M&M’s

I was blessed with the responsibility of stocking food for our food bank at church. I spent lots of time contacting local grocers about picking up damaged cans, leftover bread or anything else they would donate. It was exciting for me to gather resources from within our community to help people in our community. I registered our food bank with http://www.ampleharvest.org to take in produce from local gardeners as well.
Once a month I would order food items from the Food Bank of the Rockies. What they offer varies from month to month and it took a considerable amount of time to learn to ‘shop’ online for groceries. There are so many size choices that we take for granted when we are looking at products in a store, that to compute those sizes in online ordering was a challenge.
We were gearing up for our annual fall festival and the Food Bank of the Rockies had soda pop and candy available to purchase. These are items that we use a lot of for the festival so I calculated closely and placed an order for some soda and candy after the needed food had been ordered. Each month they would send this food to a central meeting point and I would pick it up. I would then drive it to the church and stock the pantry. This month I was unable to meet with the delivery truck and our Pastor said he would take care of it for me.
My phone rang and when I answered it, Pastor Reeves in a calm, but stern voice asked, “Why am I picking up a pallet of M&M’s?” I said you are not! I ordered some M&M’s for the Fall Festival but only 30 pounds. He says, “No, there is 1 pallet of food and 1 pallet of M&M’s.” I was confused and helped make arrangements for the second pallet to get picked up. Upon arriving at home later that evening where I could begin tracking down what went wrong, I found the error.
When I was ordering I ‘read’ 3.1 lb bags of Mini M&M’s. Upon investigation 3.1 was really 31 lb bags of M&M’s! Oh my! Instead of 10 three lb bags we received 10 30 pound bags of mini M&M’s! I called Pastor and explained my error. I offered to pay for the error. The next day I made an appointment with my eye doctor. I had been putting it off for a very long time!
I had gotten new glasses 10 years earlier when I was 39 years old. At the time my eye doctor told me I needed bifocals. I assured him at 39 years old I was not old enough for bifocals. He chuckled and told me to come back when I was tired of not being able to read. Ten years later I made that appointment. I went in and he did all the tests. He gave me a new prescription and I went out to the frame section of his store. I picked out new frames and the kind lady told me they would call me when my glasses were ready. Less than a week later I received the call that my glasses were ready and I went in to pick them up.
I sat in front of her as she placed them on my face and adjusted them to fit my nose and ears. She began explaining to me how to use TRI-FOCALS! I said oh no, these aren’t tri-focals they are only bifocals. The Doctor walked up behind me, patted me on the shoulder and said, “I know you are NOT old enough for tri-focals, BUT YOUR EYES ARE!”
I returned to church that next Sunday wearing my new glasses. So far they have fixed lots of issues I was having with my eyesight. But most importantly we have NEVER had another PALLET of M&M’s!

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I’m not a liar but Facebook sure is.

Fieleke Front Porch

I have some confessions about pictures I pulled from my Facebook feed…

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In this picture, what you see ismy sweet Ru & I, snuggled up happy as can be. What you don’t see is that my best friend was in town visiting me taking care of me because I really hate it when Josh travels for work for a week and I have to hold down the fort with a 2 & 4 year old.

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In this picture, what you see are the cutest little girls ever with their beaming proud Momma. What you can’t see is that this was the day after our social worker told us it will probably be a long wait to adopt a baby, longer than we hoped, and I was still processing and grieving that news.

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Putting my trust in God

Putting my trust in God by Rebecca Maloney
Psalms 34: 17-20
17The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
18The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.

Our family has been having trials that have left me teary eyed and leaning on our church family. From a worldly perspective I want to yell, this isn’t fair. I don’t deserve this. Stop picking on me! But truthfully I am a sinner who deserves death. Eternal death. Thankfully we have a Savior who did not want me or you to suffer Eternal death so he came, lived, died and was risen so that we may never suffer anything as horrific as Eternal death.
As we walk thru this human experience in our spiritual life we will suffer things that are not fair. We will also experience great joy. We will go through this journey with highs and lows. God does hear our cries! He does respond to them. I have a huge testimony of recently answered prayer. I cried to God and He brought about my husband becoming sober again! He gave me the words and love to move Mike to decisive action that builds and does not tear down. I know we are on the right path because Satan turned up the heat.
I have a new prayer for God to answer. I trust that He will. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
With God on our side Satan can not win! Satan has lots of practice at trying to knock us off our paths towards God- But I for one REFUSE to fall away. I am doing my best to MARCH ON Christian Soldier to Victory in Jesus.

