Date Night in a Jar (Mom & Me Craft)

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Create a date night jar with your kids this Valentine’s Day!

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 clean, clear glass or plastic jar & lid  (ex:  Mason jar or Peanut butter jar)
  • A white colored pencil color or piece of chalk  AND 1 or 2 chalkboard labels  (with adhesive back)
  • A variety of stickers – any kind desired, or Valentine’s Day ones
  • Twine or Ribbon to go around top of jar or around lid, and/or to tie on an extra chalkboard label
  • A variety of colored papers strips –  1” x 3”,    AND    one 4” x 4” colored piece for hanging label.

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Living Free: session 4

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Welcome to week four! You are doing great and hopefully learning a lot about God and yourself. Click here to watch this week’s video, and then join us on the Facebook page to share with one another. 

Living Free: session 3

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Can anyone else believe we are on week three? Thank you for those who have been faithful in your study and participating on Facebook. It’s been such a fun journey and we are glad to be on it with you. Click here to watch the video for week three and then jump over to facebook to keep participating. 

See You At Retreat

retreat titleTwo years ago I attended my first AAC women’s retreat. It was a wonderful experience and as the weekend came to an end I found myself already anticipating the next one. Near the conclusion of the retreat the speaker for the following year was to be announced. Having just completed Jennifer Rothschild’s Missing Pieces study, I held my breath and clenched my hands together hoping it would be her. I couldn’t believe it when they said her name! I was so excited.

Fast forward to last year. Jennifer Rothschild did not disappoint. The retreat was awesome and once again as it was coming to a close, I found myself looking forward to next year’s event. Finally, the moment arrived and the guest speaker was announced. The entire room erupted into joy and elation…and maybe even a little delirium.

Meanwhile, standing among the jubilation I found myself thinking, “Who’s Susie Larson?”

Based on the reaction in the room I quickly realized that I better find out. When I got home I did some Googling and found out that Susie Larson is a big deal! She hosts a daily radio show, her Facebook page has over 80,000 likes, and she’s written twelve books. Did you catch that? Twelve books! From her website: “Susie has a passion to see women everywhere strengthened in their faith and mobilized to live out their high call in Jesus Christ.” The more I read about her, the more excited I was to see her at retreat.

Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t matter who the speaker is, the AAC Women’s Retreat is a great event! From the beautiful setting of The Osthoff Resort in winter, to the amazing group of women from all ages and stages of life, and the meticulously planned and expertly executed retreat itinerary, you can’t go wrong making the decision to go. There’s plenty of things to do to keep you busy, yet there’s ample opportunity for down time and reflection too. If you’re considering it, I say go for it! You won’t be disappointed.

Okay, back to Susie Larson. I was super excited this past Fall when I noticed that her book Your Sacred Yes was one of the options for Women’s Bible Study. I knew it would give me a chance to get to know Susie’s style and maybe give me a glimpse of what to expect from her speaking at retreat. I’m so glad I went for it because the book was awesome! Susie describes how it’s so easy to give away our time to things not appointed by God. “We commit to something because it’s a good cause or there’s a great need. Or maybe because no one else will help out. The result? The days blur together and we find ourselves overworked and underjoyed, desperate for a faith awakening.”

I could totally relate to this because even though I may not be over-busy, the things I am busy with aren’t necessarily appointed by God. But, Your Sacred Yes goes waayy beyond helping us manage our commitments. Throughout the book, Susie gently yet boldly encourages us to see ourselves through God’s eyes. Her sincerity, warmth and passion come through strongly throughout.  I can only imagine how endearing and engaging she will be in person!

I hope to see you there!

Wendi

Living Free: session 2

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We hope that your first week of Online Bible Study went great! Hopefully you were able to go onto the Facebook page and interact with the group and get through your first week of homework. Click HERE for the link to week two video. As a reminder, you do not have to read this website, we just want you to scroll down to watch session 2 video.

Once you’ve watched the video, you can begin your homework for session two. Don’t forget to log into Facebook often and engage with the other women. This really will be an important part of the study.

We’re so glad to be on this journey with you!

Messy Faith

dawn-nature-sunset-woman2Life is complicated. Relationships are messy and I like things black and white. It’s easier to make judgments and find solutions that way. I especially want this when it comes to faith and living it out.  

But the story of Naomi and Ruth reminds me that our faith can sometimes be rather ambiguous.  

The Biblical book about Naomi and Ruth is actually called Ruth. Her story has the distinction of being one out of only two books in the Bible named after women (the other one being Esther.)

