Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Trust, rest... And crazy when i don't

It's been a crazy week. 

We've made some big decisions, and our dreams are coming true! I've been praying and planning for a long time!!

And I've been nuts! Mostly because some things are out of our control and we had to wait. 

It all worked out and we are excited!!! 

One thing I never thought was that that id be crazy about this. I never thought following God's plan would be hard. I thought I'd walk and things would fall into place. I expect that when I do hard work, it will be hard, when I deal with baggage,  and things in my past, I know it will hurt, but it's worth it, but this, I thought it would come easy.

I heard this verse:

““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.””
Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

And I thought "hey, why wasn't this easier? Why am I crazy?" 

You know why I was crazy? Because I was worried this wasn't the right path. That somehow I made a mistake. I had forgotten that even though God isn't my fairy godfather He is the One who answers my prayers (sometimes with a yes, sometimes a no, and sometimes a not yet).

I forgot to rest in Him. I remember thinking at one point "did You lead me to this place, only to disappoint me?" I forgot to trust that He knows what's best for me, and sometimes that takes time.

Oh man, what a crazy week i inflicted upon myself! What a good lesson to learn to remember "trust"

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Why t-shirts

T-shirt sales are my favorite fundraiser! There are lots of reasons!

#1 they are a good profit margin. Depending on my shirt I make about 50% on my sales! That's good stuff

#2 they are great talking pieces. People say "I love your shirt"... And they always do because I got the best t-shirt designers on the planet ( People ask, I tell them all about whatever God has called me to! Haiti, gardens, soccer fields... And oh you know me... I talk about it all! Because it's important! Because LOVE is important.

#3 if you buy a tshirt, you get to be part of some part of it because the truth is, an important lesson I've learned is that I can't do this all by myself. I've learned in life, that life is better surrounded by people who love us. 

#4 I have the best tshirt peeps!! They are kind, good, creative, great to work with, of great character, and funny!

This year I'm selling t-shirts to help raise money for a soccer field and I'm super excited and for $15 you can be part of something so great, for kids that God made awesome !

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Love loving

These days all I dream about is living in Detroit, soccer fields, feeding people, and gardens.

It's weird. I see a house and I gasp. I see kids  playing soccer in mexico and I smile from ear to ear! I almost giggle outloud thinking of the kids playing in that lot transformed to a soccer field, butterfly garden... And whatever else. Cute muffins running around. I can see it, I can hear it, and on the coldest of winter days I can feel the sun beating on my skin.

Days are coming where we reap what we sow. We plant in the spring and tend to the gardens and when the time is right, we sow, a great harvest we hope, don't we? I do that's for sure.

I live with the thankfulness of Gods grace, I hope to give it like I've received it.

I don't know why God chose me. I don't. And surely there have been days when I've disappointed Him. But I think about the pulling of the weeds, and how I feel in love with what that lot could be, and I think that must be how God must view me sometimes, He pulls the weeds out of my life and sees all that my life could be, and it is good, and He smiles, probably laughs at my antics. 

I love growing gardens, and planning soccer fields and selling shirts, and filling people's bellies with yummy food. To let them know that they are loved. 

I love loving. It's the greatest gift God has given me... To love. 

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Growing and dreaming

Does this happen to you? 

You're so overwhelmed by the goodness of God. You know God lets me do such incredible things for Him.

The last couple of weeks I have been about 7 sides of crazy. Things just haven't been going the way I'd like and as much as I'd like to say I am patient in the waiting everyone who knows me, knows that's not true about me.

Add that people have said some pretty rude stuff to me, hurting my feelings, I have been a mess. 

One more thing and... Well there is no and... I would have sucked it up and kept going, because that's what I do... Just keep going and trusting. 

Friday I had a meeting for the empty lots and its coming along and I'm so thankful to be working with some really just amazing people. It makes my heart sing!!!

Today I got the final artwork for the shirts to raise money for the lot and all that needs to be done. It's amazing!  For real, I love it!!

It says "I play, I grow, I dream" in Spanish! It's so great!!! If you'd like to order a whole bunch of them, I bet we can do custom colors!! 

I'm so thankful to be out of that cloud and just so very excited about what's going on!!

It's going to be a busy spring and summer!

Sending love!!