#Repost @mattyhams24・・・No filter but God's. We see His nature revealed in his created things. Stop and stare long enough, stop and quiet ourselves long enough, and we can't help to ask what's behind the beauty of these created things, where did this good come from and who's the creator behind it. Beauty leads to good leads to truth…this is the way real life normally happens.Live a #lifeofjoy and people will begin to ask where that beauty comes from as well.

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admin#Repost @mattyhams24・・・No filter but God's. We see His nature revealed in his created things. Stop and stare long enough, stop and quiet ourselves long enough, and we can't help to ask what's behind the beauty of these created things, where did this good come from and who's the creator behind it. Beauty leads to good leads to truth…this is the way real life normally happens.Live a #lifeofjoy and people will begin to ask where that beauty comes from as well.

Get ready for this semester's new worship series! We've got more details coming soon about who's speaking and leading worship and some new locations outside of Houston. It's gonna be a great Fall! #exodusseries #adorecentralhouston #adorenorthhouston

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adminGet ready for this semester's new worship series! We've got more details coming soon about who's speaking and leading worship and some new locations outside of Houston. It's gonna be a great Fall! #exodusseries #adorecentralhouston #adorenorthhouston

Tonight was the last night of my summer with Adore and St. John Fisher youth. As this day grew closer, I knew it would be a difficult goodbye. The kids made a running joke of what particular moments would bring me to tears. I am proud to say there were only a few of these moments (that they know about). When I showed up in Houston three months ago, I hoped and prayed that this experience would be one of growth. I never expected that each stranger I met would soon become a close friend, that I would feel so comfortable within the church and community, or that Christ would foster so much love in my relationships with the youth. Once again, God blew my plans out of the water with a #lifeofjoy so much better than what I could have dreamed up for myself. My prayers will stay with my SJF and Adore family as I head back to college this semester. Luckily, A&M isn’t too far from this world I love so much, and I get the chance to visit! Thank you to all who have made this summer possible for me. All glory be to God!

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adminTonight was the last night of my summer with Adore and St. John Fisher youth. As this day grew closer, I knew it would be a difficult goodbye. The kids made a running joke of what particular moments would bring me to tears. I am proud to say there were only a few of these moments (that they know about). When I showed up in Houston three months ago, I hoped and prayed that this experience would be one of growth. I never expected that each stranger I met would soon become a close friend, that I would feel so comfortable within the church and community, or that Christ would foster so much love in my relationships with the youth. Once again, God blew my plans out of the water with a #lifeofjoy so much better than what I could have dreamed up for myself. My prayers will stay with my SJF and Adore family as I head back to college this semester. Luckily, A&M isn’t too far from this world I love so much, and I get the chance to visit! Thank you to all who have made this summer possible for me. All glory be to God!

The last big shout-out I want to give tonight goes to this motley crew right here. The woman on the left is Kim. She is the biggest reason I was able to serve in Houston this summer. Kim opened up her home to a complete stranger and invited me to stay for the entire summer, no cost. This would be all any missionary could possibly dream of, but because Kim has such a generous spirit, she offered so much more than just a roof and bed. She can’t help but give love to anyone she comes into contact with. In the time I spent in her home, she became my mentor, confidant, friend, and adopted-mom. She made my transition to a new city an exciting and comfortable one. She listened to me talk through my new experiences and dosed out reality checks when I needed them. She gave me a refuge when I was overwhelmed and exhausted. Not only this, but quite honestly, she spoiled me too! Kim is superwoman, so apparently adding one crazy young woman to the family was not enough. She also welcomed Melanie (the beauty on the right) into her home while she completes her Adore internship. Andy (Kim’s son) and Gavin (Kim’s basically adopted son) are pictured behind us. They are responsible for teaching me to play pool, darts, and just bringing some fun to our home. Last but not least is the fluff ball in Kim's arms. That's Dolly, the perfect playmate and cuddle buddy and actually a very big blessing to me this summer! It is difficult to express thanks for an act that can never be repaid. Stepping into a missionary life-style for the first time came with some pretty crippling fear. Kim and Andy’s gift of a home was the first true and tangible confirmation of the fact that Christ will always provide. As I continue to venture into this work, I thank God for creating these people with such love, and pray that one day I will be able to serve as they have served me. #lifeofjoy

