Meeting Margaret

Yesterday was a highlight as I was able to meet Margaret Feinberg and have lunch with her and her husband, Leif. They flew in from Colorado to discuss potential projects with us. We sat in the conference room with our team for lunch (Margaret and I being the only women of course). They talked about their summer plans, upcoming projects, and Leif’s adventures/stories working with TSA- which made me laugh a lot. Margaret and Leif have so much life in them and it was a joy to just sit down, relaxing over lunch.

It’s an amazing thing when you read a person’s writing, (their heart & soul) you already feel like you know them. A friend of mine gave me one of Margaret’s books, Twentysomething: Surviving and Thriving in the Real World a few years ago and I loved it. It’s so evident Margaret’s passion is for people and for God alone. I love how she says she loves many things in life, but some of her best moments are spent communicating with her readers, like you and me.

Thanks for all you’re doing to reach twentys and thirtys, Margaret!

You can check out several of her books on her website and see what she’s up to on her blog.

A Creative Mother’s Day Gift

It can be really frustrating figuring out what to get our Mom’s for Mother’s Day. My Mom and Dad came into Dallas last night for some appointments, so we celebrated Mother’s Day early. I decided to go with a hands on approach in regards to my Mom’s gift.

I washed her feet for her. I had purchased Earth Therapeutics’ cool mint foot mask, soothing booties/socks with tea tree oil, and mint/tea tree oil foot wipes (I got these surprisingly at Kohls but Whole Foods has this line as well). Playing calm ocean music, Santori Splendor, I filled a small tub with lavender bubbles and washed her feet. Then scrubbed them with a pumice brush. I dried them and spread the foot mask all around her feet and toes for 30 minutes. She loved the tingling feeling from the peppermint. I loved peeling the mask off- I felt like I was back in third grade peeling the Elmer’s glue off my hands. Her feet were now smooth and like new. The whole time, she was just soaking it up and smiling, saying “Oh this feels so good.”

I couldn’t believe how much she loved this gift of being pampered. I know, every woman enjoys this, but I had never seen my mom enjoy getting her feet washed so much. This was my first time washing her feet and for me, it was incredible knowing I was serving her and that I was so grateful for all she is to me as a Mom. She works hard on her feet everyday, serving those she loves.

I could have given her clothes or jewelry, but this act meant much more than something material. So go ahead, take my idea, I’d love for you to bless your mom like this too.

Getting Rid of Stuff

                                                                            We had our first yard sale this month. The purpose: to get rid of things we don’t use and raise money for the baby (baby Krieger fund). In order to gauge what we should include in the sale, we used this rule: If it’s not been used in the past six months, get rid of it. For me, that meant raiding my closet and toiletries. We also sold electronics, ironing boards, chairs, paintings, and all kinds of random house-hold items.

The yard sale was run by the nearby park and community center. Many people showed up for it and we lined our belongings along the sidewalk. We labeled everything with very reasonable prices and started the sale at 7:00 am. As soon as we started setting up, we were attacked by the early bird yard-salers.

What I learned? People will buy anything (a person’s trash is another’s treasure), I don’t miss my stuff and I feel a lot more relieved from the stuff, it’s worth spending 9 hours of my day getting rid of stuff and raising around $500.00. Yep, that’s what we raised. Anyone can find things they don’t need anymore- when they do they should sell it or give it away.

My husband and I were so encouraged this month. I am learning what it means to live simple, yet still live with quality things. I am learning I don’t need a whole lot and that “stuff” will never satisfy. Then of course after learning this, we met a young guy named Kevin who lived across the street from the yard sale. He gave us a tour of his four story town home, with a deck on the roof and a view of the city.

I would love to live in something like this. But that thought only lasted a few minutes. I was more excited about our amazing sale.

A Surprise Call

It’s not everyday that you receive a phone call from one of the most influential evangelical leaders in America.