Ruth is a superhero of the faith as she fights for redemption and lets nothing stop her. Naomi is her mother-in-law who reflects back on her life and believes God has abandoned her. Naomi’s plans for her life and family did not turn out the way she had hoped and she becomes bitter.

Yet to her credit, Naomi seems to have enough faith left to return to the Promised Land. And she shows immense compassion and strength toward her daughters-in-law (Ruth being one of them) even in the midst of her own pain and sorrow. I would say Naomi has “messy” faith. On the one hand she seeks God, takes a step forward, and on the other hand she also doubts, taking a few steps back. [Read more…]

Living Free: session 1

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Welcome to the first official day of Bible study! We are glad that you can join us! There are almost 100 of you, which is very exciting! If you have not been added to the private Facebook page yet, please email trogers@appletonalliance.org and we will get you added to that page. 

The first step is to watch a short video by Beth Moore. Click HERE to watch the video (you will have to scroll down to get to the video- and you don’t have to read the other information on the page). The first session is 10:28 long. Once you’ve watched the video, begin your homework. Try to complete week one by next Thursday, Jan. 28. 

 
As you work through week one homework, go to the Facebook group and answer the questions listed. Feel free to interact with other ladies. Ask questions and make comments. We want this to be as interactive as possible. 
 
Next week Thursday, Jan. 28, we will post the second video to this same page.

A Crazy Challenge (for moms)

bagmomSo I did something crazy last year.
 
Okay maybe not crazy in the unbelievable sense, but crazy for me. You see, I became a mother over 13 years ago and suddenly it was no longer about me. My thoughts and actions were consumed with caring for this precious treasure from heaven. I love being a mom. Although I am not always good at it and many days my list of failures far outnumber the successes, I know that this is what God is calling me to do right now.
 
I don’t know exactly when it happened. But I realize how important it is now. I realized it last year when I attended AAC’s Women’s Retreat. I actually went away! And I left the kids with dad!!!! Yes, I was a lunatic. I had crazy dreams that I was killed in a car crash, that my children would run around screaming naked and unkempt (because that NEVER happens on my watch), that my daughter would get sick or wake up and wouldn’t be heard or that they would be living on frozen pizzas.
 
But do you know what happened? Dad was sending me pictures of all the fun they were having. They built tents and made ice cream sundaes. My daughter was great and all smiles. But the best part? Leaving for just a few days showed me that the kids needed their dad. Yes they needed him before too, but because I was always there I was the one they first came to. My leaving allowed them to rely on him. And I want them to rely on him.
 
And so back to the crazy. I challenge you to be just as crazy this year! As for your family, they will be okay without you for a while. My hubby had my back. And I got to bask in a few days of adult conversation without having to wipe a bum.
 
I am better for it.
 
You will be better for it.
 
Be blessed my friends and take a little time for you!
 
Want to do something crazy? Sign up here for our Women’s Retreat, February 26-28!
 

Mindy

Making amends with your mirror

red-woman-girl-brown2Philippians 2:14-15 Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.  

This verse was not designed to get our children to clean their rooms or for Personal Trainers to get clients to eat broccoli and run. It may be of use in these contexts and I would be lying if I didn’t admit to using it in similar circumstances, but I think this verse could change our lives if we applied it to our morning routines.

Have you stood in front of a mirror and complained? Have you stepped on a scale and complained?  Have you looked at the woman next to you and complained? Have you thought I don’t measure up, or I measure too much? Do you think if only just 10 pounds? If only my hair….?   [Read more…]

Living Free: a 6 week online study

LivingFreeWe have exciting news! We are about to launch our first ever online Bible Study. The goal is to help keep you connected and to build relationships over the next two months. Here’s what you need to know if you want to get involved:

1. We will be going through the Bible Study “Living Free” By Beth Moore
 
2. It’s a 6 week study: Jan. 21- Feb. 25 from the comfort of your own living room! Just do the homework at home and go online to participate 
 
3. You will need to go online and purchase the member book at either Amazon or another bookstore yourself. Here is the ISBN number: 143004330X
 
4. Each Thursday we will post a short video and some questions right here on Haven Help Us! You’ll find all this on our Featured Tab. Watch for further details on our site.
 
5. You will have the opportunity to discuss and interact with other women in the study within our private Facebook group
 
6. If you plan to join us, feel free to leave a comment on this post! We would love to hear from you.
 
7. Enjoy!
 
Looking forward to this new adventure together. :)