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, August 29, 2008

Taking Risk

2 Samuel 10:12
Be of good courage and let us play the man for our people, and for the cities of our God; and may the Lord do what seems good to him.

My subject this morning is risk and the cause of God. I define risk very simply as an action that exposes someone to the possibility of loss or injury. If you take a risk, you can lose money, you can lose face, you can lose your life. And what's worse, if you take a risk, you may endanger other people and not just yourself. You may lose their money. Their life may be at stake.

Will a Wise and Loving Person Risk?

"Will a wise and loving person, then, ever take a risk? Is it wise to expose yourself to loss? Is it loving to endanger others? Is taking risks unwise and unloving?

Maybe. But maybe not. What if the circumstances are such that not taking a risk will result in loss and injury? It may not be wise to play it safe. And what if a successful risk would bring great benefit to many people and its failure would bring harm only to yourself? It may not be loving to chose the comfort of security when something great may be achieved for the cause of God and for the good of others.

Risk Is Woven into the Fabric of Our Finite Lives

Why is there such a thing as risk? The reason there is such a thing as risk is that there is such a thing as ignorance. If there were no ignorance, there would be no risk. Risk is possible because we don't know how things will turn out.

This means that God can take no risks. He knows the outcome of all his choices before they happen. And since he knows the outcome of all his actions before they happen, he plans accordingly. His omniscience rules out the very possibility of taking risks.

But not so with us. We are not God; we are ignorant. We don't know what will happen tomorrow. God does not tell us what he intends to do tomorrow or five years from now. Evidently God intends for us to live and act in ignorance and in uncertainty about the outcome of our actions.

He says to us, for example, in James 4:13-15,

Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and get gain"; whereas you do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that."

You don't know if your heart will stop before this service is over. You don't know if some oncoming driver will swerve out of his lane and hit you head on as you go home. You don't know if the food in the restaurant may have some deadly virus in it. You don't know if a stroke may paralyze you before the week is out. You don't know if some man with a rifle will just start shooting at you at the Southdale Mall. We are not God. We do not know about tomorrow.

And therefore risk is built right into the fabric of our finite lives. You can't avoid risk even if you want to. Ignorance and uncertainty about tomorrow is our native air. All of our plans for tomorrow's activities can be shattered by a thousand unknowns whether we stay at home under the covers or ride the freeways.

Exploding the Myth of Safety

My burden this morning is to help explode the myth of safety, and to somehow deliver you from the enchantment of security. Because it's a mirage. It doesn't exist. Every direction you turn there are unknowns and things beyond your control.

And the tragedy is that in the deceptive enchantment of security (where we take risks for ourselves everyday without knowing it!) we are paralyzed to take any risks for the cause of God, because we are deluded and think it may jeopardize a security which in fact does not even exist.

The way I hope to explode the myth of safety and to disenchant you with the mirage of security is to simply go to the Bible and show you that it is right to risk for the cause of God."

-John Piper( Dont Waste YOur Life)
"Christ calls us to take risks for kingdom purposes. Almost every message of American consumerism says the opposite: Maximize comfort and security - now, not in heaven. Christ does not join that chorus. To every timid saint, wavering on the edge of some dangerous gospel venture, he says, "Fear not, you can only be killed" (Luke 12:4). Yes, by all means maximize your joy! How? For the sake of love, risk being reviled and persecuted and lied about, "for your reward is great in heaven" (Matthew 5:11-12)....."-- John Piper

New tracks from Lacrae

I crack myself up on how serious I am about music to reach urban youth.. :) You know where we live these kids think ll wayne and T. I. are gods..so it gets me encouraged to hear music like this below..Please check out this tracks that will be on Lacrae's new album Rebel.. Don't forget album drops September 30 BUT Pre Order's are available NOW!!

WE serve such a redeeming GOD!

Click Here to Pre-Order Lecrae's New Album "Rebel"! Releases 9/30/08\



The LORD has really been dealing with me on this.... I must confess to all of you out in blog world...

Woman arrested for stealing deli meat in Hicksville
10:51 AM EDT, August 24, 2008
Nassau Police arrested a 21-year-old Westbury woman at midnight on Sunday, a week after she allegedly stole a bag of deli meat from a Stop N' Shop in Hicksville.
Nicole King, of Sharon Lane, allegedly hid several delicatessen items in a bag at the Old Country Road store on Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. A 27-year-old male security guard, unnamed by police, confronted King in a parking lot but was unable to detain her, police said. Police said several females assaulted the security guard, fled into a white Nissan with King, and left the scene.

Following an investigation, police charged King with second-degree robbery. She is scheduled to be arraigned today. The security guard refused medical attention at the time, police said.

Click here to view real article

seriously...it wasn't me!!! LOL! what in the world are the chances of us having the same name!!! wow ! :)

LORD, thank you for giving me such a timely laugh!! I really need that, of course you knew that! Thank you for being so mindful of me. What a precious KING you are.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Why many Americans prefer their Sundays segregated( REAL TALK Pt 2)

CNN has an insightful article on the reality that Sunday morning church is still the most segregated hour in America. Thought provking and pretty lengthy..BUT PLEASE READ.. would love to hear your throughts ::)

Story Highlights
Scholar: Only about 5 percent of the nation’s churches are racially integrated
Slavery, Jim Crow kept churches segregated during nation’s early history
Escape from racism is one reason for segregated Sunday services, pastor says
Advocates: Interracial congregations could help reduce racial friction in U.S.

