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1000 Gifts February

634 – Another amazing run downtown last Saturday. 12 miles along the intracoastal, across the bridge to the beach, along the beach, then back to the intracostal. Perfect weather, perfect scenery. If you gotta do 12, that’s definitely the way to do it! 🙂


635 – A Daddy talkin’ to his boy about the tough stuff in life

636 – Tim’s wisdom he can impart to the boys in those tough times

637 – This one, AGAIN!, is a discipline, just like #497. I am choosing to see these tough situations as blessings, and trying to help the boys see that as well. Because really these tough situations are opportunities for growth, and lessons learned early can help them live a life of no regrets.

638 – The “Why I Believe” Coop girls doing dishes and being gracious in the midst of chaotic life! You GOTTA read “5 Minutes on BARE” to hear the whole story. It’s worth it! 🙂

639 – A walk down memory lane, and a time of personal worship


639 – We had a water problem, but it was fixed quickly and cheaply!

640 – The village of Wellington water department was wonderful! They came out, cleaned up our meter box and replaced it. All without us even asking! It was a real shot in the arm to see government working without red tape.

641 – Nathan playing drums for middle school worship – with other middle school friends and both of his life group leaders! I had goosebumps! Thanks, Tammie, for the photo!

1 SM worship

642 – And then I looked over and saw Michael worshipping with abandon, and I had goosebumps for the 2nd time that night!

643 – That I can get something out of the middle school message!

644 – An unexpected free Chick-Fil-A sandwich! Always a blessing 🙂


645 -Youth leaders who encourage students to make a difference! Pastor Ryan took Nathan & a friend to breakfast where they talked about starting a prayer group at Wellington Landings each morning at 9am.

photo from our youth pastor, Pastor Ryan

photo from our youth pastor, Pastor Ryan

646 – That was just the push Nathan needed to get off square 1. Nathan had been thinking about starting a group, and had looked at some online resources. He just needed a little push & encouragement. Now, every day before school, at least 4 kids are praying at 9am!! This week it was 5 kids 🙂

647 – The 1st day of prayer group Nathan was in the office and met a teacher he doesn’t even have who encouraged him. Mr. Wilbur, the Spanish teacher, is a believer who felt the lack of prayer at Landings on a faculty level. 3 weeks prior to Nathan’s 1st prayer meeting, Mr. Wilbur had started a faculty prayer group! Mr. Wilbur said he’d be supporting Nathan in any way possible. Nathan was blown away.

648 – Birds singing in the morning. I love hearing the different birds, especially the mockingbirds!


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650 – A blog post that really encouraged me when I needed it! Thanks, Allans

651 – A Starbucks date with a coupon on Valentine’s day with The Best Man! The whipped cream was worth the burpee penalty Tim gave me!

652 – Seeing all 3 boys worship together


653 – This is PURE DISCIPLINE!! I really don’t get this one at all, to tell you the truth. Remember blessing #497? (You really have to read here for this to make sense.) Tim had an opportunity to participate in a professional development conference in South Africa, where he grew up as a missionary kid. We were both super excited, and really thought God was making a dream come true for us. We’ve always wanted to go there together, ever since we got engaged. Well, Tim didn’t get chosen for this conference. His text to me was, “God’s got something better.” Even though I know that in my head, my heart is still struggling to catch up, even with the truth of #653 staring me in the face!!

654 – I got a part time job!! It’s a double blessing because I’m tutoring my friend’s kids. She’s been struggling with health for the past few months and just needs to concentrate on getting completely well. I had texted her late last year to keep her ears open for any tutoring she might hear of, since she’s active in the homeschool world. She called me up a few weeks ago and asked if I would consider taking a few of her kids. I was blown away. If the 1st opportunity (you know, the one I thought was sooo perfect) had been a go, I would not have been available to help my friend. Only God! So why is it so hard for me to see that He has something better in regards to #652?!?! I told you it was discipline!! Can I choose another word for 2031??? 🙂

655 – An evening with Tim at Palm Beach Atlantic University for the Faculty Dance Recital. It was beautiful!

656 – A fabulous weekend running the Hope Race – the Disney Princess Half-Marathon

1 Race beginning

657 – David found the screws for the fan blade!

658 – We got a free mouthguard!! Thanks, Scotty’s Sport Shop!!

659 – Nathan’s tweet to me about the race, and about life in general. He said he’d been struggling at school some & God just spoke to him. See the tweets below.

