Personal Thoughts on Life

A Tribute to Life 🌀

Good Morning Beautiful People! 

Thank you so much for being patient with me on these posts! I have two more to post later today, so stay tuned! This past weekend has been a little more than emotional in our household. My husband’s beautiful grandmother passed away on Saturday morning and although it was mostly expected, it was still difficult for him and the family. I have nothing but beautiful memories from my times with her! 

She had dimentia and her favorite phrase was “I love you, I love you, I love you!” And man oh man was she adorable! I have this strange thought, how wonderful it is that she would remember the phrase “I love you” and it would bring so much joy to those around her! What a wonderful way to be remembered! ❤️❤️❤️ So thank you for being patient as I’ve been there for my husband this weekend. 

Not only did we face loss but today is not only Reformation Day and Halloween, but it’s also my beautiful Mother in Love’s Birthday! 

Although she is no longer here on Earth to celebrate with, she left an amazing legacy behind that will be passed down to her grandchildren should God see fit to bless us with them! She was a single mother who provided every opportunity to her children, worked at one point with three jobs and put herself through higher education! She was truly iconic! My heart wishes to have met her! I know she would be so proud of Gared and his sister! They both have overcome so much and accomplished amazing things in this life so far! 

Although this isn’t a food-related post, I am thankful to share it! Because remembering life is so important! People’s stories remain forever and for generations to come! Today I am thankful for many things today! So today, choose to be thankful! Choose to love life! 
Happy Birthday 🎉 

Happy Reformation Day

Happy Halloween

From Our Home to Yours! Be blessed today!

Katie ❤️

Personal Thoughts on Life, Uncategorized

Color Run 2017 🌈

Crushing goals in a big way! 🙋🏼💪🏻🤜🏻


Howdy Folks! 

I’m so happy to share this post with everyone! On Saturday I completed my first 5k!! I ran the Color Run which took place in Osceola County at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee!! It was incredible! I have to be honest, I was extremely nervous and fearful to do this. I haven’t always maintained my athletic abilities since I became a teenager. However, since December of 2016, I’ve made conscious effort to begin being healthy again. My weight has continually fluctuated since my parents divorce and it doesn’t help that I have a tendency to be overly emotional about specific situations I go trough in life. With the effort to stay healthy, I think I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, that for maybe six months prior to investing in physical exercise, Gared and I made a decision to begin buying organic as much as possible. That included our foods and our chemical products for cleaning as well. 

That was not an easy transition to make, but we are so glad that we did! We’ve seen such amazing physical changes in our bodies as far as feeling more of the natural energy our body creates. Now don’t misunderstand we still eat out every now and again, and we still have days where we falter and we are okay with that. We don’t shame ourselves if we falter, we just accept it and move ahead. Sorry for my rabbit trail, but I thought some background info would be helpful! 

So anyway, the week leading up to this event was extremely busy for me and I had only exercised a few times. I even doubted myself that I would be able to keep up with my team. Especially since they both were and are extremely active. But I made the decision to enjoy this regardless of it I can or cannot keep up with the team. 

So we took off! I began to jog my way out of the starting lineup and I did well for about 3 minutes, then I started to feel it. My legs began to tighten up and tire out, my lungs were not pumping oxygen as well and I was becoming short of breath. So I slowed down to a walk. I felt shame. I felt bad for my team. But I snapped out of it and told myself to keep going! Shortly I began walking at a fast pace and made it to the first color 💛! We ran through yellow because they throw chalk at you and it sucks to breath it in! Then I fast walked and kind of jogged to the next color, purple 💜! My favorite as pictured above! Then the mile one marker was in sight! And a sense of overwhelming happiness flooded my mind and heart! That sight was just what I needed to keep going! So we continued the run and began to walk and run through various parts of the path! Soon enough, we saw the foam zone and were over halfway finished with the race! 

The joy of running through the foam zone was real life! As you can see our shoes enjoyed a nice bubble bath! Haha! 
Then this image happened!!! We saw the finish line! And we agreed to run through the finish line no matter what! 

So I did! I took a second and then I ran! I ran as fast and as hard as my body would take me and I crossed the finish line running! 

Made it! I did it! In about 40 minutes I walked and ran the color run! Getting that medal was the most beautiful experience! It showed I completed the challenge! I pushed myself in ways I have never before and I succeeded! 