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adminThe last big shout-out I want to give tonight goes to this motley crew right here. The woman on the left is Kim. She is the biggest reason I was able to serve in Houston this summer. Kim opened up her home to a complete stranger and invited me to stay for the entire summer, no cost. This would be all any missionary could possibly dream of, but because Kim has such a generous spirit, she offered so much more than just a roof and bed. She can’t help but give love to anyone she comes into contact with. In the time I spent in her home, she became my mentor, confidant, friend, and adopted-mom. She made my transition to a new city an exciting and comfortable one. She listened to me talk through my new experiences and dosed out reality checks when I needed them. She gave me a refuge when I was overwhelmed and exhausted. Not only this, but quite honestly, she spoiled me too! Kim is superwoman, so apparently adding one crazy young woman to the family was not enough. She also welcomed Melanie (the beauty on the right) into her home while she completes her Adore internship. Andy (Kim’s son) and Gavin (Kim’s basically adopted son) are pictured behind us. They are responsible for teaching me to play pool, darts, and just bringing some fun to our home. Last but not least is the fluff ball in Kim's arms. That's Dolly, the perfect playmate and cuddle buddy and actually a very big blessing to me this summer! It is difficult to express thanks for an act that can never be repaid. Stepping into a missionary life-style for the first time came with some pretty crippling fear. Kim and Andy’s gift of a home was the first true and tangible confirmation of the fact that Christ will always provide. As I continue to venture into this work, I thank God for creating these people with such love, and pray that one day I will be able to serve as they have served me. #lifeofjoy

While discerning my possibilities for this summer, I decided to visit Richmond and see what life and ministry would be like with Adore. After a nervous drive from College Station, I arrived at the church, immediately got into a car with Manny, and drove to pick up some kids from school. When the masses of children began to crowd out of the doors, one boy came running- and I do mean running- out of the building and jumped into our car. He spoke to Manny about how terrible school was in a couple choice words I can't repeat on Instagram- but all to the effect of shocking and intimidating me. All the others piled in the car and when they noticed me in the front seat, I was greeted with, "who's the white girl?" (A phrase I would hear often in the months to come). The first SJF boy I met was Aaron- a kid who has surprised and challenged me more than I thought possible. Though he is younger than many in our youth group, he has an ability to ignite excitement and unity among his peers (something he can also use for somewhat more mischievous intentions). But mostly, he inspires friendship. He has been the one to break me out of my comfort zone and free me up to get to know other kids. He is my "go-to" guy when I need to know how to approach a situation or just need a laugh. The picture above shows Aaron and I when we got the chance to sneak into our clock tower at SJF. I am so lucky to have met and grown close to this wild child, and will miss him so much in the coming semester. Thank you, Aaron, for being a friend and brother throughout my summer, and for providing such a #lifeofjoy!

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adminWhile discerning my possibilities for this summer, I decided to visit Richmond and see what life and ministry would be like with Adore. After a nervous drive from College Station, I arrived at the church, immediately got into a car with Manny, and drove to pick up some kids from school. When the masses of children began to crowd out of the doors, one boy came running- and I do mean running- out of the building and jumped into our car. He spoke to Manny about how terrible school was in a couple choice words I can't repeat on Instagram- but all to the effect of shocking and intimidating me. All the others piled in the car and when they noticed me in the front seat, I was greeted with, "who's the white girl?" (A phrase I would hear often in the months to come). The first SJF boy I met was Aaron- a kid who has surprised and challenged me more than I thought possible. Though he is younger than many in our youth group, he has an ability to ignite excitement and unity among his peers (something he can also use for somewhat more mischievous intentions). But mostly, he inspires friendship. He has been the one to break me out of my comfort zone and free me up to get to know other kids. He is my "go-to" guy when I need to know how to approach a situation or just need a laugh. The picture above shows Aaron and I when we got the chance to sneak into our clock tower at SJF. I am so lucky to have met and grown close to this wild child, and will miss him so much in the coming semester. Thank you, Aaron, for being a friend and brother throughout my summer, and for providing such a #lifeofjoy!