All I can say is WOW!!!!! What a day. I am more than just exhausted my steam boat has no steam left in it. However, it was welllllll worth it! Today was an amazing success and although my body is tuckered out and I will be in much pain in the morning I can not wait to go at it again. We are praying the weather holds up they are not calling for rain 😦 but such is the life of an Oregonian. No matter what though tomorrow will be a productive day and it will bring us one step closer to realizing the start of our new life. 🙂 Life is good, and God is better. I’ll update some more later. Enjoy your weekend!!!
Good Evening everyone…I pray this quick post finds everyone doing well 🙂 I miss writing and interacting with all of you but life has been so busy I’m just not getting time to do it. We are as I mentioned before in the process of opening a non-profit. This Thur, Fri, and Sat we are holding a major Rummage Sale to help raise the funds for the start-up costs. I am crazy excited about all the support we have been receiving and that is continuing to pour in. Every day God reveals to me more and more that I am on the right path and finally working within His will and it feels amazing.
So just a real quick run down of what is happening. My husband and I are starting a Non-profit thrift store that’s proceeds will be used to help support the nearly 21,000 homeless and disadvantaged youth in the state of Oregon. We do not have a brick and mortar building at this time so we will be holding rummage sales in our church parking lot until we are able to move into a building. We are praying that we won’t be waiting long for that building. Please keep us in your prayers our goal is to raise $25,000 within the next 3 or 4 months. This will help with start-up costs, filing for our 501c3, as well as providing assistance to the youth in the Beaverton school district at the start of the school year.
Just a few statistics for you….
Approx. 1 our of every 10 students in the Beaverton School District alone lives below the federal poverty line (katu.com, 2010)
Approx. 1800 of these students are considered homeless (BSD, 2011)
More than 37% of the district’s students receive free or reduced lunches (katu.com, 2010)
Those are just a few of the statistics I will post more as I tell you about what is happening here with our Non-profit. If anyone is interested in making a donation you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. All I am asking for though is prayers. God bless and thank you for all your love and support.
- God won’t ask what kind of car you drove, but he will ask how many people you drove who didn’t have transportation.
- God won’t ask the square footage of your house, but he will ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
- God won’t ask about the fancy clothes you had in your closet, but he will ask how many of those clothes helped the needy.
- God won’t ask about your social status, but he will ask what kind of class you displayed.
- God won’t ask how many material possessions you had, but he will ask if they dictated your life.
- God won’t ask what your highest salary was, but he will ask if you compromised your character to obtain that salary.
- God won’t ask how much overtime you worked, but he will ask if you worked overtime for your family and loved ones.
- God won’t ask how many promotions you received, but he will ask how you promoted others.
- God won’t ask what your job title was, but he will ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.
- God won’t ask what you did to help yourself, but he will ask what you did to help others.
- God won’t ask how many friends you had, but he will ask how many people to whom you were a true friend.
- God won’t ask what you did to protect your rights, but he will ask what you did to protect the rights of others.
- God won’t ask in what neighborhood you lived, but he will ask how you treated your neighbor.
- God won’t ask about the color of your skin, but he will ask about the content of your character.
- God won’t ask how many times your deeds matched your words, but he will ask how many times they didn’t.
by Anonymous (insert from the book What’s My Motivation by D. Alexander Griffin, Jr.)
I love this messed up crazy thing called life. You just never know what you will find around each corner you turn. You walk blindly, only aware of what you believe to be in front of you and then all of a sudden you blink and BAM something changes. You always have to be ready to change directions, to flow with the current instead of against it. Just a few months ago if you had asked me where I expected to see myself five years from now I could have drawn you a complete picture. I would have been able to say exactly where I was working, who I would be with, what I’d be doing, heck I could have even told you where I would eat most often and what I’d eat. But in my road map in life God had other plans for me.
It’s funny really, because you know that feeling you get when somethings going to happen but you just don’t know what. You wonder to yourself is this going to be good or bad? Well I had that feeling, I was unsettled and not completely in my element just yet. God was using me, but not in the way He wanted. I still wasn’t giving all of me to the life He gifted me with. I was just starting to see glimpses of myself as God see’s me, but I was still looking through the wrong set of eyes.
Wow! I am just so amazed at how he works. I can clearly see each moment over the past several years that He directed my path just like I prayed and ask Him to do. I can see where He moved me out of my own way. I can see where he threw my life a curve ball to get my attention. I can see the people He placed around me. I can see where seasons began and where seasons ended. I have to say it is really weird to look back on a portion of your life and see the Masters hand so clearly.
He directed my every step and when I tried to move out of line with His will for my life He gently corrected me. Well it may not have seemed gently at the time but that’s because I’m an emotional creature. So what I’m trying to say is, when we stop fighting against His plan in our lives, everything begins to fall into place. We have to LET GO, and LET GOD! Sometimes the plan we have for ourselves is not His. We forget to consult Him as we get more and more excited about where we are going. We forget that nothing is possible without Him and everything is possible with Him. So we blindly go about wasting tons of energy planning our life without consulting God. We move forward on emotion instead of on prayer and then BAM He changes the mapped out directions on our road map. He puts signs up that say turn left where we thought we were supposed to go right. He sticks stop signs up where we thought we would be able to just coast right through. He places do not enter signs in places we had always been allowed before. He redirects our path, he gently repositions us and says, “Now let’s try this again”.
