Month: August 2015

Fundraising/Friendraising — Ministry edition

Thank you for praying for and partnering with Cru missionaries across the nation and around the globe.

Living outside the lines

Doing ministry full time requires funds, but more than funds it requires encouraging people who are excited and glad to take part in your ministry endeavors. The past 15 weeks have been marked by me submerging myself in a unique position in life and that was to form a team of ministry partners. This wasn’t my first time on the block of fundraising, but this time was very different with a lot higher goals.

Raising for a week long-six week long trip was so different than raising for a year long overseas internship doing ministry. God taught me so much during this time and surprised me in so many ways. Some days it was very easy to look at the numbers and say I just need this much more money, or woah I still have X amount of money to go. Today as I sit at 100% funded, I realize…

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies (vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free)

Nutritious any time.

Feed Your Beauty


It’s a rainy, gloomy, kind of morning here in the Great Lakes State. The sort of day that makes you want to pull the blankets over your head and go back to bed. Unfortunately there’s a couple of obstacles to this delicious sounding idea, a) my 21-month old, and b) my job. Doh! So, on to other yummy coping mechanisms, like baking up a soft, warm, peanut-butter, and chocolate-y batch of secretly healthy cookies.


If you’ve been following Feeding Your Beauty for some time, you may have noticed I already have a recipe for peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Well, today’s recipe is a horse of a different color. Now don’t get me wrong, I lurve my flour-free, date-paste sweetened Protein Power Peanut Butter Cookies, and highly recommend you try those too! Today’s version is a little quicker to make, as it doesn’t require making date paste ahead…

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Why Do We Exist?

This is powerful!

I-Challenge You

Isaiah 43:6-7

6…” I will say to the north and south,
    ‘Bring my sons and daughters back to Israel
    from the distant corners of the earth.
Bring all who claim me as their God,
    for I have made them for my glory.
    It was I who created them.


Good Morning to all!

I am going through an amazing study with retired pastor, John Piper. The teaching is going to be on Romans 9, however we are still going through the introduction at this time. There are so many amazing things I am learning I wanted to try and share some of it with you as we go along.

If your interested in it for yourself click.

Opening question is; Why do we exist?

God’s call on every human being is that we glorify Him.

– by knowing Him accurately in our thoughts.


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The World Race

The Lord continues to reach the world for Christ in myriads of ways.

Her mouth speaks from that which fills her heart

God is inviting me into a new adventure, one that speaks truth and shares light with underprivileged communities around the world. I am being invited into the challenge of abandoning the comforts of my life in America for 11 months to live out of two backpacks and embrace the beauty of the stories within others, while learning to serve and love others well.

I will be traveling to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe beginning in September 2015. I will be updating this blog when I can, but primarily you can follow my adventure at here (please subscribe for updates!)

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Joyfully Giving in Service to the Saints and the Lord Jesus Christ

Giving God’s way is biblical.


This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else (2 Corinthians 9:12-13, NIV 1984).

In his second letter written to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul lays out the ideals for New Testament giving. Paul commended the Macedonians for providing aid to other needy saints out of their poverty (2 Corinthians 8:1-5), yet he advocated a balance in giving, towards equality among the saints:

Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so…

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The Power to Control the Power

In my previous post, I mentioned four things every church should remember when they lose their pastor, each in 1 Corinthians 12. You may want to disengage, but the Holy Spirit requires you be involved (v. 7). You may want to dominate, but the Holy…