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Blessed and Refreshed

26 Jul

Well time certainly flies by and it seems like it has been for me. A few major changes have happened in my life too which also makes life a bit more exciting! One of those changes being that I have resigned from my job. This was a big step for me and required a lot of faith and trust in God  for what may come next but I’m looking forward to see what God is going to do on my behalf. He is ever faithful and has promised to be so!

Because of this change, I had the opportunity to fly out to Chicago to once again minister at IBLP, the former organization I used to serve at three years ago. The girls “Journey to the Heart” was this past week and I was blessed to be one of the team leaders. I had an amazing assistant who helped me tremendously! Our team consisted of 11 sweet girls ranging from 14 to 26 years old. Over the next 10 days, we had a great time seeking the Lord together. There were times of counseling, sharing, praying, reading, singing, fellowshipping, and sometimes just times of laughter or tears. To see God work in hearts and lives is thrilling. There are some that come with past hurts, some with current struggles, and some without a Saviour. We saw young women saved by the grace of God, relationships restored, and hearts revived. I trust that as these women settle back into the normal routine of life, they will continue to walk in freedom and joy as they love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ and those around them.

I stayed for a few extra days here in Chicago to catch up with some old friends – it’s been great. I’ll be heading home for two days and then flying out to Georgia to visit with my uncle and family. I’m certainly enjoying my summer so far and feeling mighty blessed! 🙂

My awesome team!

Session with Mr. Gothard
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Group Session up in the Northwoods of MichiganIMG_2133

Such beauty!
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Time of singing, sharing, and teaching

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Time for some relaxation and fun at Lake Superior!

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My awesome assistant!DSC_0070

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Nearing Its End

22 May

 

 

 

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Beautiful view of LADSC_0038

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Have to get Starbucks Frappes when their 1/2 off especially on Hollywood Blvd! 😉

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Grauman’s Chinese TheatreDSC_0052

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Universal Studio’s CityWalkIMG_1543

Pretty Cool to be there!

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Santa Monica PierIMG_1577

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For our last evening, we spent it on the Queen Mary in Long Beach. So authentic as everything is just the way it was in the 30’s. Awesome experience!

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On the boat is the Princess Diana exhibit. Unfortunately, you can’t take any pictures inside.IMG_1661

Such a great friend 🙂IMG_1672

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I guess all good things must come to an end. 😦

It was such a wonderful week and one that won’t be forgotten!

Here, There, and Everywhere

17 May

Visiting part of the Exploratorium in San FranciscoIMG_1379

Nothing like a pit stop at In-N-Out 🙂

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Balboa Park in San Diego
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Coronado Island was breathtaking – I loved it there!

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Visiting Old Town San Diego – super cool!

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Napa Valley Photo Shoot

15 May

 

 

Such beauty can only come from a Perfect Creator!!!

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San Francisco!

8 May

Absolutely amazing! Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge was breathtaking!

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Road Tripping in CALI!!

6 May

Spending a week in California with dear friends! The fun is just beginning!

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In the Presence of the King

3 Aug

My heart is breaking. It’s breaking for a family who has lost a son and brother. This world is now missing a faithful servant of Jesus Christ.

Exactly one year ago, God gave me the opportunity to meet a young man (18 years of age) who had a passion for serving Christ and promoting His kingdom on this earth. That young man’s name was Chandler Brazell. He was called Jimmy by his friends.

We met at the Chicago O’Hare airport, excited to be leaving for Beijing China. He, myself, and Brooke Martens were entering a new chapter in our lives and looking forward to many new adventures together. We were heading to a strange land to teach character to boys and girls we had never met before and in a country we had never visited!

Throughout the three months that we spent together, we would share lesson plans, pray, eat together, visit new restaurants, attend church services, and soak in the Chinese culture.

I can definitely say that Jimmy was brave! He wanted to participate in everything and anything. He would make new friends so quickly. He tried his utmost to immerse himself in the culture, learn the Chinese language, and share His passion and love for the Lord by sharing a smile, greeting the elderly with a ‘Ni hao’ (hello in Mandarin), or spending time at his students’ homes.

I was blown away by his testimony and fervency for the Lord! I knew he loved God and God loved him!

Just two days ago, my heart sank when I came to find out that Jimmy was taken home to be with Jesus after a swimming accident. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it! I would have never thought something like this would have ever happened. I would have never imagined that the young man that I spent many hours with – while sitting laughing in conversation or catching the city train or listening to him sing from the next hall – would be taken one year later.

I’m stunned but I’m happy that Jimmy is home with his Saviour that he loved. He is worshipping Jesus in a perfect way. He’s most likely singing praises with a heart of gratitude perhaps while he skips down the golden streets of heaven – certainly beats skipping down the busy streets of Beijing like he would.

However, my heart breaks for his family and close friends. My prayer is that the Lord will strengthen them, give them peace that passeth all understanding, uphold them in His care, and surround them in His unfailing love.

Jimmy was a testimony of God’s faithfulness to me. Without a doubt in my heart, I know he will hear, “Well done thou good and faithful servant”.

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