Snap Shot: Where we are and Where we’re Going

Best of mornings, Faithful Blog Readers; and good morning to you, first timers! In all seriousness, I welcome you to the blog whether you’re reading for the first time or a seasoned veteran.

When I was recruited to write the VOH blog for the next 6 months, a surge of excitement burst from my heart, making its way like my bloodstream down my appendages until my fingertips were tingling. In other words, I’m pretty well blessed to be typing these words. Thank you for supporting Vision of Hope, and me in tandem as I learn to be a servant leader and administer of God’s grace.

With all that said, I have a vision that accompanies my excitement concerning what this blog can become. I believe that this blog can be a great resource, help, and source of joy and peace to many in our Lafayette community, as well as people around the nation and around the globe. I would much appreciate your help in spreading the word, making Vision of Hope and God’s work known to your friends, family, and connections. Together we can collectively proclaim His excellencies:

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

-1 Peter 2:9

One of the ideas I have for the blog is to publish a series based on the morning classes the residents of Vision of Hope attend each morning with Vision of Hope director, Pastor Mark Shaw. My hope is to capture in blog form the message and teachings, as well as discussions and questions, presented each morning class I am able to attend. I hope by doing this that I can add numerous “virtual participants” to our class times, and that you could “sit in” on class with us simply by opening your web browser!

If this interest you, be on the lookout for the “Class Time” series. I plan to publish the first installment by the end of this week! Each post in the series will have the tagline “classtime,” to making searching for the series fluid and simple. I hope that you’ll join us with your computer, notebook, Bible, and heart.

I’ll keep you posted, if you keep me read!

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Rachel BaileyRachel Bailey
I began my internship with Vision of Hope in January 2013. In my current understanding of God’s will for my life, I am pursuing wisdom and experience to one day work with women with eating disorders. My desire is to plant my feet in truth, while reaching my arms as far as I can toward the broken and hurting. With God’s help and guidance, I hope to become a godly woman and counselor to provide Truth-based counsel rather than “evidenced-based practice.” My life verse is Ecclesiastes 5:7 which says, “For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. Rather, fear God."