By John Blake

(CNN) — The Rev. Paul Earl Sheppard had recently become the senior pastor of a suburban church in California when a group of parishioners came to him with a disturbing personal question.
They were worried because the racial makeup of their small church was changing. They warned Sheppard that the church’s newest members would try to seize control because members of their race were inherently aggressive. What was he was going to do if more of “them” tried to join their church?
“One man asked me if I was prepared for a hostile takeover,” says Sheppard, pastor of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Mountain View, California.
The nervous parishioners were African-American, and the church’s newcomers were white. Sheppard says the experience demonstrated why racially integrated churches are difficult to create and even harder to sustain. Some blacks as well as whites prefer segregated Sundays, religious scholars and members of interracial churches say.
Americans may be poised to nominate a black man to run for president, but it’s segregation as usual in U.S. churches, according to the scholars. Only about 5 percent of the nation’s churches are racially integrated, and half of them are in the process of becoming all-black or all-white, says Curtiss Paul DeYoung, co-author of “United by Faith,” a book that examines interracial churches in the United States.
DeYoung’s numbers are backed by other scholars who’ve done similar research. They say integrated churches are rare because attending one is like tiptoeing through a racial minefield. Just like in society, racial tensions in the church can erupt over everything from sharing power to interracial dating.
DeYoung, who is also an ordained minister, once led an interracial congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that eventually went all-black. He defines an interracial church as one in which at least 20 percent its membership belongs to a racial group other than that church’s largest racial group.
“I left after five years,” DeYoung says. “I was worn out from the battles.”
The men and women who remain and lead interracial churches often operate like presidential candidates. They say they live with the constant anxiety of knowing that an innocuous comment or gesture can easily mushroom into a crisis that threatens their support. Poll: Race and religion in America »
“It’s not all ‘Kumbaya’ and ‘We are the World,’ ” says Sheppard, the pastor of the Northern California church, who was raised by his father, a Baptist preacher, in the black church. “There are plenty of skirmishes.”
Can’t we just be Christians?
If it’s so tough, why bother? That’s one of the first questions interracial churches must address.
DeYoung says he encountered many blacks who said they wanted a racial timeout on Sunday.
“They would say, ‘I need a place of refuge,’” he says. “They said, ‘I need to come to a place on Sunday morning where I don’t experience racism.’ “
Whites also complained of their own version of racial fatigue, other scholars say.
Theodore Brelsford, co-author of “We Are the Church Together,” another book that looks at interracial churches, says whites often say that church should transcend race.
“They’d say, ‘Can’t we just get along without talking about race all the time? Can’t we just be Christians?’”
Not really, say advocates for interracial churches. They argue that churches should be interracial whenever possible because their success could ultimately reduce racial friction in America.
American churches haven’t traditionally done a good job at being racially inclusive, scholars say. Slavery and Jim Crow kept blacks and whites apart in the pews in the nation’s early history. Some large contemporary black denominations, like the African Methodist Episcopal church, were formed because blacks couldn’t find acceptance in white churches.
Large denominations like the Methodists, Baptists and Presbyterians split over race in the 19th century when their members clashed over the issue of slavery, Michael Emerson, a scholar on interracial churches, recounted in his book, “Divided by Faith.”
But interracial church advocates say the church was never meant to be segregated. They point to the New Testament description of the first Christian church as an ethnic stew — it deliberately broke social divisions by uniting groups that were traditionally hostile to one another, they say.
DeYoung, the “United by Faith” co-author, says the first-century Christian church grew so rapidly precisely because it was so inclusive. He says the church inspired wonder because its leaders were able to form a community that cut across the rigid class and ethnic divisions that characterized the ancient Roman world.
“People said that if Jews, Greeks, Africans, slaves, men and women - the huge divides of that time period — could come together successfully, there must be something to this religion,” DeYoung says.
Biblical precedents, though, may not be enough to make someone attend church with a person of another race. Something else is needed: a tenacious pastor who goads his or her church to reach across racial lines, interracial church scholars say.
The Rev. Rodney Woo, senior pastor of Wilcrest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, may be such a person. He leads a congregation of blacks, whites and Latinos. Like many leaders of interracial churches, he is driven in part by a personal awakening.
Woo’s mother is white, and his father is part Chinese. He attended an all-black high school growing up in Port Arthur, Texas, where he still remembers what it was like to be a minority.
“Everyone understands the rules, the lingo, the mind-set — except you,” he says. “It was invaluable, but I didn’t know it at the time.”
When he became pastor of Wilcrest in 1992, he was determined to shield his church members from such an experience. But an exodus of whites, commonly referred to as “white flight” was already taking place in the neighborhood and the church.
Membership fell to about 200 people. At least one church member suggested that Woo could change the church’s fortunes by adding a “d” to his last name.
“The fear there was people would think I was Chinese,” he says. “There would be a flood of all these Asians coming in, and what would we do then?”
Woo kept his last name and his vision. He made racial diversity part of the church’s mission statement. He preached it from the pulpit and lived it in his life. He says Wilcrest now has about 500 members, and is evenly divided among white, Latino and black members.
Woo doesn’t say his church has resolved all of its racial tensions. There are spats over music, length of service, even how to address Woo. Blacks prefer to address him more formally, while whites prefer to call him by his first name, (a sign of disrespect in black church culture), Woo says.
Woo tries to defuse the tension by offering something for everyone: gospel and traditional music, an integrated pastoral staff, “down-home” preaching and a more refined sermon at times.
But he knows it’s not enough. And he’s all right with that.
“If there’s not any tension, we probably haven’t done too well,” he says. “If one group feels too comfortable, we’ve probably neglected another group.”
Going from “they” to “we”
Sometimes, though, a determined pastor is not enough. Interracial churches can also implode on issues far more explosive than worship styles — like sex and power.
One such issue is interracial dating. Some scholars and leaders who deal with interracial issues say it’s not unusual for parents in racially-mixed churches to leave when their teenage kids begin dating.
Woo saw that exodus at Wilcrest. Some parents talked about the importance of a multiracial church, until their kid became attracted to someone from another race within the church.
“As kids began to date, some things get revealed,” he says. “They didn’t want their kids involved in interracial dating — and that’s not just whites.”
Accepting black leadership is another touchy subject. Most interracial churches are led by white pastors. A congregation typically becomes all-black if a black pastor is hired, says DeYoung, the “United by Faith” co-author.
“As long as the top person, the senior pastor, is white, power sort of resides with whites,” DeYoung says. “But when that shifts, it does something psychologically to people. People usually leave.”
Black pastors who do gain the acceptance of interracial congregations still have to watch themselves. Some white parishioners, even progressive ones, get uneasy when a black pastor gets too fiery in the pulpit, says Brelsford, co-author of “We are the Church Together.”
“A black church sermon that could be understood as impassioned might be interpreted as angry and defensive by a white congregation,” Brelsford says. “It could kick into fear of black men.”
Sheppard, the black minister of the church in California, says he modified his style to appeal to all sorts of people.
He says he abandoned the pulpit pyrotechnics he learned growing up in the black church when his congregation’s racial mix changed. He also carries his authority lightly, dressing casually in the pulpit and consulting with church committees before making decisions. In conversation, he’s relaxed and accessible.
“I’m very aware of how rare this is,” he says of being the black minister of an interracial congregation. “I’m humbled by it.”
The people in the pews must also do their share of adapting, scholars and ministers say. Only when ethnic groups no longer feel compelled to abandon their entire culture on Sunday morning can a church claim to be interracial, Brelsford says.
An interracial church isn’t one in which all the black members act, dress and worship like the church’s majority white members to make them feel comfortable, he says.
Interracial churches resist “taking one dominant identity and forcing everyone to fit into it,” Brelsford says.
That appears to have happened at Sheppard’s church in Northern, California. Since its rocky early days, it has now grown to a multiracial congregation of about 6,000 people. Whites, blacks, Asians, Latinos - all now attend.
“We refuse,” Sheppard says, “to be a one-flavor-fits-all church.”
Interracial congregations often include people who probably wouldn’t have become friends in any other circumstances. They are people like Dwight Pryor, a black man who grew up in segregated Mississippi seeing blacks brutalized by whites. He says he grew up disliking white people.
Today, Pryor says he is best friends with a white member of Wilcrest, a man who grew up in Alabama during segregation in a family that hated blacks.
When Pryor sees his friend on Sunday, he says he no longer sees a “they” or a “them” trying to invade his world.
He sees his brother in Christ.
“We come to love each other,” he says. “When I look into his eyes, I can see the love of Jesus Christ. He and I have become friends.”

