He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, he lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves those who live justly. The LORD watches over the immigrant and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. -Psalm 146:7-9

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Acts 1:8

..."but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses.....


boy, has a lot happen sense the last time I wrote...so much that I will only tell about the MOST EXCITING thing that has my heart overspilling DAILY!

We started our evening worship services in our neighborhood..they have been the most encouraging times I have had!( for those of you don't know..as a part of our ministry the guys are doing a church plant) The two guys that I told you about that have recently gave their lives to the LORD shared the most amazing thing last sunday...They shared how they wanted to take the gospel to the younger boys in our neighborhood and teach them the same truths that our husbands are teaching them at the moment! They continue on talking about how they were willing to go to the homes of the younger crowd and get the parents permission for their sons to do a bible study with them.. they expressed how they never had anyone when they were that age to share bible truths with them so they wanted to give the younger kids something they didn't have!!! WOW!!!!!!
As one of our new brothers in the faith shared their heart tears just streamed down my face and all I could think about was 2 Timothy 2:2 that says:.."And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others"..... God is amazing!!! i mean, I have never experienced younger believers being so thirsty and satisfied with God! yes, these young men have a lot of growing to do...but to see that no one ask them to do this..it was not indoctrinated into their hearts by some program or campus ministry( even if it the LORD decided to use that method.. that would be ok) the LORD decided to show us himself beyond the walls of a program....its amazing because here we are staring possibly the future DEACONS and ELDERS of our church plant..Only God and the HOLY Spirit can relinquish that type of power to make sinners want to do work such as this..I am seriously humbled by this experience....

God was at work in the hood ya'll way before we got there... What a privilege it is to join Him at work
please continue to pray that these two young men to grow and endure in the Faith

Monday, November 19, 2007

Prayer




Please pray for us over these things in the weeks to come! Thanks!

1. Patience in waiting to move into home
2. That I would love my husband as much as I love myself
3. Fun times with Kaiya over her break this week..(the child has the WHOLE wEEK out from school!!!)
4. quality time as a family as we are away for Thanksgiving break
5. That I would see the glory of the LORD and experience him in NEW found ways

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Overnight Stay



" In peace I will both lie down and sleep,For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety" -Psalm 4:8



I survived my first night in the hood!! lol
While our husbands were away on ministry biz D and I got some girl time together in her new renovated home which happens to be like 5 doors down from ours...
It was soo fun, and the kids kept us quite busy...She and I both were amazed at the peace that the LORD gave us in not being affraid..Its crazy how you allow your mind to think all of the things that could happen and then expect the LORD to give you grace for something that hasnt even happend..lol
This neighborhood to me is HOME, I feel sad at times when I am away, and I get discouraged when I think about how our house isnt ready yet..I am constantly having to remind myself that GOD will in his PERFECT timing place us in our house when he is READY.. He really does provide that PEACE THAT SURPASES ALL UNDERSTANDING!! I cant wait!!! This is just the begining of many sleepovers, movie nights,ect...
TO GOD be the Glory for all that he has done!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Isaiah 6

