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

Friday, January 30, 2009


WE CLOSED on our building today!!! YES!! We are soo thrilled!! This means space for ministry and counseling offices, bible studies (OH YEA BABY!!!) , special fun nights for the kids in the neighborhood, a auditorium to host concerts, & plays and I am hoping Bk and Kevin throw in a room for me to have Hip Hop Aerobics/ Dance classes for the girls!!! (hint, hint)

The LORD IS GOOD friends! This has been a LONG, anticipated road! Pray for us as we began some heavy renovations!! We need all the HELP WE CAN GET!!

Thank you LORD for providing a earthly place of refuge, and safe alternative for the kids in our hood. The streets and other many bad things out here are always competing for their affection. I pray this building and its uses will provoke many to believe in you and further your Kingdom!! AMEN!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Quote Of The Day

Mark Driscoll on Trials - 1 Peter 1:3-9
"Its not that we love pain, its that we LOVE JESUS
and if pain is what is necessary to be MORE LIKE HIM and to have MORE of HIM
then we REJOICE in the PAIN because in the END WE GET JESUS...
we get to be WITH HIM and we GET TO BE LIKE HIM and our FAITH is PURIFIED and we REJOICE IN THAT!!"

PRAISE GOD with me saints as we all learn to walk with the one who has not promised to fix all our problems BUT has promised to walk with us through Them!!
oh! I think I feel a shout coming on!!! ( LOL- always wanted to say that)

Have Thankful Day!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

If Its Not To Much To Ask

Hope you are having a great week so far..I just wanted to ask you to be praying about a few things, many you of already know :) I appreciate your concern and prayers for our ministry:

1. Pray for the younger boys bible study that meets on Monday, & Wednesday Nights. We pray that the LORD would raise up godly men that love HIM, loves the poor, and desires to raise up their own families one day under the authority of the scriptures.

2. Please continue to pray for the hearts of the teen girls we met with on Wednesday nights. Through many text messages its clear that one of the girls is really wrestling with the LORD over the direction of her life. PLEASE pray that the LORD calls these girls to himself soon

3. Please be in prayer for H.V. & O.J.. These two teen boys were the first people we met in our hood. Kevin and Bk loved on them and they quickly became a part of our families and had even professed Christ at one point. Now both guys are walking down a very dangerous path..we believe that are into selling drugs, and are heavily involved in sexual activity with random girls. Their attitudes toward us recently, can be at times filled with much ANGER, racism, and very disrespectful. Please pray that the LORD convicts their stubborn, rebellious hearts and that they just like the prodigal son would return to their FIRST LOVE.

4. Cleaning and renovation are soon on the way for our NEW COMMUNITY CENTER!! ( I cant wait to post pictures) THIS Saturday morning (January 31st) starting at 8 a.m, there will be many friends and church family from all over the city that will come and help clean out all kinds of trash, do a little demolition, sweep up floors, pick up trash and glass on and around the property,ect.. LORD WILLING we will CLOSE this FRIDAY!! SO PLEASE PRAY WE DO!! WE ARE SOOO EXCITED ya'll!!

5. On Thursday Mornings there are two teen moms that we plan on meeting with separately to encourage and help them grow in their new walk with CHRIST! Please pray for us, and for them to HATE the things of this world, pray as well that they would have an amazing understanding of the bible and JESUS love for them!

6. Lastly, PLEASE, PLEASE keep our families in prayer. We are doing great, but things many times get really busy and overwhelming and we just need rest, guidance from the Holy Spirit, and special times away! Pray that Delta will deliver a healthy baby boy in the months to come!

Thanks friends!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Something For Me To Remember

"If you want to be first in the Kingdom, if you aspire to be a jewel in Christ’s crown, and oh boy, do I aspire to be that, then do not focus on the hammer in your own life. Look at the sandblasting that’s happening in the lives of others. Let’s help them. Let’s serve them. Let’s look out for their interests.
Girls, it’s why I absolutely love what we do at our ministry, Joni and Friends International Disabilities Center. I mean, sure I may be in a wheelchair, but that does not give me an excuse not to think of others more needy than I am.
God has blessed me so much. He’s given me so much, and Luke chapter 12 says, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (verse 48).
God is always asking more of me. Yes, I have a wheelchair, but I’ll tell you there are 18 million other disabled people in the world who don’t have a wheelchair, who don’t have the Word of God.
So I consider it the highest privilege that God asks much of me, that I travel and share the good news of Jesus, to give wheelchairs to needy, disabled people in places like Peru or Poland or China or Cuba.
And yes, my family has been supportive. Yes, I’ve been given much in that regard, as well. Ken is a wonderful husband, but there are families who are splitting apart, and so my husband Ken and I labor alongside of our teams as we held our 20 family retreats this summer.
I wasn’t able to attend them all because of pain, much like having to cancel on being viewed by you in person, but I tell you what, I was praying. I was there in heart and soul, maybe not body, but certainly in intercessions.
If God expects me, a quadriplegic, to be actively engaged in my own sanctification—I mean, if God expects me to give much, what does He expect of you? If you want to increase your capacity for joy, if you want to increase your service and worship in Heaven, if you want to enlarge your eternal estate, then do not focus on the bite of the chisel in your life. Focus on others who need to be quarried out of the dust and dirt of this world. You help them, minister to them, serve them. Look out for their interests."

-Joni Erickson Tada

WOW, I have nothing to add really other than..LORD forgive me for my selfishness, and with my daughter memory verse for the past couple of weeks:
1 Corinthians 13:1-5
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

What I Heard/Read This Morning

Here is Nancy Leigh Demoss speaking out of the book of Esther...Read or listen to the complete message here.

1. There is no situation so desperate that God cannot redeem it.

If ever there was a situation that seemed hopeless, it was Esther’s. Think about it. She was orphaned as a girl, taken into a Persian harem, married to a cruel, arrogant, alcoholic husband, and then experienced a law being enacted that every Jew was to be exterminated. It was a desperate situation. Her plight seemed hopeless, but the heavenly kingdom ruled over the earthly kingdom. Are you getting that point? Will you remember that 24 hours from now when you’re in the midst of the earthly drama? The heavenly kingdom rules over all.

What did Dr. Piper say? “In every situation, God is always doing what?—a thousand things that you cannot see and you do not know.” Get it written, not just on your notebook, but on the tablet of your heart. So wait for God to act. Wait on His time, and remember that you don’t win by pushing, nagging, screaming, yelling, badgering, manipulating, whining, shaming. Those things may get you your way in the immediate sense, but they will not win the kingdom of God any victory.
We tend to justify that kind of behavior—becoming shrews and getting shrill when the circumstances are dire. Even in our political situation right now, you hear a lot of shrillness; you hear a lot of anger. That should not be coming from God’s people—not in your marriage, not on the national scene, not on the “blogosphere.” There needs to be that gentleness and that meekness of spirit that is power under control, God’s power under control.
Here’s a woman in the most dire of circumstances, confronted literally with the likelihood of death, and you see Esther being remarkably in control of her tongue and her emotions. There’s no hurry, no histrionics, no hysterical outbursts. She’s an incredible picture of self-control because she knows that the kingdom of God is in control. Remember that when you go home. I know I keep saying that, but I know that 24 hours from now you’re going to be tempted to forget that I said that, so I want to say it enough that you don’t forget.

2. Don’t judge the outcome of the battle by the way things look now.

You see, in the here and now, as we saw with Mordecai and Haman, the wicked often flourish and the godly often suffer, but don’t despair when you see that happening. Remember that things are not now as they always will be. In the early scenes of Esther, we saw the wicked partying. We see the righteous mourning as the story unfolds. But by the close of the story, the wicked have been judged, and the righteous are partying. That’s a picture of what is yet to come. Are you ready for that day?
The wicked are riding high now, but one day they will give an account, there will be a final judgment. The righteous suffer now, but one day there will be the triumph of the kingdom of God. The Man coming riding on a white horse will burst through the clouds and will come to take over, and there will be everlasting joy for the people of God. In the end, Psalm 58, verse 11 tells us mankind will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous. Surely there is a God who judges on earth.” God writes the final chapter.

What words of encouragement these were for me this morning as I struggle and think about all the spiritual warfare that surrounds me! I hope this has encouraged you as well

Have a Thankful Monday!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Notes From 1 & 2 Peter Study

What role does trial play in Christian faith?
Christians are "exiles" on mission for Jesus in a world that is not their home. Subsequently, their life is filled with trial, God uses trial for much good in us and through us.

Prinicipal # 1- Our life is a trial.
-1 peter 1:6-7
-1 Peter 4:12
-1 Peter 2:9

Principal #2- We are to live in the light of God's judgement trial at the end.
-1 Peter 1:17
-1 Peter 4:5

Principal #3- Like Jesus, we are to live in worship to God and witness to others in the midst of trial.
- 1 Peter 2:23

Principal #4- Trial in life is a purposeful opportunity for our sanctification, worship, and witness to God's glory and our joy

-1 Peter 1:2
- 1Peter 1:6-8
-1 Peter 2:12
- 1 Peter 3:15-16
-1 Peter 4:13
- 1 Peter 5:10
- 2 Peter 1:3
- 2 Peter 3:18

Every trial is either from God's hand or through God's hand. Thus, if we embrace trials as an oppurtunity from God, they can and do result in his glory and our good.

Jesus what a blessing it is to partake in your sufferings..TO have just a small taste of what it feels like to suffer for the sake of the Kingdom. We are faced with trials coming from many fronts here in the hood. I pray that we dont waste our sufferings, and trials through complaining, but that I embrace them, knowing that they help me to see you face to face, and that you are using them to conform me into the image of your precious son. I pray for believers everywhere, that their faith would be proven genuine as they are tried in life's fiery furnace of love. May we all remember the words and instruction you have left for us in 1 Peter which says
: And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.


Pray you all have a thankful weekend!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Reaching The Limit

What does Matthew 7:6 mean by not offering "that which is holy" to the dogs?

Look at Matthew 7:6: “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs; neither cast your pearls before swine lest they trample them under their feet and turn again and lacerate you.” Our Lord, in giving instructions to his disciples—really, the Sermon on the Mount had them in mind much of the time—warned them about a certain thing, and that was giving good things to evil men. What does it mean by "that which is holy"? Because whatever it means, it’s synonymous with pearls.

Pearls, in the Greek, is “margarites,” from which you get “Margaret” and “Rita.” It’s a precious thing. That which is holy is something specially set apart to God. What he’s saying is this: do not continually offer holy things to people who devour them, reject them, and turn them back to you lacerated and torn apart. You know what I believe he’s saying? I believe he’s saying that you only need to present the gospel to a certain point and when then people become abusive and blasphemous, it’s time to cease at that point, at least, the offering. There is a limit.

After months of praying, and just not having any peace about the direction of SLAM!..Delta and I have decided to take a break for a while..how long?? We are not really sure, we are just willing to wait it out and see what the LORD does. I explained to the girls that we loved them, we would always be here for them, that they could come and still hang out with us, we would still plan fun hang out times together whenever the LORD permits...but as far as a weekly bible time, that would not happen at this point anymore..I explained to them that the weekly bible times would be only for those who were serious about having a personal relationship with the LORD..... We have reached our point

This was one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do...I could not hold back the tears afterwards and neither could the girls..they were shocked, and were asking "why"...one of the girls kept saying to the others, " I don't know about ya'll but I am ready, I am going to be here still every Wednesday for my bible study, I am ready, I'm ready" ( to be a christian that is)... after we finished talking I prayed again, this time i asked each girl to repeat the sinners prayer after me in their hearts quietly.. if that's what they wanted to do... again, it was explained to them this was not a ploy to get them to become Christians, it was explained to them that this needs to be a decision based ONLY from a sincere heart that wants to follow Jesus at all cost for all of eternity...
For the time being there will still be a bible study going on at my home that consists of younger girls (ages 6-12) who are hungry, thirsty and seeking after the LORD..so please continue to pray for them as well..

I don't know what is to come friends.. I just pray that the LORD gives sight to the blind soon
Thanks for all your prayers!

I ended our time with this song...don't forget to pause music player

Holy Hip Hop and the Reformed Resurgence

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"Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech: "How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge, If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you. But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand, since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you- when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me. Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm." - Proverb 1

I have to be honest, I don't look forward to Wednesday anymore. It is so hard for me to face these girls and give them a gospel warning week after week to watch them leave and continue to live a life that is full of destruction and death. I know the LORD is in control, I know that HE is the only one that can soften their hearts, I know that it is a good thing that they are still coming week after week, I know that in time, if the LORD wills I may see the fruit of my labor..but knowing all that does not help me with the nightmares of them going to hell, the tears of discouragement over the girl who is stubborn, and prideful in all her ways..... I know the TRUTH and I am not saying that the TRUTH should not bring me comfort ...but it's hard..it's like watching someone dye of a disease and offer them the cure and they turn it down..that just does not make sense to me...
I don't think i realized how tough it would be out here fighting for the Kingdom... But I do remember the words of our LORD and SAVIOR when he said " In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

With that, I guess I can be encouraged that satan will not have the last word and GOD has and will ultimately have the last say in all things!!

A sweet friend reminded me of these words this morning, I am praying that the LORD use them to encourage me as I remember them throughout the day:
'This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's". 2 Chro. 20:15

"To you I call, O LORD my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit. Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place." Psalm 28

Monday, January 19, 2009

Words of Wisdom pt 2

The following quotes bring many tears to my eyes, and have encouraged my spirit sooo much! I really feel humbled at how the LORD points me to what I need to hear at the right time...
Be encouraged brothers and sisters!!

"Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home. "

"Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired"

"Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat"

"I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness."

"I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?"

"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much."

"I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world"

"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. "

"The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it. "

"Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus"

-Mother Teresa (all quotes)

Friday, January 16, 2009

We're All In This Together

“…It is not hard to see that there is this great imbalance and that things are not right. I know that, but for me I suppose it really hits home if I stop and think about this moment – because it is happening right now.
In the same moment you have a generation who are sitting around entertaining themselves watching reality television, which to be honest, is anything but real. While you have a child who is being prostituted behind closed doors and robbed of their innocence.

It is not fair that we can go about consuming every single material option that comes our way while the widow and the orphan are stripped of life’s basic dignities because they are victims of a conflict that simply is not theirs

It is not fair that there is a generation who is choking on their obesity while at the same time there are 30,000 children that will die today for lack of food.

It is not fair that we have no problem going about spending three or four dollars on what is basically glorified tap water in a bottle with a fancy label while we have entire communities that suffer at the hands of disease because the only water they have access to is foul an polluted.

It is not fair that we can sing and dance and jump around in our freedom and in our liberty while at the same time the salve remains captive out of sight and out of mind

It is not fair that we can sit and watch the evening news from the comfort of our living rooms and pity those who lived where the storm hit or where the ground shook or where the water rose and simply feel sorry for them and then change the channel and get on with supper.

Is it fair to walk past the homeless man and give him nothing in the assumption that he will spend it on booze or cigarettes or to suggest that he should go out and get a job? Who are we to judge the alcoholic or the prostitute or the addict or the criminal as if we are any better?