God, this is tearing your church apart. Father, we are sinful people that need your wisdom, guidence and love to learn how to be reconciled with one another. With you all things are possible..Things are so different then there were back then..would you please help us to love so that we dont live as if we still are in those times. Heal all hurts, grant grace to those who need to forgive. MAY WE seek racial reconciliation for your glory and for the sake of your name!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Quarrelsome Wife

Read Here and Here for some godly encouragement in NOT being a quarrelsome wife.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Quote Of The Night: Finding God In The Dessert

" The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 So they quarreled with Moses and said, "Give us water to drink." Moses replied, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?" 3 But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, "Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?" 4 Then Moses cried out to the Lord, "What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me." 5 The Lord answered Moses, "Walk on ahead of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink." So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, "Is the Lord among us or not?" -Exodus 17

".............And isn't it true that unbelief and rebellion make us say things that, if we were thinking straight, we wouldn't say. We begin to murmur, to complain. They also demanded relief, solve this problem, and solve it now. Psalm 78 says they put God to the test by demanding the food they craved. Our culture has taught us that if you have a problem, you should be able to solve that problem quickly and easily. You have the right to a pain-free life. Let me tell you, if you're a child of God, it's not true. There is no such thing, there is no way, as we have seen, to experience the fullness of God's grace and His glory in your life apart from walking through these experiences.

So, we must not run from them, or resent them, or demand that God fix everything for us. God is not merely as interested in solving our problems as He is in using our problems to change us. That child that you find so difficult to love, that elderly parent who is so demanding and in a difficult season of life, and you're finding yourself stressed, that is part of what God is wanting to use to accomplish His purposes in your life. How foolish of us to demand relief now. We can get in many cases, relief now, but if we do, we may forfeit the wonder, the purpose, the fullness that God wants to bring into our life by taking us through that problem.

I often wonder how many times when things are not going they way I want or like that I forget that GOD is in control of the situation...He was the one from the beginning that ordained things to turn out the way they were..I have wasted so many opportunities to worship, praise, and grow in my walk with the LORD due to complaining about my circumstances. May I encourage you to be THANKFUL for whatever it is you find yourself in today, seek the Lord's forgiveness and peace for the complaining you have done.

Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful

Answered Prayer!!!

I am just so filled with joy its crazy!!! The tears wont stop coming!!! Please go over and congratulate and pray for Emily and Moody as they welcome their new blessing to the family!!!!! OUR GOD IS SOOO AWESOME, and I am not just saying that!!!


Please click the amazing Video of them seeing him for the first time!!!

I love the WORD

It's Tuesday and over at Fiddledeedee! My new friend Sarah host My Favorite Thing Tuesday. So for this week, my favorite things are my Study Bible In Chronological Order as well my Key Word Study Bible.

These are two things that I MUST HAVE when I am sitting down to spend time in the word. The Chronological bible I have really enjoyed! For example, When reading through 1st Samuel and 2nd Samuel the bible will break right into the Psalms that David sang or prayed during his time of adversity or praise!!! Its been neat to read through this bible as well, because I have such little knowledge of the Old testament.. due to me not growing up in the church or being exposed to VBS during the summer. Would you believe that A LOT of the old testament I am just READING FOR THE FIRST TIME!! LOVE IT!

As far as my Key word bible.. I love it because I have such a love for GREEK and HEBREW Studies!!! When I am in the process of memorizing scripture according to a area of sin.... it's always been good for me to study the Greek or Hebrew definitions for certain words. This just helps me to memorize the verse better. I wish I could take a Greek seminary class!! That would be sooo good!!

Click Here to see what others are saying their Favorite Things are :)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Who Will STAND??

The other day I bought Tye Tribbett new cd entitlied STAND OUT, and I must say, he has become one of my favorites. This cd has been a encouragement to who I am, what I want to be, and what Delta and I have been attempting to teach all of the girls in our neighborhood( our husbands as well with the boys).

To STAND OUT would be defined in the dictionary as to:
leap out: be highly noticeable
excel: distinguish oneself

Tye in his cd cover wrote this: The STAND is not a G.A. thing(that's the name of his group..Tye Tribbett & G.A.)..it's not even a CD or song...but it's a movement! A culture, a way of life!...as instructed by GOD through Paul in EPH> 6:11..2put on the whole amour of God 2 "STAND AGAINST" the waysof the devil...We're living in a time where everything is smeared and gray..nothing is solid, nothing is clear. Someone could walk down the street and it's not clear whether it's a male or female( kaiya has to ask me this all the time in our neighborhood)..people cuss and "praise God"...I mean...EVERYTHING is smeared or what the bible refers to as "luke warm"...EZK 22:6 says that we've "put no difference between the unclean and the clean"...and now the God we serve is not respected as ROmans 2:24 states,"the name of our God is blasphemed among the" SINNERS "through YOU"......in other words, we're making our GOOD God look BAD...So here we are living in a smeared world....and a time where the enemy has come in like a flood!....and now the spirit of the Lord is going 2raise up the STANDard...the STAND is the bold lifestyle that declares the way of the Lord is right, and not just right but BETTER!..... .....it's saying "YOOOOOO I'M NOT KUL WITH THAT"..... time out for letting friends cuss and drink and smoke and sleep around and NOT say anything...the STAND is not mean and nasty.... it's a challenge...it's a simple as "sup wit that yo?...u really think you HAVE 2do that or live that way?"...but before we make that statement, WE must first be living the solution ....called "living by faith"....and "walking in the spirit"...we must be LIVING proof that the way of the Lord works!!!!! .....THAT'S THE STAND..THAT'S THE MINDSET...THAT's THE LIFESTYLE..whether we stand against hip hop and RnB...or obesity 'n violence...or fornication and adultery...We're in a war...internal as well as external...but the question is WHO SHALL BE ABLE TO STAND?...LET'S REPRESENT THE KINGDOM OF GOD... LET'S STAND OUT!!"

