I flew to Colorado in July to visit him. In August he moved to Texas to go to LeTourneau University.

Even as I remember all the craziness I can still say that the summer of 2005, was one of my favorite summers ever. I just have so many good, funny, and awkward memories. I am so thankful to the Lord for bringing Jon into my life.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from Summer 2005.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Our Blessings Book

A few weeks ago I shared with you a blog about our, Unexpected Blessing. If you have not read that blog feel free to click that unexpected blessing link to check it out. I will be here when you get back.

I told you that I was going to buy a blessings book for Jon and I. I went to the store and looked through all the school supplies, which I love!! After looking through the entire selection at Wal-mart I was able to decide on the perfect notebook for us. There are some pictures of our book below. I know it's girlie, but it makes me smile and Jon is happy when I am happy.

We have not had this book very long. However, I find myself looking for the blessings that God has given me more then I ever have, because I want to be able to write them down in our book! I am so thankful for the blessings that we have been able to write down so far. I am looking forward to adding more blessings as God continues to work in our lives.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Babies on the Brain

That’s right, today I have babies on the brain. This is something that has been on my mind for a while now and I doubt it will go away anytime soon and for good reason too, because both of my sister’s are pregnant!!

I can't wait to have two kids to spoil with love. Isn't that what an Aunt is supposed to do? I'm not sure, because I have never been an Aunt before. However, that's my plan.

Vivian and Daniel

Vivian (36 weeks) and her fiance' Daniel.

Introducing my nephew, Kenneth Thomas.
More pictures to come after he is actually born.

My youngest sister Vivian is pregnant (pictures above) with her first child and due September 9, 2010. She has had a very good pregnancy so far, both her and the baby are least that's what the doctor tells us. She is ready to meet her son and so are we! Hopefully he comes right on time or a little early would be just fine with all of us.

Bobbi and Brayden

Brayden and Bobbi in May 2010.

My other younger sister Bobbi just announced this past weekend that she is also pregnant and due with her first child sometime in April. Her and her boyfriend, Brayden are very excited. More pictures of Bobbi and her baby to come, but for right now it is a little too early for that.

Please keep both of your sisters in your prayers.
- Pray for Vivian to have a good delivery and that God would keep both she ans Kenneth safe.
- Pray for Bobbi as she is just beginning her pregnancy, that God would be very close and real to her in this time.

Thank you for your prayers for my loved ones. I continue to be humbled by each of the blessings that the Lord has given me. To read more, click here.

"Children are a gift from the Lord: they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like sharp arrows in a warrior's hands. How happy is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates." Psalm 127:3-5

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Skyping with Michelle

This past Friday, August 20, 2010, I was able to Skype with Michelle!! I have not talked to her since she moved to Japan. We came to the conclusion that we should have started Skyping a long time ago. I am so thankful to whoever created Skype. It was so strange to sit in my living room in Texas and talk to Michelle who was 14 hours ahead of me in Japan. Praise the Lord for technological advances!

It was so good to talk to Michelle. I miss her so much. Toward the end of our conversation, I wanted to document our time together. I started taking print screen shots with my computer. Here are just a few of them! We are pretty silly!!

I did some research and Wikipedia says, "Skype was founded in 2003 by the Swedish entrepeneur Niklas Zennström and the Dane Janus Friis." Thank you Niklas and Dane!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Presents from Michelle

One of our dearest friends, Michelle left recently to go teach in Japan. To read more about Michelle on my weight loss blog, click here. This week we have received two boxes from Michelle that she sent before she left. Gifts are my love language. It speaks volumes to me knowing that Michelle took the time to think of me, while she was busy packing and getting ready to move.

Below are some pictures of the gifts that Michelle sent us. Make sure that you look at the authentic Haitian Tarantula, that Michelle gave Jon as a graduation gift. Yuck! As soon as I knew what it was I told Jon that he needed to take it to work with him. Of course, Jon told me that he would rather keep it at home to scare away the mouse. I guess we will see if it really works.

One of our packages from Michelle!!

Jon with his graduation present, the tarantula!!

However, I think we could have done without the tarantula! I knew that when Michelle made one for Jason Bigelow that we would probably end up seeing one too.

On a happier, less gross note, Michelle also sent us a housewarming gift, the plant. She also sent me a lunchbox!!

Jon and I with all our gifts.