Fulfilling dreams! 

The aftermath! 

Chalk dust, unicorns 🦄, new friends and accomplished goals!

 Guys and gals around! If you are super athletic, don’t take it for granted, if you’re super skinny, it doesn’t always mean you are in shape and healthy! And being fat doesn’t mean you’re not healthy either! I am beyond blessed and so happy to have completed this challenge I set for myself! I hope this brings encouragement to others! If you’re moving, you’re doing more than you were before! Everyday I move is a victory over weight gain! Everyday I exercise when I don’t want to is a victory over my health! Trust me when I say, it was not an easy challenge! But running across that finish line was exhilarating and freeing! I found out in myself that I can accomplish goals, I don’t have to give up and my journey does NOT look like everyone else’s! And guess what?? I am okay with that! My journey is my own and I’m taking my health seriously everyday! We need to stop comparing ourselves to what we aren’t and start accepting ourselves for who we are! When we do that, we begin to change because we want to, not because someone else says we should or we see it in a magazine or social media or billboard what some people say we should look like–men and women alike! 

I hope people are encouraged by this post! Go out and change your world! Be a healthier you than yesterday and do it at your own pace! 



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Birthday Shenanigans 🎉

Hello and Happy Spring! 

It’s been a pretty busy month for us here in the Henson house! We celebrated so many birthdays, so many anniversaries and lots of life long goals! This month was my husbands birthday! So of course, I go all out! I had balloons, a banner, and the day planned away with lots of fun and surprises! Since his birthday was on a Saturday this year, I started celebrating ok Friday! I had the whole house decorated Birthday style! With fun glasses, confetti, presents, balloons and then Saturday morning breakfast! 

Then off to Orlando we went! I planned our whole day of celebrating 29 at the Coca Cola Orlando Eye! 

Y’all! These pictures seriously do not do this experience justice! It’s so large that it just puts a person in awe! Now granted, this is a new experience to Central Florida, well one of the newest attractions. Included in the experience is also Maddam Tussaud’s Wax Museum and Sea Life Aquarium. The awesome part is when you purchase your tickets online, you save tons and tons more than if you go to the counter and purchase them that way. Also, if you are a Florida resident or you have a friend / family member that’s a Florida resident they get in for adults 37$ a person for all three attractions, not sure for kiddos, we don’t have any kiddos yet. But it’s obviously cheaper. 

The entire experience of the eye, wax museum and aquarium take about 3 hours. They have additional shops and restaurants to eat at as well around the area, so all in all, if you were looking for a long experience you can definitely make one out of the day with all the things to do! 

We seriously had the best time. The best part for us was the wax museum and the eye. But the eye for sure! The aquarium just kind of made our hearts hurt. The tanks are very, very small and they just don’t have much space to be as free as they could be. 

Here are just a few pictures of the exhibits, the one above is actually a touch tank and it reminds me of Finding Dory where all the kiddos touch the sea creatures and they call it pokers cove…that’s literally what it looked like in real life. I wanted to cry. 😭

The jellies were just in a wall and had a color changing LED light blasting them all day. 

The only large tank was this one and it had the smallest fish and smallest amount of fish in it. Didn’t make much sense to me. 

Answering questions with Jimmy Fallon! 🙃

Hanging with Katy Perry cause duh! 

Daydreaming of Disney with the main man himself! 😍

Okay. These were the best! The wax museum definitely lifted our spirits after the aquarium! These are just a few fun snapshots we captured! The best photo for last! Gared answering phone calls for President Trump since they’re super close and all! 😂 We seriously had the best time! The best part about this picture is a little boy probably about 8 or 9 years old sat down for a picture and did the same pose! I wish I would have caught it on camera! 

Lastly, the eye! This had such incredible views! The ride only lasts about 23 minutes but it’s amazing! We are definitely going back down to Orlando to experience this at sunset! But for now, enjoy these! 

Finally, I just want to say a Happy Birthday to the best husband a girl could ask for! I am so honored to be able to do life with you and to celebrate your life! I hope you know that this year and every year you are loved by so many! I can’t wait to celebrate the big 30 next year! I love you with my whole heart! 

Until Next Year!

