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

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

THE REBELLION IS HERE!!



Okay folks! Let's get that pocket change together and go out and support Lecrae's third Album REBEL!
It just hit stores and ITunes today, ( where it is priced $9.99) so PLEASE go out and show some support. Buy a few extra copies for the kiddies!
I pray that we all come to a point where we are rebellious against popular culture to follow Jesus Christ.

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Yes, We Can!



uh, this is not a post about Obama.. so funny how we use those words to support him, but we hardly ever use those words when we see others in situations that the LORD has ordained for them.. For example, we see families in church with 10 or more kids and the first thing we say, "oh, she a good one, baby cause that would never be me" or many have asked me, "what is it you and your husband do"?? I proceed to tell them and their response is, " Oh wow! I could never do that, you are some special people"
or what about when we see a friend in a trouble marriage, or trouble with her rebellious kids?? our responses," you need to leave him, you know you have grounds for a divorce right??" ..." you need to send those kids away, and not have anymore... you DESERVE some time to yourself"...

Okay, I am confused, do we not know who our FATHER IS??? DO we not realize who it is that GIVES us strength??? It has nothing to do with gifts, talents, personality, ect..It has everything to do with the FAITH and GRACE that the LORD's gives one when HE has CALLED them to certain circumstances..GRACE I believe that is available to us all

What I believe we do a lot of times in situations like the ones above is, we look at others and their circumstances and we picture how challenging things are for us in the present and we believe the LIES that we could never do what he/she does...How do you know that??? Are you sure you Can't do whatever the LORD DECREES for your FUTURE?? (if that will even happen)

Well, lets see what the bible says about that:

Philippians 4
11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.


Isaiah 40:30
“Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”

Isaiah 40
9He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.

Ephesian 3
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us

WE don't need to wish or pray that the LORD does not give us the "issues" that others have...all we need to do is ASK for GRACE..
GRACE
is all we need to endure whatever the LORD has planned for us...

My encouragement to us all: FAITH... FAITH that says:" Yes I CAN, through JESUS do whatever HE Sees fit for me"
If the LORD opens my womb to have 19 kids, I can do ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST.....
If the LORD calls my family to live in the hood.. I can do ALL things through Christ,
If the LORD gives me this difficult husband to live amongst and love.. I can do ALL things through CHRIST
If the LORD calls me to give up all of my possessions and or whatever is most valuable to me for the sake of HIS KINGDOM, I can do ALL things through CHRIST...
If the LORD calls me to spank this child for the next 4 hours due to her disobedience..... I CAN do ALL things through Christ

yes, we can speak the truth in love, Yes we can, love our husbands with that agape love, Yes we can look out for the interest of others and not our own, Yes we can step out of our comfort zones to reach the lost, Yes I can get off this computer and make it in the bed before 12am ..LOL.. YES, I can practice self control and go to the gym everyday!!!

yes, YOU CAN Be encouraged that GOD Is working ALL things out for your good and for HIS GLORY! Let's take HIM at HIS words friends! He is so FAITHFUL to us, and HIS GRACE REALLY IS SUFFICIENT!! I am so encouraged in my faith tonight! I hope you are too :)


Romans 15:15
I have written you quite boldly on some points, as if to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me

1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me

2 Corinthians 12:19
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me

All Belongs To Him

So often in this life we hold on to things as if the LORD could not take them from us, as if they were ours to begin with...
Please go over and read this post by my friend Keisha who is serving the LORD in South Africa.

What a reminder that all that the LORD has blessed us with (children, houses, spouses,cars, ect..) is temporary and we are called to be the best stewards for HIS GLORY! What a humble perspective, but so right.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Show Me Your Glory



Have you ever had a knot in your stomach, or had your heart to beat so fast due to excitement and a change of perspective from reading God's word?? It just amazes the mess out of me to read the scripture and get so many different applications out of it every time I read it. I was looking over some old notes from a sermon I heard a couple of Sundays ago. I found myself reading about Moses in Exodus 33;-38 & 40. But what stood out to me where the following passages:


vs8-11
"And it came about, whenever Moses went out to the tent, that all the people would arise and stand, each at the entrance of his tent, and gaze after Moses until he entered the tent.
Whenever Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent; and the LORD would speak with Moses.
When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would arise and worship, each at the entrance of his tent.
Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent."


vs 13-15
"Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, (U)let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight Consider too, that this nation is Your people."
And He said, "My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest."
Then he said to Him, "If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here."



The presence of the LORD, that's all Moses wanted, that's all HIS heart desired was to be where ever the LORD was. His goal, was not to be in this "rich place", his goal was not the milk and the honey but a holy land where GOD would dwell with HIS PEOPLE.. That's what I want Jesus, to be where you are, to look up and see my "pillar of cloud", to know you are here...
Why is it that we search to be in the presence of so many other things, to sit with the rich and wealthy, to be in the presence of those whose homes model after one of a catalog, who dress their kids in designer clothing, in a place of worship where everything is about us and our comfort..to be in the presence of the internet, close friends, T.V.,ect...( in and of themselves these things are not sinful, its about how much of a priority they have over desiring the LORD's presence)

I am so weary of this flesh, so tired of the LORD not being in all that I do...
I long for my heart to completely say and mean it with all my being "If YOUR PRESENCE DOES NOT GO WITH US DO NOT LEAD US UP FROM HERE"



God, thank you for where we are as a family, as a ministry..now would you PLEASE, please, show us your glory, may we never find rest for our souls until we see you. Help us to find contentment in all that you have called us to. May we be like Moses, radically pitching our tent outside the camp, eagerly awaiting to meet with you. Your presence is what makes us different from the world, if you leave from us we will not be so. Please dwell among us like never before. Amen.

Both Democrats and Republicans Are Responsible


Seriously, this is my last post on politics..Nothing really to say, just wanted to post this for my own personal reasons..
don't forget to vote, and pray without ceasing!



