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All things Fall

Alright, I’ll chime in on fall. A couple of friends have blogged about the loveliness of fall so I shall as well. It seriously is my favorite. Crisp, cool air. Pumpkin spice lattes. White chocolate mocha with 1-2 pumps pumpkin spice latte. ūüėČ An assortment of gray hoodies. (I can’t help it, I have a thing for gray.) Hiking in the woods.¬†Lots of activity and fall festivals.¬†Knitting lots of hats and scarves for friends and family. My new fall wreath that my sweet mom in law got me. And a hearty loaded baked potato soup! I’m also making good progress with my half marathon training (9 out of 12 weeks) and the “Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon” expects to have a brisk high of 66 degree temperature on race day October 24th. Should be great!

I can’t wait to make this soup soon. I didn’t make it THAT often last year since it’s probably NOT real low in calorie, but it’s so good! Here’s the recipe:

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Ingredients: 2/3 cup butter, 2/3 cup flour, 7 cups milk, 4 large baking potatoes (baked, cooled, peeled and cubed makes about 4 cups),  4 green onions thinly sliced, 10-12 strips bacon cooked-drained-crumbled, 1-1/4 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese, 1 cup (8 oz) sour cream, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper

Preparation: In a large Dutch oven or stockpot over low heat, melt butter. Stir in flour; stir until smooth and bubbly. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly, until sauce has thickened. Add potatoes and onions. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until soup begins to bubble. Reduce heat; simmer gently for 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients; stir until cheese is melted. Serve baked potato soup immediately. Serves 6-8.

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Random Dream

This is gonna be a really random post. I am a vivid dreamer and I often remember my dreams as soon as I wake up. Sometimes I can even ¬†still remember them later in the day if I try really hard. I dream really weird dreams sometimes and there are a few that have been recurring since I was little. Do you have dreams like that? If so, post a comment with a dream that you’ve had several times and what you think it means.

Would be neat to have an interpreter! Here’s last nights dream:

Chad and I are living in a house in a pretty rural area. We only have our dog Chewie at this time. It’s in the wee hours of the morning and I get up to go to the bathroom when I hear something. I go to the living room and a small alien hovercraft is near the ceiling. It’s about the size of wall clock and cylinder shaped. A straight, blue beam comes straight down out of it and begins scanning the room. I duck for cover so that it can’t see me as I watch. I wonder what it’s looking for? It makes an exhaling kind of noise and the contraption lengthens a bit and other parts of the craft pop out. It flies out the window and leaves. Over the week I hear on the news that this is happening in other areas, peoples houses are somewhat ravaged and I wonder what they want. (Sound a bit like Signs right?)

It eventually comes back and shapeshifts into a small bear cub. (Who knew alien hovercrafts could do that??) It destroys much of our things and we are frightened. We are also taking care of a niece and nephew and are worried something will happen, so we begin to make plans to send them with some people to a safe place. Chad and I eventually chase it into the woods behind our house where it has shapeshifted again into older cadillac. The alien cadillac with full brights on emerges from the wood and crashes right through our kitchen bay window. At this point we have a grabbed baseball bat and small statue to defend. We catch it, hold it down and demand to know what they want, what they are looking for. It explains that they like our flying automobiles on our planet and want them. So I say, “ohh is that all? you could’ve just told someone instead of being so hostile and we would help.” I explained that if they hovered high enough they could scour the landscape and find dealerships with many flying cars and you could just take one or a few to figure out how to build them since they are so intelligent. The alien was very nice and said from now on they would be peaceable and then they left our planet. We got our niece and nephew back and resumed normal life and never saw or heard from the foreign hovercraft again.

Are you still reading? If you are, kudos to you. Yeah…this is my mind sometimes during the night.

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Truth Thursday

1. I am in love with my husband more and more everyday. He makes me smile and laugh- and I believe that is key in any marriage.

2. Chad says if I were a character on The Office it’d be Angela. He’s kind of right. I’m a little (ok a lot) anal retentive and I’m a planner/organizer/structure person.

3. I get joy out of proofreading and editing content. (I actually would proof my highschool yearbook & correct mistakes if people wrote in pencil.) I am loving helping out with the web team and moving toward a re-design.

4. I have never been to NYC or California or overseas (US Virgin Islands doesn’t count). This will change one day soon.

5. I HATE to clean floors. You have to sweep. Then swiffer to get the extras you didn’t get sweeping. Then mop. Then while it’s drying you can’t go in there. Takes too long.