Who are we to forget the downtrodden or the oppressed or the marginalized while we go about chasing a dream?
We see this imbalance and we go “that is not right, that is not fair” but all too often that is all we do, because for us to do any more is actually going to cost us something.

And if that is where it ends, perhaps then it is fair to say that when we ignore the prostituted child we actually lend our hand to their abuse.
That when we ignore the widow and the orphan in their distress that we actually add to their pain.

When we ignore the slave who remains captive, that it is us who is entrapping them.

That when we forget the refugee, that it is us who is displacing them.

That when we choose not to help the poor and the needy, that we actually rob them.

Perhaps the only fair thing to say is that when we forsake the lives of others we actually forsake our own…”

Who Is This Person

I think when you have lived somewhere for so long something happens....I can't explain it....it's a mystery to me...
I want to share with you my alter ego...Her name is Creshawn, yes thats right...Cre-shawn..please, please don't hate..(meaning dont get mad with me) ha! She just all of a sudden decides she wants to come out now... what you are about to witness is her rendition of the Fresh Prince of Bel- Air theme song
Enjoy..and Happy Friday!!!

Uniqua & Creshawn from nicole King on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Outside Of The Norm

" kevin, we just not use to seeing black males spending time with us like you do, we are use to black males being junkies, drug dealers, or in prison...that's all we see in our neighborhood"

"Peanut" is 11 years old and has given his life to the LORD. He is such a sweet kid. All the boys are. Kevin a while back took 23 young guys to the movies. They had a blast!! Some of the guys were very overwhelmed by his time and service to them. They just kept thanking him and thanking him the whole night for what for what he was doing for them..It kinda made kevin feel really weird. But after they explained why, he understood. Each time I sit with my hubbie and he shares this story with supporters of the ministry or friends, I just get a little emotional and very encouraged... Black men as you can see when you turn to FOX, or CNN for that matter...most of the time are portrayed in a bad light. For these kids to see a BLACK man married, spending time with his family and being a positive influence in his neighborhood , does something to their faith, as well as gives them a very different outlook on who they too could be. I am so proud of my husband and VERY, VERY much thankful to the LORD for using him is such a powerful way.. It's situations like these that helps me to see the HOPE that is in my HOOD!
So to all my christian BLACK bothers out there ( no offense to my other brothers in the Lord) I applaud you for showing the world/media what the truth is..Not ALL of us are making the same choices.. I PRAISE GOD for that!


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Love Your Neighbor AS You Love Yourself

".... He commands, "As you love yourself, so love your neighbor." Which means: As you long for food when you are hungry, so long to feed your neighbor when he is hungry. As you long for nice clothes for yourself, so long for nice clothes for your neighbor. As you work for a comfortable place to live, so desire a comfortable place to live for your neighbor. As you seek to be safe and secure from calamity and violence, so seek comfort and security for your neighbor. As you seek friends for yourself, so be a friend to your neighbor. As you want your life to count and be significant, so desire that same significance for your neighbor. As you work to make good grades yourself, so work to help your neighbor make good grades. As you like to be welcomed into strange company, so welcome your neighbor into strange company. As you would that men would do to you, do so to them.

In other words make your self-seeking the measure of your self-giving. When Jesus says, "Love your neighbor as yourself," the word "as" is very radical: "Love your neighbor as yourself." That's a BIG word: "As!" It means: If you are energetic in pursing your own happiness, be energetic in pursuing the happiness of your neighbor. If you are creative in pursuing your own happiness, be creative in pursuing the happiness of your neighbor. If you are persevering in pursuing your own happiness, be persevering in pursuing the happiness of your neighbor. In other words, Jesus is not just saying: seek for your neighbor the same things you seek for yourself, but also seek them in the same way—the same zeal and energy and creativity and perseverance. The same life and death commitment when you are in danger. Make your own self-seeking the measure of your self-giving. Measure your pursuit of the happiness of others, and what it should be, by the pursuit of your own. How do you pursue your own well-being? Pursue your neighbor's well-being that way too.

