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

Friday, December 26, 2008

Deja Vu

Yes...its 4:48am and I am writing a blog...
you know its crazy how you wake up in the morning with all your plans and preparations for the day...you already have it set in your mind what your day will look like..you take that scripture that says a man plans his ways and you just leave it at that...LOL
OH I know friends... I have done it waaay to many times.

Today was our first Christmas in the hood, and it was a very busy one at that... Let me make something clear...when I write my blogs I am in NO WAY wanting to brag, boast, or put myself on display...please friends, I beseech you to see the CROSS, to place your focus there as you read whatever it is I am writing about...
Kevin and I had a total of 20-30 people in our home today..In and out the doors were revolving with neighbors wanting to get a taste of some fried turkey and my husbands famous mac and cheese..yes....The LORD brought them in by the car full

It was fun, exciting, all that you could ever expect when you know that you are doing what the LORD wants you to and in the manner in which he has called you to do it.
Well, things begin to go in a direction I was not expecting this day to go... Around 8 or 9 oclock tonight..one of the teen girls that we are VERY CLOSE with went to the bathroom..( okay..this thing with teens and bathrooms is REALLY starting to freak me out..why???? read this story here )

Anyway...next thing I know some of the smaller boys that Kevin and BK have bible study with started to yell and tell me that the girl is in the bathroom yelling for me. I leave the room to see what is going and my husband is picking her up from off of the floor..there is vomit everywhere in the bathroom..from the walls to the sink....she faints.....i smell blood....he scoops her up to the car and they race off to the nearest hospital... what in the world JESUS!!!!???????

I decided then to clear out my house, which is a wreck and full of guest so that I can be with them and her mom at the hospital...i get a phone call from Kevin and that when I feel as if I am living in a dream...Kevin begins to explain to me that the doctors seem to believe that this girl is having a miscarriage...she tells the nurse that she had not had her period sense October..... what???? It makes sense now...the stomach pains...the abnormal eating habits....the vomiting..... I just lost it.. i think I had a panic attack on the phone...the tears begin to flow....

Her sister and my self rush to the hospital to find out that she was having a ectopic pregnancy and had to be admitted for a emergency operation..her stomach was full of blood..this girl should not have survived the condition she was in....they told her due to previous miscarriages that after this surgery that it would be VERY difficult for her to EVER have children....
I lost it again.....

You know I have been praying constantly for the LORD to shake the world of these girls...to bring them to their lowest for them to see their need for him... JESUS this is not what I meant.....I am so burden this morning friends.. I just walked in my door at 4:15 this morning...I was at the hospital waiting for her to come out of surgery..she was sooo afraid..she just kept saying to me " Nicole I am soo scared, I am scared" I told her that I would be here praying for her until she came through..

the baby daddy...NO GOOD!!! His response was to her mom " I thought she was on her pills, what happen to her taking her pills??" He came to the hospital for 10 minutes and then left to go to a night club with his buddies.. are you kidding me??? SERIOUSLY????
foreal, I have to move on because anything after this will be slander....

One of my friends that came by to keep kaiya for me to go to hospital was struggling with the fact that the younger sister was not effected by all this...she was showing no emotion...I begin to weep and tell her that its sad because there is no connection for this kids...there is a mental block on things like this and more because it is such of the norm for them.. how sad and scary at the same time....

WE need your prayers.. WE need the LORD to show us how to be here yet again for this same family the same way were were when this happen the first time with the younger sister.....I am drained...emotionally this one was the hardest..#1- because this young girl is in love with a man that will never love her as CHRIST does...she does not get it...she kicked us out of the hospital room because she said he was coming back to stay there with her..her mom and I get to the elevator to call him and he is still at the club and says that he told her he was not coming because she needed to go to sleep..she lied to us to get us out the room to call him to come...she was trying to convince him to be there for her...#2- there is a relationship now that has become deeper between us all....

Pray that the LORD uses this to draw her..

I have no more words...I cant even keep my eyes open to finish typing this
I will leave you with this verse from colossians that keeps coming to mind :

Colossians 1

5He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.....

CHRIST reigns SUPREME over this situation as hard as it was..it has not taken him by surprise.... To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What Jesus Wants For Christmas

A friend of mine told me that while they were looking at Christmas lights her five year old said, " Momma, Jesus doesn't want toys. He wants us"....

perfectly said... I pray that not only do i remember this, but I pray as well that many of my neighbors will be set FREE by this remarkable truth....

Have a Merry Christmas friends!
John 17:4-Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am

Luke 9:25 -"What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?"

"What Jesus wants most for Christmas is that his elect be gathered in and then get what they want most - to see his glory and then savor it with the very savoring of the Father for the Son"- John Piper

SLAM! Christmas Pictures

Okay, foreal...we had such a great time at our Christmas Party! Really, We just wanted to keep it really simple. A good number of moms and one grandmother came so we were really excited about that. We prayed and served the girls and their moms dinner. It was just a neat time to sit back and look and think about where the LORD had brought us as neighbors in this community. We had earned the right to be trusted and heard...The girls were all SOOO THRILLED over their bibles..one of the teens took the camera and was in my hall by herself taking shots of her self with her bible (LOL) it was sooo cute..
We ended the night with loud music and a whole lot of dancing..what fun! YOu know I was killing it on the dance floor!!

Enjoy the pictures!

The cute 4th pic on the slide show is of my friend Shaunta who was prego with Twins and was due to have a C-section the next day..The girl was looking good and she delivered two healthy twins that Friday! Welcome Maxwell and Mariah!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

What I Didn't Know

In her book A Thousands Resurrections..Maria Garrett, in the introduction, speak about the things she didn't know she would learn while being involved in urban ministry....Here are mine:

I didn't know that I would live among people who spent most of their time smoking drugs, & being incarcerated. That I would spend many nights cooking dinner for teenagers whose parents are either on drugs, dying of a decease, or just don't have money themselves to feed their family. That my heart would be drawn so deeply for the adoption of a little girl who bounces around from house to house because her mom is involved heavily with drugs and prostitution...That I would watch young girls search for significance in sex, and babies and not understand that at the end of the day their hearts would still be empty.... That many bullets would be shot in the back of my house and not one ( yet) would hit my house... That my heart would be filled with such love for those whom i have never met.....