"The Republican Party has engaged in a deliberate campaign of demagoguery and demonization of the poor since the days of Nixon. The poor have been pictured as being solely responsible for their own plight and government welfare programs have been accused of fostering dependency and social pathology, with little data to back up these claims and in fact, in the face of data that suggest that the opposite is true (Mollenkopf 658).

Further, the claim that the Republican welfare reformers are motivated ideologically by a worldview that holds that "limited government" is the best government (see Charles Murray's In Search of Happiness and Good Government) is belied by their continued willingness to shovel cash out the door in the form of Welfare for the Affluent and Aid to Dependent Corporations as well as their passion for tax cuts that increase deficit spending (as noted elsewhere in this paper, this converts a tax liability for the rich into a transfer payment to the rich).

Their alleged "concern" for the poor -- which is often cited as a primary reason, absent any financial considerations -- for welfare reform (e.g. see C. Murray Losing Ground) is contradicted by their refusal to consider structural issues regarding poverty (such as the issues described herein) --even those which have a foundation in classical liberal economy theory (e.g. economic regulation, urban renewal, deficit spending, and health care). Their focus is solely on the sins of the poor; there is no reflection or action upon the sins of the rich or the structures of society that oppress the poor.

This suggests that their concerns are motivated by avarice and gluttony, rather than a different vision of social justice. Their self-proclaimed "concern" for the poor is specious, self-serving, insulting, and demeaning to the poor. They are morally unprincipled louts, and it is a tragedy of historic proportions that at this critical time in the nation's history, we are cursed with such as our representatives in Congress.

Republicans have cooperated with the Democrats in extending the activities of the federal government into virtually all aspects of modern life. This has helped to create -- and is driving today -- the rapid growth of the anti-government movement, that in turn pushes the politicians into cutting poverty programs (thereby giving evidence of their "concern" for the deficit in an attempt to shift blame from the affluent to the poor for the budget deficit and to hide their party's culpability for the situation). The Republican Party is guilty of flagrant and corrupt and scandalous behavior, having been on the receiving end of billions in campaign contributions and lobbyist favors, which has been in trade for political favors received and granted. It is a situation that truly cries out to heaven for redress and justice (Shapiro 30, Toolan 7)
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"As the majority party for most of the period since the Depression, the Democrats have a grave responsibility for the many ills that afflict this nation. Democrats have made a name of themselves as the party of taxation and spending; they have not hesitated to run up a huge deficit in order to finance their pet programs. They are the party of legalized murder of unborn children.

The Democrats are as guilty of sins against the poor as the Republicans. From the beginning, their poverty programs have denied the essential dignity of the human person and have not closely connected the value of work with benefits. In conjunction with the Republicans, they have created poverty programs that are bureaucratic nightmares, managed from the top down, with little grassroots input. Their willing cooperation with the Republicans in extending the reach of the federal government into all aspects of human life, and their flagrant and open and scandalous corruption via the exchange of corporate welfare for campaign contributions and lobbyist favors, have helped create and are driving today the anti-government movement that in turn pushes the welfare abolition crusade. (The Democrats strongly opposed, for example, Reagan-era "Workfare" proposals, calling them "slave-fare", Price 225). Democratic liberals appear to have lost their original vision, and over the years have created and supported programs characterized by distant impersonal bureaucracies more interested in controlling rather than caring (Wallis 10).

They have refused to heed calls over many years (including those of the Roman Catholic Bishops of the United States) for responsible changes in the welfare and Social Security systems, and then, when faced with a "Reform" that does not ensure human dignity, which violates both subsidiarity and solidarity, and which makes things more harsh on the poor, they did not fight particularly hard against it (one would have thought, e.g., that the Democrats in Congress would have fought at least as hard against this so-called welfare reform as the racists did against the Civil Rights Act, but they didn't.)

The Democrats have been leaders in driving the churches (the Catholic Church in particular) from the public square and have fostered an absurdly rigid separation between church and state that has no real connection with the intent of the U.S. Constitution. They oppose programs like tuition vouchers that would give poor people choice in educational opportunities, and their support for abortion-on-demand has enabled the murders of millions of children, many of them from poor families. They ignore the role that microenterprise can have in helping poor people to help themselves, but they rarely see a corporate welfare check that they don't like, especially when it benefits one of their major campaign contributors. Like the Republicans, they are heartlessly exploiting the poor for their own partisan advantage (Toolan 4, 7). They are morally unprincipled louts, and it is a tragedy of historic proportions that at this critical time in the nation's history, we are cursed with such as our representatives in Congress."



Thus says the Lord: For three crimes of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke my word; because they sell the just for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals. They trample the heads of the weak into the dust of the earth and force the lowly out of the way.
Amos 2:6-8


Yes, I know how many are your crimes, how grievous your sins; oppressing the just, accepting bribes, repelling the needy at the gate! Therefore the prudent one is silent at this time, for it is an evil time.
Amos 5:12-13



Hear the word of the Lord, O house of David! Thus says the Lord: each morning dispense justice, rescue the oppressed from the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury break out like fire which burns without being quenched because of the evil of your deeds. Jeremiah 21:11-12

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Urban Verses


Location
They say I'm brave to live here-
A courageous soul, more so than most
And I believe that they intend it
As a compliment to me
But what they fail to understand
Is the grave insult implied
To those I choose to live among
If being their neighbor
Makes me a hero

Why should it be harder
For me to dwell beside
A family who differs from mine
In hue and size of paycheck
Than it is to share a street
With those who show no sympathy
For the differences and weaknesses
Of others?

What would they say
If they knew the truth-
That the suburbs with their perfect lawns
Their swimming pools and soccer moms
Terrify me
Far more than the dangers
(Real and alleged)
Of my beloved 'hood?
What would they say
If they discovered this fact-
That I am not brave at all
Just more at home
Where I can be
As broken as the next?



