My Women’s Retreat Testimony – What God has been doing in my life and how I have been responding…

Earlier this year in January, I was asked to share a brief 5-minute testimony at our church women’s retreat.  I’m finally getting around to posting about it and it only took me six months!  In the months following the retreat, we find ourselves still waiting and trusting in God’s timing (it’s been challenging!), but we continue to lean on Him with hope and praise.

This was my introduction, before I went up to speak – I live in San Lorenzo with my husband Jason and am a stay-at-home mom to our kids Micah (8) and Rebekah (4).  We’ve been attending Creekside [Community Church] for almost 5 years.  I am a coffee and milk tea addict, [who] loves discovering new places to eat and fun things to do with my family, and am passionate about missions and service.

And here’s what I shared with the group – “So a little background about myself.  Before coming to Creekside, my husband and I attended a church in San Francisco, where we were active members since we were Junior Highers, so for about 20-25 years.  Coming from a church where you know almost everyone and all the ins and outs of what’s going on, to a church where you only know maybe only 1-2 families…well, that was a BIG change.  We stayed pretty low key at Creekside for awhile.  It took us about two years to even sign up for name tags and for some reason, it was a big step and a big deal for us!  Since then, we’ve been serving in little ways that we can and have been blessed to be a part of Tim and Jenny Sloat’s community group for the past couple of years.

Tonight, I’ll be sharing about what God has been doing in my life more recently and how I have been responding.

September 14, 2015 is a day that I will not forget for a long time.  The morning started out fine.  Jason went to work like normal, and we were expecting to hear from our real estate broker about signing new loan documents for our house.  Which was a huge relief!…because back in April, we found out that 1of our 2 loans was not a 30 year fixed loan like we thought it was, but actually a 10 year loan that was due on October 1st.  We had to either come up with ~$48K to pay back that loan or try to refinance, which we had NO luck in doing before.  But after a lot of research, days and nights of worrying and stress, lots and lots of prayer and a referral from a friend that led us to our broker…God provided a way out for us.  We were days away from signing our new papers.

Then that Monday afternoon comes around and I get a call from Jason.  He tells me that he got laid off from his job, a company that he had been with for almost 10 years.  This couldn’t have happened at a better time, right?  We already had accumulated all this debt, the Oct.1st deadline was coming up, we had very very little savings…what else can go wrong?  I’ll come back to this in a bit.

That night, some of the ladies from our small group met up for prayer time and I got to share with Jenny and Ashley about Jason’s job and some things that had been on my heart regarding our community group…things that I had been praying personally to God.  I wanted to experience more with the group…to grow closer and nurture authentic friendships, be transparent, really live life together, celebrate the joys like new babies and birthdays, and especially supporting each other during the bad times and struggles.  Jenny summed up it best when she said in an email, “we’re all looking to go deeper, to connect more, to risk more, and to support and love more deeply.”

Back to our refinance issue.  I’m jumping back and forth, because it all ties in together.  Praise God that Jason’s former employees agreed to keep him on the payroll until the end of September, which meant that Jason was technically still employed and we were able to sign the new loan documents that week.  It was a such a heavy burden that was lifted.

But, as God was showing me…when you ask Him for something, you have to prepare yourself for when He answers in other ways…

After sharing about my hopes for our community group with Jenny and Ashley and 5 days after Jason’s layoff…my mom gets into a really bad accident that left her with a subdural hematoma (which is some bleeding outside of the brain), a slightly collapsed lung, a fracture collarbone and fractured ribs.  My then 69 year old mom had fallen off the ladder in their backyard and I know that God watching out for her, because she was not knocked unconscious.  Somehow, she was able to crawl closer to the back door and started screaming for my Dad, who could not hear her screams, because he is hard of hearing.  Thankfully, their neighbor, who isn’t always around but happened to be around that day, heard her screaming.  He climbed over the fence and called 911.  If he hadn’t been there or if my mom was knocked unconscious, who knows what could’ve happened.  My mom spent the next 6 nights at Highland Hospital in Oakland, two of those nights were in the ICU.  Btw, my mom is doing well and has recovered from her injuries.

Needless to say, that was a stressful time.  But it was God’s perfect timing, because being unemployed allowed Jason to be at home full-time with the kids and I could focus on taking care of my parents.  We could have managed even if he was still working…it just would’ve been more stressful and inconvenient. 

During this crazy time, instead of focusing on all the bad stuff, God was teaching me to focus on all the good stuff.  Instead of focusing on Jason’s unemployment, God was giving us more family time together.  We also began to experience those deeper connections with our community group that I had been praying for.  I just didn’t expect us to be on the receiving end of things, because I like to be the giver and the encourager and the helper.  We are always willing to help, but we don’t like asking for it, right?    

