Rest the Body; Rejuvenate the Soul

I’m not a real big fan of these 4 AM mornings.

I definitely like it when I’ve worked, exercised, cleaned my house, and caught up on emails by 9 AM though. So there’s a definite trade-off.

BUT, after I’ve been awake for 12 hours, I get pretty tired. Especially if I only got 4-5 hours sleep the night before.

Such was the case last week.

To top it off, we’ve recently started a mid-week service on Tuesday nights at 6 PM so I knew I wouldn’t get to bed early nor was I allowed to let sleepy Gigi out. (Note: She makes a hangry Betty White look like an angel. If you don’t have a tv, eat Snickers, or know how to tie your shoes yet, you can just skip over that one.)

Anyway, I was needing a nap.

I was much like a cranky toddler, to be honest, nearing tantrum levels and very much about to cry. There was no way I was going to make it through a church service, with a gift of hospitality on full display, without one.

But I had two loads of laundry on my bed that I hadn’t gotten to, not to mention that, because of my “I’m not sick” husband who’s been running a fever of 102, I’d stripped the sheets and Lysol-ed the bed. (Can I verbalize Lysol? Can I verbalize verb, for that matter?)

I looked longingly at my bed. Who needs sheets, right? And it’s a king-size bed, so the unfolded socks and shirts can have half and I’ll take the other half. Right?

No way. My parents won’t believe this as my bedroom resembled a war zone growing up but I could never sleep knowing the bed was like this. No matter how tired I was. So I folded the clothes and remade the bed.

I had just thrown the fabric softener sheets in the kitchen trash can and was headed to my long-awaited bed when one of our pastors needed my help with something on his laptop. No problem. Of course, I live in the country and wi-fi is as slow as molasses, but after about an hour, I finally got the program loaded. In fact, it had made its way to 93% and my whole body was relaxing in anticipation of crawling into a bed with freshly laundered sheets when…

The doorbell rang.

One of our church members, one who is far better at gospel outreach than anyone in our church, myself included, wanted to order some more outreach booklets. He can throw the Word out there but he doesn’t do computers so I helped him order everything he needed.

While doing that, the UPS deliveryman brought a box filled with the new promotional materials for the church that I’d ordered last week. I was excited to go through the box as I know that there are so many unchurched, unconnected people in our community.

By the time everyone left, it had been two hours since I was initially headed to take my nap and yet, I felt strangely good. To be honest, I couldn’t understand it. I should’ve been cranky or aggravated. At the very least, I should’ve been really, really tired. But I was none of those things.

“I feel good,” I told the Lord. “Like, I know that helping them was more important than me getting a nap, but what is this I’m feeling inside?”

His answer?

As clear as a cloudless day, I heard Him: Rest is good to restore your body but ministry rejuvenates your soul.

Indeed!

(And I still got a 20-minute power nap before church!)

MINISTRY UPDATE

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a ministry update so I thought I’d let you know what I have been doing and where my focus(es) currently lie:

  • Homeless: Our work with the homeless reached an exciting near-conclusion and has shifted primarily to emergency situations, hospitalization needs/visits, and drug/alcohol rehabilitation. In 2017, I led a documentary crew through Tent City as we talked about how we got Veteran Homelessness down to 0% in South Mississippi. (Power Ministries housed the last veteran after many trips to the VA in Biloxi. He is still doing well!) Through filming, many people saw the no-longer nameless faces of the homeless and EVERY SINGLE PERSON in Tent City was offered housing. We were able to work with a local organization to turn over the day-to-day needs for new and returning homeless to the area, though we are still in touch with many of the men and women we’d grown close too. (Sadly, we have also conducted 7 funerals as well. It is a hard life and we pray daily for those still out there.) I am also still serving as chair for the governing council of the Open Doors Homeless Coalition.

 

  • Drug/Alcohol Rehabs: We minister at the local Christian-based drug and alcohol rehabs in South Mississippi and Mobile, Alabama weekly. We receive 5-6 calls per week asking for help in securing a bed to one of these facilities.                         NEEDS: Snack cakes (we hand out approximately 100 a week)

 

  • Senior Citizens/Nursing Home Residents: I currently have a list of 479 people in South Mississippi and Mobile, AL who are in nursing homes and live-in rehabilitation centers without any visitors. EVER. (I discovered this when I went with a church member to visit her mom- a woman MY AGE with physical and mental disabilities- in a facility and learned that 35 of the residents NEVER had visitors. I started visiting when I could and later added another facility. When my sister-in-law went into a similar facility in Mobile for a short period and I saw all of the people there who had no family to visit, I was devastated. I realized my reaction was a call to do something and I began visiting every facility within a 75-mile radius and compiling a list of those who had no visitors.) As of right now, I am just visiting empty-handed, but I have written a book that is being published to hand out on my visits in the (hopefully) near future. The book will be a tool for sharing the Gospel. I am writing as many Christmas cards as I can to hand out before the 25th but will switch over to Happy New Year cards to ensure everyone gets a card!!
  • NEEDS: Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter, or GENERAL greeting cards

 

We also have continued our online ministry tools (Facebook, websites, blogging) as well as a (pre-recorded) weekly radio sermon each Sunday out of Lucedale, Mississippi. Dale conducts a Pastor’s Bible Study every Tuesday and we try to host a young couple or family each week for dinner to minister and fellowship with. We believe it’s important for us to help others along the road we once traveled.

I am still writing and have found a publisher for my book Pruning With Proverbs. It will come out in 2021, along with Seeds of Glory, the book mentioned above. I have a few other children’s books I’m searching for a publisher for. It is a long process! But in the meantime, I’ve received my TEFL and will begin teaching online English courses in January. I’m excited for the new direction, both in ministry and in how the Lord is providing.

If you can help with either of the needs listed above, please send them to me at: Power Ministries, 14701 Lily Orchard Rd. Moss Point, MS 39562. Thank you for your continued love and supportt.