Those that know me know how "crunk" (excited) I was to read that. Immediately my mind was like , yes LORD!!!..I am to look different!!! We are to teach the next generation what it means to go counter cultural in the way they dress, in how they respond to male leadership, in their views on loving the home, children, money, fame, MTV, BET, VH1, clothing... We are to leave a legacy of how to think correctly to persecution ( because clearly going counter cultural they are going to feel it!!!), ministry, discipleship. The christian walk is about denying OURSELVES..WE have totally surrendered all of our rights to CHRIST once we said Yes to HIM.. Making that decision alone should cause one to stand out... May we all be challenged, yet encouraged on what it really means to be in the world BUT not of the world...May we all STAND OUT for the sake of others finding joy in our creator and LORD Jesus Christ

MY Favorite STAND OUT verses:
Philippians 2:14-30
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe

Matthew 5:13-16

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven

1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light

Jeremiah 10:2-5

This is what the LORD says:
"Do not learn the ways of the nations
or be terrified by signs in the sky,
though the nations are terrified by them.
For the customs of the peoples are worthless;
they cut a tree out of the forest,
and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.
They adorn it with silver and gold;
they fasten it with hammer and nails
so it will not totter.
Like a scarecrow in a melon patch,
their idols cannot speak;
they must be carried
because they cannot walk.
Do not fear them;
they can do no harm
nor can they do any good."

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2008

More Blessings

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. -Psalm 23:6

Once again the LORD has blessed not only our family but many of the kids in our neighborhood.
A dear friend of my hubbie informed us that his sister was moving and that she was giving away a swing set. He later called kevin and asked him if he thought that we could use it for kaiya and the kids in our area. Of course we said yes, so kevin and four other men set out to Atlanta to take this set down as well as transport it to our hood. What a sweet reminder to us that the LORD cares about every little detail about our ministry..What a joy for him to provide yet another place for the kids in our neighborhood as well as my own to play safetly. Below is a slide show of random pics from when they were in Atlanta to take the set down.

P.S. 6am this morning the guys started to assemble this swing set in our backyard today!!! Thank you so much to our friends over at Trinity PCA here in Montgomery, for all your hard work, and service to our family! We are so thankful for you :)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

God Is Sovereign

Last night teen bible study was...great. Ok, honestly, we ended our last study with a teaching on how to know if you genuinely are a christian. I must confess, I was a bit disappointed, why..because after our last study many confessed they were ready to repent and believe, then here we are this week doing a follow up and these girls had nothing to say. There was NO RESPONSE ...one girl talked about a dream she had about the end times and how it frightened her to really want to take her walk with the LORD serious.( this is the one we do believe is a christian) Which we were very encourage about.. Another girl read Romans 12 out loud and the section on loving your enemies really hit home with her and we saw the HOLY SPIRIT do something with that.

Delta and I really spilled our hearts out about how much we love them and that we were there for them and that they could talk to us whenever they were ready. As, of tonight, I have been thinking alot about my attitude about the whole thing..

How prideful of me to think that we would have any power to change these girls. I think for a minute, I was trusting in the message, and bible study to change them, when it can be NOTHING BUT THE LORD and the work of the HOLY SPIRIT. You know, I do believe that, and in evey study time with them we have told, I HAVE TOLD THEM THAT..but my reaction to last night really brought my heart issue to the surface.. As hard as it is to find out your sin, its so freeing at the same time because of the peace the LORD gives you once you get it...

I love this quote by C. J, Mahaney:
“Therefore, if you are a Christian this morning you must realize you did not discover God. He graciously revealed himself to you. And that realization should leave you freshly amazed by the grace of God this morning. If you have received and responded to the message of the cross, this wasn’t the fruit of human wisdom or human intelligence. The ability to perceive the wisdom of God wasn’t resident within you from birth and eventually exercised and developed by you. This was, instead, revealed to you by the Holy Spirit. No one discovers God through human wisdom. Divine wisdom is revealed. If it is perceived, it is because it has been revealed, revealed through the preaching of the gospel and by the work of the Holy Spirit revealing Christ and him crucified to sinners like you and me."

SO, again, what a reminder that we are just servants, called to share the message, the message, combined with the HOLY SPIRIT opening up their eyes to the TRUTH is ALL a WORK OF THE LORD.. He HAS A SOVEREIGN PLAN for these girls which is PERFECT AND GOOD. I need to just learn how to roll with the flow and learn to not worry like the pagans. (Matt. 6)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My Hearts Cry

"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock"
Matthew 7:21-24

As I read over these words this morning in preparation for our teen bible study tonight, my heart just sake and I begin to sob and plead with the LORD to save the souls of these girls. ( as well as Kaiya) would you PLEASE be in prayer for out time tonight.
Its so hard to look at them and see dead people. But that is what they are...Dead people who cannot respond to a call( WITH OUT THE HOLY SPIRIT)) .. Dead people cannot make decisions... people cannot follow!
In order to do any of those things they need life! Please pray for these girls to awaken from the sleep they are in.

Father, all ask is that you have mercy on these girls.

“By nature we do not see Christ's spiritual kingdom upon earth; it is all
hidden from our eyes. Men may be sharp and knowing in worldly matters, they may be wise in the
things of time—but when they come to spiritual religion, their understandings seem blind, there is a
thick veil over their hearts, and they see nothing as they ought to see”
-Bishop Rye

Wanting More

"......Your love keeps me--- Wanting more of

You I can`t stop loving you
Need so much more of you
My heart cries out for you
Lord all I want is you (I need you more Jesus)
You (I need you so much savior)
You (Please hear my prayer)
Lord oh Lord I need you more I need you more
And more and more and more and more and more and more

I need more of You (More than the air I need to breathe)
I need more of You (More than the water that I drink)
More of You (I need you so much Jesus)
You (I need much more of You)
You (I need much more of You)
I need more of You (More than my eyes I use to see)
I need more of You (More than my heart that needs to beat)
More of You (I need the risen Savior)
You (I need the Lord of Lords)
You (I need You so much more)
(I need You more and more)

Oh Lord I`m chasin
My soul is thirsty
Oh Lord please fill me
And when You have filled to the top
Please give me some more
And I`ll still want more
Can`t get enough Lord

I need more of You (More than the earth beneath my feet)
I need more of You (I need You more than anything)
More of You (I need the Lord of All)
You (I need You most of all)
You (I need You more)"

Fred Hammond More Of You (Lyrics)

Oh, LORD please fil me with more of you today. May everything I see be a reminder of your love. May I use all of today's circumstances as a way to see more of you. Help me to not look to false gods for sufficiency. All ARE ARTIFICIAL compared to you oh LORD. I really do need more of you. My I strangle spiritually when give into the temptation to breathe things that are not of you. Your words, and YOUR love is the ONLY life that is necessary for me live with.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Real Talk

Ephesians 2:11-16
So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by those who are called ‘the circumcision’—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands—remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death the hostility through it.