An example of how we were on the receiving end.  The Men’s Retreat was coming up and Jason had decided, even before he lost his job, that he wasn’t going to attend for other financial reasons.  But the guys from our small group decided that they wanted to send Jason to the retreat and gift him with a weekend away, so he could rest and reflect and fellowship.  At first, Jason wasn’t sure if he should take the offer, but God reminded us that our friends really wanted to bless him with this.  If Jason and I find delight in blessing others, we should allow our friends to experience that same joy.  “Every good and perfect gift is from God.”  It’s not about who gives and who receives…it’s about God, the one whom all gifts come from.  So Jason went to the retreat, had a good time and was really blessed by it.

Since then, family and friends have been blessing us in different ways…dropping off meals, giving us gift cards for gas and groceries.  We have no other income other than the money coming from unemployment, but we’re focusing on trusting in God and making it work.

Author and speaker Brene Brown says in her book Rising Strong that “Connection doesn’t exist without giving and receiving. We need to give, and we need to need.”  “The bottom line is that we need each other, and not just the civilized, proper, convenient kind of need. Not one of us gets through this life without expressing desperate, messy, and uncivilized need — the kind we are reminded of when we come face to face with someone who is in a deep struggle.” 


It’s not always easy admitting our struggles and shortcomings, but God doesn’t want us to go through these things alone.  So I’m thankful that through our struggles, we are growing deeper connections and just allowing our friends to help and be there for us.  And when our friends need us, we want to be there for them too. “

Six months has passed since sharing my testimony at the retreat and my husband Jason is still looking for a job.  Though it’s been a difficult season in our lives, we cling to the hope we have in Christ Jesus.  In our weakness, He strengthens us.  In our weakness, He has blessed us with family and friends who pray and walk alongside us, sometimes even carrying us.  I hope to share in another post how God has shown us love through the hands and feet of other people. It’s been quite a journey with lots of highs and lows, humility and gratefulness.  Each day, I am reminded that God’s mercies are new every morning and Great is thy faithfulness.  🙂

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{Giveaway} Under the Sea (Children’s) Bible

When I was in high school, I wanted to be a marine biologist when I grew up.  Can anyone else relate?  I love marine life, especially mammals like dolphins and orca whales.  During our honeymoon, my husband even surprised me with a “swim with the dolphins” experience in Hawaii.  It was amazing!  Visiting aquariums is also one of my favorite activities and I never get tired of them.  I really, really like (LOVE) this one…

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

I also love reading the bible.  So imagine my excitement when Zondervan came out with the The Under the Sea Holy Bible, in the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV).  

About The Under The Sea Holy Bible – It is a perfect gift for children ages 6 to 10. Themes of underwater fun and sparkling fish grace the interior of this wonderful children’s Bible. The outside is covered in foil and sparkle. The interior has color inserts featuring whimsical underwater scenes with themes of God’s care and love for each of us and all of creation.

The NIrV is a great edition for young children, because it contains words that are easier to read and understand.  Sometimes shorter words and shorter sentences are used as well.  Eye-catching, colorful inserts are scattered throughout this bible, with lessons on prayer, love, the Ten Commandments and other themes.  I also appreciate that the Under the Sea bible is in hardcover. 🙂

To Learn More: http://www.zondervan.com/under-the-sea-holy-bible-nirv

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***The giveaway is closed.  The winner of The Under the Sea Bible is Cynthia!  Congratulations!***

GIVEAWAY – I am giving away a copy of The Under the Sea Holy Bible to one lucky reader!  To enter, leave a comment. Do you have a favorite bible story or do you have a favorite under the sea animal?  For extra entries, tweet about this giveaway or share about it on Facebook, and let me know in the comments section.  Giveaway ends on Tuesday, April 12th at 11pm PST. (Giveaway open to US and Canada residents only.)

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Women of Faith: An Amazing Joyful Journey Movie

Outrageous Joy was the theme for the Women of Faith event that I attended in 1999.  This was my very first Women of Faith experience and it was quite an event!  Thousands and thousands of women coming together to worship, learn and be inspired.  I was overwhelmed with so much curiosity and excitement, because I had never been to a gathering such as this before.  It was an exhilarating weekend!

Six amazing speakers – Patsy Clairmont. Barbara Johnson. Marilyn Meberg. Luci Swindoll. Sheila Walsh. Thelma Wells.  Strangers to me in the beginning, but then welcomed into my heart as I listened to each speaker share their stories and insights.

