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

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thursday Meditations

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.- Eph. 4:32-33

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Missional Communities

I love this video and the message /challenge behind it. As a ministry we are right here. I'm so excited about some of the NEW things the Lord has begun to do within our ministry amongst the kids in Washington Park. This summer will begin our missional challenge to them. I'll be back to share more on that later; until then, I pray this message encourages and challenges  you in your call to disciple the next generation.

A Few of My Favorite Tim Keller Quotes

“The Bible’s purpose is not so much to show you how to live a good life. The Bible’s purpose is to show you how God’s grace breaks into your life against your will and saves you from the sin and brokenness otherwise you would never be able to overcome… religion is ‘if you obey, then you will be accepted’. But the Gospel is, ‘if you are absolutely accepted, and sure you’re accepted, only then will you ever begin to obey’. Those are two utterly different things. Every page of the Bible shows the difference."

“A frightening proportion of our churches are trapped by what Frank Tillapaugh calls the “fortress church” mentality. That mentality is made up of attitudes that may be conscious or unconscious: “Let them come to us! Our doors are open.” “We come to church to have our needs met, to escape the cold, cruel world.” But there are biblical truths that knock flat the walls of our fortress. Every member is a minister. Every member has kingdom power to destroy strongholds. Through us Jesus continues to immerses himself in the needs of the world.....“The ministry of mercy, then, is the best advertising a church can have. It convinces a community that this church provides people with actions for their problems, not only talk. It shows the community that this church is compassionate."

Rest, Rest and More Rest

Ahhh! It's vacation time around these here parts. I plan on enjoying every bit of it.  Ministry has been such an emotional roller coaster ride the past couple of months. We're  taking this time to say,NO!  NO emails, No phone calls. Just me, my man, my little one and the other two we couldn't resist in bringing with us. I know, I know. Many have made the suggestion that we leave them behind, but, for Kevin and I, these two girls are apart of our family. We count it as a joy to have them with us.

After this week, we're hitting the ground running, or maybe walking a little fast.(ha!) Summer Camp begins, another season of cheerleading is underway. In addition, we are praying about ending a 3 year run of homeschooling. We've  always said homeschooling for us would be a year by year commitment. This is the year we fill out applications to have Kai enrolled in a private school. We don't know what will happen. We'll just do as God would have us and see if this is his will for us this fall. If so, she'll be in school, and I most likely will return to Cosmetology school. Owning my own shop has always been a dream. I've always loved the idea of having a hair salon,having my daughter work along side of me all the while  using it to reproduce godly, mature disciples while providing jobs for at risk teen girls. Sounds good, but is it what the Lord has planned for us? I don't know, we shall see. Until then, I'll keep praying and seeking his wisdom, and accept whatever direction he sends our family.

Please pray we hear from the Lord clearly on what the fall will look like for us as a family.

Thanks friends!  :))

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Juggling Marriage & Ministry

"The way I was doing the work of God, was destroying the work of God in my marriage"
- Marvin Jacobo

Powerful quote!! Juggling marriage and ministry, day to day takes evaluation and prayer. Hope this sermon encourages you as much as it has encouraged me.
Let's commit to praying for one another.


No Longer Newlyweds

Psalm 84:10-12

For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you

I'm sitting at home on my sofa relaxing after a long two weeks. I know I haven't blogged much, but there isn't enough space on blogger to even begin to write all we deal with on a daily basis. Lord knows!

Six years of ministry means the honeymoon is over. Yet, to be honest, I still have a zeal and love for the Lord and His purposes in this community. I never expected things to be perfect or fun the whole time we're here. I think at times I'm rocked at what the trials are and how they are birthed. Ultimately, I have to remember the Lord is sovereignty ruling through every detail , which i something I forget far too often.

Sometimes I feel like I'm everywhere emotionally. Happy one second, angry, then sad the next. Why-You ask? To be honest, I would say its because I have a tendency to look at the things and people around me and not keep my graze on Jehovah Sabaoth.
The LORD of HOST. Yes, ministry is tiring, frustrating and can damage many relationships and marriages if one isn't careful. I'm learning these pit falls happen and can happen to me when my focus and commitment to the Lord isn't where it needs to be. When I have become so busy and not sat at my Lords feet, everything is out of balance. I begin to think, act, and work in my own strength.
Soul care is so important no matter where you are in life. My devotion to Jesus is very important. I'm learning and reminding myself what it means for me to abide in the Lord. He is the vine, I am the branch.

"We are strange "branches" that are prone to wander. Staying put is something we must obey. "Abiding" for us is a discipline. We are prone to leave the "vine" because we are easily deceived into believing that we are the vines, not branches. Remember Satan original deception, " you will be like God"? We don't want to be branches, we want to be the vine, we want to bear our own fruit"- John Piper

Passing the honeymoon stage of ministry, I'm taking prayer a lot more serious then I have before. It's not that I never prayed, it's that I haven't prayed enough. You will always need to up your prayer game. :) I'm fighting for a deeper dependence on the Lord. My husband and I both are growing in what it means to not work in your own strength. As much as I love this ministry, I love JESUS more!!
My devotion to Him comes first.

I'm resting in my Savior tonight. I'm hopeful because of the gospel and the power that's found in it. Though at times we're surrounded by chaos, He will keep us in perfect peace as our minds are stayed on Him.

Abide friends...

Common Ground Montgomery-April-May News Update

We're entering a NEW season here at CGM. We covet your prayers. Thank you for support!

After School Program Update

Here is a short video on the new areas of our after school program. Check it out!