1Nte race tweet

1NTE tweet

660 – Encouraging messages from friends

661 – Found a local Christian tree company who can take down the tree we need and they were cheaper than any other bid we got!!

662 – No rain for our half-marathon

1 Race fireworks

663 – In fact, it was overcast, which helped keep it relatively cool. Super humid, though!

664 – An amazing report of what God is doing at Hope House!

665 – The boys maturing a little bit in handling life situations

666 – Michael saying, “I’m all in” about an offering for the new Boynton Beach / Stuart campuses. He gave from his spending bank. Nathan said, “I’m saving for Belle Glade.” Michael said, “Well, God took care of you 2 years in a row and He’ll take care of me this year. And if He doesn’t, that’s ok anyway!” LOVE seeing that faith!! LOVE seeing Michael sensitive to God’s leading!

667 – David following Michael’s lead in giving for Boynton Beach out of his own money


668 – Another party in Heaven over another new believer!! Michael is taking the land seriously! 🙂

669 – Nathan scored the 1st goal of the 1st game of the soccer season!!

670 – Nathan scored the 1st & last goals of his next game, and I got to see it all before we had to leave for the marathon

671 – Being able to spend some time with special friends during the Hope Run weekend – and being able to share together the cause of raising awareness of human trafficking


672 – The Firehouse 7 graciously gave up their prime starting spots at the 1/2 marathon to stick with me, the slowpoke!

1 Firehouse 7


673 – An unexpected Starbucks gift certificate in my race goodie bag! The one from the Hope House gang, not in the official goodie bag. Just in case any of you were tempted to run the Princess for the Starbucks card! 🙂

674 – An unexpected delivery of Starbucks yesterday!! I almost didn’t get to participate in this blessing because I almost said, “No thanks” out of worry. Lesson learned! 🙂

675 – Extra money for my HEW habit! Thanks, Holly!! 🙂

676 – Jenny using her spiritual gifts of Helps at my house! Girl, you are welcome here anytime!! 🙂

677 – Leftover RosesDSC05670

678 – I got my funds for the Hope Run! And a little more besides!! 🙂 Praise God – and THANK YOU to those of you who supported the run in honor of the precious princesses rescued out of human trafficking!

679 – Unexpected leftover food coming our way! Yea for pre-cooked dinners!! 🙂

680 – The coolest thing to me about the Hope Run fundraising was this card sent to me from Guam. My friend, Marsha, whom I’ve never laid eyes on, sent money. But more precious to me was this card. Marsha could have sent thousands of dollars and it wouldn’t have meant as much as this card!


681 – I finished the half-marathon! 🙂 Felt pretty good, too, (for the most part) and was encouraged to see HEW pay off. 🙂 You can read the whole story here.

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Posted by on March 14, 2013 in 1000 Gifts


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Princess Weekend

What a weekend!

We ran the Disney Princess half-marathon last weekend,
which was fun
– as fun as running 13.1 miles can be 🙂

Don’t tell anyone I said this….
but I might actually be willing to do this one again next year if they do it.
When the reason for running is for others & their benefit
it makes it easier to say yes. 🙂

Here are highlights of the weekend:

  • being able to raise awareness of human trafficking
  • Hope Runhearing about how God is working in the lives of the girls at Hope House. It was soooo cool to hear about how God is doing wonderful things with the girls, and softening their hearts more quickly than anticipated!
  • We also heard that Hope for Freedom has gotten permission from the school district to go into middle schools to raise awareness! They’re already scheduled for one high school. Nathan is praying with his prayer group that Hope for Freedom will be able to get to their middle school! Awesome!
  • having dinner with all the girls running the race – being able to connect and share with precious friends and meet new ones!
  • photo-93seeing other runners from a completely different group with T-Shirts about ending human trafficking! How cool was that?!
  • Having our own personal cheerleaders during the race! Connie & Lynn were at every possible cheering spot, and that is NO small feat! We saw them every time! What a boost!! I know the picture is blurry (proof we were running :-)) but the joy on their faces radiates! Like Tim said, this is such a demonstration of encouragement! This was the 1st encouragement stop.
  • 1-Connie-LynnGreat conversation with my roommie – even though we should have stopped talking earlier to get ready for the 3:15am wake up call! But you get 2 gals together with the gift of gab, and…. well you can guess 🙂
  • Thinking about training and how that relates to my spiritual walk – but that’s another post 🙂
  • Having the perfect encouragement card sent to me with a donation before the race
  • DSC05667Having fun along the way
  • castleFinishing!! (especially after saying I’d never do another half!! :-)) And feeling pretty good about it. Ok, I have to admit, I did throw up just a little bit when I ate too fast after the race. But, seriously, that was just the food going down & coming back up. Michael thought that was the best part of the race though!

