My last memory before the wreckage.

Certainly not the blog I expected to be writing a couple of days ago while traveling through Illinois and Kentucky. A blog unlike any other. Me and my boyfriend Ken were in a horrific auto accident in Tennessee and had a camper that overturned on us. While traveling through Tennessee early in the a.m. I was sound asleep and according to Ken a transfer truck came by a little to fast and caused him to lose control of the camper and once he did he then proceeded to lose control of the truck. We went all the way across both lanes of traffic and ended up backwards facing oncoming traffic up against the guard rail in the pitch black dark morning. It was most certainly one of the worst experiences of my life and the most interesting at that. Saved by a miracle and miracle only.

I was sound asleep and awoke to glancing out the back window of the truck where all the glass was shattered and the window had been busted out but no glass was in the cab of the truck. It must have gone into the back of the truck. With the camper overturned and trying to see in the dark. I tried waking Ken up and he was knocked unresponsive and unconscious at the time. He was breathing but could not respond to me at all. Another transfer truck came along over the hill in the dark and hit the camper. At that point I got really super scared that we would be hit head on in the dark facing the oncoming traffic. I had no idea what exit marker we were at and knew I had to get Ken out of the truck. I ran up the grass median to get the exit name and came running back as quickly as I could calling 911 on my way back with the 911 Operator telling me that the accident had been called in and help was on the way. I knew for sure I had to get back to the truck and get Ken out even though we had been in an accident I was fearful someone would hit the truck and kill him. I got back to the truck and once again attempted to revive him with no success. Along came a couple more transfer trucks that actually stopped and stopped the flow of traffic. Shortly after that help arrived. Both sides of the expressway were closed off and the camper and truck were picked up by Tow truck as Ken was in triage with the ambulance driver and EMT staff. No blood at all was shed but I was very scared. I woke up so peacefully though with the ability and energy to help Ken. And all without a scratch. I felt though as someone had smacked me really hard in the face. Ken later told me that my side of the truck hit the guardrail and there was a point of impact to my side of the truck. I have felt as though someone hit me really hard in the face and with a headache but no bumps, bruises or scratches and prayerfully everything is okay with me as I have been helping Ken and worried sick about his CT Scan and full body MRI.

Ken can discuss the injuries he sustained at his facebook or wordpress account once he feels up to sharing. No blood shed, no bumps, bruises, cuts or scratches but he has sustained injury. As I write my blog on the 2nd floor of the Vanderbilt University Hospital I feel so overwhelmed and calmed at the same time. The accident keeps playing over and over in my mind and the fact that I cannot believe we both walked away alive along with our passengers with no blood shed, bumps, bruises or scratches either for that matter. We were all basically fine and in tact.

Ken was only traveling about 45 miles per hour and the truck nearly ran him off the road at the point he lost control of the camper and then the truck. Once we arrived at Murray Hospital they transferred him by ambulance to Nashville to  a trauma center at Vanderbilt. Where he has gotten treatment and been told of his sustained injuries that will need follow up with several other doctors over the next week.

Very thankful for the miraculous experience that I had come over me giving me the strength and energy to get hold of the situation and wreckage and take care of Ken. The only will that drove me was the will of the Lord. The strength had to come from the heavens. From high up above from the Trinity as I prayed fervently for my strength and Ken to wake up or for help to arrive quickly and for no injuries or blood shed. I just woke up so peacefully and do not have any memory of the wreck itself other than waking up to the wreckage.

We were helping a friend move her son and brother to Florida and had traveled from Indiana through Kentucky and into Tennessee heading to Alabama and from there onto Florida to drop them and the camper off. As it turns out we never made it to Birmingham.

When Ken left the scene by ambulance we were with the officer giving him all our I D’s and background recollection of the accident. A patrol car then drove us to the emergency room where Ken was. When I finally got to him he was worried sick about us and in tears to see me and to know that we were all okay with no injuries. He was in tears for all of us and had been worried sick about us. I told him we were all fine and not to cry or be upset at a time like that and that he needed his strength.

I thought I would only be writing a blog about my travels to Kentucky as a young girl visiting my uncle’s family in Kentucky many times while growing up as I lived with them.

My aunt and uncle filed for custody of me as a young teenager with the Honorable Samuel Ozburn representing me as my personal and private family law attorney at the time and once my aunt and uncle gained custody of me I was forever visiting Kentucky with them to visit with my uncle’s family. I have such wonderful memories of Kentucky from a young girls memories and prayed as we stopped in Paducah for my family and me and my loved ones and friends and mentors that had crossed my life’s and journey’s path. Having it touch me like no other time ever and being in prayer calling upon the Lord saved our lives consequently. According to Ken at one point the truck was air borne and he could not believe it did not overturn too along with the camper.

