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

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Fight Of My Life


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

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

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

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



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


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


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

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

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

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

"What Is This"



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

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

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

[b-section]

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




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

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Guard Yourself With Gratitude

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

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

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

--John Piper



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



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

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



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

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

Improving Race Relations: An Interview with John Perkins

Sooooo worth the 57 minutes it took to film!

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

Monday, November 24, 2008

CGM VIDEO

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

Enjoy!



WORD Of The Day

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


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


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


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


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

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Common Ground Weekly Update -November 21, 2008

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDIES

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

Middle SCHOOL BOYS

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

DAY ONE WITH THE YOUNG GIRLS

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


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


We 
(the
 Kelly’s 
and 
the 
King’s) 
had 
the
 privilege 
of 
being
 a
part 
of 
a 
wedding 
of 
some 
friends 
of 
ours 
that
 live 
in 
the
 Gibbs
Village
 housing 
projects. 
Kevin
 was
 a
 groomsman, 
Nicole 
was 
the 
wedding
 coordinator ,
my
 4
 year‐old
 son 
Ethan
 was 
a 
bible
toter/ring
bearer, 
Kaiya 
was 
a 
flower
girl, 
and 
I 
had 
the 
honor 
of 
co‐officiating 
it
 with the
 pastor 
of 
the
 church 
they 
had 
recently
joined 
(a
HUGE
 life 
change! )
 We 
have 
known 
this 
family 
for 
over 
2 
years 
now 
and 
love
 them
 dearly. 
 I 
have 
had
 the 
joy 
of 
doing
some
 marriage 
and
 personal
 counseling
 with 
the m
over 
the 
years .
 It 
is 
a 
blessing
 that 
they 
have 
granted 
us 
such
 a
 place
 in 
their 
lives. 
We 
have 
seen
 God 
do 
amazing 
things 
with 
them.
We
 had a 
blast
 at 
the 
wedding
 and 
reception.


INVITED TO A PARTY

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

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

TIME WITH PROSTITUTES

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

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

Psalm 34:3,
The Kellys and The Kings

Friday, November 21, 2008

Living On The Front Porch

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

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

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






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

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Gospel Is Contagious!



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


TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!!

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

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




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

Monday, November 17, 2008

A King and A Kingdom

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


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

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

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

(chorus)

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

One Hood Celebration!

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

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
















Ebony and Ivory


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

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




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

Sunday, November 16, 2008

She Told Two Friends..WATCH VIDEO FIRST

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





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

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



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

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


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

Thursday, November 13, 2008

He Brought Me From A Mighty Long Way


( my old high school picture)


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

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

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

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

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





Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Use Her Lord



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

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

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

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

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







Being Poor

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


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

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

Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away.

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

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

Being poor is living next to the freeway.

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

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

Being poor is off-brand toys.

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

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

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

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

Being poor is Goodwill underwear.

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

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

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

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

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

Being poor is an overnight shift under florescent lights.

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

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

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

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

Being poor is believing a GED actually makes a difference.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Being poor is needing that 35-cent raise.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Being poor is knowing you're being judged.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Being poor is a lumpy futon bed.

Being poor is knowing where the shelter is.

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

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

Being poor is seeing how few options you have.

Being poor is running in place.

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

Monday, November 10, 2008

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

Friday, November 7, 2008

What Is Really Going On Church????


John 16:33
"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."



THIS is my final and last post on politics... Today was the toughest day thus far for me. I believe it was my first real day out sense the election ended. Again, I did not care to much for either candidate, so just image what I have been hearing.. I hear it from my reform, evangelical friends for not voting for McCain then I hear it from my culture for not voting for Obama. None of that mattered to me, as you know from previous post... I was going to base my vote on what I believe the scriptures talked about...and clearly there was no common ground with either one of them..What is done is done people...I guess I am in tears and hurt because of all the hatred I am seeing the come forth out of the heart of those that profess Christ.... some white evangelicals are upset because we have liberal as president, ( which I understand).. many black evangelicals are happy because as a culture, we have read about and many of us still alive have witnessed many die to have the right to drink from the same water fountain, vote, work the same jobs, eat in the same restaurants, attend the same schools..so to see someone that looks like us in the white house is very emotional.( WHICH I AM TOTALLY UNDERSTANDING!!) But where did all the animosity come from, I walk into work today and those that use to be quick to speak to me did not....they walk pass me as if i am not even there... I get stares I have never gotten before, I have had the most ignorant comments that could ever be said, said to me... One person (A CHRISTIAN!!) made a comment that the reason that many blacks voted for Obama was so that they could sit at home all day and not have to work.. OR to say, "IF YOU VOTED FOR Him then, I dont think you are A CHRISTIAN!" wow...really....hmmmmm
I need to leave that alone...JESUS PLEASE HOLD MY TONGUE!!

I guess I am saying all this to say, I am hurt, and sad...Did Jesus not warn us that things in this world would get to this point?? DO we not read our bibles anymore?? Now, I am not saying that just because Obama got the positron he got that mean we are going into judgement..baby, America has been in judgement for sometime now.... it amazes me how as a church we are quick to say that we, as America is a christian nation when we are just as pagan as we want to be..lets not talk about how the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer..

I just want us to look at things through the eyes of scripture and not from our own feble vision...the LORD knows what HE is doing...When did it become ok for believers to bash/slander those that the LORD ORDAINED to place in authority over them???
After being at work today, at a christian school I might add...I left so discouraged realizing, LORD as a body, as your CHURCH we still have a long way to go....its funny how the LORD has used this election to reveal to the church the state that their heart is in, forget about america...
I leave you with a couple of things to think about... i recieved this email from one of the elders wives at my church, it came from the headmaster from a christian school here in North Alabama. I pray that that the LORD uses this to bless you and change your way of thinking.....
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"DADDY, IS THAT THE BAD MAN??"



Depending on your political views you will react to Barack Obama's election with excitement as in "Hurray, our country can now move forward with much needed change!" or with dread and resignation as in "Oh no, his election portends our country's continued moral, political, and cultural decline!" Given that most of my readers are evangelical Christians, I suspect the latter reaction is more common.
Be careful. Your children/grandchildren are watching, your students are watching, and an unbelieving world is watching.
Let me share a story with you. When my oldest daughter was about seven or eight years old I remember walking past the den and hearing my daughter pointing at the TV and asking with big saucer eyes, "daddy, is that the bad man?!" She was anxiously pointing at President Clinton.
A piercing pang of guilt shot through my soul. I realized that through my verbal editorializing during news casts that I had taught my daughter to fear and dishonor the President of the United States in direct violation of what the Scriptures teach: "Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor." (1Pe 2:17)
When Peter wrote those words, Nero was the emperor of Rome. If Peter could encourage the early Christians to honor the man that was feeding them to lions and impaling them upon poles and burning them alive to light his gardens, then surely we can pray for and honor our new President notwithstanding our political views.
Let me suggest that we have a wonderful opportunity to bear a great testimony to the transforming power of the Gospel in how we respond to the election.

1. Pray for our new President and mean it.
(I Peter 2:17; Romans 13:1) The Scriptures do not differentiate for whom we pray.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior... (1Ti 2:1-3)

2. Pray for our country.
Although the structures and policies of government have a profound impact for good or evil, it is the character of individual citizens that ultimately determines the character of any country. More than a good president, we need powerful faithful pulpits, godly families, and strong Christian schools. Pray that the Lord's Spirit will blow throughout our land bring with Him revival and deep rooted reformation.

3. Verbally express due honor to the Office of the President and to the man who occupies it.
It is perfectly legitimate, in fact necessary, to express opposition to those values and policies that are clearly in violation of biblical teaching. It is not legitimate to herald vindictive and mean spirited abuse at anyone, including the President Elect.
I can think of no better example than David. Even though King Saul was pursuing David to imprison or kill him, David responded by honoring his persecutor because of the office he held.
And the men of David said to him, "Here is the day of which the LORD said to you, 'Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.'" Then David arose and stealthily cut off a corner of Saul's robe.
And afterward David's heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul's robe. He said to his men, "The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD's anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the LORD's anointed."
So David persuaded his men with these words and did not permit them to attack Saul ... Afterward David also arose and went out of the cave, and called after Saul, "My lord the king!" And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the earth and paid homage ... Behold, this day your eyes have seen how the LORD gave you today into my hand in the cave. And some told me to kill you, but I spared you. I said, 'I will not put out my hand against my lord, for he is the LORD's anointed.' ... As soon as David had finished speaking these words to Saul ... Saul lifted up his voice and wept. He said to David, "You are more righteous than I, for you have repaid me good, whereas I have repaid you evil. (1Sa 24:4-17)
Notice the impact of David's response on Saul. David's demonstration of trust in God and respect for the authority that God had sovereignly appointed had a profound impact on Saul. David's response gave great testimony to the power of God's Spirit and was used by God to instruct the King.
David's example comes down through the millennia to instruct us on how we should respond. As a Christian community we have the same opportunity. Instead of moaning, complaining, predicting the apocalypse, the end of civilization as we know it and verbally assailing and demeaning the President Elect, we have the opportunity to show watching students and a watching world that Christians can disagree without being disagreeable. We can oppose bad policy and evil without being vindictive, mean-spirited, and disrespectful.

4. Use the election to teach your students how to work through the various policy issues from a biblical perspective--not from a Democratic or a Republican one.
On a survey we once conducted, a student wrote the following: "Republican = Christian? Where does that come from?" That thinking student understood that some teachers where implicitly teaching that Republican political philosophy and policy were equivalent with biblical Christianity.
That is false. There are points of Biblical connection with both Republican and Democratic policies. Neither Party has a corner on truth or virtue.
Sound doctrine transcends political ideology, party affiliation, and cultural and ethnic identification. In this sense, Christianity is always trans-political and trans-cultural.

5. Instead of always protesting what is wrong, offer solutions and prepare our students to do the same.

Unfortunately, much of our cultural dilemma results from the failure of Christians to cultivate a Christian mind, and the result has been the abandonment of most fields of knowledge to those with a secular mind. This abandonment takes two forms: either withdrawal from public debate as it concerns the formation of public policy because we are ill equipped to offer an effective and relevant alternative; or worse, Christians who are involved in public debate are so secular in their thinking that their recommendations represent only slight modifications to secular proposals. In other words, instead of the Christian evangelizing his culture, he has been evangelized by it. Because many Christians have failed to cultivate a Christian Mind (in part due to a lack of instruction from church leaders), many believers are unaware of just how secular their thinking has become.
This is a particularly relevant point in light of the increased political activity of the religious right. In reaction to the rapid erosion of ethics and morality in our country, many Christians have taken up the call to be salt and light by active involvement in the political process. This is a good and vital part of any effort at cultural reform. But a note of caution is in order. As Christians, we must not confuse Christian principles with conservative Republican (or Democratic) politics. They are not the same thing. We must be careful not to confuse theology with ideology, as biblical theology always transcends any particular ideology. Although it can be reasonably argued that portions of the current Republican platform reflect biblical principles-for example, its opposition to abortion-this does not mean to think Christianly is to think like a conservative Republican. There are instances where elements of biblical truth can be found in the platform or the candidates of either party.
Thus, the Christian who wishes to function as salt and light in his culture must devote himself to the study of Scripture and seek through that study to properly interpret all of life. Once having achieved a measure of understanding, he is better prepared to make application of what he has learned to his home, his church, his vocation, and to his civic responsibilities. It should be added that this is not to imply that his knowledge must be exhaustive or that each believer must be a scholar.
Nor does it mean that he refuses to participate in public discourse until he believes he has a complete comprehension of his theology or of any given issue. Learning is a lifelong task. Since we are created as finite beings, exhaustive knowledge is beyond our grasp. Although certain knowledge is possible, exhaustive knowledge is not. Therefore, the challenge of the believer is to seek to simultaneously increase his knowledge while diligently applying that which he already knows. This is then the theological component of our Christianity, and it is the foundation upon which the relational component is built …
Moreover, the absence of viable alternatives puts the Christian in the position of always criticizing, attacking and tearing down. For example, when school based "health" clinics are proffered as the solution to teenage pregnancy, the Christian community finds itself aggressively opposing their implementation-and rightly so. Unfortunately, criticism in the absence of alternatives creates an atmosphere in which the Christian community, instead of being viewed as a constructive force in the community, is viewed as a bunch of uncaring obstructionists who do not care about the health of teenagers. We protest such accusations as unfair, but such attitudes are in part understandable if all we have to offer is criticism. It is here, at the policy level that Christian scholars from every discipline can contribute in a tangible way to the reclamation of the culture. Frequently, Christians who are seeking to arrest the implementation of harmful and immoral programs often find themselves at the mercy of a secular establishment armed with research, which "proves" their position. Although much of the research is less than conclusive or is even faulty, it nevertheless adds credence to whatever policy is being proffered.
Consequently, the Christian community finds itself in a noncompetitive position in the marketplace of ideas and by default relinquishes policy formation to the secular establishment. A case in point is provided by the necessity of this writer relying almost exclusively on secular research to demonstrate that as currently constituted, "values-free" sex education and family planning programs are ineffective and inappropriate responses to escalating rates of teenage pregnancy. Fortunately, some of the researchers within the family planning establishment itself have cited the failures (on solely pragmatic grounds), thus giving us a fighting chance. This is not always the case.
As a practical point, the development of distinctly Christian think tanks, which combine the skills of theologians from various orthodox persuasions, the expertise of Christian scholars from many different disciplines, and the practical insight of the policy analyst and those experienced in the "realities" of the political process would be of inestimable value in assisting the Christian community in its role as salt and light.

6. Celebrate the moral progress that his election represents.
"What, moral progress with the election of a President who aggressively supports abortion rights and gay marriage?" Yes.
Although by most measures the United States is in moral decline, the election of an African-American president reflects significant moral progress on the racial front. Christians should celebrate this achievement and recognize it publicly, not withstanding other legitimate moral concerns.
Celebrating progress on one moral front does not imply endorsement of the President Elect's positions on other social issues.
As Christians, we should, we must, be intelligent and thoughtful enough to celebrate the good while addressing the wrong. The fact that our country has elected an African-American president should be an occasion to celebrate this momentous achievement with those with whom we may disagree on most every other issue. We should model this attitude for our children, our students, and a watching world.
Imagine, if you will, how this must feel to millions of African-American families and to their young children. African-American mothers and fathers can now turn to their children and say, "In America, you can be anything you wish to be if you are willing to work for it." Is that not something that we would want every parent to be able to say to every child?


7. Remember that "for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose."
The church of Christ is the focal point of history, with Christ being preeminent. God superintends the affairs of men in such a way as to establish genuine free moral agency and personal responsibility, for the good of His people, and for His glory. Ultimately, this election is for our good and God's glory. This does not mean that everything that occurs will be good but God promises to work all things together for the good of His people.
Pray, rest in God's wise providence, respect those in authority, work for what is right, model dignity in word and deed before your students and teach them how to think, how to love, and how to Glorify the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Praying for the Alexanders

God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform; He plants His footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines of never-failing skill, He treasures up His bright designs, and works His sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take, the clouds ye so much dread, are big with mercy, and shall break In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust Him for His grace; Behind a frowning providence, He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast, unfolding every hour; The bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err, and scan his work in vain; God is His own interpreter, and He will make it plain.



PLEASE, Please, join me in praying for the Alexanders. My heart aches at this hour as I joyously carry this burden for my sweet friends...I am not sure what the LORD is doing, but I know that this is the perfect opportunity for us as a body to cry out to the LORD on behalf of precious Abe. Would you please join me everyday at 12pm to pray for this family. Please take the time to visit their blog and leave many showers of blessings


Thank you

2 Chron. 14:11
".....And Asa scried to the Lord his God, “O Lord, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O Lord our God, tfor we rely on you,"

Monday, November 3, 2008

Reality

"And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace."-Jeremiah 29:7



Below is a picture of what my husband found out in our front yard. No, I am not talking about the candle I got for FREE at BATH AND BODY WORKS that has my home smelling oh, so good! (Thanks Delta!!) I am talking about the shell from a 45 Winchester auto...not really sure if that came from the gun fight we heard last week..or from a woman who had just got our of jail and was trying to kill her ex boyfriend in our yard...


I sat at home that day and thought.."Wow...this is our reality.....this is not a book I am reading, this is not some hollywood movie I am watching..this is real life for us"

whatever the case..I need to pray more for my city, and in that praying I believing the LORD hears and he will do all that HE has promied to bring many to himself. I love the heart and this quote from a new dear friend of mine when she says " I cant wait to see the day my family and yours will be out of a job because of the work the LORD has done in our hood"

I hope I quoted her correctly...oh what a day that will be!!!

Christians and Politics-A note posted by a friend

I was soo encouraged this morning when I read this post by Sho Baraka on his facebook page. Please take the them time to read this.. I would love to hear your thoughts.
I could not agree with him more ....

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"Please forgive my cursory and brevity, I wrote this while in an airport. I've been reading some blogs/notes/and articles from some respectable brothers and sisters in the faith and I have to admit I'm somewhat troubled. I'm no expert or Genius but let me share. My concern is not that "christians" are communicating interest in the current election. Nor is my concern that "christians" are stating flaws in a particular candidate's policy. My concern is that it seems that some many christians have imputed righteousness into a candidate because of two issues (both Dem and GOP). Others place their allegiance with candidates because of Race. Many are following Moral Majority trends set by the church without evaulating real truths. Some follow candidates because of historical representation of a particular movement in time.

