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

Thursday, July 7, 2016

I am Trachena, not a Jane.

A few days ago I was in prayer asking God for a blog post for July. The next day I saw a post of the picture below from a Christian and I was blown away. Mostly because the Jesus I serve is all about Love. In fact we are to Love out Loud, Jesus did. Love is the greatest. Do not hide Love, share it out loud. Share it with your relationships, with people you don't know, just share it. A Christ filled life will overflow in Love to everyone. And remember Love is given not earned. The truth is you can't be in Christ without Love, He is Love and if your in Him your in Love and when your in Love you tell the whole world. Jesus said in John 13:34 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another...
it's the Love that defines us as His. 
So here is the picture and then my reply to this social media post below..

I am Trachena, not a Jane.
Trachena is in a relationship.
Trachena does post on social media about how much she loves her husband because she loves him and wants the whole world to know. 

Trachena tells him this in person too. 

Trachena mentions every little thing about her Love for him and everything they do to give others hope that it is possible to have Unconditional Love. It glorifies her first Love Jesus because He is the source of that Love. 

Trachena knows that Jesus cares about her and her Love for her husband. 

Trachena isn't smart, she is wise because God gives her wisdom when she asks. 

Do not be like Trachena, Be Like Jesus❤️

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

"The Warning Light"

How many times in your life did you look up and see this little baby staring at you? If you are anything like me, this picture just drives you crazy, with a capital C! The car manufacturer  must know REALLY how to get under your skin, don't you think. What do I know about checking an engine anyway? But in reality, the light is NOT there to annoy me or you, it is there to warn you. It is an indication that there may be a problem, and if we respond to the warning now, it NOW, it just may save us a lot of heartache down the road. If we heed the warning, much like a stop or a yield sign, it may actually save our lives. 

The Holy Spirit is the believers "Warning Light". 

He is the very thing that many people call so many things in secular terms, our conscious, our moral compass, that 6th sense that something we are doing is not right or moral. That very uncomfortable feeling that we get when we are scamming or lying, stealing a stamp off an envelope, taking something out of a locker that is not ours, you know...that same feeling. That The Holy Spirit at work convicting us of our sin at that very moment. And at that very moment, we have only TWO choices, justify the sin and ignore Him, or repent and TURN away from something that will break the very heart of God. When the Warning Light comes on in your spirit, heed that call, for it its God showing you His LOVE and giving you the chance that He spoke of in scripture when He said that NO temptation will come upon you that you will not be able to overcome.

God gives us all a "Warning Light", make sure we choose to listen.

This Devotional written with Love by Steve Muchnick

Saturday, May 7, 2016

We Get To Serve

Thank you Lord God for using us to serve others through your Love.
"We Get To Serve"
what an Honor-

We would like to share with you some updates on all the things God is doing for His glory through Surrender40 Ministries our sister ministry.  
Since 2009 in faith we have been serving people thru the Love of Christ-
There have been many souls saved and lives touched for the Kingdom of God. 
We have served 8,558 meals-
Given out thousands of pounds of clothes and 3,093 pairs of socks-
We have placed in hands 5,029 Daily Bread booklets and 2,118 Bibles- 
We have been able to serve the poor, reach out in hospitals and prison visitations each month as God leads- 
"We Get To Serve"
what an Honor-

In addition, many wonderful and blessed things are happening within Pink Love Ministries and SpinkyPets.
-All this is possible through His empowering Grace and Love-

We say thank you to all who have made this journey thus far with us. Thank you for your time, prayers and donations, we Love you. 

Thank you for allowing this time to share in what God is doing in His ministries. We are beyond grateful. 

Thank you Jesus- 
"We Get To Serve"
what an Honor-

Thursday, April 7, 2016

True Love

Written by: Cenia Means Masterson

While most people today would define love as a feeling, Jesus Christ defines it quite differently. 

Joh 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Joh 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: 

Jesus defines love for Him as obedience to Him. We may say that we love Jesus, but our lifestyle will reveal whether our love is really true or not. True love is the perfect love that motivated Jesus to surrender His back to the beating and His life to the cross for us. 

Joh 15:13-14 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
He asks nothing more and deserves nothing less than our love in return, but the love He asks for, the love He is worthy of, isn’t just lip service. It is life service. 

Luk 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Will we deny the passions and pleasures of sin for a season to live a life of obedience and full devotion to Him or do we love self more than Jesus? Jesus asked Simon Peter a simple question that we, who claim to love Him, should ask ourselves as well.

John 21:16 Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?
Do we?