Mexico 2016

“God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.”

During my second trip to the Holy Place, House of Prayer in Matamoros, Mexico, I learned the deep truth of this quote. From the time I started raising support, all the way through the trip, I was impacted by the thought that all it takes is for someone to say yes & have a willing heart– to give, to pray, to support, to go– for God to move in people’s lives and qualify us to do His will! The only reason I was able to go on this trip was because beloved img_3268family and friends gave generously. That made it possible for me to say yes and see Jesus’ name exalted in another country! I’m so grateful for this experience and can really say my life has been changed forever! Continue reading “Mexico 2016”

Be Ready

Jesus said to pray watch, be ready, stay alert, and stay sober because the day of great tribulation is coming. Many will be deceived, even the elect (aka best of the best Christians). Many will fall away and their love will grow cold. We will be hated and betrayed as wars, natural disasters and sin are all at the highest peak they’ve ever been in human history. But those who endure to the end will be saved. Matthew 24 makes all this really clear. After every tribe and tongue and people have heard the Gospel, THEN Jesus will come back. After we’ve been handed over for torture, our houses and families ravaged, and our faith put to the test to the utmost, THEN He will gather His people with a trumpet blast. His Bride will be purified, all gray lines will disappear, and everything that can be shaken—will be shaken. Continue reading “Be Ready”

Waiting for…Someday

“Our lust for future comfort is the biggest thief of life”

It seems like we’re always waiting for something– tomorrow, the weekend, our day off, retirement, til we graduate. Then everything will be different & better, right?

Single people are waiting for the day they’re in a relationship or married. Married people long for kids, for their kids to be out of the house, or, or, or. This is life, full of different seasons. Are you waiting  for that perfect future season, whatever it is? Do you think all your current problems will be solved? Continue reading “Waiting for…Someday”

Stare at Jesus

When you read the Bible, don’t Jesus’ commands sometimes seem…impossible? The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 was Jesus’ first public message where He says things like blessed are those who mourn, love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you, etc. He even says to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect! If you’ve read this and parts of the Word and think, “I’m not perfect! How the heck am I going to do this?!”–you’re not alone!

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I Wish Someone Told Me…

Wherever this finds you, but especially if you’re under 25, people might be telling you how you have to prepare for the rest of your life,  “start these habits, get this degree, get this job,” etc… This isn’t one of those talks… This is a friendly warning to let you know what I’m learning now, and what I wish someone had told me when I was younger. Continue reading “I Wish Someone Told Me…”

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Mary vs. Martha…

Luke 10:38-42

38 Now while they were on their way, Jesus entered a village [called Bethany], and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was continually listening to His teaching. 40 But Martha was very busy and distracted with all of her serving responsibilities; and she approached Him and said, “Lord, is it of no concern to You that my sister has left me to do the serving alone? Tell her to help me and do her part.” 41 But the Lord replied to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered and anxious about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part [that which is to her advantage], which will not be taken away from her.”

One of the comparisons in the Bible (& therefore the church) is Mary vs. Martha. We read that Mary did the right thing by sitting at Jesus’ feet, but her sister Martha was “very busy & distracted with all of her serving responsibilities.” From this story, people use phrases like, “Be Mary not Martha.” “Which one are you?” “Do you love Jesus or do you serve?” “The Martha Syndrome,” etc.

This can be confusing because we’re also called to serve in the church, by using our gifts, you know, be the body… but… we’re not supposed to serve like Martha? There’s a tension there. So my question is: just because we don’t see Mary serving elsewhere, does that mean she never did? To say it another way: just because the story is about Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet and Martha is seen serving, doesn’t mean Mary never served & Martha never sat at Jesus’ feet.

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2015-A Year of New Beginnings

New Beginnings

As 2015 is now over, it’s that time of year to be looking back on all the Lord has done, remember His faithfulness, & look to what He has for us this year in 2016! I’d like to share a few key happenings with you! 2015 has been a year of new beginnings for James & I! If you didn’t already know, it’s been a dream of mine to be on staff at the House of Prayer in Atlanta since I was young, Continue reading “2015-A Year of New Beginnings”

The Fields are White! Mexico Missions Trip 2015

“The fields are white, they’re all around us. We live life like they’re not. So consumed in our ambitions, so distant from Your heart”-Caleb Andrews

This fall I had the chance to go to Mexico for a week-long mission trip with the House of Prayer in Atlanta. I found out about the trip because of a last-minute opening THREE WEEKS before they planned to leave–and the opening was for someone who spoke Spanish… This was a chance to fulfill my life-long dream of ministering to others in a foreign country using the gift the Lord gave me of speaking Spanish. I was unsure if it was what I was supposed to do, so I threw it out there on media to see if the money would come in that quickly- Continue reading “The Fields are White! Mexico Missions Trip 2015”

Let’s Waste Our Lives

 

Mary of Bethany was one of Jesus’ close friends when He walked on the Earth. She and her family knew Him well and had Him over for dinner when He was in town. One time, her sister, Martha, invited Jesus and the disciples over, but Mary didn’t help her serve, instead she sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to His teaching. Martha was upset because she needed help cooking and had to do it alone. Jesus’ response to Martha is, “Leave her alone, she has chosen the better part & it won’t be taken from her.”

Wow. The Uncreated God put on flesh, Continue reading “Let’s Waste Our Lives”

Exciting Update with James

Everyone–I’m highlighting something James wrote about how he’s getting involved at IHOP in a few weeks! We can’t wait!!  Please read! (And ask me or James if you have any questions!)

I want to share some exciting news with you about an opportunity that I have this fall. Recently, as Beka and I have transitioned to Georgia to be at the House of Prayer in Atlanta, I’ve been getting involved and serving in different areas. During their Sunday services, people who are on staff give testimonies about being a part of IHOP and going through internships, and I felt the Lord strongly tell me recently to be a part of the upcoming internship at IHOP this fall. Continue reading “Exciting Update with James”