Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Speaking

My desire is to share the joy I've found in Christ with others through teaching the Word of God, telling stories, and giving personal testimony. My absolute favorite audience this past year, was a mother daughter retreat where I spoke to mothers and their 7-14 year old daughters! We ended our last session with a dance party, and those smiling girls grabbing their moms and pulling them up to to the front of the room to dance made my night! 

 Colossians 1:28-29 says, "We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me." What a joy it is to get to partner with Christ in building up his people! 

It would be a privilege and honor to speak to mothers, daughters, adults or children! I'd love to talk about living a life of faith in action, contentment and generosity, raising young children without losing your mind, embracing and overcoming depression, becoming a world changing believer, and even something as simple as how to study your Bible. I have a Master's Degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary where I was privileged to study under the late, Dr. Howard G. Hendricks and many other great professors there. You can contact me at april@newliferanch.com! 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Roxy Board Coat Giveaway


Here's the thing. I don't really want to give my coat away. I love it! A few weeks ago, my family and I had a great time hiking around the Rocky Moutain National Park. When I found this coat at our local goodwill for $4.50, we had no plans to visit Colorado, but it sure came in handy! Freezing cold winds across snow covered trails, and my Roxy board coat layered with a light adidas sweatshirt kept me fairly comfortable. On the fashion side, I have to say that I have received dozens of compliments from complete strangers on the coat several while in Estes Park, one while hiking, another at a trendy sourvenir shop, and another from the employee at the movie theater there. I'm thinking Aztec prints are in!
Here's a link to a similar coat that gives a bit of the description. http://www.pacsun.com/roxy/jetty-3n1-jacket-2784270.html?start=18&cgid=roxy-womens-jackets I don't know what my coat was priced at new, but this one is $199. Mine is long slim fit, size medium, and is definitely waterproof.

So what you really want to know about is the giveaway right? Well, since I really like my coat, you're going to have to do something for me. A few weeks ago, I had the incredible priviledge to meet the founder of a school in Uganda. This woman, when she was in her mid-twenties, followed the Lord's leading and moved to Uganda with $300 in her pocket to start a school for orphan, foster, and underpriviledged children. Today they have over 450 students, and the founder, Rebecca has 20 foster children that live with her! Just incredible to see how God has used this woman of faith! I have a friend who has actually visited My Father's House, so I know it is legitimate. My Father's House has a goal to add 20 child sponsors by the end of the year. I want to support this cause. So....if you decide to sponsor a child with My Father's House for a year, I will send you my coat. Just visit their website, sign up to sponsor, send me proof of your sponsorship (like an email confirmation from My Father's House to mommyape@gmail.com), you name and address, and the coat is yours, or at least the first person who does this gets my coat. The rest of you will have rewards eternal in heaven for your investment! :)

Ready, Set, Go!

Here is the link to My Father's House:

http://www.myfathershouseintl.org/about/

Here's a GREAT video highlighting their amazing ministry to kids in Uganda: