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New Year, One Word

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As hard as it is to believe, 2015 is coming to a close. This year flew by. It feels as if we were just ringing in the new year for 2015 to begin and here we are about to welcome 2016 just like that!

The norm is to create a list of New Year’s resolutions, to write out everything you’d like to accomplish in the upcoming year. This could be to learn how to experiment more while you cook, to work out 4 days a week, to join a book club or to visit a place you’ve never been.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to write out New Year’s resolutions. I’m a list-maker and I have so much fun setting goals and dreaming up what I’d like to conquer as the year goes on. However, last year the Lord laid something on my heart that I’d like to share with y’all for this upcoming year.

Focus on One Word

Let’s be honest, New Year’s resolutions can get overwhelming. The list seems to get longer and longer. The longer the list gets, the more you feel like you can’t accomplish all the tasks. Things start to fizzle out by the beginning of February and before long, you forget what all your dreams for 2016 were. You may find the list mid-year and get depressed because you realize you’ve fallen short.

I want to propose something different this year.

As 2016 approaches, pray and ask the Lord to give you a word. One word. One word that you know need to press into and focus on this year.

Contentment. Patience. Intentionality. Prayer. Confidence. Service.
Worship. Peace. Trust. Simplicity. 

Maybe you already know your word.

Once, you have your word, pray about it. Speak it over yourself. Ask God to reveal more to you about that topic. Look up verses about it. Allow it to soak into your soul and watch God work.

God has a lot to teach us, if we’d be willing to lend and ear and listen. If we’d be teachable and humble.

I have full confidence that God will do above and beyond when He gives you this word if you press in and trust Him with it.

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A Denham Springs Christmas

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Hey y’all! With Christmas just around the corner, there are lots of things to do around town. I know your calendars are getting filled with fun festivities, but make sure you don’t miss out on these wonderful events in our community!

Denham Springs Christmas Tree Lighting
When: Thursday, December 10 @ 6 p.m.
Where: Train Station Park (198 E. Railroad Ave, Denham Springs)
What: Come see a Christmas tree lighting at Train Station Park.

Christmas Parade
When: Saturday, December 12 @ 2 p.m.
Where: Denham Springs High School (1000 N. Range Avenue)
What: The lineup starts at 9 a.m. and the parade begins at 2 p.m. at Denham Springs High School. The parade will travel down Range Avenue and will take a right on Florida Boulevard, ending at Veterans Boulevard.

Music in the Village
When: Saturday, December 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Denham Springs Antique Village (N. Range Avenue, Denham Springs)
What: Enjoy Christmas carols while you shop in the village for the loved ones on your list.

Santa’s Winter Wonderland
When: December 6-21, 22-24 (click for times)
Where: Bass Pro Shop (175 Bass Pro Blvd)
What: Get a free photo with Santa, make arts and crafts and more! There are tons of activities to do with your little ones.

Messenger’s Christmas Land
When: Open until December 26th from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: 9481 Prince Charles, Denham Springs, LA
What: This is the 51st year the Messenger’s have set up their wonderful Christmas Land, which has more than 10,000 lights and 20 custom-build Christmas scenes.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

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Thankfulness is a Choice

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It is easy to make a mental list of the things we’re thankful for as Thanksgiving approaches. The second November hits, we see our friends’ social media posts about what they’re thankful for and decide to hop on the bandwagon.

Don’t get me wrong… it’s wonderful to express your gratitude during November. I hope you do! We just need to all remember something: thankfulness is a choice.

During the year, it is easy to get caught up in the distractions of life. Satan tries to gain victory in our spiritual walks by making us busy. As our calendars fill up, we can quickly lose sight of the blessings surrounding us.

The key is to stop, pause and look around. Take stock of what the Lord has provided for you.

Additional to all the tangible blessings God has given, we can also always be grateful for the most important one: sending His Son to die on the cross for our sins.

God sent His only Son, Jesus, to come to earth as both a human and the Savior of the World. Jesus took our place on the cross and died for our sins that we might live forever with Him. That is the Gospel. And, that is the greatest gift any of us will ever receive because of the magnitude that we didn’t deserve it.

So, we always, always, always have a reason to rejoice and be thankful.

I know there are certain seasons of life that make expressing gratitude more difficult than others. That is why it is a choice.

We have to wake up in the morning and put on gratitude, choose thankfulness.

It’s easier said than done. Like I mentioned earlier, we can get distracted and caught up in our small worlds.

How can we practically choose thankfulness every day? 

  1. Start keeping a Gratitude Journal. Challenge yourself to write down 5 things you are thankful for at some point in the day. Date them so that you can flip back and physically see the blessings that the Lord freely bestows upon you throughout the day.
  2. Wake up in the morning and say that you’re going to choose thankfulness. Starting your morning out with an attitude of appreciation will transform how your day plays out because your heart is in the right place.
  3. Let your friends know that you’re working on being thankful. Ask them for prayer and accountability as you walk through this. Have them ask you what you’re thankful for. We are not meant to walk through life alone. Having your friends there for prayer, love and support will make all the difference.

It is possible to stay thankful throughout the year. We just have to make the daily choice.

Will you choose thankfulness today? 

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We Can Use You

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You, precious reader, have talents. We all have gifts that the Lord has blessed us with. And with these gifts, we can choose to glorify Him. We can do this by how we use our gifts.

Maybe you’re a talented writer. Perhaps you have the gift of hospitality. Can you put on a mean event? Are you great with your words? Maybe you’ve been blessed with a technological brain.

These are all amazing talents.

And deep down, we all want to use our talents for something greater than ourselves, right? It’s natural to want to help someone else out in the ways that God has gifted you.

If you’re looking for a place to volunteer, Mighty Moms would love to have you.

We have needs all the time, needs that possibly you and your gift(s) could fill!

Get Involved

A few of the areas we always need help in are:

  • Shoppers
  • Mobile Pantry
  • Website & Tech
  • Pick Up & Stock
  • Back to School

There are other areas, too. We’re always looking for good photographers to take pictures at our events. If you are a social butterfly, maybe you know of a family in need in our community that we could come together to help.

God has given each of you gifts and talents. If you’re looking for a way to serve and give of your time, comment and let us know!

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3 Easy-to-Make Halloween Sweet Treats

Halloween Sweet Treats

With Halloween upon us, I’m sure many of us have plans for this weekend! Between the trick-or-treating, fall fests, school Halloween parties and neighborhood gatherings, our calendars are filling up!

Maybe you’re the hostess. Maybe you’ve been asked to bring dessert to a party. Or maybe you just want a sweet treat to have on your counter over the weekend. Whatever your case may be, baking will probably be on your agenda.

If you’re trying to search for something creative, look no further! We have found 3 easy, simple recipes for some delicious spooky snacks. Take a look for yourself!

1. Pumpkin Pretzels

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How cute are these mini pumpkin pretzels? You can’t get more simple than four ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • Green M&Ms
  • 16 oz. white melting chocolate
  • Orange food coloring
  • 1 bag of tiny twist pretzels

Instructions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  2. Heat the melting chocolate according to package directions
  3. Add food coloring until the chocolate is the tint of orange you prefer.
  4. Drop the pretzels (a few at a time) into the orange chocolate and, using a fork, submerge them until they are completely orange.
  5. Remove with fork and place on the waxed paper to dry.
  6. Immediately place a green M&M on the top of the pretzel as the pumpkin stem.
  7. Let them fully dry and serve!

2. Witches’ Brooms

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These may be the easiest cutest things you could ever bring to a party! Watch these spooky snacks fly off your counter (cheesy pun intended).

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of Miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter cups
  • 1 bag of pretzel sticks

Instructions:

  1. Grab a festive platter or plate to display your treats.
  2. Individually unwrap the Reese’s Peanut Butter cups and set them upside down on the platter.
  3. Poke 1 pretzel stick into the bottom of each peanut butter cup and voila, you have yourself a party dessert!

3. Boo-nana Pops

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These are precious and semi-healthy snacks will make everyone happy!

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium bananas (serves 12)
  • White melting chocolate
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Popsicle sticks

Instructions:

  1. Quarter the bananas until you have 4 pieces out of each one.
  2. Stick popsicle sticks into the bananas and place on a wax-paper-lined baking sheet.
  3. Place in the freezer.
  4. When the bananas are frozen, fill a coffee mug with the white melting chocolate.
  5. Melt the chocolate in the microwave at 30-second intervals until the chocolate is fully melted.
  6. Dip the bananas into the melted white chocolate one at a time, scraping off the excess chocolate with the back of the banana.
  7. Place dipped bananas on cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
  8. Quickly add the mini chocolate chips as eyes before the chocolate hardens.

We hope these recipes help you out this Halloween season! Let us know what recipes you tried and how they worked out. Comment below with any other recipe ideas you might have!

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween, everyone!

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The 411 on Project 100

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Project 100 is a facet of the Full Tummy Project. It was created to help raise money toward our large Full Tummy grocery bill. Did you know that the Full Tummy Project’s monthly cost for food used to be $880. That number has grown to a whopping $10,000 per month.

While this is a good problem to have, because it indicates growth, it is still challenging to raise that amount of money at times.

Our desire is to get 100 people to subscribe to donate monthly to Mighty Moms for Full Tummy. You can subscribe by going our website.

By subscribing to Project 100, you are saying… 

…I believe in Mighty Moms and what they stand for. 
…I want to make a difference in children’s lives.
…I want to help fight against childhood hunger in Livingston Parish. 

The dollar amount begins at $10/month and goes up to $100/month in ten dollar increments. Whatever is on your heart to give is such a blessing and a huge help! Sign up to be a Project 100 subscriber today!

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Save the Date: Full Tummy Project Kick-Off

SAVE THE DATE

Full Tummy Project 2015-16

When: Saturday, July 25th
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Sam’s Club, Denham Springs, LA 

We will be collecting Full Tummy grocery items at Sam’s Club between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 25. Stop by and see us and help KICK OFF Full Tummy Project 2015-16!

Thank you for joining us in the battle to end child hunger.

We Love Our Volunteers

We will be selling chicken & sausage jambalaya and home-baked sweets. All proceeds will go to the Full Tummy project. If you’d like to volunteer to help us on July 25, please let us know. If you enjoy baking sweet treats and want to donate some to sell…we need you!

Let’s #MakeHungerHistory!

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Food Barrel Program Progress

For the last several months, we’ve been working with our Leadership team on our upcoming food barrel program.  At present, Coca Cola has generously provided over 30 heavy-duty food grade barrels in 2 sizes, 27 and 30 gallon.

Our barrels team is working hard to prepare the barrels to drop off at locations who have been kind enough to serve as a host for donation sites.  Barrel preparation includes sawing off one of the ends to open up the barrel, drilling holes for handles, sanding down the rough edges, cleaning out the syrup, cutting rope and inserting into the drilled holes, burning the rope ends with washers to hold them in place.

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We have secured approximately 10 committed locations and another 20 leads, including some regular volunteers to collect donations from the location sites.  Along with us, the Leadership group is currently seeking 50 committed locations in the Walker, Watson and Denham Springs areas, with the intent of expanding this program as we branch into other schools in Livingston Parish.  Barrel locations will be posted on our site once barrels have been delivered.

Please contact us about Partnering with Christ in the battle to end childhood hunger right here in your own back yard!

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2013 Easter Pantry Information

Mighty Moms Easter Pantry will be Monday, March 25 from 11:30-1 p.m. in Eastover.  The kids get to shop in our free grocery store for food to bring home for spring break.  I know my grocery bill jumps up when my kids are home on break.  We need 50 of each of these items…if you are able to help us…..we would be so grateful.  We also need volunteers to help that day in Eastover. 

  • peanut butter and jelly
  • cheddar cheese (small bag)
  • loaf of bread
  • spaghetti sauce
  • flour tortillas
  • spaghetti noodles
  • capri suns
  • cereal
  • large can of chicken
  • oranges
  • individual ranch packs
  • bananas

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