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Just a Quick Update

Happy Sunday! I hope this has been a good day for you. I’ve been surprisingly productive today! Late last week I accidentally published my ‘Recommended Resources’ page with nothing on it. If you saw that, I’m so sorry! Time got away from me and I didn’t update it before the scheduled post date. However, today I updated it with several ministries that mean a lot to me.

World Vision is the first one on the list. I’ve been a World Vision Child Ambassador for about 5 years now. I’m one of those people who try to encourage you to sponsor a child! The first child I sponsored was a boy who was born the exact day as my grandson. I want that young man to have the best life possible. Just like his counterpart here. It’s fun to watch these boys a world apart grow up!

Anthem of Hope is next. That is a ministry run by Jarrid Wilson and his wife Juli. Jarrid is a pastor at a church in Southern California and struggled with depression and anxiety for years. He started this ministry to shed light on mental health in the Christian community and provide resources for those suffering. Since I’ve had these same issues for as long as I can remember, this ministry is a sweet blessing to me.

Next up is Nabeel Qureshi’s website. Nabeel was a special man who’s book changed my life. You’ll read more about that here in the coming week or so. Nabeel was raised Muslim and converted to Christianity while in college. His book “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus” is coming out in a 3rd edition next week. I’ll be doing a blog post about that on Friday as part of a ‘blog tour’. Nabeel passed away in September of 2017 from stomach cancer.

The Immigration Project is exactly what it sounds like. It was started by Rondell Trevino in response to our current immigration crisis in this country. Jesus says to care for immigrants. I can’t say we’re doing a great job of that right now…

The last two links are a couple ministries at the church where I’ve been a member for 16 years. The first is Value Life. This is a ministry to women in crisis pregnancies. There is NOTHING these women need that this ministry doesn’t provide. Including love and care. It’s amazing and wonderful. The last is the Community Outreach Ministry. The members of our church do some incredible things to help ‘the least of these’ in Columbus Ohio. Including tutoring in the schools and cleaning up the schools themselves. It’s a blessing. God must smile at that!

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check these out. I’ll add more, and books as well, as I blog more. Have a blessed rest of your Sunday!

Oh–if you can think of a resource you think would be good to share here, leave a comment! I’ll take a look and might just add it as well!

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Brave

D958BCBF-37B6-4480-952D-C9498668F8B8.pngWhat is bravery? Throwing caution to the wind and doing something! Anything really. Taking a risk. Stepping out there and putting it all on the line. It’s exciting and really scary!

God asks us to be brave. He may not use that word but sometimes he has us do things that take us clear out of our comfort zones. A lot.

Go talk to your neighbor. Give the homeless person something to eat. The girl sitting alone in the back of the church looks very lonely-go talk to her. Those are some of the easy ones! Some people (like Abram) are called to leave their home and family and go half way across the known world.

The key to being brave is taking the first step. That’s the hardest part. 6 years ago, at the age of 51, I decided to learn to swim. The hardest part was actually going to the pool for the lessons. There were other hard parts, of course. Putting my face in the water, going in the deep end, things like that. But, I learned to swim! I now love going in deep water. 12 foot deep! One day a friend asked me when I was going to go off the high dive. Challenge accepted! That has now become my description of being brave. Jumping off the high dive. I’ll never forget that day. I walked to the edge of the board, thought about it, said a prayer, and jumped! It was awesome! I’m so glad I did! It was nothing to be scared of!

God has called me to write. He’s called me to teach. And of course, he’s called me to pray for people-in person-laying hands on people and praying for them. Not just chatting with God in the privacy of my room. These are hard things. Things that require bravery. The fear of failure in all of those is strong! Notice what I did right before I jumped off the diving board? I said a prayer. That, I believe, is the key to bravery. Trust in God. Faith that his will is going to be done. No matter what.

I’ve put off the writing. I’m not sure why. I love to write. I just keep getting scared of failure. But God wants me to do this. So I pray, and I write. The same thing happened with teaching and praying. I’ve taught at my women’s group and will again. Hopefully a lot. I pray for people there and even get words from God for them. I trust God and step out of my comfort zone. It’s even more awesome than jumping off that high dive!