Thursday, November 7, 2013

People can get the wrong idea.....

If you read my last post about messy church and can't find it, it's because I took it down.  A friend of mine read it and thought I was talking about the church I worked at for years.  I don't want anyone else to think that.  So just in case you read it, I was not speaking of any particular church, but the "church" in general.  If you are looking for a blog that posts about hurts, offenses, and overall dissatisfaction with the churches I am associate with, you are reading the wrong blog.  The thoughts I'm writing about are about todays Christian culture, and the church at large.  NOT any 1 particular church.  And not all the blogs will be about church.  It will be about whatever thought pops into my brain.   Including, but not limited to politics, laundry, raising boys, being a wife, parking lots that make me crazy, friendship, funny street signs, hair and makeup, The Thorn, and all sorts of other ideas...Yay for you. :)
Just making that clear.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

i just wonder....

I am a quiet driver.  I don't usually talk in the car.  I don't mean to be rude or anything, my mind just goes crazy and I end up in deep thought.  I think about all kinds of things, my kids, dreams, Jesus, grocery store needs, shoes, movies, God, politics, laundry....whatever and where ever my mind takes me.  It's relaxing and I love it.  Often I think, "I should blog about my thoughts, I have some really profound thoughts".  But then a sneaky negative one comes climbing in my mind... "does anyone care what I think?"  It's a good question, especially if I am wanting to write more but not one you should ask if you are looking for value in society.   It's bad if I am going to weigh my importance on how many people read this blog or share it.  They are my thoughts and should be valued by me no matter what.   I don't want to change how I feel about myself based solely on someone thinking I am pithy, or funny, or deep, or whatever.  Blogs are a great resource to get what is in your head and heart onto paper (or pages).  They are entertaining, informative, encouraging, and educational but I have heard of people who change, not in a maturing, I'm expanding my mind way, but in a "I am super important because I have random thoughts" or "I don't matter to the world because no one comments on my blog page" way.  It's too much.  I don't want to change to please readers.  So here I am, blogging my thoughts, knowing that probably 5-10 people will ever read them and probably will think I've lost my mind.  It's fine.  I like my thoughts.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

It's Decision Time!

Sooooo I have come to a decision....I love The Thorn and I want to serve the Lord through it for as long as I can.  It is an incredible ministry.  I also I have a family (husband and 3 boys) that I love and need to help support.  I have tried to raise support to allow Thorn's overhead to be as low as possible.  It has been a slow go and we are getting behind.  I recently admitted to the world that I love Mary Kay products and have been buying them for myself. I liked them so much I became a "Personal Use" Consultant.  This means as long as I order a minimum, I get the products at a discount.   I figured, that was all I was interested in.  I told myself "I don't have time to sell Mary Kay.  Just let me buy it and I'll be good".  1 problem.....People started asking me about my great skin.....my awesome bag I am using......what makeup I use...and on and on.....to the point that I was selling it faster than I could buy it.  Then it hit me like a ton of bricks, MARY KAY SELLS ITSELF!   I can sell Mary Kay and use that as my income AND serve the Thorn without adding any financial burden to the ministry!
All I have to do is be myself, love people, and share how the product has COMPLETELY changed my skin for the better.  I had no idea my face could feel and look this great....and that's just the skin care line.  The makeup is awesome too and for the first time I don't cringe when i look in the mirror in the morning.
So that's it.  I am selling Mary Kay on the side so I can continue to serve the Thorn and it's ministry while helping women look and feel their very best.  I am super excited.  Just wanted to share it with you.
I would love to tell ya more about the Thorn and Mary Kay.  Feel free to contact me via email or have fun on my personal MaryKay website.  www.MaryKay.com/drice8816

Blessings to you,

Denise
denise@thethorn.net
www.marykay.com/drice8816
www.thethorn.net


Saturday, June 1, 2013

I've really done it now….

So today is June 1st.  The start day of our new life, yeah I just said it, new life.  That's funny because yesterday was my last day on staff at New Life Church.  Not for any bad reasons…just that God said He wants me to do something else.  (You can read more about that in my last post).  The point is, today is the first day that I am officially on full-time support.  What does full-time support mean?  It means that I must raise all of my income….ask people like you to stand with me….to support me….as I spend my time working, lifting, helping, promoting, organizing, praying, believing, creating, more for The Thorn.  Until now, I haven't been able to really promote what I'm doing and what I need to make it happen.  So, here I am asking….if you have seen The Thorn and know it's impact in the Kingdom of God and believe in what we do, believe in me and my heart to tell the story of Jesus, will you come along side me and support me with a monthly gift?  You'll be surprised by what God can do.

