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Prayer and Fasting Day – Tuesday, January 24th

We are excited to have a prayer and fasting day set aside for Tuesday, January 24th. We would love to have you join us: see the sign ups below for ladies and men. We will be crying out to the Lord for the specific requests you give to us.

In the past, we ladies
fasted for 36 hours. This time we are going to try ending the fast in the evening so that we are fasting through breakfast and lunch but not dinner. I have found that to work well for me personally, and I think it might for you as well. Here’s the sign up for the ladies.

When we fast, we fast from food and caloric drinks unless you are pregnant, nursing, or have a health problem that prevents you from fasting. Then you can figure out other fasting options that would work for you.

Steve and the men are planning a 36 hour fast. That means eating dinner on the 23rd and not eating again until breakfast on the 25th. The men’s sign up is here.

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“That they may see, and know, and consider,
and understand together, that the hand of the
Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of
Israel hath created it.” Isaiah 41:20

Stainless Steel Versus Black – Eight Years Later

Eight years and nine grandchildren later, we are very pleased with our choice of using stainless steel appliances. On the blog, we asked readers before we purchased our new appliances to give us input on black versus stainless steel for appliances. What were the advantages and disadvantages of each. We were told that the main negative for stainless steel was how it smudged and showed fingerprints. (If you would like, read the first post and the comments, and then read the follow up post.)

We decided to go with the stainless steel, and I have been delighted with the way my kitchen looks. I love the crisp, modern look of the stainless steel while fitting in with our light oak cabinetry.

We haven’t found the stainless steel to be any more difficult to keep clean than our other colored appliances were. We give them a weekly cleaning using Better Life Stainless Steel Cleaner from iherb (that’s our reward link which will bless our family with 10% rewards when you purchase). Then we will do touch ups with a damp dish rag if needed, but that really isn’t very often.

I am glad that we decided to get stainless steel appliances.

Side note: The negative side might be the Make. We have had to keep a maintenance policy on the refrigerator due to its “reliability,” and the microwave has died.

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri
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“That our sons may be as plants grown up in
their youth; that our daughters may be as
corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace.”
(Psalm 144:12)

Mommy’s Day Out

Recently the girls and I were able to give Melanie a day away. That day came with some special perks since we did school with the children, normal chores, meals, clean up, and napsthe usual daily routine so that Mommy didn’t have to come home to a messy house, a day of school to catch up on, and cranky children.

I took the first shift from 9:00 to 11:30 (at 11:30 I have playtime with another set of grandchildren), and Anna came to make lunch and have the afternoon shift. The other time we did this, Mary took over mid-afternoon.

This time Mary was Melanie’s shopping assistant. Melanie wanted to do clothes shopping for the children with her time away, and Mary has a great eye for color and style. Mary and Melanie shopped, ate lunch out, and were back mid-afternoon.

Mary took this picture of some of their purchases.
Mary took this picture of some of their purchases.

Then Melanie went to my mom’s house for a nap and some “office-type” activities for the rest of her afternoon off.

These mommies with young families work so hard all day, every day. It is a joy to be able to let them have a little break.

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

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There's more than one way to concentrate in a busy house!
There’s more than one way to concentrate in a busy house!
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Drew playing
Tina
Tina

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“But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them” (Psalm 103:17-18).

My Friend, Karine

Much of the motivation for my family sending me to the True Woman conference was so that I could meet my friend, Karine, who lives in Belgium. She was planning to go to the conference. Anna made all the arrangements with Karine and Mary Anne, the organizer of the True Woman European group.

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Karine and I

I met Karine through our Titus2 fasting and prayer days. She joined those, and we began a personal correspondence and then Skypes. I don’t think either of us thought we would actually meet each other.

Because of being Karine’s roommate, I was included in the seating for the European group. The European ladies also planned a banquet Saturday night after the conference for their Indianapolis host families (most had stayed with local families Tuesday and Wednesday nights and moved to downtown hotels for Thursday through Saturday nights) and the European ladies.

While the conference days were full and fast paced, Karine and I had lots of talking and praying together. She was able to join my family’s Bible time via FaceTime two days. We ate meals together out and sometimes in our room. It was a very special time for me to be able to spend with a sweet sister in the Lord Jesus.

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

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“A friend loveth at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity.”
(Proverbs 17:17)

County Fair Report, Part 2

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As parents, Steve and I were very blessed by our family’s county fair ministry because it wasn’t our project but our children’s. They are the ones who pursued getting a booth of our own this year. They paid for everything, and it was costly considering the booth fees, banner, coupons, balloons, face paint, tracts, and candy. They invested their time planning, practicing, praying, and being at the fair.  Steve and I were merely willing helpers working with the ministry team of our adult children.

Many of you are in the trenches with your young children. It is hard for you to picture a day when your children would be leading your family in ministry, with you as the helpers not the ones in charge. May we encourage you to stand steadfast and persevere. “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

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“I have no greater joy than to hear
that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 1:4

County Fair Report, Part 1

((Sarah’s apologies due to the lateness of this.))

While we had a brief county fair report, we wanted to give you a more detailed one. Our family spent much time preparing for the fair with family prayer meetings, banner design, balloon twisting, and face painting practice. For several weeks before the fair, Anna was daily twisting balloons, and Mary was heading over to practice face painting on nieces and nephews.

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Anna had learned some complex balloon animal twisting so it often took her as long to make a balloon as it did for Mary to do a face paint. Mary got to where she could do most face paints in 3 minutes and more complex ones were up to 6 minutes. We had a bulletin board with the children’s options for face painting.

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As Anna twisted balloons, she talked to children. After each balloon animal was finished and each face paint, the children were sent off with a child’s evangelistic tract. If they weren’t old enough to read, they were encouraged to ask their parents to read it to them.

One family came back a second night and told us they had begun to read the tract to their daughter until the grandstand noise had become too loud, but they were planning to finish it.

Each night, we would go out into the fair grounds and hand out coupons for a free face paint or balloon animal. Then we would go back to our booth and watch the line. When it began to diminish, we would go back out again. Usually that was only necessary two or three times an evening, and then the line would remain.

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The girls were busy from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday evening and from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, except for a late afternoon half hour dinner break on Saturday.

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While the parents were in line waiting for their child’s turn, we would talk to them and give them a Gospel tract too.

Some of the other vendors in our building told us that they really liked having us in that booth because we drew so many people to the building.

We are praying for spiritual fruit in people’s lives from that outreach ministry.

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

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“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11