“So I Gave Him My Bible”

This morning I was reading a friend’s post about how his flight was canceled and he and his wife had to stay on their honeymoon an extra day. They ended up meeting a cab driver and talking all about Jesus. My friend remembered he had packed a Bible from home and gave it to the cab driver whose eyes were glowing. As I read the post, I suddenly realized something had been rubbed raw inside of me. He gave away his BIBLE!?BIble
I have given away Bibles before- extra ones, free ones that I didn’t use often, but I’ve never given away my OWN Bible. I had a sobering moment as I realized that if I had been faced with the same situation, I probably would have talked about Jesus but wouldn’t have given him my own, precious Bible. I know…. I know… talk about conviction… There is so much irony here– that I would be willing to share Jesus in speech, but not in action.
Let’s be real for a minute- If you were in that situation, except God asked you to give something like a gold watch that was worth millions, would you be willing to just hand it over to a stranger? What about a precious family heirloom? Ok… How about your only Son? (Ouch!) See what I did there? … And that’s exactly how I felt when I read my friend’s words: “I pulled out the Bible and gave it to him.”

“A Life Worth Celebrating”

A Soldier’s Child Foundation’s Sixth Annual “A Life Worth Celebrating” Dinner Banquet was a successful and emotional night. This year’s banquet took place on Friday, May6th, at The Factory in Franklin, TN. ASC supporters from all over came together to honor 40 ASC recipient children and to celebrate their birthdays.

A delicious meal was provided by Five Senses Restaurant, and birthday cupcakes were donated by Jo’s Custom Cakes and Catering. Music for the night was provided by the talented and entertaining Clearview Jazz Ensemble.

As always, the banquet’s live auction was hosted by Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey. This energetic event, combined with the _DSC2731annual silent auction, was tremendously successful in raising funds that will go directly towards giving back to the children of our nation’s fallen heroes.

Thanks to volunteers, and ASC supporters, this year’s banquet was the largest and most successful so far. ASC looks forward to next year’s banquet!

For more great photos from this event, visit: http://www.501concepts.com/Clientaccess/Asoldierschildfoundation/2016-Dinner-Banquet/

For more information about A Soldier’s Child, visit: https://asoldierschild.org/

Good Shepherd

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This is the reoccurring theme throughout the Bible. In fact, Jesus calls his disciples with this simple phrase, and I’ve always wondered why they were so quick to drop every thing and follow a stranger. But the answer is just as simple: He wasn’t a stranger at all “…his sheep follow him because they know his voice.”

There is so much peace in knowing who is shepherding you and being familiar with His voice. In John 10, Jesus tells the Pharisees that he is the Good Shepherd, laying down his life for the protection and benefit of the sheep. Strong’s Concordance sites the word “good” in this passage as also meaning “beautiful, handsome, excellent, noble, competent, precious, genuine, approved, honorable, comforting, etc…”

Psalm 23:1-4 says: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Be comforted by His perfect ability to lead you today and then follow His lead.

(“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”- Luke 12:32)

Jeremiah 29: Praying For Our Cities

Almost daily now, we hear news of terrorist attacks, armed robberies, murders, kidnappings and a vast assortment of other devastating tragedies all happening in our backyards. It feels like war-zone. Maybe there isn’t debris flying in the air near your home and maybe you don’t hear the cry of the victims as you walk the streets, but social media and the 10 o’clock news fill you in on all that happened in your own city as you walked through your day unaware. It feels hopeless sometimes. And if you are anything like me, you find yourself wondering how it could ever get any better.

While I’ve been struggling with all of the tragedies that have happened over the last few days, I’ve been praying about it all and asking the Lord for help. This is what He showed me:

Right in the middle of the book of Jeremiah (chapter 29), there is a remnant of weary, humiliated and displaced people who have been up-rooted from their homes and dragged to a foreign land as exiles. Jeremiah hears from the Lord and sends them a letter, explaining that they better go ahead and settle-in because they will be there a while. He tells them to plant gardens, get married, have kids and build a temporary home there because they will be there for seven more decades.

But he says something else that caught my eye as I scanned the verses: ““… seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper (Jeremiah 29:7).” Here in the midst all the heartache and mess, God gave them instructions to help them prosper: PRAY FOR THE CITY I HAVE CALLED YOU TO (Jeremiah 29:7).

We have all been called to a specific realm of influence. We are surrounded by a dying and broken world. As Christians, we are considered “foreigners and exiles, (1 Peter 2:11),” but we are called to pray for the cities where God, himself, has placed us.

As the letter continues, God reveals this beautiful promise:

11“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.[b] I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14).

Have you prayed for your city today?

Serving Recap: Wherry Housing Food Sorting

On January 29th, Jonathan and I had the opportunity to serve with a small group of volunteers at Wherry Housing in Smyrna, TN. On the fourth Friday night of each month, the group meets to unload a truck of donated food and sort it into boxes in order to deliver it the next morning to families in need. This month we were able to provide food for about 50 families! We were honored to be a part of this event and wanted to share a couple of photos with you from our night! Here they are: Continue reading