Sunday, March 27, 2011

2513 Robert St.

It would be a lie for me to tell you that I can sum up everything I gained from my Spring Break trip to New Orleans.  My best offer is a summary. 

We spent the week working on Miss Cammie Carroll's two story house.  Miss Cammie is the sweetest 75 year old lady, and she's been living with her daughter since Hurricane Katrina. We got to hear her stories, amongst other stories of people we met while we were down there.  We were able to spend a night at a block party running around with the neighborhood kids, and we were able to see much of a culture that we don't normally get to be around.  We also got to see both the French Quarter and the Lower Ninth Ward, which are two completely different perspectives of life in a crazy close distance from one another.  
I learned a lesson in being Christ to people, whether you think you can make that difference or not.  I learned a bit about patience, and a bit about loving people.  I learned about God's power in more ways than one, and I learned about the help we still need to give people who we may not even see are struggling.  
I am so thankful for this experience and the people I got to share it with.  

Party like it's a St. Patty's Day Parade!
The crew postin up on the scaffold. 

Miss Cammie's house. 
Little Montrel at the block party. So. Precious. 
These kids are awesome. 
Miss Patsy told us about her daughter.  A notorious Furby murderer.  Wanted in two counties and three parishes.  
Matt's little buddy givin him an airplane ride. 
They're almost better than the original Backstreet Boys.  Almost. 

Photo Credit: Baker's camera

"For you were called to freedom, brothers.  Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another." -Galations 5:13

Sunday, March 6, 2011

My Hope And Expectation Is In Him.

Better late than never. 

Women's Retreat.  February 25 and 26. 
This was last Friday to Saturday.  And let me tell you, was it a refresher.  Everything was great, so here's just a little glimpse. 

The speaker was Kim Meyers.  She's a mom of one of the wonderful girls, and she had some good things to say.  The first night we talked a bit about expectations.  And see, something I don't think too much about is where (mainly who) I put my expectations in.  And I'd be lying if I said I solely put my expectation in God.  So it's no wonder we get let down.  
So what can we expect from God?  We can expect the truth.  Because God's word speaks truth.  We can expect unconditional love because no one can ever love us like He can.  Nor can we imagine the level on 'unconditionalness'.  And, we can expect the unexpected.  Because his ways are higher.  Even though we think we've always got the greatest plan.  We don't.  He does.  So, back to the expectation in people part.  That's not fair to whoever we're putting our expectations in.  It doesn't take a person too long to realize that people let you down.  We've all been let down time and time again.  Yet we continue to put our hopes and expectations in people. It's just the way it works.  Not saying it isn't good to have people- it is.  But when you put too much expectation in them, well, that's when things get fuzzy. So.  If you put your expectation in me, I'm flattered.  Honestly.  And, I might even meet your expectations.  But, if you're expectation is in me long enough, I'm 100% guaranteed to let you down.  Because I'm not God.  Let's be honest. 

Also.  I fell in love with Philippians 2:1-11.  Look it up.  So great.  Read it, think about it, and read it twice more.

And that is what's important for now.