Tiesha’s Story

Circumstances, choices, challenges, and chaos undermine a single mom’s attempt at overcoming poverty. She wants to provide for her children but is continually trapped in a cycle of systemic and multi-generational poverty. Watch Tiesha’s story and see how Chosen Ministries is making an impact on her life. www.iamchosen.org

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A BETTER MALAWI

As Malawi Celebrates 51 years of Independence, the question no longer is what have we done, but what will we do. The answer to that lies in the young people. Imagine a better Malawi, it is possible. These dreamers make me hopeful for a better Malawi.

Today I Choose Love = Max Lucado

“I Choose Love…
i+choose+loveNo occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I Choose Joy…
I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I Choose Peace…
I will live forgiven. I will forgive so I may live.

I Choose Patience…
I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so, Rather complain that the wait is to long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clenching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I Choose Kindness…
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for that is how God has treated me.

I Choose Goodness…
I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I accuse. I choose goodness.

I Choose Faithfulness…
Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My friends will not question my word. And my family will not question my love.

I Choose Gentleness…
Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it only be in praise. If I clench my fist, may it only be in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I Choose Self-Control…
I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then when this day is done I will place my head on my pillow and rest.” 

Happy Birthday Dad!

10388133_10152220523309107_812004810791081982_nHappy Birthday Dad, Today I celebrate your wonderful life. No means of measure can express the wonderful love you have showed through the years. The older I get the more I value our conversation and your wisdom. You have been a great example of a humble life and quite strength. Your love for your family is steadfast, your passion for Gods word is one I admire and the discipline in your life, keeps me hungry for Gods word. May God continue to give you good health, but most of all keep smiling you have beautiful teeth 🙂  Love You Papa, you’re a Legend and always my Best man!

Your Son.

Yes!

“Grace has to be the loveliest word in the English language. It embodies almost every attractive quality we hope to find in others. Grace is a gift of the humble to the humiliated. Grace acknowledges the ugliness of sin by choosing to see beyond it. Grace accepts a person as someone worthy of kindness despite whatever grime or hard-shell casing keeps him or her separated from the rest of the world. Grace is a gift of tender mercy when it makes the least sense.”
― Charles R. Swindoll

Thoughts from Conversations 2015 – phx15

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Just because there is a need for it doesn’t mean you are called to it. Only God can meet every need.
Satan can’t stop what God is doing so he wants to stop you from enjoying it.
Don’t assume that whomever is questioning your plan is seeking to kill your dreams!
Everybody (including Pastors and Leaders) is in need of spiritual direction. Selah!
Sometimes the biggest faith step a pastor can take is no step at all!
Having a Sabbath in solitude and silence is trusting God ultimately with our productivity.
Pastors, do you want to be famous or do you want to be effective?
Pastoral ministry is the perfect place for people to hide.
Deeply reflecting on your inner world Is challenging because it reveals our inadequacy.
If you know your insanity (weakness, leak) you can manage it better ~Ron Elmore
It’s hard for people to metabolize the truth until they experience the grace.
Just because there is a need for it doesn’t mean you are called to it. Only God can meet every need.
We live in a culture where people confuse disagreement with judging.
To be an effective pastor you are going to have to disappoint some people.
When you take care of your body it’s not being selfish it’s making sure your vessel lasts a lifetime.
Ministry is a marathon not a sprint.
When you don’t take care of yourself it is bad stewardship of your body.
Wounds that don’t get transformed, get transferred!
When you helping someone be fully present. People can tell when you are not tuned into their hurt.
The grief of disappointment is as painful as the grief of a loved one.
The worst form of trauma on the psyche is betrayal trauma.
Some keep showing up to a job they quit a long time ago.
As Pastors We Are Always Studying To Be Publicly Competent…But Often Times We Overlook The Deficiencies In Our Own Character.
Self definition is far more important to leadership than expertise.
The dark side of pretending is what begins as a role, becomes an identity.
People pleasing and performance addiction is an occupational hazard of pastors.
Pastoral Ministry MUST be a calling that you have wrestled with BEFORE you have said Yes! It alone, can be hazardous your health.
I don’t need my friends for $, I have that. I need friends who can give me a new thought.
I’d rather have a Big Change than a Big Stage. The Stage will end but your change extends.
There’s a difference between where a leak shows up and where it originated.
At the heart of the matter, we are lonely, and fight against an insecurity that hinders us from trusting! Betrayed- too often!A lot of people don’t have relationships……just situation-ships!
Even the happiest preacher screams sometime
Everybody expects me to be there while they get to grow there
Everybody expects the pastor to be where others get to grow to be
Ministry is a silent profession

Gratitude

thank-you-300x189Ed and his wife, Lorna, have learned gratitude, even in the midst of the challenge of becoming a caregiver, and a care-receiver. Ed and Lorna teach us that it is possible to wake up every day and honestly say, “Lord, thank you for waking me up this morning.”