Thank you for the presents Michelle!! We love you!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Prayer Request for the Mayfield Family

We have an urgent pray request for one of Jon's MK friends from China. Krispin and his wife Danielle were expecting a baby she was 33 weeks along. Sunday they had to do an emergency c-section because Danielle’s platelets dropped significantly and her blood pressure was really high. Baby Ramona arrived safely and is doing well but Danielle is not responding well to the medicine that she is on and her blood pressure is still really high and platelets are still dropping. The doctors said Danielle has pre-eclampsia and something more serious known as the HELLP syndrome.

Please be lifting this family up to our Heavenly Father.

...that Danielle would be able to sleep and truly rest rather than being anxious
...that Danielle’s body would start to react to the medicine that the Doctors are giving her
that Ramona (baby) would continue to be healthy and keep growing she was 4lbs 17in
...for Krispin that he would be able to comfort his wife and help her relax while being able to relax and recuperate himself as well.
...Praise that baby Ramona has come safely and that she is strong and continuing to grow and that she has been moved out of the NICU

To continue to receive updated information about Krispin, Daniella, and Ramona, please check out their Caring Bridge Journal.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Our Summer Bible Study Ends

This past Sunday, August 15, 2010, Jon and I finished leading our second Bible study as a couple! As I told you in a blog I wrote in June, we were studying "Putting on the Armor: Equipped and Deployed for Spiritual Warfare" by, Chuck Lawless.

This was such an incredible Bible study. This author lead us in truth as he taught us God's word. We memorized Bible verses, read Ephesians, and more! It has been such a blessing to be able to lead this study with Jon. We have been so blessed to have such a great group of people join us this summer. My prayer for each of us who took part in the study is that we will not be the same after learning these truths i God's word.

I cannot wait to see what God has planned for this group in the future. Please pray for us as we are seeking the Lord's wisdom about what it is He wants us to do next. It is our desire to be obedient to Him and we covet your prayers!

Friday, August 13, 2010

An Unexpected Blessing

Let me start by saying that we are not worthy of the blessings that God has given us. When someone steps out in faith to be a tool for the Lord to bless us we are deeply humbled. The words “thank you” seem inadequate.

Last night we received a timely and unexpected blessing. As Jon and I drove home I began to think about all of the blessings that God has given us, big and small. There are a lot of them I can think of, but I’m sure that there are others that I have forgotten about. Tonight, I am going to the store to go grocery shopping and one of the items on my list is to buy a blessing book. Oh, you’ve never heard of that before? Me neither…I just made it up! : )

Jon and I feel very strongly that God has strategically placed people in our lives to support us as we prepare to go on the mission field. That being said, I do not want to forget the blessings that God has given us. I want to remember the people who have blessed us and how God has used them in our lives. Hence, the reason for a blessing book. As we record the blessings that the Lord has given to us it will serve as a reminder of the ways God has worked in our lives. I pray that we can be thankful and remember who has supported us and helped us get on the mission field. Also, when we get discouraged we can look at that book and praise the Lord for all the things that He has given us.

It is these blessing that serve as confirmation that we are in the Lord’s will. They are a source of encouragement for us to continue to stay the course and be faithful to the Lord.

As I was writing this blog, this hymns was playing in the back of my mind and I would like to share the words with you.

Count Your Blessings
Written By, Johnson Oatman

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Cord "Wait" Struck

This morning, my friend Michelle shared this poem on her blog "The Musings of a Journeyer". She said it "stuck a cord in her heart". After I finished reading the poem, it had struck a cord in my heart as well. I'm pretty sure that I have read this poem before, in college. God probably used it to encourage me then and He is using it to encourage me now and for that I am very thankful.

Jon and I have been trying to wait on the Lord and trust Him with a lot of details in our lives that He has not revealed to us yet. What jobs should we take? Should we go back to school? Should we move? Should we stay? Do we focus on money? Do we focus on relationships?...and on and on and on... It's not easy. But this poem so beautifully reminds me WHY there are times in our lives when God keeps the details to Himself and makes us wait on Him.

In the book of Isaiah it says that it is while we wait on the Lord the our strength is renewed!! Some many times I have seen waiting as a waste of my time. I wish God would tell me what I need to do, so that I can get on with it. But that is not true at all! When we are waiting on the Lord, it is NEVER a waste of time. My prayer is that I will become more thankful in those times of waiting. I pray that I will not waste time that God has set aside for me to know Him better.

