What can I do? I’m just one person.

Interstate 20 in Georgia Have you signed up to be a part of Circle Atlanta for Hope yet? I have been so blessed to see the number of people sharing the website information and challenging their friends to be a part of it. This is an event that everyone can be a part of, young and old. It is a way families can teach their children about the power of prayer. This is a way for the elderly to engage in the fight. As I was praying for the event this morning, I asked God to help people understand [...]

On the Road Again………

Do you enjoy road trips? For me, it honestly depends on where and why I'm traveling. Today, I will hit the road to visit some of the Hopes I mentor. I'll visit four of my girls in two different states to check in, see how things are going for them and give out hugs along the way. One of my girls is graduating from a year long restorative care program. She has wrestled with God similarly to Jacob and is now walking with a new identity in Christ Jesus [Genesis 32:24-28]. It was hard at times, but she refused to give [...]

A Different Kind of Pimp

Photo taken by Chip Bush. Have you ever felt used? Have you had a person take what they wanted from you and then walk away? It happens every day in business as well as personal relationships. It's selfish at the very least and at the extreme it's a form of abuse. The young ladies I work with have been used, abused and discarded by epic proportions. They've been treated as nothing more than an object to fulfill a twisted desire. One young lady said, My pimp didn't see me as a person. He saw me as an ATM. When he [...]

What can I do about it?

Did you ever watch the television show, Kids Say the Darndest Things, when it was on? Art Linkletter was the first host of the show, followed by Bill Cosby. The program was improvisation at it's finest. Nothing was rehearsed, truly an example of what you see is what you get, and it was hilarious. I love phrases from children. One of my favorite that our family has used through the years came from my cousin, Brad. It was, How can mine help it?" He said it when something happened where he felt helpless. He knew someone should do something, but [...]

Do you have a tool I can borrow?

Do you have a tool chest? Is it full or are you continually adding new tools to it? My husband bought a Craftsman tool chest because he had outgrown his smaller toolbox and needed a place to store all of his tools together. We all have tools we use in life. Some of us have tools like a paint brush, a guitar pick, a computer or even a chef's knife. What kind of tools do you use in your line of work? Last night I hosted a new Bible study in my home. We are using the book The Circle Maker by Mark [...]

Don’t Settle for Good Enough

Jimmy Carter at the World Summit to End Sexual Exploitation at the Carter Center. Have you ever set out for a destination and never made it? You got detoured, distracted or blocked from where you planned to go. This happens in every walk of life. How you respond determines your outcome. Do you persevere and push your way through the obstacles in front of you? Look for another way? Or do you just stop where you are and decide it's close enough? I have seen this many times when working with survivors of sexual exploitation. They get out [...]

You Are More!

How do you want to be known? Is it based on your past or would you die if people only remembered you that way? What about your sins or your victimizations? Would you like to walk around wearing a shirt that outlines every awful thing you've done or things that were done to you? It makes me think of the lepers in the Bible who were constantly reminded of their disease. They didn't ask for it. They didn't cause it, yet they were required to let everyone know their situation by shouting it out loud. Leviticus 13:45 says, The person with such [...]

It’s Time for Endurance Training

Do you play a sport or did you in high school or college? One of the most important things for athletes is for them to stay strong until the end of the game. You can't afford to run out of gas before the whistle blows or the buzzer buzzes. In order to do this, many athletes have to build up their endurance, which is, the ability to do something difficult for a long time, the ability to deal with pain or suffering that continues for a long time, or the quality of continuing for a long time." Building one's endurance comes from [...]

Too Much Noise

Do you have trees outside of your house? We don't have any trees in our front yard; however, our neighbor has a large tree right across the street from our bedroom window. This tree happens to be home to birds, lots and lots of birds. I don't have anything against birds. I like them really. I think they're pretty and they usually have a lovely sound that is peaceful. Peaceful... that is, unless is fires up at 5 a.m. on a day when you can sleep late. For whatever reason, the birds across the street seem to really like 5 a.m. [...]

Fallen by Annie Lobert

Are you familiar with the organization Hookers for Jesus? It is an organization started by a survivor of sex trafficking, Annie Lobert. Annie and I will both be speaking at the Take Action Against Human Trafficking conference in Tampa, Florida in November of this year. The conference is sponsored by Bishop Outreach and has a powerhouse list of presenters. Come join us. I wanted to learn what I could about the other presenters at the conference, so I ordered Annie's book, Fallen, and I'm so glad I did. I thought I'd share a little with you about the book. Annie shared [...]

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