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Naples or bust!

Candy and I are on the road this morning, headed to Naples. I'll be speaking tonight at Parkway Life Church of God, where  Motivated by Love Ministries is having an outreach.  This is not a women's event, it's for everyone.  (If you live in the Naples area, bring everybody you know and come on over!  The church is located at 5975 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples.)  Tonight I'm preaching about Pentecostal Power...one of my favorite things to talk about!  Somebody give a shout up in here!!!!  Wahhhhhhhhhhhooooooo.....................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What's happening at the intersection of womanhood, marriage, parenting, ministry and career this week?  An amazing array of stuff!!   I knew I'd be in Naples today and tomorrow so I worked like crazy yesterday.  I worked from home but finished 12 church projects that were on my agenda for this week.  If I didn't work from home they would have never gotten done, with the way interruptions go.  I knew if I didn't get those things done they would be hanging over my  head the whole time I was in Naples and I'd never have my mind clear while I was preaching or preparing to preach.

Moving forward we'll leave Naples tomorrow, and get home in time for Fusion service Wednesday night.  Thursday brings more church work, a NextJob meeting, and then concentrating on Jordan's going away party.  Um, yeah...did I mention our precious second born is flying the coop next Tuesday?  Yeah, I haven't mentioned it because I really don't like to cry.  In fact I loathe goodbyes and crying.  So I'll be brief in my comments here because there's no more intimate time for me than when I'm writing my feelings.  And, I cry while I write many times.  It's Jordan's "last" everything this week.  His last Wednesday youth service is this week.  His farewell party is Friday night.  He has his last service with us Sunday morning.  And, we drop him off Tuesday morning at the crack of dawn at MEPS in South Tampa where he will then fly from there to San Antonio, TX for basic training.  We're having a big open house farewell party for him Friday and I am making a mountain of food...assisted by some good friends who have had pity graciously said they would do whatever they could to help.  After receiving the RSVP's I realized this will be more people in my house than have ever been here including church events or graduations or whatever.  Yikes!!!  Seriously, it could be HUNDREDS coming over here and I'm not exaggerating.  Good thing I have some good friends who have stepped to do whatever needed to make this little party happen.  Even Pastor T and Misty and their kids are coming for the event!   Moving right along...

I'm putting the finishing touches on Africa preparation.  We leave in 14 days.  I have all but two messages prepared and those are on my agenda this week.  I just haven't gotten the mind of God on them yet, and so I wait and get His mind on it.   By the way, speaking of Africa, Becca is still raising funds.  If any of you reading this want to help her especially now that we are down to the wire...please let me know.   

I go back to St. Luke's Eye Institute on Friday for my follow up visit.  Hopefully on Friday I'll be given the go ahead to go back to wearing contacts and make up!  I am so excited.  My eye looks fantastic.  I have been taking good care of it, following the doctor's orders and going even beyond that to give it good care. 

Aside from all that I'm preparing for a great weekend at Celebration Church (yes, I know it's six days away however we start early prepping for great weekends!) and loving on Maxie and Maddie, and believing for many miracles for my friends and family.

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