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Loving the Majesty of God

Thursday, September 06, 2012

You should be advised that this blog is not about diet or fitness but it is about life. I recently started a new blog site that you can check out if you would like; it's called Loving the Majesty of God.


The first blog is this:

Thank you for checking out our new blog. I’m not a writer by nature and therefore never had a desire to have my own blog; however, it has been something that God has been speaking to me about doing. Being the faithful servant that I am, I checked and double checked for the past month to see if this is something He really wanted me to do because I know there must surely be those who are more qualified than I. God reminded me however, that He often calls those who do not consider themselves worthy in order that His name may be glorified. It’s easy to walk in our own path and desires but when He calls us to do something that takes us out of our comfort zone, we must rely completely on Him.

In that same way, God has called Denver and I to go to South Sudan this February. Last summer, God had placed it on my heart to go to the orphanage in Yei, South Sudan, but I tried to explain to Him that there was just no way Denver was ever going to go to Africa. I reminded Him how much Denver dislikes snakes and heat, and that of course Denver would never let me go without him. God continued to speak to my heart about going and so again, I explained that if He wanted Denver go to, He would need to tell him because I wasn’t telling him. Thank you Father for being so patient and understand with me.

Last December, Denver had a heart attack and although God did not cause him to have a heart attack, He did bring him through it a change man. The doctors put a stent in his heart, but God gave him a new heart that day; a heart for His people. Together we began to study His word more intently and He began to speak to us about loving people. His word directs us over and over again to love our neighbor and yet we so easily dismiss it. One day when we were watching a Christian gospel program, as they sang of Gods majesty, they showed beautiful scenes from Alaska and then they went to the crowd instead. Denver thought, show me some more of the majesty, but God spoke to him and said: I am.

Over the months that followed we felt God was calling us for a greater purpose; to love His majesty. On May 14th, I walked to the mailbox to find a single envelope in the box and words can not really describe what I felt and how I knew but I carried that envelope back with a joy of knowing there was something special in there; somehow knowing this was Gods answer. I placed the envelope on Denver’s chair where I always leave the mail, and I waited. Denver explained to me later that he was going to throw the letter away because he thought it was the monthly newsletter that we get from Harvesters Reaching the Nations and he already gets that online so he didn’t think he needed to open it but because I distracted him with some sort of conversation, he opened the envelope before he even realized that he did. Inside were three very special letters from the three children that we sponsor at the orphanage. Denver read them out loud in order to share with me; the first two were wonderful letters from the children but it was the third that melted our hearts. This letter was from Oliver Duku. It started out Dear Denver and Stacey (we were surprised that Oliver had addressed us by name); it continued; I pray for you. Wow, we knew there was genuineness in that statement. This precious boy in an orphanage from the other side of the world was praying for us. Oliver went on to tell us a little bit about himself and then stated: I love you. I don’t think those three words every hit me the same as they did that day. This little boy, who knew me by name, loves me and prays for me. Then there were the words that completely and total transformed our world: I hope you will come visit me, and in that moment Denver and I both said “We Will”. James tells us in chapter 2:5 “Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?” Oliver had so much love and faith that we could not imagine anything but going to him and saying, here we are and we love you too. It is amazing how God worked through a child to ask Denver to do what I was unwilling to ask him. We quickly began making arrangements to visit in February and March 2013.

Since that day in May that will forever remain significant in my mind, Denver and I have been asked by God and Harvesters to consider a mission for long term involvement there.

We are honored to have you follow our journey, Oliver’s journey, and the journey of Harvesters Reaching the Nations

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GEMS007 9/13/2012 10:34PM

    What a fabulous calling! We will be praying for you as you begin this newest journey in life.

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JANICEMC 9/11/2012 12:35PM

    Wow Stacey. What a calling. Yes, keep us posted. You will be covered in prayer for this trip. God is Good!

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MA_DIDDLES 9/7/2012 3:20PM

    This is a begining to an amazing story and an adventure. Please keep us posted as the adventure unfolds.
I am already touched by this story, being the child is named Oliver. And more so because God is involved. Prayers and Blessing to you. Ma

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LYNETTEMOM 9/7/2012 12:52AM

    wow, how interesting. I know it will be an amazing adventure

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ANGELEYES328 9/6/2012 11:30PM

    That is amazing. God does work in wondrous ways. I will add prayers for your journey. Thank you for sharing.

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KAREN42BOYS 9/6/2012 10:05PM

    What an amazing story and wonderful adventure to come!

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God blessed me, now it's up to me

Saturday, November 12, 2011

On one of the spark teams that I am on, we were challenge this week to make a list of our reasons for being motivated to be fit and healthy. If you aren't part of the team, I still suggest that you take the time to make a list for yourself. I think it is great reminder with the holidays approaching.

Many years ago I broke my back sky diving. Actually it is what they call a compression fracture. To help you understand what that is, I'm including a photo, although this photo is not of my spine. Mine looks mostly like example C.
(yes the parachute opened but I had a very bad landing through trees and barbwire fences that caused me to land on my but rather than my feet)

Basically the bones shattered in little pieces but then heal back together in a new shape

I am thankful for the grace of God and that He allowed my back to heal and for me to continue to walk and lead a very active life. Throughout the years, I've had x-rays or ct scans for various reasons and the doctors always come back amazed at the extent of the injury and that I don't have more problems than I do. I've been told that the vertebrae is so close to the spinal cord that if I allow myself to get out of shape that I may loose the feeling in my legs. On a couple of occasions I stood to walk and had my legs give out underneath me. That hasn't happened since I've joined sparks and began strength training.

I do not spend every day worrying about it because I know that God is in control of all things, but it is also up to us to do something with what He has given us. For that reason, I am committed to stay strong and fit and live the life that He has given me.

Oh it does slow me down some and there are things that leave me in more pain at the end of the day than others, but I am blessed.

This is my main reason for staying healthy and fit

I carried that pack to the top of that mountain; all 60 pounds of it.

These times with my family are precious

If I couldn't walk, playing with these grand kids just wouldn't be the same

Really, what more motivation do I need but if that isn't enough to keep anyone going then there are these:

2. Last week my husband said to me "you sure are looking hot". Oh yes, everyone wants their husband to think they look amazing.

3. There are all the other health reasons. My family has a long history of diabetes and heart disease. I would really like to skip all those medications when I get older.

4. There is this gorgeous dress that I bought for my husbands yearly award banquet. I didn't get to wear it because my grandma passed away and so I missed the banquet but I would love to wear it this March for the next conference.

I will wear it!! We will dance!!! and I will "hot"!!!!

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DARA52 12/31/2011 6:31PM

    You are an inspiration! How is the house building going?

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JANICEMC 11/12/2011 7:02PM

    Wow: Great story Stacey. I had no idea. Thanks for posting and sharing your reasons and pictures. Nice. You already look "hot" by the way. Thanks for inspiring us.

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EBEAMS 11/12/2011 6:33PM

    You inspired me to be better, to stay motivated and to continue to move forward ... You go, "hot" mama ... I'm behind you all the way!

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ANNERBEES 11/12/2011 6:23PM

    Wow Stacy I didn't know that you had broken your back! Love your blog and reasons to stay fit! You sure have been blessed! Great pics too!! emoticon

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KAREN42BOYS 11/12/2011 5:53PM

    Great post. I loved seeing the series of you out there living the life you want! You are such an adventurer!

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Scripture quilt

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Just a quick blog today so that I can post a couple pictures of the quilt I made for my daughter to take off to college with her this fall. It is a scripture quilt. Different family members choose either a favorite bible verse or a verse that they feel like is a good reminder to her.
She loved it.

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AKSTACEY70 9/27/2012 10:53PM

    I used a pattern for the quilt portion and the verses were choosen by family members

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QUILTERGAL4 9/27/2012 10:50PM

  Did you use a pattern or did you make this pattern yourself?

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HAPPY92003 11/28/2011 5:28PM

    That is beautiful! I love the idea and the colors are perfect!

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LESLEYMTN 10/17/2011 4:26PM

    This is AWESOME! What a wonderful idea. I wish I was crafty enough to make one. My 11 year olds favorite scripture right now is Joshua 1:9 he wears it on his eye black for football games.

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PSALM22 9/5/2011 12:57PM

    What a neat present!

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    What a beautiful & inspiring quilt! emoticon

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EBEAMS 6/18/2011 8:12PM

    Oh Stacey ... you are a very, very gifted quilter! And what a great idea! Wow ... I am hugely impressed! Nice job and wow ... what a great way to wrap your child up in the love of Jesus as you send her out on her own. That is just awesome!

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KAREN42BOYS 6/17/2011 11:57AM

    What a beautiful gift to surround her with your family's love.

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ECHOBLUE1 6/17/2011 11:18AM

    PERFECT ! ! ! ! Great work. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAULASTRAS 6/13/2011 12:13PM

    glad i didn't miss this.....how beautiful........she will treasure this gift forever.....having sweet memories of her mom....scripture verses to read, before she turns the light out....you are a lady of many talents, how did you ever find the time? i love it, congradulations on finishing it, sharing it....can see many hours here.

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love and hugs, paula

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ANNERBEES 6/9/2011 11:34PM

    Oh my goodness I LOVE this!!!! What a great idea and it turned out beautiful!!!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 6/8/2011 1:03AM

    emoticonWhat a beautiful Gift,she will cherish forever! Thank you for sharing,lovely! emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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IMREITE 6/8/2011 12:26AM

    what a great idea. also a way to get inspired before bed and when waking up.