For my brothers and sister who have biblical convictions, what does the scriptures say? Now this is where my conservative brothers think they have it right. Just let me cut to the chase cuz I' pressed for time.

Govt was never the means by which God wanted to rule his people. Theocracy was always the heart of our God. 1 Samuel 7-9 shows Israel's flaw in wanting a system where God was not in control. Samuel would communicate the flaw in this system but they still wanted it.

The church depended on one another for resources in Acts. Never did they attempt to change the world thru govt. Communism at its core!!! thats shocking. The apostles never taught us to strategically invest our time into politics. Romans 13 is mishandled (I believe) but it communicates to be submissive and obey authorities. Govt's concern is for the majority. The churches concern is for everyone. Poor, Rich, educated, uneducated, widows,families, foreign, native, greek and jew. We all share in all things.

Jesus was a man who could change the landscape of Govt if he wanted but he knew the flaws in a natural kingdom. The only time he concerned himself with govt was to be submissive. Pay Taxes and obey laws, that dont contradict is heavenly authority. Should we vote a christian into office so we can be a Christian nation. Constantine type rule. When Christian were getting slaughtered, they had no choice but to keep themselve from govt allegiance. We can not legislate morality nor christian convictions. Non believers will behave as nonbelievers. It the job of Christians to turn the world upside down with the Gospel. And only the church can do that.


I dont see Christ or any of his disciples fighting for Govt to fix the ails of this world. It cant and it wont. McCain nor Obama will progress the church directly. They may pass policies that aid our cause. But thats not reason to place righteousness on a party. Cuz both have issues. From Abortion to Social constructs. No evil is lesser than the other.

Let the Church do the Job
thanks for your time...."

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Planting Seeds



So, you still want to germinate your own apple seeds

Sure. Let's give it a try.
Once you've finished chewing the core of your delicious apple, extract the seeds and leave to dry in a cool place until it the exterior is devoid of any moisture.
Then, place each one into a seedling tray and bury in some well-draining potting mix to about 10mm (1/2 in) deep. Cover or place the tray into a cold frame and leave until the seeds begin to germinate and sprout.
Once the seedlings have two or more leaf levels they can be potted out individually into bigger containers where they can continue to grow until they're ready to go in the ground.
Keep in mind that it usually takes 2-3 years for a nursery bought apple tree to produce fruit. So, plan to not see any results for at least 6+ years from an apple tree that's been propagated by seed.


At the CCDA conference this year, I walked away with so much information and so very much encouraged about the work the LORD has done and will do in our hood. I use to always find myself in thought, frustrated at the growth progress with the teen girls. "Are they really getting what we are saying"; " why would she do that after what we have just talked about last week in bible study".... I am so, by GODS grace over that struggle. One of my new, sweet, friends Lenita, who also happens to be involved with urban ministry taught a seminar at the conference on being a urban Youth Worker. I was highly encouraged!! One of the many points I walked away with from her seminar was the encouraging reminder found in 1 Corinthians 3:6, that's says :" I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth".




Just as in the directions above on how to plant your apple tree... we must remember that GOD has called us to plant seeds and and remember that HE is the ONLY ONE that who can cause the increase. After all that work of planting those seeds you have to wait around for as long as 6 plus years before you even begin to see fruit! wow!! Depending on how you view things, this may of may not be difficult. What peace it was in coming to grips with this truth..Delta and I are to just be around these girls and be a seed distribution center. Sowing seeds of Gospel peace, love, forgiveness, honesty, ect.. It is up to the LORD to reveal truth to them and whomever else it is in our neighborhood...

This past Wednesday night we celebrated two of the girls birthdays. One turned 17 the other 20. They were both surprised and we all had so much fun!!






HOOD BOO ALWAYS KEEPS IT GANGSTA!


The 20 year old who is apart of our study asked me if I could do one thing for here. She asked me make her out a schedule to help her read her bible everyday!! What hunger for the scripture!! ( she is a new believer)Then I got a text for her asking me if kevin would mind meeting with her baby daddy. Apparently, she has sat him down and shared with him information about her new life in Christ and told him about some of the changes she was making. This opened the door for him to share his fears about the church and religion. He told her he wanted what she had but he did not know where to start! Please be in prayer for this young guy! Please continue to pray for the new believer amongst us.
Not sure what type of seeds the LORD has used Delta and I to plant in these girls...BUt I am willing to wait patiently to see the fruit that will come to pass..its soo worth the wait.. (even in our own children, its worth it)