CALLING 40 CHURCHES FOR 40 DAYS!

It’s not just about the woman carrying a baby in her womb, trying to decide whether to keep her baby….

It’s not just about the woman in crisis, young, single, older, married…

It’s not just about one denomination of faith fighting for a voice….

Life: it’s about….

The woman and the man realizing that when life is within them there is a responsibility, there is a gift, there is a grace…

It’s about taking that fear, that concern, that worry, and trusting our Lord to walk with us and to remind us to hold our heads high even when we have fallen.

It is about many voices united together no matter color, creed, and walk of life. Each church is a part of an amazing body. What better way to become one voice than through prayer and fasting for life…love…liberty…

I think about how there is always a war, fighting all around us; between countries, cultures, religions.  Wouldn’t it be awesome to defeat this culture of death, culture of war, culture of fighting within?

Ah…but, we can!!!!

By uniting and fighting together with one voice for the one true body. 

We have the opportunity as the many parts of this one body to unite even stronger for 40 days at 40 different churches in our area; to stand up and pray together for…life…love…liberty!

September 24-November 2 is the annual 40 DAYS.  Let us not only unite in our prayers, voices, and love, but let us unite as one Church. One Church that has many parts that all leads us back to the same Savior.  


The One who breathes life within us.
The One who loveswith no end.
The One who teaches liberty is true freedom.

Is your church willing to stand up for life…love…liberty?

Contact  Respect Life Ministries: Amarillo  for further information on how to join this amazing battle.  Join in to be one voice….with our swords, our armor, and our love for Christ.  United for 40 days 40 churches can pray and fast for life…love..and libertyand fulfill our destiny by being the many parts of the one body!

FAMILY FEASTING AND FELLOWSHIP ON FRIDAY!

Over the course of almost 20 years of marriage I have really enjoyed experimenting with food!  I have not been afraid to do weird things, concoctions, for the sake of “let’s try it!”

Not all have been huge hits.  Heck my dad was pretty convinced I would kill my husband in our first year of marriage of malnourishment.

I will be the first to admit not all my concoctions are great.  Some are down right weird, and need to be chucked or something.   But the stubborn side of me won’t give up on trying to create tasty treats for my family.  And the thrifty side in me won’t just throw something away just because it didn’t turn out exactly the way I would like it to be.  The handy thing is lots of recipes that are flops do have the potential of becoming something else if we can just think outside of the box!  At the very least…compost!

In my pursuit to nourish my wonderful Frick family in the way I have been learning over the last 4 years: whole, real, hunter-gatherer kind of eating… it has been fun, frustrating, interesting, challenging….and JOYOUS!

Do I get my feelings hurt when they don’t like something: yes!  But, I imagine all great chefs have critics and they didn’t just make the great souffle in one time.  It took experimentation, trial and error, persistence, and a thick skin!  Joseph didn’t let being thrown into the pit keep him down!

Persistence….I have lots of.  I actually don’t have much of a choice.  You see, especially when it comes to baking, I have never been good at following the instructions, directions.  Hence why quite a bit of my stuff has flopped.  But as I have learned more and more about herbs, seasonings, spices, real food, flavors….foods of cultures….and SUPER FOOD benefits…..I am actually understanding and loving the science behind why, for example, with baking, things need to be a particular way!

Once I was able to grasp the true science, chemical reaction and why, behind baking, then I was able to truly start tweaking and experimenting.  And have many more hits versus misses!

My largest challenge of recent is wanting my wonderful family to receive all the great benefits of some of the superfoods and nutrient dense things that I know they won’t just eat like I eat.

I have found and tweaked recipes to ensure they get more coconut oil, by making them “fudge bites”.   Using bone broth when I cook up their eggs.  Actually any recipe that asks for water, instead I use bone broth; baked goods I use coconut water or milk instead of plain water.

Food should be something we celebrate with as a family not fight about!  It should be something that nourishes us: mind, body, and soul!  And that I truly believe.

Thus the pursuit and birth of TASTY TUESDAYS!

I desire to share with anyone who is interested….a few recipes, food thoughts, nutritional tidbits a couple times a month on Tuesdays!  Heck I might even be able to build myself up to doing it every week :)!

I will leave you with my first treat that was a huge hit in my home.  Some may not agree with my ingredient choices.  But again I have to compromise and creating something that will create love and harmony in the home rather than friction and division!

POWER PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN FUDGE!

FAIRYTALES ON FRIDAY?!

OR…

FOR EVER AND EVER..AMEN!…ON FRIDAY!


Once upon a time a young lady lived in a land full of beautiful hills and amazing peace.  
She was in love; or so she believed.  She and this boy came from such different back grounds, different lifestyles, and different beliefs.  Yet, this did not stop her from loving him.  Wanting to please him, and be there for him.
She was heartbroken when he had to leave the peaceful land for a noisier place.  She vowed to visit him soon.  She kept to her promise.  She ventured to the noisy, darker land to see her love.  That is when things went very wrong.  Her love, during that visit, was abused.  Her trust was broken.  Her innocence was stolen.  She came home to the beauty of her land: confused, hurt, and deeply scarred.  Her land didn’t seem beautiful anymore.
She began to doubt simple truths in life.  She began to doubt even herself.  Her ability to understand dark from light, good from bad, right from wrong.  After all, she pondered, if she could allow such darkness to take over, surely she mustn’t be all that bright of a light.
You see, when darkness took place that fateful day, it wasn’t the obvious, insidious kind of evil we all know to stay away from.  IT was the kind that lures us.  The kind that slowly boils and you never realize it has taken hold of you until at the moment you see it and you are so confused.  
She knew and knows this young man was not evil; he did not intend evil, but he allowed his wants to overtake him and evil to influence his mind, to take what was not his.  To steal a gift that wasn’t his to take.  
Over the years the young woman has reflected and realized maybe, just maybe, (at least in her case, her situation) she wasn’t so clear.  Maybe just maybe her no wasn’t loud enough, wasn’t out loud, wasn’t strong, wasn’t there.  What if….
BUT…NONE OF THAT MATTERS….that is the true gift she has learned.  It truly doesn’t matter.  She may not be clear of the events of that day but it will not be her prison.  It will not be her darkness.  The past is the past and she will not let darkness cloud her love for life.  She knows in her heart, that boy, a man now, never intended to hurt her so deeply, to rip her spirit.  He was motivated by a selfish, fleshly want, and allowed himself to not be led by the Holy Spirit.  And she was motivated by pleasing and fear of rejection.
This young lady took years to unravel the web of darkness; to shed light on this darkness; to feel worthy of being loved.  In the midst of her unraveling and healing a rogue knight came into her life.  He was rough around the edges but she saw a glimmer of internal light he wasn’t even aware of.
He helped her melt away the confusion, the pain, the fear, the hurt, the darkness.  Yet, each year she still felt a cloud engulfing her during a particular time, a particular month, a particular day.
Then one year, on that dark memory of a day, she discovered an amethyst.  Some may find this an ordinary gem, but she knew this gem would shine brighter than any she had ever seen.  God presented this beautiful amazing gift to her to replace the dark cloud of those memories.  He wanted to erase that dark day, those feelings…with light, with a reminder that HE loves her!  That she is beautiful.  From evil and darkness, God CAN conquer!  Purity can arise, can outshine and replace the dark.
That is exactly what this beautiful amethyst did.  Each year that passed by, this precious gem grew, got brighter; the darkness became smaller and less important.
One Year, the amethyst turned colors to a glorious Ruby.  That Ruby lasted about 5 years. It was a deep, passionate reminder how Christ shed His blood for us because he LOVES US.  She IS worthy of love.  She IS amazing.
Then, one year that ruby turned into the most brilliant deep sapphire.  It radiated, glowed, sparkled and shone with such brilliance, there was no room for darkness to reside any more.
It created a space in the woman’s heart to realize she not only forgave that boy of past, but there was room for him in her heart to love him, to pray for him.  She prayed he was having as beautiful and blessed of a life as she was.  She truly loved him.  Loved him for, also, being a child of God.
That sapphire continues to shine even brighter each year.  That sapphire is a reminder of Mary’s purity, a reminder of Joseph’s silent strength, of Jesus’ pure sacrifice and undying love.  And a glorious reminder of God’s forever mercy and grace.
This story is truly a story of FAITH HOPE AND LOVE.
LOVE….I do love my life!!!
I adore my knight!  He surrounds me with security, trust, and peace!
My sapphire is the most amazing gem.  I can’t help but feel my breath get caught in my throat every time I look at her.
How and why God felt me worthy to be trusted with such a precious gift, I do not know, I do not question.  
I simply say:  THANK YOU, LORD….I LOVE YOU, LORD!
I love, laugh, and live with abundance of joy and light!
I know that shame lives in darkness.  Satan wants us to live in shame, fear, regret, guilt.
BUT…
CHRIST IS LIGHT!!!! 
We must choose to step away from the darkness into the light.  Because that light is so glorious, so warm, so inviting.  
THE LIGHT wants us to feel nothing but:
LOVE…
FORGIVENESS…
HOPE…
PEACE…

HIM!!!

