Thursday, January 24, 2013


unbound 2013

Summer camp registration is open!

We have had 124 campers already sign up for the coming summer program. You don't want to miss out so register today! Just a reminder, if you sign up and pay in full by January 31st you will automatically receive 10% off the cost of camp.

To find out session dates and prices click HERE!
To register for camp click HERE!

Captivated 2gether
A Mother and Daughter Retreat
Camp Rivercrest's Captivated 2gether Retreat is a time for moms and their 3rd through 6th grade daughters to escape everyday life, to make memories, and grow in Christ together. Come and enjoy quality time with your daughter for this incredible weekend! Enjoy all of the fun activities, worship, delicious food, and overnight lodging. Don't forget to bring a friend!
When: March 8-9th
Price: $109 per pair ($30 each additional family member), includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday
To sign up click HERE!

Rooted logo
(a girls only retreat)
We are taking Pure Heart to a deeper level! The "rooted" retreat is exclusively for girls, grades 7-10. This retreat is designed to communicate scriptural truths about Christ and how He has called us to live our lives. All of the age-specific discussion topics, activities, and break-out sessions are set up to grow deeper "roots" in our walks with God. Come and enjoy fun activities, worship, growth opportunities, new friends, and even a fancy dinner!
When: April 5th-6th
Cost: $78
To sign up click HERE!
2013 family camp
Camp Rivercrest Family Camp
Re-prioritize, Relax, & Remember
We live in a fast-paced society. Most of our schedules are filled with commitments such as practices, clubs, games, and recitals. Unfortunately, this not only puts strain on our children but also on our family. Family camp is your time to re-prioritize, relax, and make memories, while learning what the Bible says about our role as a godly father, mother, son, and daughter in Chirst.
When: May 24th-26th
Registration will be opening soon!



Mike and I had a recent conversation to which he desired for me to get up earlier so that we may share together the quite moments of the morning.  I too desire that but is a great struggle for me as I am naturally a "night owl"
Every night I try and go to bed earlier so that I may rise earlier
The problem is I also suffer with insomnia..
However, in a marriage there needs to be a great deal of compromise.  I can't merely expect him to change to accommodate some of my personal requests if I will not do the same for him. 

I am working hard to accomplish this challenge of becoming "the early bird" 

The challenge does not start at this; its' much bigger, the  Challenge is that I am trying to become more like Christ in the area of being a godly wife! I want to honor and respect my husband and by doing so I am honoring and respecting Christ...

I want to be the Wife, Mother, Daughter, Friend that He is calling
me to be...

I want to be a godly WOMAN who lives by examples and not merely by word......

A Godly Woman Always Seeks to be Holy in Her Conduct.
A Godly Woman Always Seeks to be Truthful in Speech and Motives.
A Godly Woman Seeks to be Gentle and Quiet.
A Godly Woman Seeks to Care for the Home. 
A Godly Woman Seeks to Serve Others. A Godly Woman Strives to be a Person Who Can be Trusted.
A Godly Woman Seeks to be Prudent in Financial Matters.
A Godly Woman Seeks to be a Hard Worker.
A Godly Woman Seeks to Do the Right Thing and Have a Good Reputation. 
A Godly Woman Seeks to Internalize Biblical Wisdom. 
A Godly Woman Seeks to Live Out the Secrets of Womanhood.

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her (Proverbs 31:28).

Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror. Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:1-7)  Is there any comparison? This kind of woman and daughter is a blessing to all. A builder of the home, family and community.

I challenge you to find ONE area in your marriage that you could be MORE GIVING...
If you care to share please let me know, I would love to help pray for you!!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Prayer Request.....

James 5:14-18The Message (MSG)

13-15 Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you've sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and out.
16-18 Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. Elijah, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn't rain, and it didn't not a drop for three and a half years. Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. The showers came and everything started growing again.

Matthew 18:20

 "For where two or three gather together as my followers,[a] I am there among them.”

While at Camp yesterday Mike took a hard fall.  He landed on his shoulder.  As of last night he could not raise his arm up over his head.  He is in a great deal of pain.  He went to camp today as he was going to allow movement to decrease stiffness, & hopefully improve range of motion. I admire his dedication to work in all conditions but I am concerned about the shoulder.  He says it hurts up into his collar bone and down past his shoulder blade. Could you agree in prayer with me:

 Pray for comfort and healing of his shoulder. we are hoping it is just bruised... 

  if medical attention is in order pray for the provision for that? 

Sunday, January 20, 2013



I had the privilege of going to a women's conference this past weekend and WOW did I need it.
I think it is imperative to retreat from our everyday lives to fill back up when our cup is empty!!
Its just so easy to get caught up in the every day motions of life we fail to realize that there is a more important part of life and that is LIVING IT! We merely do not live life by living the same monotonous routine day in and day out without reaching out for the strength of God.  What we pour out is what is pour into our lives.  How can we give anything if we have nothing left to give??

