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...
The Aha Moments: Mission Guatemala & Mission Home 2015

The Aha Moments: Mission Guatemala & Mission Home 2015

Last week we were walking the streets of Guatemala, as the Lord guided us on our missions journey. Oh how I miss the beautiful town of Antigua Guatemala already! Yet, I’m sure that we will return as we build upon the relationships that we have made and take other teams to serve. This mission’s trip was full of Aha Moments for my husband and I. From building new relationships, to growing even closer in our marriage, to witnessing the miraculous, to pushing ourselves beyond our comfort zone and serving with no limits, we are changed! Each mission trip that God allows us to experience is another piece of the puzzle for our lives. Adventures in Missions (AIM), and the Purchase Effect sponsored this trip. To learn more about each organization click the hyperlink above. This trip was all about learning HOW to living missionally. For many of the participants this was their first mission’s trip. Many were challenged, yet we all were impacted and are excited about living missionally.   Many maybe asking, “What is living missionally?” Well it means to engage others with the gospel message and to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We do this from serving and building relationships with people wherever we go. It also means to be led by the Holy Spirit and to be open for God to work through you and in you. Living missionally involves simply loving people by caring enough to pray for them, have a conversation with them, or simply give a hug. As our team was intentional about Living Missionally together, I had several Aha Moments where...
Same Same, But Different

Same Same, But Different

Galatians 3:28 (Message)-In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Have you ever felt alone when going through a challenge in your life? In the midst of trials and tribulation, it’s easy to feel as if you are the only person in the world that is going through. Our emotions during the trial can make us feel as if we are by ourselves on an island. This is how I used to feel. Over the course of my life I have had to overcome a lot of things from depression, to promiscuity, to drug abuse, and much more. There were times when I felt no one understood the pain that I was experiencing. When I came into the knowledge of Jesus Christ, I learned that I was never alone because God never leaves us, nor forsakes us. I also learned that Jesus could indeed identify with my weaknesses and temptations yet He did not sin. Hebrews 4:15-16 (Message)-Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. During, this trip to Thailand it was confirmed yet again that what I’ve had...
Do We Dare to Believe? Mission: Thailand 2014

Do We Dare to Believe? Mission: Thailand 2014

 Photo by Connie Rock Last year I attended this particular Adventures in Missions trip to Thailand and was truly impacted! Feel free to read about my experience from 2013 here: http://jenniferlucyinspires.com/her-name-was-pretty-day-3-part-of-day-4-thailand-missions/. I must also give you all an update on “Bella”, or in my 2013 blog I called her “Pretty.” Well, not only did she stop working in the bar, she began to work at Rahab Ministries for a few months! Today, she is working in another village as a car saleswoman!! Hearing stories like this truly speak to the power of prayer and building relationships, which this Thailand trip encourages its participants to do. We must also remember, that some will plant, some will water, but its always God who receives the increase and all of the glory!     One of the things I love most about this particular trip to Thailand with Adventures in Missions is the focus on spiritual awareness, discernment, and prayer.  Prayer is how we as Christians communicate with our Father and how we hear Him communicate with us. Although this is an open line of communication, it’s often taken for granted and not utilized amidst the hustle and bustle of life in the states. Here there is no room to take this for granted because everything we do must be done prayerfully as the Holy Spirit leads us. Things happen when we pray! This trip really stretches your ability to believe that because from the surface, you wonder if change is really taking place.   From having attended this trip back in 2013, one of the things we consistently prayed for is...
Knowing Jesus, Is Sharing Jesus: Missional Living 101

Knowing Jesus, Is Sharing Jesus: Missional Living 101

  During our trip to Thailand we had the opportunity to visit the Grand Palace.  The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782.  The current king does not reside there.  However, several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year.   This was my second time visiting the Grand Palace.  Yet, I am still in awe of the elaborate structures, and walls filled with solid gold and jewels.  Nonetheless, what caught my attention more than the gold walls and the jewels was a simple sign near the entrance of the temple that said: Knowing Buddha, Buddha is not for Tattoo, Buddha is not for Decoration, Stop Buying Buddha.   This made me think of how we often treat Jesus, the Bible, and the cross. I do not believe there is anything wrong with expressing your faith through jewelry, t-shirts, etc. In fact, I believe it can be a great witnessing tool and conversation starter. Yet, many of us fail in making that connection to our faith, and sharing it with others.  This Buddha sign simply reminds me that I am to live missionally. Missional living is the adoption of the posture, thinking, behaviors and practices of a missionary in order to engage others with the gospel message. In our representation of the gospel with crosses on our necks, scriptures on t-shirts, we must remember to engage others with the message that we represent.   This is what I love about the Thailand trip. We often have times during the day to practice living life missionally, because...
I’m Going Going, Back Back, To Thailand Thailand

I’m Going Going, Back Back, To Thailand Thailand

I’m Going Going, Back Back, To Thailand Thailand   “If we are going to accomplish the global purpose of God, it will not be primarily through giving our money, as important as that is. It will happen primarily through giving ourselves. This is what gospel represents, and it’s what the gospel requires.”- David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream   This evening as we get ready to board the Ethihad plane to Thailand again this year, I am filled with emotions. Initially, when I decided to make this trip a second time I felt as if I would have the upper hand. I had been to Thailand before on a mission’s trip, so I thought I knew all of what to expect, how we would flow, etc. As pompous as that sounds, I truly thought I would be able to predict how it would all go down.   Well, as always God has a great sense of humor! That’s one of the many reasons why I love serving Him! This Christian life is an adventure! For those who have not turned on CNN lately, Thailand is currently experiencing “Political Unrest” or a Coup d’etat.  According to Merriam Webster that means, “a sudden decisive exercise of force in politics; especially: the violent overthrow or altercation of an existing government by a small group. If you want to read more about it, Google it! J So as you can imagine, all last week as we have been preparing my email has been flooded with messages of prayers and concerns. These messages have been coming along with alerts...