Hello Friends and Family,
Greetings from Redding and San Francisco, CA. I have so many reasons to rejoice and celebrate for this past year. I am giving thanks to God each day for all of you and your support along this journey. It would not have been possible without the generosity of so many of you. I pray constantly for the Lord to overflow each of you who have given to me on this trip so far with His abundant blessings to overflow each of you. Your blessings have allowed me to receive so much in breakthrough and growth in this new season.
God has been expanding my art and using it for His purposes to see a lives and so much more transformed and renewed. I have a great praise report to give. Last month I was able to give praise to God for my school being paid in full. Well this month He did it again. Actually He went above and beyond. At church before our offering we will make a declarations that God will bless us with more than enough so we may be a blessing to others. Well through the help and generosity of others that is exactly what happened. He has paid off my missions trip! As you see in the picture above I don’t owe any money I actually have $200 over the amount I needed. I am not sure what will happen just yet. I don’t know if that remains in my account or if it can go to help another. Either way next year I know I will be traveling somewhere else so it may just come in handy. Thank you to each of you who invested in this, may the Lord bless you 100 fold in return.
The Christmas season came in with so many great adventures and memories to hold on to for a long time. It start with a humble beginning with our little 4 ft christmas tree and by Christmas Eve God had brought increase to our house. We had Christmas lights, a visit from my kids, gifts and surprises, checks in the mail, travel, adventure, cookies and so much more fun together. The kids and I had a chance to spend a little time in San Francisco. It was such a blessing to have them here and to be able to share time together. It was so fun being able to see them again and just spend time together making new memories. We took a little time also to go up to the mountains 1 hour away and found our white christmas.
I keep saying to myself right now that I find it hard to get tired of seeing the mountains so close. Mountains have always been a source of restoration and refreshing for me. I have had such a good season this past few months and I am giving thanks now even though in the beginning I was “doing this SCARED.” I have learned to settle down and just find peace and joy in this journey. I do not have it all figured out yet but I am learning God does have a greater purpose in why He brought me here and I am grateful for the fact that I was crazy enough and brave enough to dare to believe Him.
Each year as I reflect on the new year I ask God to give me a theme for the year a word that I can hold onto and believe for Him to do in that year. In the year 2014 my word was “Destiny” and in Dec 2014 God called me to Redding. In the year 2015 my word was “Believe” and He has taught me the value of believing! For the year 2016 He has given me the word “Increase”! So God is good and He is faithful … So God I am all in for this one. I could go back to other years and you could see how he has been faithful so much with each year and each theme He has given me. I look forward to reflecting back on 2016 and giving praise for all the increase He will bring to me this year.
Hebrews 11:6New King James Version (NKJV)6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
I thank God for each one of you for your prayers, support and even your phone calls from time to time. This has been one of the busiest times and seasons of my life, but it has also been the most rewarding. I don’t get a lot of freetime but I love hearing from people. If I don’t pick up my phone leave me a message because my voicemail message is telling the truth I am most likely out having a great adventure. I will call you back when I am free. If you still would like to help out financially. You are welcome to. I am grateful for your support already, It would not be a tax deduction. But it would go to help on my living expenses and paying for school next year. I am still working at Sears learning about my community there. It covers most of my living expenses. As always I invite any of you who want to come and visit to please let me know ahead of time. So we can arrange for a visit. It is truly something you will want to come and experience for yourself.
My new address is 1617 Edgewood Dr, Redding, CA 96003
Once again thank you all so much for your love, prayers and support. You have all blessed me beyond measure.
Love and Blessings,