To live in God's presence and to rely on His promises are so refreshing.. but we must take the required steps in order to experience these precious gifts!!

My eyes have been opened to realize that, I myself, need that reminder  and need to be filled with the overflowing love that only comes from God's grace, His restoration and His peace.  At the end of the day I want My God to whisper to His daughter... Well done MY good and faithful servant!!

One of the many things that was spoken into my soul this weekend was this:
If you spend so much time doing the things that DEPLETE you of your energy; the things that you should say NO to... you are doing the following things..
1) You are wasting your talents on things you should be saying YES to...
2) You are NOT giving the PERSON that NEEDS to be there the OPPORTUNITY
3) You are acting on YOUR own Strength instead of Gods by not praying about the situation and seeking his direction and wisdom

  We must fulfill our commitments that we are involved with; however if our lives are not aligned with Gods' word and His WILL for our lives its time to self reflect and see what God wants us to give up.  Somewhere along the way it becomes completely simple to pick up other burdens and carry them even though they aren't part of the plan that he had laid before us....

I STRUGGLE with SELF REFLECTION.. I used to think that I was selfish if I was Taking the time to think of myself.. However  it is VITAL for us to take the time to find out how we are made up in order to understand our strengths/weaknesses.  Through God's love and wisdom we can change to better serve him!!

While at the conference I felt God really speaking to me that it was TIME FOR ME TO RETREAT and get to know WHO I AM? And what MY PURPOSE IS?? We discussed a few things that would be completely beneficial; such as finding what your temperament is? What your spiritual gifts are? What is your LOVE Language?  If you have never done a temperament/personality test I encourage and challenge you to do so.....

Basic Overview of the Temperaments
SANGUINE- Warm, buoyant, lively and enjoys life. Feelings dominate his decisions. Enjoys people and is never at a loss for words. Makes friends easily. (Extrovert)
CHOLERIC- Hot, quick, active, practical, and strong-willed. Self-sufficient and very independent. Is decisive and opinionated. Often succeeds where others fail. (Extrovert)
MELANCHOLIC: Richest of all the temperaments. He/she is analytical, self-sacrificing, gifted, perfectionist, and very sensitive. By nature an introvert, but shows a variety of moods. (Introvert)
PHLEGMATIC: Calm, cool, slow, and easy going. Doesn't get upset easily, has a very high boiling point. Enjoys people. Tends to be a spectator watching others. Has a good retentive mind. (Introvert)

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In the upcoming week I personally will accept my challenge!!! I will retreat to DIVE into the WORD of GOD, I will take these personality tests and find my place in Him, I will pray for direction and wisdom to rearrange my priorities and see where God is calling us and most importantly ME right now!!  I look forward to this time and eager to find out WHO I AM!!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Thank YOU!!!

Tonight is of simplicity....   

Thank you to EVERYONE who has supported us either by prayer support, financial support or BOTH!!! Our Journey would not be complete without those who have done their part!! We simply love and appreciate all of you; both near and far!!!

                                                                                  Philippians 1:3
                    "I thank my God every time I remember you"


Monday, January 14, 2013

Whats NEXT!!!

    After a LONG Holiday break and then battling the FLU.. I am prepared to get back on schedule.. ..

Art School started Thursday, of last week... For the next semester we still owe 200.00 for both children.. If you feel lead to help donate in anyway this would be greatly appreciated..

Study Group will continue on Wednesdays... The time has changed due to Lyv's gymnastics schedule as she will be doing gymnastics now on Wednesdays (for the next 6 weeks anyways)

Band Practice will start on Thursdays for Skyline Drive... their next project is to record the songs they did for the concert held in December and to prepare several worship songs.....

I will be going to a women's conference this weekend!! I am very excited about this and looking forward to being refreshed.
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Mike and I will be starting a connection group on "Love & Respect" by Dr. Emerson Egerichs in February for couples.  Please consider attending as this really will make an impact on your marriage!!

Mike and I covet your prayers as we are preparing for the UPCOMING family Camp to be held on Memorial Weekend... Things that you could pray about are the following:

1.) They we solidify a speaker and worship band

2.) They we fill positions for our workshops

3.) God's direction and wisdom as we establish the program

4.) Families who can COME!!!