Click HERE to partner with me  and don't forget to designate "Denise Rice" on the pull down menu.  :)

Blessings to you.
Denise

Monday, April 29, 2013

LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN…..

Many of you don't know me, but my name is Denise and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado and I am a Producer.  For the past 5 years I have been involved with a ministry called The Thorn.  It is a live stage production that shows the passion of Jesus through aerial arts, pyrotechnics, martial arts, dance, and many special effects.  Over 50,000 people come to see the Thorn each year.  Watch the video to hear more about who we are. 
video

It is an honor to be able to be a producer for this production. It is a fantastic ministry.  Until now it had been a Jan-April commitment.  We are a ministry and do not have the finances to keep our staff year around.  In the meantime, I have been on staff at New Life Church in the creative department.  New Life has been amazing allowing me to be a part of Thorn while working for them full time.  I am eternally grateful for their love and support.

Two weeks ago while sitting in service at New Life Church God began to speak to me about my future.  As I sat there overwhelmed by God's love and grace, I realized He was asking me to trust Him and leave my job at New Life.  It has been my community and security.  After arguing with God for longer than I should have, I told Him I would trust Him and obey.  Without knowing what the next step was, I found my boss and told him I was leaving my position at New Life. 

On Tuesday of that week while praying and seeking the Lord, He began to give me more insight as to one of the things he wanted me to do next.  He told me He wanted me to work on The Thorn year around and that He has plans for the ministry that couldn't be done during the normal 4 month season.  He said that I was to ask people to come along side me and partner with me to make this happen.  

What does that partnering look like?  First, prayer.  Praying for The Thorn, for our staff, performers, cast, the cities we are traveling to, those that will experience the performances, and for me.  Second, it means supporting me financially.  I will be raising support for my monthly expenses.  My family is unable to pay our bills on my husbands income alone.  We need you.  Would  you pray about how God wants to use you?  We need about $2500 a month.  That seems so overwhelming to me, until I break it down. It take only 25 people to give $100 a month, 50 people to give $50, or 100 people to give $25.  All funds are tax deductible and eternally beneficial.  :) Click HERE to support me. 

Don't have the resources for a monthly gift?  You can give annually, a 1 time gift, or anytime God puts it on your heart.  Everything is helpful and a blessing.  

What is the money going towards you ask?
1. We have 3 boys and 2 are in college starting in the fall.  Josh is at CSU Ft Collins and Tyler will be at Pikes Peak - $1800 a month.

2. With resigning at New Life, we are losing our benefits and that includes health insurance.  For our family of 5, health insurance, dental, vision, and fees - $700 a month.

Thank you for taking the time to read a bit of my story.  Would you like more updates?  Subscribe to this blog or to get more information on The Thorn, go to www.thethorn.net.  You are also welcome to email me at denise@thethorn.net.

God Bless!
Denise

Click HERE Donate via Credit/Debit. Use the drop down under designation and click Denise Rice.  
Checks can be sent to:
Thorn Productions
attn: Denise Rice
635 Elkton Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Please write Denise Rice in the memo. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

It's time to start up again….

There are so many things to update on.  It's been a long time since I blogged…..about 3 years.  Most of you know what's been going on in my life, but for those who are knew…here is a quick snap shot.

March 2005 - moved to Colorado from California

October 2006 - Started Attending New Life Church

November 2006 - Our Pastor was involved in a scandal and was asked to step down as Senior Pastor at New Life

December 2006 - Performed in my first Wonderland show at New Life

December 2007 - Shooter came on campus and killed 2 girls

December 2007 - Wonderland cancelled 2nd weekend of shows

2008- New Life stops all productions for a year.  We begin the adoption process through the Colorado Foster Care System

September 2008 - John and Sarah Bolin ask me to help produce The Thorn at New Life.  

March 2009 - We stop the adoption process to focus on our kids

March 2011 - The Thorn begins to tour and I go on full-time staff at New Life Church

May 2011 - My Father passes away

March 2012 - The Thorn adds new cities

May 2012 - Josh Graduated from HS and Started Attending Colorado State University at Fort Collins

March 2013 - The Thorn creates 2 separate tours and the team splits in 2 for 3  weeks

April 2013 - Here a Word from The Lord about my future and I begin the process of raising support

May 2013 - Tyler Graduates HS

There is so much more…..but that gives an idea on the timeline.  Stay tuned for more information on what is happening with me, my family, and our future.