Urban Verses is the fruit of ten years of one California-born, Amherst-educated white-Asian woman's life, work and worship in predominantly African-American west Jackson, Mississippi. What began as short-term urban ministry "project" turned into a call to community and the building of a new life alongside the people of Jackson's Voice of Calvary Fellowship. Urban Verses explores in poetry and fiction such topics as inner-city living, reconciliation, parenthood, love, theology, and more. Retellings of biblical stories, tributes to present-day heroes, laments about crime, musings about identity and relationships -- whatever the subject, each vignette offers a contemplative glimpse into the mind and heart of a young woman of faith seeking to understand and live out God's deep concern for the city, for the poor, and for reconciliation.

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Justice For All

by Douglas C. Eltzroth

Let justice roll on like a river rushing down from Heaven’s throne
Righteousness flow on, like a never-failing stream
Let’s make it right, let’s make it fair
Let’s let love balance out the scale
Let’s make it now our fervent prayer
Justice For All

For the child born feeling lonely ‘cause she’ll never know her daddy’s name
For the victim bruised and wounded from bearing someone else’s shame
For the country taken from its people
And those taken from their native land
For the weary body for the soul down trodden
For those far away or close at hand

Let justice roll on like a river rushing down from the Father’s throne
Righteousness flow on, like a never-failing stream
Let’s make it right, let’s make it fair
Let’s let love balance out the scale
Let’s make it now our fervent prayer
Justice For All

For the widowed for the orphaned, for the weak and for the poor
For the man who's lost his dignity for the family rent and torn
For the young in prison for the lost in sin
Maybe lighter maybe darker skin
For those unloved for those unworthy
For my enemies and for my friends

Let justice roll on like a river rushing down from the Father’s throne
Righteousness flow on, like a never-failing stream
Let’s make it right, let’s make it fair
Let’s let love balance out the scale
Let’s make it now our fervent prayer
Justice For All

Frustration



As I was driving up and down the roads of my hood I could not help but notice all of the Title Loan places. Seriously, there is like 6 on the same street.( I am estimating, because I believe that there are more than that) Instead of seeing new mainstream banks we see check cashing centers. It frustrates the mess out of me to see the poor being exploited by predatory lenders!! My husband challenged me last week to start reading the book of Isaiah again as well as other old testament passage that speak on the topic at hand. In addition, he has me reading a book entitled, From Oppression to Jubilee Justice- by Lowell Noble.


I pray that the LORD give me much insight on what I can do personally to correct this problem today, because
there is no way I will place my trust in the government, a democrat, or a republican for that matter.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wait


Slam! tonight was just amazing..why?? Because the LORD has plans for these girls and it really seems that their hearts are responding...I will not write a post about tonight, I will leave that to Delta. But , I will however leave you with our worship song for the evening, it's by Lecrae and the title of the song is called Wait. Tonight's lesson was all about sexual purity!


He Answers Perfectly



One of the things that really stressed me ( in a sinful way) about us coming on staff with CGM was that I did not know what to expect. What will our neighbors be like? Just how open will my doors have to be in having others over?? How do you balance family, and ministry when ministry is sooo much of a lifestyle then a job??? ( i knew i was in sin due to my response once we moved over here..i was just not trusting the LORD)

I was in prayer for months, asking the LORD to connect us with families that have been dong this longer then us, ones who know the ropes and know somewhat to expect... I even did a Google search for many CCDA families and none of them responded..
I am saying all that to say, the LORD has brought many of you, my blogging buddies who are involved in urban ministry to encourage me! Thank you all so much for being so open and honest about your struggles in ministry..It has not only encouraged my faith but has challenged me in my selfishness. ( which goes together.LOL)

Thank you Delta for being such a humble, loving example of Jesus. Your friendship means to the world to me... I am so thankful for the LORD placing you down the street from me...Lets be rebels for JESUS and be godly examples to the world on what racial reconciliation suppose to look like. I love you sister!

Thank you Melissa, for your example of compassion. Your heart of mercy has been such a huge encouragement to me. Though we don't know know each other that well, there is so much I have learned from you just from reading your blog. What love you have shown to the world, ( trey as well) by not only living amongst those you minister to but also inviting those whom you don't know to LIVE with you. I praise GOD my sister for the work that is being done in west Dallas.


Thank you Leneita, for sharing all your wisdom with us in blogger world. Your walk with the LORD is contagious and brings HIM so much honor. I cant wait to meet you face to face next month and learn more from you!!

Zinnada, i cant wait to hear and see how the LORD will use your family as you begin this journey in urban ministry. Already, I have read that He has went before you and began to do some amazing things for His kingdom and the for the good of those in the hood!!! Stay in that word sister and watch Him move!!!

I am thankful as well for Keisha, who is serving the LORD in South Africa, Trish and Scott who have moved into the hood and are not on staff with anyone..the LORD just wanted them to go and love on the oppressed. Lastly, there is my girl Candice serving the LORD with Eikon Ministries in Memphis, Tenn.



yes, the LORD has indeed answered my prayers, having a network of ministry partners is grace from the LORD...simply something I don't deserve, but in HIS goodness He has provided the encouragement for us all..


THANK YOU JESUS

Kanye & 50 VS Ambassador & Lecrae

So, yea, you know I am a sucker for Christian Hip Hop..This video is just a reminder for you to go out and support these godly, young men as they spread the gospel through rap!

Ambassador album entitled: The Chop Chop out September 23,2008
Lecrae album entitled: Rebel due out September 30, 2008

What a blessing for us listeners to have two quality albums out within a week apart from one another! Kevin and I bought Ambassador album last night while we were out on our date! (smiling) It is soooo good!!!!!


Here is a promo video for both albums..Enjoy...& then go buy!!! :)


Lecrae & Ambassador Promo - "Rebel & The Chop Chop" from Reach Records on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Common Ground Weekly Update -September 19,2008





Here is the account of our new ministry space in detail! I am just so amazed at the LORD and the plans HE has for us!
**Pictures above I took of us outside the court house( sorry for the quality)
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We have been praying (so have many of you) that God would open up the door for us to build a ministry facility around the corner from our homes. Below is the account of how we ‘heard’ His answer.

A Quick history lesson: First of all, we spent the better part of a year trying to acquire enough land to build on. Property after property became ‘available’ only to become ‘unavailable’ again due to title problems. Finally, a mother of a teenager who had been introduced to Jesus through our ministry, donated an empty lot to us because ‘she wanted something good for the kids in our neighborhood.’ The home she owned on the lot was lost to a house fire years ago. She now lives with her mom 2 houses down. We were able to buy the adjoining lot from a wonderful family who had moved away from the community. When they become aware of what we were doing in the neighborhood they were happy to sell the lot to us. We were committed also to getting overwhelming neighborhood support for such a facility.

We have spent the better part of 2 years building relationships with and serving the precious people in and around our neighborhood. He are some examples: We have provided volunteer coaching for the football and baseball teams at Carver High School and held bible studies and meals for as many as 60 students weekly. We have provided recreational ‘fun’ for the kids wandering our streets, having baseball camps, paintball outings, a summer boy’s camp, a trip to the mountains of North Carolina for camping, a girls camp, and various other excursions. We now have after school tutoring to what has grown to 35 kids. A year ago we relocated our families into the Washington Park neighborhood and have opened up our homes to many kids and families who have become like family to us. We have had various ‘sleep over’s’ in our homes with kids we are getting to know and support our local YMCA by transporting and signing up kids for sports teams with our own children. We have also provided Christian counseling to families and kids, and starting a local Christmas store that allowed for neighborhood parents and grandparents to buy discounted new toys for 165 children. We also have begun doing housing renovations for families who could not afford to make the potentially expensive repairs to leaking roofs, dangerously faulty wiring, and bad plumbing and now hold bible studies for boys and girls age 6-19 in our homes through out the week. We have worked hard to live with and listen the desires and needs of our neighborhood. The next step was to have the property rezoned to allow us to build on it.

God ‘shows up’ through our community! We went before the city Board of Adjustment yesterday evening to plead our case to be able to build the building in a residential area, and to ask for variances on some of the ‘set backs’ and parking regulations for such a facility. Our argument was that we have a major need for such a community space, that our community wants and needs it, that our families and kids walk to the facility, or that we pick them up and bring them, and that our proposed set backs would match what is already existing in the neighborhood.
We spent the last week or so getting the word out that we needed community support to come with us to the meeting. I learned a lot about the mistrust of government as so many people told us they would sign anything we produced in support, but that they do not go to ‘meetings’! Also, we saw a number of folks tell us all along they were ‘coming’ and then not show up. As I reflected on this with one 74 year old resident, he told me that people all over this neighborhood talk about how bad it is, but that they have resigned themselves to doing nothing more. This may come as a result of the hopelessness that has set in over time. He looked at me and said, “You come by to get me and I will be here! I won’t let you down.”
We made calls all day yesterday and personal visits to remind folks about the meeting. Kevin and I drove two vans around and picked up those who said they had no way of getting to the meeting. As time got closer, I realized that some of the ‘key’ people that I thought would and should come would not be showing up. I prayed that God would bring the ones he desired to work and speak through. I called a grandmother who has care of her two grandsons due to some very sad and devastating circumstances and she said this to me. “Don’t you worry, I have already prayed and God says it will be done! You just pick-up me and my boys and we will come and do what needs to be done! This is a done deal! “
I stopped by the house of the woman who donated the land and she said, “Oh, don’t you worry, I will be there, just pick me up… and I will bring some others. That land is just sitting there and our kids need somewhere like this! Ya’ll are doing too much good in this neighborhood for them to say No!” I then called our neighborhood watch/association president and she said, “I will be there… let me make some calls and get some others there as well.”
We showed up at city hall with 22 people from the ‘hood. Kevin led us in prayer before we walked in. They Board leader called our petition to be discussed. Our architect argued our case and then they had me come to the front to answer questions. It was a little grueling, and we were challenged with a good bit of concerns the board had. One board member seemed very displeased with our request and presentation and at one point even said it seemed as if we were trying to ‘sideswipe’ them by saying we were a ‘church’, which had to do with the type of zoning we were requesting. I explained that we, as a ministry, saw ourselves as the ‘church’ in that we care about the various needs of our community, not just that which is considered spiritual only. I also explained that the very nature of our ministry was to unite the various congregations in Montgomery to serve those living on the west side of the city. They then opened the door for those from our community to speak. That is when I saw God ‘show up!’
Before the leader could even finish getting the phrase “is their anyone that would like to comment on this…” out of his mouth Mrs. Punkin was already walking up to the front!....“Yes I got some things to say!” She introduced herself rather clearly and emphatically and said, “I donated this land to them for this building and this is our neighborhood… and these are our children… this is our community, and we need something positive, and we want to build! And our kids need something like this! Bryan and Kevin having been doing a good thing in this community and our kids need a way of staying out of all the trouble”. As she turned to walk back, there were “Yes’s!” and “Uh Huh!s” and “Amen’s” and “That’s right!’s” from our crowd. Then, Mrs. Rice walked up.
“I am the Grandmother of two boys and these guys are mentoring and tutoring my grandsons. They are positive role models and doing great things for our community. Everyone is always looking down on the west side and focusing on all the negative stuff… and this is some thing positive that is going on. We need this, and we want this. “ Again, came the crowd responses, maybe even louder, during and after her testimony. Then, came Mrs. Harris.
“I am the head of the neighborhood association and watch committee and we are very much behind what these young men and this organization are doing. We have seen some great things happen in our community through this ministry and wish to show our support for this facility.”
Three more people raised their hands and were on the way up to the front to talk when one of the board members said, “I make a motion to grant the request to build and allow the variances,” and then there was an “I second” and a vote was held…. A unanimous vote in our favor! I could hardly hold back the tears. Our families applauded and we walked out overjoyed! Please celebrate with us over this and praise and thank our great God who opens doors like these.

Now, please pray for us and there is the SMALL matter of raising the $350,000 to build the facility over the next 5 months! Praise God from whom all blessings flow! May He ‘show up’ again through the generosity of His people!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Let's Build!!



" we are finna build baby, let's build!!!" is what my neighbor was saying so loudly outside and inside the Montgomery City Hall Building!
What a amazing feeling to watch my neighbors fight for their children and community!!

Friends, I cannot begin to express the love, the power, the compassion I saw today from the LORD. There were approximately 20 of us that went down to the city hall today to sit in on the city counsel meeting to determine if we, as a ministry would be able to build our new community center. Though we were up against a moderate amount of opposition, there were more that said yes, then no and we have our neighbors who came out to support to thank for that!!! A couple of them went up to the podium and spoke on behalf of the kids in our neighborhood... I mean, just thinking about it now, brings so much joy.

My heart as well is just as joyous over our kids having somewhere safe to play!! Our multipurpose center will host so many things: CGM main office space, Counseling office (you hear that "K" lol), area for dance classes as well as after school tutoring, a game room as well as a full basketball court and batting cage out doors, just to name a few!!

I am so thankful to be apart of what the LORD Is doing in our community...As we all were in the van together, I really felt as if all of my family were with me... as a matter of fact, they are my family!! It amazes me to see the favor that God has given this ministry. I tell you what... We are so excited that we get to watch HIS plan unfold!!


Please continue to pray that construction will go smoothly and that the LORD will provide the funds needed for this big project!
Thank you to all the churches that have donated to this cause, you are just a part of this as we are~



**I took pictures but they didn't come out so great..sorry

The Promise

One of the many things that I am most passionate about is women mentoring women!! My goodness!! It is just something that burns, and makes my heart beat so fast to hear stories, and readings of older (mature or more seasoned moms as I like to call them) women teaching the older women about who our GOD is!

Today I had lunch with a more seasoned mom from our church and I cannot even explain the treasures that were given to me. It was such a RICH hour fill with tears, laughter and much Jesus!! I loved every minute of it!!!!!
Anyway, one of the many questions that she asked me were, how was bible study and our time with the teen girls going. First, of all, let me just say how glad I was that she asked that question...today my heart ( my mind, emotions and will) was just in the unknown about some things.. Anyway, I was praying the other day and I specifically asked the LORD to teach me what to think about all this.. I submit to HIS authority in serving him through serving these girls, but something was just not right.. I just could not put my hands on what my issue was..

She then begin to remind me of what God told Abram in Genesis as well as in Hebrews.

Just like Abram, I should trust in the Lord's promises. . Abram was obedient to what GOD told him to do. His trust was not in himself, his words, BUT his TRUST was in knowing that OUR GOD is FAITHFUL and will fulfill EVERY PROMISE that he has said.

John Piper in a sermon on Hebrews 11:7-12 says, "Abraham's faith as "not knowing where he is going" when he set out. In other words, part of the inner response of faith is sometimes perplexity and uncertainty about the details of God's call on our lives. Verse 10a says that the reason Abraham lived in tents instead of building a city was that "he was looking for the city . . . whose architect and builder is God." Faith focuses not on present reward and prosperity, but on God and what he has promised to do. That is its basic reality: it fixes its gaze not on the negative circumstances or the human risks, but on the reality that God will build according to his promises."

This was and at many times is my frustration with ministry.... I know God's call but not the details. Oh, how at times I want to know all the details.... Just as I heard today, my assurance should be in the things hoped for...
Hope of not hearing another girl in our group is pregnant before marriage, hope of not hearing of a abortion (which I believe one is on the verge of getting next week..please pray!!!!!) Hope of the LORD opening their eyes to the reality of their need of HIM....

".....Another thing that I love that Piper says is, "...But they look not to themselves in this uncertainty but to the faithfulness of God and to the kind of thing God can build, and not man. The battle belongs to the Lord. And faith does not focus on all the unknowns and brood over how uncertain things are. Faith lifts up its eyes to the city whose builder and maker is God. It sings the phrase, "ponder anew what the Almighty can do, if with his love he befriend thee." It joins Sarah and considers him faithful who has promised."



In God's word, there are sooo many promises for myself and these girls!!! The last encouraging thing she reminded me of was that Abraham did not live to see the promise of having many descendants. He did not have to live in order to TRUST THE LORD, HE Didn't have to SEE the PROMISE in ORDER to believe that the LORD Would do as HE said.. Abraham just trusted and believed that the LORD would do just as HE said!

wow... what freedom! Talk about provoking one to service, this today, did it for me. :)



Hebrews 11:7-12
By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. 8 By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; 10 for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised; 12 therefore, also, there was born of one man, and him as good as dead at that, as many descendants as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Jesus For President



This guy challenges my faith every time I read or hear from him. I love his stance on radical living, and social injustice. I am really looking forward to hearing from him at the CCDA conference this year!







"Too often the patriotic values of pride and strength triumph over the spiritual values of humility, gentleness, and sacrificial love."
We in the church are schizophrenic: we want to be good Christians, but deep down we trust that only the power of the state and its militaries and markets can really make a difference in the world.
Rather than placing our hope in a transitional church that embodies God's kingdom, we assume America is God's hope for the world, even when it doesn't look like Christ."


".....the question is not are we political, but how are we political. Not are we relevant, but are we peculiar? The answer lies in how we embody what we believe. Our greatest challenge is to maintain the distinctiveness of our faith in a world gone mad. And all of creation waits, groans, for a people who live God’s dream with fresh imagination."










"If you want to know what we believe, watch how we live"

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Deepest Longings of Human Hearts Pt 1

Longing for Joy in the writings of C. S. Lewis

"Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing". C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Macmillan, 1960), 120




"God has set eternity in the hearts of men" (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

People are made for the eternal and therefore cannot be ultimately satisfied by the temporal. We long for a future world of justice, purity and joy—and a King who will bring all of those. We therefore cannot be happy with the present world of injustice, impurity and suffering. True joy comes in anticipating, and living now in light of, the world yet to come and that world's King, who made us for Himself. He who made for another world is making that other world for us (John 14:2-3).