Making Lemonade out of Lemons

Making Lemonade out of Lemons by Rebecca Maloney
This has been quite a week for our church family. Along with the normal everyday life that keeps us busier than cats on hot tin roofs one of our sisters fell ill. Our sweet Edie Goldman suffered a minor stroke or a TIA on Monday. Luckily she was having breakfast at her favorite spot, Base Camp Café and those amazing ladies called an ambulance and Michelle even rode to the hospital with her.
She did everything asked of her at the hospital and they continued to bring her broth for food so she decided she was coming home. I had brought her clean clothes and she was getting herself dressed. She said Becky I need your help with these jeans. I knelt down and began buttoning up her 501 jeans. They were tight. By the second button I am contemplating how to convince her it isn’t healthy to wear anything this tight. At the third button I say Edie are all your jeans this tight? Thinking Edie, you are going to have to lay down flat for me to get these buttoned. I look up into her sweet eyes which are looking back at me with a ‘REALLY?’ gleam. Then her sweet soft voice says, No I think you got the ones I had outgrown. Oh my stars! That makes perfect sense. Relief I don’t have to pry her into her jeans any more and more resolve to learn where she puts things in her home! She happily signed the YES I know I am leaving against medical advice and off to home we came. The hospital Doctor demanded an in home evaluation to make sure Edie is safe. Being a widow with no family the concern was no one would even know if she fell over a cord until it was too late.
So I insisted Edie let me stay with her and help get her home in order for this evaluation. She was happy to agree. We then talked about letting others help because we had very little time. When Edie agreed the sky opened up with angels who have poured love, energy and elbow grease to a massive undertaking. I know how I feel about Edie, she is and always will be near and dear to me. All of these other amazing people in her life have showed me that I am not the only one who knows Edie Goldman is the kindest, most sincere person I have ever met.
Tonight after having dinner with Edie, I thanked her for putting up with me and letting us get this done. Although she cannot yet smile with her mouth I saw the smirk in her eyes as she said, “I have decided you have a fetish for vacuuming and JoLynn has a fetish for laundry!” I began laughing and said back to her- Hey we are supposed to be figuring things out about you- not you figuring us out! She is right- I am happy with a vacuum running and picking up dust. JoLynn is happy washing, drying and folding! I warned these amazing ladies I was sharing Edie’s’ precious, fun sense of humor doing her best to make lemonade out of the lemons in her life this week.

You are Worthy!

You are worthy! By Rebecca Maloney
The devil has been whispering his lies into my thoughts most of this entire month. We are enjoying a series of preaching this month on our worthiness from our Minister Jon Phillips. It seems each week as Jon has been adding to our worthiness in God’s eyes that the devil has been trying to strip away that worthiness.
I’ve heard this little voice say, ‘He left you out on purpose’, ‘She did that just to make you look bad’, ‘He was laughing AT you’. I am usually strong enough to take each of those thoughts captive and send them back to hell where they came from. This week has shaken me though. I have found myself more than once beginning to think, ‘You are right, I am not good enough.’ ‘I know, yes you are right- I CAN’T do it’.
I am blessed and know our Savior. He is there to cheer us on and lift us away from the lies of the enemy! Sometimes it is hard to find His truth in all the deception that satan throws our direction. I am here to encourage each of you to rest with our Savior and listen for His truth in each of our lives.
As Jon has been teaching us this month, I am worthy. God does not see me through my shortcomings or the way the world tries to say I appear. God sees you and me through His sons love for us which only shines and never lets us down.
Grab God’s truth today and hold fast. God LOVES me! Grab those ugly thoughts and throw them away! God does not see us like that, do NOT allow satan to rule in our thoughts of ourselves or how we perceive what is happening around us!
Repeat after me: I AM WORTHY! GOD LOVES ME! I AM GOOD ENOUGH!