Xoxo! K

Personal Thoughts on Life, Recipes from my Kitchen

Valentine’s Day Weekend 💘

Such a late post, but I wanted to share some Valentine’s Day awesomeness with y’all! My sweet hubs and I don’t usually celebrate big on Valentine’s, not because we don’t love each other by any stretch, but we just don’t make a big stink about it. However this year I decided to make a wonderful dinner and continue with our 14 days of Valentine’s cards tradition! (Can see that in a former post) 

We are obviously plant people because I got him this 👆🏻 and he brought me home these 👇🏻😍

Mostly I wanted to share my dessert recipe with you! I was so proud of myself for this creativity! 

I used store bought, pre-packaged dessert shells which is just a sponge cake. I used a pound of strawberries, but that can really be to your discretion. Lastly I used limes. I cut the strawberries into slices and put them into a saucepan added a couple tablespoons of water and sugar to sweeten them. And that was my mistake, I should have just left the strawberries solid instead of becoming mushy in the saucepan. Oh well, but then I added the berries into each shell, drizzled the syrup onto the top and squeezed a little lime juice onto each dessert shell. It was tart, but very delish! 

Happy Cooking Y’all! 

Oh and the day after my sweet hubs bought me a brand new vacuum cleaner and I was so overjoyed! I can certainly say I am getting old because I got excited about a new appliance! 🙈😂

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How to Encourage When You Feel Utterly Defeated 

This will probably be my last post for the night. I have been busy catching up posts, cleaning and organizing since I’ve had a little bit of a break this weekend. 

The topic I’m writing on may honestly make you have a puzzled look on your face and sort of question, what?? It almost sounds oxymoronic to encourage people when you do feel defeated in life. But it’s honestly not impossible! That’s right, I said it’s NOT impossible. 

Since my husband and I got married 2 years ago now, happily working on 3, we began to notice a lot of our friends were in the same stage of life as us, getting married 👰🏼! Well about 5-6 months after we got hitched, we noticed our friends that also got married started making babies! Now, we’ve talked about having kids, and Lord knows we so want babies of our own, now probably more than ever before. However, in our time spent so far as man and wife, we’ve discovered that if we had babies right now it may cause an interference for getting our studies done and graduating. And we’ve made an agreeable decision that no matter what our children will not go neglected and we will be there for them. See, regardless of anything, we still have our own goals and career paths that we believe God has called us to, so that’s why we go to school. We want to provide great futures for our babies and that’s why we are seeking great career paths. 

So back to the part of everyone else making babies…Gared and I quickly discovered that it’s a lot harder for us to make a baby than others. We’ve tried to have a baby for a little over a year now and still no results. After taking multiple tests with negative results, lots of tears and heartache for both of us, was too much. So we decided that we would no longer worry about getting pregnant, we would enjoy the time we have without kids right now and if it happens, we will praise God, and if it doesn’t we’ll adopt all the babies! Well about the time we had made that decision, one of my closest friends told us they were expecting and I was overcome with such devastation it was completely overwhelming. I remember sitting on our bed reading this awesome news and all I could do was weep big crocodile tears. My husband came in our bedroom to check on me and knew I was beyond devastated because all I could think was, why is this so easy for everyone except us?! What is wrong with us?! This flood of negative thinking just overcame my mindset. Yet at the same time, my faith in God gave me amazing strength. I was able to speak life to them, encourage her and just be a knowledgeable source for her. Sadly, they lost their precious little one later on at the beginning of the second trimester and I pray everyday for their family that God would restore them! 

What’s hard is that my friends are still having babies, I’ve been to 4 babies showers in 2016 and in March I’ll have my first baby shower of the year to attend. Regardless of us not being able to conceive as quickly as our friends, I still find ways to be there for other women, I’ve done research to help them where they need it, bought organic baby supplies, spent more money on babies that aren’t ours than more people probably would and told women I’m happy for them. That’s probably the hardest part, because you are genuinely happy for them, but you also think how it sucks that your body doesn’t make that happen so easily. 

I can now say that Gared and I have learned to be happy for people no matter what! We’ve learned to show love and provide help for new families any way we can. And we’ve learned to trust God’s plan for our lives! It’s not easy, but we know God will either give us a child of our own DNA or He will open a door that lets us adopt! See, encouraging others doesn’t always have to be with words, we can encourage with a plethora of other resorts also. 

For now, we trust God’s plan, we keep having fun while trying, and keep loving each other no matter what! One day, we’ll make a post about a baby announcement with a pregnan belly, or we’ll be announcing the adoption of Baby H! 

