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Simple Guidance For You In Hurricane Irma

With Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida as I write this. I debated whether or not to continue writing, but here we go. It is with great confidence and belief that Hurricane Irma will pass by, do her dirty deeds on Florida, and we will be resilient and recover. We are a state that has seen our share of hurricanes over the years, and we get by. I know some of you are thinking well you’ve tucked away in northeast Florida, they never get hit with much. You are right I am tucked away in Jacksonville at the moment, yet like many of you in the Southeast, I am watching Irma with trepidation. A little while ago a friend of mine posted on Facebook in one of our private groups his concern as to whether he was prepared enough for what Irma was going to bring. We are called to provide and protect our family, our loved ones, our friends and when it comes down to it complete strangers as needed. Are we ever prepared fully? I don’t think so; God even says in Mathew 25:13 “Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.” Did you get that? We don’t know, all we can do is prepare our lives the best we can and put our trust in him. Please do not misunderstand me; I am not saying just sit in Irma’s path and wait and see. A dose of common sense to bug out if you need to […]

We are called to serve all the nations

Jetlagged, weary-eyed, utterly exhausted, yet fulfilled. This past week I, along with several others returned from a two-week mission trip to Thailand. Two weeks filled with culture, new found friendships, sleepless nights, fatigue, joy, and much more. Although the exotic foods may have unsettled our stomachs or we had strained emotions due to lack of sleep, I cannot wait to return. I have found that when it comes to mission trips there are a few things to take into consideration. Things never go as planned – no matter how much you painstakingly plan the agenda. It will change and that is okay, more than okay usually. Intend to serve, be prepared to be humbled – no matter how you plan to serve others, God shows up and meets you in the faces of those you serve. Allow your heart to break – broken hearts are God’s pottery. He breaks you, only to mold you into His very own remade masterpiece. Open yourself up to be vulnerable – every trip had revealed part of my own story. When we allow ourselves to be prayerfully vulnerable, God will show us our story and true mission. Mission trips are not for everyone – even those that go ‘on a mission’ are not always ready. They focus more on themselves than those they are there to help. Some missionaries are better off taking a vacation. Allow God’s love to shine – You may be a bitter pill at home. Yet travel to a place where no one knows you. […]

Finding Christ-like Humility

I was raised in a family in which appearances mattered. Not the tummy-tuck, plastic-face type, but the status and what “people might think” kind. More vanity and less humility.   Granted this was not how I was born, but it was how I was raised. Unknowingly I became blindly judgemental, arrogant, and condescending. I spent much of my young adult life trying to not be like I was raised. Yet turned out just as was planned. Over last few years I have been searching for my true north. Was it my identity I sought? Did I even know who I really was? A couple of years ago, my crown came crashing down. I met Jesus face to face in a hospital in Port au Prince, Haiti. It was there that I felt His pain, a pain I caused him, by the life I had been living. I had been angry for so long because of what others had done to me. Never taking the time or caring enough to see what I did to others in return. It was not until I came to grips with who I am in Christ, that I began to recognize my true calling. Humbled onto my knees the weight of my past crumbled off my shoulders. Jesus was there with me wiping away the pieces, comforting my tears. A sinner undeserving of His love or forgiveness, He ignored my transgressions as only He could. My past became a message, my journey was not in vain, as one day He would […]