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

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer Reading 2012

Ahhhhhh, the days of summer! I tuned into the news tonight and I  saw we Alabamians will hit the 100 degree mark this week.  You know what that means? Ya girl wont touch the door knob! I'm staying in out of this heat. Oh, and the humidity is crazy! Let's discuss how someone actually called me "Chaka Kahn" while out at the grocery story rocking my fabulous fro. (blank stare) Anyway, all this indoor speaking has me excited about all the reading I'm going to get done this summer!! (Lord willing) 

Here are a few books I have on the shelf to complete by the end of September:

This first book I listen to through my Audible.com account. :)
Has food become your source of comfort? After a hard day at work, or a long day with the kids, don't you deserve that big piece of chocolate cake? Lysa TerKeurst used to think so, but that was before God showed her that what she really needed was more of Himself. In Made to Crave, Lysa won't tell you what to eat or how much to exercise, rather she explores why we make unhealthy food choices. She'll help you discover what it is you're really seeking, and how that need can only be met in our faithful Heavenly Father. And when your cravings are satisfied with His love, a healthy body will follow.



Kay Arthur inductive study of the Gospel of John
Journey through John's Gospel with respected Bible teachers Arthur and De Lacy! Bringing you face-to-face with God's precepts, promises, and purposes, this inductive study will deepen your understanding of the Fourth Gospel by helping you to observe, interpret, and apply the text yourself.


*Kindle Edition*
If you’ve ever wanted to tear the 31st chapter of Proverbs out of your bible this book is for you.
She is a wife, mom, business owner, seamstress, she serves the needy, speaks life and wisdom, and seems to be a major overachiever, perfectionist type. Except that…she’s not. Come along and journey with Amy and take a look at the real woman of Proverbs 31. She isn’t as perfect as she seems. In fact, I think she is a lot like you and me.
In Pursuit of Proverbs 31, Amy Bayliss gives you a biblical view of the scriptures that are found tucked away at the end of the book of wisdom. With Southern charm and raw, real emotions she’ll tug at the core of your being. She’ll give you a new perspective and inspire you to pursue Proverbs 31; she’ll inspire you to pursue Jesus.



*CGM Summer Internship Book Reading*

Genocide. Terrorism. Hate crimes. In a world where racism is far from dead, is unity amidst diversities even remotely possible? Sharing from his own experiences growing up in the segregated South, pastor John Piper thoughtfully exposes the unremitting problem of racism. Instead of turning finally to organizations, education, famous personalities, or government programs to address racial strife, Piper reveals the definitive source of hope—teaching how the good news about Jesus Christ actively undermines the sins that feed racial strife, and leads to a many-colored and many-cultured kingdom of God. Learn to pursue ethnic harmony from a biblical perspective, and to relate to real people different from yourself, as you take part in the bloodline of Jesus that is comprised of “every tongue, tribe, and nation.”


The Christian faith is supposed to produce deep, positive change. So why doesn't it seem to work in "real life"? That question screamed at Pastor Peter Scazzero when his church and marriage hit bottom and every Christian remedy produced nothing but anger and fatigue. As he began digging under the "good Christian" veneer, he uncovered entire emotional layers of his life that God had not yet touched. Discovering that his emotional immaturity had fed his spiritual immaturity, Scazzero experienced a spiritual revolution by biblically integrating emotional health and contemplative spirituality. In Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Scazzero unveils what's wrong with our conventional means of "spiritual growth" and offers seven biblical, reality-tested, transformational steps that will help you live out your faith with authenticity, awareness, and a hunger for God.


Happy Reading :)

Catching Up




*my Discipleship group-S..H.E. Wise*


Every time I return to my blog I miss it. Blogging is very therapeutic for me. You may not be able to tell now a days due to my  non writing self , but it is. I remember spending hours in front of the computer excited to write about all that I had learned in a days work. Well, now there is so much going on that I'm forced to use discernment on what it is I want to write about.Which makes things hard.  I 'll tell you this, God is still at work. Now a days with our staff number down to a few, my plate is full. I'm thankful its the summer and I'm not homeschooling as much as I had been. God is still good!

Homeschooling......

Many of you read today in our family newsletter that our homeschooling days have come to an end. I'm going to miss having my baby at home with me. We really believe God is moving us into a new season. It's been a bit scary; yet, its exciting because you sit back and wonder what it is the Lord will do. We're doing some schooling early in the morning and then we head off to summer camp. Our days are long. Nonetheless, they are full of great kids, great fun and lots of snap shots of Jesus.  

Marriage......

I love this man of mine. God has taken my little world and rocked it upside down these past couple of months. I suck at loving those around me,especially my husband. I can be so very serlfish at times. I'm working on doing better day by day. Gods grace is sufficient right? Christ knew I wouldnt get this right. I'm so thankful His mercies are new every morning. Date nights mean so much more to me, as I really desire to know this man of mine more and prove to him, he is indeed loved. I'm thankful for him and I count it a joy and privilede to labor along side of him in this community. Praying the Lord bless our marriage, and provide a way for us to attend the Love Like You Mean it Cruise! (lol) A girl can dream can't she? Did you see that starting line up of speakers?! BEASTLY!!!!!! Pray ya'll! lol


Kids in Community.......


I'm amazed at how time flies. Many of our kids we met in 2nd and 3rd grade when CGM first started are now is high school!! One has graduated from high school and a couple will enter high school in the fall. Being here to witness the Lords work is just a blessing. These kids could be doing other things with their lives, yet by Gods grace they are sticking it out with us learning about Jesus and the cost of true discipleship. I'm enjoying studying the gospel of John with my daughter and 3 other girls. Every last one of them is hungry and to watch their eyes light up when the Holy Spirit reveals truth from the scriptures is truely amazing! These girls keep me on my toes.


Summer camp has been going really well! Its been cool watching the high school kids be developed into future leaders of this community. My husband and I for a while now have been wanting to see the indiginous step up and help lead this ministry. For its theirs anyway!! This group of young kids have did an amazing job helping lead bible studies, serve food, help with academics and group activities. After we are long gone these kids may still be here, its time they are eqquipped with the necessary resources to keep the flame burning. God knows what He is doing.



6 years...6 years into this ministry, this calling and God has moved mountains, and continues to equipp, encourage and plant His people to lead and learn in broken communities. I came in this wanting to see the Lord like never before, I stand today saying the same thing. I want to see the Lord, no matter what that means or what I need to do. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Keisha



I have had the joy of being best friends with one of the most wise, compassionate, hilarious, and loving girl one could ever met. My friend Keisha ended her 3 year journey as our only female staff this past week. She has entered a new season of life and has entrusted her future to the ONE who holds all things together. I would love to share with you her last blog post. God has used this young girl in amazing ways amongst our community and she will be missed. I'm so emotional, so I will just end this post here. (lol)
WE will miss you Keisha. Glory to GOd for your service and life. What a gift you are. :)

Click here to read her blog.