Okay, so I said all that to say, 🙂 for once I know that my road map is on track with God’s will. I am so excited because I know my purpose. I know for this season what God wants from me and it feels so good to be moving in God’s will for my life instead of fighting to do my own selfish things.
My husband and I are in the process of applying for our 501c3 for a non-profit that will be enriching the lives of homeless students and disadvantaged kids across Oregon. Well that is the long-term goal, we will start here in Beaverton first. Did you know that the Beaverton school district alone has 1800 homeless students attending classes. That just breaks my heart. That is why I am so excited about where God is taking us. My husband and I have both always had the heart to serve others, but never could figure out where God wanted us. We finally figured it out, he laid it so heavily on both of our hearts almost simultaneously and has opened doors to us we never expected to be open. I can’t begin to tell you how happy and excited I am.
Pray for us as we move forward in God’s will for our life. We are just getting ready to start the fundraising efforts to cover start-up costs and to apply for our 501c3 status. I promise to keep you updated and let you know a little more about what we are doing here pretty soon.
My husband and I have been spending all of our time planning and starting a Non-profit and I have found it impossible to fit in time to write. However, I ran across this the other day and it touched my heart so I am sharing it with you. I hope you all are doing well and that God is blessing you richly in your life.
“The Touch of the Master’s Hand”
It was battered and scarred,
and the auctioneer thought it
Hardly worth his while
To waste his time on the old violin,
But he held it up with a smile.
“What am I bid, good people.” he cried,
“Who starts the bidding for me?
One dollar, one dollar, do I hear two?
Two dollars, who makes it three?
Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three.”
From the room far back a grey-haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow.
Then wiping the dust from the old violin
And tightening up the strings,
He played a melody, pure and sweet,
As sweet as the angel sings.
The music ceased and the auctioneer
With a voice that was quiet low,
Said, “What no am I bid for this old violin?”
As he held it aloft with its bow.
“One thousand, one thousand, do I hear two?
Two thousand, who makes it three?
Three thousand, once, three thousand twice,
Going and gone,” he said.
The audience cheered,
But some of them cried,
“We just don’t understand.
What changed its worth?”
Swift came the reply,
“The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”
And many a man with life out of tune,
All battered with bourbon and gin,
Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd
Much like that old violin.
A mess of pottage, a glass of wine,
A game and he travels on.
He is going once, he is going twice,
He is going and almost gone.
But the Master comes,
And the foolish crowd never can quite understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
By the Touch of the Master’s Hand.
by Myra Brooks Welch
Ladies and gentleman if you have felt that the world is quickly going downhill fast, well you could be right so that might have been a bad way to start this article. Hmmm let me try this again. Friends I want you to know there truly is still good in this world. I’ve witnessed it with my own eyes, I’ve spoken to it, touched it, even thanked it. It is an amazing thing this good. Just when a person feels like life is nothing but rotten blows, and negative people, the world decides to prove that person wrong.
The world proved me wrong two days ago when my son came home from school with no clue as to where his IPod or cell phone was. He would from time to time mumble, “I hope I didn’t lose them at school”. I had no clue what he was talking about and then I asked, “Lose what son?” I wish I hadn’t asked. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! His cell phone and his IPod Touch ummm $$$$ grrrrrr I wanted to scream, “do you think we are made of money?” I did however manage to contain myself and simply say, “I hope you didn’t lose them either.”
Fast forward into the evening, we had finally come to terms with the fact he had indeed lost these items at school. Now let me just say, we are a one income family of 6, No I cannot afford to replace these items and No I am not going to replace these items. Suffice it to say my son was not a happy young man. No phone, no IPod now what?
Let me tell you what!!! A dog gone bona fide angel is what! A miracle! A blessing beyond blessings! I’m sitting at my computer like I am almost all the time and my kids are across the room playing around when my cell phone rings. I look at my phone and I wonder to myself why is my son calling me he is just across the room. You see I forgot he lost his phone just that quick. So I holler across the room, “Darius, um why are you calling me?” You should have seen the blank ‘what the heck are you talking about’ look my son gave me.
So I answer the phone. YES I’m still baffled. “Hello” I tentatively say. “Hi ummm I have, well ummm I found this phone and I’m trying the emergency contacts to find the owner.” BLESSED BE!!! This angel picked up my sons phone and took the time out of his day to try to find the owner. “Oh my gosh this is my son’s phone thank you so much for calling.” I’m so over joyed at this moment that God is so good. And then he hits me with the blessing of all blessings. “Well did he by chance have an IPod with it?” I almost screamed in that poor man’s ear,“YESSSSS, yes he did”. “Well, I was just finishing up practice and found both of them behind the middle school.” Haaaaallllllleeeaaaajjjjuuuuaaaa!!!!
So you can imagine the rest, my husband and I go to meet the young man (yes I took my husband I’m not crazy enough to meet a guy all by myself, he could be a murderer.) And the rest is history. My son has his phone, his IPod, and prayerfully a deeper faith in not only people but God. I myself have a newfound faith in the fact that there is still good in this world. One man, one single solitary act of kindness filled my heart with hope for the human race once again. Yes I am being dramatic I have a tendency to do that, but the truth is we see so much negative all over the news, we hear so much negative from the people around us, that we need that reminder from time to time so we don’t get buried in the negatives.
What I realized in all this though is that one-act of good can erase hundreds of acts of bad in just a few quick seconds. I clung to that one good deed; I let the feeling of joy sweep through me. I fixated on it allowed it to fill my cup back up. Now I’m just wondering how I can repay that one good act with one of my own.