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There Are No Words

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What an amazing year 2015 has been for Mighty Moms.  I love this little group we call Mighty Moms.  I love the way God is writing this story in our community.  I love the people we serve every week.  I love the volunteers I’ve met and the beginning of new relationships.  I love the hard work it takes to keep it all going.  The gratitude and joy that I experience every day because of the incredible people who make Mighty Moms happen is more than I could have ever dreamed of.

The volunteers, teachers, businesses, children, churches, and all those who gave their time and prayers have truly blown me away this year.  I have been reminded of the good in the world this holiday season.  I see the love of Christ permeating our little community.  I am so grateful for the people I am surrounded with and lucky to work along side so many caring leaders and individuals.

We all live crazy busy lives.  Our families, our jobs, and our ministries all take time in our week.  Our to-do lists continue to grow and our calendars are full.  So, a sincere thank you to those who are balancing it all and still serving and giving of their time and resources to Mighty Moms even in the midst of crazy busyness.  I deeply appreciate you.

Thank you to those who have rallied around Mighty Moms in many ways.  Praying on your hands and knees for hunger to cease in our neighborhoods.  Packing Full Tummy bags every week for children to take home on the weekends.  Hosting food drives and barrels in your offices and classrooms to collect food for our Holiday Pantry and Full Tummy Project.  Committing to deliver Full Tummy bags every week for the entire school year–you are angels to so many in need.  Donating to our organization because you believe it is a good and worthy cause.  Calling and asking me if there is anything you can help me with, bless you.

You are Rock Stars, Heroes, and World Changers.  We would not be where we are today without the power of your generous and passionate hearts.

As I think about the last 12 months,  here are a few examples of how you have been a part of blessing our community:

  • January Holiday Pantry
  • Keller Williams Red Day
  • Easter Holiday Pantry
  • Oak Point Fresh Market Lemonade Stand
  • Souper September
  • Integrity Insurance Fill A Tummy 5K and Fun Run
  • Our 40th Livingston Parish School joined Full Tummy Project
  • Volunteer SuperTeams were launched
  • Thanksgiving Turkey Meal Outreach

I am wildly thankful for this incredible group of people that God has placed in my heart and in my life.  There are no words to explain how I feel about each person, prayer, and dollar that has come been shared with Mighty Moms this year.

Xoxo,
Dawn

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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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Christmas Star

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Have any of you read Bill Hybels’ Christmas story, Seeing The Christmas Scenery? I guess it’s really a Christmas message or life lesson that we may have overlooked or not even really thought of before.

Bill challenges the reader to spend some time looking at the nativity scene we have all grown up looking at in yards, on Christmas cards, and in churches. The Star, the Stable, and the Manger are the particulars he focuses on.

O Star of Wonder, Star of Night. Star with royal beauty bright. Westward leading, still proceeding. Guide us to thy Perfect Light.

God provided a particular star to serve as a travel guide for the Magi looking for the Royal baby. Matthew 2:9 tells us that after listening to King Herod, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose, went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. The star led them to the exact place where Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus were.

Verse 10 says when seeing the star, the Magi rejoiced with exceeding great joy. Deep down, they knew they would have never found Christ without the God given star. We know the rest of their story. They rejoiced and worshiped Him. They presented unto Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Wow!

Hybels says, “God provides a travel guide for seekers.” That is so true. He has been putting stars and other travel guides into the lives of those seeking Jesus for centuries. Even before we realized we needed to seek Jesus. I’m speaking for myself.

God provides a travel guide (someone to lead us to Christ) for each of us. When I read that sentence, I think my jaw dropped on my book. Seriously!! He did in my journey. My sweet sister in law, Amy, was my bright and shinning star who lead me straight into the loving arms of Jesus. I grew up in church and went to Catholic School from K-12. I knew ABOUT God but I didn’t know Him know Him. I didn’t have a relationship with Him. I had no idea what I was missing. God sent someone in my life whose love for Christ and me was real. She was patient and kind. Her faith was something to see. I don’t know what my life would be like had God not used her as a travel guide. I am so thankful for Amy Birdsong. She is a beautiful star.

Since then, I believe He has continued putting precious “stars” in my path. Friends whose lights burn bright and whose love is real. And their faith…well that’s the thing that draws me nearer to them and to Christ. I am grateful for the gifts that are my travel guides. I can say that just recently he put a new friend in my life that will lead me to Him in this season of my life. Each one of them are gifts straight from the Father of Lights.

Hybels says, “For those of you who are still seekers, let me give you a word of encouragement. Chances are, God has already put a travel guide in your life somewhere. Chances are, if you were to scan the horizons of your relationships, you probably already know someone whose spiritual light burns bright, whose love is for real, and whose faith has caught your attention more than once. That person may very well be God’s gift to you-sort of like a Christmas star-God’s travel guide. Look at the star–God has probably already given you one. Use it soon!”

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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

Thankfulness

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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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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My Christmas Journey

God has taken me on a fantastic journey these past few months. I didn’t realize it would be a so-called “journey” until it was almost over and it became obvious that was I definitely on a JOURNEY. An adventure that would S T R E T C H my faith. A journey that would bring me to my knees in worship. A journey that would remind me to continually bring my gifts to Jesus to bring HIM GLORY.

Several months ago, God opened my eyes to the needy in different parts of our parish. He showed me this through Full Tummy Project because He had a plan. Mighty Moms Holiday Food Extravaganza was born and so it began. After being blown away by the support of our friends and community during our Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway, I knew December 29 would be equally as sensational. I made the grocery list and contacted businesses, churches, and our faithful supporters. Everyone was super generous and the food started coming in massive quantities! As the Mighty Mom house started filling up, I began to get nervous. Then as we totaled up the food we received and starting putting numbers on what was still needed….I began to freak out a little. We needed 10,000 food items to feed the 400 families I thought God had told me to feed. The dollar amount on that food freaked me out ALOT.

I was in a full blown freak out!

About this same time, I had been reading in Matthew and digging into the Journey of the Magi….The long faith filled journey the wise men took.. These 3 Magi each had a calling from God. God had asked them to follow a STAR to see Baby Jesus. The Son of God. The Messiah. The King of Kings. They all left their homes, jobs, families and walked in FAITH to what God had called them to do. I wonder if they ever doubted hearing the command like I did? I am ashamed to say, I did wonder if had heard his voice at all. Had I heard him say to feed that many people? That much food? How could it happen? What if no one came to be fed? Too many questions for my Father. Sometimes I have such little faith. I wish I could say I was different.

God was with the Magi their entire journey. He protected and strengthened them along the way. He gave them each other and a STAR to journey with. He never left them…not once. He also gave me sweet friends who worked steadfastly with me, we encouraged and cheered each other on until the last minute. The Magi’s journey and my Christmas journey were both filled with wonder and faith. God showed himself to me many times throughout my journey. I have to share one of these days with you. It was Friday after Christmas and I was full of anxiety, fear, and doubt. I called my dear friend, Helen, who knew about my doubt from the night before. She had calmed me before I went to sleep by reminding me that God is always faithful to His promises. Not only that, but that we can not see the future, so we must walk by FAITH not by sight and TRUST Him for the outcome of December 29. That morning….I was still a mess.

We prayed together.

Prayed for God to multiply the food we had and we asked for his favor with everyone I met that morning. Well, I can tell you that HE heard and answered our prayers in a MIGHTY way. I needed something like 50 more boxes of macaroni and cheese to complete that food group. I started searching in the Full Tummy room after we prayed hoping I would find a few full size boxes and guess what? Oh yea…I found 50. I am not joking. Thank you Jesus and of course I had to apologize for my unbelief. Next…..I was off the Walmart. I dreaded going in. Walmart after Christmas…Yuck. Busy store with grouchy workers and customers. I didn’t want to go in and ask to speak to the grocery manager and order over 100 cases of food. I just didn’t want to go in. But I did. Remember we prayed for favor? God had already walked before me and made a way. It was easy. Natalie and Rich at Walmart were the sweetest things and I stood in awe at God had done. As I talked with Rich about my budgeted price of $1.93 per box of cereal and how it was hard to find. He says, “you will never believe it but I just put all this cereal on sale for $1.25 a box!” WHAT the What?? Ok this must be a joke. He goes on to say, I better get it all now because at that price it will all be gone before lunch. I stand there alone with my one buggy and think how the heck am I going to do this? Just so happens the most precious grandma, grandpa, and 2 grand babies walk up asking me what I need so much cereal for. As I tell them, precious Ray tells his wife that he is going to get 2 more buggies for me and they will help me load it up, push it to the cashier, and them out to my car. I burst into tears. NO ONE ever wants to help anyone in Walmart…especially a Jesus lovin’ freak who is loading up 300 boxes of cereal. But Ray and Evelyn did. It was a DIVINE APPOINTMENT we all had in Walmart that morning. When it was all loaded and I hugged their necks like 10 times each, I sat in my car and cried like a baby. I cried because I was happy, I was overwhelmed, there were joyful tears and tears of sorrow for my lack of faith. I called Helen and cried even more. I realized Friday morning, not for the 1st time but the 10th time, that HE wants my obedience.

Just walk in obedience Dawn Birdsong and I have it all worked out for you because I LOVE YOU.

I HAD heard His voice all those months ago.

The MM Holiday Food Extravaganza turned out great. Luke 18:27 says that What is impossible with men is possible with God. That couldn’t be more true about our Christmas food giveaway. We fed 400 families over 11,000 grocery and produce items. We were able to give abundantly to those families in need. We shared the burden of hunger with our community. It was beautiful. It couldn’t have been a more gorgeous day. It was the day the Lord had made and we rejoiced and were glad.

I want to thank Luke 10:27, New Covenant, First United Methodist–DS, Christ Community Church, First Baptist, Wholly Ground, and Revival Temple for supporting us through this Food Extravaganza. Baton Rouge Food Bank showed up with the freshest fruit and vegetables.

Thank you for the bottom of my grateful heart.

So many precious people in our community have given us financial support, moral support, prayer and working hands and feet. It couldn’t have been done without each and every one of you. To Him be the Glory and Honor and Praise for this Christmas journey and many more to come.
My friend, Andrea, from babeofmyheart.com has written a devotional over the years about the Journey of the Magi. Go over and check it out when you have time. I thought I would leave you with these words of hers as we start 2014:

The wise men worshiped Jesus–and they knew God’s voice.

The more we worship Jesus–the more we will know His voice and be able to follow Him in the new ways He wants to lead us. The wise men also show us that God will often lead us BEYOND our own understanding– differently from the ways and patterns He has led us in the past. There will often be risks involved–but as we listen to Him, we will know which way to go–and ultimately it is the way that bring Him the most glory, protect us from harm and help us stay in His perfect, good and pleasing will for our lives. Let us be open to walking in new directions–down roads that are unfamiliar to us when He calls us–and worshiping Him along the way.

Happy New Year, Everybody!

XO,

Dawn

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Thanksgiving Blessings of a Full and Happy Heart

I long for heart to heart intimacy with Jesus-every day.  I struggle during these busy weeks to find the time and strength to nurture my relationship with Jesus.  I know my time at His feet suffers and so all things in my heart and head get out of whack.  I’ve been reading and studying Martha and Mary over the past few weeks.

Luke 10:38-42 is their story.

We know how it goes.  Martha was busy busy preparing her home for Jesus and his disciples.  So much to do and so little time.  Sounds familiar huh?  Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to His teachings.  I love verse 42.  Jesus says to Martha,

There is only need for ONE thing and Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.

Mary chose what was BETTER.. sitting at the feet of Jesus was the better thing.  Not hurrying around the house cleaning, cooking, being anxious and aggravated.  Mary took the time to worship Jesus and know Him better.

We are all different and that is just the way God made us.  Fearfully and Wonderfully made.  Some of us Marys and some Marthas.

I admit I want to be 100% Mary.  I want to only focus on HIM.  Not the other stuff that comes with entertaining and serving.  I want to sit at his feet and worship extravagantly.

Every day.  Several times a day.

I guess I am part Mary but I am also part Martha.  Wanting everything to be perfect.  My home, my menu, our Christmas pictures, the Full Tummy Project, Holiday Food Distributions, and the list goes on.  Driving myself, Ben, Adam, Connor, and Cole, and I’m sure my friends (at times) CRAZY.  Not only do I “busy” myself with the holiday stuff but also with Mighty Moms.  That still quiet voice in my spirit has SPOKEN some truth to me lately.  Truth that has been hard to swallow.  I don’t want my “duties” as a wife, mom, mighty mom, and friend to substitute my “devotion” time to my KING.  So many things to do and so little time leads to frustration and a sour attitude for me at times.  I am thankful my Father in Heaven cares enough to show me and tell me where I am going wrong.  I am even more thankful HE FORGIVES ME.  He continually reminds me what is BETTER.  I am just a dumb sheep who needs my Shepherd to guide me and remind me.

Mark Driscoll told his Mars Hill church this..

Spend time with Jesus, then get things done.  Worship like Mary, then work like Martha.

So this Holiday season, I am going to make it a priority no matter how busy.. even if I have to wake up 30 minutes earlier.. to spend that quiet time at His feet each morning before I serve, and work, and sacrifice, and LOVE the least of these.  I want to have a Mary heart toward Jesus so I need to choose the right thing.

Fellowship with Jesus

May your Thanksgiving Day be full of
your favorite people
lots of laughter, football and card playing
new memories made and long chats about the old ones
lots of yummy food and a good nap or two and a
happy, happy, happy,
grateful heart!

XOXO,

Dawn

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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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