Homeless in America or Starting the Year off Right.
Welcome to 2012. It is supposed to be the year of blessing, or at least that is what I have heard from a bunch of people. Its the year of the Government of God… the list continues. But let me tell you how 2012 is for me.
To do this I need to take you back into the end of the previous year. 2011. All throughout December I was studying Daniel 3, Faith, The Fire, and the Presence of God. God was warning me that I am sending my fire to purge things and realign so that My Presence can manifest. So I guess that counts as a blessing, even if it hurts and buns to get you there.
Now we come to 2012. I begin this year homeless. Yes you heard me right. Homeless. For a few days now I am riding the couches of some friends while I am searching to find the new home the Lord has for me. You might wonder how this is possible?
Well as many of you know I am living a hidden and simple life. I rented a room in an older lady’s basement. I gave my life to studying the Word and ministering at the church and in world missions. It was a brilliant 2011 even if it was a difficult year. But the home I rented sold recently and I had to move. I was invited to continue to live with the same lady, but she was leaving town and thus I wouldn’t be able to continue in the ministry God has placed me. Yet God continues to say, “Don’t Quit The Ministry” I hear the word and I will obey. But this means that right now I do not have a room of my own. Luckily people from the Church have allowed me to stay with them and given me a warm place to sleep.
You might think I am stressed because I do not have a home, but I have such peace its hard to describe. This recent ‘move’ which is still in process has forced me to cut my possessions once again. Its a wild thing because I am learning how materialistic I really am. It was ok to have stuff as long as I had less stuff than others. The problem with this is that its comparison. I am comparing myself with others and not asking God how should I live.
Now I own very little. A bed, dresser, older television and DVD player. My Guitar, a few boxes with clothes, books, and some stuff for computer work which I do on the side to earn a little extra cash. and it is bringing me joy to have less. Who would have thought. I spent my life pursuing this idea that I need more stuff, the latest equipment, and the best electronics, but I don’t. I need a certain amount to do the work in the ministry, but its a lot less than others. I don’t have an iphone or ipad. I don’t have a fancy car (or any car for that matter) I don’t own couches and furniture that fills a house for four.
That being said, I really need all the prayers I can get. The life I am now leading is not the easiest, and to be honest its a bit strange. But in the midst of this I am doing more than I ever have before. I recently took up preaching as a regular thing. I am not fully ordained yet, but I have been asked to teach at my church and other churches, Most recently in Jesup, GA. Its exciting. Next month I am going into the recording studio to lay down some worship tracks I have written. A friend of mine is donating the time in his studio to bless me and help me get this project off the ground. I am planning on going to Mexico, Nepal, Israel, and possibly more this year. I am leading worship at my church. But all of this needs support. I need all the prayers I can get. I need some extra finances to help pay for the production of the physical CD and getting it distributed to stores and churches. I need the favor of God to continue to open doors for me. Please continue to pray for me as I progress down this journey. If you have any thoughts, comments, questions, or answers, feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org or just leave a comment here.