Now this is very threatening and almost overwhelming. Because we feel immediately that if we take Jesus seriously, we will not just have to love others "as we love ourselves," but we will have to love them "instead of loving ourselves." That's what it seems like. We fear that if we follow Jesus in this, and really devote ourselves to pursuing the happiness of others, then our own desire for happiness will always be preempted. The neighbor's claim on my time and energy and creativity will always take priority. So the command to love my neighbor as I love myself really feels like a threat to my own self-love. How is this even possible? If there is born in us a natural desire for our own happiness, and if this is not in itself evil, but good, how can we give it up and begin only to seek the happiness of others at the expense of our own?"

-John Piper

I have been feeling so exhausted lately...and I have been really trying to ask the LORD to help me understand how I am feeling at this moment..its so hard giving your life away...I must die to live and that aint easy...Sanctification is very exhausting..but I was encouraged this morning by hearing that the LORD will not command us to do anything that HIS grace does not give the power to obey...we as believers are dead to sin and alive to God through the death, burial, and resurrection of our SAVIOR....knowing that I am able to love my husband, my child and my community as I love myself...PLEASE TAKE the time whenever you can to listen or read this sermon from Piper. I know alot of people do not like to listen to Piper in times of adversity, but i want to encourage you to embrace the truth and trust the LORD to do a work in you! To GOD BE THE GLORY friends!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Rebuild the Ancient Ruins

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The Voice from Calvary’s mountain still echoes through this town
Hear the Son of God repeating prophecies
He talks of miracles and wonders the blind and lame through Him have found
Yet he speaks of those doing miracles greater than these

They will rebuild the ancient ruins in My name
They will restore the broken city for My sake
They have known this devastation
For too many generations
Yet now rebuild the ancient ruins in My name

There are bricks and there is mortar that have crumbled to the ground
It’s a sign that a mighty, mighty trouble has caused this decay
There’s been injustice, there’s been oppression
There’s been some fear, there’s been some hate
But there’s a people livin’ out a miracle through their faith

As they will rebuild the ancient ruins in My name
As they will restore the broken city for My sake
They have known this devastation
For too many generations
They now rebuild the ancient ruins in My name

Through the cracks in the broken concrete
A blade of grass has grown
Let it remind you that God’s salvation is close at hand
It comes from the Root and the Seed of Jesse that can sprout in the desert sand

Calling men of every color
Calling women of every shade
Calling people of the Kingdom to rebuild this place…

Let us rebuild the ancient ruins in God’s name
Let us restore the broken city for God’s sake
We have known this devastation
For too many generations
Let us rebuild the ancient ruins in God’s name

- Douglas C. Eltzroth

Friday, January 9, 2009

Speaking The Truth In Love

(* half of SLAM! with Christian Hip Hop Artist Lecrae*)

'Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."

Man, that is such a hard thing to look someone in the eyes and say ...but I did.. and the LORD gave me grace to speak the truth in love, I believe with much compassion and boldness. There was silence in the room for a good little while...one of the girls asked was I about to call each of them out one by one about their sins.. I assured her I wasn't..they all knew where they stood before the LORD and I also reminded her that GOD already knew what was in her heart... I begin the night recapping who they were in creation...clay images, which is a powerful lesson in humility( as I am learning) as well as images of God, creatures with value and dignity. Afterwards, I begin to explain what they deserve as sinners...God's wrath to be poured out among them for their hardened, stubborn, unrepentive hearts...(One of the girls was excited to use her new study bible to explain to the group what " wrath" meant..) I explained to them what they do deserve, nothing but hell, but the LORD wants to extend GRACE to them by offering them JESUS as their LORD and SAVIOR... I told them in the beginning of bible study that many of them may not want to come back, or may even be offended at what I say..and that was alright...because your beef is not with me ultimately...its with the LORD...