Thursday’s Thoughts: Easter…Heaven is for Real…Columbine…

I was reflecting the other day as I was watching this amazing eye opening movie about the education system.  It dawned on me: Easter this year is 15 years of the Columbine massacre.  The pain, the sorrow, these parents must have felt and probably still feel.  Yet, maybe just maybe some of them can see the hope, the joy, past their pain of having the anniversary on Easter.  Another way, opportunity to continue to heal, to seek out God; to know God is always there for us.

I don’t say this as contrite, or light, I don’t say this passively…I say this from experience.

God has lined up dates and numbers for me, my whole life.  I think He does this for everyone, but not every one see the correlation, or remembers things the same way I do.

I remember reading HEAVEN IS FOR REAL a little over 3 years ago.  It was right before I discovered I was pregnant: a miracle…no really for us it was!  It had been 7 years since our daughter’s birth.  A miscarriage when she was about 18 months and at 4 years of age finding peace that we would nurture our one egg in the basket and love every moment we have with her.

Thus, once the shock had worn off we discovered: WOW!

Twelve weeks later I lay in a doctors office watching a nurse becoming uncomfortable.  She fidgeted and tried to say the equipment must not be working.  She sends me to the sono-tech.  As I lay on that table even more vulnerable the tech looks at the monitor.  She looks at me.  There was a pause.  The only sounds we hear in the room are the scratching sounds of the machine as she moves and presses the gadget against my belly desperately trying to hear something.  Nothing.

She simply asks me how far along I was.  I respond 12 weeks.  She proceeds to show me the measurement of my beautiful baby Sam.  She points out the size.  This baby is only the size of 10 weeks.  And the silence is understood.  No whomp whomp whomp because, there was no heart beat.  She struggled to tell me what I already knew in my heart.  Something I had already known in my heart for sometime but kept it inside.

We walk back to the exam room for me to wait for the doctor.  In the midst of all the silence, numbness, I hear, “Maybe we will hear the heart beat next appointment.”   I look over and smile and hold my beautiful amazing little girl and simply say, “No sweet girl, the heart beat is now with God.”

The following day was my D&C.  I remember sitting in the waiting room thinking, “Lord I trust you, I love you, but why this date.  Why April fools!  I will never be able to find laughter, joy on this day again.”

I felt I would never be able to experience the fun of this day with as much zeal as past. Yet, I knew and  I have learned from past experiences that I can find great joy in any and all circumstances, just as Joseph did from the old testament.  Joy of circumstances I have taken to heart, but I also understand the difference between joy and happiness.   Happiness is a feeling, joy is a state of being, an attitude.  I wasn’t sure I could ever feel anything on April 1st ever again.

Then…

The 1st anniversary was Palm Sunday!  Wow!  Talk about powerful and healing.  I cried my heart out.  I FELT EVERYTHING! The Passion…the Gospel…the death…the upcoming RESURRECTION!  

I felt free!

The 2nd anniversary was Easter weekend.  We became god-parents to some wonderful family friends for their 2 beautiful children.  Thus, out of darkness there was great light!

I have many more stories just like this one.  Of dates lining up.  Of great light…great hope…great renewal…amazing redemption of a date that once upon a time stood in darkness.  

Darkness turned to light:  my daughters birth!
Darkness turned to light: her baptism date!
Darkness turned to light: my baby Sam’s death!
Darkness turned to light: the list goes on and on and on….

I find it amazing and beautiful that God inspired me to read “heaven is for Real” before my loss.  It was like a foreshadowing that created a calm, a peace within.

I DO NOT DOUBT HIS AMAZING LOVE!

Now, this amazing book has been put into film, I rejoice in getting to experience it and further heal, reflect and grow from my loss of Sam.

Therefore, as I reflected on the fact that Columbine’s anniversary is Easter, my prayer has been for all these parents who are still deeply, darkly in pain and sorrow…..May this Easter be a Resurrection for them.  May their darkness of that day of evil be brought into the amazing light of Christs Resurrection.

May they resurrect the memory of a date full of darkness into a date now full of blinding, amazing light of….

HOPE
JOY
PEACE
TRUST
FAITH…

I have found sharing my life with anyone who wants to hear, read, is about sharing my love…
remembering ripples can be ripping or radiant!  

My prayer is to spread radiant ripples through my love of life….love for all of you!

My thoughts and prayers to all of you out there always!
~K 🙂

***sneak peek…tomorrow’s post…Forgiveness on Friday: Broken…mirrors…shattered…images…

Daniel Fast: Day 12

1 DAY TIL CHRISTMAS!

Today we offer up this fast for…

For those who need forgiveness…to give and receive…

to feel the amazing power of this powerful act of truly…


LETTING GO AND LETTING GOD!

We Pray:

1 Lords Prayer
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be

Silently add any other intentions!

Spend about 5-10 minutes with the Lord!

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