Friday, February 23, 2007

Trinity Baptist at Mr. George's

A group from Trinity Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA had spent several Saturdays serving tirelessly at Mr. George's trailer. They've been getting the finishing touching on the drywall and spending time painting the walls and getting things ready for the next step.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Work at Ms. Jewel's

Teams continue to flow into Lakeshore and into the homes of folks in the community. One home that we have been working on is the home of Ms. Jewel. We started working at here house a couple of months ago. A couple weeks ago we sent a team from Richfield Springs Bible Church in New York into to mud and sand the sheet rock and then into paint. This week a team from Kimberlin Creek Baptist Church in Indiana worked on making a couple repairs to the deck and to put up the siding on the house.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Happy National Singleness Awareness Day!

So it’s that day again when all of us singles are reminded over and over that we are still single, National Singleness Awareness day. But instead of focusing on the “you should be lonely because you are single” garbage, I am going to take the opportunity to use my singleness.

Honestly singleness is something I have given a great deal of thought to in the past 8 months. I am grateful that the Lord has given me the opportunity to be here in Lakeshore, something I probably couldn’t do for this length of time if I wasn’t single. While I don’t feel I have been called to be single forever, I know the Lord doesn’t want me to sit around and pout about being single so I am enjoying making the most of this opportunity.

I am grateful for the friendships that I have established here in Lakeshore, to be under the faithful preaching of God’s Word, for the opportunity to do things I probably would have never done otherwise (like learning to drive a forklift), and for the things/events/circumstances/living conditions/etc that God has used to stretch me and mold me for His glory.

For those who are thinking all singles hate Valentines Day...For me, while it could be easy to sit around and pout, it is helpful for me (as a single) to see a husband in wife who are completely in love with each, loving each other. Seeing a husband love his wife as Christ loved the Church and seeing the woman loving her husband is something, sadly, that is somewhat of a foreign idea, but I am grateful for the Christians couples who exhibit this. So I encourage the married folks to love their spouse unashamedly and be a godly example for those of us who desire to be married one day.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Lord have mercy on me, a sinner

Another random thought for ya'll-

I was reading Charles Spurgeon's "Treasury of David" this afternoon, meditating on Psalm 51. I've spent time in this psalm before as a prayer for mercy and forgiveness, but never really really looked at it. I wish I could explain all that I took from this chapter as I repent of my own sins and look to God for mercy and grace. I think one of the main things that struck me that I had never thought about before was this was not necessarily written for private mediation only, but for corporate worship, since it is written to the chief musician.

If you'd like to check out the "Treasury of David" go here.

Well I will leave you with Psalm 51

Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and
done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words and
blameless in your judgment.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
build up the walls of Jerusalem;
then will you delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Progress at Mr. Sherman's

Five teams have joined us in Lakeshore this week. Teams from Alabama, New Jersey, New York, and South Carolina have work tirelessly on several (I think 11) different houses this week. I got a chance to go to a few of the sites before class today and see how this were progressing. One team from New Jersey has been working at Mr. Sherman's house trying to get it dried in.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

until I have something worth while to blog about...

So apparently this video has been out for a little while, but I just saw it for the first time this evening. I can't help but laugh. It seems like they are trying to get this "precious" little kitty adopted. So meet burger and fries, while I do some homework...and hopefully I'll get out and about to get a few pictures this week of what's happening around Lakeshore.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Just for the record...

So I'm not sure if this random thought of mine was really blog worthy, but since I don't have a whole lot to say today...
There are some days that the weather here in MS, while chilly, makes me happy that I am here and not in Wisconsin - currently the wind chill in my home town is -27 (that's right, negative 27).

Friday, February 02, 2007

plumbing, electrical, and drywall at Ms. Peewee's

Teams were working steadily at Ms. Peewee's home the past few weeks. They were successful at installing the plumbing and the electrical, both which passed inspection, so teams were able to begin hanging the sheet rock. Ms. Peewee said she is excited to see her place coming together like as quickly as it is and more than that blessed to see some of the same teams returning to work on her home.