Please check out the website for information on this camp and any and all other events happening at Camp Rivercrest!!!!
Rivercrest Family Camp
Re-prioritize, Relax, & Remember

     We live in a fast-paced society. Most of our schedules are filled with commitments such as practices, clubs, games, and recitals. Unfortunately, this not only puts strain on our children but also on our family. Family camp is your time to re-prioritize, relax, and make memories, while learning what the Bible says about our role as a godly father, mother, son, and daughter in Chirst.
When: May 24th-26th.... More info coming soon!!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Judge YE not!!!!

  Warning this blog is completely raw, authentic and transparent!!!!

Its ME being a human being and showing MY STRUGGLE!!! I am not perfect... I make mistakes every day.  I fall short more in a day then NOT...... I get FRUSTRATED... I get ANGRY and YES I get ANNOYED!! AND UGHHH... some people really annoy me! I really have to try harder with some and try to remember we are not perfect... I AM NOT PERFECT.. I struggle with understanding where others are coming from.  I have always struggled with two faced people and Yet we are called to love them... I have always struggled with people who MANIPULATE situations (I was a queen at that a few years ago)  Its so easy to look in the face of others and their sin; than to focus on YOUR OWN sin!! Questions rage all through my head. I fight to hold on and find the truth. I want to be the example but sometimes I just need an example.... IT truly stinks when you are the topic of mockery due to a situation you had no control over.  Its unsaid, and maybe unseen to others but to constantly walk around a situation because you feel you have done all you can but to be thrown back into it by someone Else's choices, or actions really is frustrating. Maybe I'm so irritated because its just not one person... One situation makes me think of all the other situations I've tried to 'turn the other cheek to' so then my mind is overwhelmed.  I know in this world people will let us down constantly.. IN fact I will let people down.  WE are human. I'm not sure who I'm trying to convince myself or others???? Passive-aggressive people really irritate me.. People who dance around topics because they don't want to be honest irritate me..... People who do not keep their word bother me.....People who claim they want to be involved with what is going on; but can't because of their "busyness" frustrates me.....

WHY?? WHY??? WHY??

Because THIS WAS ME! I manipulated every situation to get what I wanted, to have this false realization that I was on top and was controlling every situation around me.....
I thought the best way to bully others was to be passive-aggressive; as long as you were being MEAN in a NICE way and got what you wanted then what was there to loose?
I danced around topics because I didn't want to be honest.... My life was so busy; I tried to juggle everything I was involved with because I wanted to prove to others that I could handle  A LOT... I could totally do MORE THAN anyone around me: I may not have had a college degree but I could dance circles around you... was  my thoughts!! I got a high from seeing others be so fascinated with what I could do... The problem was I was able to do a lot of things but I couldn't do any of them well... I just simply couldn't! When You are doing so much that ALL You can do is complain about it..... YOUR DOING TOO MUCH!!! I would never call people back, I was late for appointments, never paid my bills, wanted to go to parties or events but couldn't because I had OTHER obligations..... I made un REAL expectations of MY LIFE, My FAMILY, my husband, my friends and everything around me...... "FALSE expectations will destroy a relationship... The relationship will not fall apart because of the other person; it will fall apart because of YOU"... My counselor said one afternoon as  I was trying to distinguish why I had all this anger, bitterness and resentment locked inside of me.. All the while I envied, coveted and was jealous of those who, through my perspective, had it all TOGETHER... I was fighting to Have IT ALL TOGETHER!!!!

So YOU ASK WHY I'M annoyed???? Its because I'm also heart broken!!!! I see others carrying TOO MUCH of a load.... I see others JUGGLING.. they think they are handling all their responsibilities BUT THEY are not... in order to FEEL as if they have some order to their lives; in order to maintain some order or control they become manipulative and passive-aggressive!!  I wonder if these people are in my lives to be a constant reminder of HOW I USED TO BE and HOW I sometimes can become! God delivered me from this and I don't want this stronghold to over take me again.  But in the midst of watching others be so sad, broken, jealous.. How do I help them? I sit back and take it because until they are ready to hit rock bottom they will NOT be receptive to hear what people who care about them and love them have to say.... AND WHO AM I TO JUDGE????
I can not let MY convictions be someone Else's convictions.... and this is where I am at! Who am I to say that any of these people in my lives are doing anything wrong??? I am no ONE.... I sin EVERY DAY MYSELF.. I would NOT want someone pointing out all my faults as I am ashamed of them the way it is.....OR DO I????

But where is the LINE? 

Matthew 7:5

"You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
So this my desire that I will be honest in front of my accountability partners and God himself.  I want to rid myself of the things that are not godly so that IF THE LORD will call me, I may go with boldness and share what has been laid on my heart...

2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

Colossians 3:8 "But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips"

FORGIVE ME for being so hypocritical and judgemental!! I am a sinner and I have fallen short.... My heart truly breaks but how do I handle it without sinning????

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Silence is LONELY!!


Troubles chasin me again,
Breaking down my best defence,
I'm looking, God, I'm looking for you
Weary just won't let me rest, and fear is filling up my head.
I'm longing, God I'm longing for you
But I will find you in the place I'm in,

find you when I'm at my end,
Find you when there's nothing left of me to offer you except for brokenness.
You lift me up, you'll never leave me thirsty,
When I am weak, when I am lost and searching I'll find you on my knees.
So what if sorrow shakes my faith,

What if heartache still remains, I'll trust you, my god I'll trust you.
'Cas u are faithful and
I will find you in the place I'm in,

 find you when I'm at my end,
Find you when there's nothing left of me to offer you except for brokenness.
You lift me up, you'll never leave me thirsty,
When I am weak, when I am lost and searching Find you on my knees, my knees.
When my hope is gone, when the fear is strong

When the pain is real, when it's hard to heal
When my faith is shaken and my heart is broken and my joy is stolen,
God I know that You lift me up,
you'll never leave me searching

God is so faithful but I'm not even a fraction of how faithful he is.... When I struggle instead of running closer to God I distance myself.  I know God is for us and will never leave us or forsake us.. but I leave and forsake him all the time.  In area of my life that I need constant work on is EXPECTATIONS.... (unrealistic I may add)

~I expect to be exempt from marital problems because my husband and I have been called to mentor and work close with others marriages by opening up and being transparent.
~I expect that our relationship won't have problems..
~I expect our marriage not to be shaken to the core and to dive us back into bad habits that lacked respect and love

BUT THIS ISN'T TRUE..... What false expectations reap is a moment of silence which reaps loneliness.I'm not sure how I learned this bad habit but when my husband and I fight, or I get hurt, or am not showed love I shut down, after I have shoved my hurt deep down.. but then my emotions are quickly turned to anger and I explode on those I love! Unglued moments~
I allow my emotions to control me instead of me controlling them.  Ironically the thing I used to struggle with constantly is CONTROL.. But when I stop and think about it... Its only a MISCONCEPTION of THINKING I am in control.. The areas of my life I desperately want controlled are the areas in my life I want the most protection from.... When my heart isn't protected I run away.. Another bad habit I was taught...To run away from negativity; not dealing with or handling the situation in a healthy way... The cycle then continues because I am not in control of the situation as my emotions are not controlling the situation I become defensive.. I can manipulate the situation by going into attack mode.  Attack mode leads me COMPETING with my loved one instead of COMPLETING HIM... Attack mode turns into actions and reactions. The reactions are viewed in a poor perspective at which time poor perspective turns into the final stage.... the silent treatment and THERE the silence is lonely....
None of which is godly... Which brings on a whole new cycle.  I become a godly women acting in the most ungodly way.. not feeling worthy of God's love or even wanting to forgive those around me who have hurt me. How sad is this???  Lonely moments are such wasted moments.. But God does love us in our darkest moments!
But IT IS Gods' KINDNESS that leads us to repentance....
But His GOODNESS draws me to His side....
His MERCY causes me to be like HIM

by Jennie Lee Riddle

featured Kari JOBE 

You excite me
You surprise me
You pursue me
You move me
Like a whirlwind You lift me
Like a whisper You kiss me

For in You I find my dwelling place
In You I find amazing grace
In You I find security
Jesus You’re all I need

I am standing
And not falling
‘Cause You’re ending
What You’re starting
You won’t leave me or deceive me
You’ll always guide me,
Always hide me in You

You are all I need

Friday, January 4, 2013

A new YEAR!!!!

                                 Instead of committing to a New Years "resolutions"
  I've decided to compile a FEW GOALS that I would like to achieve for the 2013 year......

Goals for "2013"
1) Blog MORE! (My goal is to reach 50 followers so if you haven't joined my blog will you please do so?)
2) I want to be more dedicated in the WORD (commitment is making a stand. Joshua chose to serve the Lord, to make a commitment. Scripture admonishes us to not be wishy-washy, to choose. Joshua 24:15 tells us "...if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day..." The Bible reminds us that we need to commit to the spiritual path we have chosen and not be swayed)
3) Align my priorities with God's will for my life (Jeremiah 29:11-13 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart")
4) Be more intentional with relationships.. (Luke 10:27 "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself")
5) I want my life to have Missional Renew...realizing that we are not here for ourselves; we're here for a purpose. God has a job for us to do. We have a mission, an objective; we have some work to accomplish. He has a kingdom to be built...*Rick Warren* (Matthew 9:37 "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.")
6) I want to work on my UNGLUED moments....
7) Work on Family Camp @ Rivercrest over Memorial Weekend 2013
8) Mentor Couples

9) Strengthen my back and start walking again!!!!