Every spring our staff does a nutrition and exercise challenge. We love to compete. This year the challenge includes a nutritional, physical and spiritual element, we are calling it, A-May-Zing! Each person can design their own plan. Even our boys are competing!
My husband and I are eliminating grains and added sugar as well as drinking 64 oz of water per day (this is how he basically eats anyway). My boys are eliminating sweets and sweet drinks (water and white milk only) 5 days a week.
For exercise we are doing at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. The boys count baseball or 30 minutes of outside activity.
For our spiritual plan we are memorizing 1Peter 1:3-9 and reading through the book of 1Peter every week.
I’ll be posting some recipes over the next month. Also check out my friend, Lindsay’s blog for more recipes. Everything she makes is always delicious!
For today I want to share my favorite recipe for mashed cauliflower (It’s actually Lindsay’s!) now before you turn your nose up, you really should try it. I am not a fan of cauliflower but this is really, truly delicious (especially when served with beef)
1 head cauliflower ( stem remove cut into 1/2 in pieces)
1 clove garlic (peeled and pressed)
1 qt chicken stock
3 tbs butter
1/3 c plain Greek yogurt
2 c shredded white cheddar cheese or shredded Gouda
Salt and pepper to taste
Bring cauliflower garlic and chicken stock to a boil, lower to simmer and cook until cauliflower is tender
Once cooked drain cauliflower and place in a blender or food processor with the butter (you can use a hand mixer too but it may not be as smooth). Blend until fine. Add yogurt and blend again. Add cheese and blend.
I am so excited! Our worship team released an EP today with two of my favorite new songs we have been singing at Elevation! Unstoppable God and my personal favorite, Jesus I Come. There is also a new version of Raised to Life available as well! We have these songs on repeat in the car and in the house!
The EP is available only in digital format. Click here to purchase from iTunes.
We’ve also made several resources available for each of these songs at ElevationWorship.com, including lyrics, chord charts, loops, tutorials, and more.
And just because she’s so cute…
This weekend we started a new initiative called 52 Days of Thanks and Praise. We want to fill the rest of the year with thanksgiving for all that the Lord has done.
When the new year rolls around, I always have the tendency to focus on all the negative things from the previous year that I want to change. This year I want to go into the new year focused on all the amazing things God has done in me and for me and around me and all the things He will continue to do.
We are starting our day with thanks. To help us out Elevation created this website with a new confession of thanksgiving and praise every day for us to read out loud. Check it out here. I hope you will join us here and on social media as we fill the atmosphere with our gratefulness because we truly do have so much to be thankful for.
This weekend we began our 2-week series, Raised to Life! And what an amazing weekend it was. When my kids and I were watching all the people getting baptized I told them, “Guys, this is why we do everything we do!”
My husband’s message on baptism was clear and inspiring! But rather than tell you about it, I want to show you mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, brothers and sisters, entire families and many many people professing their faith to the world.
And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.
Have a great Monday!
One of my favorite things we do at Elevation is baptisms. They are so special and meaningful. They always encourage me to know that what we do really matters. But the best kind of baptism to watch is the baptism of your friend.
Last night, to kick off our Raised to Life series, we whet everyone’s appetite with a few baptisms, and one of them was my friend, Melissa. Here is a rough video of the night…
I cannot wait for this weekend! Would you pray with me for all the people who will take the step of faith this weekend? Also pray for all of our teams that will be setting up and preparing and carrying out the event. All across our campuses, it is going to be awesome!
2 1/2 years ago, our church had a goal to serve 10,000 hours during our first LOVE week. Isn’t it amazing what God can do when a group of people unite under one vision? This year together, we served 58,720 hours in the US and Canada!!!
420,00 meals packaged for distribution to malnourished children in the US and around the world
6 Habitat home construction sites
500 school uniforms collected for homeless children
3,000 backpacks assembled for under resourced children
1,500 shoe boxes packaged for Operation Christmas Child
6 trucks of clothing donated
514 units of blood given, impacting up to 1,542 lives
Over $400,000 given away because of the generous givers at Elevation Church
And perhaps my favorite number, 3,664 hours served by kids. How exciting is it to know that we are raising up a generation of kids who love to serve others in need.
The best part is, the love doesn’t stop with LOVE week. There are so many ways you can get involved on an ongoing basis with your kids, your spouse, your eGroup, and more. Check out ElevationOutreach.com for ongoing opportunities.
I’ll leave you with a picture of my kids last Sunday, excited to go to Ekidz to turn in their LOVE week logs and collections. Have a great weekend!!
Last night was our 3rd annual Girls Night Out. It was a night where select girls who participate in One7, Right Moves for Youth and Safe Journey get to come and be pampered, loved on and encouraged. The girls arrived in limos, ate delicious desserts, had their make up and nails done, danced and got to hear about Jesus too. It was such a fun night for everyone involved.
Tonight is our live Elevation Worship recording. I am so excited. Everyone is welcome, but you better get there early. We will be collecting school uniforms for kids at the door. More details here.
If you want to get involved tomorrow, there are still plenty of openings. You can serve at a free medical clinic, cook for people, do building renovations, grounds clean up and more. Just head to our LOVEWeek2013 site and sign up. (And don’t miss the little button in the right hand corner that takes you to a new page).
It is not too late to get involved for the first time or do more!
Yesterday we served at Promising Pages, an organization that gives books to kids in need. The kids made bookmarks while the grown ups sorted and wrapped books to be given out later. The books are distributed at local schools and shelters. Promising Pages has an audacious goal to distribute 1 Million books this year! They are ALWAYS collecting new and used books.
Tonight I am serving at Girls Night Out. A night of fun for high school and middle school girls served by our partners, One7, Safe Journey and Right Moves for Youth. It will be a night full of glitz, glamor and pampering. I can’t wait to share pictures with you.
Tomorrow night is the Elevation Worship LIVE recording at Blakeney, everyone is welcome (hint: get there early!). And this weekend EVERYONE can participate in opportunities on location after worship experiences on Saturday and Sunday. Check out ElevationOutreach.com to see more opportunities to get involved.