Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tea Time!

My daughters and me
The ladies of our new church hosted a Tea this past Saturday to welcome my daughters and me to the church.  We had a great time and felt very embraced by the ladies.
I got to bring and use one of my own favorite teacups that my oldest sister gave to me.  It's my favorite Old Country Roses pattern.  There were many beautiful and unique teacups.  I enjoyed hearing from the women who brought a favorite teacup, the story behind why it was a favorite teacup.

Each lady that came was also just as unique and beautiful as all the different teacups. They looked so gorgeous wearing their hats and gloves.

The music minister's wife also read from the book If Teacups Could Talk by Emilie Barnes which is one of my favorite books. I am a big fan of Emilie Barnes who in this book encourages readers to embrace and pass on to others the gifts of friendship, tradition, comfort, celebration, and imagination...all with a cup of tea.

As we shared tea together and began to get acquainted with one another I felt very blessed to have the opportunity to serve alongside this group of ladies.  I am so grateful for the gift of friendship and the wonderful friends that I have made over the years in the churches that we have served.  I am excited about the new friends and church family that I have now and am looking forward to getting to know and love them.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I first heard about Sheri Rose Shepherd while listening to an episode of Focus on the Family.  This episode was the most listened to that year on Focus.  I was so amazed at her testimony and obvious love for Christ that I have been a big fan of hers for years now. Sheri Rose is a popular speaker for women's events and an author.  I have purchased some of her books and cd's and have shared them with friends over the years who have needed some encouragement.  Can you believe this woman is 50 years old!!!
Sheri Rose Shepherd photo from Bible Life Coaching.com
I am presently participating in an online kitchen coaching series that Sheri Rose is doing and I am really enjoying it.  She will be doing another session in March and you may just want to check it out.  If you struggle with making healthy choices with your eating the online coaching will definitely help you break that habit and change your way of eating. She makes it easy for you!
Here is another resource from Sheri Rose that I highly recommend. I have my own copy and have referred to it over and over again through the last few years.

719166: Fit for My King: His Princess 30-Day Diet Plan and DevotionalFit for My King: His Princess 30-Day Diet Plan and Devotional

By Sheri Rose Shepherd / Revell

In Fit for My King, Sheri Rose Shepherd, bestselling author of His Princess, shows women how to win the diet war once and for all. This 30-day diet and devotional journal brings you 30 days of life-changing devotions, heartwarming stories, creative cooking, and a daily dose of Scripture. Transform the way you see yourself forever as you discover God loves you! Hardcover.

Friday, January 6, 2012


One of my favorite bloggers over at A Cultivated Nest shared a great post about the new year and how she picked a focus word for the year. Head over there and check her blog out. She always encourages me and inspires me with her blog posts.  Anyway, I was delighted with her post because I had also picked a word to be my theme or focus for 2012 and that word is THRIVE.  The definition of thrive is to grow vigorously!
Psalm 1:3 says "He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers."

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!
My husband & Me

It’s a new year! How exciting! I have so many dreams and hopes for this year. How about you?
It is with great anticipation that my family and I walk into 2012.  Did I say walk? It felt more like sliding into home base!!! Our lives have been in a tailspin for the last several months. (Hence my lack of blog posts.) Along with the busyness of the holiday season beginning with Thanksgiving, my husband was also candidating for a senior pastor position.  Needless to say, life has been a bit hectic as well as stressful as 2011 came to a close.  However, as always, God’s faithfulness to provide, guide and direct us has led us into the year 2012 confident that He is working His plan out in our lives.

On Dec.18 my husband was voted in as the senior pastor at an SBC church in a neighboring state.  Let’s just say I will still be a CAROLINA GIRL even though we will be leaving GAMECOCK country. I will have to get used to saying I’m a CAROLINA fan and that meaning the USC Gamecocks because where we are headed CAROLINA does not mean USC.

We are beyond excited about our new place of service. We look forward to embracing our new church family and to being involved in their lives. We know that God has great things in store for us all as we seek to put Him first in our lives and serve Him.