"A longing fulfilled is a tree of life." (Proverbs 13:12)

Longing for a Person

"My soul thirsts for Thee, my flesh yearns for Thee, in a dry and weary land where there is no water." (Ps. 63:1)

"In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and the Desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord Almighty" (Haggai 2:6-7).

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)

Longing for a Place

"All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them." (Hebrews 11:13-16)

"Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life." (2 Corinthians 5:2-4)


Randy Alcorn

Laying Down My Burdens


I feel so heavy tonight for so many reasons. My heart aches for those around me who don't know the LORD .
After tonight's, bible study( that we normally have on WED. but decided to have tonight due to it being one of the girls birthday) I literally left feeling as if I had just been in a fight. (spiritually drained!!) There were so many lies being said, and believed. So much arrogance, so much foolishness.. Yet, I wept, because I was reminded quickly that which I was feeling was not even close to what our SAVIOR went through as HE lived a consistant life in sharing TRUTH with lost sheep. How do you trust the LORD with the harden hearts of another?? When do you stop pleading with others to TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD???? When you see the Lord's resources being taken advantage of, what do you do ( if any thing)???? I am so at a lost for words right now, I don't know where to begin...
Every day at 10am, my clock goes off on my phone to remind me to pray for all the girls that are apart of our teen bible study...
( did I forget to mention we are up to about 10 girls now!!!!)
would you please join me at 10am EVERYDAY in asking the LORD to have compassion, mercy and grace on these girls. Pray that they would not wonder around as lost sheep without a shepherd, but that they would come to know the one who makes them lie down in green pastures and wants to lead them beside still waters.

oh, Lord, please give their souls the rest it was created to have.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

A Thousand Questions

Today, my husband and I, along with the Kelly's attended the missions conference at Frazier Methodist Church. It was amazing! As, I write this post , my heart burns and beats even faster as I am reminded at how refreshing, and encouraging it is to think about the call the LORD has placed over both of our families.. I am so, so very thankful, and thankful( smiling) as well as humbled that the LORD would want to use our family for such a call..The video below blew me away, and even now has me in tears... I just love Jesus, and people!! I just want to say thank you JESUS for this calling for choosing to use Kevin and I to reach the lost. For choosing to use all of us, missionaries everywhere to show a dying world your heart for them! Would you thank Jesus with me..
Turn up your computers, listen and may your hearts burn for this dying world


Isaiah 6:8
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
(**Dont forget to scroll all the way down and turn the music player off)


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Christ Is All She Needs



Deuteronomy 10:18
"He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing"


As I sit in my home this afternoon, I cant help but to think about all the adults, and children the LORD has brought into our home. I am so, so, humbled over the privilege to know so many of our neighbors. I feel so unworthy when I look into many of their faces, as they reflect HIS image back to us. You remember "B" (Alberta) I was telling you about....Well, I just got word yesterday that the custody battle for her is somewhat drawing close to an end..The courts have awarded her REAL family custody and they will come to remove her from the family down the street...Even as I type this I cant keep back the tears...why LORD, why???

Anyway, I was thinking she may not be the first, the first who will come into our lives and leave due to some custody battle, drugs, gangs, ect...There is so much we don't know about, there are sooo many others the LORD may bring into our paths..this situation just really gave me a even clearer vision of who the LORD is and wants to continue to be for "B".

Though I am sad, I rejoice over the LORD being a father to the fatherless. Having the privilege of this little girl gracing our home have helped me to see the LORD feed, clothe, and comfort the fatherless. Because of knowing her, my FAITH has been challenged, and even more strengthen in what the scriptures teaches on Matthew 6. Though this little girl family left her abandoned to a even more unstable situation, we have witnessed the LORD provided so much happiness for her, amidst difficult times. Only the LORD could do something like this, only the Ancient of Days!!

B's situation is not about me, and its not about our ministry. But, it is so much more about God's glory. This is the way HE has ordained to be glorified through her life. Man, that brings so much comfort to my little heart. Because it has to be HIM that will take care of her..does He not promise that in Psalm 10..."The LORD is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land....
.....You hear, O LORD." Not only does God see...but He hears. "O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry. You defend the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more." God cares. God is involved. I agree with a friend that says..."we have a God who sees, a God who cares, and a God who hears the cries of the afflicted, a God who is a helper to the fatherless, a God who ministers grace to the oppressed in times of need.So we sing. We sing a song of confidence in God's triumph over evil."

I sure am going to miss opening up my front door to hear a raspy, deep, voice and lips that smack saying, "uhhhh, Miss Nicole, can I uhhh play wif Kaiya, huh..whut cha doin in dar" :)




Jesus will meet my deepest need . . .
Water for those who are thirsty
Bread for the hungry
Strength for the weak
Righteousness for the sinful
Healing for the wounded
Forgiveness for the guilty
Rest for the weary
A friend for the lowly
Fullness for the empty
Joy for the grieving
Peace for the troubled heart
Beauty for the scarred

He is . . .
Direction for those who don't know which way to go
Home for the rejected
Love for the unloved
Father for the fatherless
Husband for the widow
Freedom for those who have lost their way
A refuge for the fearful
Hope for the discouraged
Fruitfulness for those who are barren
Life for those who are dead

Christ is all I need
.
-Author Unknown



Kaiya and Alberta 2nd day of school ( Kaiya-Kindergarten; Berta- Preschool) Sept. 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008

Eternity

Many of you know that I started a blog about my Infertility struggles.. I would love for you to read this post from today..I really am excited about the work the LORD is doing in my heart. There is fullness of JOY in the presence of the LORD, and embracing what HIS PLANS are!

