Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Are you ever humbled by the people around you and the amount of sacrifice they make to serve others? Lately, it seems as though every where I look I am finding amazing examples of people serving. Tonight, we had a MOPS Steering Team meeting, and I was overwhelmed by the sacrifices these 9 moms are making...to serve. Giving up a night with their families, many paying for babysitters, taking on time-consuming year long tasks, doing mundane projects with joy, smiles, and lots of laughter! The reason? An opportunity to be a part of something much bigger than MOPS, much bigger than Willow Creek...an opportunity to serve moms and build the Kingdom! It's so exciting! I think my heart could burst with pride for OUR moms! I love them!
So, what did God teach me today? Well, on Sunday night Pastor Mike had people share testimonies of what God was doing in their lives. One particular sentence from Pastor Trent stuck with me. He was actually quoting our sweet Linda Pausley on money. It went something like, "Well, it's God's money...and if that's how He wants to spend it..." This is probably a far cry from the actual quote, but tonight it worked for me. I was getting out the money to pay the babysitter and realized I only had a twenty dollar bill. Which was fine, I just sort of needed some of it... BUT, I decided it was God's money and this girl had done us a huge favor in babysitting tonight. So, I folded it and head in the door. As I tried to hand it to her, she completely refused me. What teenage girl refuses babysitting money?!? I love her! Actually, I think I love her parents for teaching her to be sensitive, caring, loving, and totally generous. It was a huge blessing and great lesson in trusting God--it IS His money! So, now, I feel like I should totally use this money to be a blessing to someone else...we'll see what happens!

Here's a recipe for a Pumpkin Dip I made for our MOPS planning tonight...this is another story of God's great blessings! My brownie bites were sticking in the pan and I was out of time and options...when my sweet friend Lydia called. "Could I make some molasses cookies for tonight?" I love it when God shows His plan even in the mundane things like treats...although fresh molasses cookies are anything but mundane! Yum!

This dip is super easy and tastes really fresh with apples. It's also good with graham crackers...next time I'll try graham cracker sticks.

Pumpkin Dip
1 regular size can of pumpkin
1 8 oz. block of cream cheese
1 8 oz. whipped topping
Pumpkin pie spices (to taste)

Mix pumpkin, spices and cream cheese well. Fold in whipped topping.
Keep refrigerated until serving.
Makes a LOAD of dip!


peter marie said...

Oh, Londa, YOU are the best! Thank you for being so willing to head everything up and letting God use you to serve our church so well. I don't know how you get everything done with 3 children and being a pastor's wife! You're a great testimony of Christ's love and servant's heart. I'm beyond excited for MOPS this year! I think we're going to be blown away!