An Evening for Freedom

18
Jun
2019

Freedom Dinners

Last Friday evening I attended an event that was simply, magical.

A group of about twenty five food lovers, purchased tickets for $75 to have dinner in the middle of an orchard with strangers.  As an introvert, and one who often struggles with small talk conversations, this was truly stepping outside my comfort zone.

I had begun following CiderPress Lane on Instagram, shortly after attending a women’s conference outside Seattle in May.  The organization, Rescue Freedom International was highlighted during that conference and I learned about how Kelly Welk, of CiderPress Lane, began hosting #freedomdinners in order to raise money for Rescue Freedom International.

I had it on my wishlist to attend one of these dinners, to see what it was all about and that wish came true last Friday!  A few last minute tickets were released and I grabbed one!

freedom dinners
One Dinner at a Time

As I sat next to Kelly that evening, she shared the story of how she was deeply touched to learn about the human trafficking industry over five years ago.  She had a desire to do something, and she had this ‘crazy‘ idea to host guests at her home ‘potluck style’, where those in her community would donate their services and food items, charge a ticket price for those dining and donate 100% of the proceeds to Rescue Freedom International.

Since that first dinner 5 years ago she has hosted over 500 people and donated over $35,000.

That my friends, is the power of making one small change and stepping out to do what you can.

My mind was blown away by her heart, her desire, her vision and how she has overcome obstacles to see lives changed.  This is the power of people giving what they can, and using their God given gifts for good.

It’s About Community

Here is the key piece to her vision that I want to make sure you pick up here. These dinners are not about one person doing it all, they are about everyone doing what they do best.   Everyone using their gifts and talents in a way to collaborate to create the most beautiful piece of art.

“When we invite people to help in a way that they love creating, we give them a place to connect their heart to purpose.”  Kelly Welk

The evening was simply relaxing, invigorating, full of wonderful conversation and inspiring.   I have been given a vision of how I could start these #freedom dinners in my own area – to use what I have to make a difference!

Kelly has step-by-step instructions on how you can host your own dinner.  And she has a beautiful cookbook, Dinner Changes Everything with wonderful set menus, recipes and instructions as well, I picked up my own copy and had it signed by Kelly!!

I am currently making a list of friends to invite over so I can practice making some of the recipes in Kelly’s book, as well as sharing this vision.  How incredible to create community alongside an urgent need to make a difference in the lives of others?

So how can you make a difference?  If it’s not dinner, perhaps it’s another fun gathering where you can invite people together.  A dessert buffet?  An appetizer evening?  A Saturday brunch?

The possibilities are endless my friend, just say yes!

All-Natural Cleaning Recipes

28
May
2019

A few years back I truly discovered the danger of chemicals in all our household cleaners. As someone who is in remission from an autoimmune disease, I need to be very aware of what I am coming into contact with in my home.

I’ve spent years educating myself about what we expose our bodies to on a daily basis…from what we ingest, to what we apply topically on our bodies, to what we inhale, and also what we come in contact with in our surroundings.

Because of my wellness journey, I’ve made chemical-filled cleaners a part of my past, and I am forever grateful!

When I discovered Thieves Household Cleaner, I was simply amazed. Did you know you can replace ALL the cleaners in your home with this PLANT-based cleaner—safe for everyone in your house, including little ones and furry friends. It’s a 100% plant- and mineral-based ingredient cleaner and will clean any surface in your home.

Not only is it safe to use, but it is cost-effective too. This concentrated cleaner can be diluted for an all-purpose cleaner at just $0.67 a bottle. I have several spray bottles mixed up in different ratios for different cleaning jobs. It’s so simple!

Learn more about dilution ratios and everyday household applications here. (link to other blog article)

No more having 152 bottles of cleaners under my kitchen and bathroom sink. Safe, simple, and perfect for a minimalist lifestyle.

Find out how to get wholesale pricing HERE.