6. My husband takes Chewie out to the bathroom almost every morning so I don’t have to. ¬†Yep I’m spoiled.

7. My husband has very creative ideas, is pretty dang funny, and one of the most loyal friends a person could ever have.

8. I hate disorganization or last minute stuff- if we’re going to do something, it needs to be done with excellence. And excellence takes preparation and communication.

9. Easy, Obvious, And Strategic has been what I filter everything through the last few years in ministry. Thank you Andy Stanley. It truly is some of the best wisdom- take people through steps to get from Point A to Point B, not programs. Ask yourself if it is easy, obvious, and strategic for people in whatever it is you are trying to implement.

10. Steve Fee really does make me run faster. I really do think my run times improve when that is in the ipod.

11. I realize more and more through our beginnings along the Barefoot Church journey, how much I appreciate, respect and value my past experience and leadership from Jeff Kapusta, Daryl Strickland, Matt Fry and Martha Fry. I am using the wisdom and life experience gleaned from them more and more these days. I am so thankful and it makes me smile thinking all that God has done through them in my life over the last 7 years.

12. I am reminded of a quote from a couple years ago, might’ve been Mark Driscoll. “Be married to the mission, not the method” in which we do ministry and reach people for Jesus.

13. I am so jacked to serve under my pastors Clay NeSmith and Rod Gray. They are so inspiring and teeming with life and vision.

14. Sometimes I don’t feel good enough, but then I’m reminded of what Christ thinks of me.

15. I absolutely love my job. Working from home, full time, doing stuff I like. And I got the job 2 days after moving to Myrtle Beach. God is amazing.

16. 15. A new favorite is the Calabash Creamery homemade icecream. This also has to stop.

17. Bootcamp and Couch to 5K programs are rocking my world. And literally changing our lives and our marriage for the better. (And hopefully counteracting the whole Creamery thing.)

18. My best friend just found out I can’t hear low tones very well. For real. If you mumble or talk soft or talk to me from behind, I probably didn’t hear you or have to pay close attention to. I’m not just aloof, I promise.

19. I’m a texture person. I can’t handle coconut, grits and most of the time, brown rice. I don’t like most gritty or spongey foods. Blech.

20. I love FoodNetwork. Especially Chopped where each contestant gets several totally unrelated foods and have to create an appetizer, entree and dessert. They usually all come up with something very different.

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Tis the Season

It’s a little crazy between moving, settling in, learning Myrtle Beach, wedding, Easter services, and I too have a bit of writers block. Not that there’s not plenty to blog about. I’m still in the process of processing?

I’ll soon be updating on some of the changes and exciting things going on in our lives.

But for now I want to share a blast from the past- Easter has always been very meaningful to my family. As a music minister’s kid, the service, the communion, the Easter pageant was always a big part of my life. Christ has been at the center of my lives. I’ve been privileged to grow up in a home with parents who expressed the sweet sacrifice of Jesus continuously. “Yours Is the Victory” from the recent NewSpring Church worship album has been playing over and over in my mind and ipod. And so I’m again reminded Christ overcame death and sin victoriously and so can we by putting our faith and trust in him. ¬†And because He lives, we live. For that I am truly thankful. I hope I never get over it.

But for now I want to share a blast from the past-

Thank you 80’s and 90’s department stores carrying couches in the form of dresses. Thank you Sam & Libby shoes in every color. Thank you Rave.

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Humbly grateful

This is a couple days early, but since I’ve been thinking about it I figured I’d go ahead and post. Something that’s always stuck with me over the years is an old song I sung as a kid- it was actually a kids song from a musical Back at the Creekbank written by an awesome lady and Dove award-winning Christian children’s music writer Kathie Hill, whom I had the privilege to work for in Nashville for a while. Her musicals and songs are geared to present virtues and values to children while shining the light of Jesus and message of hope.

The chorus went like this:

Are you humbly grateful, or grumbly hateful?

What’s your attitude?

Do you grumble and groan?

Or let it be known you’re grateful for all God’s done for you?

