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Seriously February 2, 2009

Posted by Theresa Madden in Faith, Family, Links, Ministry, Writing.
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I wanted you to know about this publication I’m a part of called Serious.Life Magazine. They just published the February issue today, and I am in their Featured Blog Directory. It’s a very high quality magazine… you’ll really like it.

The magazine includes a lot of great content from bloggers you’ll appreciate, as well as great features, photos and other content. The magazine is owned and published by a family who have seven kids, three adopted and one who has Leukemia (www.riggsfamilyblog.com). The magazine gives away a bunch of ads to charities and ministries. Besides great articles on interesting people, there is a lot about family, adoption, personal finance, spiritual life, humor… all sorts of “life” topics.

Again, the subscription is free, and I know you’ll enjoy the magazine, so take a minute to check it out and sign up to get future issues. www.seriouslifemagazine.com

50,000 Pairs of Shoes in 50 Days Challenge November 10, 2008

Posted by Theresa Madden in Faith, Love, Ministry, Prayer.
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The 50,000 Pairs in 50 Days Challenge

SOLES4SOULS™ INC., THE SHOE CHARITY, LAUNCHES LARGE SCALE CHARITY CHALLENGE USING SOCIAL MEDIA

Through the new world of blogging, emailing, twittering, and through many other forms of online media, the non-profit hopes to achieve not only the fundraising goal, but also to spread their mission far and wide. The Soles4Souls http://www.50000shoes.com charity challenge will be live on Monday, November 10, 2008 and end on Wednesday, December 31, 2008.

“A strong grass-roots effort, combined with an effective web-based social marketing platform, will allow Soles4Souls to form online community in a creative manner while being effective with raising funds and helping those in need,” he said.

“This is a huge challenge to meet a huge need. We want to virally attack the issues of poverty and make it simple for the end user to play a role in it,” Elsey stated.

Donating is easy and takes just a click and a couple of minutes. It requires no shipping, no wrapping and no trips to the post office. The monetary donation is small with $5.00 buying two pairs of new shoes. Anyone can click and give, and all donations are tax-deductible.

After 50,000 pairs have been donated, one person (with a guest of their choosing) will be selected at random to deliver the shoes they purchased to someone in need on one of Soles4Souls’ trips to Mexico!

Social networking has become a very powerful communications tool; however, no one knows when life will hit hard or where a disaster will strike. One day you have everything you need; the next you may only have your life. A pair of shoes can help people begin the rebuilding process. Shoes not only bring hope, but in millions of cases they can save lives. It is estimated that Americans have 1.5 billion pairs of unworn shoes lying in their closets while over 300 million children around the world have never owned a pair of shoes. This is an opportunity to “Step Up” and to help Soles4Souls with their mission of “Changing the World, One Pair at a Time” with “One Click at A Time.”

NMFAPIMWLC-week-2-done May 26, 2008

Posted by Theresa Madden in Family, Feelings, Friends, Love, Ministry, NMFAPIMWLC, Testimony.
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Another week done!

I was successful in adding another minute to my stepper. And also much better at the chair swivels – post it notes work wonders (and getting over myself that someone may walk by my office and see me). It has made a difference.

I have lost a couple of pounds, actually I am now wearing pants I couldn’t even think about wearing 2 weeks ago. Feeling better!!

In case you missed it we have a Facebook group now, details can be found here. Here are the links to everyone I know about that has jumped in. Anyone else want to?

James
Brent
Kristen

Joe
Ron
Buddy

Dan
Rick
Brandy
Deborah
Joel
Theresa
Steven
Love
Tawny
Kelly
Theresa
Heidi
Lynn
Darla
Natalie

What if… May 25, 2008

Posted by Theresa Madden in Bible, Devotions/Quiet Time, Faith, Family, Feelings, Friends, God, Love, Ministry, Prayer, Testimony, Thoughts.
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…you knew you only had 30 Days to Live? You’ve been hearing about this sermon series here and here. They are available to listen to here, and I highly recommend them.

This morning, oh it was a good message! Passion for living…something the Lord has been talking over with me the last few months. But really what I want to talk about today is our time to live. We are asked the question “What would you do in you knew you only had 30 days to live”?

Would you spend more time on things that matter? What is it that matters? God’s Word and people. Those are the only 2 things that will last, everything else will pass away. A legacy of caring, laughing, loving those most dear to us. We cannot stop there though, we must care for and love those He places in our path. We are able to do that by spending time in His Word, learning to be more like Him and letting Him love through us.