Thieves Household Cleaner Recipes

Here are some of my favorite DIY Thieves Household Cleaner recipes I like to use in my home.

Scrubbing Soft Scrub Cleaner 

You can use your Thieves cleaner to make a heavy-duty Thieves scrub to get off hard stains.

Natural Soft Scrub cleaner

DIY All Natural Whitening Bleach

When life gives you lemons, you make an all-natural whitener. Skip the harsh chemicals and make this safe and effective whitener. Use it in your laundry, the bathtub, and any other surface that needs a little brightening.

All Natural Whitening Bleach

Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Many of us have hardwood floors and need to keep all the outside stuff we track in cleaned off. I love to walk around barefoot, but not if I have to be worried about my feet absorbing toxins from the cleaner I am using. I love this simple way to clean all my floors!

hardwood floor cleaner with thieves

Glass and Mirror Cleaner

No more streaks!! HOORAY!!! I love using easy-to-use toxin-free mixture.

All Natural Glass and Mirror Cleaner

Laundry Stain Prespot

Ever have nasty laundry stains and not sure what to do? This is a fool-proof stain remover!!

 

Which recipe are you excited to try?

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Let today be your day to step into a new wellness journey!!!

 

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40 Days of Strategic Prayer

12
Mar
2019

praying for your husband

Is your marriage where you want it to be?

Perhaps your marriage is good, but what would it look like if it was better?  What if it was FABULOUS?!!

I just returned from a weekend with some sweet friends, where we chatted about our marriages.  We shared some very personal information, were extremely vulnerable, shed some tears and decided it was time to be powerful in our prayer life for our marriage and for our husbands.

Hope

If you’re anything like me, I have went through stages of being a wife who prayers consistently for her husband, to one who rarely prays.  It embarrasses me, but honestly, that is where the devil would like me to stay, embarrassed, helpless and powerless.  He wins then and can wreak havoc in our homes.

During the time I was together with my girlfriends, another friend of ours posted that she was feel very convicted to start a prayer series and a group to allow a sacred space for women to pray for their husbands.  When we first saw this announcement, we sat with mouths wide open – in shock!  We had said we wanted to start a 30 Days of Praying for our Husband’s, using a book we all had read years ago, The Power of a Praying Wife, by Stormie Omartian.

Be Intentional

My friend Erin Rodgers shared a heartfelt post on Facebook, the one that we read Sunday afternoon that had us in shock!  And, I knew I needed to share this resource and community with all of you. I asked her if that was okay and she replied back with a big YES!!!  There is a need for this space, this community and for a place for women to gather and pray.  So, this is an invitation for you to join The Excellent Wife Facebook group, a place you will find to share encouragement and prayer needs with one another.

A Wife’s 40-day Fasting & Prayer Journal” by Kaylene Yoder, the resource we will use, is NOT 40 straight days of fasting, but rather a thought provoking daily journal & prayer with one fasting “item” each day.

Are you with me?  Are you ready to fight for your marriage and lift your husband up to be the man the Lord desires him to be?  This is your time friend… this is your time!  You will find a community of women who will encourage you and accept you.

Here’s what you need to do

I am so excited to see how this group unfolds, the miracles that will happen and the marriages that will be restored and be used for His glory.  It will be amazing, and you need to be part of it!

I’ll see you there – don’t miss out!!

21 Day Challenge of Reading God’s Word

1
Feb
2019

Reading God's Word 21 day challenge

Early this morning I opened up my Favorite Bible App, YouVersion to start my devotion time. I was welcomed with a message to participate in a 21 Day Reading God’s Word Challenge.

Now, I already do this, read the bible nearly every day, but it was laid on my heart to participate in a way that would include others.  My heart is to share in community, and so many feel pressed on all sides to fit in reading the bible.  We can all make time for the things that are important, am I right?

21 Days to Change

You likely have heard that it takes about 21 days to develop new habits and patterns of behavior.  So, it’s no mistake that this is a 21 day challenge.

I scrolled through the suggested 21 Day devotions and I chose, “Grace for the Pace.”

It felt fitting in this season, when we all struggle with finding space for our soul.

Will you Join Me?

I’d love to link arms with you and others who might need some encouragement, a friend to walk along with, or just an invitation to show up.  You can download the YouVersion APP and read ANYWHERE – literally… and you can even put it in audio to listen to.  Guys, there really is no excuse.

The YouVersion APP makes it easy to read anywhere – plus they have a huge selection of incredible devotions, you may find another devotion you want to read as well.

I’d love to challenge you to join me.

If you want to join, feel free to click this link. You’ll be in a small group where we can share our takeaways as we journey together.  Don’t worry, it’s really private and no one can see you in your messy hair or pajamas!

Join Me!

Would you read the Bible Plan, 21 Days Of Grace For The Pace, with me?

CLICK HERE to join

It’s not too late to join us.  We just started this morning.  Do not let that be an excuse.

Come on… click the link and hop on over.  We are waiting to say hello… and do not worry, if you choose to just read along with us, and not comment, we totally are cool with that.

Feel free to share this with a friend, they may need the encouragement too!

Biblical Encouragement for the Overwhelmed Mom

11
Dec
2018

biblial encouragement for overwhelmed moms

It’s no mistake that you are reading this right now.

Maybe you are like me in this season, feeling rather suffocated, burdened and overwhelmed?

Perhaps your parenting toolbox is empty and you’re frustrated because you’ve raised your voice.

How about feelings of loss, family grief or just feeling like you are not doing what you should be doing or what you see others moms doing.

Take a deep breath and let me share with you a few ways I have been taking small bits of time to read what the bible has to say about all of these things.

I love the You Version Bible App.  It is perfect for a busy mom to grab at a moments notice to look up scripture, to read a quick devotional on a subject that will help you feel empowered, or to help you grab five minutes to nourish your soul.

To be quit frank with you all, the season I am in right now is exhausting, frustrating and has me feeling hopeless. So… it’s time to dig in… who is with me?

I have discovered several short devotional that have just soothed my broken soul and I wanted to share them with you.

You can find all these devotionals by downloading the APP, then click PLANS and search by key words.

Overwhelmed By My Blessings – Encouragement for Moms  (PART ONE)

This devotional has TWELVE parts – friends, this will take you through an amazing journey. Written by Robin Meadows, who has raised 7 of her own children, it will speak right to your heart.  I am currently reading PART THREE, and it is so refreshing to me.  I will be downloading her book as well, Overwhelmed By My Blessings, to dig in a bit deeper.  I love her writing and how she relates God’s word to

5 Days to Freedom from Angry Parenting 

Oh boy… this is somewhat embarrassing, especially since I am a Certified ScreamFree Parenting Leader.  OH man…. but this parenting an adopted child is HARD!  Just when you think things are going smooth – BAM!  Some new thing appears and knocks you over.  We are in a hard season, and my emotions go haywire and I lose my cool.  Anyone else here me on that?

So this devotional has been so so good!

She is Free – a 7 Day Devotional by Dani Andrews

Okay, who else struggles with lies running around in your head?  Who else needs a gentle reminder, or maybe a more liberal smack upside the head to remind us of TRUTH?!!

This devotional has been speaking to my heart….. and reminding me of what it true and what I need to focus on, even when I am feeling defeated.  This is a constant need in my life, the reminders of who Jesus is, how He loves me and how I am made perfect just the way I am.

We all need encouragement.  As busy moms who give ourselves to our family, we need filling up.  If we are not caring for our bodies and our soul, we become exhausted, frustrated and unable to be the best version of ourself.

So, pick a few devotionals to wake up to each morning.  I can tell you, I am excited to brew my french press coffee, and climb back in bed to read the bible and sip amazing coffee.  My soul is refreshed and I feel better equipped to take on the day.