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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Don't just fit in!


I'm over at the ministry counter at the Cafe' today talking about "fitting in verses leading".
Stop over and see me and join in the conversation!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Florida Trip, Bloopers Included

What a great trip, oh how this Michigan girl loves South Florida in March!

Before I even got out of the gate, I met a Twitter friend Lisa Lehmann aka @thebeadgirl she was also flying to Ft. Lauderdale, but I think she spent a little more time in the sun than I did :)
Check out her Twitter page and amazing jewelry on her website!
Studio Jewel by The Bead Girl

So basically I traded this:

For this:

And this:

We had such a great time! My sweet friend and ministry partner Melissa Mashburn and I drank lots of coffee while making plans for the ministry of Praise and Coffee Nights, including videos, but more on that later.

This is Jill, she is the pastor's wife at the host church for Melissa's Praise and Coffee Night. She is such a doll! She's from Michigan so completly understood my almost weeping at the beautiful weather we were sharing.

This is Melissa and I with Lisa, she traveled 3 hours to attend the Praise and Coffee Night! She even brought hubby and kids and stayed at a local hotel! She will be starting Praise and Coffee Nights in the Cocoa Beach area soon. It was so great to meet her as we've been online friends for a while.

This is Mel and I with Juliana, just one of the many women on Melissa's incredible team for Praise and Coffee Nights. Loved her! I think I need me a Juliana too!

And yes, I was the only one there without sleeves. They thought it was chilly, I was basking in the warmth.

And this is a shot of some of the girls! See them all congregating over in the corner? That's because they had the most beautiful cupcakes you've ever seen!!! AND tasted :)

And this is the shot everyone asked for...Melissa's famous back porch! It is heavenly. Wild parrots singing in the background while we visited over some cafe de'luche or something wonderful like that...from a beautiful little Argentia coffee shop.

And then there was Louie the Lizard that thought is was really funny to sneak up on me every chance he got. He looks huge in this picture. He wasn't that big. But you would have thought he was by my reaction. I'msuchagirl.

And then my husband took this of me after I was home.
Wool coat and snow on the ground. The booboo lip says it all.

It was a wonderful trip, I'm so thankful that I was able to go and visit with Melissa for 4 days. And believe it or not we actually accomplished a few things!

So many of you that want to host Praise and Coffee Nights but don't have anyone to lead, have requested videos so we made a few while I was there.

Check out our YouTube page for the "Praise and Coffee Conversations"

Feel free to show them on your computer at your Praise and Coffee Night!

They are all under 10 minutes and leave you with discussion ideas so it's super easy to host a Praise and Coffee Night now.

Just invite a few friends and plug us in!
(I tried to upload the videos to this page but after having the program crash several times and great chunks of hair pulled out of my head, I decided to just post links *insert clenched teeth smile here*)

Here is a link to the channel with all the videos: Praise and Coffee on YouTube

And here are the "BLOOPERS"
I hope the bloopers don't scare you away.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Giving Away Rebecca St. James CD's and Barista deCasa Coffee!

It's such a good thing you girls love me because I fell asleep at the wheel again and completely forgot to post the March Praise and Coffee Giveaway!

I hope you forgive me. To make it up for you, I am giving away 2 CD's this month!

AND I will extend the giveaway to March 18! That gives you plenty of time to get your comment in to enter and tell all your friends about it too!

The CD's will be Rebecca St. James latest CD "I Will Praise You"
I've always loved Rebecca so I can't wait to hear this new CD and I just know we're all going to love it, so there will be 2 different winners for these CD's!!

And then we have our awesome coffee from Barista deCasa!
I just want to give them a huge thank you for giving away coffee each month here on Praise and Coffee, they are the bees knees girls!

Have you checked them out on Facebook yet?
Here is their page: Barista deCasa

AND, don't forget to follow them on Twitter too:
Barista deCasa on Twitter

Click on the logo to go straight to their website and pick up some ah-may-zingly yummo coffee!

To enter the drawing, it's simple:
1. Leave a comment on THIS post.

2. Make sure I have a way to contact you if you win, or check back to see if you won.

3. If you have any of my blog buttons on your blog, let me know in your comment and you will be entered twice.

AND....check it out...we have some *NEW* buttons available now, update your sidebar!

4. Note: Past winners are eligible to enter again 1 year after they win.

Please tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter about the giveaway and thank you if you do!!

The drawing will be on the 18th and I'll post the winner to this post.


Ok, now that all the official business is are you girls?

What's on your heart these days?

I want to share one of my favorite verses with you, in fact it's the verse that changed my life forever when I heard it and gave my heart to the Lord.

Matthew 11:28-30
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

It was 1984 and I was a desperate and lonely teenager. These words breathed life into my soul and I've never been the same.

I pray that today, whatever you are walking through, they will be life and peace to you.


The winners are:
Terri L. won the CD and coffee of her choice from Barista deCasa
Jennifer won the 2nd Rebecca St. James CD
and Amber R. won the 1/2 lb Kona blend from Barista deCasa!!

Thanks to everyone who entered! Next contest starts April 1!!!

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