Faith for Faith

faithEvery intern is different. Every one with their unique personality, their strengths their weaknesses. I kind of always knew that but what I didn’t know is that each community event God wanted them to do would be hand-crafted just for them. God not only designed their event but he tailor-made it according to their personalities and calling they have on their lives. Mickey’s event not only reached out to the elderly but utilized kids in their giftings. Mickey’s heart is for children to know that they are called and created by God and they can be used by God even now at a young age. Jaxson’s event was to reach the homeless and less fortunate which is his heart and desire. And then there is Faith. Oh my Faithy dear God used you in incredible ways just as he did with Mickey and Jaxson.

For Faith God told her a couple of months in advance that she was going to put on a Spaghetti feed for Valentines day.  That meant having the faith for the location, food, decorations, volunteers, child care so couples can have  a romantic meal together, and people to come.  That takes a lot of faith to believe that God will do what He put on her heart to do.  A lot of people I know receive a vision or direction from God with excitement but as time ticks on they become fearful and shrink back from the task at hand.

Though there were many ups and downs to get to the event, yet by the time the day came Faith was on top of things.  I mean like really on top of things.  I got to church’s gym where the event was being held and everything was pretty much already set up.  Tables for 6 for families that wanted to dine together or couples that wanted to visit with other couples.  There were tables for 2 for those that just wanted a romantic dinner together.  Each table had white table clothes with chocolate hearts sprinkled about and a candle as the center piece.  There was romantic music playing in the back ground and the spaghetti meal cooking in the kitchen.  I don’t think anything was left undone! The volunteers were awesome as they helped with each task.  Once again God made the impossible possible. The impossible for this event was having food on a tight budge, having people come and help serve, getting fliers passed out and information on social media, and then praying God will bring in people.  Faith did her part and God certainly came through on his end.

You have to understand that the event God asks you to do is never ever EVER about you. It is about the people God is sending to receive from Him.  God loves to lavish His creation with gifts, presents, and love.  He wants people to know that He cares and has been thinking about them all along!

The people that came made the whole thing all worth it.  There was a family of 5 that came and ate together who usually serve at events the whole time instead of being served.  There was another family that enjoyed a nice meal together without worrying about dishes or meal prep.  There were couples that were able to drop their kids off and sit with other couples and have adult time with one another.  There were other couples who got to go to a table all to themselves and enjoy one anothers company. ALL FOR FREE.

The couple that touched all of our hearts the most was the one that told Faith that they had not even been married for a year. It had been such a rough year with finances and other things happening. They longed to do something special for their first valentines day together but didn’t have the funds to do so.  When they heard about the event that God and Faith were putting on they were so excited they could actually have a restaurant quality meal without paying a dime.  They were so grateful someone cared enough to do this for the community.

Now THAT, THAT is what it is all about. The people that God sends to be loved on.  If Faith didn’t have the faith to step out and do what God had place on the inside of her heart to do then none of the people that came would have had the experience they did  Thank you God for people like Faith who will to step out and say Yes Lord I am willing!

I am so proud of Faith! It was such a hard event but not only was it amazing but God was so pleased.  After each event, each intern is to go back to God and ask Him what He thought of the event.  Both Faith and I got how pleased God was and how it turned out better than  we could ever expect!  Faith learned so much and I am so pleased with with God did through her and in her.

Thank you Volunteers who came out and helped with everything. Thank you those who donated and gave of your resources.

Thank you Jesus for once again coming through and using us to Love on the community.  I am truly blown away by all you do!

Now what about you? What is God asking you to step out in faith for and believe.  Maybe not just for you and your family but for others to receive God’s love that He has for them.  It is not always easy but in the end it is ALWAYS WORTH IT!

 

 

Is Drinking Alcohol a Sin?

Is Drinking Alcohol a Sin. . . .  What a controversial topic!  People tell their opinion all the time, but what does the Bible actually say about it? That is the real question.

In this video I not only tell my story about my relationship with Alcohol but I give a handful of passages on what the Bible says about drinking.

Multi Strand Necklace Tutorial

In this Multi Strand Necklace Tutorial I teach you how to make a 3 stranded necklace.  It takes a bit of time but the techniques to make it are pretty simple.  You will thank me when you complete this chic necklace on your own.

Materials Needed:
Beads
Wire (.3M) In the video I started out with .45M and it was way to big.
4 split rights
Clasp (I used a Toggle Clasp)
4 Crimping Beads
Chain
2 Metal Jewelry Loops

Tools
1 Long Nose Pliers
1 Round Nose Pliers
Cutters

Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself

This weeks subject as you can see from the video to this post is Loving Your Neighbor.  We hear that phrase thrown around a lot but don’t always know the depth or severity of it. We don’t always realize that means people we love and people that we don’t like.  To Love Your Neighbor as Yourself is not only to show love to those that love you back but to those that hate you and want nothing to do with you.

As I was asking God to show me what to write for this blog he brought me to the parable of the Good Samaritan. I have read that parable so much I could tell it to you with my eyes closed and yet the Lord always points something new out when I read or study it.

As you may or may not know, the story Jesus told is about a man who was robbed, beaten severely, clothes taken, and left for dead.  As he was laying on the side of the road a priest (Jewish religious leader) came and saw the man, crossed the street to walk on the other side and left the man.  Then a Levite, the priest right hand man, did the exact same thing. Saw the beaten up man, crossed the road, and went on his way.

Then a Samaritan comes along. Now we always put a good in front of Samaritan but the Jews did not think the same.  The Jews and Samaritans had a history with each other.  They could not stand one another.  Mainly due to religious differences they had.  They couldn’t see eye to eye on where to worship or who was God’s chosen people were, etc.  They disliked each other so much that the leaders of each group told their people not to talk, associate, or be in the others territory.  That is quite the hatred they had for each other.

So for Jesus to use a Samaritan to save the day was pretty radical.  To make the Samaritan the hero was not what a good Jew should be saying.  In the parable the Samaritan had pity on the Jewish man that was beat up. god-samaritan He bandaged his wounds, put oil over the mans body, took him into town, got him a room, and then told the inn keeper if there is any more expenses that he did not pay for then he would be back to pay the extra.

Don’t you see to Love one’s neighbor as yourself means you treat people the way you want to be treated whether you can see eye to eye with them or not.  You show respect and kindness even when they don’t like you and have spoken ill of you.  You bless those who cures you. Pray for those who hate you.  When a person is in need, whether they like you or not, you help them.

Loving people comes without strings attached in God’s eyes.  God wants us to love people even when there is nothing in return. As the book of Luke puts it:

“But Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

The way God wants us to love each other isn’t easy and it can hurt doing it, but in the end it is worth it.  And even when you can’t love your enemies God will give you the strength and love you need in order to do so, all you need to do is ask.

 

Love Your Neighbor

Love Your Neighbor is no joke and it is not easy.  God calls us to a high standard of loving others as ourselves. But God wouldn’t ask us to do anything he doesn’t do.  God loves everyone including those that hate him and want nothing to do with him and He expects the same thing out of us. Even when people treat us bad, hate us, or speak ill of us we are still supposed to love and respect them.

This video is all about Loving your neighbor: who your neighbor is and what that looks like.

How to Make a Toggle Pendant Necklace

If you like different and beautiful than you have to watch this video to learn how to make your own Toggle Pendant Necklace or as I like to call it Backward Necklace.  It really is simple and easy yet gorgeous.

Inspired by a Necklace off of Pinterest

Material List
Beads
Toggle Clasp
Chain
2 Split Rings
Head Pins

Tools:
Long Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Cutters