I didn't know that I would joyously watch my husband and BK follow the Lord's calling to serve their neighbors and become apart of their community and then be called "cops", "fake ni**a", "who don't really care about how others feel" by one of the teenagers who was upset because he could not drive our car....
I didn't know I would see Jesus in the Hood... I didn't know that I would witness my own resurrections...that teens would count the cost and trust Christ to be the treasure that He is..That my neighbors would teach me humility, love, and compassion through their own lives... That children as young as 5 would rejoice in knowing that they were created in God's image, and that they too could have eternal life with our savior...That a 16 year old would miscarriage in one of our homes and the LORD would use that circumstance to begin a bible study with 10 other girls...

Life..Life is what the Lord wants and will bring back to our hood, I am such a believer of that..Addictions will be broken, fathers will return to their homes, young girl will remain pure, young men will learn to lead with justice and compassion, those that steal will steal no more but work, those that lie will begin to speak the truth, instead of being lovers of self, people would be lovers of Jesus...
Romans 11:33-36 have been my meditation for the past month or so, I have struggled and struggled with this verse, mainly because my flesh did not want the LORD to be responsible for all the depressing things I see go on around me from day to day..

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

John Piper in his sermon on the scripture above states:

"All things are from him and through him” means that there is no explanation for what is or what happens that is deeper or more decisive than God. This is what we mean when we say that God is absolutely sovereign.

The devil is not co-eternal with God, and he is not ultimately independent of God. His existence and all that comes from it—so much of the evil in the world—depends on God’s willing him to exist and allowing him moment by moment to do what he does. God sees it coming and he permits it to happen. And since he does nothing aimlessly or capriciously, there is always a purpose for what he causes to happen directly and what he permits to happen indirectly. So in that sense we can say that even the evil and the calamity of the world (e.g. Romans 11:7-10) are included in verse 36, “All things are from him and through him.... ( except sin: Sin can be from God and through God in the sense of ultimate and decisive cause, but not in the sense that sin comes from his nature or character)

So though, I know that we have stepped foot onto Satan's play ground...he still has not power over what the gospel is doing around us and through us...
It blows my mind to know all that we have seen in our hood was under the Lord's sovereign hand...it will be a year sense we have lived on westcott and really it seems as if it has been years. What resurrections will the new year bring?? What lives will be changed for the glory of the Lord?? I don't know... but I am certain that he who began a good work in me will complete it, as the ones that I came to serve show me things about the savor that I have yet to see.

Lord, show me your glory, and help me to live in such a way that makes others see you as the treasure you are. I pray that the goepel is soo appealing to all those around me that they cant help but find themselves drowning in the security of it.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

SLAM! First Annual Christmas Party

Heey Friends!
Tonight is our first Christmas Party for the girls..I asked them to bring their moms and grandmothers so that we could share a little about why this bible study...why these girls...why it is good to walk with the LORD..

Please be in prayer for all who come..we start festivities at six.
I am thankful for the gift cards to walmart that were donated to us to feed the girls...I am thankful for the study bibles and bible dictionaries that were given as well...I will wrap those today to give as christmas gifts to the girls...We even had the girls names printed on the bibles..they are going to love it!!!

I will post pics and update soon!

Saturday, December 13, 2008


A friend of mine found this video on youtube...you know we love us some lecrae here in the hood.
This is a pastor and his son rapping at their church revival! I love it!!

Have a great weekend!! Click here to listen to the real song by Lecrae :)

At our last bible study this past Wednesday the girls heard this song and we had such a GREAT discussion on sin and not choosing CHRIST as your savior! Will post something about that next week! :)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Word Of The Day (and for my life)

"In every situation, in every circumstance in your life [think about what you’re facing right now, and just apply this], in every situation, God is always doing a thousand different things that you cannot see and you do not know."
-John Piper

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
"Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?"
"Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay him?"
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.

Romans 11:33-36

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Man, Tired Is Not Even The Word

Seriously, my feet are killling me!

It is 12:34 am and a sister is BEAT!!! I just got in what..30 minutes ago dropping off one of the girls that is apart of our bible study who DOES NOT live in our hood...It was a great evening..just a bit overwhelming...and very looonnnggg

The younger girls did not have a good night..they were a little rowdy which caused a little interruption with our study in the other room, we are loosing girls in our study due to babies and boyfriends...then one of the girls that is apart of our study brought her baby, which is usually fine, it's just that she was very fussy, sleepy and kept spitting up her milk..poor thing...

I have the worst headache EVER..I tend to get them alot when I am stressed or tired...I am VERY thankful for the LORD and the grace he provided even in the midst of challenging ministry opportunities...two of the women from out church made casseroles, bought cookies, bread, and salad so that Delta and I could be free from cooking for the girls! ( or using the general budget from the ministry to buy food) so that was AWESOME to have that..there was sooo much left over we have food for this weekend and the beginning of next week..depending on how many kids are in my home this weekend :)

All this evening as I was teaching bible study this verse came kept coming to mind:

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

praise JESUS for giving me that because I am not GOD and I was out of it tonight...

I got to thinking.. "LORD this is hard, I am tired, I am weary, I dont understand what you are doing week to week..help me to hang in there.. help me to be patient, help me to be gain strength from you.."

Please continue to PRAY for our new ministry space that we so desperately need..I am sure the LORD will provide it in HIS TIMING for HIS GLORY and OUR GOOD...this would help out a lot in having more space for all the kids Delta and I as well as our husbands teach bible study to on wed. PRAY FOR PATIENCE WITH THESE KIDS...foreal...are you praying...ASK THE LORD TO HELP THEM to not be blinded by satan and the pride of their own hearts

I will give you a more detailed story about bible study later..

Thanks friends! :)

Oh, one more thing.... please pray for usas we will attend a funeral service this saturday at 2pm for our neighborhood "candy man" who died of heart complications last week..BK was asked to officiate this service and my hub will be a paw bearer ..PRAY for us as we share the LOVE, and COMFORT of Christ with all those who will be there

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Just What are You Teaching you Kids??

The experiment in this video was done before by psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark over 50 years ago. A group of children are put in front of a black doll and a white doll and asked a series of simple questions.

Sadly, the results are the same today.

Apparently 4 year olds already have it ingrained in their brain that black = bad and white = good. On average when questions were asked about which doll was pretty or nice 80 percent pointed towards the white doll.

Girl Like Me:

MSNBC Study: (most recent)

Interview with Dr kenneth Clark who was first to do the Doll study in the 50's:

Culture Clash?? What do you Think?