I’ve done plenty of groaning before. Sometimes it can even be hard not to. But here’s a few things that I’m thankful for:

  1. My husband Chad who loves Jesus, sticks by me no matter what, makes me smile, makes me laugh, picks up my socks and earrings that I like to leave lying around everywhere, and loves me no matter what.
  2. For a season, getting one of the best jobs I’ve ever had (in Nashville) with the best boss who allowed me to grow and learn more.
  3. Lifechurch.tv peeps and Craig Groeschel’s messages that impacted me in a big way and highlighted areas of my that I needed to trust God more with.
  4. My mom– who is the kindest, most compassionate, sweet-spirited nurse on the face of the planet. She works her buns off in the critical care unit of the hospital and still has time to¬†keep my side of the family together,¬†reach out to her church members and community. If I could be like anyone at all, it’d be her.
  5. Food & shelter- understatement of the year.
  6. My dog, Chewie. What a sweet lovable dog! (I used to never be a dog person, but I’m hooked!)
  7. My dad, who always supports me, gives encouragement, and wise advice, no matter what ups and downs we have or boo-boos we make. (and he still thinks I sing good)
  8. That we always have Lifepoint Church and C3 Church to come home to and call family here in NC. And they’re impacting lives for Jesus by leaps and bounds.
  9. That God allows us to “color outside the lines” for a bit and orchestrates a way to get us to color inside.
  10. Having awesome in-laws that always have an upstairs loft to live in when we need to and are able help provide when we’re in a pinch.
  11. Knowing I’ll still get a few Christmas presents (I hope, anyway!) despite our cruddy economy- we really are a blessed nation.
  12. Even after a year away people like Pastor Matt Fry and Martha still challenge us to step out of the boat, inspire us with their leadership and love of people and love for God.
  13. That God provided me with a part time temp job within only a week of moving back to NC.
  14. Laughter and good music and dvr. =)
  15. Having real good friends that ask you how you’re doing & how they can pray. And then they really do. And then they ask “follow up” questions later to check in again.
  16. That no matter where you are or what you’ve done, there is ALWAYS hope and forgiveness in Jesus.

Now let’s eat! Let the festivities begin!



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All things new

New face, new blog header. Back by popular demand…. the Rebekah King blog. (Ok well only Jeff and Jill promptly requested.)

I am promptly bringing this blog back from the dead, but don’t get too excited- I’m not going to go crazy or anything. I’m only gonna blog the things that I think are worth posting, well, and maybe some occasional randomness. So it’s the all new blog.

I’m finding myself in a new old place, if that makes any sense. Old in the sense that in some ways I’m back at square one, back in the region of North Carolina I was in a year ago…but square one in a good way. New in the sense that God has done some serious pruning and teaching over the last year, and it’s left me feeling fresh, humbled, and excited for the things to come, more passionate about the things I was passionate about before I let myself get in the way. God has allowed me to be in the Music City of Nashville, meet some neat people, go to some wicked cool concerts downtown, have a great job that I absolutely loved, play with and meet some great artists, lose a job that I absolutely loved, write a little music, record some demos for an indie producer, and be a part of LifeChurch.tv which had a lot to do with our growth. Growth that allowed me to deepen my faith in and love for Christ.

Here’s my top list of greats of 2008 (in no particular order):

1.  Finished my first complete country song (I have a habit of not finishing things).

2. ¬†Got hooked on some new country music,¬†Lyric Street artist Sarah Buxton –¬†rising superstar and writer of Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy” (awesome New Year’s Eve concert downtown at The Basement).

3. ¬†Recorded demos pretty regularly for an indie producer, some of which are on my¬†myspace music page. He produced my own song and it’s coming soon, so stay tuned! Waiting for the final mix down.

4. ¬†Mom-in-law Janice King’s homemade chocolate pie, pot roast, spaghetti, and Flossie’s Chicken Casserole! All faves.

5.  Former Sounds of Liberty bandmate Jeremey Easley, lead singer of a country band called The Shoals. Seriously dig all their music, and Jeremy has given me a few of his own penned songs on loan that I love performing.

6.  Performing at Connection Cafe in Wilmington, NC December 19th. 8pm. Mark your calendar and come out!

7.    Re-connecting with very dear friends and the Lifepoint and C3 vision. Love what God is doing there!

8. ¬† ¬†Fee’s new Christmas single “All Creation Sing (Joy to the World)” rocks. Listen to it here.

9.    My parents, brother and sister came out to visit us this spring. We had fun doing all the touristy stuff.

10. ¬†As of recent, started Dave Ramsey’s guide to financial fitness via his book and workbook “Total Money Makeover”

11.  New fave worship artists:

Phil Wickham, album Cannons/fave song True Love

Robbie Seay Band, album Give Yourself Away, fave songs Rise and Song of Hope (Heaven Come Down)

12. ¬†Got to bless a Nashvilly friend with some December Carrie Underwood tix that I obviously can’t use anymore.

13.  Grown to love and respect my husband Chad more, and strive to show it better.

12.  Moving back home to NC, re-evaluating, re-focusing, re-visioning.

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Snow day in Nashville


23 degrees this morning with snow! Brrrr.

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