Since then, I’ve attended a few more Women of Faith events in Southern and Northern California.  Some of the speakers  have changed over time but each gathering was always filled with so much laughter and awe-inspiring messages of God’s love.

I’m so excited to share about the Women of Faith movie, in theaters February 18 & 20 and March 3 & 5.  Whether or not you’ve been to a WOF event, this movie would be a fun “girls night out” and there are group deals too!  For tickets and to find a theater near you, visit http://www.wofincinemas.com/.

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About the film: 
Over the last nearly 20 years, Women of Faith – http://www.womenoffaith.com/ – grew to become the largest non-denominational Christian women’s conference, touching over five million lives with personal stories full of laughter and tears.  Stage events have included such inspirational and spiritual luminaries such as Campus Crusade for Christ’s Mary Graham, author & reality TV star Corie Robertson, author & popular speaker Luci Swindoll, author Sheila Walsh, and others.
The cinema event will take viewers on a journey of Women of Faith through the years, on stage and off, on their travels with World Vision, their impact on audiences, in short the way they’ve changed the world.  Partly historical, and frequently hysterical, this unique cinematic experience will be packed with some of the most popular pieces from the beloved speaking team to include Anna Trent, Thelma Wells, Mary Graham, Luci Swindoll, Sheila Walsh, Jen Hatmaker, Sandi Patty, Patsy Clairmont, Nicole Johnson, and Marilyn Meberg as well as music and performances from Christian contemporary artists that appeared on the tour.  Featuring never-before-seen interviews, outtakes, and behind the scenes footage, this event presentation will bring back memories for all those who have attended a Women of Faith weekend as well as create new memories for those experiencing it for the first time.

 

Official websitehttp://www.wofincinemas.com
Instagram: @WomenofFaith

 

Thanks to FlyBy Promotions, I’ll be seeing the movie next week with several girlfriends. Let me know if you plan to see the movie too!  Have a blessed day!

gMovies Review & Giveaway! {free 2 week trial & 6 month membership}

After we decided to cancel our satellite service provider in early 2012, we began to watch many more television programs and movies online.  It’s amazing how many shows you can watch online the next day or through on-demand Internet streaming media providers, like Netflix and Amazon Prime.  It’s so convenient, as long as you have a device to watch it on and available wifi.

I am always looking for wholesome, family/kid friendly programs for my family to watch. Then I found out about gMovies from Flyby Promotions and it was just what my family and I needed.  If you haven’t heard of gMovies yet, let me introduce it to you.

gMovies offers instant access to almost 300 faith friendly feature films of every genre, in addition to animated stories, television series and biblical documentaries. Always available on your computer or mobile device, gMovies also includes the bible-based animated series “Pahappahooey Island;” teen drama “Much Ado About Middle School” starring Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwether and Amanda Waters; and the “Left Behind” drama series starring Kirk Cameron and based on the New York Times bestselling books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 1.31.19 PMThe website is easy to navigate and you can search for movies alphabetically, by category or most watched.  I am a fan of Candace Cameron-Bure, so the first movie I watched was “Finding Normal,” and I thought it was pretty good with some hilarious scenes.Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 9.41.23 PM

They have a good selection of kid shows too.  My kids love watching “Hoop Dogz.”Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 9.42.35 PM

gMovies is operated by UP, America’s favorite television channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, so rest assured that you are being offered the very best in faith conscious entertainment. The Parents Television Council™ has twice awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to UP for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” UP is the only television network to be so honored.

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GIVEAWAY – I am also giving away a FREE 6 month subscription to one lucky reader!  To enter, comment below with your favorite family friendly or faith friendly show/movie.  Giveaway ends on Sunday, April 26th at 11pm EST.

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Review and Giveaway: Alone Yet Not Alone

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Alone Yet Not Alone (the book)
Written by: Tracy Leininger Craven
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Paperback: 148 pages
 
About Alone Yet Not Alone (novelization):
Settled in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, deep within America’s new frontier, the Leininger family celebrates the blessings of a beautiful homestead and bountiful harvest. That is, until tragedy strikes with the beginning of the French and Indian War and the devastating raid known as the Penn’s Creek Massacre.
The lives of this simple, God-fearing family are forever altered when Barbara and Regina, two young sisters, are carried away by the Delaware tribe. Driven by their faith in God and the powerful bonds of family, Barbara and Regina hold firmly to the belief that they are never alone, even in their darkest hour, and that they will be reunited again.
Rich in historical details, Alone Yet Not Alone is an inspirational, true story of a family caught in the cross fire of the French and Indian War.

