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Monday, March 30, 2015

What Are You Thinking About When Things Are Good?

Do you ever just sit back and think about what other people are doing in the very moment you are sitting blogging, or driving, or at a movie, etc.? For instance... I have a friend who recently had a baby and while she was pushing that baby out I was on a nice 3 mile run. LOL!

But, do you ever sit back and think about the horror some people are going through while your life is good? I do. Not all the time, but I think about weird stuff like that. Like right now as I am blogging I am thinking about women who are selling themselves for money, and women who are agonizing over what the night will hold, and the women who are caught in the black web... so deep they are "lost" to the world.

Last Friday, I went to Elijah Rising's Fourth Friday Intervention where this ministry full of volunteers going out into the night to Cantinas, brothels, bars, the streets where girls are selling themselves, and reaching out to women selling themselves on the Internet through backpage. (I blogged about back page here). This is a ministry that is going out to the darkness only by the power of the Holy Spirit. Truthfully I have never experienced something so powerful. We met and praised the Lord through song and prayed out to Him in a loud voice. Coming before the Father in such away and letting Him truly take control was so liberating. I had no fear. I helped in the phone bank and called girls on backpage and my partner and I prayed over each girl like I have never prayed before. My partner and I were truly one... We were not separate, but uniquely one as we prayed out in unison with the same heart and to the same God. Our prayers were uniquely complementing each other and flowing like Living Water. It was amazing! We prayed for many girls in massage parlors, who were foreign and possibly trafficked here. We prayed for girls, whose faces were blurred out, who could have easily been under age. We prayed for girls, who seemed to have such hardened hearts, because maybe they had been in the "business" for too long. We prayed for the pimps and Madams. Could we have prayed longer for each girl? Yes... without a doubt. There is such a need for prayer.

The thing that has really taken my breath away is the awareness of the Black web/Dark web. Not that I even know that much, but the fact that tis Black/Dark web gets worse than trafficking innocent girls, it gets worse than rape, it gets more worse than your mind could even come up with... Girls trapped, chained, and never to be released in the deepest dirtiest filth where they are treated worse than a dog being abused. I never even thought this would exist outside of movies, but it does. What is wrong with our world? And I am not even talking about the people doing it... I am talking about us... the people blinded, ignorant, self-righteous, na├»ve...

Where are these girls/boys that are lost and their bodies are never found... are they down in the black web? Are they so deep and stuck in the quick sand of the sex trade that no living person will see them again? My heart is aching... Crying out... JUSTICE!

If this hits a place in your heart... or maybe you can't even wrap your mind around what I just wrote about... PRAY! Pray anything, because our Father in heaven cares deeply and He has anguish tears as the people He created are so deeply hurt, lost, wounded, and evil. He cares and He desires the hearts of even the worst of people. He is Able and Worthy!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Quilting for Jordan

This summer I am heading to Jordan with a group of freshly graduated Seniors from Kingsland Baptist Church. This is a new thing for me... A tad bit out of my comfort zone as I will be going as a chaperone. My heart has been aching for the Syrian Refugees for a couple of years, as I have seen the anguish of the refugees that live here in Houston. I have seen the pain they carry from the turmoil that they had to go through in their own land and then sent here to America with so many hopes and dreams for their family... Only to realize it is not at all what they had dreamed and hoped for.

I love traveling and meeting new people! So much so that I end up giving complete strangers my phone number. LOL! I have learned on my own and much "counseling" from friends and my husband that I have to stop and say no when asked for my phone number. LOL! I love different cultures and the differences in the way they do life. A lot of times they are not believers in Jesus and that makes me drawn to them even more. Not that I want to convert them, but how much I want them to know Jesus. The God, who sacrificially gave His perfect Son up to die for all the people that have lived, do live, and will live in this world. I want these beautiful people to see Him through me... To be able to see right through me and see only Him. That's all. That is why I go to places like Jordan, Bangladesh, and India. I don't go to these "scary" places for me, but only because I am called by Him. 

It is hard telling non-believers... Oh wait! Who am I kidding... It is hard to tell anyone, believer or not that I am going to Jordan. People give me that look like I am crazy. They ask me if I have seen the news... And I politely say yes. (that is a lie I stay far far away from the news, but I do get tid bits from my other half) Truthfully... I would go any where He called me to go (dangerous or not). That's just the truth and I can say that without an inkling of fear, because I know the end result no matter if I live another day or 80 years. Going to Jordan is not scary, but is bigger than me. Because I only go to bring Him glory!

Now that God has called me to a moment bigger than me... I have to walk by faith and not in my earthly skin. Faith that He knows how I will get there and the faith that I will persevere only through Him. I have started fundraising for this mission trip and I have found that putting my enjoyment and creativeness of quilting to good use... I have finished a quilt that I have poured my blood, sweat, and tears into (not literally, but it has been pretty frustrating at times).  

Quilt size is 79"X72"
This is how the raffle will work: I have a link to PayPal on the top right side of this blog page with a button that says "DONATE", that is where you can donate $25 for 5 tickets, $50 for 12 tickets, $75 for 18 tickets, and $100 for 25 tickets, and then you will be entered in to win this beautiful quilt. On March 28 at 8pm, I will put all the names and their number of tickets into a drawing through Then that lucky person will WIN the quilt!

Side note: I am WILL ship if the winner is out of state. :)

This quilt has become very precious to me, because I have had to overcome issues with the fabric, but in the end the issues have given it more character and more time for me to reflect on the bigger picture on what God is doing.

All I can say is thank you. Thank you for praying for me, encouraging me, supporting me, and thank you for believing in me and the power of the Holy Spirit that leads me.