Here is a blog post by Edward Gilbreath. He's a writer, editor, and speaker mostly on issues of diversity and race relations in the church. Would love to hear your thoughts about this!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Be Incarnational

CGM Mission:
".......Our strategy is to move into and become part of the fabric of under-resourced neighborhoods in order to serve and help create, develop, and empower local leaders, and to build healthy families through biblical ‘discipleship’. We believe this includes the ‘life-on-life’ training of people to be what God has designed them to be as the ‘image of God’. This ‘life on life’ strategy is what we believe to be the pattern of Jesus as he shared and invested His time and life into real relationships with people. By sharing our lives with and entering into the lives of others we will seek to build healthy leaders for all walks of life for our communities. We will have many ministries of mercy demonstrating the care and love of God, but it is our ultimate goal to develop the godly leaders necessary to lead our communities."

It is such a amazing thing for me to look back at the vision of our ministry and to be able to tell without a shadow of a doubt that we are doing EXACTLY what the LORD had called us to because we are living out the vision that he gave the Kelly's!!!
Things can be very frustrating at times, scary, irritating, and soooo much fun and encouraging...BUT there is NOTHING like KNOWING the PEACE of obedience!!! The favor and relationships the LORD has given us through MANY of our neighbors is sooo very sweet. Over the Thanksgiving break Kevin and I visited his mom and while we were in Mobile we heard that the high school in our hood was playing a school in the area. This game was IMPORTANT because it would decided who would go to B'ham for the championship. Well, long story short, some of our neighbors who are DIE HARD CARVER FANS ( the high school name is Carver) called us because they knew we would be in Mobile and they wanted to know if we were coming to the game. WE all ended up sitting at the game together and having sooo much fun!! As I sat there, I just begin to think.." wow, LORD, these are our neighbors....they have become like family"

John 1:14:
(Message bible)
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.

We serve a GOD who understands how we feel, who can sympathize with us in our weakness because he CHOSE to come and DWELL amongst us, not wanting to be a distant god, someplace else, just waiting up there..he KNOWS what it's like to be human..to suffer

Hebrews 12:1-3
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

One way for us and our neighbors to know GOD and see HIM is through HIS SON and his work...We are Jesus hands and feet...just as GOD was revealing himself through his son, His son is now revealing himself through the church...our neighbors have front row seats of this wonderful musical as we the church love our neighbors as ourselves...

"Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."

1 Corinthians 12:12-13
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

you know I am ALWAYS reading something and I came across this statement on the internet....

".....Like a body…something to add…everybody does its part…you would be acting like Jesus…you are a temple…as you act and speak…you as followers of Jesus are showing the world what Jesus is like…they would get a sense of what God is like…If you were there loving serving accepting…if they came into the group…they would see what Jesus is like…the same way that God is present in Jesus…Jesus is present in us ..That is the point of the incarnation…God came into the world and screamed alongside of us ..I’m thirsty, forsaken me, I don’t want to do this, wrestling, sweating drops of blood,God is not distant, removed, knows what its like, present God loves to show up dressed as people…and he’ll show up looking like someone you least expected…he has know concept of favoritism, status, prestige…that why we are like a temple of God…we have the potential to show the world what God is like…Jesus showed God in the flesh, now you show Jesus in the flesh…Jesus looks an awful lot like you…We don’t sit around passively…we are the temple, the body, Jesus on display, making an appearance that looks like you ...Incarnational possibilities…developing radar for when God wants to show up…they were like Jesus to me…at the moment they needed it…god showed up…If you keep the cross a one time historical event we are robbing it of its mystery and power…the incarnation…a God who shows up…and you have the opportunity to put this in action…
Be-Incarnation – God shows up as people, show the world what I am like…Jesus is teaching us Be-Incarnation…simply trying to act like Jesus in the world…orienting your life how god is…"


AMEN to that!

**Carver by the way lost the game that night :( There's always next year! :)

While the Parents are away.....LEVI comes to PLAY!!

While the Kellys are out of town with the two oldest boys... We had Levi ( their youngest) with us last night till about 9:30am this morning...He was and always is sooo much fun!!
You would not believe how many times I was shot with his pretend gun ( his finger)..oh to have a BOY in the house :)

He calls me "Tee-Tee" ( like all the rest of my close friends chilren)
I really viewed this moment to serve as a blessing and privilege. Having to deal with secondary infertility, I, at times, wonder what it would be like to have TWO little ones running around this house.... the LORD just amazes me at the opportunities he gives me around other children..keep em coming Jesus... I'll take them however you dish them out :)

Look at him!! Isn't he just the cutest little stinker you have ever seen????!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


A fourteen year old boy lies bleeding in the street
Gunned down by a classmate
At the conclusion of a quarrel,
Hormonally induced
About a girl

At the funeral, his mother's screams rend thickened air
And strangers weep
Overcome by vicarious grief

In the back, another mother cries silently
For a son now known by number, not by name
And wonders whether her pain would have been greater
or less
If the gun had faced the other way

-Alexis Spencer-Byers

Monday, December 1, 2008

From One Generation To Another

O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables,
I will utter hidden things, things from of old what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
-Psalm 78:1-7

Kevin and I were asked a couple of months ago to be the god parents of this precious little girl. "Z" or "sumo", as some call her.. is the baby of one of the teen moms in our SLAM! group. Kevin and I do not take this thing lightly. We want to be apart of this little girl life. We want to commit to praying for her purity, salvation, her integrity, her passion and zeal for the LORD. Her mom is not a believer so of course we are going to bump heads possibly in the future over somethings...but, for the most part she is VERY RECEPTIVE to the counsel we give. When asked by her boyfriend/baby daddy as well as Kevin why did she want us to be her child's god parents and exactly what did that mean..her reply was "because I like the fact that they are walking with GOD and they can teach me and "Z" things that we don't know...I am not asking you to be the type of God parents that just buy gifts..I want you to help me raise her right"

What a privilege and a challenging task we have before us. God I know wants us to declare his praiseworthiness to this baby and the generation to come. I am looking forward to sharing with her mom the goodness of the LORD when it comes to parenting...I am humbled as well to share with her as much wisdom as the LORD gives on what it means to be a life giving nurturing biblical woman created in God's image...Would you PLEASE keep "Z" and her mom in your prayers.. Please pray continuously for Kevin and I as we humbly seek to share our lives with the two of them.

Psalm 71:15-18
My mouth will tell of your righteousness,
of your salvation all day long,
though I know not its measure.
I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD;
I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.
Since my youth, O God, you have taught me,
and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
Even when I am old and gray,
do not forsake me, O God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
your might to all who are to come.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Fight Of My Life

Social Injustice :Social Injustice' is a concept relating to the perceived unfairness or injustice of a society in its divisions of rewards and burdens...

