Monday, July 23, 2012

peace I leave with you.

      Yesterday marked 2 weeks until my travel begins for my move to the Philippines. I had the awesome opportunity of sharing with several Sunday School classes at Highpoint Church, my church in Memphis. Thank you to those of you that took the time to listen to how God has directed my path over the last few years and led me to where I am today. Thanks especially for joining together as a body to pray for me and speak blessing over this journey! I am truly blessed!

As time slips away so quickly, I'd like to give a financial update to those of you who read. I am now at 55% of the amount that is due on August 1st (next Wednesday). I am lacking around $3,000. If you look back at two posts ago, that's a big jump! God is moving and truly showing me that He alone is Provider.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. 
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
John  14:27

That verse was brought to my attention time and time again yesterday. 
Oh, how I believe it is TRUTH!

Once again, I ask you to pray and ask the Lord if He would have you give. 
You can simply click the "donate" button to the left on this page to give online through Paypal. You don't have to have a Paypal account to do this!

Feel free to email me (, comment here, or contact me by phone (901-830-5843) if you have any questions.

Also, thank you to those that are praying. I am so grateful for you!

To God be the glory,

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Record of Faithfulness.

I know that I just wrote a new post a few days ago, but I wanted to share what God is teaching me.

Through the struggles of being funded for this fall, I have thought about so many things. I have been at points of complete peace, trusting God will provide, and then at points of complete disbelief, wondering how it is all going to work out. I have teetered on the disbelief side more so than I think I would like to admit. But just because I don't believe, doesn't mean that God isn't faithful. He is in His very nature faithful--to be unfaithful would deny who He essentially is, 
and He simply doesn't do that. Sometimes I fail to acknowledge that faithfulness. 
It is definitely easier to see what I lack instead of what I have been blessed with. 

But oh how sweet is the Lord to be patient with His children. He loves us. "He is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is long-suffering in order that none would perish, but ALL may come to repentance." 
(2 Peter 3:9)

In my shameful moments of disbelief, a million things have run through my mind. "What if I don't get to go this fall?" "Maybe I will just wait a year, save all my money, and then be able to go." etc, etc, etc. Basically looking at my situation as impossible for the LIVING God and trying to make ends meet in my own power. But Praise God for His sweet correction. He reminds me of His promises. He shows me glimpses of His faithfulness, in small and big things. And that all leads to praise and glory of His name--which is the reason we are to live.

So now, I am in a season of thankfulness. Rejoicing in this suffering. I wrote this before, but it seems I still need to be reminded--That when we are in these intense seasons of suffering, however suffering may manifest itself in our lives, that God very literally gives us Himself. He gently says that we can't do it on our own. We have to trust Him. He grows us in these times. Why? Maybe I am going to need a solid faith foundation for all the Lord has in store for the future. Very likely is that he desires and deserves the praises of all people, and will do what it takes to get that.

I am thankful for this time. I am thankful that I can't look to my own ability to raise money to go volunteer as a midwife and share the gospel in the Philippines. I praise God for all those who already have met their goal and can sit with assurance that the money is there. But I even more praise God for His faithfulness in showing me that this call has NOTHING to do with me. I can't go on my own accord. He will provide, for His namesake. He will "Enlarge the place of my tent, stretch my tent curtains wide; lengthen my cords, strengthen my stakes." (Isaiah 54: 2) He will make me rely on Him for everything. And for that, I am so grateful. Just lets me know that this endeavor has God written all over it. 
And in the end, I just want to be where He is.

"I am STILL confident of this: That I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." 
and now I am to "Wait for the Lord. Be strong. Take heart. And wait for the Lord." (Psalm 27:13-14)

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all the encouragement and prayers. I said it in my last post, but the prayers of God's people are being honored, and He is moving mightily. I ask you to continue praying for His Kingdom come and will to be done.

Love you guys!


Monday, July 16, 2012

20 days.

The past week or so has been eventful, full of travel, and a good break. I had a week off from babysitting, and went down to Mississippi with my brother and his girlfriend to visit my dad and family. That in itself was such a blessing, just getting to catch up and spend time with those who mean the most to me. In the few days I was there, I had my wisdom teeth taken out, too. Even though surgery isn't the most awesome thing, it was a good opportunity to get my pestering molars removed. I have been healing well for the most part!

Then I got to turn right back around and drive to Franklin to spend the weekend with the bride-to-be, Jessi. We picked up Karah from the airport as she returned from her mission trip in India. Battling the airport was surprisingly not too difficult. It made me feel really grown-up! Veronica came in that night--and E103 was reunited once again! Our lives are already so drastically different, but I can never express how thankful I am for them even still.

So now I am down to twenty days. Less than three weeks are all that stand between me and my home-away-from-home. About a million thoughts are flooding my mind. It is the oddest feeling in the world to be this season of transition. But oh what a peace flows from obedience to the Lord.

Last Sunday, I had the blessing of speaking at my grandparent's church about my move to the Philippines. Once again, the Lord used His body to encourage me and help support His mission around the world. Thanks so much to Living Oaks for your loving arms and heart for the world!

To update those who follow my blog, here is where I am financially. I'm at about 43% funded for the amount due August 1st. I am still in need of the other 57% in order to move in three weeks. I ask most importantly for your prayers. I can so honestly say that your prayers have offered much comfort and peace as I am waiting on the Lord and trusting in His leading.

In addition to praying, if you feel led to give financially, please let me know. Remember that the "donate" button on my blog can be utilized as online giving through paypal. Feel free to email me (, comment here, or contact me by phone (901-830-5843) if you have any questions.

 So grateful for reminders like Revelation 7:9-10:

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, 
from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne  
and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding 
palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”

All nations will praise our God! May we be a body united to this end!