Monthly Archives: January 2014

Long Weekends

“To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” 2 Peter 1:1b-2

Why does there seem to be a natural law in place that dictates that the longer the weekend, the less work you get done?  Jessi had plans to get a lot of work done: sewing, laundry, baking, and organization.  But all I managed to finish was some cooking for church on Sunday!  Oh, well!  I guess that gives me something to do during the week.

This week marks the beginning of the Spring 2014 semester.  Guy has enrolled in 2 classes: Old Testament 2 and Evangelism Practicum.  He’s going to be studying O.T. with the same professor as last semester.  The Evangelism Practicum is supposed to help teach him how to conduct a revival, how to prepare sermons for the revival, and culminates in a 5-service revival somewhere in the U.S. during spring break in early March.  Guy is to meet with the Revive This Nation panel for an interview tomorrow (Tuesday).  We’ve been told that they generally accept anyone who applies to preach, due to so many churches asking for preachers, but they want the opportunity to meet with the first-time applicants.  I don’t remember if I’ve written much about Revive This Nation before, but here’s the website to do more research on it if you’re interested: http://www.swbts.edu/campus-life/revive-this-nation/ .  Jessi would like to go with Guy, but we don’t forsee this happening, as we would have to pay for Jessi’s transportation to and from the revival site.

Jessi’s hard at work in her new role as baker at the Student Center on campus.  I’m responsible for not only the bread and dessert for the lunch service at the Grill, but also the pastries, cafe bread, and cookies at the Cafe (the coffee shop).  I’m preparing to be baking like a mad woman starting this week.  It’ll be a learning curve these first couple of weeks, since school is starting, more people are on campus, and both the cafe and grill being open for extended hours compared to the break.

Jessi is also starting to contemplate opening an Etsy shop to sell her crafts.  I’ve heard that Etsy is a good site to sell from, but I am trying to find someone who has one already up and running to ask questions.  I want to be very knowledgeable when I open this shop, so that I’m not stumbling along blindly and making a lot of costly mistakes.  If anyone out there has an Etsy shop, I’d love to talk to you about it!

Guy will be attending an informational meeting about the mission trip to Slovenia this upcoming Sunday.  I plan to go with him so I can also get the info about the trip.  Expect to be reading an entire post dedicated to the trip sometime soon.  We want all of you to be informed about our mission plans in hopes that you will come alongside and support us.  We will need – do need – your prayers, your encouragement, and perhaps your financial support if the Lord leads you in that direction.

We are also looking forward to a “service fair” next Sunday evening at church.  Travis Avenue Baptist Church will be giving info about different areas of service in the church, and will have a lot of booths set up for the different ministries, so that people can connect, sign up, and start serving in the church.  I (Jessi) am looking forward to this.  I feel that I need to be serving in the church, but haven’t been able to really investigate ministry opportunities.  This will provide both of us the opportunity to get connected and plugged into ministry.

Prayer Requests:

* Start of classes.  Guy starts classes Thursday.  Pray for good time management as he juggles full-time work with part-time school.

*Work.  Guy’s new job is going well.  Jessi as she learns to handle the pressure of her new role by herself (no helper).

*Mission Trips.  Guy’s info meeting is Sunday.  Jessi’s info meeting isn’t until April, but both of us need to be fundraising now, as well as seeing about passports.

*Revive This Nation.  Sermon prep for Guy.  Holy Spirit working in the community/church now in preparation for revival.  Potential for Jessi to accompany Guy.

*Business opportunities.  Jessi’s fledgling business.  That opportunities for her to spread the word and do work for people/teach classes would be plentiful.

 

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From the Kitchen – Crawfish Etouffee

I’ve made crawfish etouffee for Guy before, but it has been a long time.  He requested it, so after a few weeks, I made it.  And it was good!  I’m sharing this recipe with you that I got off of Food Network, courtesy of Emeril Lagasse.

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Crawfish Etouffee

1 stick butter

2 cups chopped onions

1 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper

1 pound peeled crawfish tails (you should be able to find crawfish meat at Walmart next to the frozen seafood)

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon flour

1 cup water

1 teaspoon salt

Pinch of cayenne

2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

3 tablespoons chopped green onions

 

In a large saute pan over medium high heat, melt the butter.  Add the onions, celery, and bell peppers and saute until the vegetables are wilted, about 10 to 12 minutes.  Add the crawfish, garlic, and bay leaves and reduce the heat to medium.  Cook the crawfish for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Dissolve the flour in the water.  Add to the crawfish mixture.  Season with salt and cayenne.  Stir until the mixture thickens, about 4 minutes.  Stir in the parsley and green onions and continue cooking for 2 minutes.  Serve over steamed rice.

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New Year, New News

 I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joybecause of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:3-6

Things have been changing some for us here in Texas.  Let me tell you what’s going on with us.

Guy has a new job!  A couple of weeks before Christmas, the job he had as a valet cut his hours and moved him to a spot with little traffic, which means few tips.  We were looking at a bigger financial struggle, so Guy decided to start looking for new employment.  He had an interview on January 3, and was hired!  He is now an accounting clerk for the executive office of a national cell phone provider.  It is full-time work with benefits, and they have extended office hours.  They employ a lot of seminary students, so are very used to the staff coming in for a few hours, leaving for class, and coming back to finish their 8 hours.  It is an ideal position for Guy, and we are so thankful to have it.

Jessi has been “promoted” at work to the position of baker.  My hours are the same, pay the same, but more responsibility and autonomy.  The baker was leaving to go to the mission field and had trained another girl to take her spot.  However, that gal got offered a better full-time position elsewhere on campus, so I was asked to take over baking.  I’m now in charge of the baked goods for both the cafe and the grill.  I’m having to get used to the routine of things, but feel that I will do well in this position.

We’re looking ahead to other opportunities coming this year.  Guy and I are both looking at mission trips for this summer.  Guy is wanting to go to Slovenia, and Jessi is hoping to go to Romania.  We plan to devote blog postings to each mission trip soon.  Through church funds and our own jobs, we’re hoping to cover the majority of the costs of the trips, however, we would always appreciate financial support!  If you feel led, just let us know and we’ll share how to donate.

Guy also has the opportunity through the seminary to participate in “Revive This Nation.”  Revive This Nation (RTN) is an opportunity for seminary students to be sent out all over the US and Canada to preach 5 revival meetings during their spring break in early March.  The seminary pays for travel for the preachers, and the hosting churches are responsible for food, lodging, etc. while the preacher is there.  This is a good opportunity for all the students to gain preaching experience.  Guy has already applied to go, and we are waiting to hear as to where his assignment will be.

Jessi is still quilting up a storm.  This week has been kind of sluggish, as I’m trying to get back into the swing of things after being on vacation.  Do you ever feel like you need to take a vacation to rest up from your vacation?

Guy is spending some time learning how to paint with acrylics.  He seems to enjoy it so far, and we’re glad that he has this break between semesters to do some painting and learn a new hobby.

Prayer Requests:

*Upcoming classes for Guy.  Classes resume January 21.

*Mission trips.  Pray for funding to be available and plentiful for us to go serve internationally this year.  Also that our hearts and minds be open to what God would have for us to do.

* Business.  Pray that Jessi’s business will remain steady and that she can keep on track with product orders and prep for craft shows.

*Revive This Nation.  Pray that God will work in Guy’s heart as he prepares sermons for revival, and in the hearts of those who will come to hear him.  Pray that revival will start in that community and spread.

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