Racism: Racism, by its simplest definition, is the belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. People with racist beliefs might hate certain groups of people according to their racial groups. In the case of institutional racism, certain racial groups may be denied rights or benefits, or get preferential treatment

For the past month almost the LORD has brought me to deeply study the topics at hand. It has been the most depressing, hurtful, anger filled study I have ever done... I still would not say I have completely grasp social injustice or Racism in its totality. I have become so much more sensitive to some of the injustices/Racism that happens to me or others around me.

Do you know what it feels to be treated a certain type of way by your OBGYN just because you are young, black, and on Medicaid??
DO you know what it feels like to go grocery shopping with your kids to have someone speak to your little one, then turn around and ask you where is her daddy?? AS if all black women you see with no man with them is a non married??
Do you know what it's like to go out and see members of your congregation not speak to you, but look you dead in the eye as if you are not there??
Do you know what it's like to be 43 weeks over due with your first child but be treated unjustly because you are a young pregnant teen who they think should not be having babies in the first place..so they treat you very different then their other soon to be moms because ONE you are afraid to speak up for yourself, TWO you need their services offered to you.
DO you know what its like to have to stop and wash your hands in public restroom in 2007 and be told that you have to use the one outside, after you just witnessed a white use that same restroom??
Do you know what it's like to witness the neighborhoods on the wealthy side of town have their electricity restored FASTER than the hood you live in??? ( and this is after you have called and informed the power company many times!!!!!!)
Do you know what it's like to not have clean water because of where you live??

I am not sure what the LORD wants me to do with all this, but I am sure that Kevin and I are called to speak out for those who cannot speak,for the rights of all the destitute...we need discernment, wisdom and humility upon doing so. The anger my husband and I have is righteous, it's what we believe CHRIST spoke out against during his time, and we believe ALL believers should have the same heart. Those in our hood and outside are in need of Advocates...please pray that LORD show us how to be just that

“It is not enough for the Church to be engaged with the State in healing social ills, though this is important at times. But when the world can turn around and see a group of God’s people exhibiting substantial healing in the area of human relationships in their present life, then the world will take notice. Each groups of Christians is, as it were, a pilot plant, showing that something can be done in the present situation, if only we begin in the right way.” ~ Francis Schaeffer, The God who is There

Psalm 146:7
He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets prisoners free,

Psalm 41:1
How blessed is he who considers the helpless;
The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble.

Proverb 21:13
If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor,
he too will cry out and not be answered.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

"What Is This"

What is this that took my life and made it beautiful?
What is this that holds me close and never lets me go?
What is this that tells me better days are yet to come?
It's your love that gives new mercy every morning
Wht is that that gives me peace in every circumstance?
What is this that broke the chains that made me free at last?
All this joy i have there's nowhere i can hide it
It's your loving, i must tell the world about it

Your love has captured me
In ways i can't describe/with mere words
I need so desperately
To be closer to you every minute of my life

What is this that wipes my tears when life is hard to bear?
What is this that takes my hands and leads me everywhere?
Never leaves me nor forsakes me that's your promise
It's your love and there is nothing else just like it
What is that makes me want to live each day for you?
Even though i can't repay the way you brought me through
What is this that makes me want to keep you smiling?
It's your love, your sweet love that changed my life - yeah


Take my heart and make me over
Lord, because i love you
You're my soul, my life my source of everything
The very reason why i live each day in love
I live each day in love with you forever

** Jesus I just cant get over your love for me... You have given me more than I deserve and ever need to make it through this life. Please forgive me for abusing your GRACE in my life.. Have mercy on me LORD...Thank you for accepting me, and being sooo patience with me...Please use this life I have..I only have one..LORD may it be for your GLORY

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Guard Yourself With Gratitude

"Imagine for a moment that your city is surrounded by enemy forces who aimed to destroy you. And you are aware that enemy sympathizers live and work in the city with a view to undermining the city's defenses. And suppose you discover that there is a song which the enemy and their sympathizers cannot tolerate or approach. Whenever they hear it, they pull back and run the other direction.

Isn't it certain that you would want to learn this song? And after you learned it, you would sing it when you went to bed at night and when you got up in the morning. You would sing it on the way to work, and whenever you were among strangers. And as your confidence grew you would even venture outside the city and sing it as you walked boldly through the enemy lines on your way to another town. The more deeply embedded in your mind the song became, the more steady and deep and serene and fearless your life would become. Others would see and hear and learn the song from you. And in the end you would conquer the enemy, and there would be no threat at all............

Well, we are surrounded by the enemy—namely, Satan and his forces. He is "the father of lies" (John 8:44). His weapons are deceit and delusion. His aim is the destruction of your faith and love.
And there are enemy sympathizers inside the city of our own souls—namely, the desires of the old self.
And there is a song that Satan and his sympathizers cannot tolerate or approach—namely, the song of thanks to God....thankfulness is an essential guardian of the soul, and therefore we should guard ourselves with gratitude. Evidently we are fair game for the devil when we don't abound with thanksgiving. Unless the song of thanksgiving is being sung in our hearts the enemy outside will deceive his way into the city of our soul, and the enemy sympathizers within will make his job easy. So for the sake of your own safety, strive to fill your heart with thanksgiving! Guard yourselves with gratitude!"

--John Piper

Col. 2:6-7
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Jesus, you know how discouraged I am tonight...I am that city who's walls have been broken down.. I have allowed my self to be influenced by so many lies...I feel as if they have taken over me....I am dried out, worn out and feel so defeated....God, though I feel torn apart, I am VERY THANKFUL, for your HOLY SPIRIT that will ALWAYS lead me back to TRUTH, your WORD that will STAND FOREVER...It is times like this when I am discouraged and you prove your faithfulness in being there that I am most encouraged in my faith...you did NOT have to reveal yourself to me tonight but you did...THANK YOU..PLEASE help me to be content with ALL parts of my life...HELP me to have a ATTITUDE that reflects that of a TRANSFORMED HEART.... I pray this THANKSGIVING I will have a deep feeling of THANKFULNESS to you LORD.

....being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
-Phil 1:6

We are headed to Mobile for Thanksgiving to spend time with my in-laws! I sure hope the LORD gives us plenty of rest and much ammunition for this great war we are in.

Have A HAPPY THANKSGIVING FRIENDS!! I love you all soo dearly! :)

Improving Race Relations: An Interview with John Perkins

Sooooo worth the 57 minutes it took to film!