We love y’all! We hope this brings a sense of encouragement and relief to those who may also be struggling like us, you are not alone! There are others like you, and we are here to support each other! 

Mucho love! Stay safe this next week! God bless! 

G & K 

Personal Thoughts on Life

2015 Christmas Comfort Project

Hey Friends! Today’s post comes from the heart of my sweet husband! We are partnering with Kayla Shai for the Christmas Comfort Project this year! Donations start today! So get involved! Enjoy the read from my husband, I know it’s a lengthy read, but I also know his heart for writing and I know you’ll enjoy it! For partnership opportunities please click the link in the post below and you can also find her on Facebook as well by typing in Kayla Shai! Start sharing, start hastagging: #2015christmascomfortproject

Gared Preaching Photo My Sweet Husband Gared preaching the Word of God!

In between Halloween and Thanksgiving is when major-line supermarkets and department stores begin to usher in the sales and marketing for Christmas products and services. We see the name brand cookie packaging in the supermarket turn from traditional orange and black Halloween themed colors to traditional red and green Christmas themed colors . These colors evoke the thought of sitting around Christmas time with family and enjoying cookies, and because the cookies are so delicious, you only leave out one green and red cookie for Santa and give him the plethora of stale peanut butter or oatmeal cookies. Our favorite coffee shops and products change from the pumpkin spice Halloween specialties to the mint and mocha Christmas specialties causing us to think we are actually able to smell a Christmas tree in our coffee cup with grandma’s potpourris. The decorations for homes and businesses are being purchased, plans are being set in stone, or are coming into fruition, and we can begin to sense the “Christmas spirit.” Personally speaking, during this holiday season I begin to develop a “Phileo” love known in the Greek to describe a more brotherly or friendly love caused by society and marketing to make me feel almost guilt-ridden for not being able to purchase EVERYTHING I want for EVERYBODY I think of. Regardless of how I think or feel regarding the finite, I still have assurance of the hope and comfort from the One who I live and move and have my being in, as I hope you have it too.
Regardless of a socioeconomic station in life. Or a recent loss of all possession like God’s most faithful servant Job, we all can recollect the instances above and have probably been affected by them one way or another. When I reflect on the person who is homeless walking into a supermarket looking to make a purchase that meets their minute budget, such as spam or Vienna sausages, what comes to my mind first is “where is this person’s family?” ” Is this person able to enjoy the aromas of a home full of baked goods and “Christmas” scents such as a real tree and mint coffee during these seasons?” “Does this person have a wish-list?” Then curiosity strikes and I begin to conjure up questions such as “How did this person transition into this station of life?” Not necessarily from a psychological aspect but just a practical day-to-day aspect despite any psychological disorders which may have had an effect, granted there is a significant amount of mentally disabled people without homes, but is it funding; or the lack of, keeping them on the street?” Furthermore, I begin to feel guilt-ridden for not being able to bring these people and families into my home for the holiday seasons so they can feel loved and not be alone. After this feeling begins, my mind becomes filled with even more thoughts such as “who’s going to love this person?” “Does this person have anyone who does love them?”
Now, I know there are some individuals in this world whom I have had the pleasure to speak with and they are simply put, not motivated to reach a new socio-economic level to possess the comfortable house and reliable car or “American Dream.”. They simply enjoy the free-spirit of their journey guided by the direction of the winds . Nonetheless, these “free-spirits” are still people with feelings no matter how much they try to suppress them or those who aren’t homeless try to repress them. These beautiful people are created with a desire for relationship. Also, there are hundreds of thousands of children and families across the US who are homeless and alone on the streets during a season of thanks involving giving, and receiving. These individuals and families, who for a maybe seen or maybe unseen reason were reduced socioeconomically to a homeless station and even alone with no friends or family to call on but God. Jesus, a friend of sinners.
