“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:7-14 NKJV
Wow. Even as a long-time writer who loves to write and speak as the two main components of my life’s calling to be on the road for Jesus with my special needs ministry service doggies doing streets ministry and writing and publishing Gospel tracts, devotionals, and books, I am virtually speechless when it comes to describing the past few days of my life.
First, once again, I apologize for not writing and sending out my Good News Daily while I have been in transit. Thank you for your kindness and patience as I follow Jesus forward.
In a nutshell, I left the Florida Panhandle where I was blessed to do much hotel and streets ministry and writing for about four months and set out for what turned out to be about 11.5 hours of driving to Bristol, VA, in the Appalachian region of the US. I was surprised to find the Lord only kept me there for a day before moving me on. I then drove about 4 hours through the mountains to arrive in Charleston, West VA, also in the Appalachian area. I am now in a hotel in Charleston waiting on the Lord’s next instructions and timing. And as I wait on Him, He already has me out on the streets with my wheelchair doggies talking about Jesus and passing out my Gospel tracts.
The 15 plus hours of driving was grueling, especially with a very old car packed with all the dogs and our belongings. I was petrified driving through the mountains, and exhausted the day before going through the terrain in Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Virginia.
Without going into much detail, I have in the past two years on the road for Jesus stayed in a number of hotels with serious issues of alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic violence, criminal activity, prostitution, homelessness, brokenness, drug deals, along with all the other life issues people have from the beautiful to the tragic and everything in between.
Suffice it to say between 6 months in New York City and the rest of my time in one hotel after another, you can imagine I’ve faced numerous challenges and often find myself exhausted.
Perhaps you wonder why. Today I wandered into a beautiful hotel with a calm, peaceful atmosphere. I saw it would have been a wonderful place to relax and unwind and enjoy my time in my current city. But the Lord reminded me why. Why I do what I do. And why when He told me He wants me to stay in the hotel with the issues instead, I knew I would obey Him.
Because Jesus Christ is Lord, because I am His, and because I live for Him no longer for myself.
On that note, I was pretty shocked recently when I thought I was headed for Washington, DC, as my next big location and that I would never set foot in New York City again for the rest of my life as I assumed I was done there, that the Lord in fact is sending me back to New York City because He told me I have more work to do there. I have a sense I will still likely end up in DC at some point, but I am trusting the Lord to lead me day by day. Wherever He desires, whenever He desires, all for Him and for those in need of Him!
My response? Wherever the Lord wants me to go, I am bound and determined to go. In His love, in His strength, according to His will, for His glory. No matter the price my flesh has to pay.
How do I feel right now? I would give almost anything for my circumstances to be different than they are. I would love an itinerary of where I am going. I would love to feel safe. I would love to have a working fridge and a laundry nearby. I would love not to use my bed as my storage space for most of my belongings. I would love for my car not to have 248,000 miles on it. I would love to have many more people step forward to support this ministry financially. I would love to have numerous volunteers. I would love to have people take some burden off my shoulders to free me up to do what I am called to do with the streets ministry and writing without all the other stuff too. I would love a lot of things to be different. Like to be near loved ones. Like for my dogs not to have constant medical issues. And oh I could go on.
But friend, I love the Lord Jesus Christ more than anything and anyone in this universe. And I love people beyond measure. And my highest priorities in life are to love and worship and serve and obey and honor the Lord God almighty with all my heart, and to help others to find and forever follow Jesus. No matter the cost to my flesh.
I am willing to forsake all for Jesus.
Please pray for me. Please pray for this ministry. Please pray for the ministry dogs. Please pray for the countless people worldwide who are being reached by Jesus through this ministry. Oh, yes, please pray, pray and please keep praying!
To God be all the glory for the utterly amazing things He is doing in and through this ministry each and every day.
I hope God willing to be back to my Good News Daily soon. Thank you for your patience in the process.
With love in Christ’s name,