What we don’t get is that “our days are numbered“. His Word tells us so in Psa 39:4 “LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away. (NLT) He knows the very moment we will breath our last on this earth. It could even be today. Have I left a legacy of love? Have I spent time learning more about this wonderful God I serve? This God who will not ask me to do anything He hasn’t already done.

I can turn it around even and say “Does my loved one know before he/she dies how very much I love them, how very much God loves them”? What if they go before me? We cannot live a life of regret. We must live today. Seek forgiveness for mistakes we made yesterday, accept that forgiveness and live today. Don’t worry about tomorrow – that is just as big a trap. I will lose today!

Just because I do not know that I have a specific number of days to live doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t live like I do. Does that make sense? Live like I have 30. And if I should live beyond that thirty days? Thank the Lord for more time. And then live it again! 30 days by 30 days, if that is what it takes to keep me passionate and focused on Jesus. His love, His sacrifice, His servants heart.

Help me Father to live today as You have asked me to. Passionate in all I do and think and feel. Guide me as I step out and take that risk. You have said You are always with me. When I step out in faith You are there to guide me in the path You have chosen just for me. Help me to take the time to show those most dear to me how very much I love them, how very special they are, to me and to God. Help me to reflect your love and mercy to those around me, those I know and those I don’t. Help me to always remember, I am the one most in need of Your grace and mercy. For Your glory, in the power of Your Name – no other, Jesus….Amen.

Gifts March 23, 2008

Posted by Theresa Madden in Faith, God, Love, Ministry, Thoughts.
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Every task that the Lord gives us to do is really a gift. He does not need us to complete the task, He honors us by allowing us to have a part in what He wants to do. He gives us these gifts when we walk in obedience to Him.

Thank you Lord for the precious gifts you gave me to serve you, to serve your people these last two weeks. Forgive me Lord for not recognizing them as Your gift to me at the time. Help me Lord now to always see them as such. And not to treasure the gift, but rather treasure the giver.

Slay me Part 2 March 22, 2008

Posted by Theresa Madden in Bible, Devotions/Quiet Time, Faith, Family, Feelings, Friends, God, Journal, Love, Ministry, Music, Prayer, Retreat, Testimony.
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I prayed that prayer sincerely with all my heart, confident that should He ask it of me, He will give me the strength to lay down my life for Him. See how one dimensional my thinking was? I thought of being slain in only one way, laying down my life for Him. The Lord sees it many ways as I soon found out.

Just before we arrived at Lake Bradley, our retreat location I was asked to run the sound. I said sure I would. A bit of background here; the Lord had asked me to lay down all the co-ordinating and speaking roles for this retreat just a couple months ago. I had been in the midst with the rest of the team and had started researching and writing my session notes. The Lord gave me a peace about this, that is until I went to the meetings and didn’t have any “physical, tangible” things to lay on the table. It became hard to be in the meetings. I persevered, with much much prayer. My role He said for this retreat was to be in the Word and prayer daily for all the women who would attend. I faithfully did as He asked.

Okay, back to the retreat. I was a bit confused as it is hard to be in the middle of something sometimes and see what God is doing. I was prepared to hang out with my sister and not have a visible presence. I started the sound, and had a bunch of fun playing with eq, adjusting between songs if needed, and for the various speakers. All went well until I gave a machine more credit for being smart than it should have. I switched out tapes to record one of the sessions, the prior tape had run both sides. Well, I thought that thing is so smart of course it will know when I put the new tape in, push the button to start at the beginning. I was so wrong. In this session Nancy J spoke of God’s extravagant grace and we have to reach out and accept it. In my perfectionist ways…I looked at it as “they had given me something to do and I managed to mess it up”. I had to apologize to Nancy, she was quite okay with it not being recorded and told me so, I on the other hand was crying my eyes out.

What was the big deal? My friend still loves me. She will not kick me to the curb and leave me there alone, she loves me. I am learning to accept that she does, that my friends really do love me for me, not what I do or how well I do it. And in learning to believe that I reflect deeper and see that also my pride was wounded. I looked at being slain in the ultimate sense of the word. The easiest really. God is looking at my being slain, as a daily laying down of my self. Did I not pray for that very thing? Yes, I did. And God answered my prayer in the way He knew was best for me. No, I did not get the easy way out, but do I really want it? I want to be closer to God, smack dab tight against His side, and the only way to do that is to be slain a little more each day. So I thank you Lord for loving me yet again more than I can know.