Friday, August 11, 2017

LET'S DO THIS, SISTERS! Here's your link...


Let's dive into the powerful word of God together and discover the glorious relationship between God the Father and God the Son, through the Holy Spirit of God!

A free study guide will be provided upon arrival for all who sign up online. Our first gathering will be an introduction to our material! So we'll be meeting a total of seven weeks! Yay! 

Hope to see you 
September 10
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
 Canton, GA
6 pm

And please remember, SEATING IS LIMITED, only one sister per chair! :)

For the glory of God and my love for the Sisterhood,
Psalm 34:3

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

On Track

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that so easily hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith."
Hebrews 12:1-2

Our God has given us everything we need to stay on track to run this race of life on earth. Of course the race is a metaphor; a physical picture of a spiritual life in Christ on earth.

The athletic competition of a race is mentioned often in Scripture: Ecclesiastes 9:11, Acts 20:24, 1 Corinthians 9:24, Galatians 2:2, Galatians 5;7, 2 Timothy 4:7, and of course, Hebrews 12:1.

In this highly metaphorical post I'm not going to call God our coach. He's not a coach who wears a ball cap. He is the KING of Glory who ultimately rules over the universe He created.  He is also our Father in heaven who delights in His children, loves us unconditionally, hears our cries, glories in our worship of Him, and responds and acts on our behalf with His love and His wisdom. 

"The LORD has established His throne in heaven 
and His kingdom rules over all." 
Psalm 103:19

When God's Word says, "Go"(Matthew 28:19) and "Run" (Hebrews 12:1) He equips us to "Go and make disciples" and "Run with perseverance."  He wants us to shine brightly! So we are without excuse because "His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness." 2 Peter 1:3

God has given us a "great cloud of witnesses" whose faithful testimonies inspire us to stay the course.
Yep. Metaphor again. Not literal cheerleaders in the stands, people.:)  However, they are a mighty heavenly throng of powerful testimonies!  This comes right after the list of faithful servants of God -- in Hebrews 11 -- who have gone on before all of us and who brought Him glory with their love for Him. They're some of our "Heroes of the Faith" who teach us and encourage us with their godly legacies of faith ordained by God: Moses, Abraham, Ruth, Joseph, David, Daniel, and so many more!

John Calvin comments on the cloud of witnesses in Hebrews 12:1: "Everyone should be prepared to imitate them; and he [the author of Hebrews] calls a large multitude metaphorically a cloud, for he sets what is dense in opposition to what is thinly scattered...they were a vast throng, they ought to more powerfully stimulate us...we are so surrounded by this dense throng, that wherever we turn our eyes many examples of faith immediately meet us. Faith is sufficiently proved by their testimony. We should rely on them as our guides and associates, and ought to go onward to God with more alacrity."

We see God surrounds us with supernatural ways because this race includes hurdles that can hinder, 

sharp turns that frighten, temptations that lure us to rebelliously change lanes, and choices to either stay focused in our divinely appointed lanes or go rogue.

Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish,  but understand what the LORD'S will is."
Ephesians 5:15-17

Calvin comments on running with perseverance: "[The author of Hebrews] calls us to the real exercises of faith, by which we might learn that Christ's Kingdom is spiritual, and far superior to the elements of the world." 

We can choose to run with Christ or run with the world. But God promises there will be different finish lines, though.

"Glorify the LORD with me; 
let us exalt His name together!"
Psalm 34:3
Polly :) 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

THIS is My Story & I'm Stickin' To It.... :)

Yep. We're supposed to be telling our stories, Sisters. We should be telling the world about our Savior!


I'm hosting another study gathering for women. Uh-huh.
It is on my calendar. I invite you to put it on your phone, Sister, and join us!
Sundays, 6 pm
Begins September 10
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Canton, GA.
A free study guide is available if you sign up (details coming).