Approximately a year and a half ago I worked at a high volume call center with over 200 employees that hired just about everybody who applied for a sales position. Here were the stipulations to get hired and join the sales team! As long as one could make it to work, sit in their chair at their booth, and read a script for the sales call, they had the job. Furthermore, they would be terminated if they didn’t sell. For this job I am thankful. Very thankful. This thankfulness isn’t just some false piety. The wisdom I gained in sales and for the sales environment as well as the appreciation for work is insurmountable. When I couldn’t find a job anywhere else, this call center put me to work and they paid me well. I found out the high level of satisfaction from a goal-oriented paycheck. One Saturday afternoon I met a young man when our managers were distributing paychecks. I found the young man was so excited about earning a paycheck and I couldn’t help be happy for him as well. In the midst of me making eye contact with him and smiling, Jesus by His Holy Spirit brought to remembrance Matthew 6:33 “but seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Reformation Study Bible, ESV, Matthew 6:33)” With a desire to encourage the young man by the work of The Holy Spirit I quoted this Scripture to possibly be used to set his mind on heavenly thoughts. I remember so vividly he stopped dead in his tracks and looked at me and said something to the effect of “you know bruh, you’re right.” The Spirit of God opened the door for conversation and we began speaking about God and His goodness. He mentioned he had his Bible in his backpack and how he reads it every day. It overwhelmed me with joy to know I had brethren on my sales team. After conversing with him some more he shared with me he was living at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission. I gave him a ride home that night and about a week went on of conversation and rides home to the Mission and I eventually invited him to church and we fellowshipped. I began bringing him to the Tuesday nights men’s group I was attending at the time and I began to hear his story. After one Lord’s Day service (Sunday service) I learned that he was adopted and his mother and father were separated or divorced. Him, his mother, and siblings lived in New Jersey and his long lost father lived in Tampa, Fl. As his story unfolded more and more, he shared how his adoptive mother passed away and his siblings split everything in the home and left him with nothing. He continued to share with the group how he made enough money and saved up for a bus ticket to Tampa to try to find where his father was living. When he arrived to Tampa, Fl, he hardly had any money, no family to contact for any support and he visited the only place where he was told his father might have been. When he arrived at the house where he was told his father may have been residing he knocked on the door and a person answered whom my friend never met. My dislocated friend asked the individual something to the effect of where his father is and the tenant had no idea where his father was because his father moved a long time before my friend’s arrival and the new tenant had no relation to his father. Eventually my friend, brother, and coworker made his way to Orlando, Fl about two hours north east of Tampa to begin life all over. He was working fulltime, commuting (without any transportation besides Florida’s public transportation) about 60 miles a day which takes about four hours total on Florida’s public transportation. Ultimately, deep-down, he was emotionally wrecked. His only hope was in Christ, our risen Savior whom he trusted.
I don’t share this story with you to make you think I did something great and pious by sharing God’s Word with this young man or bringing him to church. But the truth is our brother in the faith lost his job, had nowhere but the shelter to go, and lost his cell phone service. And I didn’t help him one bit after these occurrences. Could one infer from these occurrences that my brother is not blessed? God forbid!
The reason I couldn’t help him, I never saw him or even heard back from him. His cell phone didn’t have any service and I cannot find fault with him, sometimes people retract for reasons beyond our comprehension. God calls his preachers, teachers, and evangelists to plant and water so He can give the increase(1 Cor. 3:6-7). God’s sovereign plan was at work and how unsearchable are His ways and so mysterious I cannot fathom. But I do trust that He was working all things, even now, together for the good of my friend’s salvation since he loved Christ and was called according to His holy purpose(Rom. 8:28)
For the sake of provoking proper biblical thought and planting and watering so God can efficaciously give the increase according to His will, I want you to know God is sovereign. Some may have heard that term “sovereign” on many occasions. The objective for me to say God is sovereign is not for it to go “in one ear and out the other.” But the objective is for the term to sink into the core of one’s being with the understanding that God is in complete control and reigns and rules and declares His authority in all of His creation and through all of His creation.

As my pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel, one of the most prolific Pastors and theologians of the 20th and 21st century once said “If there is one single molecule in this universe running around loose, totally free of God’s sovereignty, then we have no guarantee that a single promise of God will ever be fulfilled (Sproul, R. (1994, September 21). A quote from Chosen By God. Retrieved August 28, 2015, from”

Furthermore, teaching fellow Dr. Steven Lawson of Ligonier Ministries once said “When we have a biblical and robust theology it will always give way to a biblical and robust doxology (Lawson, S. 2007, June 1, Ligonier Ministries. Retrieved August 28, 2015).”

