Acts 20:1-2 (The Message)
With things back to normal, Paul called the disciples together and encouraged them to keep up the good work in Ephesus. Then, saying his good-byes, he left for Macedonia. Traveling through the country, passing from one gathering to another, he gave constant encouragement, lifting their spirits and charging them with fresh hope.
Acts 20:1-2 (The Message)
The Summer Praise and Coffee Magazine is here!
Click here to read: Summer 2013
It’s filled with great articles by amazing women. The topic is freedom, and we tackle it from all angles.
Freedom from our past, freedom to forgive, freedom from debt and more.
Our last issue…
It was a little harder to press “publish” on this magazine. As you will read, it is the last magazine for an undecided amount of time. I tell you about the decision on the last pages of the magazine.
We’ve had three great years publishing this magazine! I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who submitted articles and poured their hearts out on the pages over the years. I’ve met some wonderful ladies along this journey and connected with women that have become friends in real life.
My focus is shifting and I have some other projects that have been calling for my attention for a long while and I’m hoping I can make some forward motion in those areas now.
The topic of “Freedom” was decided before I decided that this would be the last issue, but it is quite fitting. I don’t mean to say that I’m ‘free of the magazine’ because I’ve loved doing it. Loved it! But it is freeing to know that it’s ok to lay down something you love doing when you do it while trusting that God is leading you and has other things on the horizon.
It’s easy to go with the flow and once a system is started, just keep moving but the past few years I’ve learned to enjoy the fluidity of a relationship with Jesus. The message stays the same, but the vehicle changes. Freedom brings peace, but it often has to be fought for. We have to fight the voices and disappointments of others. Don’t expect everyone to love or understand the changes that God calls you to do.
But bravely step out, or step back, whichever you’re feeling the tug to do. Peace is the signature of a walk with God. I did not say quiet or calm or even easy, but I said peace, that inner sense that you’re on the right track and the contented rest that comes with trusting the Father’s love and leading.
I hope that even this move to stop publishing the magazine will encourage and inspire you to follow close to what God lays in your heart because His ways are always better than ours.
Here are some of the article pics if you would like to Pin them for us! And we would love it if you did!
With so many needs, where would God have us share our lives?
I tackle this one in my latest post at the Internet Cafe.
I hope it brings you hope and peace.
Feeling depressed, unmotivated? Struggling with discouragement and being tempted to shrink back and isolate yourself??
Check out my lastest article at the Internet Cafe’.
Don’t Shrink Back Ladies!
I’m over at the Internet Cafe’ today…
Be careful not to follow man…follow God! And if you’re a leader…lead them to Him, don’t worry about building a following.
Happy August Girlfriends!!!
Try your best to squeeze the fun out of every last drop of summer!
This month our giveaway includes, the fabulous CD by Mercy Me:
You’ll also receive some delicious COFFEE and…
This fabulous set of gift cards by Becky Schultea!
To enter the drawing, it’s simple:
1. Leave a comment on THIS post. Drawing will be August 11th and the winner will be posted on THIS post then.
2. Make sure I have a way to contact you if you win.
3. If you have any of my blog buttons on your blog, let me know in your comment and you will be entered twice.
4. Note: Past winners are eligible to enter again 1 year after they win.
Feel free to tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter about the giveaway and thank you if you do!!
EDITED TO ADD: Winner is Trina Martin!!!
I am so excited to announce that I am now a “Counter Barista” at the Internet Cafe’ and I will be writing articles at the “Ministry Counter” which will post for a whole week out of each month over at the Cafe’!
My first article about ministry is out, you can view it here:
But have you also seen the new Praise and Coffee website design yet?
While you’re over there, check out the info about starting a new Praise and Coffee Night in your community!
Call a bunch of girlfriends and do it.
There are no church walls at Praise and Coffee and no leadership requirements, just a heart to share His love with the girlfriends in your life!
If you are stopping by here after meeting me at the “A Woman Inspired-Get Revived!” online conference, WELCOME! So nice to meet you! Please leave a comment introducing yourself to me, I’d love to know where you’re from and what God is up to in your life!
AND I’m doing a special giveaway for those of you that attended…so if you did…leave a comment and you are entered to win a Praise and Coffee mug, I’ll do the drawing tomorrow.
