I live in New Orleans; city of festivals, Mardi Gras, tourism, Cajun food, and jazz music. The one year anniversary of taking faith steps of moving here is around the corner. The city and I have become good friends, quickly. I slid right into step with the culture. Although I’m not native I am proud to now consider myself a local. I can give you directions and tell you the best places to eat. I have bowls of beads on my table. I know not to wear flip-flops to the quarter. I’ve experienced roaches bigger than my dog and been swarmed by termites. I’ve also become pretty much ok with being soaked with sweat any given day of the very long summer.
Put Me In Coach!
Over the last year I’ve been Read more
Twenty something days on a Greek island and it’s been an interesting introduction to Greece. I’m submerged in a different culture but surrounded by a diversity of Americans. This island has fresh organic meals to enjoy, an abundance of wine to sip, and plenty of sand to be found in various spaces.
I’ve also been experiencing a tug of war in my spirit but a firmness in faith as finished reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Read more
Another month goes by and my heart breaks just a little more. I had a simple question that I prayed with hands over my face, tears in my hands. I asked and He answered.
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
God please give me one person to share your love with, Amen!
… and then we are sitting at a bar…
Encouraged by leadership and mission of Manchester Christian Church, my husband and I have been praying for one person to share God’s love with and to be a light. Our small group has also been focusing on this mission and prayed for God to prepare the hearts of co-workers before we moved to NOLA. We have this as one of our family’s missions: individually, in our marriage, and anywhere or how God wants to use us. We’re also very human and have all the uncomfortable and too comfortable flaws that come with being human. Sometimes we forget or lose momentum in the prayer and have to remind ourselves and refocus. We submitted a prayer request, for one, with a new church, Vintage Church New Orleans, we attended and we prayed it together in our final prayer that evening.
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My husband and I moved to New Orleans a few months ago completely in faith steps. He travels a lot for work and there was an opportunity for him to be on a project that was estimated to last 4 months. Relying totally on prayer and faith, the decision was made to move to New Orleans and be locals. I gave notice at work. We walked away from a security deposit on a pretty amazing apartment. We packed up a Pod, said goodbye to New England, and signed a 6 month lease in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans.
This was new for me, being obedient to a calling. I knew that there was something big here for us. I just knew that I was going to hit the ground running fighting sex trafficking or advocating for survivors or community outreach… something! There was so much momentum and fire. Then God pressed pause. Read more
“God we will do anything. Anything.”
Praying for anything is allowing for God to use you in His plan according to His will by tapping into the talents and skills he has gifted you. Sometimes our hopes and dreams are aligned but sometimes God has a different timing and priority than we do. This is the scary part of surrender; allowing for God’s will not our own.
In going through the Anything Project, I have really been looking at what is my Anything. What is it that God wants from me? What are my talents and gifts? Where is my own heart? and What will really count at the end of my life? Read more
“If you want to be perfect, go and sell your possessions and give them to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come follow me.” Jesus wants us to take care of the poor, to sacrifice for others, and to follow Him. Jesus is asking us to be willing to give up what we hold closest to our hearts: the things of this world that holds no true value. For the young man in Matthew 19:16-30, this was his possessions. Jesus simply wants us to love Him first and to serve Him above all else.
Dear Heavenly Father, what is in my heart that I put before you? Please show me and make it clear so I can better serve.
I’m taking an 8 week journey with Jennie Allen’s Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul. I read her book Restless and I’m looking forward to taking more steps in my faith to see where this path leads. The Anything Project is Jennie’s story of saying the prayer, “God we will do anything, Anything” and what happened next… Read more
…take up your cross and follow me. –Jesus
As Christians we are to strive to be Christ-like. Jesus very specifically says the second most important commandment of God is to Love your neighbor as yourself (Matt 22:39). To be Christ-like is being of the same mind, same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. With humility, we are called to regard one another as more important than ourselves, looking out for the interests of others (Phil 2:2-5) submitting to one another (Eph 5:21). To love is to show patience, kindness and to not be boastful, arrogant, rude… love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things (1 Cor 13). Love also keeps no record of wrongs (1 Cor 13:6). If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions (Matt 6:15). Hate the sin, love the person (Rom 12:9-10).
Then there’s the world that is presented to us by the media.