Bill's Birthday - 2017 Ezine  

Bill’s Birthday- Gift for YOU!
AND How a Brush with Death Can Dramatically Impact Your Life

We love because He (God) first loved us.In honor of Bill’s birthday, everything is 20% off at March 1- 6 (use code BILL)

Love the Precious Moments

Ever had a moment that pierces you to the soul? We had one of those recently:

It was midnight, and I expected Bill home at any moment. He was driving back from a long day in Southern California traffic, so I had been praying for his safe travels all day. I dozed a bit into a light sleep, only to have my cell phone’s harsh ring wake me. I heard Bill’s voice, a bit rushed, he blurted out, “I have been in an accident. The truck is totaled. The CHP is here. Will call you back. Love you.”
“Love you. Be safe!” I replied as I heard the call click to an abrupt end.

My mind was a blur of questions and emotions. I was relieved to know Bill was alive. However, I had no idea if or how badly he might be hurt. I had no clue to where he even was, or if anyone else might be effected—and not a shred of information about what had transpired. All I knew was HE WAS ALIVE and I was RELIEVED! I was very, very relieved—and thankful—very, very thankful—and grateful—very, very grateful that Bill was obviously safe and well enough to call and communicate to me so I wouldn’t worry when he didn’t arrive home.

Hours later he called back. He needed a ride home. The truck had been rear-ended at full speed by a young distracted driver. Upon impact, the force of the blow caused the truck Bill was driving to spin out of control and it slammed into the cement barrier on the right side of the freeway. The passenger side was demolished--compressed like an accordion. Nine times out of 10, I would have typically been in that passenger seat, next to Bill, but a day packed with ministry responsibilities had kept me home. I somberly concluded that I too had dodged death.

We love because He (God) first loved us.I prayed as I got in the car at 2 am to go pick up my husband. I prayed diligently because the ocean fog had set in like thick pea soup so much that I could no longer read any road signs.  I was simply driving from memory, on a near empty freeway. I was alone and frightened of what could now happen to me on this dangerous stretch of road.

Lord, you have GOT TO guide my car to get to Bill safely. He has had enough today—he needs me now and we need YOU now to get us connected safely.” I took the “wrong” freeway interchange because I couldn’t even see any signage, but this actually turned out to be God’s sovereign answer to prayer as the lights from store fronts, traffic lights, and homes, along with the comforting  voice of our GPS, guided me safely on side streets to Bill.

As I drove up to the address Bill had texted to me, I spotted my weary husband, standing alone, in the dark, in the fog, in the cold, at the gas station. Almost immediately, like the breaking of a dam, all the pent in emotions I had been holding in released. We held one another, and I sobbed into his strong, familiar chest, comforted by his rhythmic, yet racing heartbeat.  

One of the verses that ran through my mind at that moment was Song of Songs 3:4.“…I have found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go…”
Neither of us wanted to release the other from this embrace of gratitude. We both uttered a quick prayer of thankfulness to God, then the chill of the night air, and the sobering reality of the very different outcome that could have been, led Bill to look intently into my eyes and say, “There is a reason, a very good reason, that on our honeymoon, 37 years ago, we committed to always say, “I love you” as we say good bye.”  We made the commitment to say “I love you” EVERY time before parting, or as we hang up the phone, because one never knows when this brief life on earth will end, when the Savior might usher either of us home to heaven--so we always want to make sure the last words either of us say or hear is “I love you.”

Have you made that commitment? We say “I love you” even when we might be upset, disappointed, frustrated, or perplexed by our spouse. See love is a choice. Love is a verb. Love is a commitment—not a feeling. By stating our commitment to love, the feelings of love then follow. That is the “God-miracle” of Eccl. 4:12  “a cord of three strands is not easily broken.” And the verse we etched into each other’s wedding gifts also reflects the power of the God connection, “We love because He {God] first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)  

No matter how you feel about your mate (your kids, your parents) today, call him or her and say, “I love you.”

We love because He (God) first loved us.We Love You too!  
Today is Bill’s birthday! So we want to first send YOU some love for all the prayers, encouraging words and teamwork your have extended to us over the years. Here is a link to watch Bill’s Video 1 and lesson 1 from his resource for the guys: 10 Best Decisions a Man Can Make

Here are other items uniquely “Bill” that might bless you or your husband or son:
Her Best Friend Phone App- One idea a day sent to a man’s phone to help him romance his wife.
7 Simple Skills For Every Man ( video intro  and message from Bill on Simple Skills)
Promise Keepers Canada video (Bill is speaking for PK many times over the next 6 weeks in various cities across Canada.)

We love because He (God) first loved us.Send Bill Some Love
Feel free to post your well wishes and encouragement to Bill this birthday week:
@bfarrel on Twitter
Pam and Bill Facebook
One of the most encouraging things you could do to bless Bill is to ask your Pastor to bring Bill to speak to encourage, equip and educate the men of your church—or for a marriage event or Love-Wise Weekend (this includes a marriage conference, an event for singles, and Bill (or Bill and I) teaching on relationships in all the church’s weekend worship services)  Email to get more information on having the Farrels come to your city/church.

Love Your Man
In honor of YOUR man, I (Pam) am inviting you to join me for the Red Hot Wife Challenge.  It begins, March 7  The challenge is a 26- day journey looking at and applying the 26 traits (A to Z) that make us a more loving wife. Each day (Monday- Friday), I will send an encouraging email to apply that day’s trait to your marriage, we also have a secret Facebook group you will be invited to join, and there we will discuss Red Hot Romance Tips for Women book, and I answer questions, post videos, ideas, encouragements, prayers—and so much more. (All this for the tiny cost of the Red Hot Romance Tips book! This week just $4)

Love to SEE You!
We would love to have you in the audience and meet you LIVE and in person! Here are a few coming events:
March 3-4 Houston, TX, May 13- 15 San Diego, Ca; May 19-20 St Augustine, FL. (and further out, Oct 8/9,  we will be at the very romantic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI). Or give your entire family a Valentine vacation—we will be speaking at Forest Home Family conference in July and Cannon Beach family conference in August (Pam is also inviting the women to a Simple Skills for Success: Grow an Organic Faith   Women’s Conference March 31-April 1 in Murrieta Hot Springs)

We love because He (God) first loved us.Love to Eat
Remember-- we are looking for recommendations on wonderful WAFFLE breakfast cafés and super Spaghetti eateries for our Waffles and Spaghetti Road Trip—all this year in celebration of the release of our new UPDATED, EXPANDED anniversary edition of Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti. If we come to your city and you recommended the restaurant, we will invite you to join us for a meal as our guest! (No chain restaurants—we are looking to support Mom and Pop local family-friendly spots!) Email your recommendations to (Waffle/Spaghetti EATS in the subject line please)
And we are in the process of gathering recipes for the best WAFFLES or waffle toppings and the best PASTA or Spaghetti sauce for a special downloadable cookbook. Email us a recipe and you will be entered in a drawing for a free copy of our new book (FYI: We are especially fond of family recipes).
PS: I shared one the recipes that Bill loves (Sizzling S*xy Burger)  on our friend, Danielle McCauley’s foodie blog, MILK to MEAT  (You might also know her husband, one of Canada’s most award-winning musicians, Dan McCauley—we did a series of “Couple’s Night Out” events with him and LOVED his music!)

We love because He (God) first loved us.Love the Creativity
Lastly, we are excited to announce the winner of our best “waffles and spaghetti” photo from our Valentine Day Facebook event! Congrats to the Sanders!  So we will run this contest once a month all 2017—so get your creative juices going—best photo of you (a single person, a couple, or your entire family) with a creative use of waffles and spaghetti (Keep it G-Rated! Double entry if you also have one of our Waffles and Spaghetti books in the pix (couples, singles, teen versions all welcome). To enter, create photo, then post it on the Pam and Bill Farrel facebook page AND post on your Facebook timeline (or twitter, Instagram, Pinterest – Remember to tag it: #wafflesandspaghetti)
Appreciate each of you! Praying this verse for you all today:

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.-
1 John 4:7  

Pam and Bill

PS: While we had a hard time keeping our Facebook live connection going on Valentine’s Eve, we did film then post our 4 part video series: Be the G.I.F.T. to Keep Love Going #REDHOT Valentine’s Day and EVERYDAY! All 4 are up on our Pam and Bill Facebook page—so there are 4 “No Cost Dates” for you and your honey as you watch and apply.

Bill and Pam Farrel, email: • (805) 242-6360