May the LORD encourage you in the part you play in reconciling the nations for HIS GLORY!

Monday, November 24, 2008


A very good friend of ours at church ( Matt Wolf) created this video about our ministry. I cry every time I watch it because I just see the LORD's hand strongly through the work of CGM. None of what has happened or the testimony of our neighbors happens outside of the LORD's wisdom and HOLY SPIRIT. Thank you sooo much for your prayers! We pray that west montgomery, as well as hoods everywhere become redeemed for CHRIST!!


WORD Of The Day

Is 41:17. The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst. I, the LORD, will answer them Myself, as the God of Israel I will not forsake them.

Jer. 22:3. Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.

Deut. 15:10. You shall give generously to [your poor brother], and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings.

Prov. 29:7. The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor; the wicked does not understand such concern.

Mt. 25:31-46. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. And all the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on His left.
Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’
Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite you in, or naked, and clothe You? And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’
Then they themselves will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’
Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.‘ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Common Ground Weekly Update -November 21, 2008


We are having a blast with our Wednesday night neighborhood bible studies. We now have three separate studies happening simultaneously in three different locations. Kevin and I now have 27 boys mostly middle school age involved in our study. We have moved our meeting to our YMCA because we outgrew our house. Delta and Nicole still have 8 young women between 16 and 20 years old attending a study at Nicole’s house, and we are excited to announce that a new bible study began this past week with 8 young girls age 8-12.


This week we had 22 boys attend and we discussed the question “Who are you becoming?” I contrasted this with the normal question they hear of ‘what do you want to be when you grow up.’ It is a question that has everything to do with character and growth, rather than some occupation. It anticipates that they are constantly becoming something. IF we as Christians are to be ‘transformed’ into the image of Christ then it is extremely important to ask if Christ is being formed in us. I asked the boys what they thought being a ‘real’ man meant. I asked them if they had ever really seen one.
A ‘real man’ in our neighborhood would probably brag about what gang he is in, his ability to beat up other guys, his physical relationships with girls, about the money he has, about the car he drives, and the rims he has on it, according to the boys. We looked at how Jesus was the only ‘real’ man that has ever existed, as the one who was truly fully human and walked with the Father the way we were intended too. If we were truly united with Christ and ‘re-born’ according to the bible, then we should be engaged in the process of growing to be more and more like Jesus in our character and actions. I kept asking them throughout the night, ‘who are you becoming like’. They kept saying, ‘Jesus’. I asked them if this was possible in their own strength, if they could somehow make this happen by their own effort. It was a springboard to continue to teach them about the need for God’s grace and about the choices they need to make on a daily basis.


I think some of the younger girls involved in our tutoring program were considering putting out a ‘hit’ on me if I didn’t follow through with finding someone to begin a bible study with them. I kept hearing week in and week out “ya’ll do all this stuff with the boys and have bible study and ya’ll don’t ever do one with us!” Seriously, it was getting a little hostile! I asked them one day who they would like to teach for them. Two of the girls told me that they wanted Abbey and Mrs. Leigh, a mother and daughter who had been coming over and tutoring them. I went to them and asked them if they would consider taking on this challenge. They were humbled by the trust these girls had granted them and said they would pray about it. Long story short, they did the first one Wednesday night. They young girls LOVED it! I took the girls home at the end of the bible study and the entire way they kept singing the song they had learned (at the top of their lungs with the windows down through Gibbs Village Housing Projects), “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father, BUT THROUGH ME! John 14:6!” It was beautiful.

I think you will be at least be interested by the night we experienced this past Saturday........
Teaser Hint: A wedding, A party, and time with prostitutes?

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…. Kevin and I left the reception to go to a birthday party in the neighborhood of the mother of two of the boys that have been involved with us for a couple years now. The mother of these boys made a big deal about wanting to see us at her party. The invite was really important to her. Now would be a good time to confess that Kevin and I often go places that are questionable at best, for us to go. We like to hold onto the fact that Jesus went places oftentimes that caused him to be criticized and called a drunkard and sinner (can you imagine where this might be going?)
We showed up at the ‘party’ and were immediately patted down by an extremely drunk and over protective brother of the birthday girl. We walked in to a smoky packed room with uncomfortable stares from many interesting looking men who were wondering who we were and why we were there. Loud music with extreme profanities rang in our ears. I have to mention that Kevin still had his tux on from the wedding and stood out almost as much as my white complexion…. Almost. The two young boys (8 and 7 years old) came flying through the crowd and jumped on us with wild hugs. The birthday girl ran out and hugged us, thrilled that we showed up. One of the men wasn’t sure he wanted us at that party so I told her that I just wanted to stop by and say happy birthday, that we weren’t there to start or cause any trouble, and that we would be leaving. She would hear nothing of it. She looked at us and loudly announced, “These are my people and my family, and you are my people and my family! You belong here.”
She then proceeded to tell everyone in the apartment what we mean to her, what we have done for her kids over the last two years, and how much she appreciates the role we play in their lives and in the lives of the other boys and girls in the neighborhood. It was incredible. The tension faded away, and men and women began to ask us questions and say how much they admired what we were doing and how they had seen us loving the kids over the last year. One father pulled us outside and poured his heart out to us about how we were an inspiration to him and how he wanted to round up some other fathers in the housing project he lived in to come get involved with us in our community. It was unbelievable.

When we came back in, the mother pulled the little boys over and told everyone in the room how much her sons had learned about God and about the bible and dared anyone to ask them what they had learned. I cannot do justice to the story in my attempt to explain to you what a truly humbling experience it was for us to be given this place of honor at such a ‘party’. As we were leaving I was fighting back tears of appreciation to God for the favor He has granted us in the lives of families like this one.