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NANCYBFULLER 6/7/2011 6:07PM

    How beautiful and what a wonderful idea!

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What: White breat has gluten?

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Although this is not the first gluten free week in our home, it is the first week that my husband was aware that we were gluten free (see previous blogs for clarification) so I thought I would give you an update about how it went.

There were moments I wanted to laugh (but controlled myself) and moments I wanted to give up or just scream. Although my husband has agreed to do this, at this point he still thinks I've lost my mind and that I haven't a clue what I'm talking about. He still also has no idea what has gluten in it and what doesn't.

I went to severe him some lunch and really the cupboards were bare and I wouldn't be making a trip to town for another week so I'd have to be creative on what to feed him, so I decided on some BLT wraps with of course the lettuce serving as the wrap. As I was explaining to him what we were having his statement to me was "what, don't tell me I can't have white bread, I know I can't have wheat, but I can still have white bread". This is the moment I wanted to laugh because he was so serious but I knew laughing wasn't going to be my most productive response so instead I this is what I said: well, you can't have the white bread you buy at the store but I have some great news for you. You know that home made bread that I've been making that you like so much? You can have that. It is made with special flours that are gluten free. So really this means you are just going to have fresh homemade bread instead". Then I explained that unfortunately I was out until our next trip to town (It's a two hour drive to get to the store so we don't just stop by when we are out of something). To this he smiled and although found his wraps less than satisfying he was content in knowing there would be bread soon.

Then on Saturday he took our son to a trap shoot for the day and I knew this was not going to be the best thing since I wouldn't be there to help him. Sure enough they had chili with crackers. My son tried to explain to him that he shouldn't eat that and he was sure they would be fine. After all, they were just white oyster crackers. Just the little ones. Saturday he found himself in so much pain he could barely stand it.

Sunday was a good day and he felt wonderful...except for the fact that our son sunk the four wheeler into a creak near by but that's a different story.

Then on Monday he was miserable again. After further evaluation, I'm pretty sure it was the sausage links that he had at breakfast. The sad part was that because of this he decided he could not take the pain any longer and called the surgeon and set up an appointment for Tuesday.

So yesterday we took our first trip to town trying to make gluten free choices. This was very frustrating for him. Usually, he sees what I have in the house to eat and makes his decisions from there, but suddenly he was seeing all the things in the store that he loves that I was telling him that he could not have. It seamed like everything that he asked "what about that" I had to say "no you shouldn't eat that". Then for lunch he had the "perfect" idea. "Lets go to the Chinese buffet, that way there are lots of options in case there is something he can't have". I explained why this was a very bad idea. "Well, could we go to subway and he could just get a different kind of bread?". No but you could get a salad, although really if you have a favorite food at a favorite restaurant is going there and getting something else really the best plan. I don't think so. I think it is better to go some place completely different. The truth is that we didn't really know where to go and the places in Fairbanks Alaska are pretty limited so we went to the grocery story and got some fruit along with a rotisserie chicken. I know that sounds like a great plan but the truth is that he really doesn't like chicken so I am going to have to come up with a more thought out plan for in two weeks when we go.

Actually we are going back on Thursday but it's because he is having surgery Friday morning and we will go stay at a hotel the night before but he can't eat after 4 pm so there are no issues there.

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ECHOBLUE1 5/20/2011 11:17PM

    I have to say -- finally figuring out about how to be completely gluten free has been a long hard road. But have conquered it and now fine honing it some more. Finding things I do and don't like now. And will also start eliminating soy. I feel your husband will begin to realize more and more that gluten free will keep him well more and more. I am healthier now that I was 3-4 years ago. Will never go back. also, lactose intolerant, so have to compensate for that. But, most foods with milk products also have gluten -- so that makes it easier to read labels and say "Ah ha".

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PAULASTRAS 5/5/2011 12:09AM

    Lifting your husband up n prayer Stacey.Dealing with pain uses up so much energy and can be exhausting.....Will be thinking of you too my dear friend.
Echo knows alot about Gluten she can help you as she has to eat like this and has been sharing this with me.
Helps me for when she comes to visit me when she moves.

take care,
love and hugs, Paula:)

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AKSTACEY70 5/4/2011 11:57PM

    He will still need to be on the gluten free diet even after the surgery. The surgery is more to repair some intestinal damage. There isn't a surgery that will make him be able to tolerate the gluten. Crazy thing is that after deciding that he couldn't wait any longer for his body to heal on it's own; he's had two great days in a row.

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AKSUNFLOWER 5/4/2011 7:43PM

  Sorry to hear he decided to have surgery. I will keep you guys in my prayers.
Will your husband still need to be on a gluten free diet after the surgery?

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