I have gone back and forth in my mind for sometime, debating if I should even post this blog. I have peace tonight in this decision and I look forward to what the LORD does with this. I believe, personally I have always had "thick" skin so to say when it comes to comments made out of ignorance of another's culture. I was talking to my husband the other day, I don't know what it is, but it seems like, every sense we have moved in this area ( or neighborhood) I have become quite sensitive, and a bit hurt by some of the things I hear people say about blacks.

Real Talk... I am not here to point the finger at a particular person, I am not trying to secretly place someone in the spot light with out using their name.this is just honest blogging. One of the things Kevin and I are COMPLETELY CONVINCED OF is that we truly believe that the LORD has called us to be a bridge in HIS WORK in RECONCILING the RACES. The LORD has truly blessed us to the point, where we have so many close friends of different ethnic background, and for that, we are SO THANKFUL. WE love all our friends the same, we are not the ones to show any form of partiality towards others.

Real Talk, the thing that burdens, and bothers me is when people believe something about a WHOLE CULTURE based off of the actions and examples of others. (i.e.-blacks are always late, all blacks are uneducated, blacks always drop out of school, all the kids that live in the 'hood' or that come from poverty don't have a DAD at home with them...I can go on)

I must confess, I am not the best when it comes to being on time. But please let me assure you it has nothing to do with the fact that I am black. It has so much to do with the the fact that, as a fallen sinner, I am lazy at times, I get in waaaaay over my head and plan to many things to do at the same time. (I don't know how to say 'NO' at times when I should)... I have a five year old at home with me who may have to be disciplined at least 6 times before I make it out of the door... I am sure you get it now :)

May, I also say, I too have been guilty of passing judgement on another culture based off of the history of things I have seen. That was sin on my part, I am striving to look at each person and their circumstances individually. It jut bothers me, I find my self asking the LORD when is this ever going to stop. It doesn't help that we live in the place that birthed the Civil Rights Movement. lol..GOD IS INDEED SOVEREIGN!

I remember a while back someone asking me "why do blacks sit in church for so long."- I could have really been offended my that...but the LORD gave me something else...I thanked Him for the opportunity to dialog with this sister about the differences in our cultures. One of the things that Kevin has always preached to me in our home on racial reconciliation is the FACT that in order to be that bridge, in order for the races to be reconciled is for US TO BEGIN with the first step...and this is to FIRST TALK ABOUT IT.( lets talk about how it hurts, what was wrong about it, should there be any form of confession, and or acknowledgement?????) I hated that.. I didn't want to talk about it because it always began ( at least my experiences) and started with slander, and or ended with neither sides being at peace with one another. In my eye it just always seem to make things worst. I believe so different now.

I am ready to talk now... I am ready to seek the LORD in what part HE would have me to play in all this... As frustrating, and hard as it is.. I would not change this! I believe we shall one day see the nations come together. I believe it can,beginning with us!! I am so thankful to the LORD for placing Kevin and I on staff with Bk and Delta. She and I have learned and will continue to learn so much about one another...Let the dialoging begin. :)

FYI- if you would like to know...research reads that when slaves where given a break from hard labor in the fields..there were times when they would use that time to hold church services. Those church services sometime lasted very long...the slaves begin to noticed that "massa" was quick to ask them to return to their labors...BUT, during those times that they held church they were not asked to return to work as fast.... hence the result of SOME BLACK worship services lasting as long as they do. Here you have something that BEGAN in SLAVERY but has been passed down for so many generations..It's not something that we as a culture even think about asking because it has just been done for so many years

Here is a list a posted a while back on where we all can start on this journey of Racial Reconciliation:
Where do we start?

Pray... ask God to remind you daily of what you and your people have experienced, showing you what racial hurts you need to forgive. Ask God to remind you what you or your people have done to contribute to racial hurts, and for what you need to be forgiven.

Confess your sins, to God, and if appropriate, to another Christian.

Develop a meaningful friendship with a person of a different ethnic group.

Study what scripture teaches about racial reconciliation. An excellent study guide to start with is Multi-Ethnicity: Six Studies for Individuals Or Groups, by Isaac Canales, InterVarsity Press. Or listen to the Urbana seminar tape: Racial Reconciliation’s Roots in Scripture, by Neil Rendall.

Visit a church from a different ethnic background than your own... Sunday morning is a very segregated time in North America. If you don’t know any, ask people you know from that culture or look in the phone book to find the churches in your own city.

Get involved in a multi-ethnic mission project, either in a city in North America or overseas.

Learn more about the history of an ethnic group different from your own.

Read books about ethnic and racial reconciliation. Spencer Perkins & Chris Rice’s More Than Equals (which was an Urbana 96
Book Of The Day) is available from InterVarsity Press.

Seek out other teaching about racial reconciliation. Listen to the Urbana seminar tapes: Role of the Oppressed in Racial Reconciliation by Brenda Salter-McNeil or Racial Reconciliation & White Responsibility by Neil Rendall.

Share what you have learned with others in your own ethnic group

Lord, I pray our family is one that loves justice, shows mercy and walks humbly with you LORD. Please continue to help us to be sensitive to other cultures. I pray that we are respectful, and genuine in our dealings with them. Please continue to provide opportunity upon opportunity to close the gap between the races. Father, we cannot do this alone..we need you. I pray we really do bring you HONOR and GLORY in this area. Please keep our tongues from evil.

Ephesians 2:19-22
So [Jesus] came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off [Gentiles] and peace to those who were near [Jews]; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


" When you hear the word, what do you think of? Jesus was a Rebel in his day. He lived for something other than the pursuits of the popular culture of the day. He stood against traditions that pointed away from true worship, and instead presented an authentic picture of living for God......"

