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Released Women’s Conference

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Butterflies are free


Copyright 2013 Eren McKay

This morning a friend asked me for a favor, and when I did, she blessed me with a gift. I don’t know if Eren McKay knew that I’m hosting a women’s conference locally on April 27, and that it’s logo/theme is a butterfly being released, but she made this beautiful butterfly graphic for me. I love it!

The colors are beautiful and I love heart drawings. How creative for her to¬†draw the girl holding¬†the flowers and the butterflies like balloons! (Eren’s creativity inspires me! You can check out her site here. Be sure to also listen to her podcasts. They are so soothing and peaceful, and very practical.)

Have you ever seen a butterfly that is stressed out, worried, depressed, angry, or unhappy? No. Butterflies are free. They are happy. They are not weighed down with concerns that hinder them from flying.

What about you? Are you free? Are you happy? Are you fulfilled? Are you being all God made you to be, living out your purpose and passion for God’s glory?

I invite you to join me and other women across the U.S. and Canada for this exciting women’s conference in Belton, MO (just outside Kansas City, MO). Women of¬†faith of all races,¬†nations, cultures, denominations, and economic classes¬†will connect in the heart of America¬†to enjoy our four anointed speakers, a delicious catered Italian lunch, great door prizes, friendship and networking opportunities – and FUN! It’s time to be RELEASED from whatever has been holding you back into your great purpose and destiny! You can find out more by clicking here.

If you live in another town, city, state, or even country, it will be SO worth the flight or drive to attend. God has already been doing amazing things with this conference. You don’t want to miss the blessing.

Woman with wild hair in yellow blouse
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Wild Woman

Woman with wild hair in yellow blouseYesterday I was a wild woman. My hair looked like I’d stuck my finger in a socket. But who has time to¬†fix her hair when life is so much fun?

My desk¬†was an avalanche of papers: notes from my Client Coaching sessions, a bright salmon/orange-colored notebook filled with ideas and to-do lists for the RELEASED Women’s Conference in April, a recent Speaking presentation.¬†Dishes piled all over the kitchen counter. The house and car need cleaning.

Despite what seems like chaos on the outside though, great things are being accomplished. (I’m washing the dishes and organizing my desk¬†after this blog post!)

I’m SOOO excited about the conference; I can’t wait! Sponsors have been so generous, God is downloading just the right rhema word to the speakers, we have a powerful worship leader, and women are coming from across the U.S., Canada, and other places to worship God, to be encouraged, and to have fun!

You have only two more days to get the Early Bird Price.

Maybe you think you don’t have the money to attend, or it’s too far to drive or fly from where you live. Pray. God is able! Click here to save your spot.

The Circle Maker

I’m reading a new book this week called The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears.***¬† My sweet friend Jennifer Whiddon read it and thought of me, and sent it in the mail as a gift. The author, Mark Batterson, says we often pray and believe too small.

God is a big God. He wants to do so much more for us than we think. (Ephesians 3:20). The New King James Version says He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think!

Here’s what Batterson writes on page 45:

“Nothing honors God more than a big dream that is way beyond our ability to accomplish.¬†Why? Because there is no way we can take credit for it. And nothing is better for our spiritual development than a big dream because it keeps us on our knees in raw dependence on God.”

God has definitely been “spiritually developing” me. This conference was a leap of faith for me. There are a lot of costs to putting something like this on. It’s a lot of work. I can’t do it alone. I have to force ask my family for help and delegate tasks. There’s so much to get done to prepare for the conference. It’s just all way bigger than me and my abilities. But I’m so excited. It’s going to be amazing! And when all is said and done, God will get the glory!

What dream do you have that is way beyond your ability? Ask Him for it. Watch and see what He will do. I’m not just a wild woman. He’s a wild God!

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Eden's Touch Co.
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Eden’s Touch Bread

Bread is a staple in every culture.

Challah braided bread

Challah braided bread

The Jews bake a variety of breads, depending on the occasion and especially on the holy day festival. Challah containing eggs and honey is a braided bread. Ray and I have celebrated Jewish feasts with our kids, and I’ve tried my hand at the bread recipes. But I haven’t been able to get them downpat yet like the Jewish mamas. Oy.

Matzoh is an unleavened, thin crispy bread containing white flour and water that is served only during Passover. Eaten with the charoset (apples, walnuts and honey), horseradish, and herbs, it is truly sweet to eat.

The infamous Jewish bagel is a chewy yeast roll baked in the shape of a doughnut. Traditionally bakers boil the bagel just before baking to give the bread its chewy, golden crust. One of my favorite lines in the Meryl Streep movie Heartburn was at the wedding, when Rachel (Meryl Streep) was having serious doubts about marrying her fiance’ Mark and cried to her editor, Richard, about having to move to Washington, D.C., “You can’t even get a decent bagel in Washington, D.C.!” Apparently there are bagels and then there is the real Jewish thing.

French baguette

French baguette

The French are most well known for the baguette, a long, thin bread made from lean dough and distinguishable by its length and crisp crust. Serve hot, buttered French bread with home-made, warm potato soup on a chilly night and you’ll leave the table with a deep contented sigh.¬† Baguettes are usually served with pate or cheese.

As part of a traditional continental breakfast, slices of the baguette are served with butter and jam, and dunked in bowls of coffee or hot chocolate. When Ray and I went on our 10th wedding anniversary and stopped in Paris, I discovered pain au chocolat, a favorite breakfast food and afternoon snack. Oh my gosh. Chocolate inside of that delicious bread! In many of our pictures from France, you can see me in line for more chocolate bread!

Rye bread is made of rye and wheat flour, and has a dark color and strong taste. It’s high in fiber and most common in European countries such as Russia, Scandinavia, Germany, Finland, and the Baltic States. Pastrami on rye spread with hot mustard, thinly sliced Swiss cheese,¬†and sourkraut – you will want seconds!

Pita and hummus

Pita and hummus

Flatbreads are considered to be the oldest kinds of breads, made from water, flour, and salt. Grains used are wheat, barley, millet, corn, rye, and oats. Pita bread is a common bread used in the Middle East. Spread some hummus, olives, onions, and fresh red tomatoes on pita – with or without meat – and you have a little bit of heaven on earth.

American breads are usually medium sliced loaves and can be very unhealthy: white (with bleach), whole wheat, sourdough, and whole wheat with barley.

One study shows the whole wheat and whole wheat with barley in the morning can be worse for us than the white. Many American breads contain chemicals, preservatives, and additives.

Eden's Touch Bread Company

A healthy choice

A healthy alternative to American breads is Eden’s Touch Bread.

Eden’s Touch Bread Company is one of our Sponsors for the RELEASED! Women’s Conference on April 27, 2013.

Marissa Gadsden is the owner and bakes about 14 orders a day, shipping out the next day. She‚Äôs also a mom, which means she usually doesn‚Äôt start kneading the dough until late at night. It‚Äôs not uncommon for her to go to bed at 3 a.m. and be back up at 8 a.m. to tend to her home and her daughter, Eden. The store is named after Eden. When you visit her shops, you pick up on the proud-mama aspect of the stores, and Eden’s photo is prominently displayed in the store’s logos.

‚ÄúShe is a toddler, so anyone with any experience with a toddler knows that they touch everything,‚ÄĚ Gadsden explains.

Eden’s Touch Bread Company has unique choices for bread like bacon cheddar. Their banana walnut minis and cinnamon raisin minis look yummy, and they offer them gluten-free!

Eden's Touch Co.

Eden’s Touch Bread Co. offers specialty loaves

Their menu has several Specialty Loaves that are baked fresh daily. They deliver party trays, personal loaves and gift baskets or ship boxes and packages ready to be served at any party or event and in your home. They ship nationally and internationally.

The power of social media

Eden’s Touch Bread¬†Company has¬†three different locations: Forest Park, GA; Collingdale, PA; and Philadelphia, PA. You can also order online. Through word-of-mouth and social media, Marissa has taken her hobby-turned-business to the next level, enabling her customers across the country an easier way to order.

She didn’t start out planning an online business or any business. Marissa is a former radio personality and originally just baked the breads for fun, as gifts for family and friends. Then one day a friend gave her some cash for some bread she dropped off, and ordered two more items. Marissa was surprised, and soon other family and friends began ordering specialty loaves, even outside Philadelphia where she lives.

She delivers over the tri-state Philadelphia area, and has opened two stores since then on Etsy and Craft Café.

You can read an article about Marissa’s recipe for success here.

Are you a retailer? If you are interested in carrying their products in your retail store, you can call them at 267-908-LOAF or send them an email at


“Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” – John 6:35, NLT




Want to be a Sponsor for the RELEASED! Women’s Conference? Contact Beth Jones at

Want to attend this life-changing conference? We have 4 anointed speakers and a powerful worship leader coming from across the U.S. and Canada, a catered Italian lunch, great door prizes, fun, and more! Be freed by God’s love and transformed by His power at this amazing conference.

Click here to register and save your spot. Seating limited to only 50 women!

Only 5 more days to get the Early Bird Price of $35; after Feburary 23, the price goes up to $50. Bring a friend!