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I was able to attend a Family Connection meeting on Monday. This is a meeting for non profits and agencies to get together to share resources for their communities. This meeting was actually held in a neighboring county and Chastidy (Living Bridges intern) and I got to go and share some information on our programs and upcoming events. Speaking in front of people terrifies me, but again I do my best to allow God to push me out of my comfort zone without running away. I haven’t run away yet!

On Tuesday, we hung out at the Living Bridges Community Center and continued to sort through clothes for the Fall/Winter clothing exchange taking place on 10/12. I have already made some great friends as we work together to do what needs to be done. Some parts of the center are still works in progress, but aren’t we all. It is a satisfying task to bring something that has fallen into decay back to a state of wholeness and beauty. Even more so, the people we serve. To see a life that has been broken by circumstances revitalized and made new brings about a shift in perspective and we view God as a shelter and refuge that we can cling to.

Wednesday is clothes closet day and I remember the days when my 5 kids were little and I, as a single mom, had to visit food pantries and clothes closets to take care of my kids. I am humbled that I have the opportunity to serve others out of love, compassion and respect. You never know what a person’s story is, so we need to treat everyone with love and respect.

Thursday started out at the community garden. I’m not going to lie, it was a challenge! South Georgia did not cool down as Fall crept in. It is still high 90’s and I struggled some with the heat, but I love being there. I got a lesson from a Master Gardner as we planted cabbage, broccoli, and collards. When you have the opportunity to get a lesson from a Master Gardner, you listen and obey. Not unlike our walk with God (who is THE Master Gardner), we listen to what He tells us and we obey the commands that He gives us and in the end we get to harvest the fruit (or vegetables) of our labors. Thursday afternoon, Chastidy and I braved the heat and did some outreach for the ministry. We visited some daycare centers and a couple of uninsured medical clinics to give them information on our programs and upcoming events. It was actually fun and Chastidy has become a friend.

A wonderful article was written in the Valdosta Daily Times about Living Bridges Ministry. Click HERE to read the article.

 On a personal note: 

I posted a couple of weeks ago about my blood pressure being high. It still is higher than normal and I don’t know if it is from anxiety or something else. My pulse has been consistently between 107 and 125. I am seeing a health coach to stabilize my a1c for my diabetes and now I have to go in for an EKG on 10/15. If all is well with that, I may be put on a medication to bring down my blood pressure along with helping me to manage my anxiety (I am already on a blood pressure medication). I am trying to manage it on my own, but God continues to push me out of my comfort zone and my discomfort level is sky high. Every day is a challenge, but I am actually not unhappy at where I am. I have met some wonderful people and made some friends. Each day I step out my front door and I walk in faith.

If you are reading this and can contribute to my life on mission, please visit my support page. I appreciate all of you who reach out to support, encourage and pray for me in my journey of obedience and faith.

 

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