It’s been 14.5 months since I left my last position as Director of Worship & Creative Arts, at a local church, to go full time with our Best Life Ministries team.
I’ve prayed about it, written about it, cried about it, rejoiced about it, and thought about it.
Days and nights have gone by where I’ve sat down and written into the journal of my lifestory, what God has done and how He has answered prayers.
I want to give Him glory today. So, first things first. To God~ thank you for bringing these people into my life over the past six churches I’ve worked at. Thank you for teaching me things along the path, that I never thought I’d need, and now I do! God, thank you for giving me the opportunity to take something awful that happened to Chandra, and make it something that brings you glory, each day of my life. And thank you that I get to work each day on things that I love: writing, speaking,praying, creating, and spending time with really great followers and leaders of You. For all you’ve done over the past year (provided conferences, provided Jennifer to help create a great website, provided Godly leaders to help me, provided money, provided a van, provided people to help create a magazine and a devotional, provided women who came to our conference who accepted Christ as Savior, as well as women who came to our conference and prayed and left encouraged.) a simple thank you seems like it’s just not enough…but hear/see my heart…I’m so grateful to You.
To my team~
Gary & Susie~thank you for sharing your knowledge about marriage.
Aimee, Karen & Lynn~ thank you for sharing your encouragement about parenting
Sarah Z-your creativity, and your speaking abilities
Pam, Kaylie, Kandy, Val, Sheri, Mary M., Pam Kringlund ~ thank you for your friendship and support, and for caring about women and sharing your gifts and talents to serve this ministry.
Jennifer & Marea~ thank you for your gifts of visual arts and graphics
Peter-for help finishing up the devotional
DoAll Printers-for making our lives simpler and happier with great work, reasonable prices and great service.
Brenda Jo,Thank you for your help with the finances. Big Brenda for your help with the books and taxes.
Aimee, Kara, Mary M, Keith, Karen Z, Aaron, Riley, Sarah, Kandy, Kaylie, Karen B., Tony~ thank you for writing articles and sharing your amazing talents
Kathleen,Gma Mary, & Lynn~ thank you for your constant encouragement, support and prayers
Kathleen~thank you for being our Billy Graham
Drs.Deb & Justin~ thank you for your fabulous articles that encourage our
Dave, Amanda and the Band~ your talents and your music have enriched our worship
Alexis & Josh G~ for sharing your photography gifts
Son-in-law Josh-your constant support and servant spirit
Donna-Thank you for the beautiful visual arts at the conferences and your sweet friendship
Margie K.-your encouragement, support, and help
Liana -for your amazing editing
Jim-your patience, service, kindness and generosity as you serve on the board
Dean-my dear sweet husband. How grateful I am to God for you each and every day.
Mary & Gary-for being the source of support in friendship/generosity/and kindness close to home
Grandma Mary & Grandpa Gene-your support, prayers and encouragement. And for never leaving me, just like you were my own folks.
The fabulous Bakkers & Dr. Cox~ your amazing acting abilities, and Garth-your amazing recording/producing artistry
Pastors Phil & Brian for your writing talents this year. And Lynn F. for your help on the newsletter!
All of our friends who donate for the van
All of our friends who donated to the ministry
All of our wonderful friends who attended the conferences
Pastor Ralph & Lyn Gustafson-for believing in us, along with Mandy Johnson and MaryKay Bursaw for your support this year.
Tony Guerrero-for your kind heart, for your encouragement & support and for offering your talents to our magazine.
Thank you to our friends at: Northridge Fellowship, Bethel University, Edgewood Family Fellowship, Maple Grove Efree, Calvary Community Church & Spirit 92.9 for your support this year.
Chandra Jean~ thank you for making your tragedy, our great joy and God’s great glory.
And to all of you, new friends & old, we wish you the very, happiest Thanksgiving, and the very best life, for you all.
Jn 10:10b “I came to give you real and eternal life. More & better life than you ever dreamed of.”