Wednesday, February 17, 2016

My Everyday Miracle

Cara here bringing you today's "My Everyday Miracle". 

My miracle is a story of our church. Our family became part of a church "plant" nearly 6 years ago (*church planting is a process that results in a new local Christian church being established). We were one of six families who moved to a specific area of Boise, Idaho (not an overly desirable area but one that our pastor had deemed to have not many Christian churches and in desperate need of God's love being shown--high poverty, many single-parent homes, and many refugee families). 

We basically decided from the beginning that we didn't really need a building...that we would meet in other places that wouldn't cost much in order to save money, then we could give more back to the community. 

Our church started out worshipping in a local Community Center attached to an elementary school. We met there for nearly 4 years until the school district voted to kick us out (being that the Community Center leased from the district and they didn't like that a church was meeting there--the whole separation of church and state thing). 

After that we met in another church's Youth Center for over a year. It was smaller, but due to that church's generosity, it was free. But we started to outgrow the space and they were doing some reconstruction on the facility so the kid's rooms (and we have more kids than we do adults) were unavailable and that made it really hard. 

Our leaders realized quite quickly that things had changed and we probably needed a building. It was kind of awkward to invite people to our service when space was so tight and there was no space for kids. So they prayed for wisdom and guidance, and started looking at options. But our options were limited...despite congregation growth, we remain small and have a very limited building something new was out of the question and the other options were also expensive. Then a few months ago our pastor found out about a smaller church building for sale in our neighborhood and, by quite a miracle, also in our budget. It was not fancy, but just what we needed. After some back and forth negotiations the building has become our new meeting space--but we'll never call it "ours"---it is God's. He has just entrusted it to us!

We have only been there for a couple weeks, but already hundreds of hours have been spent cleaning and sprucing it up with paint and donated items. It has been so cool seeing the "body" come together to do what is needed and to donate their time and resources to make it such a warm, inviting space to worship together and to invite others into. 

Six years ago, when there were just six families, we had faith that we could do it, but the statistics were against us (most church plants fail, usually within a few years). Along the way, two of those "planting" families have suffered divorce. And another moved away. We were kicked out of one building, and the next grew to be less viable as time went on. It has definitely not always been easy, but we have remained faithful to our church's mission to glorify God by reaching out and showing God's love to people...and God has provided all the way through. 

This isn't what we thought we needed in the beginning, but we are blessed and thankful to God for His provision just when He knew we needed it. We will use this building to continue our mission...we'll soon be a blessing to an African refugee church body who will meet at the buildings for worship on Saturdays. 

This picture shows the sanctuary of the building after some painting and cleaning. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016



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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Word: Grace

Grace is God’s kindness and undeserved favor— 2 Corinthians 12:9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

Grace enables us to make it, no matter what.  No matter who turns against us, no matter what obstacles we face, no matter how many times we fail.  God’s incredible grace is there to pick us up, to revive lost hope, to heal broken bones, and the strengthen our weak will.  It is never inadequate, nor is it ever depleted,  It never spoils and it has no expiration date.

How do we make God’s grace a reality in our lives?  Simply by claiming the promises in His Word.  Tell Him your need.  Abandon your own efforts and trust Him to work things out.  Be sensitive to see and hear the leading of His Spirit.

His grace saves us...Ephesians 2:8-9
His grace guides and directs us...Psalm 32:8, Proverbs 3:5-6
His grace hears our cry and carries our burdens and sorrow...Psalm 145:18
His grace provides for all our needs...Philippians 4:19
His grace keeps us going...2 Corinthians 4:16
His grace never leaves us alone...Exodus 33:14

Thanks You, Lord for Your amazing grace:

(I gathered this information from the internet for a Bible Study.  I am sorry to say that I cannot remember the source.)

Monday, February 1, 2016


Wow - we are already entering the second month of our new year. Time goes by so fast these days.  I remember my childhood when I would wish to be old enough to do something my Mom would say...Stop wishing my life away.  Enjoy the time we have. When you get older you will understand why.  She was pretty wise because I certainly have felt time whizzing past me since I entered my adult life.

Today we have a layout sketch, a card challenge and a scripture for inspiration to share with you. 

I'm sure you can guess that I selected the scripture here because 
this is the month of Love.  

Happy Valentine's Day!

Scripture Inspiration
Three things will last forever -- faith, hope, and love -- 
and the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

Layout Sketch

Cara Goedeking

Paula Jennings
(sketch flipped 1/4 turn clockwise!)

Card Sketch - 

Debbie Reed

Karla Yungwirth

Alicia Redshaw

Scripture Inspiration -

Linda Harvey

Katy Taylor
Isn't this insert to Katy's organizer amazing?  
I love how she incorporated our inspirational scripture and the section she has for prayers and praises is a great way to keep track of all her blessings and answered prayers.  

And now it is your turn to share back with us the beautiful creations you have made using our inspiration for the chance to win a wonderful prize donated by Alicia from Scrapbook Fantasies

Please use the link below to share your creations with us.  Can't wait to see them!