We’re Moving

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Hi Friends! I wanted to apologize for not posting Monday. It has been a bit hectic this week, because we’re moving.

We’ve been praying for nearly three years to rent a bigger staff cabin and the Lord has opened a place for us. We are thrilled!

I hope to return to writing in a couple of weeks.

Has God opened some special doors in your life?

Blessings, Rebecca

Love is in the Air

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As we approach Valentine’s Day, it feels like love is in the air. As I stroll down the grocery aisles, I see red, pink and white stuffed animals, candy and greeting cards.

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Years ago, our church small group studied a very good book about love. It is called The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. In it, details the ways in which people enjoy receiving love: Quality Time, Touch, Giving, Serving and Affirmation.  I thought I would share with you simple things I do to love my family.

Quality Time

I enjoy spending time with my family. We go on hikes, play games or just hangout together.  Here’s a photo of Austin and I at a Santa Cruz Warriors basketball game.

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Touch

I didn’t grow up with affectionate parents. So, I decided to be intentional  with my family; hugs all around.

Giving

I like to surprise my family with what my stepmom calls “Little S” aka “Litle Something.” When I am out and about I may pick up a treat such Girl Scout cookies. It just so happened there was a local troop outside the store this past weekend.

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Serving

This is my natural love language.  I am very comfortable with a todo list. It’s not a chore to support my family by doing the laundry or shopping for groceries.

Affirmation

Words of affirmation are important in building someone’s confidence.  I make it a point to tell my loved ones “Congratulations, good job or I am proud of you.” It’s amazing how easy it is to encourage one another with a simple gesture such as kind words.

Dr. Chapman wrote another book called Love is a Verb which I was blessed to share one of my stories.  The book showcases love in action.

In the Bible, there are many verses that talk about love. I’d like to share a few with you.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting love. – John 3:16

My beloved friends let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. – 1 John 4:7

By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. – John 13:35

What’s one way your share love with your family?

Blessings, Rebecca

Believe in Miracles

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Miracles are just waiting to happen to all of us. Read my personal story in the new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles. http://bit.ly/2sJgBjU

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About a year ago, I attended a class with BJ Taylor at Mt Hermon’s Christian Writers Conference and she encouraged us to submit our personal stories to Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Today, I received my author’s  copy and I  am thrilled to share my story with you. I hope you enjoy your read…

Blessings, Rebecca

PS Have you ever experienced a miracle? I’d love to hear about it.

Happy New Year 2020

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Lake Tahoe, Ca

Happy New Year! It’s the start of a new decade. It seems surreal that the 2010s are over.

We enjoyed the Christmas season with family eating a savory ham dinner with all the trimmings, watching Hallmark movies and putting together a puzzle.

Below is a picture of us at Eastridge Mall where we watched the final episode of Star Wars.  My brother, Greg, reminded me we watched the first episode as kids in 1977. Wow! Here we are forty-two years later wrapping up the saga.

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Connie, Greg, Austin, Alicia, Randy & me San Jose, Ca

I didn’t grow up in a family that made new year’s resolutions.  Although, I don’t have any resolutions for 2020, I am looking forward to our son graduating high school and our daughter learning  to drive.

I pray you and yours have a happy and healthy year.

Did you make a resolution? I’d love to hear about it.

Blessings, Rebecca

Merry Christmas

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For unto us a Child is born,
unto us a Son is given;
and the government will be upon His shoulder.
and His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6-9

From our family to yours we wish a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Blessings, Rebecca

What are your holiday plans? I’d love to hear about it.

Humble for the Holidays

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Trees at my work

This past weekend my car gave me trouble enaging in the drive position. I sighed and said, “Really Lord? It’s Christmas.”

Thankfully we have a friend who is a mechanic and he is checking out the transmission for us.

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Fireplace at my work

As a result, I’ve told family and friends it’s going to be a light Christmas for gifts since we are down one vehicle. Talk about humbling.

My daughter reminded me that Christmas is about baby Jesus’ birth and spending time with family and friends.

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She is right. I need not worry about circumstances that are out of my control and concentrate on the joy of Christmas.

Have you ever had to scale back during the holidays? I’d love to hear about it.

Blessings, Rebecca

Thankful

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I would like to wish you and your a very Happy Thanksgiving.

As we prepare for our annual Thanksgiving meal, I’ve been contemplating about the things I am thankful for in my life. The list grew longer as I thought about, because we have so much to be grateful for.  However, I’d like to share with you just a few of them this day.

1. God

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. -Psalm 100:4

2. Family & Friends

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy… Philippians 1:3

3. Health

4. Shelter, warmth & security

5. Food & clean water

6. Clothing & shoes

7. Workplace & community

8. Hot showers

9. Chocolate & mochas

10. And for our readers like you…

What are you thankful for? I’d love to know.

Blessings, Rebecca

Staff Retreat

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We are setting back into our routine after mandatory power outages. It was a challenge for our family to go without electricity for up to 48 hours multiple times. We have an electric wall heater, water heater and stove/oven. So, it was cumbersome to function. I know I appreciate utilities much more these days.

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Thankfully I joined my coworkers for a staff retreat at majestic Lake Tahoe. It was a good time for fun, fellowship and food. It was just the thing I needed to rest my soul for a few days.

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We were reminded of the importance of community which is countercultural in America as individualism is encouraged. Pasor Renee reiterated that Gid designed us to do life together.

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Have you attended a retreat? If so, I would love to hear about it.

Blessings, Rebecca

Suprises

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Do you believe the Lord like to pleasantly surprise his children? I do.  Case in point some friends of ours invited us to a Newsboys concert in Monterey, California.  You may know Newsboys from their movie cover songs God’s Not Dead or Guilty. Sadly, we had to decline, because it just wasn’t in our budget.

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Surprise #1 – Shortly thereafter we receive a call back from them offering to take us. Wow!

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Surprise #2 – We arrived at the theater which was gorgeous and I noticed the sign stated Newsboys United and I thought to myself, What’s United?

Suprise #3 – Two of the original band members, Peter Furler and Phil Joel, who left 11 years ago join them on stage. Cool!

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Suprise #4 – One of the lead singer, Michael Tate’s, old band member from DC Talk, Kevin Max, also joined on stage and sang a throwback song Jesus Freak. I used to listen to DC Talk back in the 90s. I never put two and two together. Very cool!

Surprise #5 – As we were exiting the theatre, we bumped into two our dear friends Ken and Shaunna.  It’s such a small world.

You may say to yourself, Coincidence.  Well, I believe God works through people to bless people and He provides divine appointments, not chance.

How have you seen the Lord surprise you?

Blessings, Rebecca