Haiti on my Heart

Thursday, July 24, 2014







Come follow my Pinterest board Renmen Ayiti (Love Haiti in Creole) here and see more pins like this. Haiti is on my heart!


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Fingernail chipped, Messy haired, Jesus Loving, Me

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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This poor old blog of mine seems bare. I've not had the time or even the desire to post something lately. The writers block I've been experiencing has left me scratching my head in confusion. Why so dry? I've been so busy lately living life, experiencing new things beyond my wildest dreams, and feeling renewed once again, surely I would have something to write about... right?

Wrong.

The words just haven't flowed... that is until I realized what my problem was. I've been trying to be super-spiritual. You know what that means right? When you want to be so on fire for God that you can't help but spiritualize every single aspect of your life and weave it together into some sort of amazing super-spiritual lesson? Where you see things so clearly that you can't help but feel so proud that you thought of this amazing biblical lesson all on your own? (Note the sarcasm here.)

Yeah... that's what I mean by super-spiritual.

But I'm not that person. I live an amazing life with God that sometimes looks and seems pretty normal. In fact, I do live a normal life. No I'm not talking about an average, boring, superfluous life. I'm talking about a life where I do have to wash dishes, do laundry, grocery shop, budget, pay off student loans, and work hard. That's the kind of normal life I do live.

I'm not always in a super-spiritual mood where I can find a lesson for the reasons why my patience is wearing thin once again as a sweet child refuses to pick up their trash they left littered on the floor. I'm just plain old losing my patience here!!!

But I digress. I think all of these things is the reason why this poor old blog of mine has been bare boned lately. So I'm making a resolution to try my best to write... just write with real honesty and not super-spiritualizing (is that even a word?) everything.

I'm just a young woman, with chipped nail polish, messy morning hair --sans makeup-- with a whole lot more questions than answers, learning to follow and trust God with her whole heart, soul, mind and strength. I'm not perfect and frankly, I don't want to be, not on this side of eternity anyway. None of us are perfect... and that's ok... because believe it or not God loves us anyways.

It is my hope and prayer that this blog won't be so abandoned in the future, and while I can't promise that I'll be doing 2-3 posts a week, I can assure you that I will try my hardest to just be normal, messy haired, tea-drinking, Jesus loving me in these posts from now on.

Thank you to all the godly women out there who have had the courage to open up about themselves and showed me where it is that I was getting it wrong! God used you in a powerful way. I am extremely grateful.


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Heart for Haiti

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I'm home from my mission trip and my heart is so full of joy as I type this post! Going to Haiti was a life changing, inspiring and oh so beautiful experience for me. I'm already ready and waiting to go back next year!


The places, faces and smiles I saw while in Haiti have been replaying in my mind ever since I returned back to the States. To say that Haiti has a piece of my heart would be an understatement; Haiti has my whole heart. The people there are so full of joy and love that I yearn for my own country to experience the wealth of the intangible riches they have. The children also are just so trusting, so loving, so beautiful.


 Being able to serve there has been such a blessing. The people I met from across the U.S. as well as the Haitians who live there have touched my heart and soul. I cannot wait to go back.




While Haiti is far from perfect, no place on earth is, I will say that they have something I didn't expect, something I can't quite put my finger on. I wanted to thank you for all of your prayers as I traveled last week. I highly recommend you travel to Haiti with A Door to Hope, a part of Brent Gambrell Ministries .

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I traveled to Haiti following the call of God, hoping to make a difference in the lives of the people of Haiti. I left with the realization that Haiti made a difference in me.


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Updates, Missions, Summer!

Monday, June 16, 2014

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I've managed to go quite a while without an update on this blog and for that I apologize. Life has gotten a tad bit crazy the past few weeks! With the school year winding down (only a week left), and my mission trip to Haiti coming up (only two weeks until I leave), I've found that writing blog posts have been the last thing on my mind lately! But not to worry. I've had different ideas floating around  about what to do with my little space on the world wide web.

Anyway, here is my quick update on what's been going on....

There's still some last minute errands and things to do before the trip. I need to find a baseball cap, buy more bug spray, choose what I'll be wearing in Haiti each day and help pack the supplies my team and I will be carrying. Overall though, I'm happy to report that so far things have gone very smoothly! (To God be all the praise!) I had hardly any problems with getting my passport and booking the flights through Brent Gambrell Ministries (the ministry I'm staying with) was so easy. My hats off to this amazing organization. They've been such a blessing to work with and have made life so much easier for me as I prepare. BGM has truly been a God-send! It's been so exciting to prepare for this trip and it's hard to believe that it's now less than two weeks away. Any and all prayers would also be much appreciated!

I may not have time to update as often until the hazy, hot and humid days of July roll around but I didn't want to leave you hanging until then. I'll definitely try to update the Facebook page more often while the blog is quieter.

I wanted to leave you with two beautiful videos by BGM, a ministry that is the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.



