Wednesday, January 30, 2008


You Are a Frappacino

At your best, you are: fun loving, sweet, and modern

At your worst, you are: childish and over indulgent

You drink coffee when: you're craving something sweet

Your caffeine addiction level: low
What Kind of Coffee Are You?

Okay, I may be a little bored at work right now and I may have taken one of those "What kind of _____________ are you?" quizzes. Wow! was this one wrong!

Here is the real level of my coffee consumption:
1. 6:00 am - wake-up and Paul brings me a cup of coffee (cream no sugar)
2. 8:30 am - leave the house with a full travel mug
3. 10:00 am - done with mug and visit St. Arbucks, the patron saint of the bean.
4. 1:00 pm - switch to Diet Coke
5: 7:00 pm - talk Paul into making a pot of 1/2 caf and I drink 2 cups

Yes I do have days when I drink no water and Yes I do know that is awful. I do not like frappachinos.

PS I don't think I have ever been described as fun loving and sweet before in my life!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Potty Training

Here we go...
Luke has started potty training. I think he's a little young (only 20 months) but his daycare here at the church says that he is ready to go. (side note: why do our kids have to grow up so dang fast?) He has gone pee-pee a couple times all by himself and loves the potty.

On this night, he took off his PJ's and diaper and ran to the bathroom and brought his potty chair into the living room and sat and watched TV till he tinkled. Paul was jealous!

Luke on the throne

Revival in Bakersfield

This was story ran in our local paper here in Bakersfield this last weekend - On the front page! Actually there were three stories in the paper, two on the front page. I'm on staff at The Garden Community Church were all this started.

God Encounters unite worshippers: Bakersfield is ground zero for a revival drawing local churches together

BY LOUIS MEDINA, Californian staff writer
e-mail: | Friday, Jan 18 2008 9:32 PM

A charismatic revival born here last summer is drawing crowds of seekers and uniting congregants from close to 20 local churches, making Bakersfield an international destination for spiritually hungry believers.

The movement’s epicenter, The Garden Community Church, a nondenominational congregation downtown, has seen its average Sunday attendance surge by 50 percent to 300 since it began hosting “God Encounters” in June.

Divine healings, speaking in tongues, direct revelations from God and testimonies of changed lives are among the signs and wonders participants say have accompanied the awakening. Gatherings include improvised forms of adoration: hours-long music sessions, dancing, even “inspirational art” produced spontaneously at the encounters.

The revival has been compared to major spiritual movements of the last century and is making believers of some skeptics.

Two months after the awakening was sparked, the Rev. Eddie Summers, pastor of the 700-member Grace Assembly of God Church on Larson Lane, and his wife heard of the meetings from members of their church. The couple had their doubts and decided to check out the encounters for themselves, he said.

“We had been praying for our city and when we found out there were other churches — people from diverse backgrounds gathering together — who were praying in the way we were, we decided to participate,” Summers said.

Now his church is a host to the revival as well.

“It has the potential of being a major move of God,” Summers said of the spiritual stirring, which he likened to Los Angeles’ Azusa Street Revival in the early 1900s and Pensacola, Fla.’s Brownsville Revival, which began in the mid-1990s.

That such a movement is happening in Bakersfield isn’t in itself unusual, given the growth of charismatic Christianity and the general receptiveness of Bakersfield’s faith community.

Twenty-three percent of Americans identify themselves as either Pentecostal or charismatic Christians, according to a study called “Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals” published in October 2006 by the Washington-based Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

The Rev. George Fraser, associate interim pastor of pastoral care at First Presbyterian Church, said many Bakersfield Christians tend to be open-minded about other denominations, visiting one another’s churches and holding interdenominational prayer meetings, Bible studies and other gatherings.

“When God is meeting people, it’s a God Encounter,” he said. “I think God is meeting people there and I think it’s very real.”

The Rev. Lucas Sherraden, 40, who leads Abiding Life Christian Fellowship in Stafford, Texas, and also preaches and writes about supernatural encounters with God, could be called the spark that started the God Encounters fire. But he said the revival has little to do with him: “This speaks to the Christian community in Bakersfield — that they want to encounter God.”

Garden Community Church’s senior pastor, the Rev. David Goh, became friends with Sherraden when the two met while on a mission trip to Brazil in 2006, Sherraden said. Early last year, Sherraden met the Rev. Al Jones, pastor of Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Bakersfield, while on another mission to India.

Jones and Goh knew each other — their churches are neighbors downtown — and they were excited about Sherraden’s ministry. Goh invited Sherraden to visit his church one weekend last April.

“There was an unusual sense that God was doing something” amid spiritually “hungry” believers, Sherraden said.

Goh asked him to return for a four-day series of meetings in June and this time also invited Vineyard, which belongs to the Association of Vineyard Churches, and Good Neighbor Church in Oildale, a Baptist congregation, to participate.

Sherraden said he had experienced the God Encounters he writes about individually but never in a group — until Bakersfield.

Sometimes the worship alone extended to an hour and a half. Sherraden remembers meetings lasting for five hours from beginning to end.

“One hundred fifty to 200 people came storming to the front stage crying out for God,” said the Rev. Andreas Markloff, Good Neighbor’s pastor.

Summers’ church was the fourth to come on board as a host congregation in what has snowballed to several meetings taking place weekly at Garden Community, Vineyard and Grace Assembly, and attended by 100 to 200 people each time.

