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This was my first week volunteering at Living Bridges Ministry in Valdosta, Georgia. This was actually the first week that they were officially open in the new building that they had been renovating over the Summer. The new building will provide the ability to expand their programs.

I was at the ministry Monday-Thursday this week. Monday and Wednesdays are clothes closet days. The clothes closet wasn’t as busy this week as it has been, but this was the first week it was open in the new location, so we are anticipating that it will pick up asĀ  word gets out. The clothes closet gives us a chance to interact with clients, get to know their stories and offer compassion in a world that can be harsh.

On Tuesday and Thursday, we washed housewares for the clothes closet, sorted through clothes, created spreadsheets for donated goods, and did whatever else needed done. There is still quite a bit of work to do to get the building finished, but it is getting there and it will be an awesome community center when done.

This week was a challenge for me, as I am sure the next few weeks will be, until I get to know the system and feel more comfortable interacting with the clients. I know I have written in past posts about my anxiety and schizoid personality disorder (social anxiety, isolation tendencies). I have a hard time stepping out of my comfort zone, but as God leads I will follow. I did push myself to talk to a couple of clients that came in to the clothes closet. It would be easy for me to hide in the background, but I know that isn’t where God is leading. I am nervous going in on clothes closet days, but growth comes with discomfort. HA! I just need to keep going and fighting through the urge to run. God is never glorified when we disobey by running away. I won’t be like Jonah. Running away didn’t help him in the end. He still ended up doing God’s will.

I am excited to see how God expands this ministry in the future. I am also excited to be a part of a community ministry that reaches out and gives back.

For information and to see pictures of the building renovation click here for the Living Bridges Facebook page and here for the Living Bridges website.

On a personal note:

I found out this week that my A1C was 7.3. An A1C is the blood glucose levels for the past 3 months. It was a concerning jump from 6.2 in April. I had my first appointment with a health coach on Tuesday to find a strategy to lower it to where it needs to be (below 7.0 for a diabetic). My blood pressure has also been high. I am on blood pressure medication, but my blood pressure and pulse was high at my first doctors appointment here on September 5th and is still high. I have written before that I deal with anxiety and so I try to keep the stress to a minimum. I am focused on living a life that is balanced and brings me satisfaction and joy. I had a heart attack scare in September of 2017 and now I want to focus on the important things in life, like loving others to Jesus and making sure that God is my priority always. I can not allow myself to get stuck in another job that I hate and that caused me enough stress that I ended up with chest pains when I went to work. Life is to short for that. I am somewhat stressed that my health is a concern right now. I’m sure that as I settle into a routine and settle into the community that my numbers will improve. God is good!

In order for me to live a life on mission, I am asking for ministry partners. If you feel led to support me as I serve God and community please visit my support page for giving options.

I am excited to see what God has in store for myself and Living Bridges Ministry!

 

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