…. It was now about 11 o’clock and I turned down the block towards my home. A prostitute that I have recently been getting to know (in healthy ways, I promise!) didn’t recognize my wife’s van that I was driving and tried to solicit her services to me. It was very cold out, so I went home and warmed up some chili and other leftovers to take back to her. I returned to the corner where she was and we talked for a while. I have spent other nights recently on that corner just getting to know her and two others who work that same corner at night. I introduced myself as a minister who lives around the corner. I have brought food to them multiple times now and continued a conversation with them little by little over time. This particular girl wouldn’t take any food from me before. This time, she was happy to take it. She talked with me for a while and remembered my name, where I lived, and some of the things we had discussed previously. She told me about herself, which house she was staying in, and about the other two girls she ‘worked’ with. They all looked out for one another.
I told her again that I wasn’t out to judge her and that I was just trying to get to know my neighbors. We talked about some of the dangers and struggles she is experiencing. She thanked me for the food and I left and prayed for her on the way home. The next day after we returned from church, I came home to one of the other girls sitting on my doorstep. She said, “‘Shorty Black’ gave me some of the chili you gave her last night and told me to come see ya’ll because you might be able to help me. I am really hungry.” Delta made her some food, and we sat on the porch and she poured out her heart to me for a half hour. She just told me her story. She wept as she recounted how men had beaten her, raped her, and even left her for dead. Two of her friends have been murdered in the last few months while working the streets. I told her to come back and see us anytime. She has a few times since. Please pray for Angela, Savanna, and Karita as we love these ‘neighbors’.

God has granted us many open doors in our community. The boys and girls involved in our bible studies and tutoring are recruiting other kids to come and we anticipate a lot more kids getting involved. Please pray for us as we are making HUGE and fast-paced decisions on our future ministry space over the next few weeks. Thank you so much for your prayer and support!

Psalm 34:3,
The Kellys and The Kings

Friday, November 21, 2008

Living On The Front Porch

You know me, I am always praying and on the hunt!! The LORD has again.. blessed me with the opportunity to meet another family that has chosen to move their family into a improvised community to see it redeemed for HIS GLORY!!
(In case you are wondering we met on Facebook--Gotta love it!!)

PLEASE check out this video and please continue to keep them in your prayers. To know more about Front Porch Ministries, visit their website here.

** DON'T forget to scroll down and stop the music player before viewing :)

LORD thank you for the reminder that hoods everywhere are not forgotten. You have a plan unknown that we cant begin to comprehend or see. BUt you are faithful LORD, your will is to not forget us, but to redeem us as you see fit. Continue to raise up families and singles that are willing to enter the most uncomfortable, undesirable places america have ever seen. Begin in these places to make your name renown!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Gospel Is Contagious!

I cannot begin to tell how thrilled we are about what has happened!!!!! Last night there was a total of 16-17 girls at my house for bible study!!! Ok, so, of course you know there is our SLAM! group of teen girls..Now what has happened is, the last couple of months or longer the middle age girls have been sharing with Kevin and Bk that they too want to be a part of a bible study like the guys. So, Bk then asked one of the elders wives at our church to prayerfully consider coming out with her daughter( who is 18) to our neighborhood on Wednesday nights to teach our younger girls about Jesus. She prayed, and she and I met and talked through some Tasty Faith curriculum that they could use..Long story short, it went down ladies and gentlemen..
Wednesday nights SLAM!& Baby SLAM!( as our teen girls call them..lol) will meet for dinner at six and then afterwards we will split and the middle age girls will meet, then Delta and I will have our usual meeting with the teen girls!
Please pray ya'll!! We don't know what the LORD is doing, but HE IS BRINGING them in, we are excited, and humbled that the LORD is giving use the privilege to be used in the lives of soooo many girls!!


**Pics below are of the middle school aged girls that showed up at my house last night..SLAM! is not included in photos!**
BIG HUGS and A SPECIAL THANKS TO MY BESTIE SHAUNTA who is PREGNANT (with TWINS due next month)...she provided some great Chicken Tortilla soup for the girls last night!! Thank you girl ....we lubs you!!

Please Swallow Whatever Is In Your Mouth Before Watching This Video!

LOL!!! I have seen this sooo many times and I still laugh when I see it!Maybe I could start a choir like this in our hood!

Monday, November 17, 2008

A King and A Kingdom

I really like this song! Here are the lyrics for you to read along as it plays below..It's my hood jam of the week!
Enjoy :)

Lyrics to A King & A Kingdom :
By-Derek webb

(vs. 1)
who's your brother, who's your sister
you just walked passed him
i think you missed her
as we're all migrating to the place where our father lives
'cause we married in to a family of immigrants
my first allegiance is not to a flag, a country, or a man
my first allegiance is not to democracy or blood
it's to a king & a kingdom

(vs. 2)
there are two great lies that i’ve heard:
“the day you eat of the fruit of that tree, you will not surely die”
and that Jesus Christ was a white, middle-class republican
and if you wanna be saved you have to learn to be like Him


but nothing unifies like a common enemy
and we’ve got one, sure as hell
but he may be living in your house
he may be raising up your kids
he may be sleeping with your wife
oh no, he may not look like you think

One Hood Celebration!

So, this past weekend Kaiya as well as Ethan were asked to be in a wedding. This was very special to us as a ministry, why, because the couple that were married was the first couple we met from the hood when the ministry was first started. Now, they were married 15 years ago in a court house but they wanted to get married in a church. We don't know what the LORD has planned for this couple but things are starting to turn around for them. Please keep them in your prayers. Kevin was in the wedding and Bk was asked to do a special prayer. :)

**not really sure why MY CHILD took this as an opportunity to pose as she did.. ( look closely at the group photo) :)

Ebony and Ivory

The LORD I tell you! I just love HIM! I am thankful today to have ministry partners! This post is a shout out to "Hood Boo"! It's been so neat to see the LORD grow our relationship...We are partners.. we tag team and feed off of each other in so many ways...
Delta, you are my sister, friend and hood partner! What a joy and honor it is to see you raise future men for the Kingdom, I am thankful for our relationship as well for the LORD choosing my family to be apart of the vision HE has given your family...

Lets continue to take the HOOD by storm FOR CHRIST and HIS GLORY!! I dedicate this song to you!! LOL!!
**swinging hands back and forth**

While I write alot about our happenings with the teen girls and youth..Delta's blog has great deal of information about our Christmas store, Tutoring Program and Future Community Center.. Check it out!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

She Told Two Friends..WATCH VIDEO FIRST

**don't forget to pause the music player**

I know you are lost as to what that video had anything to do with the price of butter milk? ( just an old saying in the black community) LOL
I really like it because it shows how powerful word of mouth is! Just imagine if we were consistent in telling other young women the TRUTH about Spending time in the word, loving our husbands, loving our children, and ministering to the poor, the effects could really change our world..
If I tell two friends each week, who in turn tell two friends each week, then the message will spread to over half a million people in three months.

WOW!! I don't know about you, but I constantly need my friends to share truth with me, I also at times need boldness to share truth with them. At any case, lets make it a point this week to share some TRUTH.... Below I leave with you some of my favorite ministry quotes.. Whether its what you read below or what the LORD is revealing to you from your times alone with HIm..
go ahead...spread the word!

