Friday, June 19, 2009

Home is where your heart is

I'm heading home!!

Each time I head back to Cincinnati, I feel a multitude of emotions. I'm excited to see my friends and family, eat the amazing food Cincy can offer me, and see all of my favorite and familiar sights. I do feel a bit of nervousness as I am traveling back to a place that can bring up past issues and things I am working through. All and all, I know that I love and serve a God who is my rock, my foundation and my fortress; I shall not be shaken. (Psalm 62:6)

Please pray for me as I travel home to reconnect with my ministry partners and hopefully find new ministry partners. The mid-west is getting BLASTED by storms this week, so please lift up my flights home in prayer.

If you're in Cincinnati and you're reading this AND we haven't had a chance to set up a time to get together, please call me! I would love to see you.

After my trip home, I travel to Colorado Springs for a couple days of meetings, back to Long Beach for a day to repack and then off to Blythe! I'm celebrating the 4th of July with Heidi and Alissa :)

Love you all and I'll see you real soon Cincinnati!

Thanks for reading. Thanks for praying.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A year in review!

I finally figured out how to put this on my blog! I hope you enjoy! This is a little taste of my first year at Long Beach. As always, without you, this year would NOT have happened! Thanks for playing a part in this :)

I think the picture is a little off center... if you have ideas on how to fix that, please let me know!!

He fights for me.

I looked at my blackberry this morning (per usual) and saw that I had an email from a donor. They were writing me to let me know they were going to discontinue their giving. This isn't too much of a shock because they informed me last year they would only be able to give for one more year. I had peace when I read this email, yet I still needed to fight all of my typical anxious feelings regarding the topic of fund-raising.

I've been reading in Deuteronomy for a few weeks now. Seriously, one of my FAVORITE books of the Bible. I came across this passage and my mind went immediately to fund-raising.
"And I commanded Joshua at that time, 'Your eyes have seen all that the LORD your God has done to these two kings. So will the LORD do to all the kingdoms into which you are crossing. You shall not fear them, for it is the LORD your God who fights for you.'" - Deuteronomy 3:21-22
Just as Joshua has seen the miraculous ways God has fought for him, I must remember that I've seen God provide in ways I never imagined. Last year, when making the decision to continue on into Staff-in-Training, I was told by my regional director that my reasoning for NOT doing staff could not be fund-raising. He reminded me that I have seen God do way too much to doubt in His provision.

Would you join me in prayer for this summer? Not simply that I would become fully funded, but that I would remember God, how He has fought for me and that I would not fear the task that has been set before me?

Thanks for reading. Thanks for praying.

Also, I'd love to hear any encouraging verses if you have anything!