Brian Mosley, EVP of Bluefish TV production who I work under, posted a home video of his daughter memorizing Psalm 23 on Godtube, Youtube, Bluefish TV, and other viral sites. Now, over 6 million people viewed the video and are sharing it on their blogs and personal websites.

Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family has been one of those 6 million people. Dr. Dobson saw Little Girl and Psalm 23 and loved it. He called Brian from Colorado to say he really enjoyed the clip and has shown it to a lot of people. Brian’s daughter got on the phone with Dr. Dobson and they chatted a little. Her main points were that she was four years old and was going to the circus that night.

Brian thought it was really cool that Dr. Dobson took time out of his day to call him and talk to his daughter.

Dr. Dobson is currently working on a book project called Bringing up Girls. The book is set to release in 2009. Dobson’s previous project, Bringing up Boys sold 1 million copies in the first year. See this letter Dr. Dobson has written about his passion as he writes Bringing up Girls along with a teaser chapter.

Dr. Dobson is a man I greatly admire. Growing up, my mom always received his newsletter in the mail, listened to the radio programs, and supported his ministry. She even bought The Strong Willed Child to read because of me. In college, I interned at Focus on the Family’s book publishing department with Brandy Bruce– who has become a dear friend of mine. Brandy is now Associate Editor there in book publishing. 

It is still such a great blessing to be a part of Focus, whether it be through writing for the magazines or being in prayer for what God is doing there in Colorado around the globe.

One of my favorite places when living in Colorado for the summer: garden of the gods

To Get on My Knees

Today is a special day because it’s the National Day of Prayer. It is designated by the U.S. Congress as a day when Americans come together in prayer. This morning, I’ve been reflecting on the meaning of prayer. The greatest definition I’ve heard of on prayer comes from Oswald Chambers: Prayer is to Know God.

Prayer aligns my selfish will to God’s will. It focuses my heart and attention upon my Savior. I believe prayer changes things. It changes me. Prayer is humbling ourselves and saying we are not in control. Prayer leads us away from sin and closer to the cross. Prayer is the only way I know how to live this Christian life, but I definitely have a long way to go in being the woman of prayer I long to be. Most of all, prayer needs to be about others and not just myself.

In thinking of a person of prayer. My mom is the godliest woman I know. She is a woman of prayer and it’s all behind the scenes. I only hope to have the discipline to be in prayer as she does.

For the next 24 hours, we are reminded to pray for our families, country, nation, military, missionaries, church, schools, work-place, government, the President, and people and things that are near to our heart. What a privilege to live in a country with this freedom.

Here are some must see videos on prayer:

Joshua- Fighting on their Knees with teaching by Todd Phillips (inspiring true story, patriotic)

Prayer: Live Richly (an off-the-wall parady on prayer)

The Star Spangled Banner (explains itself)

Stormie O’Martian- The Power of Prayer (encouraging)

Stormie O’Martian- Struggling to Pray (a reality we all face)

Amena Brown- You (just plain powerful)

Amena Brown- Psalm 139 (a reminder of God’s love for us)

 

 

 

Bluefish TV Crew visits with Todd Phillips and Mark Batterson in D.C.

A few weeks back, our EVP of Product Development, Brian Mosley and one of our producers, Chad Madden spent the day with Todd Phillips, (pastor at Frontline) as he prepared to give the keynote message at the Living Water Gala. Over 600 people attended the fundraising dinner. At the dinner, Todd launched The Last Well Movement which is a passion of Todd’s to see clean water reach all of Liberia. The RightNow Campaign and Bluefish TV will be putting major support behind The Last Well Movement.

In fact, Chad is traveling with Todd and nine other guys to climb Mt. Elbrus this summer. It’s the highest peak in Europe at 18,500 feet. He will be documenting the climb and producing a video resource for small groups. The climbers are raising $250,000 towards The Last Well.

Brian also met with Mark Batterson regarding an upcoming video project. It was a great time of encouragement. He showed Brian around Ebenezer’s Coffee House which is owned and run by Mark Batterson’s church, National Community Church. It’s in the heart of DC a few blocks from the capitol building. Theater church is a dynamic ministry in a very strategic place.

We look forward to what the future holds in these upcoming projects.

LA Shoot with Erwin McManus

A few weeks back, our team returned from Los Angeles to film their fourth major video project with Erwin McManus, based off his ever-popular book Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul.

The weekend of the shoot was perfect. LA’s weather was flawless and our team had a blast shooting the beautiful scenery and vast terrain surrounding them. The prime location for the video series was Griffith Park in the Hollywood hills.

Our crew set up their cameras overlooking the expansive Hollywood reservoir. Erwin reviewed his notes and in no time, the cameras were rolling. In a simple yet profound way, Erwin challenges young adults to give their life away by tapping into the talents and gifts God has given them. He states, “We are magnetized to a world filled with opportunities and often paralyzed by the inherent responsibilities.” His charismatic teaching style inspires this generation to change their ordinary life into one with extraordinary passion.

After a long day of work, all the footage was complete. It was hard for our team to pull away from sunny LA and Erwin McManus; however they were anxious to return to their offices and edit the footage. They packed their bags and headed back to Dallas.

The Bible study series filmed in LA with Erwin McManus will be called Uprising: a 6-session video-driven Bible study and will release Sept. 1, 2008. It will include a leader’s guide, workbook, 6 video sesssions, and the book itself. Check out our current DVD resources with Erwin McManus: Impact, Choices, Dreams, and Advance.

Article on Radiantmag.com today

Two years ago, fresh into marriage, Jeremiah and I went through a major trial. Several months ago, I finally felt led to write about it and I submitted it to Radiantmag.com. They posted it today. Click here to read it. It’s called When the Clock Struck Two.

My husband and his pot pie

I was pretty tired on my way home from work tonight, fighting Dallas traffic. I walked in our apartment determined to have a good attitude and be thankful to see my husband. I was scared I’d be cranky as I tend to be when I am overtired at the end of the day.

I walked in the door and on our granite countertop set a dish of chicken pot pie, made from scratch. Carved in the pie were the words, “I love you.” My husband, Jeremiah, stood next to it proudly showing it off like a trophy. My jaw dropped because I personally had never made chicken pot pie from scratch. I had planned to soon because I really do love to cook. Well, not only did he make the pie, but he used the chicken broth to make delicious chicken and rice soup- all from scratch.

I knew when we were dating that Jeremiah was a rarity- he cooked, cleaned, did the dishes, made his bed, and much more. But now being married and living with him it’s so amazing to see just how incredible of a man he is. I mean, what guy would slave over the stove and make a pot pie? He’s been doing an awesome job at being sensitive to me being pregnant and working a lot. He has gone the extra mile to give of himself and put me before his needs.

I have to say that I am much more selfish than he is, but I am learning… and slowly growing. He teaches me every day about selflessness. He is the godliest man I know- what he is behind closed doors is what he is out in the open. You’re the best, Jeremiah.

Oh yeah and he also made mini muffins from the pot pie.

How it feels to be Credit Card Debt free

After working out this morning and getting out of the shower, Jeremiah rushes in the bathroom with a beaming smile on his face. “We’re debt free of all our credit cards. I just paid all of it off.” I didn’t know what to say but “oh my goodness this is so awesome. We have to celebrate.”

As a married couple, we’ve never known life without credit cards. It’s just so crazy. And we even have a substantial amount in savings for any emergencies.

Since we’re still being intense about the rest of our debt, we will celebrate, but not go all out (We have about $30,000 to go in car payments and student loans but we’re going to attack it). So today, we went to Chick-fil-a and got a breakfast bagel (which we never eat out for b-fast) and today Jeremiah’s going to bring me lunch at work. We’re really going to celebrate together by thanking God for his grace on our life and for helping us learn more about money.

We’re hoping to take a babymoon soon and perhaps then we’ll celebrate with a vacation. And then maybe after that, a trip to Italy (the place of Jeremiah’s ancestry- Sicily). But right now, we must focus on today. 🙂

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