I am just really emotional, speechless, amazed and just humble to see the LORD working in our midst.
why? What would cause a HOLY God to use wrenches for his glory...nothing but the blood of the Lamb...I am really so humbled to see the LORD do what he has done in our desired neighborhood over the pass week.. Two lives as you have read have came into this covenant family ..and that...that just brings me to tears to think that these young men lives as of today will not look the same as their fathers, their uncles or anyone else for that matter in this neighborhood who has not believed in the LORD Jesus CHRIST.... I have trying this new thing in my walk with the LORD, something I feel like I should have been doing from the beginning and that is TRUSTING the LORD to do GREAT, BIG, MIGHTY things and EXPECTING HIM TO ANSWER according to HIS SOVEREIGN will...He has already did that in bringing these two young men into a saving relationship with himself...I did'n expect the LORD to work as fast as he has, I did'n imagine the effect of these once dead souls now alive would have on me...I, myself have came from background of drugs, gangs ect...To see the LORD call others out of that is just so,,amazing...I really am at a lost for words... Its going to beautiful to see these young men change the face of this neighborhood through the POWER of CHRIST..they now have the power through the LORD to marry in Christ, to raise covenant children and to spread the gospel to overs who are dying due to drugs, gang violence, and STD's in their hood. oh Mighty GOD how AWESOME are YOUR WORKS!
I have been praying for almost a week now that the LORD would show me His holiness...I have wondered what is it that Isaiah saw in Isaiah 6 that would cause him to say..: I am a man of unclean lips..or as one pastor said..what is it that caused Moses to look the way he did after he came down off of that mountain..(its funny cause as I have been praying about God's holiness I hear a pastor preach on it on sunday) I am wanting, I am sooo thirsty to see the LORD as these mighty men have seen him..
I am wondering is the things that are beginning to happen in our neighborhood the LORD starting to reveal himself, his holiness to us in ways we have not seen...I am echoing a prayer I have heard a couple of days ago..."LORD I want to see you, in all that you are, I know you word says that No man can see God and live, well LORD, whatever it is that needs to DIE within me, please kill it so that I may see you in all of your splendor..."

Common Ground Update

I am speechless and In AWE of the LORD's work!!
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Greetings from Common Ground Montgomery!

I know it has been a WHILE, but we now hope to be back on track with our ‘weekly’ email updates.

This is email is longer than the others, but I promise you it will bless you to read what God has been doing in our midst!!!!!

A lot of very encouraging and life changing things have been happening, so I will try to spread some of them out over the next few email updates. Here are a few big things that God is and has been doing:

We are in our house!!! (The Kelly’s)
We have been in our new house for just over a week now on Westcott Street in west Montgomery. We love our new neighborhood, though it doesn’t feel new at all since we have spent the last year getting to know many people here. What is new is having as many as 15-20 kids from our street over at the house any chance we will allow it! It is wonderful. We love our house (it has been completely renovated and added on to)… and we love our neighborhood.

New followers of Jesus!!!
We now have two new brothers in Christ from our street. We have been getting to know two teenagers over the last 8 or 9 months. Both of these guys helped us do the demolition on my home while we were remodeling it. Both have grown up on our street. Kevin and I began sharing our faith with them months ago, and they also began to attend Church with us. Curiously, they both had no question about where they stood in relationship to God. They both freely admitted they didn’t know the Lord and weren’t ‘saved’. But, they said they like us, and all the people we kept bringing around. We tried to provide a non-threatening environment for them to learn about and ‘see’ Jesus through our lives. We have included them in on many aspects of our lives. They eat with us, play with and hold our children, go the Church with us, have spent the night in our home, help us in some of our work, etc. They have become part of our lives. God has blessed it! Three nights ago, one of them came over and we sat on the porch.

He said he had been thinking more and more about being ‘saved’. Kevin had spent an hour on the phone with him the night before talking about Jesus. He told me that he was so glad that he wasn’t running the streets any more, and that he wasn’t doing many of the things he had been doing just months earlier. I told him that reminded me of something so I grabbed my bible and we began to look at verses together. We saw in the bible where it said of Christians… “therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come”. I went on to explain that there is a major difference between just changing our behavior for a little while and actually surrendering our lives to follow Jesus. He was very curious, and wanted to know what that meant. We read where Paul tells us that we all had sinned and fallen short of God’s glory… and that the wages of our sin is death, but that the gift of God is eternal life through the Lord Jesus Christ. We talked about what it meant to submit to Christ as Lord, and trust Him only as a Savior, and the true freedom that is available to us. Long story short (though trust me, you really wan to hear the long version!) He prayed to receive Christ right there on the porch with me. During all this, we heard a gun shot off in the distance, we had three heavily intoxicated/high people walk by mumbling at us, and we witnessed a slight altercation in the street about 5 houses down. God was so good to us in the middle of all that to change his heart. After he prayed, he kept saying things like “I feel so good… has he really forgiven me for all things!... man, I have to tell ___ about this!.... He needs to know the Lord too!” It was a wonderful, holy night!

Well, the next day, he took the piece of paper that I had written down the verses on that we looked at and that I had drawn a ‘bridge’ illustration on to help him understand what Jesus had done for him. He came over my house with four other teenagers. The house was full of kids from the neighbor playing in the front area. My new brother, took the teenagers to the back of the house and proceeded to explain what had happened to him the night before! He did an amazing job. I walked into the room while he was saying all this! “You can’t jump over it (the separation between us and God), you can’t fly over it, you can’t get to God. It don’t matter how good you think you are. A wage is something you earn… and our sin led us to death as our wage. That what we earned. But God gave us a gift! Real life, eternal life.”

They asked him some questions, which he answered very well, and then they all went home. That night his best friend came back over (the other teenager I spoke of before). He told us he was ready to ‘give his life to the Lord and get saved’. We sat down together and talked about what it meant to be ‘saved’, Who we needed to be saved from, and what we were being saved into. He prayed to receive Christ right there in our living room! Both of the young men were grinning from ear to ear (and one of them NEVER smiles!) God had forgiven them and set them free from their sins! That’s all they kept talking about.

They both spent the night last night, and one of them came to me and said some pretty interesting things. Here are some of his quotes (he gave me permission to share them with you!):

On drugs in the neighborhood: “If crack would never have been invented, we could have had so many lawyers and doctors and teachers coming from this neighborhood. Right now you just have so many lives so messed up. All this wasted life….”

On all the other younger kids running the streets in our neighborhood:
“The person I used to be… I was making them do so many bad things. They look up to us, and I was trying to teach them how to be a thug or hard, or something like that. We used to make them fight and stuff… now I want to see them find the Lord the way I find the Lord. If I can find Him, they can too. I am trying to get them while they are young. I didn’t have nobody to show me this when I was their age. I want to see them find the Lord.”

On us coming into their lives over the last year: “If y all wouldn’t have come around we would have been on the street… doing nothing good. If ya’ll would have never come around, I believe life would have been all about getting money, selling drugs… life in the streets would have led us to nowhere… the grave or prison… and setting bad examples for these younger kids.”

On all the drug addicts and prostitutes in our neighborhood: There are some junkies out there, but I am realizing that that is somebody’s people… someone’s uncle, daddy, cousin, son. They are somebody’s people. Somebody out there still loves them somewhere. I know God loves them too. I wasn’t thinking about nothing I used to do. When I used to run the streets, the Lord Jesus Christ used to be the last thing on my mind. We used to treat them any old way.

May God bless the lives of these new brothers… May he raise them up as leaders in our neighborhood… May he do immeasurable more than we can ever ask or imagine!


Psalm 34:3,

Bryan Kelly
Common Ground Montgomery
334-657-7096

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Faith the size of a....Tylenol pill???


this morning me and a close friend of mine talked on the phone to discuss the word and to encourage each other on the GRACE of GOD! man, did the LORD teach us and remind us of some things..

I was sharing with her some passages I have been studying and reading in my times with the LORD and I wanted to share them with you as well...
Acts 12
"now about that time Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the church in order to mistreat them, And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest, Peter also....When he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the passover to bring him out before the people. SO peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God. On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison..." as you know the story an angel of the LORD appeared and freed peter...the word then goes on to say after peter realized what happened, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was called Mark where many were gathered together and were praying...this is the part the gets me...it says.." When he knocked at the door of the gate a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer. When she recognized Peter's voice because of her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and announced that peter was standing in front of the gate..they said to her,"YOu are out of your mind!"