I am so encouraged in my faith right now! I just got word that Lacrae's 3rd album has been released for PRE Orders over at Reach Records. LORD WILLING, this album will drop September 30, 2008. Special appearances on the album include, Tedashii, Trip Lee, Sho Baraka, Da T.R.U.T.H, JR, Cam and more. As I have said before, this is so like the LORD to show HIS goodness to those of us who have a heart for the hip hop culture, to allow these men to produce such quality. biblical, sound music for the kingdom. Go over to Reach and grab you a copy!! As a matter of fact grab a few for the kids in your hood! ( or church) ha! Just go! :)

Are you a rebel?

Here are links to the two pre-order options:
Regular Edition: http://www.merchline.com/reach/productdisplay.7081.p.htm
Deluxe Edition: http://www.merchline.com/reach/categorydisplay.3093.c.htm

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

God Of This City

I believe this with all my being..the LORD will (as HE has already done), accomplish some miraculous things in our neighborhood. We may not live long enough to see all the fruit of our labors, but OUR GOD Is and will continue to fulfill all that HE has accomplished to do. TO GOD be the glory!!! Below are the lyrics to the song you hear playing on this page.. Worship the LORD with me,let's exalt HIS NAME together!

God of This City by Chris Tomlin
You're the God of this city
You're the God of this city, You're the King of these people
You're the Lord of this nation, You are
You're the Light in this darkness, You're the Hope to the hopeless
You're the Peace to the restless, You are
There is no one like our God, there is no one like our God
For greater things have yet to come, and greater things are still to be done in this city
Greater things have yet to come, and greater things are still to be done in this city
Greater things have yet to come, and greater things are still to be done here

There's no place like 'Hood'

We are baackkk! And honestly,I think we are vacationed out! The LORD has indeed given us more rest time than we deserve! He so good ya'll!! Just so GOOD TO all of us!!!
Anyway, tomorrow we have teen girl bible study, Saturday morning I am hosting a pottery party for all the girls that participated in the camp this summer. I thought it would be neat for them to paint plates to take home and hang on walls or eat off of to remind them of their time this summer, I know that will be loads of fun. Also on Saturday, my sweet pastor and his wife gave me the ok to host a baby shower for one of the girls in our neighborhood at their home. ( well, I am not the one acutally hosting it, she did'n have anywhere to have her shower, so i asked them could we use their home)
I mean, guys, as along as Kevin and I have known them they have always kept (literally) their doors open for us to come in and use their home for any and everything..
So, as you see we will be very busy this week...please be in prayer for all of the above. Delta and Bk are on the road now headed back to the gomp so please pray for safe travel and great transition back. I will post pictures later! ( I might, if I don't forget...you know how ya girl can be) :)

**note to friends..this makes my two hundred and one blog post!! clearly, I am a blogger!! :)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Cecropia Moth and Adversity

As I read this story this morning it gave my spirit such a huge dose of PEACE, JOY, and encouragement. I thought about the believers that lived in my neighborhood as well as for the new believers that are apart of Delta and I bible study on Wednesday nights. As Christians we are not exempt from pain and adversity from this sin ridden world. My prayer is that we all come to a joyous understanding of adversity. I pray that the little ones on my block produce proven character through all that they see and battle with behind the close doors of their homes.

And the story goes......
"One of the most fascinating events in nature is the emergence of the Cecropia moth from its cocoon- an event that occurs only wit much struggle on the part of the moth to free itself. The story is frequently told of someone who watched a moth go through this struggle. In an effort to help- and not realizing the necessity of the struggle- the viewer snipped the shell of the cocoon. Soon the moth came out with its wings all crimped and shriveled. But as the person watched, the wings remained weak. The moth, which in a few moments would have stretched those wings to fly, was now doomed to crawling out its brief life in frustration of ever being the beautiful creature God created it to be. What the person in the story did not realize was that the struggle to emerge from the cocoon was an essential part of developing the muscle system of the moth's body and pushing the body fluids out into the wings to expand them....The adversities of life are much like the cocoon of the Cecropia moth.
God uses them to develop the spiritual "muscle system" of our lives. We can be sure that the development of a beautiful Christlike character will not occur in our lives without adversity..."


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

No Rest

I know I said that I wouldn post anything on our vacation, but I cant sleep and I am just so restless in my thoughts.
I recieved a voice message from one of the older ladies in our beighborhod today about a little girl she has living with her. You see, "B" dosent really belong to her. "B" story is very difficult and confusing. "B", who is getting ready to start preshcool this fall, was left at this old lady's house when she was 2weeks old. 2weeks old!!!!! So, sense then, this older lady and her 2 daughters and their 4 kids have loved, feed, looked after greatly this little girl. The older lady was telling me how she recieved a letter in the mail today saying that "B" was accpeted into the preschool program my little girl was a part of last year. The difficult thing about this situation is that "B's" family is back. Her mom who is known as a prostitute and drug addict, is trying to gain back custody of her.Well, not the mom exactly, the moms family is wanting to get custody. Where have they been all this time!!!?? oh, it just makes me angry and sad at the same time!!!! The flip side of all this is that the older lady's family is not the best environment for her either. You see the older lady is very unhealthy, and both of her daughters are drug addicts as well, and sadly one of them is dying of HIV. So, the phone call I recieved from the lady who "B" calls grandma was because theis lady is affarid herself that she will lose custody of this little girl. (Again, they have done such an amazing job in caring for her with all that they have.)

Humph, I , I, I cant even imagine what this little girl is seeing in that house, the types of things she is exposed to day after day. Kaiya, loves her so much, They play so well together, I remember when we first meet "B" you couldn pay her to say a word to you..AFter a couple of months we cant get her to stop talking let alone yelling my name from the front porch to open the door so that she can play tea party with Kaiya!! (smiling)

All that to say.. I am struggling because i have to surrender this little girls life to the LORD, I am not in control of what may happen..will she continue to live in this house two doors down from me??? WIll she end up with her biological family?? Will she end up in the foster care system??? :(

I have to TRUST the LORD that things will turn out for"B's" good-Romans 8:28; Gen. 50:20
I have to TRUST the LORD that HE is sovereign over the parents ( and non) that she has.-Psalm 115:3;
I have to TRUST the LORD that there is no where "B" can flee that would leave her outside of the LORD's presence- Psalm 139
I have to TRUST the LORD with whatever treatment that "B" recieves from either of the families is ultimately under HIS CONTROL (:(-Prov. 20:14; Prov. 21:1

As much as this is a sturggle for me to TRUST him with all this, for super natural reasoning, it's still comforting..At least, I know that I can place my TRUST in the LORD and not man to take care of her perectly..oh, this is still so hard.

