Beautiful People: Wasted For Sobriety’s Sake

Beautiful People: Wasted For Sobriety's SakeBeautiful People is driven by brave warriors humble enough to tell their stories. It gives hope to the hopeless and heals our blindness, exposing misconceptions about the down and out – beautiful people living on the fringe.

Peter moved here from Florida last fall after a divorce with his wife. He is an intelligent and witty man who has had chronic struggles with alcoholism. Peter lost his tent and sleeping bag to the rain and snow and now is now hustling (don’t know what that means) at the crack house. He asked me last week to read the bible with him as his eyes are getting bad and asked me to turn to Corinthians 13…love is gentle love is kind. He has a brother in Colorado that he has not talked to in 20 years and a couple of cousins. No one in the world who cares about him.

Last Friday Peter decided to get clean. He couldn’t do it on his own, so he reached out to a special program that provides support. Only problem is that the program is specifically geared towards individuals who have been picked up by the police for intoxication. That night Peter set out to get his blood alcohol above 2.0 so that he could call the cops and get taken into detox. Yesterday we began working with him on next steps.

This story was brought to you by Anne Kent

Anne Kent HeadshotAnne is an accomplished entrepreneur and follower of Jesus. She recently stepped away from her commercial ventures to begin ministering full-time to those in need. Anne has a passion for people and will never shy away from someone who needs her help. She resides in in the Milwaukee area with her loving husband who spends winters dreaming of his native Miami, Florida.

Beautiful People: War On The Inside

Beautiful People: War On The InsideBeautiful People is driven by brave warriors humble enough to tell their stories. It gives hope to the hopeless and heals our blindness, exposing misconceptions about the down and out – beautiful people living on the fringe.

Angel is my friend, he is a warm, kind hearted sensitive soul. Angel always speaks in a soft voice, almost a whisper, and he is a bit of loner…not trusting people. Angel was removed from his abusive home at 7 years old. He hasn’t shared with me what actually happened except to say it was very abusive. Angel was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar, causing him to spend his adolescence in foster homes and treatment centers. His wife and 5 kids left after 11 years when she met someone with money on the internet. I think his heart was broken and after that he has been just going down hill. His grandma, the only living relative that cared about him, just died and he was tossed from her house…. I know Angel is no stranger to the streets. Now he lives unmedicated in a dirty abandoned garage.

He has fallen through the cracks and has no source of income. He can’t afford the drugs to stop terrifying visions that haunt the midnight hours in his freezing, decrepit garage. He is alone in this. Last week after a snow storm…his only pair of shoes were wet. Can you imagine going home with wet feet to a freezing garage to sleep? We took him to Payless and got him a pair of boots…he was very grateful. Helping him to put on the dry clean socks and boots gave me an opportunity to emulate Christ for this man’s benefit…what an amazing experience. Now we are going to work with social security to get medicare for his prescriptions and also find a place for him to live.

This story was brought to you by Anne Kent

Anne Kent HeadshotAnne is an accomplished entrepreneur and follower of Jesus. She recently stepped away from her commercial ventures to begin ministering full-time to those in need. Anne has a passion for people and will never shy away from someone who needs her help. She resides in in the Milwaukee area with her loving husband who spends winters dreaming of his native Miami, Florida.

 

Photo by Joe Thorn

[IMAGES] How do you show gratitude for what you’ve been given?

These images were sent to me in an email recently and they touched my heart. How do you show gratitude for what you’ve been given?


 

 

 

 

 

A father and mother kiss their dying little girl goodbye.
The medical staff bows because in less than an hour, two small children in the next room will be able to live better lives
thanks to the little girl’s kidneys and liver.

These are my absolute favorite type of stories. The level of thought, creativity and sacrifice that people show in giving to others is amazing and reminds me of the grace that God shows to us. How can you go out there and make someone’s day today?

*These images are not my own. I wish I knew the origin in order to give credit.

My Dear Son

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I came across this message on Facebook the other day and it moved me in a profound way. It has already begun to change my life, maybe it will do the same for you.

My dear son, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.

If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”…Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep.

When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a boy?

When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way… remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day… the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.

If I occasionally lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you.

And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked.

When those days come, don’t feel sad…just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love.

I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you…my darling son.

Gets me every time.

A Message Just For Me…And Maybe You

Two weeks ago, Jasmine and I went to Park Community Church on a Sunday morning. There we heard our lead pastor, Jackson Crum, discuss markers that the bible provides for us to gauge where we are as Christians. This hit home for me because it confirmed some perceived holes that need patching in my life.

Until today however, I didn’t understand just how much God wanted to me to focus on this message.

Park is one church in five locations around the Chicago area. The teaching style is setup such that the teaching pastors will rotate from time to time. Purely by chance, Jasmine and I stumbled upon Jackson teaching this very message again this morning. Talk about driving it home…

The Message And You

In the begining, Jackson explains that the passages in question were delivered to followers of Jesus, believers, people who already identified with following him. As a result, this message will probably not resonate with non-believers. It is not about discipling new people, but about auditing each of us believers.

If you are not a believer, feel free to listen in, if you are, I hope this hits you as hard as it did me.

Enjoy.

Amazing Sermon by VeggieTales Creator Phil Vischer

This is an amazing sermon given at Park Community Church in Chicago by Phil Vischer, Creator of VeggieTales. I can’t say enough about what this message means to my life, right now. This is the perfect message for me today and I pray that it is the same thing for you. Clearly Mr. Vischer’s work and eventual failure at VeggieTales was a pivotal point in his relationship with God. This story demonstrates an amazing truth for anyone who is out there struggling to navigate the waters of their life’s journey from she who is feverishly struggling to make a difference for God to the everyday employee of your average organization. Enjoy!

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