well..the LORD led me to pull a lot out of this passage..but the one that application that is dear to me in this time of my life is simply FAITH in what it is that I pray. this young girl whom it seems was there during the time they were praying BELIEVED without even seeing that was peter at the door of the gate..its like she immediately TRUSTED what was being prayed and for that reason she had JOY in her heart that lead her to tell others... I walked away with immediate conviction and at the same time full of encouragement that I can TRUST the LORD to answer my prayers...may not be what I want sometimes..but I can always, ALWAYS bank on him answering...
Often we pray just like the disciples and don't EXPECT the LORD to do what we have JUST ASKED him to...they were praying for Peter's release but they were not PRAYIng in FAITH that the LORD would do just that...he did even in spite of their UNBELIEF...so can I TRUST the LORD to provide more children for us in the future, yes..can I trust an EXPECT him to do many miraculous things for our family as we serve him in this ministry,,yes. I can because in james it says..we are to ask in FAITH without doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.. We don't simply believe what we believe.
I am asking the LORD today and I am TRUSTING that he will answer my request, to give me the same FAITH that I have when I take an tylenol for an headache in hopes of it relieving me from that pain...or even the same faith that I have in Health Food stores vitamins that are suppose to give me BETTER nutrients than an "regular" vitamin I could have purchased at Walmart..the faith that I have in those medicines should be even GREATER faith in our LORD and SAVIOR who has rescued us from ETERNAL HELL
all his promises ARE true and can take every thing that he says literally... if I can have FAITH in him saving my soul then surely I can trust him in my day to day circumstances

Monday, November 5, 2007

Team Work

Num.11:10-15-...Moses heard the people of every family wailing, each at the entrance to his tent....Moses was troubled.....He asked the LORD."why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me?...I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.
Numbers 11:16,17--The LORD said to Moses"Bring me seventy Of Isreal's elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people.... I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take of the spirit that is on you and put the spirit on them. They will help you carry th burden of the people so that you will not have to carry it alone"

This evening was great!! Our staff got together this evening to hang out and boy did the LORD send the neighbors over! it was soo exciting to see how the LORD has already established those relationships among our staff and those in the neighborhood. I mean I was sitting over at our friends home just thinking "wow, this is it" this is what the LORD has called our families to! boy am I excited, anxious, but VERY EXCITED!! It also was encouraging to see that the LORD has not called any of us to do this alone. we have HIM of course, but in His grace He has also provided all of us with each other to labor beside. We HAVE A TEAM!! that is such a blessing to know that we are in this together!! Could it have been that the LORD knew just as He saw in Moses, that we could not carry the burden of the people alone? or is it just that 2 are better than one, for if one fall the other will left up his fellow?..whatever the case...Life for us as a family is just begining and man what a joy it will be..as a team we share Christ as LORD,Family as priority,burden for the LOST, and we seek justice others..man, its good to be on a common ground with those you love

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Future Home





here are a few pictures of the house that is being renovated for us....THESE Are NOT recent..will add others in near future
to know more about what the LORD has called us to please visit

www.cgmal.org

My Girl

"Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasentness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel" -Prov 27:9

Its was soo funny..like really funny seeing one of my best friends move away today...She and I just laughed all week long about her move and the new things that the LORD is calling she and her husband too. I have known this friend for 8years, wow...we have seen alot together! She has lead me spiritually in the past, she was in my wedding, we had our first babies together..who happens to be the BEST of friends.her husband even gave me away as a bride, how sweet that was!!! its going to be wierd to not be able to run to her house whenever i feel like it or to be in her old neighborhood and not pick up her oldest to play with my little sunshine....wow. life as she would say is very different...but good


As I thought about her move I often find myself thinking..this place, this you know, city, body, state..is not my final, or shalll I say permenate place of rest..Psalm 23:6 holds a tight(that means very good!! lol) promises for us as christians "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever"

I am reminded in my friends move( as well as in my own that is to follow in the next couple of weeks) that I am not to hold on this life tightly but TRUST God in all the many directions and places that he has called us to as a family.. ULTIMATELY I can bank on dwelling in the LORDS house and NEVER EVER having to move again!!!! praise God from whom all blessing flow! dont need any walmart boxes for that move!!!!

its tough to leave the familiar
I have been asked often I am sad that she has moved,I think now it has hit me...I am really going to miss "my buddy" :)
ps..she is like only 30 minutes away...lol