I have several magnetic boards throughout my house displaying thank you notes from various people throughout the year. Recently, a friend commented on them and I realized while I walk by these colorful treasures each day, somehow they’ve faded into their surroundings. Many days my list is so long with the things I want to accomplish that I forget to be thankful for all the things I’ve been fortunate to do.

Like many of you, I began the year full of great ideas that I’ve yet to complete. I find myself feeling discouraged and if I’m being honest, a bit frantic to rush through this exhaustive list. Today, I paused long enough to open just a few of the notes I’ve displayed. As I was reading the heartfelt words of thankfulness, I realized I’m hardly slowing down enough to fully embrace and appreciate these wonderful opportunities I’ve been given. I’m doing them, sure, but then quickly moving on failing to appreciate the intricate way God has designed the opportunity to bless me.

I’ve been here before and I’ll be here again, but today I am resting in the certainty of Who holds the details of my life together. I am hearing Him say, “I’m taking care of the needs you don’t even know you have. Just stay focused on Me.” He’s holding all of us together in His sovereign grace; we just need to pause long enough from our hectic lives to recognize all that He is actively doing.

As we enter into the Fall season of cooler temperatures and watch the new beautiful landscape God is at work creating unfold, it may feel like you’re juggling more than you can handle. Remember that Jesus says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Renew your spirit of thankfulness in His grace and embrace Fall’s changes as a gift personally created for you. Pull out those wonderful thank you notes you’ve received and devour the words. I encourage you to reflect on all the good things you are accomplishing this Fall. These blessings may be a child safely tucked in a bed, a warm meal on the table, an encouraging word to your spouse or a friend, or a heartfelt thank you note that will become someone else’s treasure.

As hurricanes, fires, mudslides, and earthquakes ravaged through countries around the world the last few years, many of us are re-evaluating our emergency preparedness. While food and water are critical in any disaster, they may not be enough. Recent research suggests that how you react both physically and emotionally during and after a natural disaster could make the most difference to your survival. – Disaster Preparedness Article

Personality, emotion, attitude, and how well people cope with adversity have more to do with survival than any type of equipment. Feed the Need Missions responds to catastrophe through immediate prayer and action. “We provide a hot meal, a listening ear and prayer,” says Jonah Beyer, President of Feed The Need Missions.

Natural disasters leave more than a path of physical destruction in their wake. They leave emotional scars for both survivors and rescue workers. Catastrophe can strike anywhere at anytime. If disaster does reach you, struggle and pain are inevitable. But having a plan, and having that plan be second nature, will bring tremendous peace of mind. A preparedness plan will also exponentially increase your chances of making it through a natural disaster.

Feed the Need Missions has served over 70,000 meals over the last few years with our disaster relief efforts. God has prepared our way each time disaster has struck. As we move into the months of September and October where memories of fear and devastation lurk in Central Texas, we ask for your prayers.

The bible tells us “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you WHEREVER you go”- Joshua 1:9. Know that you’re not alone in your fear. Hold tight with us to God’s promise.


Help us be prepared for the unthinkable today.

Did you know September is National Preparedness Month? Since 2011 Feed the Need Missions has served communities hit with devastating floods, tornadoes, fires, and hurricanes with a hot meal, listening ear, and encouragement.

Can you help us be prepared to respond to the next disaster and make a donation today? Your gift of $10, $25, or $50 will help us respond quicker and serve more people when disaster strikes.

While we never hope for a disaster, we know your support will help us be even more prepared to respond when disaster does come our way.

 

A couple of days ago, I was driving by the high school with my son when he realized that he’s not returning in August because he graduated in June. His sigh of relief did not have to do with homework, teachers, other students, etc., His sigh of relief was he did not have to worry about shootings anymore.

In another conversation, with another group, we shared our concern about the pressure of sexual bullying from upperclassmen with incoming freshmen.

Even though, these two instances are alarming, they do not begin to touch the surface on the issues within our school districts. There are alarming and disheartening things happening within the lives of our students every day. However, this is not a time for us to be discouraged, but rather a time for us to bring our concerns to the Lord Almighty.

