Before we got to Florida, Andy and I were feeling VERY depleted.  We felt exhausted from many breakdowns with Big Buster, many tiring hours of making contacts all over the States, and meeting new people over and over again, telling our story over and over again.  Personally, I didn’t know if I had anything else to give to this ministry and home was on my heart a lot.  I didn’t even know how to pray because I didn’t really know what I needed and I knew home wasn’t the answer.  Andy was tired of the many breakdowns, his shoulder was really bothering him, and it seemed like our efforts to minister continued to get shot down.

We kicked off our time in this strange and wonderful state at a beautiful beach house in Englewood, FL.  God knew we needed rest, comfort, and play time.  We are in awe of how God arranged that beautiful arrangement with the Spofford family.  But other than the Spoffords, we had no contacts in Florida.  We had made several attempts but all fell through until the last minute, of course.  God likes to keep us on our toes.

God knows us and is in control.  This is what we are learning and I am loving Him more and more as He has proven His awesome faithfulness.

From enjoying His beautiful landscapes, facing awkward moments with New Day Christian church, loving on people at Walmart, meeting many, many broken people and having opportunities to pour out His love, spending Christmas in a foreign place, finding fast, deep friendships, making last minute contacts with Common Ground, Lifequest and United Church of Christ, and learning a ton about poverty, God used all these things to stir our hearts and remind us of why we are out here.  God has put more fire to our passion for Jesus while at the same time giving us peace and satisfaction with continuing on with the vision He has for us.

He has sent us out for a multitude of reasons, some we know, many we don’t.  But our purpose out here is not to figure it out, it is to go and love like Jesus.  Often our everyday tasks, maintaining children, problems with our house on wheels, and many other struggles have distracted us at times to make us wonder what in the world we are doing out here.  Many days go by when we don’t have any contact with anyone.  This is life.  It is an unknown, crazy adventure that we can either be hopeful in, depressed in, or complacent in.  We can either choose to dive into our relationship with Jesus and experience Joy and Sorrow like you have never known or we can choose to do it our own way which is “safe”, kind of boring, and pretty predictable.

I don’t know about you, but I choose Jesus and I would never go back.  I’m so glad we followed Him on this whirlwind around Florida and we will continue to follow Him wherever He takes us!



2 Responses

  1. It all makes perfect sense to me. Don’t give up, but make sure that you continue, until God shows you a different path.
    You will know when that time has come. I believe that IT has already been conceived, but requires time to grow and mature, before IT is born.

  2. praise God, from whom all blessings flow….
    my friend, what an amazing picture of your time in Florida… you know, we too, have questioned God’s purpose for our stop here!! I was filled with joy to read how God has shown Himself to you even more than you knew of him before you ventured to our state!! It’s ALWAYS about the Journey, not the destination, huh!?!?!?! I love you and am certainly eternally grateful that you were able to come here and rest and wrestle… because The Kelly’s are forever changed and affected by the faith of YOUR seed!!

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