Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Thank You!

I want to send out a thank you to the 17 people who read my posts on Human Trafficking, These posts tend to have the fewest readers. It really saddens me because it either means people don't want to know the atrocities that occur around the world to children women and immigrants or either they just don't care. But to you who read, THANK YOU! I know that sometimes what I post is difficult to read an comprehend but your willingness to educate yourself and play a role in the work to end human trafficking keeps me going and empowers me to be a voice to the voiceless.
This post I will leave the harsh statistics aside for next month and today share the good side of rescue.

A Long Line of Freedom. {A Thank You To Our Community} from The Exodus Road on Vimeo.
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lives were rescued in 2013 thanks to supporters of The Exodus Road. So what will 2014 bring? Hopefully with your help 250+ lives can know freedom this year.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Carpe Diem

Last night I learned that another friend from High School passed away. He was 40 and died from a stroke. I say another because in the 22 years since I graduated high school somewhere between 10 and 15, (I have lost count) have died to soon and to young. I just can't get use to it. Death has never been an easy thing for me. I want everyone to have a long, full and happy life, but that is just not the case. I could let the loss of so many friends get me down and stay in a rut or I could honor their lives by living fully, by seizing the day, Carpe Diem.

Reflecting on their lives I always thank God for my life. I may complain about the pains of growing old but I will never complain about growing old. Every birthday is a day to celebrate another year of life, another gift from God. In fact, everyday is a gift from God. We are never promised more than the day we have right now. What better reason to live fully into that day, live with no regrets, acknowledging that it could be my last day here on earth.

Today I will live and reflect, giving thanks for my friendship with Ben and giving thanks for the breath God has given me. How will you live fully today? Will you give God thanks for the gift of today? I hope you do.

Time Dispatch in Richmond, VA.

Friday, January 3, 2014

A new season, a new name


Just like every calendar year we have 4 seasons we have seasons in your life. I don't know about you but I would always associate any given season I was in to a story in the bible. It always helped me to know that what I was going through was not a foreign thing.

On January 8, 2014 I will begin a season of education. After 11+ years since completing graduate school I am returning. This time to pursue a Masters in Professional Counseling. My work at HopeTree Family Services has shown be the need for Faith Based Counseling. I continue to love my ministry there and want to better myself by furthering my educating so I can provide even more support to the youth and adults I work with.

I must say that I never had any intention of going back to school so as I enter this season it is with a bit of reluctance. With all the anxiety I am excited. I have learned that when I step outside my comfort zone (school is one of those) God is always faithful, steadfast and present.

So, are you entering a new season in 2014? Have you been in one for awhile and eagerly await a new one? Here is a prayer from a devotion this week that will speak to you whatever season you find yourself in.

"God has something special to give us in every season. If we try to skip ahead to the next thing, we miss out on being present where God is. As this new year begins, whatever season you are in, resolve not to wish away the time but be fully present and ready to receive the gifts that God has for you in this season, right now." - Sarah Councell Turner
Happy New Year everyone!