I hope you had a relaxing and fun Christmas celebration with family and friends! To kick off our Christmas family time, my good long-time friend, Joyce cooked our family gumbo, rice and cornbread. What a treasure she, her husband and family are! We are so grateful! My darling husband and I have been enjoying much needed relaxation with our beautiful adult daughters from Europe and California. They both have spoiled us in many ways. We have been blessed in giving the gift of time to each other. With two Christmas candle-light services (one on Sunday at our local church and the other at a nearby church on Tuesday evening), late night chats, movies, bowling, painting, smores by the fireplace, exercising and sampling different dishes they have cooked, my husband and I can now say we are fully rejuvenated from our ministry time in Nigeria, Africa. No more jet lags :) So much thanks and love for all the cherished moments they created. We missed one beautiful daughter in all the festivities. By the way, the Nigeria conference pictures are in (107 new pictures), so check them out on the Resources Tab of this website. Click on the play icon of the photo slideshow to see all the pictures from the 2019 Nigeria Conference. Send us a note and let us know which Nigeria conference picture is your favorite one (firstname.lastname@example.org).
With a few days left in 2019, the Holy Spirit has been speaking to me about “propeller dynamics” as we move into the new year 2020. For better understanding for my non-science friends, a propeller is a tool with a rotating hub and radiating blades that form a helical spiral. When rotated, a propeller is typically used to push forward or thrust something. Not to go too much into scientific details, a propeller changes rotational energy into linear thrust. Though uncomfortable and yet needful, God uses propeller dynamics to fulfill His purpose. So, it is not a matter of if we like or want propeller dynamics; but a matter of surrender and obedience to God's purposes. We are always better because of it. Thank You, Lord!
The year 2019 had many God ordained propeller dynamics, without which the upcoming new year would not be all God intends for it to be. This year could have been filled with many propeller dynamics for you too. The good news is you made it! Those areas or times in your life that it felt you were riding one of those fast thrill rides at Six Flags. Those times have the greatest potential for deepening our relationship with God and others. I am grateful for all the propeller dynamics this year. What a ride! From the release of my book: Crushed to Restored: Principles of Restoration From The Book of Nehemiah, to all the amazing people and friends I met at conferences, speaking engagements, community events, professional events, radio interviews, podcasts, TV interviews and guest blog posts, I am better and richer for each propeller dynamics. Grateful for each one and each propeller dynamics.
I am closing out 2019 with a song and shout of praise from Psalm 31:19 as our family prepare our hearts for the new year and new decade. Traditionally, we pray into the new year. We will be praying over all the prayer requests that have been sent to us for 2020. We will be standing in agreement with you for all God has in store for your 2020. This is to a wonderful Happy New Year! Love & Blessings!!!
“Oh how great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you have worked for those who take refuge in you, before the sons of men.”
- Psalm 31:19