Mother’s Day (A Special Blog for Those Waiting to Conceive, And the People In Their Lives)

Mother’s Day (A Special Blog for Those Waiting to Conceive, And the People In Their Lives)

  I am truly blessed to have an amazing mother, mother in love and grandmother who are still alive and well. I absolutely love celebrating them on this day and just in life period. These are amazing women who I am blessed and honored to learn from and be a part of their legacy.   But let me be honest with you. As I approach 35 years of age, and if I am not careful in guarding my heart, Mother’s day can bring thoughts of anxiety or even sadness. Many of you know my husband’s and I desire to have children because I have had no problem sharing it. 3 years ago we had a miscarriage. I decided to openly share it because SO many women go through this and need to know they are not alone. With everything that I share it is my desire to inspire others to know that they can overcome with Christ.   Since that time, my husband and I have had spurts of focusing on trying to get pregnant, only for me to be disappointed when I come on my cycle yet once again! Then you have moments where you say, forget all of the Ovulation tracker apps! I’m just going to “trust the Lord” and let it happen naturally. Time passes, we celebrate another new year, another birthday passes, more babies are born all around you, you start to see scattered gray hairs, you receive yet ANOTHER inbox or text message of someone saying they dreamed about your baby or babies, or even worst asks are you pregnant when in fact you...
God is This You? Bright Blue Colors and the letter D

God is This You? Bright Blue Colors and the letter D

God is This You? Bright Blue Colors and the letter D John 10:27-New Living Translation (NLT) 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.   During the beginning of the week, our mission’s leader Colby Gardner gave us a challenge that would require us to practice Listening Prayer.  You can begin by reading scripture and then ask the Lord to speak to you through it.  If you have a question that you want to ask God, you simply ask it and then listen for the answer. The question Colby asked us was to ask God for a word of encouragement that we would give someone that week.  God could speak to us through scripture, show us a vision, a color, give us a name, etc. We were to quiet our minds and wait for God to speak.  Quieting my mind can be so difficult at times. Yet in Cuba we were without the distractions of work, and technology. It was in this moment where I heard the voice of God speak clearly as day, “you shall live and not die.” This was followed by a vision of bright blue colors and a name beginning with the letter “D.”   I began to do like most of us when we receive or hear the voice of God. I questioned its authenticity, “Is this you God or was this me?”  The words, “You shall live and not die” continued to echo in my head. I decided at that moment to trust God and believe that He would reveal its purpose during the week.   It was...
The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

This year I committed to reading at least a book per month and I ended 2015 reading this book, “The Circle Maker.”  This book has literally revolutionized my prayer life.  Batterson begins the book by sharing insights regarding a legend by the named of Honi. Honi, had a prayer life like no other and you truly learned from his example.  Batterson also shares a lot about his journey as the pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC and how many of the things that have come to past are due to his bold and consistent prayers.   This book is so rich and inspired my current prayer circle of wives. We have all read this book together and now we pray for one another daily!  If you find yourself in a rut with your prayer life! Get this book! If you find yourself wanting to learn more about prayer, get this book! If you are a prayer warrior already, get this book! If you found that there are certain things that you once prayed for and now you no longer pray for them because they have not come to past, get this book! If you’re afraid to pray for the big things, get this book! No matter what level you are on in life this book will change your life. It has now become a staple in our library and we will always go back to it for refreshers.   “Don’t just read the Bible. Start circling the promises.  Don’t just make a wish. Write down a list of God-glorifying life goals.  Don’t just pray. Keep a prayer...
From the Four Corner’s of the Block, to the World! Next Stop: Mission Cuba!

From the Four Corner’s of the Block, to the World! Next Stop: Mission Cuba!

Next Stop: Mission Cuba In 79 days I will be on the road again to Cuba to be the hands and feet of Jesus in that country. As many of you know the past year I have been training with a mentor to learn how to effectively lead missions trips and live missionally. This will be the first trip that I attend just the week following my Short Term Missions training with Adventures in Missions in Gainesville, GA. I am very excited about the work we will do in this country. Cuba is less than 90 miles from the United States and is the the largest island in the Caribbean. It has the second largest population in the region, and before the US Embargo of 1960, was one of the most advanced and prosperous nations in Latin America. From quality education, high life expectancy, and technological advances like telephones and automobiles, life in Cuba in the 1950’s was good. Enter the Communist Revolution in 1959. Economic depression followed the Soviet Union’s collapse. The Embargo limited trade and tourism to the nation in 1960, and the combination of those three factors left Cuba stuck in the 1950’s, its once thriving economy unable to advance. Now in 2015, it’s a nation without modern technology, appliances, or automobiles newer than the 1950’s. Adventures began officially going to Cuba in 2012, before the Embargo lifted. What we found was a nation hungry for Christ and a growing church inviting us to partner with them. Officially, Cuba is a secular nation. There is no national religion, although 59% of the population would call themselves...
Whose Voice Are You Following?

Whose Voice Are You Following?

John 10:27-30English Standard Version (ESV)–27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me… As we do the Favor Project together this is a question that we must ask ourselves daily! It is critical as we endeavor to remain focused with an attitude of gratitude and giving throughout the year. Have you ever had a moment where you just sat and daydreamed the worst possible scenario? Or maybe you have a big dream and you find yourself becoming anxious as you think of what can go wrong or why it won’t ever happen? Maybe, you find yourself scrolling Instagram and Facebook and you become discouraged as you hear the voice in the head that tells you, “It won’t ever happen for you. Or you aren’t pretty or smart enough?” There are so many voices that we often allow to compete with THE main voice that we should be listening too and that is God our Father. I love this verse above because Jesus is saying that a great indicator of someone that is His sheep is that they hear His voice, He knows them, and they follow Him. This will also be an indicator of how the world will know who Jesus is through you. When they observe you obeying and following His voice on a daily basis, they will see God’s glory on your life. Our prayer is that they see that and ask, “What must I do to be saved?” Your life will stand out because of the voice you follow. “You are the light of the world, a city on a hill...