There are many ways to partner with BGM's A Door To Hope not just by traveling to Haiti. May we be a people who comes alongside ministries such as this one and continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus on earth today.


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Built Upon a Rock

Saturday, May 24, 2014

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Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock -Matthew 24:7

These are convicting words; words that came to me this morning, a day before my 26th birthday. I was beginning to feel restless, stressed and heavy with burdens. Something was not right. 

"My thoughts have been in a tailspin..." I wrote in my journal. "Things seem messy to me at the moment. And to be quite frank, they are. I don't like messy when it comes to my life. I like pretty, put together, planned ahead--all with a pretty pink bow on top! (Thank you very much)!"

But as I continued to pour my heart out in my journal this morning, I realized that in my attempt to have my life neat and tidy, I began trying to build my house on my preconceived notions of what I thought my life should look like. Those preconceived notions were born out of many different things, some good, some not so good. But it snowballed into something that turned sour and I believe has only hindered me. 

Fruitlessly I've trying to build my life into what I believe it should be without waiting for God. I've taken control and run ahead of my Lord. That's why my thoughts have been in a tailspin, that's why I've been stressed and carrying burdens I'm not meant to carry.

"Let go" God says. "Let go of it all and hold only onto Me." 

I realized that in my attempt to build my own life I was like the foolish man Jesus talked about to His disciples.

"But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:26-27

What have I building my house upon? Sinking sand, that's what! Every time my preconceived notions fell with a crash I began trying to rebuild again. It didn't work. It just kept falling down. 

"I've run ahead of God trying to build my life into what I think it should be. But I can't do it. It's impossible for me to do. Only God can rebuild the mess.... A layman doesn't build a new house on his own. He needs an architect to do it for him; someone who knows what they're doing. If a layman set about building a house all on his own without an knowledge of how to go about it, then I guarantee that house will fall. He'll be left scrambling to pick up the pieces." 

Isn't that just what Jesus is teaching us here in Scripture? As His words came into my heart this morning, I realized my grave mistake. By building my house on all other things besides Jesus Christ my Rock, I set myself up for failure, heartache and ruin. 

I made a choice to let go, give God control, let Him take my mess and build my house on the Rock higher than I. Jesus is the Master Architect. 

I realized that by building our house on Him alone, we therefore set ourselves up for victory. We can trust the Master Builder to build and rebuild if necessary. Didn't Nehemiah rebuild the house of the Lord by God's grace? How much more can Jesus build and rebuild our own house starting with the firm foundation of Himself?!

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I
Psalm 61:2b


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The Moral of the Story

Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Who doesn't love a good children's story? I know I do. There are actually still books from when I was a kid that I remember and love to this day. If I come across them in a book store I'll sit down and flip through the pages, reading, reading, re-reading the pages with a big smile on my face. Ahh! The simplicity and wonders of childhood.

Why is it we lose that simplicity and wonder when we get older? Sure we all have to grow up someday, but I find that only a select few hold on to that precious childlike wonder well into their adult years. So when we do come across a book that takes us back into a time of simplicity, imagination and wonder we cherish those moments in our hearts even more.

Today (Wednesday) I had the privilege of watching our annual kindergarten play where I work. Each year there is a different theme. Last year I got to travel deep into the ocean and watch as singing crabs, sharks and angel fish sang and danced across the stage! I still remember the boys doing their crab walk sideways, backwards, forwards and back again. Talk about adorable!

Today though the play was based upon a book series called "Pete the Cat." I'm in love with these books now and am seriously thinking about purchasing some off of Amazon.com!

The three kindergarten classes each chose one book from the series to reenact. For the sake of this post though, I'll only talk a "Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons." Actually, a fellow co-worker of mine told me that you can view the stories on Youtube. I've posted Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons below for you viewing. Please take a minute or two to watch it!


Don't you just love that? Isn't it so stinkin' cute?I may not be a kid anymore but one thing is for sure, this little children's book has such a simple message with big implications. This story helped me feel the wonder, the simplicity and fun of childhood again. It made me feel like singing!!

Even though there is no mention of God in this book, I can't help but see Him in the message. God used this simple story to not only tickle my funny bone, but really to speak to my heart. He helped me to see that things come and things go, but He remains the same. For this we can always sing.

As adults, we may not cry over lost buttons. But the application still holds true. Stuck in traffic? Keep on singing. Late for work? Keep on singing. Burned your toast? Keep on singing. Dishwasher broken? Keep on singing.

The moral of the story.....

"Did Pete cry? Goodness no! Buttons comes and buttons go. He kept on singing." (Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons)


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Unspeakably Beyond

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Help us Lord to trust in your goodness mercy and love;
To trust that Your will above all else is best.
Help us Lord to look to You when our doubts and fears overwhelm;
Give us Lord the grace to know that You are working all things for our highest good. 


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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us -Ephesians 3:20 


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