Joshua 1:9 says, “Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Philippians 4:6 says, “Don’t worry about ANYTHING, but in EVERYTHING, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

With this said, please be diligent in prayer for our students, teachers, school volunteers and all faculty members:

  • Pray that students have the strength and courage to resist temptations.
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit would bring peace and unity within the schools.
  • Pray that teachers and facility members will have endurance, patience, strength and wisdom to handle each situation.
  • Pray that each student, teacher, and facility member who calls on the name of Jesus will be bold in their faith to share the Gospel.
  • Pray that our schools become fertile ground for the Gospel that when seeds are planted they will produce fruit for the Kingdom of God.
    Pray for our country to allow God back into the schools.
  • Pray that each student and parent who comes to a Feed the Need Missions location would feel the love of Jesus.

Pray about how you can invest in the lives of students to make an impact for the Kingdom of God.

Lastly, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that we may proclaim it clearly, as we should.5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.” Colossians 4:2-6

Summer is a time when many people go on vacations to different types of destinations around the world. Some choose the beach for the waves and sun, while others may prefer escaping to the mountains for scenery and a hint of coolness in the air. I for one, hope to one day make it to Muir Woods, an incredible forest of Sequoia trees. Sequoias are sometimes referred to as the largest living things on earth, reaching almost 250 feet in the air and living for as many as fifteen hundred years!

If we could talk to these trees (not saying you should try;), one may ask how is it that you can stand that tall for that long? I always expected the answer to be that Sequoias had vast root systems that could support the tree for the duration of their long life, but this isn’t so. Roots of Sequoias only reach as far down as 4 feet, which pales in comparison to what you see towering over the ground in which they grow. The reason these trees can withstand the tests of time is because they grow in groves. You see they are surrounded by other trees like them that protect and help them to continue growing and staying strong.

Just like the Sequoias, as Christians we need to be surrounded by other people to help us stay strong and grow in the faith. Our prayer for you at Feed the Need is that you would find a body of believers that can help you grow and remain in Christ without being tossed and turned by the winds and the waves that life throws at each of us every day. If you are currently involved in a local church thank Jesus for that. The church is the bride of Christ, and as such we are to love Him and represent him well. This is extremely difficult to do on our own, just like Sequoias we need others around us to help stay on the straight and narrow path that Jesus calls us to follow.

Welcome Summer! Long days, reading in the shade, baseball, iced tea, sunshine — ’tis the season of unparalleled displays of God’s common benevolence.

Summer it’s also full of exciting opportunities for us to grow in the grace of prayer.
Did you know God’s grace is immeasurable, not seasonal? “…so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:7. There’s not more of Him now than in January, but summer tends to open our eyes a little wider. We can see a little clearer. And this helps how we pray.

In other words, prayer is when we snap out of it. Out of the busyness, out of Facebook charades, out of our culture-imposed identities. Praying is the most real thing we do, and if summer is when we are most awake, then let it teach us how to pray. Let it invite us into deeper fellowship.

During your prayer time this summer, remember Feed the Need Missions and the families that we serve.

It’s beginning to look at lot like summer!

The mercury on the thermometer continues to rise as the sun shines down upon us. As the final school bell rings and summer vacations begin, many will enjoy riding their bikes and playing with friends. Throughout the summer, they will relish in extra family time and long anticipated family vacations.

However, some will not…

Feed the Need Missions serves more meals during the summer months than any other season. This summer we are asking for your prayers as we enter this time of great opportunity to share food, water and fellowship with so many weary people. We also ask you to prayerfully consider joining us at one of our Feed The Need sites. We are in need of your helping hands and loving hearts. Come serve with us this summer! “Go out with joy and be lead forth with peace…” Isaiah 55:12

Come be a light with us and give someone a tiny piece of joy!

Spring is my favorite time of year!

Spring is the time to open my windows and let the cool breeze blow through my house to clean out all the musky smells of winter. It’s the time of year that flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the grass starts turning green. It’s when neighbors start coming outdoors to mow their lawns, the sound of children playing, and the smell of neighborhood cook-outs please my senses.

Spring rings renewal and community in my heart!

As Spring is here, I pray that each of us take time to….

  • Allow God to come through our lives to remove the musky smells of winter. As Psalms 51:10 states, “create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
  • Take time to glorify God for His creation. As Psalms 8:3-5 states, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.”
  • Build relationships with your neighbors. As Jesus says in Mark 12:31, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. There is no other commandment greater than these.”

With these thoughts in mind, please be in continual prayer for Feed the Needs Missions staff, leadership, donors and volunteers to continually allow God to create a clean heart within them, to give God all the glory, and continue to have a steadfast spirit to love their neighbors as themselves.

Thank you for praying along side us!

Made New..

Spring is here and we’re excited. Everything is blooming and the birds are chirping, which means Easter is on its way. As we celebrate Easter and Jesus’ resurrection, lets keep in mind everything He created is made new. As his children should be celebrating His resurrection everyday.

How wonderful, how marvelous, is His love! To think, He was mocked, beaten and killed for us. What a day of rejoicing that must have been when He rose and realized it was all over–He had won the victory!

He arose in victory, joy, liberation, and freedom from the hands of evil men. Now we can say with the apostle Paul, “O death, where is your sting? O Hades [grave], where is your victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).

Thank you Jesus for dying for us!

Happy Easter!

The last few weeks I can’t help but notice we are in the, “Month of Love.” Every store I enter I am bombarded with the colors red and pink, hearts and cupids, chocolates and flowers. Valentine’s Day is a great reminder to stop and appreciate the ones we love, however if we are only expressing our love once a year, we might find ourselves in trouble! Buying my wife flowers and chocolate once a year is not going to cut it. Carving out an hour once a week to spend time with her is not enough either. My love for my wife is demonstrated by spending time with her daily. Making sure that I am meeting her needs, cultivating and nurturing her heart. I need to make myself vulnerable before her.

When I think of how I am to love my wife, I can’t help but be reminded of the Author of Love, Himself. God’s love for his creation is so profound, so vast, he brought redemption to this world through Jesus. This was God’s demonstration of love. And when we are moved to respond to His love, He asks to be loved by us in return. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.” Matthew 22:36-38

Our response to receiving God’s love is to love him fiercely in return. But if I’m honest, fierce love often looks like fleeting acknowledgements, quick prayers, a few minutes reading my bible when I can squeeze it in, and an hour or so on Sundays.

Maybe you can relate. Does your love for God seem a little flat? I think most of us can use a little heart examination concerning our love for our Creator. The beauty in doing so rests in God, the one who stirs our affections for Himself. We just need to ask Him to do so!

Join me and lets lift our hearts to the Father together:
Lord, thank you for your demonstration of love which brought hope to a hopeless world and transformed our hearts. Lord teach our hearts to beat with yours. Draw us, Lord, further into your love. May we long to be in your presence, and not allow busyness to be an excuse to neglect our first love, You. Use us to be vessels of your love in the world around us. Thank you, Jesus! Amen.

As we begin this new year, it is a time of planning, starting new goals and hoping to meet them, and reflecting on what we did or did not accomplish last year. It is easy to get overwhelmed with all kinds of emotions mixed in with the time we spend on the busyness that the new year brings.

As I, myself go through all of these thoughts, plans, and emotions, I am reminded how fast time is flying by. As I think about how fast last year went by, and how fast this year is already moving, it gives me chills to think about verses like Psalm 39:6: “We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.” This causes me to pause for a moment and look towards God. To embrace this time right here, right now with Him.

How are we spending our time in this moment, looking to what God is doing in us and around us? Are we embracing Him or already looking to the future plans we are making? Are we enjoying where we are with Him right now, or dwelling on what we did or did not accomplish last year? My encouragement and prayer for you and me is that we would spend this moment right here, right now, worshiping Him, praising Him, and sharing His message with those around us. Meet Him in what He is doing and has done for this moment of time.

Here is our hope: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (Galatians 2:20) God sent His son for this moment in time. Will you spend this moment praying with me for what God is doing right here right now? Lord thank you for saving me. You are all I need.