One of the most important objectives we can train our minds to do and to continue to do is to see God as he ought to be seen in Scripture. When we see sick and suffering people; whether it be from lack of health or wealth, or any other vicissitudes and factions of life, we especially as Christians tend to say “I wonder what sin he was guilty of?” Or, “I wonder what she did to deserve such a lot (Pastor Burk Parsons of Saint Andrews Chapel in Sanford, Fl, 2015)” One of my Pastors; Reverend Burk Parsons instructed us as his congregation to be cautious of such entrapments of the devil and our flesh. These are some of the most ungodly and judgmental thought processes a Christian could assert in regards to painful circumstances in the lives of others (Pastor Burk Parsons of Saint Andrews Chapel in Sanford, Fl, 2015).

When Joseph was tormented by his brothers day after day, listen to what Joseph said to his brothers after forgiving them for their evil actions towards him. “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today (Reformation Study Bible, ESV, Gen. 50:20).” Now, skipping ahead to the New Testament in the book of Hebrews. Chapter 11, also known as the Bible’s Hall of Faith, our faithful author writes in regards to Joseph’s justification by faith alone. Verse 22, “by faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention to the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones (Reformation Study Bible, ESV, Heb. 11:22).” You may be saying “okay, I don’t see the point?” Well, let’s continue a few verses later in the same chapter. Looking at verses 39 and40, This is the conclusion to the Bible’s “Hall of Faith.” Starting with verse 39 the text reads ” And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised,(V.40) since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect (Reformation Study Bible, ESV, Heb. 11:39-40).” What this text is stating about God’s people is that though they were pilgrims of faith during the Old Testament era, they still partook in God’s plan of redemption. Listen to what the new testament contributors of R.C. Sproul’s Reformation study Bible have to say more specifically about these Scriptures. They comment “V 39-40, Although some Old Testament promises were fulfilled, their true hope ( the promise of the coming Messiah was yet to come(v.33 and note). This verse summarizes the message of vv.13-16 and applies it to the second half of the chapter. V. 40 asserts both the redemptive-historical difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament periods, and the unity of the people of God in both eras. Though the Old Testament believers lived by faith (10:38). they were not privileged to witness on earth the fulfillment of the great promise of God. Nevertheless, they too participate in the benefits of Christ’s high priestly work, and along with the new covenant saints, they are “made perfect.” Those of the old and new eras together await the perfection that will appear only at the Second Coming (12:26; 13:14; Rom. 8:18; Eph. 1:9,10)(Reformation Study Bible, ESV, Commentary from Hebrews 11:39-40.).”
You may be wondering ” I thought this was a project on love, comfort, homelessness and Christmas.” If this is your thought process you’d be correct. In addition to the overall theme of this beautiful project by God through Kayla Shai, is that suffering is in the midst of this crucial season. Suffering is in the midst of homelessness. Suffering is in the midst of love. How else do we know what comfort is like unless we have endured the suffering to be grateful for the comfort? I love the Bible and think about the sufferings the saints of the old testament era endured as well as the suffering the saints of the new testaments endured. Abel being killed by his brother. Abraham’s mental turmoil procuring the sacrifice of the only son he loved and dreamt to have(Gen. ch. 22). Job with his wife cursing God, leprosy, and material and familial loss(Job ch. 1&2). Jeremiah with depression. Daniel in the lion’s den. Stephen being stoned to death. John the Baptist being beheaded. ” Three times (Paul) was beaten with rods. Once (he) was stoned. Three times (Paul) was shipwrecked; a night and a day (Paul) was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from (Paul’s) own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is daily pressure on (him) (for Paul’s) anxiety for all the churches ( Reformation Study Bible, ESV, 1 Cor. 11:25-28-with emphasis added).” “Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated-of whom the world was not worthy-wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.(Reformation Study Bible, ESV, Heb. 11:35-38).” And for the sake of redemption planned from eternity past(Acts 4:26-28; 2 Tim. 1:9), sinless as He was (Heb. 4:15); and is, and is to come, the Son of God was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification including these saints who suffered (Rom. 4:25).
