Skip to main content

Live Love

Over Valentine's weekend, Kraig and I took a group of our youth along with our friends at First Baptist Lakeview down to Atlanta to the International Village for a mission trip/retreat.

I have to confess....I was beyond stressed out.  I was imagining anything and everything to go wrong. This was the first trip that we completely did ourselves.  Usually, we go along with others and go to some big retreat where we have to plan NOTHING!  But with this, we had to plan EVERYTHING.  So, I was scared of forgetting things, how everything would work out, and what things could go wrong.

Well, GOD IS GOOD...ALL THE TIME, GOD IS GOOD!  We arrived late Friday night and had a great start off to the weekend.  Mitchell and Kraig did a great job all weekend with the main talks.  And the music was wonderful.  But the main part of the days were doing the missions.

Both Saturday and Sunday we went to different apartment complexes and played with kids and shared bible stories with them.  We just loved on the kids.  We braved the freezing temps, stepped outside of our comfort zones and just had a blast.  The kids were all touched in some way or another. The team we worked with ministered to the refugees that come into the area.  Whirlwind Missions help them with jobs, places to live, and other things to help them get settled in America.  But they love them and share Christ with them.  Its so beautiful to hear their hearts and see the work they do day in and day out throughout the year.

I think it is safe to say our kids came home changed by the Lord.  I can say, I did too.  I try to cram so many things into our days but at the end of the day, I need to be able to say... "did I love on someone?"  "Did I help someone?"  "Did I put others first?"  I mean that's the gospel.  I hope going forward, I can take time and live love instead of cramming things together to just get things be accomplished.

I'm sure this is all just ramblings but it's always good to put into words things we see and do that matter to us.  Well, this weekend was amazing in all sorts of ways and God is good.  Although, we had to cut it short because of the "snow,"  I never heard a complaint...all I heard was "when can we go back?"

I challenge you to look up Whirlwind and plan your next youth trip to visit them!

Hope you all had a great Valentine's weekend.  We sure did!!!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

I got a side hustle....

I recently became a shampoo girl...

I wasn't looking for anything different.  I started a new job over the summer at Lighthouse Foster Care which I absolutely love.  I love the flexibility of it.  I love the atmosphere.  I love learning the ins and outs of foster care and eventually adoption.  I love serving the families and helping the agency grow because I truly believe it is the best in the area.  I love it.

BUT....

As much as I love it and love serving in that capacity....THE LORD kept tugging at my heart...

"Ashleigh, you need to get out more...Ashleigh, you have a gift....Ashleigh, are you loving people the best way you know how?"

While none of these things have to do with shampoo or foster care, it does have to do with getting outside of my bubble.  I really struggle with being around people and a lot of people for that matter.  I have to do it in spurts and I have to prepare myself for it.  But THE LORD kept saying..."Ashleigh, I love them, do you?  Are you…

New additions....new life....

I'm going to get this another shot.  It is such a great outlet to let our family see pics of my kids and share our lives.  So...here goes.

Here is just a snapshot of what you can expect as I kick this back up....

I don't think I have posted since 2015....so we had another kid.  My parent's bought a family farm so we are all out living on the Holland Homestead that I have so named it.  We have chickens!  The Lord has worked so many things out so I look forward to sharing with you those answered prayers.  I got a new job which I love.  Kraig's job has shifted.  We love our youth group and church.  Ya know....God is just so good and He provides beyond our wildest dreams.

Life can still be messy and I look forward to sharing those stories with you too but here we are...just a family of 4 living life and loving Jesus through it.

I look forward to sharing our lives with you and all the bumps and bruises along the way.

some praises....

I've started this blog for days now and keep running around in circles of how or what I want to say.
Bottom line...
God is GOOD.  That's what I keep going back too.  Let's praise Him for a minute....
We have had a great news from our cousins that are battling horrible diseases!  There is still much fight to be had but God is good.
We got great news from a friend this morning....their adoption is a GO!  God is good!
We have seen God work in our kids lives and our church family in huge ways the past few weeks!  God is good!
It's so easy to be in a slump especially with this gloomy weather that we have had.  But God still works.  He works in the small things and even the big things!!!  
After the beauty of last week's snow, I found myself loving the parts that were untouched.  I loved looking at everyone's pictures and the beauty of it.  But then...it would get messed up.  People would walk on it, drive through it, and play in it.  
Sometimes...we get messed up.  …