Please take the time to read this beautiful poem:

Source: The Musings of a Journeyer

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried; quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied.
I plead and I wept for a clue to my fate, and the Master so gently said, "Child, you must wait."
"WAIT? You said 'wait,'" my indignant reply. "Lord, I need answers. I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard? By faith I have asked and am claiming your Word.
My future and all to which I can relate hangs in the balance, and YOU tell me 'Wait?'
I'm needing a 'yes,' a go-ahead sign, or even a 'no' to which I can resign.
And Lord, I've been asking! I need a reply!"
Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate as my Master replied once again, "You must wait."
So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut, and grumbled to God, "So I'm waiting...for what?"
He seemed then to kneel, and His eyes wept with mine, and He tenderly said, "I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens and darken the sun. I could raise the dead, cause the mountains to run.
All you seek, I could give, and pleased you would be. You would have what you want...
But you wouldn't know Me.
You'd not know the depth of my love for each saint; you'd not know the power that I give to the faint;
You'd not learn to see through the clouds of despair; you'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there;
You'd not know the joy of resting in Me when darkness and silence were all you could see;
You'd never experience the fullness of love, as the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove;
You'd know that I give and I save (for a start), but you'd not know the depth of the beat of my heart;
The glow of My comfort late in the night, the faith that I give when you walk without sight,
The depth that's beyond getting just what you asked of an infinite God, who makes what you have last.
You'd never know, should your pain quickly flee, what it means that 'My grace is sufficient for thee.'
Yes, your dreams and desires overnight would come true,
But oh the loss! If I lost what I'm doing in you!
So be silent, My child, and in time you will see that the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me.
And though often My answers seem terribly late, My most precious answer of all is still, 'WAIT.'"

Friday, August 6, 2010

No-Sew Fleece Baby Blanket

Before my former co-worker left for China she gave me tools to use to help me create No-Sew Fleece Blankets. After receiving the tools from Anna I was inspired to create something for our soon to be born nephew Kenneth.

On July 24, 2010, Jon and I put desire into action and we made a baby blanket. Together we made a trip to Hancock Fabrics to get the material and other supplies we needed. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that Hancock’s was having a huge sale! We debated for a while over what would be the best choice for both Mom and baby. We made our decisions and headed home to work on our project.

I did a quick Google search and found directions on how to make a No Se Fleece Blanket, if you are interested click here. We took turns and before we knew it, we were finished! I have made lots of crafts throughout my life and this was by far one of the easiest projects I have ever tackled. We then put the blanket in the mail and sent it off to my sister who said that she loved it! Thankfully, we just have to wait five more weeks to see what Kenneth thinks about the blanket we made him.

Here are some pictures as the project progressed..


Tie side one

Tie side two

Ta-Da!! The finished product!!

Now Jon wants one for himself.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Recipe Review: French Toast

I have been such a slacker when it comes to giving feedback on recipes. I apologize for not posting anything last week. To help us get back on track, here is the recipe review blog for a recipe this week.

It is extremely rare that I ever have enough time in the morning to make a big breakfast. I really enjoy breakfast foods, so as a result in our family, we eat breakfast foods for dinner. My favorite breakfast food is French Toast with a little peanut butter and syrup! Yum!!

This is a very quick and easy recipe that will not take much time at all. It's not in the recipe, but I always add a little bit of cinnamon to the egg mixture. I just think it makes it taste better. I have made a bunch and refrigerated them so that I can heat them up to eat the next day.

Egg Mixture

The Final Product

Have you tried this recipe? What do you think?
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French Toast

1/3 cup fat-free skim milk
1 egg
2 egg whites
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp table salt
cooking spray
4 slices Low-Cal bread

In a wide, shallow bowl, beat together milk, egg, egg whites, vanilla and salt.

Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Dip bread, one piece at a time, into egg mixture; turn to coat both sides. Cook bread in a single layer, flipping once, until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.

Yields 2 pieces French toast per serving.

5 pointsplus+, 3 points

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

China 2006 Pictures

Last week I mentioned that Jon and I are Chinabound! We are set to leave for China on December 16, 2010. When we get back in January 2011, I will so many pictures to post that I won't know what to do. However, in the meantime I wanted to share with you a few pictures from our trip to China four years ago. I cannot believe it was only four years ago, because it feels much longer than that!!

This is me at a restaurant in Chengdu, China eating REAL Chinese food!! It was so good!!

This is a close up of the Kung Pao Chicken. Do you see all the oil on that plate?

This is a fruit stand. We got Cantaloupe on a stick!

Jon and I hanging out with his friend Sam.

This is Jon and I after we made it onto the Great Wall of China. I had sprained my ankle just a few days before. I had to climb up the wall using crutches.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Great Texas Balloon Race

Friday night Jon and I went to the Great Texas Balloon Race with our friends Bryan, Tabitha, and Wyatt Hall. We went to watch the Balloon Glow that takes place at dusk. Here are some pictures from our evening!


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