I hope to hear from you!
"Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt His Name together!"
Psalm 34:3


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cara, Team Tadsen, Bridal Crack & Ongoing Legacy :)

Sunday, July 25, 2017

Dear Reader, 
Please see this as a journal written to bring God glory and to honor my dearly-loved friend Cara Tadsen. I'm compelled to write this journal because Cara never sought the spotlight. Never. Ever. She was a very private person who radiated the love of Jesus. 

What comes to my mind is the verse, "Let another one praise you, not your own mouth."(Proverbs 27:2). So here is my little journal -- with ongoing, dated entries --  giving glory to God for the beautiful life and legacy of Cara Cashin Tadsen.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Pray 4 Cara
My beloved friend and sister in Christ, Cara Tadsen, has been hit with a storm and it's turned into a tsunami of cancer.
photo copyright Kevin Trotman

Cara is the type of Christ follower who is always taking care of everyone else around her. She has always been like the Proverbs 31 woman who "works vigorously with her hands" and her "lamp does not go out at night." She is loving. Tenderhearted. Unselfish. Insightful. Athletic. Joyful. She takes care of her large family, most of whom have started their own families. She loves her Lord.
I met Cara decades ago when a homeschool mom prayer group spouted in our local community of Union Hill. We'd meet in different homes and pray for each other, our families, our community and country. We have been blessed by God with a special, lasting sisterhood and that is what is driving me to write this post.
Our prayer group at Cara's home, circa 1990. My youngest daughter Mary is leading against me in this photo. Cara is sitting next to me. Who would have dreamed at that time, Cara and her family would be hosting/catering/beautifully decorating Mary's wedding at their beautiful Chukkar Farm Polo Club????  

For years our home school mom group prayed for each other and for others. Now Cara needs everyone to be praying for her! She's tired and she's fighting and praying. Those close to her know all of this to be true. 

Two years ago Cara and her family spectacularly catered our daughter, Mary's, wedding at her family's Chukkar Farm Polo Club & Event Facility. When "The Happy Song" was played Cara came out from the kitchen area in her apron and danced with a couple of us. We rocked it so much no one was willing to step on the dance floor with us. Yep. That's Cara.
No one wanted to dance with us to "The Happy Song" at Mary's wedding reception! 

World-renowned Pastor Charles Spurgeon, also suffered greatly in his life and wrote several sermons fueled by his own serious afflictions. He wrote and preached on the power of prayers through pain, the grace of God being comfort and help in His chronic suffering.  
In one of his sermons Spurgeon said, "The storm has a bit in his mouth...[Christians] know that the storm has a bit in it's mouth, and that God holds it in, and nothing can hurt them; nothing can happen to them but what God permits."
Will you pray for Cara and her family?
They've set up a website for updates to help all of us target our prayers for the glory of God.
"The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective." (James 5:16). 
I am honored to be Cara's friend/sister.
Thank you, God, for this faithful warrior. Keep sustaining her, Lord.

July 6, 2017
Anyone who surrenders their life to Christ and becomes consumed with living for the glory of God, can't help but bear a lot of fruit. All the gifts God plants as seedlings in us will begin to take root and will blossom and thrive if our hearts become attached to His. Sometimes we develop gifts we never knew we had until we take our focus off ourselves and draw near to God. He promises when we do, when we "abide in Him we will bear much fruit." (John 15:5)
My dearly loved friend Cara Tadsen was called to her heavenly home June 14, 2017.  Her legacy is like a branch on a prolific fruitful vine reaching far in every direction. She didn't make the fruit bud and blossom and grow. No. God did it when Cara surrendered her life to Christ many years ago. She intentionally answered God's call to "follow Me." 
A holy fire was ignited in her heart and she set her sights high to do everything with excellence. She had her priorities right: God's will & glory, deeply and dearly loving her ever-growing family, and loving others. 

She followed Jesus alright, with a humble, joyful, fiery passion whether she was competitively riding on the polo field...
(Cara in white)photo copyright Susan Elizabeth Talbot 2011

hosting gorgeous, classy weddings 
(as  for our daughter Mary & Matt, her husband)...