Sherraden and staff at Garden Community said that, besides the congregants from other local churches who attend, they’ve met people from New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Missouri, Utah and Florida who said they had come to Bakersfield specifically to experience a God Encounter. And at a recent meeting there were visitors from as far away as Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

There is a special incentive to being a part of a revival movement, said Betty of CSUB, “a kind of merging with God’s Holy Spirit. That’s the payoff — that’s what people hunger for the most.”

He pointed out that “there is also a movement of people who are returning to very traditional worship” in America today and he believes the God Encounter congregants will eventually also develop a hunger for more structure.

But Sherraden, Goh, Markloff, Jones, Summers and God Encounter congregants don’t want to pull the plug on a good thing.

“What we have found out through the God Encounters is that God is wonderfully unpredictable and he doesn’t fit into a prepackaged program,” Sherraden said. “But when he is allowed to move, he really does touch the deepest desires of the human heart.”

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Ode to Mandi

Yesterday, I had the pleasure to spend some great coffee time with my friend Mandi. She is genuine, honest and fun. I'm honored to counted as her friend.

Stacia (also an amazing woman), Mandi and I (Luke in my tummy) Easter 2006

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Adoption 4

Everything has come to a grinding stop in our adoption process. We have to take parenting classes that are only offered once a month. For the last 3 months the classes did not work with our work/kids schedules. In Kern County if you miss one class you have to start them all over and they are only offered once a month. Usually on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Our major hang-up is Paul runs the children's program at our church on Wednesday nights. So far, we haven't found anyone willing to take over the entire program for a month. Kern County DHS (dept of human services) is exploring the possibility to offer the classes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in March. We are praying this is approved and then we can move forward.

There has been other developments in our personal lives that has also caused us to pause. I don't want to share to many of the sorted details to protect the privacy of my family. There is a chance that we will have twin 4 year olds come and live with us for an extended amount of time. That would be a HUGE addition to our family and we would quickly turn into a family of 6 (4 kids and 2 adults). Because the situation for the twins is so sensitive and in limbo - Paul and I, with much prayer and counsel, have offered our home to them. I'm so thankful that we have a four bedroom house!

Right now, we are really seeking God's direction for our family.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


I lifted this from Mama Sue's blog (who lifted it from someone else's blog) and it has changed my daily Bible reading. It has given me real direction in applying what I've read. I've filled my journal with pages each day using this real simple process. It's called SOAP and here's the breakdown:

S for Scripture
Open your Bible to the section you're reading today. (I've been going through the "One Year Bible" so much easier, they tell you what to read every day - much less hunting and pecking and you read stuff you normally wouldn't read like Leviticus) Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. Highlight, underline or place a mark in the margin of your Bible, next to the scriptures that stand out. When you are done, reread the verses you marked, look for one that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.

O for Observation
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal.

A for Application
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.

P for Prayer
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


Since our neighborhood is brand new - we do not have a polling location for voting. Today I received my ballot in the mail and I voted. I love voting. I have voted in every election since I was 18. The last presidential election I waited in line for over an hour to vote. I love that little sticker you get that says "I Voted". Sadly, with my mail in ballot I don't get a little sticker with it. So I'll give myself one.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Christmas Rap-Up and Starting a New Year

Christmas at the Eveland house was fun and pretty quiet. We stayed home in Bakersfield this year. Most years we travel up to my mom's house in Eureka. It's a 10+ hour drive! We always have a great time but decided that we needed to spend a Christmas at home and with Paul's side of the family. Christmas morning was uneventful. Luke refused to open any presents. We handed him a gift and he would push it off his lap and yell "NO!!" I think the terrible 2's are coming on a little early. So, Alanna took over and opened everybody's presents. We went to a nice brunch with the cousins and Christmas dinner at Papa and Grandma Eveland's. Paul's Grandma and brother and his girlfriend were there too. It was a nice evening. Santa was good to everyone and now Santa's checkbook is recovering.

New Year - I have no expectation for this year. I usually am filled with expectation of change for the change of the year. I can honestly say that I have no high hopes for this year. I am not trying to sound depressed or down and I don't feel depressed or down. I'm just ready for today and not going to stress, worry or think about all of 2008. I think I am in a good place.

PS - I've lost 14 pounds - only 38 left to go. I've gone down a pants size. Yeah me!! My current goal is to loose 20 lbs by May.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


I lost it tonight. Not just a little loosing it - I totally lost it.

Alanna is what I lovingly refer to as an EP. An Easy Puker. She throws-up very often and very easily, she has since she was a baby. She vomits when she doesn't want to eat dinner - puke in the kitchen, vomits when she doesn't want to go to school - puke in the cross walk, vomits when she doesn't want to go to bed - puke in hallway.

Tonight was a vomit when she didn't want to go to bed night and once again she puked in the hallway, on the bathroom floor and all over the toilet. None actually made it into the toilet. And I lost it. Now I didn't hit/spank her but I yelled. I yelled and now my throat hurts. I yelled because she stands there and doesn't even try to contain the mess in any kind of receptical. Every time when she starts we say "Hurry, get to the toilet/trash can/bush!" but she just stands there. And I lost it and I yelled - really loud. I shouldn't make excuses for screaming at my 6 year old but it did happen and I HATE that I did it.

I asked for her forgiveness and like children do she quickly forgave me and told me how much she loved me and I told her how much I loved her. She's asleep now...