Isaiah 48:11- For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act; For how can My name be profaned? And My glory I will not give to another.

Common Ground Weekly Update-August 4,2008

**So sorry if this is hard to read due to the way it was typed out**

John 3:7‐8
"You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' The “wind blows” wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is
going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."

After 9 weeks of opening up and sharing our lives with the 30 boys of our ‘camp’ (hanging out, playing basketball, skating,
swimming, watching movies, bowling, modeling marriage in front of them, modeling discipline of our kids, dealing with 11
years olds having sex, praying, handling behavioral problems, praying, breaking up fights, dealing with drug use, praying,
talking with mothers and grandmothers about behavioral issues, praying, teaching the truth of the Gospel through our bible
studies and through one on one discussions, talking about death, talking about neighborhood tragedy, seeing houses burned
down, having the boys scramble off my front porch as gunfire rang out across the street, daily applying the teaching of the
scriptures to the character of the boys, talking about the pain of not having fathers around, talking about missing close family
members who are in jail, sending boys home from camp for the rest of the summer, having ‘sleep‐overs’ at our house where
the house was trashed and food was thrown on the walls, catching kids looking at pornography on our computer, having one
boy threaten another boy with a knife from my kitchen during the sleep over, having my wallet stolen from my house; after all
this and more something began to happen a couple weeks ago, the ‘wind’ began to blow)!
We took the older boys (10 12 years old to emerald falls golf and go carts complex for the day. We had a great time riding
the go‐carts, bumper boats, and hitting in the bating cages. At some point I noticed one of the boys looking sad and sitting by
his self. I asked him what was going on, and after a few minutes, we took a walk and he told me reluctantly that he missed his two older brothers deeply. Both are in jail. He and his mom live alone and she had been crying
over the separation caused by their lives of crime and the consequences. We began to talk about how the sin of his
brothers didn’t just affect them only. Many people were hurt by their sin. We talked about the pain he felt by being separated
from them. I explained to him that his sin had many of the same consequences, but with even more significance. We talked
about Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God and about their separation
from God, about the curses to our world and our broken relationship with our Father because of Adam’s sin and ours.

I explain the Gospel to him as we sat on a bench inside of the amusement park. He looked at me and
told me he wanted to “become a child of God and have his sins wiped away because of Jesus’ life and death.” We prayed
together as he confessed to God that he believed in Jesus and his death and resurrection. He wanted Jesus to be his King. He told me after we prayed, “he felt so good that his sins were taken away”. The ‘wind’ had
been blowing.

We arrived back at my house after lunch and had our bible study. I recapped the story of creation and our unique role as
being made in God’s image. I recounted how the sin of Adam and Eve led to the shattering of God’s image and to all the pain
and destruction we experience in this world today. I then shared the verse above from John 4 that emphasize our need to be
‘born again’. We discussed the fact that unless God renews us from the inside out and saves us through his own
grace we are left to try to fix it all ourselves. We talked honestly about the reality of hell and the reality of living currently as
God’s enemies because we are sinners. We talked about our need to be united with Christ and receive his
sacrificial death and his perfect record as a means to be saved and accepted by God as his child. It was a very interactive, very honest, and open time. They asked many questions. I asked them to consider if they really believed they had
been “born again” the way the bible talks about being born again, and if they truly believed Jesus was the King of their lives.
After the bible study one boy approached me in the hallway as the others went into my backyard to play. He
said he really believed Jesus died and was raised from the dead for him and he wanted to become a Christian. Kevin and I went back in my bedroom and talked through the Gospel with him some more. We couldn’t talk him out of it. He said he wanted
to receive Christ. We all prayed together right there in my room and he put his trust in Christ. His comment to us was
that he felt “so good that he was protected because God was his Father.” Knowing you are ‘protected’ takes on many
meanings dealing with the realities of living in the projects. The wind had been blowing.

Later that evening I took one of the boys home. As I drove him home he said,
“Coach, you know when you asked me if I thought I was born again?
I thought to myself that maybe I was because over the last two
months things have been changing.
I haven’t been picking on people the way I usually do. I also stopped listening to some of the rap music
I usually listen to because of all the cussing and stuff. I just didn’t want to do that stuff any more.
I just feel different about it. My cousin (who is another boy in the camp) thinks that if you
become a Christian that you can’t do anything fun, but I don’t think the same way he does”.
I told him that I thought his desire and decision to turn away from his sin was great, but that
he needed more than just trying
to live better. I explained again why he needed a Savior and King, and not just a cleaned up life.
He smiled from ear to ear and said he didn’t want to wait any more.
“I want to be His child right now!
” We prayed together right there in his front yard in
the truck. His prayer to God humbled me greatly as he poured out his heart to His new Father.
His confidence and trust in the Lord poured out in his words and I began to fight back tears of joy.
When he finished he looked at me and I asked him how he
felt. “I feel like I am the happiest person in the world.”
The wind had been blowing.

(Kevin): The next day I spoke with a mother
who told me that her 11 year old son
had been having sex with a 12 year old girl in our neighborhood. In that conversation I
learned that two more of our boys were also involved. I pulled the first to the side that
day and had an unanticipated but much needed conversation with him about the
destructive actions he had been involved in.
Later on that day I invited the other two in my home to discuss their involvement. Both boys confessed to
inappropriate behavior towards a couple of girls in our neighborhood but said they never had sex with them.
I began to explain how God viewed their actions towards these girls and spoke very strongly
about how they are destroying their lives as well as those girls by not honoring the
Lord with their bodies and failing miserably to treat those girls with dignity and respect as the image of God.
The subject of BK’s last bible study came up and one of the boys looked at me and said
“Mr. Kevin, I don’t wanna leave here without becoming a Christian!
I asked him if he was sure and he insisted that he was a sinner and needed Christ to save him.
We talked through the Gospel and prayed together at my table. The other boy honestly admitted that he wasn’t ready yet. Please pray that he would receive Christ.

Kevin and I fully understand and expect that much the fruit of our labors may never be seen in our lifetime. We accept this. I watch as lives are destroyed every day around us. The problems and crisis are more than we can bear. It can be extremely
discouraging to watch the grip Satan seems to have on the lives of those on our streets. We look ahead with spiritual eyes to
generational patterns being reshaped, neighborhoods being transformed, godly marriages made and children growing up with
strong godly fathers and mothers as the norm. All this being said, I wept in my car on the way home because it was
overwhelming to see effects of the Spirit of God. Without this all of our labors would fall far short, and lack any chance of long‐ term change. Please continue to pray that the Spirit’s wind would continue to blow like we have never seen it, and in ways we
could never ask or imagine.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Dont Believe the hype, There's Good in the Hood!

