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Monday, March 09, 2015

In Step With the Spirit

As praying moms, we want to walk closely with our God. Come gather with Moms in Prayer women from across the state for a refreshing time of worship, prayer, fellowship, time alone with God and a deeper focus on what it means to walk in the Spirit. God wants to draw close to you! Step into His grace. And come get to know your Heartland Regional Director, Gayle Hadden.

 All praying women welcome to join us!

Central Baptist Church (in the Hearth Room) 3102 W. Ralph Rogers Rd., Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Sunday, April 12
5:15 p.m. Get acquainted/registration
5:30 p.m. Introductions & Worship
Sessions 1
7:30 p.m. Closing Prayer for evening

8:00 p.m. Informal coffee connection with Gayle (optional) at Comfort Inn & Suites

Monday, April 13
8:30 a.m. Get acquainted/registration
8:45 a.m. Introductions & Worship
Session 2 & 3
12:30 p.m. Closing Prayer

Please pre-register for event by April 1:
Email Debbie Reed to assure we have an event packet prepared for you!

What to bring:
  • Bible, pen and paper
  • Moms in Prayer Booklet
  • There will be an opportunity to give an offering
  • Invite young moms to join us to discover Moms in Prayer for their children!

Lodging Option

Comfort Inn & Suites

3721 W. Avera Dr., Sioux Falls, SD 57108

You must make your own reservations directly to this number: 1- 605-275-9577

  • Ask for Moms in Prayer rate/room block
  • Must book prior to March 31 for this rate
  • Group rate: $88 per room (plus tax)
Two queen beds in a room with up to 4 people
  • Example—cost for sharing the room with one other woman is $48.74 each or with three other women is $23.37 each.
  • Includes hot breakfast buffet

Questions? Please Contact
Gayle Hadden, Heartland Regional Director 316-491-3449

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Temptation Devotion for pre-teens/teens

We used the example of Jesus overcoming Satan by APPLYING God's word to help show the need to understand scripture in an emotional/physical/spiritual battle.  The drawings had to do with being connected to the vine (life source). Below were some scenerios we felt our pre-teens/teens may come up against.

You’ve been introduced to a song by a friend that has an upbeat rhythm and you love the way it sounds.  As you listen to the words, you notice the theme has to do with drinking and partying.  When it comes on again, you remembered liking the song but know the words aren’t a good message.  What verse would help you keep from listening to the song again? 

Your parents told you that you couldn’t play any technology until your homework was done and your room was clean. After the room was cleanedyou get tired of working. But you still need to prepare for school.  What verses will help you complete what you need to do? 

There’s a student you know who is not popular, and most people think he/she is kind of annoying.  
One day, while you were eating, this student walks by you and your friendYour friend says, “Quick put your book on that empty seat so he/she won’t sit here.”  What verse will help you respond to the temptation to follow this bad advice? 

Your sibling comes home from school and is excited about something.  You were listening to music and relaxing.  What verse will help you turn your attention to your sibling until their done talking to you instead of your own interests? 

You have been assigned a very long task to help one of your teachers over the summer.  After a few days on the computer, you’re bored and it’s taking longer to do the work you’ve arranged to do.  What verses would help you to focus on completing the  job and keep working or make arrangements to have the project take a longer amount of time than you originally arranged for? 

Your friend wants to get together Friday.  You were just together the past weekend and you know it’s a busy time for your family, yet you are also nervous that your friend is getting more and more involved with other people besides you.  What verses will help you not to be nervous that your friend won’t care about you anymore if you can’t be with him/her again? 

Your family made plans to go to a restaurant that you love.  The day before it’s time to go they tell you that instead of eating out, you’re going to need to eat at home.  What verses will help you to not be angry over this change of plans? 

Two friends are arguing and you can see both sides of the disagreement.  One of them is complaining about the other person to you.  What could you say that would be honest and help them not fall into the temptation of being critical of others? 

A family member makes fun of you and you feel very insulted.  They’ve said they’re sorry, but the words they said are still coming to your mind.  What verses will silence this negativity going on in your soul? 

Know where you’re vulnerable. Others may be able to handle situations where you will fall. Don’t go with them if it is a source of temptation for you. Develop a deep distrust in yourself that drives you to a desperate clinging to the Lord. 

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Giving Spinach A Second Look

If you've ever looked at the challenge of trying to consume 400 mg of magnesium in a day, you know that it's not an easy feat.  Dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds and avocado are some of the other beneficial sources of magnesium that are often neglected.  Although I know some of you have a good handle on the dark chocolate! 

Spinach has 24 mg per 1 cup cooked (you'll need 3-4 cups raw as it cooks down).  It is considered one of the dirty dozen in our supermarkets, meaning it's best to buy organic to not ingest all the pesticides.  Spinach has a high nutritional value, especially when fresh, frozen, steamed, or quickly boiled. It is a rich source (> 20% of the Daily Value) of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate and iron

With the grilled chicken and almond pesto, I used a few herbs from my garden and olive oil to add some essential fatty acids to the finished recipe.  After cooking, I poured the almond pesto on top.  Some will say that you can't call it pesto without the basil, but I guess I'm not following the pesto rules.

Heat through spinach in coconut oil

When it comes to high heat cooking, coconut oil or macadamia nut oil are very resistant to heat. Coconut oil is semi-solid at room temperature and it can last for months and years without going rancid.

Coconut oil also has powerful health benefits. It is particularly rich in a fatty acid called Lauric Acid, which can improve cholesterol and help kill bacteria and other pathogens. Polyunsaturated oils, including the omega-3 fats (olive oil), are extremely susceptible to damage from heat, light, and oxygen.

When exposed to these elements for too long, the fatty acids in the oil become oxidized, a scientific term that simply means that the oil becomes rancid. The oxidation of fatty acids produces free radicals, which are believed to play a role in the development of cancer and other degenerative diseases.

After cooking add the pesto-
1-2 T. olive oil
1/2 c. fresh parsley (come see me next summer for a stash!)
1/2 t. garlic salt or 1/4 t. garlic powder + 1/8 t. salt
Mixed in the food processor or blender until smooth.
Add 1/4 c. soaked, raw, unpasturized almonds and chop until partially blended

September 1, 2007 - The Day the Raw Almonds Died in North America
Learn more:

On Reasons & Procedures for Soaking Nuts:
To purchase raw, unpasturized almonds:

In addition to healthy fats and vitamin E, a quarter-cup of almonds contains 62 mg of magnesium plus 162 mg of potassium. Beings that this meal is suppling the Omega-6 fatty acids, look for ways to add in the Omega-3's. This chart shows how Essential Fatty Acids (needed everyday, that's why they're essential!) are metabolized.  (from

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Shepherding...Or So it Seems

"Have a Happy Family by Friday" and "The Storm Inside" were two books I read this week.  Nice and easy beings that one was from my mother-in-law and the other from the library.  "The Storm Inside" by Sheila Walsh tackles some interesting concepts like shame. I latched onto a new verse and learned about galbanum.

It reads in Exodus 30, 34 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Take fragrant spices—gum resin, onycha and galbanum—and pure frankincense, all in equal amounts, 35 and make a fragrant blend of incense, the work of a perfumer. It is to be salted and pure and sacred. 36 Grind some of it to powder and place it in front of the ark of the covenant law in the tent of meeting, where I will meet with you. It shall be most holy to you. 37 Do not make any incense with this formula for yourselves; consider it holy to the Lord. 38 Whoever makes incense like it to enjoy its fragrance must be cut off from their people.”

Galbanum (Ferula gummosa) has an earthy aroma. It was used in ancient temple ritual incense anointings associated with springtime. Galbanum supports the immune, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and other body systems. It is also useful as an aid for troubled or mature skin. Galbanum has an approximate ORAC of 261,826 (TE/L).

Galbanum has an intense green fragrance with woody and balsamic elements. Often described as earthy or forest-like, this fragrance compound is valued for its ability to impart a rich, spicy green scent. Perfumers use galbanum both as a strong top note in "green" fragrances and as a base note in combination with musk and/or chypre elements such as oakmoss and pine.

Fragrances for women that feature the perfume ingredient galbanum include Chanel No. 19, Guerlain Vol De Nuit, Cartier Must, Balmain Vent Vert, Fresh Galbanum Patchouli and Azzaro Couture.

"Have a Happy Family by Friday" by Kevin Leman brought be back to my children and their strengths and weaknesses.  I'm excited that it's spurred on a family devotion that I'm preparing for this weekend. 

My favorite part was when Leman referenced some research he'd done for "Shepherd."  He said a group of psychologists recorded a shepherd's voice and dressed another person like him to imitate his persona among the sheep.  Fortunately, the sheep know their shepherd's voice so closely that a recorded version doesn't quite do the trick.  The next book I need to find is one Sara Grove's recommended.  "Long Obedience in the Same Direction" by Eugene Peterson-who's read it?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child

Any book that chronicles the life of Julia Child should have the same amount of perseverance in its formation to match Child's career path.  Jessie Hartland's efforts of writing and illustration are top notch, and she grew up watching episodes of "The French Chef" and enjoys cooking herself. 

Jessie Hartland is a New York City-based commercial artist and writer and illustrator of books for children. She has painted murals at a Japanese amusement park, designed Christmas windows for Bloomingdale’s and put her mark on ceramics, watches and all sorts of other things.
She has done drawings for many magazines and newspapers such as: the New York Times, Travel and Leisure Family, Martha Stewart Kids, Bon Appetit, and Fit Pregnancy.

In working through this non-fiction book with a 4th grader, we found approximately 25 new vocabulary words.  We also found out that Julia Child once painted a toliet seat red as a prank!

Follow Julia Child—chef, author, and television personality—from her childhood in Pasadena, California, to her life as a spy in WWII, to the cooking classes she took in Paris, to the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, to the funny moments of being a chef on TV. This is a comprehensive and enchanting picture book biography, told in many panels and jam-packed with lively, humorous, and child-friendly details.

Japan Connections

Sae was our 12 year old Japanese exchange student, and second her name is pronounced like the word “Hi,” only with an “S.” --the following post was written by my daughter Olana Noble after her LABO exchange experience.         
When she got to Sioux Falls she was a little tired, but luckily she didn’t get jetlag like most of the kids that came. We managed to open the gifts that she brought for us that day. The gifts were some Japanese coins and kimonos.

After that, it was time for bed. She was staying in my bedroom. We wore the kimonos to church the next morning.
One of the best memories with her was camping at Palisades State Park. I remember singing “Yellow Submarine” by the Beatles all the way there. Another thing we did with her was go to the Little House on the Prairie place in DeSmit. I remember the tiny kittens that I fell in love with. I think her favorite thing that we did was going to my great grandparents lake cabin. We went tubing and ate a lot of food. One of my last memories with Sae is of a little stuffed chick in a cracked, stuffed egg that she got attached to and would make it “speak.” She named it Ha HaHa.
When she got home to Japan her first meal was seal. She emailed us and told us her grandma wanted to wash Ha HaHa, but she wouldn’t let her. She told her grandma it smelled like the Noble’s house. The last thing she wrote is something I will remember forever. It is that she was homesick for Sioux Falls.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Relationships Workbook by Dr. Les & Leslie Parrott

The Relationships Workbook by Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott was published in 1998 and then again in 2002.  It's a great resource for looking at the needs of friendships and marriages.  I'm currently looking at it again because of having a teenage daughter.  There are chapters for further study that include "Falling in Love Without Losing Your Mind" and "The Bonds That Bind/Drawing the Line."
also include several other references to boks of interest on these topics.

For review, I plan to read again the following passages:

Genesis 29:18 tells the story of Jacob falling in love with Rachel.

Judges 16 shows the serious consequences of Samson losing his mind as he falls for Delilah.

Song of Solomon 8:6-7 talks about the powerful experience of being in love.

For teens, the time considering their emotional bonding in their relationships in conjuction with the physical bonding is essential.  Think of the "side hug" as a close bond with someone, being careful to make a commitment to another person before allowing oneself to express physical care.  Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott site the following progression:

1.  Eye to body
2.  Eye to eye
3.  Voice to voice
4.  Hand to hand
5.  Hand to shoulder
6.  Hand to waist
7.  Face to face

Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott are co-directors of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University, a groundbreaking program dedicated to teaching the basics of a good relationship. Les Parrott is a professor of clinical psychology, and Leslie is a marriage and family therapist, both at SPU. The Parrotts are authors of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts, The Marriage Mentor Manual, Mentoring Engaged and Newlywed Couples (video Groupware kit), Questions Couples Ask, Like a Kiss on the Lips, Getting Ready for the Wedding, and Relationships. They are frequent guest speakers and have written for a variety of magazines. Their relationship work has been featured in USA Today and the New York Times as well as on CNN, Good Morning America, and Oprah.    


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Kate Coomb's "Water Sings Blue" was a book I found because I was looking for non-fiction for a fourth grade reader.  Although I sought it out for the poetry, I ended up being the most impressed with the illustrator.  Meilo So, by her own biography was "Madie in Hong Kong.  Packaedg in England," and "Domiciled in the Shetland Islands," and to end her description states, "Delicate: contains one life." 

Inside "Water Sings Blue" the colors were vibrant and the whimsy over the combination of the sea turle and the verse was adorable.

There's a wide green map
on sea turtle's back.
Currents?  She knows
their flows, never slows,
needn't stop for directions
wherever she goes,
flapping her elegant
paddle-shaped toes. 

Meilo So's website intrigued me further with her designs for food packaging as well as another children's title "Alex the Parrot" by Stephanie Spinner. Looks like I have another book to discover.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Missing Pieces Review

Product DetailsThis was a note I sent to Jennifer Rothschild about a bible study of hers that we completed...Thank you Jennifer for all your work (and your team's) on Missing Pieces. It was very helpful to me as well as two additional couples in our small group. I especially was blessed by how you flipped the question of "Why pain?" to "Why grace?" I think that is a valid point and I loved the song you wrote to go with that message. Our last meeting we heard that others were blessed by ...your gifts of teaching and preparation in the study. Initially to convey some of the struggle of being blind, we had the two couples did through a bag blindfolded and try to identify with the objects. My husband and I decided to put our clothes away together in our closet blindfolded. I found that it was more difficult to navigate to the bedroom than to put the laundry away, so when you pointed out that blindness and menopause do not make a good combination...I could easily see how that was true, and I'm only in my thirties.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Disappointment with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Worldviews clash, and it's not a surprise anymore. With the increase in special interest groups lobbying in education reform, I feel a responsibility to examine literature presented to my children.  There's always an underlying message to any story, and if we're not watchful to look for these messages, we may start to infer mistruths that can misdirect thoughts and actions. 
I'm writing this summary for the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company as well as for Gary Soto the author, to review my opinion over what they've published and expect teachers to use. It's disappointing to me, and I hope you will see what I regard as forward and disrespectful in your textbook for 7th graders.  Fortunately, most of the images you see when you search Google for 7th graders are sports teams and girls with their friends.  This is how it should be -- not like how your exemplifying in one of the first inclusions included in the McDougal Littell Literature textbook. 
From a Christian's standpoint, if you look at 1 Timothy 5:2 it asks that people look at young women as sisters. From this standpoint, a female friend (especially a 7th grader) should be someone fun to be around and talk to, but should not be looked at as future marriage material.  We need to encourage our kids to be kids -- not to be looking for love before their time.  Although the emotions surrounding new love and relationships are good, if we elevate those we do not present the full reality that the purpose of the fire of new love is to have that to hang onto and reignite those feelings in the thickets of marriage, we are doing them a huge injustice.  I want my children to know that as much as it's great to meet someone and love them, to sustain that relationship takes much perseverance and grace.  Perhaps our publishers should try to find a story that hits this point home. Just like it's much easier to make a Dora Explorer video where there's stealing from Swiper and bad behavior than a Barney video that's showing polite actions and conversations, the ease in which external features and actions like good looks and lust get into textbooks needs to be examined. 
Read the highlights from Gary Soto's story...these are my three top complaints about the ways the 7th grade readers are guided.
1.  Boys are encouraged to take note of physical attributes to the point of lust.
2.  The adult teacher in the story affirms the boys forward actions and supports presenting mistruths to impress people. He is a connection point to discuss dating relationships.
3.  Just in case you missed these inferences, the literary analysis hones in on the adult-like behaviors.  Our children should not be reading things that increase curiosity about dating relationships, as they still have high school and college to get through (and it's much easier without changing diapers, midnight feedings and making sure they're sleeping early or late so you can study). Ultimately, everyone makes their own choices and there are college students who are great parents and happy to be so, but really what does this push our children towards?  Please think about it...  I know I do!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

4th Annual Poetry Party

Lots of new friends at this party, Heather wrote one last year on Neon Colors!
The kids enjoyed the sharing time

My poem was inspired by Chad!

Sharing a tender moment
Slow down, say hello
Stop, and go
Time seals the deal
Chemistry's course
Is deep, a warming light
Lovebirds' delight