About The Author:  Tracy Leininger Craven loves history and retelling real-life stories in her historical fiction books. She also loves spending her free time in the great outdoors with her husband David and their four children.

Thanks to FlyBy Promotions, I have the opportunity to review this book.  Written from Barbara’s view, this is a story about family, faith, courage, and hope.  The Leininger family left their homeland in Germany in search of a better life in a new country.  They brought with them their faith in God and it is that faith that sustains Barbara and Regina during their many years in captivity.  Their father taught them that God will never leave them, despite any trials they come across or when things seem hopeless.  The family would read the bible, sing hymns (like the hymn “Alone Yet Not All Alone”) and pray together often.  This was indeed a family of faith!  Barbara made sure she held onto those promises from God and she prayed often for her sister, family and friends.  She kept God close to her heart and never forgot Him, knowing that God never forget about her and Regina.

This book was written for ages 8 and up.  The author includes discussion questions at the end of the book so you can definitely read this with your kids and then talk about the story together.  This makes for a great history lesson too.

I was also encouraged to see how God placed people, like her friend Marie, in Barbara’s life to help her when things got challenging.  Marie would remind Barbara to trust in God and they would pray together.  We all need friends like Marie in our own lives, don’t we?

I am excited that the Alone Yet Not Alone movie based on the book will be released in theaters on September 27, 2013.

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Families will love this film based on a true story!  Awarded 5 Doves from the Dove Foundation!attachment
Starring: Kelly Greyson, Natalie Racoosin, Clay Walker, Jenn Gotzon, Joanie Stewart, Ozzie Torres, Tony Wade.
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GIVEAWAY TIME!!! – One lucky reader will receive a copy of the book, Alone Yet Not Alone.  Giveaway ends Tuesday, September 10th at 11pm.

To enter, please leave a comment telling me if you plan on watching the movie, Alone Yet Not Alone, or tell me about the last movie that you saw in a theater.

The giveaway is now closed.  The winner of Alone Yet Not Alone is Robin!

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Community VBS – Ladies Class

It’s mid-August already and do you know what that means?  School is about to begin for our 1st grader.  As much as I am looking forward to school starting up again, I am sad that our summer is coming to an end.  So let’s rewind a little bit and let me catch up on posting about our summer activities.

Back to Community Vacation Bible School

While Micah was at the Main Campus during Community VBS, I was part of the VBS Ladies Class (aka VBS Women’s Bible Study).  We met at the same time as VBS and we gathered together for worship, brunch, testimonies, bible study, small group discussion and prayer.  Most of us had kids who attended the Community VBS, so while the kids were in their classes, we ladies got together for our time of fellowship and learning.  We also had the same bible study theme as our kids, so it was definitely fun to be learning the same things they were.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love and sound judgement.” ~2 Timothy 1:7

“Facing Fear, Trusting God” was the theme for VBS and this was such a great theme for me to study during this time in my life.  Let me tell you…I have a lot of fears that I need to give up to God.  I have fears about parenting, how my kids are going to turn out, relationships, my marriage, finances, etc…the list goes on and on.  Do any of you have these same fears?  Maybe not all of them, but perhaps one or two like me?  So what can I do about these fears?  For me, it’s really about being honest to God about my fears and lifting them up to Him in prayer…not just once, but often!  I’m learning more and more about praying for everything, even the small things.  Do I have it all under control now?  No way!  I am a work in progress and God is working in me!  Thank you, God!  =)

We were blessed during those 9 days in our Ladies Class.  The Holy Spirit was definitely at work in each of our hearts.  We heard great testimonies, shed many tears, and made new friends.  It was for sure one of the highlights of my summer.

Here are a few pictures…

We would gather in this room for worship, brunch and to listen to a testimony before breaking up into our small groups. 70+ women were a part of this study.  IMG_5977

I had the privilege of serving on the hospitality team again this year.  Along with two others, I helped set out the coffee/drinks/food in the mornings and cleaned up afterwards.  IMG_5932 copyIMG_5931 copyI’m already looking forward to this class next summer.  Thank goodness I can keep in touch with everyone through email, facebook and MOPS!  =)

Community Vacation Bible School

What were we doing from June 17-27, 2013?  We were at Community Vacation Bible School in Castro Valley!  This was our third year attending Community VBS, which was sponsored by Redwood Chapel Community Church, Neighborhood Church, and Castro Valley First Baptist Church.  I was part of the VBS Women’s Class (more on this later), Micah was at VBS at Redwood Chapel, and Bekah was lovingly cared for in the nursery at First Baptist.

The theme for this year was “Colossal Coaster World” and the motto was “Facing Fears – Trusting God!”  Isn’t that a great motto!  The Kindergartners were called the Runaway Trains.  The bible lessons focused on the life of the Apostle Paul and each day there was a new bible verse for the kids to memorize.  A children’s offering was taken in the classroom to help fund two missionary projects.  The money was given to purchase cows or goats for a children’s home in Uganda and to purchase mosquito nets for missionaries in Africa. The kids also heard stories from two missionaries during story time.  In 3.5 hours, they did all of this, plus a craft, recreation time, snack, and a rally.

Verses Memorized – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7; “Fear not, for I am with you. I am your God.” Isaiah 41:10; For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for God’s power brings salvation.” Romans 1:16; “Be strong and courageous for God will be with you everywhere.” Joshua 1:9; “Walk in love, as Christ loved us and sacrificed Himself for us…” Ephesians 5:2; “Because he loves me, says The Lord, I will rescue him.” Psalm 91:14; “The Lord is my strength, in Him my heart trusts.” Psalm 28:7a

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Kindergarten and 1st Grade Classes during the Evening Closing Rally
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Totals for every person participating in VBS.  Look at the Grand Totals at the bottom! I’m part of the Women’s Class Leaders count,  Bekah is in the Nursery Women’s Class – FBC count and Micah is in the Kindergarten count. Over 1,000+ people each day!IMG_9665 copy

For more pictures from VBS, click HERE.

We all had such a great time at VBS.  This was Micah’s first year on the main campus and he loved it!  I am so proud of him for memorizing his verses each day.  We still listen to the Colossal Coaster World songs in our car and on several occasions, I have reminded Micah that if we trust in God, we can face our fears!  He gets anxious about the possibility of having bad dreams at night and this has helped him a little.  I’ll share more about my Women’s class in another post.  Such a blessed and fun time as well.  =)

Siblings: Sharing snacks, sweet moments

While driving home today, I overheard a short, yet very sweet, interaction between my 5 year old and almost 2 year sitting behind me.

Micah reached into a plastic bag, pulled out a Japanese cracker and handed it to his little sister.

Micah: “Here you go, Bekah.”

Bekah: (excitedly) “Oh!  Thank you, Doh, Doh.”                                                                (Goh Goh is older brother in Cantonese, but Bekah can’t pronounce the “G” sound.

Micah: “You’re welcome.”

This made me smile.  Normally, I have to ask Micah to share snacks with his baby sister or she’s screaming at him for a bite.  😉  Need to cherish these sweet moments between siblings.

Past Post: A Sibling’s Compassion

Bayside Church Compassion Sunday

My friend Lindsay invited me to go with her to volunteer at a Compassion International event up in Roseville a couple of Sundays ago.  Leaving the house around 6:30am, we made the two hour drive up to Bayside Church for their Compassion Sunday.

When we first arrived at Bayside Church, I was struck by how big the campus was.  They offer 5 worships services (2 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday), and I believe their sanctuary can seat about 2,500 people.  That’s a lot of people (x 5 services)!  Christian musician Lincoln Brewster (I love his music!) is on staff as their Worship Arts Pastor and they also host the annual Thrive Conference, a 3-day ministry event for pastors, ministry leaders, staffers and lay volunteers.  As a lay volunteer, I might just have to check out this conference next year.  🙂

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Toward the end of each service, the Pastor (it was a guest preacher from another church) shared about Compassion’s ministry and invited the congregation to consider sponsoring a child.  Hundreds of people felt the call to become a Compassion Sponsor for the first time or they decided to sponsor more kids in addition to the one(s) they already had. Lindsay and I helped pass out t-shirts to people who signed up that day.  It was their thank you gift.  Over 900 kids were sponsored over the course of the weekend.  Isn’t that just amazing?!  Praise God!  =)

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In-between services, we got the opportunity to visit the Compassion Experience that the church was hosting on their campus for the week.  My family visited the Compassion Experience when they were in San Jose and we heard Brinda’s story.  More details about that experience on my blog here.  There are three stories to choose from and this time, I experienced Reuben’s story.

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“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” ~Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV)

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If you’re wondering if I am a Compassion Sponsor…I am not.  But, we do sponsor children through World Vision, which is another Christian humanitarian organization. I’ll need to write an update about our WV kids soon.  =)

Bekah’s Prayer

While I was changing her diaper, Bekah put her hands together and said:

“Dod”

“Tank…q”

“Amen!”

Translation:

“God”

“Thank you”

“Amen”

🙂