"How can you see Christ in people?" And we only say: It is an act of faith, constantly repeated. It is an act of love, resulting from an act of faith. It is an act of hope, that we can awaken these same acts in their hearts, too, with the help of God, and the Works of Mercy...."

"The mystery of the poor is this: That they are Jesus, and what you do for them you do for Him. It is the only way we have of knowing and believing in our love. The mystery of poverty is that by sharing in it, making ourselves poor in giving to others, we increase our knowledge of and belief in love."

"The BEST thing to do with the BEST things in life is to GIVE them AWAY"
-Dorothy Day (quotations taken from Catholic Worker Movement)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

He Brought Me From A Mighty Long Way

( my old high school picture)

"Is it biblical to say that the greatest thing in the word is to be saved? Well, of course, the greatest thing in the world is GOD. The reason being saved is the greatest experience in the world is because GOD is the greatest Person in the world, and being saved means being rescued from sin and damnation to know and enjoy God forever. If GOD were not the greatest Reality in the universe, being saved to be with him would not be the greatest thing in the universe." -John Piper

I rejoice over my salvation this morning! After I became a christian I read Ephesians 2:13 that says: But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. This verse became my life verse....a verse I would always remember..It wraps up my whole life before Christ entered into it. The song that you hear playing over on the player is my cry out to the LORD this morning... He has brought me so far. I love the family that the LORD had chosen me to be raised under, and they did they best they could with what they knew how, with the resources that were available to them. I grew up with no dad around. My mother was very young when I was born ( 16 years old) so that resulted in grandma raising me. I love my mother, and I am rejoicing as well over her because now she also is walking with the LORD! Praise God.

Not having a dad around or mother I clinged to the streets and peers to be that fulfillment that I was looking for. When I reflect over my life today I am amazed and in AWE of the Holy Spirit and HIS power to make all things new. You are reading the writings of a former crack maker, who's ex boyfriend was one of the biggest drug dealers in our neighborhood, promiscuous, ex thief , wanna be gang banger, enemy of God, arrested and wanted in connection/questioning of a shooting/mob action of a childhood friend. (I was not charged with anything ..PRAISE GOD!)

Yes, He has brought me from a mighty long way....Jesus is so good ya'll, isnt He?! I marvel at His hands, the work of His love in my heart...All things are new, I grew up not seeing healthy marriages and now I have one... I grew up hearing that children are a burden, dont have them, and I once believed the same things.. now I am a proud mama! I grew up seeing dads missing from the homes of all my friends...and now I am witnessing my husband raise Kaiya, a testimony that she will never have. All things are new, rejoice with me over YOUR SALVATION...Meditate upon His PRECEPTS THIS MORNING and look where He brought you from!

There is no doubt that my past was what it was, despite my sin and shortcomings...The LORD Is using it in my HOOD

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Use Her Lord

I am so thankful! May, I please say that again.. I am very MUCH THANKFUL for this little girl the LORD has blessed us with!! I have learned and fought and grown, I think through so much of my parenting with her. One of the neat things about having Kaiya around is that she is able to be with me all the time... foreal.. LITERALLY!! she is there everywhere I go... foreal.. do you really get it .. everywhere.. she is my little shadow! Watching and paying very close attention to all I say and do...

On Wednesday nights when I am teaching bible study she is right there with her pink princess bible, note pad and crayons.. now, please know many times I have to stop bible study to correct, and train her...while this is very frustrating, I am reminded by Delta and another friend of ours that this is the perfect opportunity for the girls to see what being a mom is about ( pray for me about that because I can tend to get a little frustrated.. but I must remember that my ministry to HER comes first)

Anyway, one of the things that I have noticed the LORD do in Kaiya's heart is teach her what it means to confess your sins. One evening in bible study I asked anyone would they like to pray and Kaiya was the first to volunteer... She thanked the LORD for our bible study, for his word, then she begins to cry out to the LORD, asking him to forgive them all for all that they have done, lying, getting angry with others, not believing in him, ect, ect, ect... she began to echo all that she heard us talk about in bible study...Afterwards, one of the girls got up to go to the bathroom and sob...She was so moved at hearing my five year old communicate with the LORD...Sense then, a couple of the girls are wanting to know how to pray, what do I teach Kaiya for her to act and talk about GOD the way she does...
What amazing opportunities the LORD has given me through Kai....While Kai and I are learning so much about what it means to serve others through these girls.. They ( the girls) are learning what it means to have child like faith...

What a encouraging, humble thought to know that the LORD uses my child in so many ways in the lives of these girls for such a time as this....

Please continue to pray for the salvation of my little one..and that the LORD WOULD USE HER MIGHTILY IN OUR HOOD

Being Poor

I found this post on Arloa Sutter's blog, it was given to her by a friend. Please visit her blog for more encouraging/ challenging post on the poor.

Being poor is getting angry at your kids for asking for all the crap they see on TV.

Being poor is having to keep buying $800 cars because they're what you can afford, and then having the cars break down on you, because there's not an $800 car in America that's worth a damn.

Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away.

Being poor is knowing your kid goes to friends' houses but never has friends over to yours.

Being poor is going to the restroom before you get in the school lunch line so your friends will be ahead of you and won't hear you say "I get free lunch" when you get to the cashier.

Being poor is living next to the freeway.

Being poor is coming back to the car with your children in the back seat, clutching that box of Raisin Bran you just bought and trying to think of a way to make the kids understand that the box has to last.

Being poor is wondering if your well-off sibling is lying when he says he doesn't mind when you ask for help.

Being poor is off-brand toys.

Being poor is a heater in only one room of the house.

Being poor is knowing you can't leave $5 on the coffee table when your friends are around.

Being poor is hoping your kids don't have a growth spurt.

Being poor is stealing meat from the store, frying it up before your mom gets home and then telling her she doesn't have make dinner tonight because you're not hungry anyway.

Being poor is Goodwill underwear.

Being poor is not enough space for everyone who lives with you.

Being poor is feeling the glued soles tear off your supermarket shoes when you run around the playground.

Being poor is your kid's school being the one with the 15-year-old textbooks and no air conditioning.

Being poor is thinking $8 an hour is a really good deal.

Being poor is relying on people who don't give a damn about you.

Being poor is an overnight shift under florescent lights.

Being poor is finding the letter your mom wrote to your dad, begging him for the child support.

Being poor is a bathtub you have to empty into the toilet.