These examples are all a wide range of hardships that the devil and his minions meant for evil but God meant for good, just like the Holy Spirit said through Joseph to his brothers. The devil may have meant someone’s loss of home to be for evil, but God means it for good for those who are His. God has a plan and purpose for the sake of His people’s salvation. His decrees from eternity past cannot be trumped (Rom. 8:30, 9:19b). When the Holy Spirit is speaking through the Apostle Paul in Romans 8:28 saying ” And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose (Reformation Study Bible, ESV, Rom. 8:28),” God would never lie and say “all things” if it weren’t true. The truth is God may give a person wealth, fame, and power and never allow that person to enjoy it (Ecclesiastes 6:2); whereas, He may also strip another person of their possessions to bring them to humble reliance on Him and His Spirit. Be it as it may, it’s a possibility that person may suffer for a while and reap a multiplication of restored blessing just like Job contingent to God’s design (Jb. ch. 42).
Furthermore, in regards to sleeping without shelter and being homeless, we see the saints of the old era and new era engaged in the same circumstances and sufferings as many regenerate and unregenerate people who are homeless today. We see Adam sleeping in the garden of Eden with nothing but God and nature (Gen. 2:21). We see Jacob sleeping in the wilderness with his head on a stone ( Gen. 28:11). We see the Apostle Paul in a transient station of life; sleeping, while lost at sea, in the wilderness, and in prison, etc… (2 Cor. 11:25-28). We see God’s blessed people with His favor upon them “wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth (Reformation Study Bible, ESV, Heb. 11:38b).” The Apostles who actually had the opportunity to meet Jesus in the flesh had to sleep in mountains and gardens during their discipleship (Matt:26:40; Lk. 9:32). And ultimately our meek and mild Savior wasn’t born in a hospital room or comfortable home, He was born in a manger, “because there was no place for them in the inn(Reformation Study Bible, ESV, Lk. 2:7).” And when Jesus began His ministry He most certainly was not welcome in His hometown(Lk 4:24; Mk 6:4, Matt: 13:57) without a place to call home (Matt. 8:20; Lk. 9:58).
The purpose of this partial exegesis and scriptural layout is to show that “…(I)N THESE THINGS(!) we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Reformation Study Bible, ESV, Rom. 8:37, with emphasis added).” In these things! Not outside of them are we blessed. IN THEM! This is one of my favorite scriptures and totally debunks the grab-it-and-blab-it, name-it-and-claim-it, health, wealth, and prosperity preachers. I’ve read this scripture so many times and so easily glanced over the words “in these things.” “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered(Reformation Study Bible, ESV, Rom. 8:36-36).”” “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Reformation Study Bible, ESV, Rom. 8:38-39).”
No matter the sufferings we go through as Christians, be it homelessness, we have an ultimate hope that is guaranteed through our blessed assurance that God has us in His hand, bestowed with His love, and making sure ALL things work together for our salvation. The Apostle Paul says in the Epistle to the Romans ” …(W)e rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Reformation Study Bible, ESV, Rom. 5:2b-5-with emphasis added). The testimony of Kayla Shai allegorized within her Layla Sue Series ‘Comfort’ is one that testifies to these scriptures of suffering, hope, comfort, and Jesus.
I read a book about a month ago recommended by one of my pastors by Edmund P. Clowney titled “Called To Ministry” in preparation for a robust, pre-seminarian mindset and understanding the service to God and His people. Within author Edmund P. Clowney’s book ‘Called To Ministry’ he articulated differences as well as similarities within Christians in regards to general and specific callings we each have.
Generically speaking, E. Clowney writes “The “Come!” of Christ separates us from the world to his name; the “Go!” of Christ sends us to the world in his name (Clowney, E., 1964, Called to the ministry, Phillipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed Pub.).” E. Clowney goes on to say “The Lordship of Christ over all things means that every calling that serves men’s needs can be Christ’s calling (Clowney, E., 1964, Called to the ministry, Phillipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed Pub.). ” This statement made by Reverend Clowney confirms Kayla Shai’s mercy ministry to our homeless brothers and sisters
Kayla Shai is a woman of God who understands comfort because of the sufferings she’s endured. It’s a comfort she can in one sense feel in her bones. Her heart is for the proclamation of the good news while meeting the needs of her community. For the fulfillment of her ministry she isn’t just going into a book store, or church, or political fundraiser, or open house in an academy, or local business; but she is going into the streets of Atlanta, Ga. One of the most populated cities in the United States with one of the top murder rates in the country with an exponential amount of homelessness where there is not only internal but external cases of visible and spiritual distress. As men and women come together to serve side-by-side with Kayla Shai, we are fulfilling the calling for the mercy ministry of Christ. To be a blessing to someone without a hopeful Christmas season is a blessing in and of itself. For it is better to give than it is to receive!(Acts 20:35). Upon illumination from God’s Word by the Holy Spirit and love and encouragement from Kayla Shai’s book ‘Comfort,’ people might be delivered from a state of homelessness and restored into a life with faith, hope, and love and financial stability. I know Kayla Shai has a heart for the hurt and destitute. She has a heart for those without and is always willing to give a “hand up.” Kayla, just like myself, my wife, and I’m sure many others, desire to see people, whether Christian or not, restored back to financial stability to not be in such dangers like the Apostle Paul without food, water, and shelter.
