Wednesday, June 27, 2012

And Now The Pool is Heated....

As many of you know I’m currently in full swing on my Northern Tour. It’s been so nice to be spending some time with my family in OH. I’ve joked for years that though God took this Northerner out of the North, the Buckeye is still part of the girl. My parents have had an in ground outside pool on their property. I grew up swimming in the midst of the Ohio woods. The setting really is this picturesque place, but it was always so cold. The pool wasn’t heated. In fact I remember being told to “jump right in and eventually we’d just get used to the water.” My sister and I have joked about this for years, and in fact if some of you grew up with me you’ll laugh about memories in the frigid pool. After my sister and I grew up and have had our own children, a pool heater was finally purchased. This makes for a much more pleasant experience, the grandkids love coming to swim and an endless stream of jokes have arose. Because you know when I was a kid it was so cold they made us swim with ice cubes that were floating in the water, and I tried to put on a wet suit to swim but they told me I wasn’t allowed to, and I was made to swim at least a mile so I could get the feeling back into my toes ***insert sarcasm here *** It’s the sound of a legacy to want to make life easier or better for the next generation. God speaks often about creating a legacy in the word. Genesis 17:7 "I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you." God thinks this way. His mind isn’t always about this generation, but it’s simultaneously focusing on the generations to come. In fact, in parenting that needs to be our focus as well. Building legacy so that our children and our grandchildren can run the race set before them. How can we teach the next generation so that they won’t have to go through some of the things you had to, How can we raise up a standard? You have to remember than not only does God have awesome plans for your life, but He has awesome plans for those little lives He puts around you too. So yes, get excited for His plans for you….but also get excited for those lives that are in your legacy. They need encouragement, and you like a stream need someone to pour your wisdom into. Remember Titus 2:3-4, may the older in the Lord begin to mentor the younger. May we learn to be grateful that the next generation has a heated pool, and not focus on the fact that maybe we had to freeze our buns off when we were that age. :-) LOL, remember God does has awesome plans for our lives, so let’s get excited!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Second Chance Scarf

When we were in Canada last week we visited a local attraction called Calisanti’s, which is about an hour outside of Windsor. It’s a fun half day attraction. I’m sure it started simply out of a garden center, but now it’s evolved into a small zoo, an arcade, small rides, food court, and a gift center. While we were browsing through the gift shop, I came across a scarf I fell in love with. It wasn’t that expensive and I flip flopped if I should buy it. For some reason I wrestled in my head if I should buy it like one would pull taffy. I reasoned I shouldn’t. We were up there traveling, I was trying to be cheap, and just told myself I shouldn’t get it. However I kept feeling the Holy Spirit drop in my spirit to go ahead and buy it. Maybe it sounds odd to some, but I just felt I should just treat myself. But, I didn’t. I totally ignored that. I knew when we got back to my in-laws I missed out, and it was my fault. It bugged me. I tend to have a one track mind about some things, so I started looking online trying to find a scarf that was somewhat similar to the one that I missed out on. I spent too long looking over eBay. I found one that while it wasn’t the exact same one, I liked it and was about to go ahead and order it. However I waited. On Saturday when I went into Hope Crossing in Marion to do a book signing they had almost the exact same scarf as the one I was getting ready to purchase online, and it was $2 cheaper. I walked out of that book signing with a scarf. That while it may not have been the one I missed out on at Calisanti’s, but was a scarf I do really like. I realize too many this story seems trite and unimportant, but to me it was all about second chances. I know it may sound like an odd comparison but just like my scarf God loves to give people second chances when people mess up. Luke 15:11-32, is the story about the prodigal son. His story was the ultimate second chance story. He left his family, gambled his money, and ended up dirt broke. But God/His Father gave him a second chance, and rejoiced that he learned from his mistake. If you find yourself in a place where you will admit you’ve made a mistake today remember that God is into second chances. He loves you. He knows we’re not perfect, but trust Him that it will all work out. Course I confess the next time I’m at Calisanti’s I’ll look for another scarf, but I’m excited the way it all worked out. Now when I look at the scarf I bought I’ll call it my “Second Chance Scarf”, and remember to stop sweating the small stuff. Remember, God has awesome plans for your life. Get Excited. *IF you are in Jackson, OH this weekend is my Jackson week. I have a book signing at the Tea Caddy on Saturday July 30th from 1-4. I’d love to see you there. And here is a new video that Pastor Paxton just released with us on Gettysburg. Hope you enjoy it! http://youtu.be/OtYqbL45d8Q

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Do You See What I See?

