Jan 21, 2008
I think Africa is going to be another one of those defining moments in my life. I am expecting to be different when I return. I am expecting to say "before Africa" and "after Africa." I don't know why these two very different events are entwined in my mind, but I can't seem to think about one without thinking of the other.
Maybe it is because my heart breaks for both. One was my home and maybe the other one will be my home. I don't know where God is going to take me but wherever He leads I will follow.
I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back, no turning back
Though none go with me, I still will follow
No turning back, no turning back
The Cross before me, the world behind me
No turning back, no turning back
New Orleans, Louisiana
Jan 16, 2008
there is a freedom in knowing the sovereignty of God, thanks Kaycee!
This set is even more special becasue my grandma mailed them to me since I was in Venezuela for Christmas. You don't realize what a miracle that was! My Grammy will be the first to admit that mailing things isn't her best skill and that she often puts things in a "safe place" and can't find them for years. So this set of jammies marks a great day! Tonight I'll be wearing blue and white jammies with little Christmas trees all over them!
It was amazing! We had a hoedown in a barn out in St. Francisville; complete with a Hoedown Idol competition and So You Think You Can Dance - Elevate Style...I hope to be able to post the video soon!
I really believe that God did some great things in the lives of everyone who attended the retreat. He broke my heart for the children around the world who don't have parents to show them love and compassion. My heart went out to those child soldiers in Uganda who are forced to become murderers and often have to kill their own families. God showed me something about the capacity of children. About how they can be used by God for great glory or by the Devil for great harm. I hope to be able to show those children love one day, but until then I will pray for them.
What challenges has God placed in your heart? What are you passionate about? Why are you here? If you don't know, find out!
Jan 10, 2008
Six things you need to stick around
- grit in your soul - can you hold on no matter what?
- holiness from the inside out - are you willing to be set apart for God?
- laser focus - can you spot the counterfeits in your life by holding them up to the light?
- work ethic - there is always a place at God's table for those who work hard.
- increase your skill set - great leaders are great learners.
- have joy - enjoy life and learn how to rebound from setbacks.
Jan 9, 2008
Mozambique Women's Center - Part 2 from Healing Place Church on Vimeo.
I see it as a great honor to be a part of a church that cares this much. We are willing to go the extra mile and make a difference in someone's life, right here in Baton Rouge and around the world. God is so good!
Mozambique Women's Center - Part 1 from Healing Place Church on Vimeo.
This video was done by HPC about the church we have planted in Mozambique, Africa. Mozambique is the neighboring country to Swaziland, where I will be going this May! Please take a few minutes to look this over. It is really amazing. Real people with real stories.
We are expecting God to show up in unexpected ways this year. At morning prayer today someone mentioned that one of the things we say around here is, "Jesus is here...anything can happen" and that this year anything will happen. We are believing for a great 2008!
Jan 6, 2008
Of course the pressure is back on in the financial department, but God is so good. The mission trips this year are going to cost a little more than we expected and I still have to raise $3500 for this semester’s tuition, but this is no surprise to God. He has planned for this ahead of time.
I got a call from an old college friend of mine while I was in
God knew that I was going to start freaking out about my finances. He knew that I was going to feel the pressure of all the bills. He knew that I would trust him this time so he planted the seed in Kenny’s heart to help. I am so touched by Kenny’s sacrifice. I am so blessed to be in God’s will. All glory and honor to His name!
By the will of God, I can raise the remaining funds for the tuition and the mission trip. By the will of God, I can stay in Elevate. By the will of God, I can live my life under His protection and guidance.
I pray that God will bless everyone who has given sacrificially, everyone who has seen something in me worth investing in. Because this is not just for me, this is for God’s kingdom and all the others he has in store for me to serve.
We finally found out where we are going on our mission trips this May! I am on the team going to
There are 3 trips this year. One team is going to
Please start praying for the trips. We will need this to be covered from top to bottom! They are only 5 months away!
Well Elevate has officially started up again for the spring semester! I am so excited to be back in
Jan 1, 2008
I have done it many times and I have probably haven't even realized it every time. I guess I think laying down part of it will lighten the load enough for me to handle the situation. There in lies the problem...I am trying to handle it, again. I don't know what the root of that is. Whether it is approval seeking..."look at what I can do God"...or if it is just that I don't trust him...or that I want whatever it is so bad that I don't care what he thinks is best for me.
Well in 2008 my resolution is to leave it alone. Whatever it is, lay it down and walk away. Trusting in God becasue he is trustworthy and has never failed me.
Blogs, Podcasts, Myspace, Facebook, Weather.com, Google.
It has been my attempt to catch up on the tings I have been trying to do for the past 3 months. I have read about politics, Peru, human trafficking, snow storms, homeless people, hurting people, hungry people. You are probably saying..."no wonder she is lonely!" And you are probably right. My time and access to the internet needs to be limited for my own good, lol, but reading these things help remind me why I am here. To bring the only thing that can comfort these people, Jesus, to them in a way that they can grab on to. Not in empty prayers, but in groceries, Christmas gifts, warm jackets, sleeping bags, whatever they need.
God, I want your name to be glorified on this Earth. I want your love to be felt by those who feel forgotten. I want to be a part of it, more than anything else. I won't be satisfied to watch it pass by. I want to hold those hurting kids in my arms. I want to feed those hungry people and build houses for the homeless. God don't ever let me get so comfortable that I forget them, because you won't ever forget them.
You wanna know another funny thing? Anyone who knows me, knows that I love to travel. I have the blood of a missionary pumping through these veins. That is why I am going through Elevate; it is the preparation part for what God has planned for me. Elevate will be over in May but I know that I am not ready to leave. Of course I won't get my Master's Degree until next year, so I will be sticking around but that's not the only reason. While I was away this break, my travels were filled with a longing to be back home. This is really a new feeling for me. To miss a place that I am already intimately familiar with. More than anything I think I miss my family and friends.
I feel disconnected from what normally gives me life. I feel like I am not connected to the vine anymore. I am shriveling up. I am lonely even though I am surrounded by people. I have developed some great friendships in the past year and I miss that companionship. I miss the freedom I have in their presence, to just be me.
I guess I know what it feels like to be living in the fullness of God's presence and then be removed from it. I know that God is everywhere and that He is always with me, but the challenge presented to me now is to take that same fire keep it with me wherever I go.