Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ducks and Then Stella

This picture above was taken in May of 2015. As many of you know we have a homeless pet ministry called SpinkyPets. These are 10 babies and both Dad and Mom on our patio. We raised these ducks until they were big enough to fly. We watched days where Dad and Mom would teach them. I personally grew to Love them deeply, I am sure Steve did too. We also feed many cats too which we Love. At this time we were feeding Spencer and Sabrina two cats that had many babies over a 2 year span. One day Mom Sabrina ran up on our patio and took one of the baby ducks. I watched in horror. I watched Sabrina take this baby duck all the way to the forest behind our home. I sat and cried for hours, I mean really cried like a baby and couldn't stop. My heart was broken! I cried out to God asking why! I get teary even today thinking of that day and how Dad and Mom ducks were so unsettled as they watched Sabrina the cat take one of their babies. 

God cares about every detail of your life. He cares when you cry over baby ducks, He cares when people hurt you or mistreat you. He cares about everything that concerns you. We don't always see or believe that especially when we are going through pain. We know He is faithful and we put our trust in Him. Gal 5:6 says; The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through Love. We put our Faith in The One who holds everything. We know that He works everything out for the good of those who Love Him and are called according to His purposes-Romans 8:28 right?

On January 22, 2016 God blessed me with Stella. She truly is a God girl cat. I know that God gave me Stella, I could write a post for days of all the things God showed me that He gave me Stella. The one I want to share is this-That horrible day of May 7, 2015 when I watched in disbelief "Sabrina" the cat take that baby duck I loved so much, well Sabrina was being a Mom that needed to feed her litter of babies that were born on April 20, 2015. And guess what? Stella was one of those babies! I can't tell you in words or express the depth of my Love for Stella today, but I know God gave her to me. He saw me that day crying deeply over a duck and then blessed me with Stella who survived by eating that duck!

God cares! HE Loves you! And if you will put your trust in Him 100%, He will always work things out for your good even if they don't seem good then, later on you will reap a blessing from Him. 

Here is my baby girl Stella who I rescued from the wild. She was born on the floor of the forest. I've had so many cats over the years, but she by far exceeds any cat I've had, because not only is she like almost perfect (literally) but because this was God's gift to me.  

Monday, November 7, 2016

T-Shirts with Thanks

Most of you read last month's Blog post about a beautiful and blessed inmate named Melissa who blessed me with a check for $50 just to say thank you. Well, I wanted to share with the whole world what Melissa bought me. I also wanted to say "Thank you" for your action of Love Melissa. Here is the T-Shirts, the black one that says Love I got for my husband Steve. The picture is a screenshot 
of an Instagram post I did for Melissa.
Melissa is an overcomer in Christ. I encourage you to seek the Lord each day by praying, reading His word, serving others and sharing what Christ 
has done for you!  Trust in Him at all times, no matter what you are going through, He will never fail you.

Psalm 27:14
Stay with GOD!
Take heart, Don't quit.
I'll say it again:
Stay with GOD.

and remember your story could be the key that unlocks someone else's prison, don't be afraid to share it..

Friday, October 21, 2016

Thank you Melissa!!

WOW! I've been in tears all day! 
I got a letter today from Melissa whom God 
has allowed me to serve through Christ for years now. 
I just had to do a post of Love and thank you's to her! 
Melissa's journey has been a miracle through the power of Christ. She has been transformed and redeemed in God's Love. From Lowell to Gadsden and soon Hernando she is a miracle. A beautiful girl with a heart of gratitude and not one that thinks that ministries should bless her, 
but grateful for anything including open to be loved and treasured.  
Today she sent me a "thank you" for all I've done for her and a check for $50 payable to me (not the ministries) just because she is grateful and well loved. I take no credit Melissa, I give God all the glory, AMEN. I'm just so thankful you allowed me to love you through Christ. Thank you for your refreshment and your act of Love to give back. I'm in tears because I remember the days you didn't have a penny and was losing weight. And to see how God has blessed you brings so many tears to my eyes. I'm so happy for you! I also have tears because God showed me through your words of Love and encouragement that He is proud of me! WOW! And yes, I am overwhelmed too by your generous heart to give back and share. Thank you Melissa!! You are Loved deeply. And I hope your okay with me telling the whole world how much I'm proud of you and sharing your letter :) I also want you to know that I am so blessed to see you write your "Well Loved". That is what we all are called to do by God, "Love People Well". Thank you for opening your heart to me Melissa. May God continue to bless you richly in Jesus Name. 

Warning: This might shake up your faith.

Warning: This might shake up your faith.
By Jarrid Wilson

Here are 10 differences between a believer and a Christian.

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. James 2:19

1. A believer believes in Jesus. A Christian follow his commands.

2. A believer goes to church on holidays. A Christian knows that a church community is the paradigm for their faith.

3. A believer reads their Bible when things get tough. A Christian reads their Bible regularly.

4. A believer prays when things get tough. A Christian gives thanks no matter the circumstance.

5. A believer twists the Bible to fit his or her lifestyle. A Christian works to make his or her lifestyle resemble the teachings of the Bible.

6. A believer will sacrifice when it’s convenient. A Christian will sacrifice no matter the potential outcome.

7. A believer tithes when there is no risk. A Christian will tithe no matter the risk.

8. A believer conforms under the pressure of culture. A Christian holds fast against temptation.

9. A believer will share their faith when it’s 
comfortable. A Christian will share his or her faith regardless of the scenario.

10. A believer knows about Jesus. A Christian knows Jesus as his or her Lord and Savior.

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Kindness of Inmates

Happy Birthday October Beloved ones!!

What is kindness? 
First it is one of the nine Fruit of the Spirit-Galatians 5:22
Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate, Webster's Dictionary.

The last month we have experienced the kindness of inmates and it was overwhelming to the point of tears.

We celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary on August 20th and Patty an inmate we love and serve at Lowell sent us a check (picture above) for $25. She only had $29, but felt so blessed with how much we do for her out of love that she wanted to bless us somehow. She paid for an anniversary dinner to Sweet Tomatoes 
(picture below on our way to dinner) Just Wow! This is Love. 
To come out of your lack and sacrifice for another because you are thankful for everything. 
Kindness is Patty. 
We thank you deeply❤️

The fundraiser for food and hygiene supplies for our daughter Sara was a success. 
Thanks to God and some precious inmates.
One in particular Sam who receives $60 a month in allowance. She wrote us and said $20 for Sara, $20 for my son for working hard in school & $20 for herself. Wow! Kindness in action. Sacrificing for others before herself. 
Thank you deeply for showing in action kindness & Love we are so thankful.
Thank you to Melissa who receives zero money per month that offered to hand out the post.
 Thank you to Patty for offering to send copies of the post to everyone she knows. 
Thank you to Robin who offered sharing their food & hygiene items. 

We also had 4 other inmate girls Jeanine, Kimberly, Amy Lynn's family and Nancy 
who have been released that we served in the past 
stepped up to help financially and with prayers. Thank you deeply.

To ponder--

Humility equals selflessness. 

True humility is absolute obedience and dependence on God. 
It put Him first, others second, and ourselves third in all things.
Humility has nothing to do with being weak, soft-spoken, or self demeaning, but has everything to do with living boldly, relentlessly, in the power of God's free gift of grace-Relentless.

Give to others even if that means you will have to sacrifice a cup of coffee or a meal. 
We all are called to give out of our lack & abundance.

Luke 6:38 
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Help Sara Muchnick with Food and Basic Needs


Our daughter Sara is in great need of daily food and hygiene items. She had our granddaughter Elena on April 30, 2016. Elena was born with Transposition of the great vessels  TGV which  is a group of congenital heart defects involving an abnormal spatial arrangement of any of the great vessels: superior and/or inferior venae cavae, pulmonary artery, pulmonary veins, and aorta. 

Elena has had surgery, put on the heart transplant list and still the doctors can't fully understand why she isn't improving the way they like. Her heart has improved, but other issues are happening that just can't be figured. More tests to come.
Sara has been literally living at the hospital. She sleeps in the room on a not so comfortable chair pull out, and they let her take daily hot showers. Up to a month ago they were providing Sara with hot meals daily. They are no longer providing food for Sara.

We live about 300 miles away and we are not able to bring her food daily or hygiene items. We just continue to help financially with Sara's needs, but it's not enough. 
We need your help.
In order for Sara to stay at the hospital with Elena she must be free from the stress of not wondering where her food or hygiene items will come from. 
The Memorial Regional Hospital cafeteria is located just off the lobby of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Parents with Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital armbands are entitled to a 50 percent discount in the cafeteria. We figure 3 meals a day and hygiene items she is in need of $150 per week. We like to raise 16 weeks of food and hygiene supplies for a total of $2400. We have come up with 16 weeks because that is how long Sara (as of August 30th) has currently been living at the hospital. 
We are asking if you can please help us so we can help Sara more. The money we raise will go to Sara in a form of a debit card that she could use for food at the cafeteria as well as a Target gift card for hygiene items (Target is in walking distance from the hospital).
If your not comfortable sending funds thru this fundraiser, you can send a secure donation via PayPal 
or check, money order or Target gift cards too:

Surrender40 Ministries
PO BOX 1041
Davenport, FL 33836

*Please indicate "Help For Sara" on your form of donation*
Our ministry is a FL not-for-profit organization and we are also a 501(c)(3) tax exempt thru the IRS so all your giving if you give to the ministry directly is tax exempt.
Thank you deeply and thank you for all for your continual prayers for Elena & Sara.
Steve & Trachena❤️

Sunday, August 7, 2016

"Love Never Fails"

Love Never Fails
1 Corinthians 13:8

My favorite scripture, because in my life God has shown me over and over through His Love for me that Love Never fails. I had to choose to receive His Love. I need to be filled with His Love contunually. I receive that Love through a love relationship I have with Him. It's a journey of Love. He then turns what He poured into me and somehow pours out that Love into the lives He places along my path. It's truly incredible. His Love is relentless and because it never fails, with His help we can all Love from a place of Our Father. I'm still a work in progress, but I believe with everything in me that Love never fails. I also believe 
He will never called us to do something He doesn't equip us to do. 
He calls us to Love.

Below is a 1 Corinthians 13:3-8 in the messages version, I love it. I hope you will too. As you read each verse, ask God to help you Love like He loves.

“If I give everything I own to the poor 
and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, 
but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. 
So, no matter what I say, 
what I believe, 
and what I do, 
I’m bankrupt without love. 
Love never gives up. 
Love cares more for others than for self. 
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. 
Love doesn’t strut, 
Doesn’t have a swelled head, 
Doesn’t force itself on others, 
Isn’t always “me first,” 
Doesn’t fly off the handle, 
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, 
Doesn’t revel when others grovel, 
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, 
Puts up with anything, 
Trusts God always, 
Always looks for the best, 
Never looks back, 
But keeps going to the end.” 
Love never dies.

1 Corinthians 13:3-8