4 Days Until Brazil

I can not believe that this time next week I will be in Brazil...
Everyone keeps asking me if I'm excited or nervous and I keep saying really neither one...I just feel overwhelmed with everything I need to get done. It's kinda crazy because I'm not only going on the trip but I've had to handle a lot of the details for the trip for the Team. So at work I have had so many things to get done!! Passports, visas, backing lists, job duty lists, transportation to and from airports, e tickets, emergency contact information...ugh
So my goal for this weekend is to get everything done for my self...laundry, shopping, outlet converters, ZOTE soap for laundry on the go, grocery shopping for the house, meal planning etc etc etc...so that I can bask in every experience of this amazing journey!!! I'm trying so hard not to just want to get it over with and keep perspective of how amazing God is in His awesome plan that He saw fit to allow me to be apart of!!
I plan to journal here during my trip so come on by if you're interested in seeing how it's going...the good bad and the ugly...mostly good I pray...I can't wait to see what God is going to do!!!!!
Our flight leaves from Fresno at 1:20pm on August 4th and we arrive in Sao Paulo Brazil at 7:40 am August 5th. From there we hop on a bus and travel approx 4 hrs to Brodowski. This is what I'm calling the first leg...
I will try to journal every day and take lots of pictures to post...
Please keep us all in your prayers...


Thoughts of You...

Thank You for who You are. Thank You for all that You do. I call on Your name You always hear my voice. I pray I never stop praising You . Consume every part of me. Transform my mind with Your words. Make my ways Yours. Stir up a passion in me, a thirst that will never be satisfied. I want to long for You the way You long for me. I want to bask in the warmth of Your presence... amen


Do I Truly Believe?

I'm reading a book called "Healing the Sick" and I've been challenged with this thought that keeps invading the space between my ears. The thought is this...Do I truly believe what the bible says is true? My automatic response is of course I do!!! However do my actions, the way I think, the words that I speak, the prayers that I pray, truly reflect that I believe all of God's words to be truth. So I am setting out on a challenge, a quest of sorts. I'm starting in the New Testament of Gods word as if I'm reading it for the first time. On the journey I will consciously, prayerfully, realistically believe EVERYTHING I read What ever Jesus tells me to do I will do. What ever He said He will do, I will expect Him to do it...


Monday Prayer

Praying for you today...feel free to leave your thoughts or requests...B


Putting on the Armor of God...

This morning I was reminded of this passage. Reminded that we need to be diligent concerning our armor...declaring it over ourselves and others...in reflection I thought about how even though the armor covers different parts of the body breast plate of righteousness etc... I think it's cool how each piece of armor really protects every part of your body spiritually. Salvation, faith, righteousness, truth...and how with out one the others are lacking. I have also always looked at this passage as a defense which is certainly true but it is also important for people to witness them in our lives as something to attain for them selves through their relationship with Christ.

Ephesians 6:10-18

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.



As I was catching up on some of my favorite blogs today I came across this video telling the story of how the song "How He Loves Us" was birthed ( side note I love the sloppy wet kiss line in the song and for the life of me can not understand why David Crowder took it out of his version of this song...what's up with that??? Love David Crowder though) I've heard this story before but it's funny how it comes to me again at this time in my life. I feel challenged to LOVE to sacrifice for it, cultivate it, share it...How different this world would be if we learned to love better. I wanted to share the video and just challenge you to love a little more give it freely even when everything in your logical mind says not to...I pray God fills you and me with His love over flowing so you and I can love more and better.....


Weigh in...

Well....how could I forget my weigh in????
I did not lose the 8 lbs I was shooting for however I did lose 3lbs...I'm trying not to feel frustrated. I guess it's better than gaining...Next month I'm going for 5 lbs...I think that is a happy medium...wish me luck!!!


Intense Brazil rehearsals this past weekend!!!!

Me, Nancy and Carole/BGV's
Joseph and Lorenzo both 14 years old and amazing electric guitarists...Did I say AMAZING!!!
Lorenzo's mom Elena/Power Point Person

Nancy and Carole my partners in crime/vocals...
Robert aka: Animal and Carole's hubby

Nick/bass, Holly/keys, Paula/winds

Sandy Koinonia Worship Pastor/Piano/vocals and chief!!!!