" I cant believe how good he/she talks"! ( as if a only a certain class or race of people are the only one's that communicate in correct english)

" so, do you have any babies....no, oh really, good for you"

" you going to college"???

"well, those were very well mannered kids you brought with you...and they are from your neighborhood??"

"That's a shame there are NO fathers around, so sad"

" Why do you think THOSE people result to crime ALL the time"???

yes, we have heard it all and worst..
It's a shame that all you see when you turn on TV ( and hear in the church now for that matter) is the bad that happens in the hood. No one talks about the single dad taking care of his kids, or the couple that has been married for over 18 years, or the teenager that is fighting hard to stay in school and not have sex because she dont want to end in up being another statistic of teenage pregnancy. I love this song by Tye Tribbett & G.A. I think it has just became my theme song for my hood..Enjoy! We are off for vacation for the next two weeks..so that means no more blogging until I return! love you all!!!

oh, be sure to watch VIDEO in high quality so you don't strain your eyes trying to see! lol

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Being apart of the covenant and YMCA!

Kevin and I are so thankful for our church home. We have been members of Eastwood PCA for over 6 years now. I cant believe it's been that long. I am so thankful for one because the LORD has really blessed us with genuine relationships there. Now, those relationships took much work, patience. grace and love, but my friends it was so worth it. Every week for the past year almost, kevin and I have receive post cards in the mail from our church telling us that our elders have prayed over us. That's love. When we are missing from church, I either recieve a phone call or a letter from one or many ladies asking how I am doing, where have I been and is there anything we need prayer on. I am constantly being asked to lunch by many of the women in the congregation, wanting to know how they may serve or help delta and I with the middle school and teen age girls in our neighborhood. I really believe the love and prayers of our friends and church family is what the LORD is using to help us persevere in ministry work.

Delta and I have been talking for a while about how good, and fun it would be to have a membership to the YMCA for both of our families. Having a membership here for us ( kings) would give me somewhere other than my den to work out with out being interrupted with a group of 9-11 year old boys wanting to play X BOX ( lol).. It would provide a place for me to bring some of the kids from our neighborhood to swim, it would also give me MANY opportunities to fellowship with other women from my church that I hardly get to see ( this is like the hang spot if you go to our church..just about every stay at home mom from our congregation is there between 8:30am-9:30am) SO, delta and I was talking to one of the ladies in our church whom we seek counsel from and we told her about us wanting a membership.. a couple of weeks later she comes to us and tells us she wants to help..to make a long story short.. she has found a number of people in our congregation that wanted to donate funds to pay for our memberships..a normal memberships is like what $ 53 ( I think) we are paying $20 for a family!!! GOD indeed is a GOD who answers prayer! KEvin and I just did not have it in our budget to pay that full fee and the LORD gave us what we asked for!!! I am sooo excited and so thankful that many wanted to serve us through their giving.. I could go and and on with the things we have experienced with our church body, and I am not just talking about financial. (i.e. accountability from older women, great model of hospitality, many giving a AMAZING example of sufferings.. those of you who attend know what I am saying)
..what a blessing!
Tomorrow before we head out of town for two weeks for our family vacation I will attend my first aerobics class as a official YMCA member! Watch out now!! :)

Lord, what a honor and blessing it is to be apart a body of Christ. I pray that KEvin and I continue to serve and give the body the same grace that you have given us through them. Please keep us from dating the church, but to be a couple that is committed to the body as a whole. Because you have given us all different gifts, we all need one another to bring glory to your name. May we do so starting with where we are with what you have given us. AMEN

Ehpesians 4
12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Ephesians 3
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

1 Corinthians 12
18 But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Wisdom For The Busy Mom

I normally, try not to double post something from my other blogs...BUT this was too good not to post here!!
love you busy moms!!

On Keeping House

If you didn’t have any children, your house would stay cleaner. But there’s so much more to life than a clean house—like the amazing blessing of family.
Proverbs 14:4, paraphrased

"Just accept the fact that as long as you have children at home, your house is going to get messy. As soon as you get all the dishes washed, somebody’s going to dirty another one. Caught up on all the laundry? Not for long. But what’s really important—having everything in its place or spending time with your family? Every day you make a choice between the two. I’m not saying you shouldn't’t strive to have a neat house. Just don’t sacrifice these short years when your children are at home for the lesser good of accomplishing everything on your to-do list. Some days, let the dishes stack up and pull out a board game. Or forget vacuuming and go to the park instead. You may have to come home to a dirty house, but it’s much better than coming home to an empty one.

God, help me to get my priorities straight. Show me what's really important in this life. I do want to provide a clean and orderly home for my family; so show me how I can do that while also enjoying my home and family. Strengthen me to teach my children self-discipline so they can pitch in and help.

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.

Proverbs 14:4

Taken from The Busy Moms Guide to Wisdom by Lisa Whelchel

The Heart of Missions

"God does everything he does in creation and redemption for his own glory. Therefore, the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever, that is, to glorify God by enjoying him for ever. We cannot add to God's glory. We can only reflect its value by enjoying it, adoring it, praising it, worshipping it, and being so satisfied by it that our hearts are guarded from other attractions.

The reason man was created in the beginning and the reason the church is being recreated in the end is for the worship of God. Missions therefore is neither God's primary end nor the primary end of the church. It is a means to the primary end of worship. Missions exists because worship doesn't. There will be no missions in the age to come. Worship will be our life. Missions is not our ultimate goal. It is a means to our goal.

We cut off the power of the cause of missions when we give it a place in our churches and in our hearts that belongs only to worship. If the pursuit of man's good is not ordered below the pursuit of God's glory in the priorities of the church and the affections of the heart, man will not be well served and God will not be honored."
--John Piper

**picture above was taken for the girls camp at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Jesus Music

Again, I must thank the brothers over at Reach & Cross movement Records for going before the LORD and producing faith provoking, God exalting, doctrinally sound music. Here are two new videos from Sho Baraka and Flame feat. Lecrae. I must say, when the teen girls get into my mini van..baby, it's starts to ROCK! ha! The girls love these songs and they are amazed that it's christian, that there is no cursing, not degrading women, and no talk about money, cars, and sex. May the LORD continue to build HIS kingdom through Jesus music!
Enjoy and have a great weekend!-- Please pay attention to the lyrics :)

Sho Baraka- Higher Love:

Flame feat. Lecrae & John Reilly- Joyful Noise

Friday, August 1, 2008