Our county is honored that we have a First Coast Women's Service Center. Their mission statement is: to prevent the tragedy of abortion by offering truthful information, emotional support, and practical assistance to individuals who are facing unplanned pregnancies. They also offer sexual abstinence as a positive lifestyle for singles and provide opportunities for healing and restoration to those who have been hurt by abortion. Most importantly they share the love of Jesus in a caring, non-judgmental environment. Services are free and confidential. We are truly blessed to have FCWS in our community. Recently they had a wonderful event called Life-Fusion, a dinner and auction to benefit the Center. It was wonderful.
Each table was beautifully decorated.
My kind of decor....
Different people offered their services by donating items that would be used for a silent auction. Choices consisted of but not limited to Baby Shower basket, Chocolate basket, Hair products basket, Beach theme, Yeti cooler, and so much more. Our ladies at my church opted to do a Chocolate lovers basket. I was thrilled with our choice as it held tons of chocolate including a 100$ bill and a $50 bill in the basket.
I wish I could show you all the pictures of the silent auction goods but decided to show a few of my favorites. Don't you just love the Beach theme? I should have bid on that one!!!
Hair products with a gift card.
The wreath was simply beautiful and the sign stole my heart.
A group shot with some sweet friends.
Another shot of one of the many beautiful tables.
I love this banner! It is actually HUGE and the whole banner is covered in the precious faces of little ones.
Here is a better view to actually show you how big this is.
Look at this adorable little girl? I just wanted to grab her cute little cheeks and squeeze them.
Sweet moment captured.
And of course who wouldn't WANT THIS?
So many Trips and Getaways was auctioned off and I'm not talking an average trip to the Zoo...LOL! I am talking exclusive package deals.
They also had an auction with five specialty cakes that was donated. Last year I had the opportunity to bake a cake for them and I had that opportunity again this year. Here are the five cakes that was donated.
I cannot remember the exact name of this cake but I think it was a Hersey's chocolate cake. Either way...it looked YUMMY!
Humming bird cake. (on my list of favorite cakes to eat) and I have a SIL that makes one that will melt in your mouth!
Starbucks chocolate mounds cake. Ooh...it took all I had to not snitch a cookie off the top of this beautiful cake.
Strawberry white chocolate cake. (Isn't this cake just beautiful?)
And mine. A salted caramel peanut butter chocolate cake. The auctioneer was so fun to listen too and when he got to this cake he said, "One thing is for sure...this cake will stick to the roof of your mouth and last for days".
Each cake brought in money for the FCWS. And I'm not talking a little bit of money either and all for a great cause.
The event was laced with beautiful singing, good food and wonderful people. There was so much laughter shared....and a few tears.
The guest speaker was Gianna Jessen. (lady sitting down) You can go online and check her out for more of her testimony if interested. http://www.giannajessen.com/about.html Gianna is a survivor of a burning saline solution abortion. The doctors said that she would never survive. She also has cerebral palsy. "The failed abortion had also provided the “gift” of cerebral palsy, as she calls it: Her words: “It allows me to really depend on Jesus for everything.”
Her message was loud of clear! No matter WHAT...finish the race that God has set before you! God was in the midst of well over 300 attenders for this event and I can assure you that His Word went forth!
My heart was deeply moved as I listened to the testimony of this young couple. Tears filled the room but then Victory rang loud and clear.
As most of my blogging friends know I snapped a few maternity pictures of my daughter that is due with her first baby in April. Though I loved them all there was one picture that melted my heart and it was this one if you will recall.
As soon as I looked at this picture my thoughts went to Psalm 139:13-14
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
Last year while blogging I entered a contest for a FREE 16x20 canvas that Heather, from Our Life In A Click was offering. http://ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com/ and I WON! I decided to redeem my win by doing a canvas piece of that particular picture and using the scripture (Psalm 139:13-14) All I could think about was that one day our little Adalynn (who is on her way) would treasure this picture of her mom carrying her inside of her mother's body and it would be a reminder to her that she is fearfully and wonderfully made...by the Master Designer Himself!
Well, wouldn't you just know that the day after the First Coast Women's Event that the Canvas piece I ordered was delivered. Another sweet reminder that YES...we are wonderfully and fearfully made and that our life has purpose.
Jesus makes no mistakes. Life is precious to Him...My life and Your life is precious to our Lord. After all....He did CREATE us.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy