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Grab your dream & a taco event!

Me with my chips and salsa fix

Me with my chips and salsa fix

My family and my friends know that I LOVE chips and salsa ~ it’s an addiction! I also love Mexican food, encouraging people to fulfill their purpose and to dream big dreams!

I have a quote that I often say, “Dream big because we serve a big God!”

Never stop dreaming

What is your big dream? You and I are in good company as dreamers with Joseph the Dreamer in the Bible. It’s one of my favorite stories, and I relate a lot to Joseph! 

You have probably heard of the story of Joseph, but if you haven’t, it’s found in Genesis Chapters 37 – 50.

I’m going to speak about Joseph and why you haven’t seen your dream come to pass yet (and the #1 ingredient for seeing it come true!) at my upcoming live and virtual event, Mex and Chillaxing: Grab your dream & a taco!

Mex and Chiillaxing: Grab your dream & a taco event

Mex and Chiillaxing: Grab your dream & a taco event

This exciting, fun event is Thursday, October 14, 2021, from 1 p.m. CST to 4 p.m. CST at Jose Pepper Mexican restaurant in Belton, Missouri. This event is to encourage you to keep dreaming big dreams and to achieve them this year!

Faith. Food. Fellowship. Fun. Free Gifts!

gifts

gifts

 

event decorations & gifts

event decorations & gifts

It’s going to be FUN!!!

People have been so generous and have been giving me AMAZING gifts to give away at this event! What a blessing! I’m so thankful for this. YOU may be one of the winners!

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God’s sweet grace: My speaking event at ladies’ retreat in Liberty, Missouri

This past Sunday, October 15, 2017, I had the honor to speak at the Precious Blood Retreat Center in Liberty, MO, for a women’s retreat. I’ve been speaking for over 10 years now, and in all that time, I’ve never received such a generous gift as the event planners and women gave me at this one! 

Carla, me, & Kathy (event planners for retreat)

Carla, me, & Kathy (event planners for retreat)

 

chapel

chapel

 

center

center

 

statue in garden

statue in garden

The event planner, Carla, told me that as a small church, they had a tight budget and might not be able to pay me a lot. Not only did they give me twice the amount of speaking fee I was expecting, but they also gave me a bag of chocolates, the goody bags they gave the attendees, a beautiful journal, and an entire cute, white crate filled with new gifts the women had bought me! I was in shock and so touched by this! WOW! What a blessing!

white crate of gifts

white crate of gifts

 

the generous gifts

the generous gifts

 

2018 planner, dip bowl, prayer note cards, bird deco

2018 planner, dip bowl, prayer note cards, bird deco

 

cute measuring bowls

cute measuring bowls

 

hand-made blankets

hand-made blankets

 

coaster

coaster

I was just blown away by their generosity!

ladies at retreat

ladies at retreat

 

women at weekend retreat

women at weekend retreat

The women were so sweet and made me feel so welcome. Several ladies came up after I spoke to thank me for sharing my testimony and said that it blessed them. Their theme for this retreat was A Chocolate Life Devotional by Deb Burma. I tailored my presentation to this, sharing my story and talking about God’s sweet grace.

me as keynote speaker

me as keynote speaker

 

A Chocolate Life devotional

A Chocolate Life devotional

 

Here in the pictures below, the women are writing their thank you cards to Jesus for the blessings He has given them in their lives. The event planners, Carla and Kathy, put so much work, planning, and organization into this; I was so impressed! The ladies went through all of the devotionals in the book on Friday night and Saturday. It was a full weekend of teaching from Carla. And of course, there was LOTS of chocolate! (I brought some Dove chocolates for them, too.)

women writing thank you's to Jesus

women writing thank you’s to Jesus

women at ladies' retreat

women at ladies’ retreat

 

teen girls

teen girls

This beautiful lady, Jennifer, is the mom of two beautiful twin girls. Jennifer is a nurse at Saint Luke’s hospital in Overland Park, KS. I enjoyed talking with her and am so glad there were all ages there, including youth! They have a powerful testimony, almost dying at birth.

Jennifer and her twin daughters

Jennifer and her twin daughters

These ladies, Kathy and Karen, are sisters, too. Karen bought my book on 8 women’s powerful stories of spiritual warfare, and greatly encouraged me about what I’d shared. Here we were outside, on the fun scavenger hunt. We looked up Bible verses for the clues.

Sisters Kathy & Karen on the scavenger hunt outside

Sisters Kathy & Karen on the scavenger hunt outside

This cute, little older lady is Fran. She chose to be my partner when we worked on the scavenger hunt. She was so sweet!

Fran

Fran

I always give away a gift bag when I speak at events, including a free copy of one of my books. In this gift bag I included my memoir, a pumpkin scented candle, and a cute orange notepad with a cat on the front, which read “Meow! Meow! Meow!” I asked God to help me pick the right woman to receive it and asked, “Who loves cats?”

gift bag for Paula

gift bag for Paula

I chose Paula, who is in the pic below with me. She was so happy; she’d never won anything before. She has an orange cat named Garfield! God knew!

She blessed me so much, giving me a big hug. She also hand-made one of the beautiful blankets in the white crate gift!

me & Paula

me & Paula

The night before, it had stormed badly and there was even a tornado watch there at the retreat center, with the power going out a couple of times. But Sunday was a gorgeous fall day. The sunshine and cool weather were exhilirating!

It was a gorgeous fall day!

It was a gorgeous fall day!

At the end of the retreat, each woman could choose a beautiful journal to take home.

journals

journals

 

trust journal

trust journal

I chose the one which had the scripture on love.

love journal

love journal

The Precious Blood Retreat Center is by a beautiful lake with a walking trail. It was so peaceful there. I was very impressed with the center, and contacted the staff today about possibly hosting my own ladies’ retreat there next spring or fall 2018. It has a building with a meeting room, a big kitchen and a dining room, numerous bedrooms upstairs and downstairs, bathrooms (including showers), and a washer and dryer room. BIG PLUS: it has a Keurig coffee maker and cups in the dining room, and Wi-fi!

retreat bedroom

retreat bedroom

 

writing desk in bedroom

writing desk in bedroom

 

Keurig coffee maker & cups

Keurig coffee maker & cups

 

retreat lake

retreat lake

 

fountain

fountain

 

beautiful lake

beautiful lake

 

I had a perfect ending to this event; I had chips and salsa and soft chicken tacos at a nearby Mexican restaurant!

chips and salsa

chips and salsa

 

chicken tacos

chicken tacos

It was such a blessing and privilege to meet Carla and all the ladies at this event and to speak there. If you are an event planner or know someone who needs a speaker for their women’s conference, retreat, or event, you can contact me here.

me, women's retreat, Liberty, MO

me, women’s retreat, Liberty, MO

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