...or whipping up a healthy meal for her family of  
 two sons and four daughters, from left back row: Dane, Joy, Brekken, Joy, husband Kellum;  front row, Tate, Cara & Helen....and... 

.... the blessed family including spouses and grandchildren!!!!!! (2014)

 ...or checking vegetables, flowers, & weeds in her garden!
God filled Cara with the fruit of the Spirit of God, love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness and self-control. Not perfectly, of course, but Cara was full of integrity and kindness, love and laughter...and dancing...and worshipping her God. 

She was tenacious about having integrity, kindness, faithful, hardworking, Her passion to glorify her Father in heaven and her leaned her heart to His voice and His word so she could bring Him glory every day. He wrapped His powerful, loving arms around her every moment of her life; through agonizing painful situations and as well as joyful blessings.

Cara had many, gifts, talents and abilities! Her legacy gushes with the lasting Spirit of God, leaving a unique, creative trail of love and light for generations. Her smile was warm and very bright, as if she wanted to share the peace of God in her just like you could see the peace of God in her when she smiled. Of course she had struggles and serious trials in her life but she was strong in Jesus and was even good at persevering without complaining.
I'm sure she has no idea the massive impact her life has made in her 58 years of life. No. I don't think so. Even as the vibrant life was rapidly being drained from her body due to cancer, Cara still wasn't thinking about herself and what others thought of her. No.That's not how she lived and that's not how she died.

Cara was always concerned about everyone else's welfare first! No idea how many lives she touched with her love of Jesus, her love to worship and dance, her sense of humor, her love of gardening and floral arrangement, her humble spirit, her gifts of cooking and baking dozens and dozens of made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls and breads, and her athletic prowess on the polo field! 
The inpromptu after polo dance party...Cara in white hat & white shirt, her daughter Joy
 in blue shirt & tan hat.

And then there's the evidence of her creativity in hosting weddings at the family's Chukkar Polo Farm and Event Facility. 
Cara knew how to create a stunning environment for weddings (and other celebrations).  She offered her personal services such as catering, table settings, decorations, flowers, and even her private collection of treasures hilariously called Bridal Crack, that was kept in the Wed Shed.

Here's a close-up of the sign on the Wed Shed door. I wasn't kidding, Bridal Crack. 

And here's what it used to look like on the other side of the rustic white door...

Well, Lord willing, that will be in the next journal post... where you can read how Team Tadsen (her immediate family & a few close friends) rocked the presentation of the Chukkar Farm Polo Weddings & Events with class!

July 25, 2017
Team Tadsen
It's just my name for the Tadsen family and the few friends they call on to help before, during, and after their stunning events. And I can easily say stunning events because I'm speaking as a mother of the bride two years ago at the farm.

Everything was on point and professionally carried out! Cara was leading the very capable hospitality team and it was mostly made up of her own family! She was the overseer of the whole event because her family knew she had the vision and creativity to make it five-star celebration. For our pre-ceremony prep, Kellum and his tractor were assisting with all the heavy lifting and hauling of chairs;  as well as perfectly grilling the chicken. We knew this family and wanted all of them to be a part. Their daughter Brekken, owner of Events by Brekken, was our very conscientious wedding planner; Cara's sister, Heath, baked the best wedding cake I've ever put in my mouth! Brekken's siblings Joy, Tate, Dane, and Hope were all there in their appointed roles. It was amazing and wonderful! 

Kellum and Cara Tadsen ...
...came up with a generational motto many years ago for their ever-growing family:
"We may not have it all together but together we have it all!"

Bridal Crack.
Cara was the keeper of her own ongoing collection of well-organized decorations locked away in a room at the pavilion. It was an option for brides to step into Cara's Closet and choose items for decorating; whether for table tops or strings of twinkling lights, lanterns, candles, or reams of silky white material draped across the pavilion ceiling. 

