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I am covering two weeks on this post. Fall has finally arrived and some cooler temps. We have changed out the Summer clothes for the Fall/Winter clothes in the clothes closets and we have seen an increase in clients coming in for clothes and housewares. On Wednesday we served 13 clients (some with family sizes of 5 or 6) and gave away 164 items of clothing. It’s a blessing to be able to serve these families and to make sure that the little ones will have warm clothes for the colder months.

I was excited to have Kiowa come volunteer Last Monday. She had been gone for two weeks on training in Europe and had a day off before going back to work, so she came and volunteered with me. She also volunteered at the Fall Festival on the 26th. Unfortunately, we were soaked an hour in by a torrential downpour and had to pack up. You never know in Georgia when it might rain! It was still a success and over 150 people were able to get information on community resources and the kids had fun on bounce houses, getting their hair painted, making slime, making sand art and doing other fun activities. We were able to give out toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste to families and we were blessed with the appearance of a full rainbow.

I had to stay home Monday-Wednesday of this week due to my car being worked on, but I used the time to create a Faith based Facebook group for single moms in Lowndes County and the surrounding area. I will also be involved with In His Grace Ministries (a support group for single parents that meets once a month at a local church) and am stepping out to be a liaison between the two ministries and single moms in the community. If you know me or have read my blog at all, then you know that serving single moms has been a passion of mine for many years. I am excited to help single moms build community with each other, as well as providing online Bible studies, resources, information to help in the struggle, and a safe place to share our hopes, dreams and hardships. Being a single mom can be isolating. This is my way to bring single moms together in support of each other. If we can build that village of mutual support and encouragement, helping each other along the way, our kids will benefit.

I was also able to use the extra time to finish my program to become a certified Biblical lay counselor. I have always wanted to counsel/coach/mentor single moms. This does not make me a “licensed professional” but it does allow me to counsel from a lay position. Everything I have longed for and have waited 15 to 20 years for is being realized in this moment. God’s timing is perfect. When I try to control things, I make a mess of things but when I wait on God’s timing and will things fall into place. I am imperfect, but I continue to learn!

The garden is growing! Our cabbage, collards, broccoli, kale and basil are doing great! This week we planted carrots and lettuce. We have had some intruders on some of our crops and have had to take action early on to prevent further infestations. We want our crops to grow and produce healthy, strong fruits and vegetables and that won’t happen if we let garden pests take over. The same goes with our Christian walk. we need to guard our hearts and our lives or sin will creep in and take over, crowding out anything good that we might plant in our lives. We have to repent and dig sin out by the root in order to make sure that we keep growing and produce good fruit. Who knew that we could learn life lessons from gardening?

On a personal note: 

My savings is dwindling. I live a frugal life and have stretched it as far as I possibly could, but circumstances crop up that need money. I mentioned my 13 year old car needing fixed. I was blessed to have the husband of an intern at Living Bridges fix my car. He is a mechanic and charged me nothing in labor, however I have had to pay about $650.00 in parts since Saturday. If you have been moved in any way by my life on mission here in South Georgia, I am asking if you will partner with me to see how God works in not just my life but the community as well. God is working in Living Bridges Ministry. Classes are being added and we are reaching the community to make sure that those who are in need are being reached. Through Living Bridges God is at work in Valdosta and the surrounding community and I am blessed to be a small part of it. I also ask that you continue praying about my heart issues. I wore a holter monitor last Thursday to Friday. I have an ultrasound on next Thursday and a stress test on November 19th. Other than an occasional heart flutter, I feel fine.

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This week started off with a panic attack when I got in my car Monday morning and the engine light was on. I am a worrier and my car is one of my biggest worries! I went into a tailspin and my wonderful daughter, Kiowa, had to talk me down off of the proverbial ledge and remind me that if I REALLY trust God then I need to remember that He will ALWAYS provide and that He can and will take care of any car issues I may have. Thank you, daughter! According to the diagnostic test that I had run I found out that is more than likely  just spark plugs misfiring and those are going to be replaced in the next couple of days. God is good!

Monday was crazy at Living Bridges! The clothes closet was open and due to unforeseen issues, I was the only volunteer there to run the clothes closet with Darcy (Living Bridges founder and remarkable woman of God). I had stepped a toe into the running of the clothes closet last week. Well, Monday, I was thrown into the deep end and I am happy to report that I survived! I was able to work past my anxiety and do what needed to be done. I still acknowledge that I can be somewhat socially awkward, but thankfully God works through and even uses our imperfections.

Tuesday morning was Mom’s Connection Club and the topic was goal setting. We were given a whole new approach to goal setting apart from the S.M.A.R.T approach and I love it! Our guest speaker was Verna Harvey and she shared some information on goal setting from the book she is currently writing. It is based on the questions, Who are you? What are your desires/goals? When will you start pursuing your desires/dreams? Where  are you now in pursuing your desires/dreams? Why this desire/goal? and How will you get to your destination? It made goal setting more personal. If you want more information, you will have to wait for the book!

Wednesday was clothes closet day. I go into these days with some trepidation. I stated earlier that I can be a bit socially awkward and it can be hard for me to approach people and start a conversation, so clothes closet days push me out of myself and out of my comfort zone. We also sort the clothes and housewares that will go into the clothes closet. We organize and re-stock the clothes closet for the next day. We have also been sorting clothes that will be given out at the Fall/Winter clothing exchange that will take place on October 12th.

Thursday morning I was able to work with Darcy in the community garden. We were able to clear some of the raised beds out to prepare them for Winter planting. It was hot, but it was actually relaxing and satisfying to pull the weeds out and end up with blank canvases that will be ready for the next crop. It reminds me of us, as humans. We start with that blank canvas. We then plant the activities, values, relationships, and life experiences what we want in our lives into those empty garden beds. Next, we water the beds with Bible study, prayer, worship, christian community and service, so they will grow the deep roots that will sustain us in our lives, but inevitably, those weeds of sin, negativity, and toxic relationships begin to grow and if we are not careful they will choke out everything good. DEEP ROOTS! We need deep roots to keep us growing in the good things of God.

Job 14:7-9

“At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.

There is hope! When we weed out the harmful, the dead, and prune back the overgrown aspects of our lives, then we can continue to water what is good and at the scent of water our lives will flourish and we will prosper. God is the good in our lives. The Bible, prayer, worship, christian community and serving others are the water that keeps us growing in the right direction.

 

I was blessed when Darcy gave me the last of the Summer crops. God does provide in expected, but mostly unexpected ways. I am blessed beyond measure.

God continues to grow my faith. I am very much a work in progress! I have my ups and downs, but I keep looking toward the future.

Philippians 3:14

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Every week is a mystery and a miracle!

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