EDITED on March 19th TO ADD: The winner is: Karen Hammons!!!
Also, I want to share the March “A Woman Inspired” newsletter where we are the spotlight feature:
(Thank you Holly for thinking of me, that was so sweet!)
The whole newsletter is power-packed with great articles for women!
I’ll be on Thursday, March 18th at 9:30 EST.
My speaking topic:
“Never Stop Dancing to the Song in Your Head” ~ Pressing on when giving up sounds easier!
Based on a book Sue’s been working on, she’ll talk about what to do when
life shakes you up. Disappointment, change and pain can sweep into our life at unsuspecting moments and our response is crucial.
This session will discuss the importance of our relationship with God in the midst of our storms and how He walks us through the darkest times. He’s our comfort, our strength, our stability and also the One who helps us forgive when revenge seems much more appropriate.
God has great plans for us ladies, it’s time to start dancing again!
Tickets available today.
A Woman Inspired – Get Revived
March 15-19 2010
This conference is all about giving you a spiritual dose of adrenaline because we all need it sometimes. Maybe you are concerned about your calling or perhaps you are afraid to begin walking toward what God has for you. Maybe your faith has taken a nose dive and you need to be pointed back in the direction of our Lord, Jesus. Or, it could be that you just need someone to tell you that it is okay that you failed but you need to get back up! It happens to all of us.
This event’s speaker line-up is phenomenal. These are some great women of God, humble enough to serve and strong enough to stand up and proclaim His word to all who are in need of hearing it. This conference is for any woman in need of revival in her spirit.
What you can expect for only $12.95:
•Live sessions, entirely online, with some of the Christian community’s most popular speakers and authors.
•Free access to download and save the MP3’s from all the sessions, as well as all the handouts, chat logs, and/or presentations.
•Participation in real-time question and answer sessions with all of your favorite speakers.
•Lots of downloadable swag as well as entries to win some great prizes!
•The opportunity to make some new life-long friends and experience some fun and fellowship.
Here’s a list of speakers
Deidra Hughes, Deidra Hughes.com
Mary Snyder, MaryRSnyder.com
Belinda Bullard, Blessed Heritage
Mandy Young, MandyYoung.com with special guest Candace Cameron Bure
Lisa McKay, The Preacher’s Wife
Kelly Minter, KellyMinter.com
Dena Dyer, DenaDyer.com
Shelly Ballestero, Beauty By God
Marsha Harwood, Marsha’s Musings
Kathy Butryn, The Heart Change Place
Lori MacMath, All You Have to Give
Tiffany Stuart, Tea with Tiffany
Kristen Schiffman, Exemplify Online
Sue Cramer, Praise and Coffee
Joy Trachsel, JoyTrachsel.com
Alisa Wagner, Faith Imagined
Lisa Shaw, Lisa Shaw Ministries
Andrea Mitchell, Under Grace and Over Coffee
Leigh Gray, LeighHargisGray.com
Angela Parsley, Refresh My Soul Ministries
Here is a direct link to the SCHEDULE.
Click here to register and follow links to each ministry: A Woman Inspired
So, I’m playing with my friends on Twitter and I get this note that Hope Today Magazine would like to interview me…whatever!
I was shocked, then excited, then scared!
I get so nervous doing these interviews! I’m just sure that they will ask a question (like, “what is your name?”) and instead of coming up with a logical answer (like my name), I will panic and start saying “um, um, um” over and over again and then I will throw up.
Well, I have to tell you, Diana from Hope Today Magazine is about as sweet as a person could be and I really should have sent her flowers and candy for all the kind things she said to me. She gave me a huge compliment at the end of our interview and my response was to make some crazy noise like a cow makes when it’s sneezing because a piece of hay just got shoved up it’s nose.
Then at the end she asks about my legacy and I basically give my last dying words…”I want my family to know that I love them…” ~sigh~
But the good news is, I didn’t throw up. Thank you Dear Lord in heaven, I didn’t throw up.
And, I do want to thank them for the interview, that was most kind of them!
In all my correspondence with them, they have been super professional and very encouraging!
So anyways, I told my Facebook friends about it yesterday, but here you go bloggy buddies…if the 9 of you (including my mom and mom-in-law) that read my blog would like to hear this…here’s my interview: