Monthly Update – 10,000 Reasons

21 Oct

Ten Thousand Reasons

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning.
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me.
Let me be singing when the evening comes
Bless the Lord, O my soul. Worship His holy name
Sing like never before, O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger.
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing.
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find


This song has become my anthem over the past month. The Lord seems to orchestrate it so that is comes on the radio right when I need to hear it. I especially love the last line of the second verse. For all Your goodness I will keep on singing. Ten Thousand reasons for my heart to find. I am feeling so blessed by the Lord’s goodness & provision for this child of His. It’s more than I could ask or imagine! Let me tell you what He’s done!


I am really excited to say that I have accepted a position at a Church here in Atlanta! I will be working with the Children’s and Women’s Ministries at Church of the Apostles providing administrative support and helping with their events. I am really looking forward to joining the Apostles team at the beginning of November! I just can’t believe the Lord’s provision in this. I was praying that I would find a full time job so I wouldn’t have a lapse in my health insurance and the Lord has provided that. I was praying for a job where I could work with a great team of people and the Lord provided that. I was praying for a job in ministry where my gifts and skills would be used well and He has provided that. To say that I am overwhelmed by my Heavenly Father’s love for me is an understatement!

In the mean time and in November I’ll be wrapping things up with GYFM and making sure they are set on a good foundation to move on when I am not there. I know the Lord will provide and care for my precious GYFM team as well. I’m excited to get the opportunity to go to the Global Missions Conference in November. If you are going to be there please let me know! I’d love to see you!!

This will be my last official “Ruthanne’s Monthly Update”. What a bitter sweet thing! I’m excited to be leaving this phase of life and moving on to another but will miss many things about my previous life stage. The Lord has taught me many many things – and continues to do so. But the theme seems to be; He is faithful even when I am not and He loves me even more than I could imagine. Great is His Faithfulness!

I am so thankful for you all and how you have prayed me through the last 5 years. I could not have done it without you!!! If you want to keep up with me and all I am doing you can look below and find links to my profiles on facebook, instagram, twitter etc. 😉

Love to you all!

By His Mercy, Ruthanne

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in the kitchen with Ruthanne!

13 Oct

Life’s been a little crazy lately and i haven’t been experimenting much in the kitchen. But with the cooling temperatures outside and the over and abundance of pumpkin recipes on pinterest I’ve been feeling an itch to do some baking.

When you have a gluten and dairy intolerance baking can be a challenge but I love a challenge.

As I was reading the most recent Trader Joe’s Frequent Flyer pamphlet I noticed they had a pumpkin version of their popular “…walked into a bar” line of fruit bars. I love these kind of bars. The graham crackery bar with the fruit filling are sooo good. but they almost always have wheat in them. And sometimes the filling as dairy in it. So I decided to give a homemade gluten & vegan version a try.

So here’s my basic graham recipe. You can make this into graham crackers or into a fruit bar. These are not as sweet as a traditional graham cracker so if you want them sweeter just add more sweetener. See, baking is easy. 😉

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Gluten free/Vegan ‘grahams’

1 cup chickpea flour
1/2 cup almond meal/flour
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons flax meal (soaked in 2 tablespoons of water as an egg replacement) or 1 egg
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup apple sauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon stevia or 2 tablespoons of sugar
3 cups of water
combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl with a silicone spatula until smooth.
if you are using this for a fruit bar you want it to be the consistency of muffin batter. if you feel like it is too dry or thick you can add more water until you reach that consistency. if you are making them into graham crackers you want it to be in the thicker side.
*note* These don’t rise a ton so don’t be alarmed.
baking:
Fruit bars – pour half if the batter in to a greased square baking dish or lined muffin tins. layer in your filling then pour the remaining batter on top.
bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. if you are doing your bars in a muffin tin you’ll want to rotate them halfway through.
Graham crackers – Pour the batter onto the lined cookie sheet, and spread it out evenly to the edge of the sheet.
Bake at 375 for 25 minutes, or until the edges are brown and the center is just starting to crack.
Remove the parchment paper or silicone mat from the sheet (don’t burn yourself!) and cut the crackers into squares. (I got about 30 crackers out of this recipe.) Stick them back in the oven for 2-4 minutes, stirring halfway through. Let the crackers cool completely so they can crisp up.

Fillings:

You can use your favorite fruit preserves (fig is particularly yummy *fig newtons anyone?*) for a fruit version.

*I just thought of this* nut butter & chocolate chips for a reeces cup feel. OR chocolate chips and marshmallows for s’mores. OR combine those two fillings! Amazing! Your options are limitless!

Here’s my pumpkin spice filling recipe. I like to really taste the pumpkin so mine, again, is not super sweet. Adjust to your taste.

3/4 cup canned pumpkin (not the pie filling – just 100% pumpkin)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg (you can use pre-ground but fresh is really better)
1 teaspoon stevia or your favorite sweetener
1 teaspoon vanilla
Stir to combine.

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Note: I made these into little bites in mini muffin tins but you can use a baking dish for bars or regular muffin tins or a loaf pan. If you use a loaf pan you may need to adjust your baking time.

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There you have it!!

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They’re not super attractive but they are so easy and really versatile. Have fun and let me know what versions you make!

lessons from songs

16 Jun

i was so encouraged by the worship at village church this morning. it was like long awaited rain that hit places in my heart that where dry and parched.

rather than explaining why these songs were sweet to me this morning. i’m just going to let the words and music speak, and i’m going bold certain lines that are encouraging to me. i hope they are to you as well.

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My Business Lies at Jesus’ GateListen here

My business lies at Jesus’ gate, where many a Lazar (beggar) comes. And here I seek and here I wait for mercy’s falling crumbs.

The Lord I hear the hungry feeds and cheers the souls distressed. He loves to bind up broken reeds and heal a bleeding breast.

His name is Jesus full of grace which draws me to his door. And will not Jesus show his face and bring his gospel store?

Supplies of every grace I want and each day want supply. And if no grace the Lord will grant I must lie down and die.

The Lord I hear the hungry feeds and cheers the souls distressed. He loves to bind up broken reeds and heal a bleeding breast.                                                                                                                                 

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Beneath the Cross of Jesus – Listen here

 

Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand, The shadow of a mighty rock within a weary land. A home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way. From the burning of the noontide heat, and the burden of the day

Upon the cross of Jesus, mine eye at times can see. The very dying form of One Who suffered there for me. And from my stricken heart with tears two wonders I confess. The wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place. I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face. Content to let the world go by to know no gain nor loss. My sinful self my only shame, my glory, all the cross.

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God Moves in Mysterious Ways – Listen here

God moves in a mysterious ways, His wonders to perform; He plants His footsteps in the sea and rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines, of never failing skill. He treasures up His bright designs, and works His sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take; the clouds ye so much dread. Are big with mercy and shall break, in blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust Him for His grace; Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast, Unfolding every hour; The bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err, and scan His work in vain; God is His own interpreter, and He will make it plain.

so…remember when I had a blog?

14 Jun

…and i actually wrote on it. yea…that was fun.

i’ve been a bit out of touch lately…and for good reason. let me tell you what’s been goin’ on.

ever since i got back from spain i feel like i’ve been on a really fast lazy river ride. does that even make sense? let me explain…so when you are on a lazy river you are just floating along on your inner tube, letting the current take you where it wills. you don’t have much control over it. well the past month has felt like that…only really fast. like so fast i might not believe you if you told me there is this month that occurs between april and june…people call it may…that’s how crazy fast life has been.

so i got back from spain, took a few days off to recoup from that trip and then went head-long into planning (with my mom) for my big 30th birthday party. oh yea! i forgot to mention i turned the big 3-0 in espana! it was a wonderful day. but the big celebration was happening on may 17th. and what a celebration it was. my party was so much fun! i literally had people from almost every part of my life there. from family to college friends to friends from church to friends from mtw. it was so cool. i hated that i didn’t really get to visit with everyone like i would have liked. but it was a fun party, with good food and good people. thank you so much to everyone who came.

but! while the party wasn’t a surprise, little did i know i had a surprise waiting for me a few days before.

this is what one look like when one’s best friend for 21 years flies half way around the world (literally….she flew from australia) and surprises one for her 30th birthday party.

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it was insane! i’ve never been so shocked in my whole life! i still can not believe she did that. and with a 10 week old baby! 10 weeks!!

and for your viewing pleasure…we have it captured on video.

it is still fun for me to watch.

and starting at that moment…everything i thought i was doing for the next two weeks completely changed.

when your best friend comes to america for the first time…you’ve got to show her around. and that means…

new york city, charleston, and lots of shopping 😉 to be honest with you i barely took any pictures! i was really just trying to stay in the moment and enjoy kate’s visit.

it was so much fun. and then she left. which was not so much fun. and i went into mourning for 3 days.

since then i’ve been playing catch up and getting prepped for what has become a very busy summer. all of which i am super excited about.

i’ve been spending lots of time in the kitchen too! after all the birthday celebrations were over i really wanted to get back to basics and start eating as whole and clean as i could. i could tell my body and gut needed it. as a happy result i have some fun recipes that have occurred. most by accident. i’ll be sure to share them soon.

here’s a little compilation of pictures that i did take during the birthday celebrations. enjoy!

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ugly cry!

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dulce vegan bakery in kirkwood provided cupcakes for me for my party. and oh my word were they good.

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party decorations!

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me and my momma! thank you so much for throwing me an awesome party!


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good friends from church

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cousins!

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samford friends

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the fam at stone mountain

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me and annie getting to know each other. did i mention annie’s middle name is clare…just like me…*wink wink*

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on our way to new york!

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carriage tour of charleston

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me and mary! love me some mrs. graham. i’m so glad she made the trip with kate too.

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in charleston we got to visit with michael walters who was our youth pastor in australia. was so great to catch up with him! and meet his wife rachel and son thomas.

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Monthly Update: Area Retreat Recap

7 May

Europe Area Retreat 2013 – a picture of God’s faithfulness

It’s hard to believe that the area retreat has come and gone! But what a retreat it was! From start to finish we saw the Lord’s hand in this retreat. This was a smaller retreat for us (only 20 students in the middle and high school group) but that provided for some really neat times of fellowship with the students. It was so cool to walk into the restaurant at meal times and see ALL of the students sitting at one big long table enjoying their meal together.

I had asked for specific prayer for certain things. Here are those items and how the Lord answered them.

For final preparations we still have to do.
  • All of the last minute prep went great and we were well prepared when we got there. Praise Him!
For health while I travel and at the retreat.
  • This was OK. I had good days and bad days but over all I was able to manage fine. I could not have done it with out the support of our youth team and your prayers. Thank you!
For travel safety.
  • With only minor hiccups here and there our team all made it to Spain and home safe and sound. Thank you Lord!
For team unity.
  • Loved our team! We had such a great time with everyone and where able to gel well so we could serve well.
For the Lord to be preparing the hearts of the students that we will be serving.
  • We saw some really neat things happen in the lives of the students. I believe that the Lord will use this retreat as a turning point in many of the student’s walks. Thank you Lord for beginning to stir their hearts even before the retreat started.
That we would serve the missionaries well.
  • It is a joy and privilege to serve those who serve. Thank you Lord for this opportunity.

Here are a few comments from the student’s evaluations.
“Complete this sentence: “For me, this area retreat has been…” ”

  • Spiritual growth, time to hang with friends.
  • Refreshing and encouraging.
  • Amazing in so many ways.
  • The best yet!
  • A blessing and relief.
  • Friggin sweet! Awesomeness with extra chocolate sauce. 😉 (I had to include it!)
Thank you for sending me! Thank you supporting me! Thank you for praying!! 

Pictures descriptions:
Top of paragraph – some of the girls from the youth program after the day off.
Above – One of our large group meetings | A map showing where all the students are from | Fun times with friends | Playing “ninja” on the beach.

So how’s my support coming?

The Lord is faithful to me. I am at 58% of my needed support. I am continuing to have opportunities to share with churches and individuals. Those are going well but to be honest with you….I feel like I’m in a bit of a dry spell. My support percentage has not really increased and I am feeling like I am running out of people to share with. I know it’s not going to happen overnight but I would appreciate your prayers for encouragement, diligence, increased opportunities to share about GYFM and movement in my support account.

As I set down the path towards being fully supported by June of 2013 I would love for you to pray about participating in my “50@75” campaign. If the Lord provided 50 new pledges at $75 a month I would be at 100%. This could be a new supporter, it could be a current supporter or church who increases their pledge or someone could take up two of those spots if they’d like. 😉 I trust the Lord is going to provide for my needed support in His timing but will you pray for my 50@75 campaign? I need 36 more people pledging at $75 or more a month. Thank you for praying for me during this season.


What else is going on?

While in spain I turned 30! It was a WONDERFUL day! I felt so loved as I was showered with cards and hugs while at the retreat. If you are going to turn 30 being in spain with 300 missionaries is not a bad place to spend it. 😉 It happened to be the day off at the retreat on by birthday so I was able to go on a winery tour which was really cool! Then that evening my GYFM took me out for a delicious dinner with a view of the ocean. It was the best day!

On May 17th my family is throwing me a big 30th birthday shindig! I’m really looking forward to celebrating with friends and family. if you are in the area let me know! I’d love for you to come!!

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of witnessing 10 of our MTW MK’s graduate from Covenant College! It was so fun to get to see them walk across the stage and congratulate them on their hard work. Way to go!

My health issues are ongoing but becoming more manageable which I am thankful for. It seems my issues are chronic but can be managed through dietary changes. While those are challenging sometimes I’m having fun learning how to alter what I eat to suit my new needs and trying lots of new food options.

 

Prayer & Praise
Thank you so much for your prayers for me!! I can’t tell you how much it means to me to know that you are lifting me up and ministering along side me through prayer. Y’all are awesome!!

Please pray for…

  1. Continued provision of my needed support.
  2. For patience as I wait to hear from folks I have followed up with.
  3. That the Lord would bring new potential supporters to mind.
  4. That I would juggle support raising, GYFM team responsibilties and church responsibilities well.
  5. Managing health issues.

Praise Him for…

  1. 58% Support Raised!
  2. A great Area Retreat

Support Goal
58%

Closing in on 60%
50@75 Campaign
I need 37 more team members at $75 a month to reach my goal! Would you like to be one of them?
Please let me know if you are interested in partnering with me & the Global Youth & Family Ministries.

You can download my prayer card here and fill out the commitment card on the back.You can make an on-line pledge or  donation here.
Or send a check to MTW
PO Box 116284 Atlanta GA 30368
Please include my name and account number #10660 in the memo line.


Upcoming Events

May 13
Team members Brooks and Riva Cain depart for Japan!

May 17
My 30th Birthday party!

July 9 – July 20
GYFM Team Retreat, Re-entry & Summer Conference at Ridge Haven


Be in Touch
There’s lot’s of ways to get in touch with me!

ruthanneclare@gmail.com
ruthanneclare.wordpress.com
facebook.com/ruthanneclare
twitter.com/ruthanneclare
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2770 Durham Dr
Atlanta, GA 30319

life in pictures


My Aunt Barbara got married! here she is kicking back in her cowboy boots after the ceremony! It was so fun to celebrate with her!


Family birthday celebration before we left for spain.


Atlanta in the spring time is just gorgeous!


My church hosts a Seder Dinner every year…I was involved in the planning of it this year. It’s one of my favorite things we do. And yummy to boot!

while at the DMV

11 Apr

random thoughts that ran through my head while waiting at the DMV.

1. I should have brought some thank you cards to write while I wait.

2. the more I try and figure out the number calling system the more I will get frustrated that my number is not being called.

3. it really is amazing the diversity of people that are all sitting in one room.

4. I hope my picture turns out good.

5. I should have brought a snack.

6. I need to remember to have patience with the folks working here. I can’t imagine processing through this many people on a given day.

7. I should have brought a jacket…it’s chilly in here.

8. Seeing all the nervous kids here to take their driving test is making me remember my process to get my license. That’s a long story….

9. It would be nice if they had wifi in here.

10. oh my gosh…I just fell asleep. did I miss my number??

11. …………

12. I’m next!

10 mins later…

13. am I next??

14. well that wasn’t horrible. waited 50 mins, at the counter for 10.

TA DA! much better.

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recipes

10 Feb

Don’t you worry…i’m not turning this into a food blog. But I have had some successes in the kitchen that I wanted to share.

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This was kind if a fluke. I had this gluten free pie crust that was leftover from thanksgiving and was taking up room in the freezer. I was trying to think of ways to use it but not make something sweet. I wanted to do some kind of pot pie but then landed on a quiche. I’ve now got breakfast or lunches for a week or so! Here’s the details.

The goods
1 pie crust – store bought or homemade…I’m not picky
6 eggs
3/4 cup of milk – I used almond milk but if you don’t have to be dairy free regular milk is fine.
1 1/2 cups spinach
1 1/2 cups mushrooms
1/2 of a red onion
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup diced tomatoes – canned is fine…but don’t use the juice
3 slices of cooked bacon – I used turkey bacon but you can use regular too
Salt and pepper
Optional – 1/2 cup of your fav cheese.

what to do
Pre heat the oven to the specifications of your pie crust.

Sauté the garlic, onions and mushrooms over medium heat in a pan with a bit of oil or cooking spray. You want them to be nice and browned.

When the garlic onions and mushrooms are done dump your spinach in the pan and turn off the heat. This will start to wilt the spinach but not cook it.

Beat together your eggs and milk and a pinch of salt and pepper

Add what’s in your sauté pan as well as the bacon and tomatoes (and cheese if you are using it) to the egg mixture.

Prick the bottom of your pie crust.

Pour egg mixture into pie crust.

Bake in oven until the center is done. About 40 minutes.

You can eat this warm or cool…whichever you like!

2. Very Berry Oatmeal

I love Oatmeal! My good friend & team-mate Drew is my oatmeal guru. He makes the best oatmeal and has taught me a lot about oatmeal making basics that you can alter to make tons of different flavors (even tips to cleaning up after your oatmeal! Hint…use cold water! You won’t fighting with that gluey paste in your bowl or pot)

My latest version of oatmeal is a very berry oatmeal! I’ve shared another fall themed version here.

the goods – this is a one person serving…adjust your quantities accordingly.

1/2 cup of oats

1/2 cup of water

1/2 cup of milk (pick your poison here…i drink almond milk but any kind of milk would work.)

1/4 cup of blueberries

5 strawberries sliced

1 tsp vanilla extract

a dash of your favorite sweetener (mine’s sweet leaf stevia)

what to do

Cook the oats according to the instructions on the side of the container. Mine says 1/2 cup of oats to 1 cup liquid. I use half water and half almond milk.

As the liquid is heating up throw your fruit, vanilla and sweetener in. You don’t have to do it right at the beginning but definitely before it comes to a boil.

When your liquid comes to a boil (and be careful here…it can have a tendency to boil over) add the oats and stir to combine.

I use quick cooking oats so they cook for 1 minute then you turn the heat off and cover it for another 2 mins.

Then you get to eat this yumminess! The blueberries give the oatmeal a fun purple color and the strawberries are delish and soft.

YUM! And bonus…this whole thing is only 210 calories (if you use almond milk and a calorie free sweetener)

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I hope you enjoy these kitchen successes I’ve had!

reflecting on 2012

10 Jan
a friend of mine (Hey Jen!) did this 2012 reflection and I thought it was pretty nifty…so I decided try my own.
2012 Reflection
1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
Shot a gun
Ran a 5K
Ran 2 5Ks 😉 
Travelled to Europe for pleasure
Lead a missions trip.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? 
Yes! My resolution/goal was to get healthy and lose weight…and I did!
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 
Yes! My church is a baby making machine! 
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.
5. What countries did you visit?
Italy, Spain, France, England, Holland & Mexico.
6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Kindness towards my family.
Some dates. (and not of the fruit variety)
7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
September 15, 2012 – I lost 100 pounds.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting Healthy.
9. What was your biggest failure?
not sure…not that i don’t fail at stuff…i just can’t pinpoint one thing.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes, but through some dietary changes it seems to be getting better.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
New, properly fitting running shoes.
A seat cushion for spin class. Makes a WORLD of difference. 😉 
12. Where did most of your money go?
clothes. a fun problem to have when you lose weight. 
13. What did you get really excited about? 
Visiting the Harry Potter Studios in England. (i was probably a little too excited about it…but it was awesome.) 
14. What song will always remind you of 2012?
Some Nights by fun. 
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
happier or sadder? 
happier!
thinner or fatter?
thinner…cannot believe it. 😉 !  
richer or poorer? 
poorer…but only in money, not in friends and family. I’m definitely richer there. 
16. What do you wish you’d done more of? 
Support Raising
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying
18. How did you spend Christmas?
In New York City with my family and in Orlando FL with my extended family. 
19. What was your favorite TV program?
Downton Abbey
Project Runway (regular and all stars)


Survivor (I know)
Amazing Race
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Bossypants by Tina Fey 
21. What was your favorite music from this year? 
fun., the lumineers, mumford & sons, adele
22. What were your favorite films of the year?
Les Mis
The Avengers
Brave
(I know there were others but I’m having a hard time remembering what they were!)
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
29 – Went out to dinner with my family at Agave…so yummy. The day before some friends took me out for Sushi (may fave) and to a shooting range! It was so fun! 
24. What’s one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Having more of my support raised …but I still made good strides in it. 
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
whatever fits/preppy hipster.
26. What kept you sane?
The gym.
My Fitness Pal.
My D-Group.
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.  
That I’m not in control. And God will give me the grace to handle ANY circumstance/challenge when I’m ready. 

For 2013…
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December/January Update

4 Dec

Colors of Grace

I hope this email finds you and your’s well. We’re well into the holiday season and I’m looking forward to all that December is bringing. I love this time of year. Driving down the road and seeing the lights on peoples houses, the cooler weather (although at the moment it’s 75 degrees outside!) and the fun gatherings with family and friends.

I’ve also enjoyed going through an advent devotional this season. I’m reading through a couple but one I’ve really enjoyed is written by John Piper. You can download it for free here. It’s been really good for me to take time at the beginning of my day to set my sights towards the Lord and the anticipation of His Son. Here’s one quote that struck a chord with me this Sunday as I was getting ready to go to church.

 “Is not my word like fire, says the Lord!” (Jeremiah 23:29) ‘Gather ‘round that fire this Advent season. It is warm. It is sparkling with colors of grace. It is healing for a thousand hurts. It is light for dark nights.’ – John Piper
Isn’t that beautiful? I love the imagery Piper uses…Sparkling with colors of grace, healing for a thousand hurts, light for dark nights. It’s so easy for me to just think of the scriptures as words on a page but they are so much more! It’s a story on fire with rescue, grace and salvation that comes alive to us through the birth of a baby at Christmastime. I’m really enjoying gathering around the fire of His word this advent season. 
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50%!!!

Praise the Lord! I’ve hit the half way mark! I’m so thankful for his provision over the past two months. If you remember in my last update I was at 43% – He has provided tremendously! As I set down the path towards being fully supported by June of 2013 I would love for you to pray about participating in my “50@75” campaign. If the Lord provided 50 new pledges at $75 a month I would be at 100%. This could be a new supporter, it could be a current supporter or church who increases their pledge or someone could take up two of those spots if they’d like. 😉 I trust the Lord is going to provide for my needed support in His timing but will you pray for my 50@75 campaign? I need 45 more people pledging at $75 or more a month. Thank you for praying for me during this season.

Year-End Giving

You may be in the process of considering your year end giving options. I would appreciate it you would think about either making a special year-end gift or a monthly pledge towards my ministry with the Global Youth & Family Ministries. The Lord is using the gifts of His people in great ways to reach the nations and the next generation! If you would like to talk with me about GYFM or if you’ve been thinking and praying about joining the team now’s the time! Please get in touch with me so I can answer any questions you may have. You can click on any of the links below to give or reply to this email!

What’s going on…

We had a great time with 19 members of the Burch family in town for Thanksgiving! My sister, 2 aunts and I ran a 5k on thanksgiving morning! It was so good to spend time with them. Right after thanksgiving we set up my parent’s Christmas tree in preparation for their 3rd annual Christmas open house. This past weekend I joined a group from my church to decorate a tree in East Atlanta Village. We ended up winning the competition with our signpost idea!  In a few weeks I’ll be spending some time with a missionary family who just arrived back to the US for Home Ministry Assignment.  I’m really thankful that even though I’m spending most of my time support raising I’m able to still meet with missionary kids and their families to provide encouragement to them as they transition. We’re also in the midst of planning for the next Area Retreat which is coming up in April! We’ll be headed to Spain to give care and encouragement to the Missionaries from Europe. Please be praying for our planning and preparation as we look forward to this event in April.
I hope you find yourself in the good company of family and friends, gathered around the fire of His word this Christmas. 
In Him, Ruthanne

Prayer Requests

Praise!

  1. 50% Support Raised!
  2. Good dessert sharing times in November
  3. A wonderful time with the Burch side of the family at Thanksgiving.

Prayer

  1. Continued provision of my needed support.
  2. That I would be faithful in following up with contacts made this fall.
  3. Some health problems I am having. Please pray for wisdom for the Doctors I am seeing and for clarity in diagnosis.

new & shiny

28 Nov

if you’re reading this from some kind of blog reader…click here…then look up.

whaddya think? huh? thought it was time to update the ole blog header.

fun times.

in completely unrelated news…i got some mail today….from the president….of the United States…no biggy. 😉 Click over to my instagram feed to see what it was.