Please, allow me to encourage you to embrace all of life's hardships today...now tell me that when you hear me complain :)

This Week In The News





Check out Delta's blog on a story that was written about a local church and their service to our ministry!

Oh, did I mention that the two above are now stars...their pictures were posted in the article, be sure to browse through the slide show :)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

God's Rule Over The Nations



I never thought I would do a post about this.... BUT, today is a new day and I would like to keep a record of what the LORD is doing in my heart on such issues
I was talking to my husband the other day just about how much of a struggle this election is for me....yes, its a struggle...
I really don't know who I will vote for..There are so many issues that I have strong convictions over. Like, I am blown away at how everyone around me seems to have it all together with their preference on who our next president should be..In my heart, I look at the democratic side and see so much of what I believe in. The Democrats have a good stance when it comes to taking care of the poor, standing up for social injustice, and some of the other issues we saw with the civil rights era of our time. On the other hand,I can very much agree with the Republican side on the sanctity of marriage, abortion-pro life issues, and such.

Aghhh....yes, its a struggle because I am trying so hard to find a balance, but clearly there IS NOT one. Unfortunately, out of Obama, and McCain, there is NO PERFECT NOMINEE and there will never be one that will have all his T's crossed and his I's dotted. My only hope during this election is to TRUST THE LORD with the nations. I really have to PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER who I vote for and TRUST the LORD with whomever HE decides to place into office.

Jerry Bridges in his book trusting God says, "God is LORD over human history, and He is working out all the details of that history, as Paul said in Ephesians 1:11, "in conformity with the purpose of his will." That is God makes all events of history all the decisions of rulers, kings, and parliaments; and all the actions of their government's, armies, and navies serve His will....
...I fear that Christians in this country have too great a confidence in political institutions...[rather] than of the government of God"

John Newton (1725-1801) once said," The kings of the earth are continually disturbing the world with their schemes of ambition. They expect to carry every thing before them, and have seldom any higher end in view, than the gratification of their own passions. But in all they do, they are but servants of this great King and Lord, and fulfill his purposes, as the instruments he employs to inflict, prescribe punishment upon transgressors against him, or to open a way for the spread of his Gospel...They had one thing in view, he had another."

REAL TALK: It is GOD who ordains rulers, it is GOD who controls decisions, and it is the LORD who determines military victories. No matter who wins this election as Christians we HAVE to believe that the LORD is SOVEREIGN. After we have fulfilled our responsibility( VOTING with a CLEAR CONSCIOUS in FAITH) in God's plan for our country we have to believe that the LORD Is in control.


SCRIPTURES TO PONDER:

Daniel 4:17,32
'The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men.'..

"You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes."

Proverbs 16:33
"The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord."

1 Kings 12
1 Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all the Israelites had gone there to make him king. 2 When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard this (he was still in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), he returned from Egypt. 3 So they sent for Jeroboam, and he and the whole assembly of Israel went to Rehoboam and said to him: 4 "Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you." 5 Rehoboam answered, "Go away for three days and then come back to me." So the people went away. 6 Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. "How would you advise me to answer these people?" he asked. 7 They replied, "If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants." 8 But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. 9 He asked them, "What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, 'Lighten the yoke your father put on us'?" 10 The young men who had grown up with him replied, "Tell these people who have said to you, 'Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make our yoke lighter'--tell them, 'My little finger is thicker than my father's waist. 11 My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.'" 12 Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, "Come back to me in three days." 13 The king answered the people harshly. Rejecting the advice given him by the elders, 14 he followed the advice of the young men and said, "My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions." 15 So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from the Lord, to fulfill the word the Lord had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite."

Psalms 33
16" No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. 17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. 18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, 19 to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. 20 We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. 21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. 22 May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you."

Psalm 44
1 We have heard with our ears, O God; our fathers have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago. 2 With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our fathers; you crushed the peoples and made our fathers flourish. 3 It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them. 4 You are my King and my God, who decrees victories for Jacob. 5 Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes. 6 I do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory;






"As we look at the condition of the world today, so utterly hostile to the Gospel, we must also look at the sovereignty of God and at His promises. He has promised to redeem people from every nation, and He has commanded us to make disciples of all nations. We must, then, trust God by praying." J.B

Friday, September 5, 2008

SLAM! Pictures

Enjoy the random fun pics of our time before bible study! Please continue to pray for all these girls (smiling) we love them so much!
In Case you missed what SLAM! stood for, read about it here


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Showing Hospitality



I read this sometime ago on the Girl Talk blog and thought it was soo convicting, yet, good for my spirit to read. I just want to give my life away unselfishly, without complaint, with a clear conscious, for God's glory and the good of others. Enjoy Friends!




“Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work.” 1 Timothy 5:9-10


A picture is sometimes worth a thousand words, and so is a real-life illustration. To consider our second good work of hospitality, I want to share the following story from Edith Schaeffer’s life, found in her book, The Hidden Art of Homemaking.