1 ME medal

It was a fun weekend!

As I looked at my bib, I kept thinking of the girls who are at Hope House right now,
learning that they are indeed Princesses,
that they were created to be Daughters of the King!
I don’t know their names, but I wanted to substitute theirs for mine!!


Thanks to all of you who supported my effort to raise funds for Hope House,
the safe house for the girls
who have been rescued out of human trafficking.
You’re welcome to visit the site and donate still!


Posted by on March 4, 2013 in My Musings, WOW! Only God!


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Beloved Princesses – We’re Running to Free!

UPDATE: Today’s the last day!! (2/22/13) Some of you have had problems with the link for donating. Try this link, then click DONATE. PLEASE make sure to type my name (Michelle Eichner) in the “In Honor Of” spot. Or call them & they’ll take your info over the phone. (561) 775.7195  Let them know you’re donating for Michelle Eichner in the Hope Run.  I’m going for the most money collected prize!! 🙂 Thanks for your help! 

God just gave it to me!!

Literally – as I was cooking taco meat!

5 minutes on


My 1st thought was 1 John 4:7-8
because we used to sing those verses in high school 🙂
It was one of our praise songs.

BUT THEN… as I pondered,
stirring the meat,
thinking about the half marathon next weekend

God gave it to me!

the Princesses we’re Running to Free!!!

Hope Run

I’m not running the marathon for me.
In fact, I said I never would do one again.


BUT – when I can run with friends to raise awareness and money

Wanna get in on the fun??
You still have half a week to support the precious princesses!




caught in human trafficking.


Here are the stats:
–Florida (my state) is No. 3 in the nation for reported cases of Human Trafficking!!
-27 million people are enslaved worldwide
–80% of the victims are women and children
–Every 30 seconds, another person becomes a victim of slavery
–99% are not rescued out……yet.

YOU can show these BELOVED girls the love of God!!
YOU can be part of the solution!
Here’s how!

  1. donate online & put my name in the “In Honor Of” link. Click here.
  2. mail me a check made out to Hope House FL by Wednesday, February 20. If you’re interested you can email me:  michelle at leadinggodsgeneration dot com

Can’t wait to see how we shower these BELOVED girls
with a tangible expression of God’s Love!

Ok – this one might have taken a little longer than 5 minutes,


ARE WORTH IT, don’t you?!


Posted by on February 15, 2013 in 5 Minute Fridays


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An Anniversary Challenge for Hope!

It’s my 1 Year Anniversary!!
I’ve been an official blogger for 1 year.
And here’s my Anniversary CHALLENGE!

In 5 weeks I will be running the Disney Princess half marathon.
Even though I SWORE OFF of half-marathons last year! Seriously!!
To see WHY I’m running click here.

The CHALLENGE is to raise $250 for Hope House in 4 weeks.

Did you catch the stats?

–Florida is No. 3 in the nation for reported cases of Human Trafficking!!
–27 million people are enslaved worldwide
–80% of the victims are women and children
–Every 30 seconds, another person becomes a victim of slavery
–99% are not rescued out……yet.

So I’m throwing down the proverbial gauntlet. 🙂
After reading Jean’s & Dolly’s blogs this morning about God-Sized Dreams I thought this was appropriate!

Will YOU HELP me meet the CHALLENGE?
Will YOU HELP raise $250 or more for Hope House??

  • Could YOU contribute $5.00?
  • Will YOU pray about whether God wants you to do more?
  • Will YOU pray FOR ME as I train and then run on February 24?
  • Will YOU pray for the staff at Hope House as they minister God’s healing and restoration to these precious princesses?

Here’s the nitty gritty.

  1. You can give online! Just click here. Please make sure you click the “in honor of” button and put my name there. Thanks!
  2. If you want to give by check, make them out to Hope House
  3. Checks need to be to me by February 19. Email me: and I’ll send you my address.


Thanks in advance for helping me meet my Anniversary Challenge for Hope! 🙂
I’m already started toward my goal, thanks to Jean –
part of my online sisterhood & my 1st contributor! Thanks, my WISE friend :-).
Can’t wait to report what God does!!



Posted by on January 22, 2013 in My Musings


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