Being poor is stopping the car to take a lamp from a stranger's trash.

Being poor is making lunch for your kid when a cockroach skitters over the bread, and you looking over to see if your kid saw.

Being poor is believing a GED actually makes a difference.

Being poor is people angry at you just for walking around in the mall.

Being poor is not taking the job because you can't find someone you trust to watch your kids.

Being poor is the police busting into the apartment right next to yours.

Being poor is not talking to that girl because she'll probably just laugh at your clothes.

Being poor is hoping you'll be invited for dinner.

Being poor is a sidewalk with lots of brown glass on it.

Being poor is people thinking they know something about you by the way you talk.

Being poor is needing that 35-cent raise.

Being poor is your kid's teacher assuming you don't have any books in your home.

Being poor is six dollars short on the utility bill and no way to close the gap.

Being poor is crying when you drop the mac and cheese on the floor.

Being poor is knowing you work as hard as anyone, anywhere.

Being poor is people surprised to discover you're not actually stupid.

Being poor is people surprised to discover you're not actually lazy.

Being poor is a six-hour wait in an emergency room with a sick child asleep on your lap.

Being poor is never buying anything someone else hasn't bought first.

Being poor is picking the 10 cent ramen instead of the 12 cent ramen because that's two extra packages for every dollar.

Being poor is having to live with choices you didn't know you made when you were 14 years old.

Being poor is getting tired of people wanting you to be grateful.

Being poor is knowing you're being judged.

Being poor is a box of crayons and a $1 coloring book from a community center Santa.

Being poor is checking the coin return slot of every soda machine you go by.

Being poor is deciding that it's all right to base a relationship on shelter.

Being poor is knowing you really shouldn't spend that buck on a Lotto ticket.

Being poor is hoping the register lady will spot you the dime.

Being poor is feeling helpless when your child makes the same mistakes you did, and won't listen to you beg them against doing so.

Being poor is a cough that doesn't go away.

Being poor is making sure you don't spill on the couch, just in case you have to give it back before the lease is up.

Being poor is a $200 paycheck advance from a company that takes $250 when the paycheck comes in.

Being poor is four years of night classes for an Associates of Art degree.

Being poor is a lumpy futon bed.

Being poor is knowing where the shelter is.

Being poor is people who have never been poor wondering why you choose to be so.

Being poor is knowing how hard it is to stop being poor.

Being poor is seeing how few options you have.

Being poor is running in place.

Being poor is people wondering why you didn't leave.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Yes, The Holy Spirit is Living and Active In My Hood!!

So, its been a grip( while) sense I have updated you on the girls of SLAM!. We read in Hebrews 4 that word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit,. One of the things that I can say that I have been EXTREMELY encouraged with in dealing with these girls is their faithfulness in coming to hear GODS word! I am amazed at, in spite of all the family and friends drama they go through that they have been willing to stick it out and come to Wednesday nights in search of some outlet or Shalom. I believe God's word has been active in the lives of these girls, especially during those times that I have not seen any fruit! God has promised that His word would not return void. In the past, we have discussed such a wide range of life topics, from how to handle anger, how to control your tongue, to sex before marriage, and how to deal with being molested at a young age. The LORD has met each and every last girl in her sin and past hurt. I thank HIM for that. Last week I decided to take the girls through a lesson on what it means to walk with the LORD daily. So many of them were always caught saying, " I am trying to walk with him", I want to get to know him more". We talked about the privilege of developing a relationship with the living GOD, what it means to have fellowship with the LORD and how to establish a pattern of time alone with GOD.

What I wanted these girls to understand was it takes more than coming to bible study on Wednesday nights. Being able to really KNOW who the LORD is and grow in relationship with him would mean you would have to spend MORE time reading your bible and studying who is HE is. Delta and I believe, as I am sure a lot of you do, it is almost certain that you will not be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit if you are not filled with the Word of God...if these girls are daily reading the scriptures, and of course hearing it preached the HOLY SPIRIT will do some amazing things in their lives, one of the main things being PROVOKING THEM TO FAITH that leads to salvation!!!
I brought bible study to an end by challenging the girls to spend no more than 30 minutes reading a bible verse a day. I gave them an outline of verses that would start them off and carry them over the next month. Sense then I have received an enormous amount of phone calls and emails from many of them sharng what they are learning, as well as their favorite verse for the day. GOD is AMAZING! Why do we not take him at his word!?? I mean HE is sooo POWERFUL!

One of the girls, who usually is out late on Saturday nights hanging with friends or her "bay" as she calls him, came over to iron her clothes for church. "I was like church??" You going to church???"..she started laughing and smiling saying "yes," " I don't want to miss church today... "A" and I decided we really needed to get up and go this morning".. I was soo encouraged.. I didn ask her to go, from my understanding Delta didn either, it was something that she had decided to do for her self...
I love that.. I checked her facebook page the other day and it said.." I am about to starting acting BRAND NEW"

PRAISE THE LORD!! This newness comes from HIM and the work of the HOLY SPIRIT when one is immersing themselves in HIS WORD!! PLEASE CONTINUE to pray for these girls...Pray that the LORD gives them 20/20 vision to see things clearly. Pray that the Holy Spirit will protect them from UNBELIEF. John Piper once said, "Day in and day out we need to fight unbelief in the promises of God. It's unbelief that will keep us out of God's rest. That's what's at stake in the call for diligence... and that's why the Word of God is so critical for us. The Word of God penetrates to the bottom of all our defenses and deceptions and exposes belief or unbelief. It assess our thoughts and intentions as to whether they are believing thoughts and intentions or unbelieving." Ask the LORD to assure them that all that HE says in HIS word, all HIS promises to those who believe and surrender to HIS LORDSHIP are TRUE.

I am fully confident, that the LORD through this bible study is raising up a future generation of young women of the Word, who will seek to grow in their knowledge of Scripture and to live in accord with sound doctrine in every area of their lives. Young Women who will glorify God by cultivating virtues of purity, modesty, submission, meekness, and love. That has been my prayer for them.. Would you pray the same.....

p.s.-One of the girls this past week decided her boyfriend needed to hear what I had to say in bible study...HE CAME and sat and participated through the whole thing!!...uh, do you think Nancy Leigh will pull my biblical womanhood card for this?? surely the elders at my church wont place me under church discipline for teaching this fellow??? Just thought I would ask! LOL
I know one thing, with all the talk about not dating and what it means to be sexually pure that was going on that night, I am sure I won't see him there again this week! Heheheh