Praise God for our earthly pilgrimage yet there is still a heavenly citizenship we possess (Eph. 2:6; Rev. 13:8)! And since we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them(Reformation Study Bible, ESV, Eph. 2:10), we are investing in the sake of other’s salvation and restoration who we may not even know, yet by doing so we may also entertain angels and help in the procurement of their spiritual ministry (Gen. 18:1-19:22; Heb. 1:14, 13:2b; 1 Pet. 1:12). I ask that the person who is reading this that is not in a state of homelessness to “lean in” and help one way or another. The rescue missions are always looking to fill slots on Lord’s Day for people to preach to the brethren. You can always donate old clothes. Adult men’s size clothes are always needed as well as men’s shoe sizes 10-12. There are housing ministries you can refer an individual or family to that enjoy giving the homeless a home. Just ask your local Bible preaching, gospel preaching church. There are also ministries and organizations that help with job placement as well as training for people to learn to use computers and fill out resumes and interview better such as ‘Goodwill.’ More specifically, you can help with Kayla Shai’s very own project! The name of this project is: ‘The 2015 Christmas Comfort Project.’ Here is a link to connect you to the story and to the donation site. The launch day for accepting donations starts September 1, 2015. This project is hosted by author, Kayla Shai. The goal is to give 300+ gifts to 300+ friends in a current state of homelessness in Atlanta. These beautifully wrapped gifts will be composed of three items; the first book of the ‘Layla Sue’ series, ‘Comfort’ (written by Kayla Shai), a composition notebook (where they can jot down their personal stories, experiences, or creative writings), and a writing pen. You may ask “How do the donations work?” Well, you can buy spots through PayPal for $10 each. The $10 donation will cover the cost of one book, one composition book, and one writing pen for one friend currently in a state of homelessness. You will be able to change the quantity of spots you want to purchase if you plan on donating more than $10. One of my prayers is that someone who is in a state of homelessness reads this. If you are, my prayer is answered! I hope you are content in all things resting in the hope and comfort of Christ. Your current station of life doesn’t have to last forever. My best advice is to put your best foot forward and take baby steps to getting back on your feet and of course pray without ceasing. My hope and prayer as well is you have found Kayla Shai’s ministry to be a blessing as well as the resources above. I hope these Scriptures bring you comfort amidst your trials and tribulations. You don’t have to give up! You can do all things in Christ who gives you strength! You are not alone!
If you are reading this and are not a Christian. I hope the good news of Jesus Christ gives you comfort and hope in the midst of your suffering no matter your circumstances. I desire to share with you that Christianity is the only religion that we have to admit our wrongdoing to be accepted by Him and His saints into the covenant community to enjoy and glorify Him forever (The Westminster confession of faith and catechisms: As adopted by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church: With proof texts. (p.355). (2007). Lawrenceville, Ga.: Christian Education & Publications Committee of the Presbyterian Church in America). God isn’t looking for someone to be good enough to climb a righteous ladder and say “look at what I’ve done. I’ve made it. Now let me into your pearly gates.” Every other religion who asserts there is a god requires such pride. But not Christianity. Our One True Living God is a God who understands our spiritual death by sin because of our federal head Adam. God, rich in His mercy and love and in the fullness of time, condescended to our weaknesses because we could never ever be as good, holy, or righteous as Him and are completely lost and dead in sin without Him. Christ came in the flesh and took the form of a human servant and considered it robbery to be equal to God so He could pay the penalty of the world’s sin by death on a tree. My exhortation for you is that you find a Bible, find a Bible preaching- gospel preaching church, put your trust in Christ Jesus and His finished work on the cross, and rest in Him.

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