The church I grew up in has a tradition of honoring high school graduates each year. When I finally found myself in that place, the pastor we had at the time said something very sweet to me. Though there were quite a few of us graduating at that time, I was the only one there who had been involved in the youth group and other activities during my high school years. He said that as he was praying for me, the song “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” came to his mind, and more specifically the lines from the second verse that say “Though none go with me, still I will follow.” (more…)
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This past weekend, the girls of STEPS sang in their church. The youngest are not singing, but you will see fifteen of them here in their matching dresses. Aren’t they just too precious?
And I love they song they sing about Jesus redeeming them, because He truly has redeemed these girls from a life of no hope. Because of STEPS they have hope of a better life. They are safe, secure, and loved. They are truly blessed little girls!
Psalm 8:2 – From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise!
Great job girls!
Our growth group is doing something new this year. On our off weeks when we aren’t meeting (because we’re an every-other-week group), we’ve decided to be intentional about studying something together. So myself and a few others are listening for where God wants to take us on those off weeks, then I’m sending out a devotional for all of us to do together. So here is what I wrote to them this week:
I hope you are all doing well today! Since this is our off week, we’ll be doing some devotions. The idea is to take the next week to think and pray over our topic and come to growth group next week ready to share (if you feel comfortable doing so) what the Lord has been showing you.
When I was sharing my story with you all last week, I was reminded of how when I was in that dark desert time there was only one passage of Scripture that I was able to read. God had me camp out in Psalm 27 for a very long time; it gave me hope when I had none. I read it, and prayed it, and recited it back to Him so often. So this week, we’re going to talk about the Psalms in our stories. The Psalms are so full of raw emotions that we often find ourselves looking for comfort, guidance, promises, or praise during different parts of our journeys. Remember, Psalms were songs in ancient times. So just like songs today stir emotions, so the Psalms did then and continue to do so now. (more…)
The following is excerpts from my journal from my most recent trip to see the girls of STEPS Home in India.
July 23 & 24 –
Our journey officially started on Monday, July 23, where Theresa and I left from Knoxville at 6pm. But really, the trip was put into motion on Wednesday night at church. That night at The Well, Theresa and I went prepared to share a little about our up-coming trip and be prayed for. So when I walked into the room in my sari and an Indian couple and their American friends walked in right behind me, I was a little surprised. In talking, I found out that the couple (Ashok and Sheila) were from Chennai, in Anna Nagar (the neighborhood where the office is), and know the Manogaroms! Small world! So when they return to India, they have invited us to have a meal with them before we leave to go back home. (more…)
I love Beth Moore’s Bible studies. She has been gifted with an amazing way to communicate Truth to women. In the spring, I went through her new study on the book of James with some ladies from my church. It was a great time of learning and challenging, as James did not mince words… he told it like it was!
The other exciting thing about this study was that Beth Moore has created five different levels of participation. One of levels was, on top of the homework, to memorize the book of James by the end of the year. So a few of us decided we wanted to do this. (more…)