Okay, so the message at the bottom of the sign on the Wed Shed door was obviously the warning intended for anyone on her hospitality team to keep her Bridal Crack orderly. Ahem. It was really funny...but that part was not a joke to Cara, who had a wonderful sense of humor....and they knew it. She numbered, categorized, and labeled the decorative items on the wooden shelves. :)

Look, Cara lived a very fruitful and productive life and she knew her God as the God of order and followed His lead. That means everyone who was on the team -- whether her own family members or close friends who helped -- they knew beloved, kindhearted, conscientious Cara kept things orderly! The sign, "Please return all items to their PROPER SPOT! Clean them, allow wax to set before moving." 

Her daughter Joy said, "We learned when we cleaned up after an event to put all of the decorations on an empty table so Mom could put everything back in the right place in her closet."

Everyone on Team Tadsen knew Mama Cara Mia had strict rules to produce efficiency and beauty at the Chukkar Polo Farm venue. And they caught her vision and her spirit and the family carries on the legacy. Nobody does it better. 

Cara would be so proud to know her legacy lives on in her beloved family and whenever the Tadsen Team hosts an event it's gonna be awesome!

Meanwhile, anyone who knows Cara, knows she's in heaven now, free from all kinds of suffering! Yes! She is celebrating her love for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ...doing what came easily because He has been so very dear to her heart: dancing and worshiping Him with a very thankful heart!
Link to YouTube:

For the glory of God!
"Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt His Name together!"
Psalm 34:3


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

that girl talk on GRACE radio with Guest Jamie Williams (9.14.16)

My dear friend and sister in Christ, Jamie Williams, is in hospice care battling cancer. Jamie is a radiant, joyful light in our community, a very generous woman of God who daily sows her personal gifts, talents, time, and (financial) treasures into our community. 

She founded the very successful Five Talents Wealth Management, Inc., in Canton, GA; the same town where she lives with her husband David, and their two daughters, Faith and Kaylee.

The Interview:
I am replaying my delightful radio interview with Jamie (recorded 9.14.16) to honor her and hopefully encourage continued prayer for her and her family.

Here's the link to our conversation:
that girl talk with guest Jamie Williams 9.14.16

Jamie Williams, you are so loved by so many!

"Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt His Name together!"
Psalm 34:3

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Frozen Chosen

Okay, so again I have been compelled to write a post about the verses that jumped out at me during my morning prayer and Bible reading. This time it began with reading Psalm 100. I  remember as a young girl memorizing it in KJV (King James Version) during a Vacation Bible School class. The language has changed a little with my NIV Bible but it's still a beautiful psalm for giving grateful praise!
PSALM 100 
"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 
Worship the LORD with gladness; 
Come before Him with joyful songs. 
Know that the LORD is God. 
It is He who made us, and we are His,
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving 
And His courts with praise; 
Give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; 
His faithfulness continues through all generations."

So of course, looking for encouragement and refreshment from the word of God, I always read Scripture aloud so His word will be preached back to me and my thirsty soul can drink it up! Yep. This girl loves to worship Jesus! This girl loves to enthusiastically engage in worship music. This girl loves to dance and adore my Savior with song! Whew. YES! YES! YES!

Why? I have an easy answer for you and here it is:  I know God. I mean, I KNOW Him. I am His child. He called my name and made me His child. And I know what He has done and continues to do for me. Wow. So much. So good. Wow. And I know I don't deserve what He does for me; like loving me and taking tender care of me. And the amazing thing about His love for me is that He knows every single thing there is to know about me: the good, bad, and bad ugly. Everything. And He still cares for me as only He can!

So, yes, I'm going to worship Him. Joyfully. Enthusiastically. Gratefully. With tears in my eyes and a smile on my face I'm going to worship my loving Father, God.

After reading Psalm 100 aloud to myself a few times I looked back at 
PSALM 99: 
"The LORD reigns
Let the nations tremble;
He sits enthroned between the cherubim
Let the earth shake.
Great is the LORD in Zion;
He is exalted over all the nations..."