A few weeks ago when Dan and I were touring and videotaping on the battlefields of Gettysburg, PA with Pastor Paxton and his awesome wife Angie, a funny event happened and I thought it would make a good blog for the day. In this picture is my super fabulous husband Dan. We were all sitting and watching the sunset from such a historic viewpoint and Dan thought it would be funny to get a few pictures of him posing with this stature. It really was all in good humor. Suddenly this woman comes out yelling at Dan. “The warden is coming for you. You’re going to be in trouble!” She was angry, and we all stopped to look at her baffled. “You’re not supposed to be up on that rock. The warden is already coming for you. He’s angry.” I fought the urge to laugh at her. She was getting angrier at us. “Can’t you read that sign?” That’s when in unison the sign that isn’t legible in this picture came into focus and we all started laughing. In fact that sign does say, “Don’t climb on this rock.” We hadn’t meant any ill by this, but she acted as if we’d desecrated the monument. Many people have this false notion that just because they don’t know something is a rule, that they are therefore exempt from the rule. But consequences can and do happen whether we know about something or not. If a two-year-old went running through a busy highway they are going to get hit whether they know it’s wrong or not. The Bible talks about this as well. Hosea 4:6a (ESV) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge So how then are you supposed to know what is right and wrong? Well the Bible is clear in 2 Timothy 2:15 that you have to study out the word of God. You have to learn how to hear the voice of God so that you know what He is saying (John 10:27). Sometimes it’s as easy as reading the sign that is right in front of you. God doesn’t want you to live in fear of making a bad decision. But he wants you to have the knowledge and the wisdom to make the right ones. Here is one of the video’s that was filmed with me and Pastor Paxton on the battlefields. There are several more you can find online. Remember God has awesome plans for your life. Get Excited! http://youtu.be/9KI3ZgHHugI *Remember Marion folks: Saturday from 1-4 I’ll be at Hope Crossing for a book singing, and Sunday starting at 6pm I will be guest preaching at Marion Christian Center. *Remember Marion folks: Saturday from 1-4 I’ll be at Hope Crossing for a book singing, and Sunday starting at 6pm I will be guest preaching at Marion Christian Center.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Favor Is In the Sauce

Dear Friends, I am so excited to be back at my keyboard. I am still traveling and have a booked calendar for the next few weeks, but I am more centralized in my travels now and am back at writing blogs to you. We have had an incredible two weeks and I can’t begin to say everything in one blog. However I would continue to appreciate all prayers as I continue to travel and minister. God is so faithful. As many of you know I got the amazing opportunity last week to visit my publisher Destiny Image in Shippensburg, PA and spend a few hours including lunch with one of my hero’s in the faith, Don Nori Sr. I suppose it may sound like a small deal to some but to me it was amazing how God orchestrated the whole thing. To those of you who follow me on Facebook, it may take me a month to upload the photos but I will when I get back to FL (I know I should have taken a pict on my cell phone.) Many of you may or may not know that my husband is 1st generation out of Italy. My mother-in-law is someone I term as the “Sauce Master”, and I am fortunate to have her sauce recipe. Of course it isn’t written down, but like any good Italian she’s explained it to me enough over the years and while hers on a scale from 1-10 ranks at 11.5, I’d like to think mine is at about a 8ish. What I didn’t know when I signed with Destiny Image Publishers is that the Nori’s are several generations out of Italy. Probably over 18 months ago I was mentioning on Facebook that I was cooking sauce and Mr. Nori had mentioned that he’d like some. I would have loved to bless him with it, but up until recently I had never canned before, and the idea of shipping cans of sauce in the mail brought me weird images of him opening up a parcel box filled will tomato sauce and shards of glass. We’d even talked about having him and his wife over to our house for dinner if they were ever in Central FL. About six months ago I was invited with Pastor Paxton and his wife Angie to go to Gettysburg, and film some video’s with them. (There are several video’s out there already in cyber land, and I’ll talk more about this in the next blog) At first I didn’t plan on going. As much as I wanted to I thought there was no way Dan and I could do it. I had many reasons scroll in my mind as to why not. My main reason was the girls and their final days of school. But my mother and my family in the shape of an RV came to the rescue. They came all the way from OH to FL to watch my kids and take care of them so Dan and I could fly and eventually get to Gettysburg. It was figured out somewhere in all of this that my publisher is like 15 minutes from where Dan and I were staying. So Dan and I were able to head up to my publisher. Thus I learned how to can sauce, so I could bring it across the country to Don Nori Sr, himself. I confess I was a tad intimidated sitting in Don’s office. I have an amazing amount of respect for him. He is the founder of Destiny Image Publishing, a mighty man of God, and a very humble and down to earth individual. If you’ve never read any of his books I highly recommend them. I’m a huge fan of Supernatural Destiny, where he recounts the story of how God led he and his wife to grab hold of their destiny’s and in turn this ongoing choice has shaped countless of others through the books and films that Destiny touches. So as a result of several turns of events, and some pasta sauce, I got to spend a few hours with one of my hero’s in the faith. Do you know that God orchestrates these kinds of things for your life, but you have to learn how to just go with them? I might have had several reasons as to why this would never work, my kids, the fact I had never canned sauce before, and I wasn’t sure how all of this would come together. However, it did. Psalm 37:23 (ESV) The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; Being led to walk in the path God has for requires a life willing to go with what may seem to be uncomfortable and different. It may seem like a bit of a challenge but God is always leading His children to divine appointments and connections. Even something as small as a jar of pasta sauce can lead to some amazing events. Don Nori Sr. left me with some awesome wisdom that I am still processing, and somehow I have the feeling some of what he said to me was prophetic in nature and I will have a greater understanding of it in the years to come. His words to me are still resonating in my spirit. For me this meeting was a divine connection, and I was honored to have experienced it. Remember, God has awesome plans for your life. Get Excited. ***So if you are a Central OH person I just wanted to remind you that this is my Marion week! I will be at Celebration Christian Church’s book club Monday evening, filming a taped TV interview to air with COACB on Wed, A book signing at Hope Crossing in Marion from 1-4 on Saturday, and I will be preaching on June 24th at 6pm at Marion Christian Center. Hope to see y’all there!****