Friday, April 19, 2013

My Shoes

For the past couple of weeks, my favorite Christian radio station, K-LOVE, has been promoting the opportunity to win a missions trip to Guatemala with Mikeschair and Shoes for Orphan Souls.

What a chance of a lifetime!

All you have to do is just send a photo of your shoes.  

Easy-peasy simple.

Every morning since the start of the contest, I would come up with creative shot ideas of my shoes for my entry...

Get excited about submitting my photo...

And just daydream of the opportunity to go on mission to Guatemala and work with orphaned children for Christ.

Plus, spend time with Mikeschair and hopefully listen to them sing a few beautiful tunes along the way.

But quickly after daydreaming each day, I would become distracted by the challenges of being a mom to a strong-willed toddler who commands 100% of my attention and end up forgetting about the contest.

This morning while I was driving my son to school, I heard the contest promotion on the radio.

Yippeeeeeeee!  I thought, maybe I still had a chance.

I rushed home.  Grabbed my basic point and shoot camera, ran by the window, and took this photo.
Yup, nothing fancy.  

No editing.

No elaborate backgrounds.

No graphics.

Just the best that I can do.

I hurried to my computer to upload my photo for the contest and discovered that they were already preparing to announce the winner in a few hours.

Oh man, I missed it!

Darn - darn - darn!

I love entering photo contests like these.  Just putting myself out there and leaving it in God's hands.

Oh well.  

This obviously wasn't meant to be for me.

So, instead of letting this photo just get filed away in my online photo library, I thought I'd share it with you all.

A little bummed, but I'll just keep pressing on and praying for God's direction on missions in the future.  

My heart certainly is there, but the timing may not be right.

"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."  - Isaiah 40:31

Monday, April 8, 2013

Farmer's Markets

Farmer's Markets are one of my most favorite things in the world.

Last weekend, my husband & I, and toddler in tow, were blessed with the discovery of an amazing Farmer's Market along the banks of the San Antonio Riverwalk.  For those in San Antonio, it's located in "The Pearl", just a few blocks north of downtown in the Museum Reach area.

We loved the open air market filled with locally grown and freshly picked fruits & veggies, pastured poultry, free-range eggs, grass-fed bison, beef, lamb, and goats, and plants and herbs of all kinds.

There were also several booths with deliciously sweet smelling breads and pastries.  The aroma of these homemade beauties was amazing, but we didn't stop too long to give into the temptation.  Just a couple whiffs was enough to pack on about five more pounds of jiggly mess on my thighs.

Sorry, just a quick tangent.....too much information, I know.

Anyway, the local community was out sipping coffee while walking around and talking to our local farmers.  It was such a wonderful morning.

Our son particularly loved all of the dogs.  Their owners were either taking a break from their morning runs and walks on the Riverwalk or just hanging out and letting people love on them.

If your community has a Farmer's Market, I highly recommend a quick visit.  Here's a link to find one closest to you.  I promise, you won't be disappointed.

It's a wonderful way to support our local farmers, meet our neighbors, buy seasonal fresh produce and healthy meats, and enjoy the outdoors.

By the way, the photo above is just a sample of our purchase last weekend.  We're juicing most of it, but definitely snacking on those crunchy fresh carrots and yummy radishes.

I hope you have a great week!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

My Heart's Calling

Something wonderful has happened and I want to share it with you all.

I'm bursting with joy and am overwhelmed by God's grace.

Here's my story...

Several years ago before I met my husband, I felt the call to serve women.

Exactly how to serve, I wasn't sure but my heart was tugging me in that direction and I prayed for the Lord to lead me.

Many years followed with frustration, confusion, and uncertainty while trying to figure out what God had laid on my heart.

There were many times when I even doubted His calling.  I thought, surely God would immediately open doors for me if that's where He wants me to serve. Shouldn't it be easy for me to find or create a ministry because He laid it on my heart?

I've knocked on doors only to have them close.

I've been discouraged and disappointed in all my attempts.

Well, fast forward eight years to the present...

I'm still very certain that my ministry is to serve women and I'm still faithfully praying and waiting on God's direction.

To my surprise, recently God opened a door.

Eight years later, Praise God .... He opened a door for this willing servant.

Three weeks ago I was asked to serve in leadership for a Mothers of Preschoolers group that I've attended periodically in our new town.  I had only attended three out of eight monthly meetings, never attended family functions, never participated in mother's night out events, and recently paid my membership dues for the first time.

This group is 65+ members strong and filled with ladies who are deeply rooted in the area.

Serve on leadership for this established group?

What?!!!  Me?

Although I asked the question, I immediately knew the answer.

This was God.

Tearfully, I walked through God's open door and accepted the invitation to lead this ministry.

From that moment on, rather than doors closing, the doors were opening.

One door after another.... after another.... after another....

As I look back on the eight years that God had me in a holding pattern waiting to serve the women that He had laid on my heart, I now know that those were my precious training years.

Years filled with tears and trials, but every trial overcome with Him by my side every step of the way.

He knew I wasn't ready to answer His call eight years ago.

He knew I needed to grow in Him through fellowship and spending time in the word.

And he knew I needed a timeout every once in a while.

I'm certainly far from perfect, but apparently I'm ready to answer His call.

I am joyful, excited, and extremely honored to serve God's kingdom.

I can't wait to see where He continues to lead me.

To Him be all the glory!

"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." - Ephesians 2:10

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