Sunday, March 7, 2010

So good

Drove around the D for a little while. Thinking about a lot of things.  There were a lot of churches in the small 5 mile radious of that I drove.  God was in this city.  We didn't leave us, we pushed Him out.  We thought we could do it on our own.  We said to Him "don't worry, we've taken it this far, we can do great things, we don't need You."  And here we are, vacant, abandoned, broken, abused.  But here He is, some of us are praying that He comes back, and with a vengence.  I don't want God to be peaceful, I tell you, I want Him to come back with all that He is, Mighty, Powerful, Loving!  I want Him back in this city.
You see, Downtown Detroit, its the heartbeat of our area, if it's heartbeat isn't strong, then the rest of us, are just as weak.  In the case of the body, if the brain doesn't get oxygen because the heart is too weak to get the blood there...   there is damage.  If the heart is beating strong, then all parts of the body are more likely to function.

We need God to restore us, to renew us, we need to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a city that is beautiful and wonderous.  We are a city of Hope, one that doesn't give up, even if everyone else does.

He is the God of this city. He is the HOPE to these people.  He is.  And that's just what I'm counting on.

I love Detroit.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My heart aches

It was a crazy thing today as I drove down I-75 home. My heart ached to go to 'the market', it ached to walk or drive down the city streets and smell the air, to see the beauty of what the city was and what it still is.

Detroit has a sound, a smell, and a love that surrounds me, and when the sun shines, I feel like God sends His sunshine only to us. Even though I know it's evereywhere. When the air is crisp and the sun is warm. Oh there is no place like Detroit.

I often wonder why people come here, I mean if you listen to the media, it wouldn't really be that appealing, but I know why I stay. Because I love Detroit, I really do. Seriously, like no one else I know.

I can't stop, I feel like there is something wrong with me because I love it so much. I love it's life, its heartbeat, the way it never gives up, I love how those who live here would do anything to help someone who needs help, how we rally around each other.

As I'm sure you've read or heard me say "There is no place like Detroit, for what it was, for what it is, and for all that it will become again."

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I really do love Detroit

I seriously am not sure if anyone reads this blog... but I'm about to tell you something that may make you think I'm a bigger jerk than you already thought I was.

I have no desire to sponsor a child from Compassion International or organizations of the like. I tell you, that I believe that these organizations do the good of God, however, I do not believe that I am called for that, at least for now.

I tell you that I really do want a housekeeper, someone to come into my house that can help me out twice a month. I really want this for myself. When I am home, I want to be doing things that further the Kingdom, not pick up after us or wash our floors or change our beds. So that I can find rest when I need it not do one more task to exhaust myself. Seriously. I thought, I could sponsor 2 children with that money... but it was guilt, not conviction, and I know the difference.

I tell you this because I feel called to serve here. To serve in my neighborhood church that serves the people in my own city, to feed them. To make them homemade, quality food, not just some slop because it's cheap. I believe that you can serve good food for low cost.

I spoke with Marci at DRMM, they are feeding 40% more than they were a year ago, they are housing more. That means that if they served 100 meals a day, it's 140 more, its more men, women, and children within our reach. Its those without jobs, with addictions, and I just feel like I can't turn my back on them, because really, I do love Detroit. It's more than a city, it's a community.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

So excited!!

So we picked the dates for the mission trip, July 12th-16th, seriously...


I know that maybe it's not the most exciting thing in the world, I get that, but really, I love it, and I feel closest to God when I'm serving.

I mean when I tell you this (assuming anyone is reading this) you might not believe me, but really, you know what one of my very favorite things in the whole world is to do?

Serve at Soup Kitchens. I know, crazy, huh?

I love that because of the Detroit Mission Trip, others get to share my joy. It's not because I think 'I'm so blessed and I can help the less fortunate' it's because I love seeing the smile on someone's face when you smile at them.

And it's wierd but I do love serving others.

One the mission trip, I don't get to really get out and do much, but I serve those who serve.

So the plans are under way, and it's going to be amazing how we get to be the hands and feet of Jesus!!


Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered him, "It is written, "'You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'"