Friday, June 6, 2008

Thanks Joyce!!

Awhile ago I decided to start speaking out loud things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17). So I decided to start calling Joyce Meyer, my good friend and mentor. It is funny because I have called her ministry several times to ask how to get information on her ministry journey. Does she have a bio? Does she have a select CD series I can buy? Anything? I even asked her product manager at her conference awhile ago. They said she just tells stories about her life in her preaching.

I was given one book title that is pretty much her life story, but I did not feel that was "it". Then one day wandering through a secular bookstore..there is was..."A Leader in the Making" by Joyce Meyer. WHAT??? Where did that come from? No one told me about that. I never saw it in her catalog. So I got it.

I have to say I have read ALOT of books on leadership. Books on how to lead and how to see leadership in others. But this one is the BEST, well for me anyway. This book describes what God does with those He has chosen to lead. It talks about where your heart is and where it needs to be. It talks about the tests that God allows leaders to go through. It encourages you to keep going even if its just you and the Lord and the word He spoke to you about your vision. I read that section on a day I was ready to quit everything and just be "normal".

I highly recommend this book. As a matter of fact it will be a "must read" for any of my leaders. Funny how God gave me just what I wanted. One on one training and encouragement with Joyce Meyer herself. Although it wasn't face to face it is more detailed than a conversation and its right here in front of me for easy reference 24/7.

God knows best! And until we meet, THANK YOU JOYCE!!!

Your friend,

Sunday, June 1, 2008


On June 1, 1996 I married Michael Francis Shea. My very best friend. I actually said that in my vows...."I take you Michael, my very best friend, to be my husband". It was my grandparents' 56th wedding anniversary and a beautiful day for June in Buffalo NY. It was in the 70's and SUNNY!! Hey it had snowed 10 days before...NO JOKE!


After 12 very eventful years I want to thank you for being my man. I want to thank you for being my best friend. I want to thank you for sticking with "US" when "US" was not good. I want to thank you for allowing God into your life and our lives. You amaze me everyday. You are a great daddy too. I love you more now than I ever have.

To those of you who don't believe in miracles, a Christian counselor told me to throw Mike out of our home to get his attention. I heard God tell me to be still and I chose the advice of God over man. I thank GOD for HIS voice, HIS Word, HIS power. I thank God for HIS mercy, HIS compassion, HIS forgiveness and HIS love.

I am excited about what the years ahead will hold for us as we follow HIS lead together. I know it will be more than we can think ask or imagine( Ephesians 3:20).

With all my respect,
Baby (nicknames...just roll with it)