I left them to study and look over the Romans Road of Salvation for their times with the LORD this week, and I must say, one of the girls that is living with us has been very diligent in reading those verses, she as well as another...they both have told me this week that they think they are "ready to give it all up"...I pray that they do...so continue to pray friends...There were two girls who it was obvious their hearts were not feeling a thing i said..and thats ok...because I am confident that if the LORD wants them, HE has the power to grip up and break up those harden hearts anytime her feel like doing so...

If Jesus have women like Rahab, Bathsheba, Tamar, in his family who all have such amazing redemption stories to tell...then clearly these girls have hope...until then, ya girl waits in expecting for the LORD to change hearts

I am so eternally grateful for all your prayers...the LORD used them greatly I believe that night

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Program

Okay, here we are....tomorrow is the day we return to having our weekly bible studies. I must confess, I am sooo nervous..I have been talking to my hubbie a great deal about the direction I believe the LORD has placed on my heart to go with the girls, and it aint a pretty one. I broke down in tears yesterday over the salvation of these young girls.. I think I was more so upset with the LORD for not opening up their eyes to the truth. Tomorrow we will begin a series of rebukes. I know so much about each of these girls that I don't think it would be appropriate or biblical to not say anything about the lifestyle I see them living.. I believe we have done a excellent job with displaying a talking about God's love and what he requires of them ...somewhat... so I NEED YOU ALL.. I need your prayers for these girls and their hearts... I have a message about God's wrath, and the judgement that is placed upon them not wanting to believe....trust I am not trying to scare anyone into the kingdom...but the LORD has called me to be real with these girls about their place before him...thanks again for listening and for praying for our hood :)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Justice For All

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

By Douglas C. Eltzroth

Friday, January 2, 2009

Enduring Hardships

Isaiah 61:1-3
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

Every time I read that verse I think.".rreally.. Jesus...really..us,.. you have called us to do this???

What a challenging, frustrating, uncomfortable, yet joyous, task this has been. AS you read before our Christmas this year was, um, lets just say unexpected. As i sit back and think about all that has happen from the time we have lived on westcott up till now, I really am thankful for the many ways that the LORD has revealed himself to us. The girl that almost died on my bathroom floor is now living with us. She is predicted to stay for the next 6weeks, but we think that she will be gone for by the end of next week. Its been very interesting..she loves her cell phone and a computer..as well as the boyfriend who helped her get into this mess. What a mess it is, I cant even begin to tell you what all has went down in our home over the past week. The LORD is definitely teaching me some things. We have served, we have loved, we have prayed, we have fasted, we have prayed and prayed some more. This young girl is so lost, she is so lost Jesus. I watch her lay on our sofa with cell phone as she is just texting away and I cant help but to think about how I am so much like her.. Her I am ignoring, blind to the feast the LORD has before me, he invites me every day to come and dine and eat with him, to be full off of the goodness that he gives every morning..what do I do?? I CHOOSE to eat other slop, picking through the trash that lay before me not wanting to look up and eat at the banquet feast....

When I bring myself back to reality I am in tears because, I have hope and power through the Holy Spirit to not eat through that trash again tomorrow..but this young girl...she has none..back to the trash she goes..searching for significance, searching for peace, trying to understand why she is going through all this pain in her life ( she literally is asking those questions) but Satan as well as her own selfish desires to sin has blinded her to the truth...

Only hope we have is CHRIST...we need Christ to remove the scales from her eyes, my husband was saying the other night " you would think a close encounter with death would wake her up....but it hasn't" that made me so sad for her....she has complained, and had a bad attitude...

My prayer is that the LORD would do just as the verse above said..that he would give beauty for ashes in this situation, that the mourning we have over her sin would turn into gladness because of the new life she will have in Christ..that this enemy of the LORD would be known as a oak of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

Please continue to pray