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, May 28, 2011

We're Out Of Here!

*exhaling* I don't think this vacation could have come in such a better time. We fly out tomorrow heading to Colorado with a few other urban ministry peeps(Mercy Street, Desire Street & others..) we hardly ever get to see, ya girl is stoked! I brought all my gardening books & magazines, and of course, all of my Kay Arthur inductive studies. I have the most exciting, undistracted time in the word whenever we leave town, its the best part about getting away!! No phone service, no computers, no work. I can't wait to catch up on some serious sleep!
While we are away our Summer Resident Interns will arrive. Please keep them in your prayers as they gear up for a wild, wacky, humbling, hot summer! Enjoy ya Memorial Day weekend!

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Tuesday, May 24,2011

I often think about the disciples who walked with Jesus as well as the people who were on the earth at the time He came incarnate. Jesus purposefully positioned himself in places and circumstances where the gospel could be preached boldly and where He could be used to advance His Fathers kingdom on earth. I thought about these things and much more as we encountered one of the most draining days (for me) I believe in ministry. A late night text message to me from a young girl in our hood expresses worry over her mom who is in pain at home due to pancreatic cancer. Her family contacts me to come get her.(the daughter)  She graduated from the 5th grade the next day while her mom was admitted to ICU. After an amazing week of celebrating our 2nd annual purity study, reality hit very quickly. The reality that there is still so much to be done to spread the message of  the gospel and abstinence.  A 15 yr. old high school freshman who I use to have bible study with, was admitted into the same hospital that day to give birth to her first child. Delivery went well, but this young girls body was wore out due to labor. She was very sick afterwards. Both she and the baby are doing well today.  Later that same day, a 15 yr. old  boy who is apart of our after school program was hit by a speeding car outside of the middle school next to our ministry building. He suffered serious injuries. He is having problems breathing. Due to the fear of his lungs collapsing, doctors  rushed him to a Children's Hospital an hour away from us. Please pray for his recovery. Pray as well for all the kids who are hurting and scared due to what has happen to their friend. Pray also for the 18yr old driver of the car.

As difficult as this all may have been on our community, we saw God behind the scenes. I watched the Lord love on people through HIS church.  My prayer throughout that day and even now is that the gospel would go forth and we, Christ disciples would preach it with boldness. Please pray for this as well. I'm so thankful God positioned us to be Jesus hands and feet among the hurting and discouraged that day. This post, our ministry, is not the big picture of things. The gospel being spread to the ends of the earth is the BIG PICTURE, and I saw God making that happen in a small hospital in Montgomery, AL. Its in times like these that the church is called to show up in the lives of others and proclaim the message of HOPE to those hurting. Let's thank the Lord for showing up in our lives during those difficult times as well.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Life Is Full Of Lessons

"Poverty is a result of relationships that do not work, that are not just, that are not for life, that are not harmonious or enjoyable" #CCDA

I have enjoyed this weekend so much! I walk away feeling refreshed,as well as convicted on how I have not loved some of the people in my community. I also have a better perspective on what empowerment looks like. God has placed our ministry in a community of gifted, and talented neighbors. It's our calling to empower them with dignity, and love. I'm so thankful for times like these, God continues to show me how I need him and I'm not all wise! Though all this information is overwhelming, I trust God will lead us and give us discernment on what to do next.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

CCDA Regional Conference

Look where I am this weekend! Due to our staff not attending the bigger(annual) CCDA conference this year, we decided to participate in their regional meeting in Chattanooga sponsored by Hope For Inner City! Stay tuned, I will post another blog later on what God is doing in my heart here. As a staff we look forward to this time of being refreshed and networking with other like minded people. Please pray for us!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I Just Love The Kids

It's fair to say I love the kiddios we minister to. Heck, I love kids in general! No matter where we are ,if I know the little ones are close by, I have to find them and love on them. My husband is the same way, we just love where we are. Not because of the kids themselves but because our God placed us here and it's in these little ones we see HIM the most. My husband has taught me so much about loving on people, being hospitable and what it truly means to be a servant. The neat thing is, I am starting to see so much of the same heart in our 8 yr old.I believe it's that influence that is helping me be more of a people person for Gods glory.

Our staff hung out at a baseball game today and not even 3 min. into the game I spot kids from our hood. It was school day at the baseball stadium , which means no school which means happy kids! I enjoy seeing the kids and them seeing us outside of the after school program, it gives us a REAL opportunity to do life before them and with them. I had to go grab me some hugs and say hey, even if I would see them in a few hours. I just want them to always know they are NEVER forgotten, that they are loved, and that the God above is real and always in their midst. Their smiles just warm my heart! Today was awesome!

Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth - Psalm 127:3-4

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

At The Brook

As the deer pants for streams of water,so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? 
Psalm 42:1-3

I love Gods word. I wish I could just sit with no distractions and just study it all day! One of my favorite memories of college was being involved in college ministry and learning how to study the bIble. I grew and learned so much about what it meant to be a student of the word. I have those days when I am "Martha ,Martha"... too busy to stop and sit at the Lords feet because I am "doing things" for him. But, then Gods grace draws me, I miss Him, I begin to long for Him and it's at his feet I find rest. Kaiya and I have begun to work through the SPECK together, thanks to her friend Alaiyah. SPECK is what we used in college to help us apply scripture to our lives.

S.in to avoid
P.romise to claim
E.xample to follow
C.ommad to obey
K.nowledge about God

I write this so I can remember the ways God is revealing himself to my daughter. I write because I want to remember that it's possible ,even at the age of 8, for God to give you a deep hunger for Himself and His word. My prayer this morning is that God would grant my child a love for his word, that He would allow her to know and understand it, and follow it wholeheartedly!

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Purity Ball Recap

I can not even begin to explain how our 2nd annual Princess and the Kiss Purity ball turned out. I 'm still just so emotional  over it all. Gods people came together from all walks of life, different cities, states, countries and denominations, to pitch in and help make this night special for the little girls in my hood. I believed they saw God in a way they never saw HIM before that night. All the prayers and talks we had with them throughout this study for the past two years I believe really, really had an impact on them last night. Many of them told me that they felt loved and was just so happy and that is why they were crying a lot. God is GOOD!

We shared with the parents WHY we wanted to teach a purity study, WHY we choose their daughters and WHAT we hope the LORD will accomplish through our service to Him. We ate good, we danced and each girl was then presented a certificate, necklace or purity ring to award her for her faithfulness in completing the bible study. The necklaces and rings, most importantly, we HOPE will be used to remind each girl to KEEP HER KISS until GOD sends her a godly husband.  To conclude out night,  we asked the parents to join us in forming a circle around the girls as we begged the LORDS protection and grace over them. Right before our closing prayer, the girls sang, "Here I Am To Worship" in praise to the Lord. As you know, there weren't that many dry eyes in the room, it was amazing!

I know sometimes we voice to others and we question ourselves and ask, "Am I really making a difference?" "Does what I'm doing really matter". For me personally, last night was proof that God is here and what HE has called each of  us on staff to do, is making a lasting impact on these kids. Even if God NEVER shows us the impact we are having, we should be able to REST and just enjoy the times like we had last night and give thanks anyway to the LORD for even allowing us to take part in WHATEVER it is that HE IS DOING!

 I was overwhelmed with the smiles I saw last night. I would love to share a few of  them with you:

May the  only WISE God we serve impart much wisdom, dignity, and protection to each of these girls and their families as they strive to live a pure life before the Lord! Thank you so much to all of your who helped make this night truly a memorable one! To God be the GLORY!!!!!


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