"There was a railroad running through the town, Grove City, where Fran [Edith’s husband, Francis Schaeffer] was pastor after he graduated from Seminary. Often hobos or tramps—rather derelict-looking older men, unshaven and ragged of clothing, who traveled by riding on the bottom of freight cars, or hidden inside an empty one—came to our back door asking, “Cup of coffee, ma’am, and maybe some bread?”
“Wait a minute,” I’d reply, “just sit down there, I’ll fix you something.” It was too dangerous to invite such a stranger in, alone with small children; but it would have been wrong to send him away.
I would get out a tray, put the kettle on, and look in the fridge for some left-over soup. Into a small pan would go the soup, with the gas on under it. I would cut bread, enough for two big sandwiches (not too thin, he’ll be hungry) and wonder what sort of a home he had had when he was a little boy—and wonder who he is, or whether maybe he is an angel in disguise!.... A diagonal cut through the first sandwich showed red tomato and green lettuce attractively displayed in the slash. The walnuts crunched as the knife went diagonally through the second sandwich. Alternating these four triangles on a lovely dinner plate came next, with pickle trim on one, and parsley on the other. Now for the steaming hot soup left over from our lunch. I would put a good bowl of this on the tray, and the children would help me fix a tiny bouquet of flowers nested in an ivy leaf.
“What’ll he think of all that, Mummy?” Priscilla would ask with big, wondering eyes.
“Well, perhaps he’ll remember something in his past—perhaps he had a very nice home once, where he had meals prepared for him. Anyway, he’ll stop and think, and we’ll give him this little Gospel of John to read while he is eating. He can take it away with him and, who knows, perhaps he’ll do a lot of thinking, and some day, believe. Anyway, he may realize we care something about him as a person, and that’s important.”
Priscilla would hold the screen door open as I took it out, and watch his surprised face as he saw the tray.
“For me? Is this for me?”
“Yes, and the coffee will be ready in a minute, eat the soup first. This Gospel is for you, too. Take it with you. It really is very important.”
All this for a tramp? Flower arrangements for a tramp on a rainy day? Why? Is it worth it? Is it just romantic? Does he even notice? If the Bible is true, this is the way to be doing something “unto Jesus”, and at times perhaps to entertain an angel.”
“What a waste of time!” some might remark. But the ‘waste’ is what brings forth the most amazing results, many of which are hidden from us in this life.” (Taken from Hidden Art by Edith Schaeffer. Copyright © 1977 by Tyndale House Publishers. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.)


Now, I’m no Edith Schaeffer. Not even close. And with sharing this story, I’m definitely not encouraging any woman to offer a strange man hospitality when you are alone. Mrs. Schaeffer’s illustration takes place in a different time and age.

However, I am inspired by her story. I’m inspired to show hospitality as an extension of my husband’s ministry. I’m inspired to open my home to those who need to hear the gospel. And I’m inspired to put in the extra effort to make my meals attractive and tasty. Not because it’s romantic or sentimental--as Mrs. Schaeffer points out--but because it can bring glory to the gospel. For this reason, I want to follow Mrs. Schaeffer’s example and excel in the good work of hospitality. I hope you’re inspired by her story too.

SLAM!



Yes, SLAM! (S.imple. L.ife C.hanging Applicable M.essages) that is the title that we are using for our Wednesday Night teen bible study..
The name came from the bible lessons through Tasty Faith that we are using. Thanks for praying for us last night, SLAM! was sooo good! I will post pictures later, BUT for now , enjoy the pic's below from our crochet lesson!!!














Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Tasty Faith, yum!


Delta and I are extremely excited about tomorrows teen girl bible study! Well.... we are excited because we have just ordered some NEW BIBLE study materials that where created for the Urban Youth. WE are using Tasty Faith. In 2001, TastyFaith.com was founded to help urban youth leaders create a craving for Christ with high-risk and disadvantaged city youth. Since curriculum and resources for urban youth outreach are scarce, a volunteer urban youth worker in Chicago donated her time and talent to create lessons that were culturally relevant to city youth. These lessons were first used at an outreach program in Chicago's Cabrini Green Projects called SLAM. While the outreach program went through several transitions and stopped using the curriculum, the SLAM! lessons for urban outreach continued to be developed, meeting a greater need nationwide.

As far as the name goes,TastyFaith is a memorable way to remind us all to crate a craving for Christ in those we minister to...and that's exactly what D and I are hoping will happen with these girls. The first curriculum we will try out is Slam! 2 Teen Handbook entitled Da Yum Yums & Dum Dums .The 10 lessons in this workbook cover tasty scripture and the consequences of dumb sin.


Sometime in the future, we talked about beginning a separate one on one time ( these girls would still continue meeting with the group) with two of the girls that just had babies. What's exciting about this study is the content. The name of this book is called Life After Birth. Life After Birth is great for one-on-one mentoring as well as outreach programs for non-churched teen mothers of all backgrounds.

Chapters Include:
Intro: I never owned a diaper bag
1. But I chose life!
2. The baby steps of forgiveness
3. The lowdown on loneliness
4. From wild child to raising one
5. Like mother, like daughter
6. The wages of sin are stretchmarks
7. Your choices, your child’s future

I am telling you, the LORD is something else!! I am just amazed how HE has really went before us and provided all that we NEED and all that these girls would NEED to know who is IS!!! My prayer is that these girls would realized that because they were worth dying for, HE IS SO MUCH MORE WORTH LIVING FOR (thanks Tripp Lee :)
Delta and I are so humbled that the LORD would want to use us, I mean really, we are so not worthy of this calling....

We appreciate so much all of your prayers and we would like for you to continue to pray that the LORD become so real to them and that HE WILL CONTINUE TO REVEAL HIMSELF. We will begin at 6pm, please pray for us during that time :)



Monday, September 1, 2008

Wisdom Beyond Her Years

Speechless and encouraged! ...Read this for yourself

Teach 'em Tay!

Happy Monday Friends!!
Last week in our time with the teen girls, we decided to not have bible study and teach some skill or hobby the girls would enjoy. We have decided that once a month we will stop our formal bible lessons and teach some homemaking skill. Last week we learned how to Crochet..Thanks to my friend TAY who is just a DOMESTIC DIVA! This girl sows, (like foreal...she taught me how to sow curtains for my house, it was a lot of work..thanks tay!!!) is badd at couponing (which is something else she is discipling me in!!!), and she has a HUGE HEART for CHILDREN and BIBLICAL WOMANHOOD, so it was only the LORD who providentially allowed Delta and I to take the girls to her home to learn much from her. The girls responses to crocheting was so exciting! They really enjoyed their time at tay's, a lot of them are still working on their blankets, or scarfs as of today! Thanks again tay for opening up your home and for giving these girls a picture of TITUS 2 and Proverb 31. We plan on returning in a couple of weeks for a follow up lesson. Next month we will partake in a cooking lesson! I plan on posting pictures soon, but for now, enjoy the picture of my blanket! My husband laughs at me every time he sees me with my pinky up needling away!! lol