Okay, now I was "having church!"  I looked back one more Psalm to glance at 

"Sing to the LORD a new song
For He has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm
Have worked salvation for Him.
The LORD has made His salvation known
And revealed His righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered His love 
And His faithfulness to Israel;
All the ends of the earth have seen 
The salvation of our God...."

I was weeping with joy and thankfulness and  sensed such a loving closeness to my Savior. Oh, the magnificent benefits that come from wholeheartedly worshiping God!!!! Look at David's loving, worshipful praise in these psalms!!!!

When you open your heart and freely worship God like that, not everyone will like it. For example:
 1 Chronicles 15:29
"As the ark of the covenant of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal, daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart." 

Just sayin'. 

All I know is the refreshment of my soul from my private time of prayer and Bible reading continued  when I read a young woman's journal that beautifully painted a picture of her first mission trip. It was with a group of her peers, through SERV International.  Abby Paul, my friend and next door neighbor, just returned from Kenya, Africa!
Abby's wearing her fundraiser t-shirt that said, 
"Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders."

My eyes were filling with tears when I read that they have tremendous joy and love of worshiping Jesus in spite of their devastating poverty! 
I have Abby's permission to share  a little bit from her journal.  
Copyright 2017 by Abby Paul
Chapter 13
Today we went back to the House of Hope to get some boxes of food to hand out to the villages in Lodwar. The first village we went to was called Kakiring. They taught us their dances, and to the beat of a handmade drum, we danced, sang, and worshiped with them. It was such a blessing to be a part...I was dancing with Turkana villagers in Kenya, Africa! We handed out food, watching the way their faces would light up was incredible! That is where I saw God today.
The second village was called Louloupe. They took us inside their church meeting area so they could sing and dance for us. They had us sit at the front of the room and we introduced ourselves to the villager one by one. We had a translator with us, and after I said my name and Moses translated, the villagers repeated my name back to me in unison, "Ahhh-bee." When I finished saying my name, I said, "God bless," and the villagers went crazy! You could see the fire in their hearts for Jesus! We are separated by culture, language and thousands of miles, but we all love and worship the same God. How incredible!"

Chapter 14
The level of poverty in these villages breaks my heart. Some wear no clothes, and others wear torn and dirty shirts or shorts. They have little food, and they walk miles for dirty, unsafe water. Despite these challenges, they wholeheartedly adore God. They worship so fiercely, and it's so inspiring. They sing and dance for Him and they light up at the mention of His name. It's so beautiful. I'm so in love with God and I'm so in love with Kenya!

Abby and two precious little friends.
Chapter 18
Kenya did so much more than just save me. It taught me how to find happiness in the little things. It taught me how to skip and laugh again. It taught me to love. It taught me to love life. But most of all, it taught me how valuable life is...I no longer have a desire to just give up and end it all. I now have a desire to keep going, for I know it will be better. I trust in God and I know He is constantly beside me. 

Abby Paul has plans to return to Kenya, adopt children, serve in the orphanages...and freely, enthusiastically worship with her brothers and sisters there.
Beautiful Worshipers celebrating and dancing before the LORD.

God inhabits the praises of His people and He is enthroned on our praises! (Psalm 22:3) Why would we chose to be a Michal when God promises this?

"Through the praise of children and infants You have established a stronghold against Your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger." (Psalm 8:2) Our praises defeat our enemies! Why would we chose to be a Michal?

"From the lips of infants and children You have ordained praise!" (Matthew 21:16). 

Why aren't the churches in America filled to overflowing praise? Why are there so many people in Sunday services who don't even sing? I don't know. But I know I can't stop. God is too awesome to ignore. 

For HIS glory,
"Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt HIS name together!"
Psalm 34:3

Abby Paul's journal has recently become a book manuscript and has been sent to a publisher!  
"How Africa Saved My Life, 
A Story of Love, Loss, and Redemption"
by Abigail Paul

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