Saturday, January 25, 2014

The little things

We had unusually warm months in November and December.  Normally my kids wear boots all through the winter months, but this year the kids were wearing their summer shoes when they went outside to play.
Caleb's shoes were too small and worn out.  Since the winter months were upon us we were hoping for cold weather (also known as boot weather) to avoid buying new summer shoes during the winter.  As all parents know, he would have outgrown his summer shoes by the time the winter was over.

Over the holidays I was doing some cleaning and organizing at the house.  One of my projects was to go through all the clothes that I have been saving from my older boys and also other clothes that have been given to Caleb by other missionaries.  At the bottom of one of the big WalMart tubs of clothes I pulled out a pair of tennis shoes that were almost brand new.  I remembered that several years ago a military family was moving back to the states and left the shoes for Caleb (along with some clothes).  I quickly called Caleb and had him try them on.  Guess what......they fit him perfectly.  What a blessing!!!  God knew back then that they would meet a need in Caleb's life now. 

 With two boys that seem to grow every day it can be hard to keep them in clothes.  Daniel has been needing some longer pants for awhile.  L.O.N.G. legs and a skinny waist makes for difficult shopping.  After spending a day in Tallinn and not finding anything I was getting discouraged. We looked on line and found Dockers in his size for about $40 (plus shipping).  Knowing how desperate the need was, we decided to take another trip to Tallinn and go to three thrift stores.  Then we began praying that God would make our trip productive.
When we arrived at the first thrift store I began looking through the pants - pair by pair - looking at the size on every label.  You'll never guess what I found....

a pair of Dockers in the exact size we were needing with the tags still on them
(for about $10)

WOW!!!  What an awesome God to meet our needs.  His Word promises that He will, so why am I surprised?  Well, I don't know that I was really "surprised", but I do feel blessed.

May we never forget God's goodness in our lives.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

December memories

I love pictures!
Pictures are memories.

the little town of Johvi, Estonia

Years are quickly passing.  The kids are growing up.  These pictures will bring back precious memories for years to come.

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Book giveaway winner!

I used and the winner of More Than Just A Savior is.....

 Please make sure to contact me at  Once I have your mailing address, the book will be mailed to you.  I trust it will be a blessing.

For those of you that didn't win but are interested in getting your own copy, you can contact my brother, Stephen Benefield (at
This book is currently out of stock, but you can give your name and email so that you are contacted when they are in stock once again.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sunday Scripture

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Christmas festivities

Christmas brings lots of excitement at our house.  At the beginning of December we start listening to Christmas music, set up our tree, and plan special Christmas activities.

Sugar cookies!
Making and decorating sugar cookies is something we do each year.  The kids love rolling, cutting, baking, and decorating.  Mostly they like sampling the broken cookies and sneaking licks of the icing. 

Making Christmas cookies is a fun family tradition that makes a disaster of my entire kitchen.  I enjoy watching the kids and their creativity with the icing and sprinkles.  Want to know what else I like?  They are all old enough to help clean up my kitchen :)

Christmas Party

We kicked off our Christmas break from school with a fun evening of games, finger food, and a Christmas movie.  A favorite activity was Christmas mad lib.  There were a lot of laughs as we read each person's story. 

My kids love to get to talk with family - especially cousins - on Skype.  During Christmas break my kids enjoyed a special treat of visiting with their cousins in the states.

Ice Skating
Of course ice skating is a must each year. This year we drove down to Tartu and let the kids skate at the indoor mall.  Ron and I watched from the side sipping our chai and coffee.

After skating we did some Christmas shopping before returning home.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunday Scripture

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A good start in 2014

 **I am extending the giveaway until January 11, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. (Estonian Time)

Happy New Year, friends!  Doesn't it seem like the years fly by faster each year?  The year 2013 is now over and a whole new year is ahead of us.  I want 2014 to be the best year ever in my personal life, family life, walk with God, and service for the Lord - don't you?

I thought it would be fun to have a giveaway as we welcome a new year. 

 How would you like to win a new book
Two years ago, when More Than Just A Savior was "hot off the press", I held my first blog giveaway.  Since then I've welcomed many more readers to my blog and would like for another one of my many readers to have a chance to win their own copy of this great book.  If you already have this book, you could try to win it and give it as a gift to encourage a family member, friend, or fellow Christian.  If you don't have this book, it would definitely be a nice addition to your library.  I know I will be reading my copy again this year.

 My brother, Missionary Stephen Benefield, is the author of More Than Just A Savior.

front row: Stephen, Gabby, Stephen, Seth, Angela   back row:  Candace, Emma, Deborah
  "Sheep never outgrow their need for daily leadership from the shepherd"

Stephen and his family have been missionaries in Phnom Penh, Cambodia since the Fall of 2000.  When they first arrived they worked with vetern missionaries while learning the culture and language.  Within a couple of years, they started the Good News Baptist Church.  God is using this family to do a great work in Cambodia.  Hundreds have been saved and many baptized under their ministry.  Scores of lives have been changed because this dear family has given their lives to share the Good News of salvation to the lost people of Cambodia.  Their family has faced their share of problems, discouragement, heartache, and trials, but through it all they have remained faithful.

"The most important work, and the first work, is a work that is done on the inside."

A couple of years ago Stephen wrote a book -  More Than Just A Savior ~ Every Christian's 10 Wonderful Relationships With God.  This book will challenge and encourage you to develop or deepen your relationship with Christ.  I am confident that this book will be a blessing to anyone who reads it.

"Our flesh will betray us into enemy hands if we give it even the slightest opportunity." 

Someone will receive a FREE could be YOU!

"Christians who live in stubbornness and rebellion are disrespecting their King and wasting a precious relationship that they have with God."

*simply leave a comment sharing a goal you have for the new year

FOR EXTRA ENTRIES (leave a separate comment for each thing you do)
1) Follow or subscribe to Rachel's Reflections
2) Post this giveaway on Facebook
3) Tweet about this giveaway

The giveaway will end at 9:p.m. Estonia time on January 7, 2014.  

*if you would like to enter to win, please make sure the comment is left on my blog, not a comment on facebook.
*any one can enter as long as you have a mailing address

"As you seek Him in prayer and in His Word, you will find Him again and again."

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