Feature Friday – Julie Nowacki

Listen to Julie’s Testimony Here on Your Life Rocks Podcast

And then be sure to check out the amazing things she is doing with The Elrod Center

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Unfathomable Greatness


Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. –Psalm 145:3 NIV

Recently, the Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to celebrate with families who once struggled. I’ve been privileged by the opportunity to walk beside some who have been labeled, forgotten and judged. 

They are generations of dried out roots and the abundant fruit of pain and brokenness.

They are blamed and ignored due to bad choices. They become an outcast because they failed to meet an expectation. They are overlooked, because it seems easier to hide behind what one isn’t ready to admit.  

I get it. 
I was once there.
Sometimes, I still can be there. 
I have been guilty of all of these.
And…I have been one of these families.

I am thankful that God provides a reason for each of our lives. He offers a purpose for the areas that have been scorched by pain. He gives restoration for the cracks that needed sealed with the comfort of his love.

He is gracious. He is kind. He is all-knowing. He gives, not for the intention to be condemning, HE IS so that we can have a safe place that mirrors the reflection of his mercy.

Referenced are the the mile markers planted in the last few seasons. 

I have learned and grown in the transparency of shared experiences. I find joy in watching the transformation in God’s next generation. I am in Awe. 

Sometimes I look up at the big blue, open sky, and mutually find myself in agreement. Yes, Lord, this life has been nothing short of your magnificent greatness.

~ Baring His Beauty,

    Tiffany Thomas

Conceiving Conception

  
Never to hear those words addressed

To me a million times

Never to see their smiles

Beaming up at me

Lovingly wonderfully made in my own image

Never to speak their names

Hear their voice

Soothe their cries

Tell them stories

Answer why

Never to hold them close

Tuck them in

Scold when wrong

Praise encourage and applaud

Never to clutch them to my breast

Nourish them 

Cherish

Then relinquish

Never to sing lullabies

Kiss goodbye

To see my child in my husband’s arms

Rocking him or her

Holding with such care and love

Adoring this miracle that we have created

I weep inside at this mere thought

Deciding that my minds made up

Never say never

I hear a whisper at night

Mama and daddy

Spoken with delight

As I close my eyes and imagine

Conceiving their conception
❤️ Krystal Lynne 

         12.25.95 

Big Dreams 

  
Big Dreams, and an even Bigger God!!!

This year has proven to be one of the most exciting years of my life! I started out the year in a brand new town, and left the big city of Houston behind. I saw stars in the sky, and felt the wonderful central Texas breezes up on the top of a hill. As I began to settle into a new life, and a new place, I got a little too comfortable. Recently, I heard someone say, that we have to get a little uncomfortable to allow God to work in our lives. That really sparked something in me, and renewed my desire to follow God every step of the way. 

I just returned from the Thirty-one Gifts National conference, and it left me inspired and encouraged to reach bigger goals, and to dream bigger. Thirty-One is founded on the scripture found in Proverbs 31 which talks about the virtuous woman. Sharing the vision of Thirty-one with others is an open door to share the Gospel and to lead others to HIM. 

I have always had big dreams, but I am so thankful that I also have a Big God!!! 

Just last year I started my new ministry, His Hope Ministries, with the hope of reaching the city of Houston. Now, that vision has changed and I am so excited about new open doors here in Bastrop and the greater Austin area. I have been talking with the volunteer coordinator at the Austin Ronald McDonald House. She is going to allow me to bring in a team of volunteers to minister to the families staying there. We have made plans to do adult and kid crafts once a month, and eventually also providing a meal. These crafts will range from hats that the cancer patients can wear, to tie blankets big enough to fit their hospital beds. I am so excited that this opportunity has opened up for my ministry, and also that along with some of my friends, and even my Thirty-one sisters we will have such a unique opportunity to help those in crisis. 

When I look back on this year so far, I cannot help but smile. God was guiding my steps all along, even when I began to doubt or question His will. When we open ourselves up to hear God speak, we can find peace and comfort and know that we can trust in Him. 

I do not know what the future holds, but I know that God is guiding my steps. I am beyond blessed to have this opportunity to see God do great things. I have been around the world, and back again, but now it’s time I continue to reach my own community and share the Love of Christ. 

My life verse, 1Corinthians 10:31 says,

 “Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 



There is nothing more incredible then seeing God bless and honor His work…may we never forget to dream big because God isn’t done with us yet!!! 

                    ~Beka Hawkins

Beka Hawkins has always had a heart for missions and from the time she was 3 years old she began telling others that she was going to be a missionary. At the age of 11 she surrendered her life to full time ministry, with a desire to reach the UK or Ireland. As the years went on, she knew that Bible College would be the best place for her to enrich her life and her ministry. She began attending Pensacola Christian College in the fall of 2002 with a desire to become a teacher. Plans began to change, and God began to burden her heart for the broken and wounded people who needed hope. She graduated in December of 2006 with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Music. 

Upon graduation, Beka began working in various ministries. She became the director of the first Habitat for Humanity/YMCA day camp center, and saw God do amazing things in the lives of the families there. 

In the fall of 2007 she became a Houseparent at Boys and Girls Country, a ministry that houses up to 80 kids at any given time using a Christian home setting. During her time there, her passion for missions only grew stronger. In the summer of 2009 she joined the ministry of David Stockwell Evangelistic Association, where she spent the next three years working in the states and abroad. She also travelled with the team to various countries in Africa, the Philippines and Belize. She was able to share God’s love with thousands upon thousands of people who were so hungry for the Good News of Christ!!! 

In 2012 she stepped out on her own and began a journey of starting her own ministry. In 2014 His Hope Ministries was started with the vision to bring Hope and Love to the least of these. With many open doors in the greater Austin area, she hopes to use all that God has done in her life to prepare for future ministry in the USA or abroad.

  

You can check out more from Beka Hawkins Here
http://hishopeministries.weebly.com/

Lionzbride

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I began ministering with my band in a Christian rehab in 1994 when it lost its funding and closed. Our contact got a job at a prison and asked if we’d like to come out and “Jam for The Lamb!”
The rest is history.

Lionzbride Ministry incorporated in 1999 with the State of Texas and is a tax exempt non-profit ministry also recognized by the IRS.

We minister in men’s and women’s prisons and over the years have been involved with inmate choirs, bands, drama teams, prayer teams… We’ve put on plays and musicals for units with inmate actors.

Currently we minister at a hospital prison once a month in the pods to critically ill male and female inmates, as well as, to female inmates, some who are pregnant and getting ready to give up their baby.

We recently put on a Day with Dad at a men’s maximum security prison. It was incredible! This was the first one at this unit. You can see all the pictures on our Facebook or through our website. We will be hosting another 1st time Day with Dad at another men’s max in 6/15.

We also recently began ministering in administrative segregation as well as to a new federally mandated step down program also to segregated inmates. This is like a prison inside a prison and not everyone is comfortable ministering to these individuals.

We hold regular church services to include worship and The Word.

I’m currently teaching a marriage and parenting class at a men’s max unit which is the first at this unit also. Soon there will be a marriage type retreat.

We bless the unit each Christmas with soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, and a candy bar. Children color the brown paper bags like a Christmas card. This is a huge blessing to them.

May God Bless you with His joy and Thanksgiving! He alone is worthy of all praise! ~Constance Carter

If you have questions, would like to get involved or want to contribute financially to any of these upcoming events, please contact Constance of Lionzbride Ministry at her website or facebook page.

http://www.lionzbride.com

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