We are now waiting at the hospital for a friend to pick us  up as we have been stranded in Nashville with no way home. As of this moment she is on her way so hopefully by the afternoon we will be on the road home back to Georgia.

I do not remember or recall the point of impact but the wreckage and accident and debris and such continue to run and play over and over in my mind. There were so many factors that played a role into the fact that none of should have walked away alive. I owe it all to the Lord and give him all the credit for saving and sparing our lives. His will and purpose being done so that we may see another day.

Panicking after the fact with the anxiety killing me. I have calmed down for the most part and just keep telling myself the wreck is over and for the most part everyone is fine with no blood shed, bumps or bruises.

The last thing I remember is going through Kentucky and stopping to gas up and getting a couple of photographs of the beautiful bridge we crossed over in Kentucky and being in prayer for my life, loved ones and mentors as I had grown up. Without a doubt the Lord showed up and I will hopefully be sharing my story at Celebrate Recovery as a testament and testimony to the power of prayer and the Lord’s will.

I will be taking care of Ken over his healing period and want to thank everyone for their outpouring of concern and love. It is greatly appreciated and never taken for granted. As I watch him resting I pray he will be just fine even though I do have a fear of getting back into a  car. Needing your prayer for my continued strength, courage and will to carry on without panic, stress or anxiety settling in as I have others, Ken and a career to continue with and take care of. Prayerfully, April

My last memory.

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A fine Georgia Spring evening with April, Ken and myself enjoying the sights and sounds of Downtown Covington

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The Boom Lift of The Vampire Diaries Covington GA USA my beautiful hometown

The Vampire Diaries filming tonight in Downtown Covington GA. – Main Street Covington and tours with The Vampire Stalkers/Mystic Falls Toursvery interesting watching the Boom Lift be raised with the lighting.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day Lovingly April & Ken Live from the rooftop of The Mystic Grill

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March 16, 2015 · 9:00 pm

MULTIPLY. Starting Point. The First Step in Getting Connected. March is Reach the World Month.

MULTIPLY. Starting Point. The First Step in Getting Connected. March is Reach the World Month.

I will now be finishing up my series in March is Reach the World Month with Multiply. I thank you for sharing with me at WordPress and at my Covington News blog while sharing my story. I went today for my personal screening in order to actually enter the quarters with the ladies in order to share my recovery story with me at Newton County Jail and everything is now underway. Hopefully now I will be approved and will be able to share The Respect Institute along with some Biblical materials from Eastridge Community Church. Super excited over this opportunity given to me and hope to soon be sharing my recovery story and my story of now being employed as a Personal Support Assistant as a nursing assistant with the ladies and a graduate of The Respect Institute and The GA Peer Support Institute. It has been a beautiful day today and as I carry the weight of the world I continue to strive for the best and to assuredly continue to bear good fruits.

Multiply – To pour into or invest spiritually in another’s life in order that they may become a disciple maker too.

Am I being discipled?

The great commission couldn’t be clearer about the specific task that is the mission of our lives.

Then Jesus came to them and said, ” All authority in heaven an on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Matthew 28 18-20

The mission of every Christ follower is to become a disciple maker. This requires a season of discipleship, under the mentoring of another mature follower. The modern Church has nearly lost sight of this essential practice. In an era of mega – churches and entertainment style worship services, many millions of believers merely attend on weekends. The extent of many people’s discipleship is a 30 minute sermon. This is a massive mistake. Discipleship requires a relationship. A Church cannot disciple a person. A person must disciple a person. It’s really the only wat that it works to produce disciple makers. Which is exactly why I attend Honorable Ozburn’s lectures on Sunday mornings at Eastridge. Why can’t so many Christians see themselves discipling another? Because they have never seen it done. I cannot give that which I don’t possess. We all need to be discipled. This is probably the most difficult thing for the Church to facilitate. It cannot be done as a program. It must be a part of the culture. At Eastrige we are desperately trying to cause this cultural shift. We have raised an will continue to raise this value. The truth is, this kind of relational discipleship will only occur as each person faithfully connects to the boy. Each key that we’ve discussed is part of an equation that creates connectedness. This connectedness opens many opportunities for God to orchestrate the kinds of meetings and relationships that produce discipleship connections. You will have to be as interested infinding a mentor, as they are interested in finding you. Please don’t plan to sit back and wait for a golden invitation. Look for someone who is a lot like Jesus and ask them to disciple you. If they are like Jesus, then you will have found a mentor.

Am I making disciples?

Jesus provided a great growth model for us. There is no question that God wants the Church to grow. He wants the number of people saved to increase!

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3 : 9

Jesus made it his business to walk in complete obedience and fellowship with the Father. Then He simply invited others to join Him. The order of priority here is critical. First, we must be following Jesus. Second, we invite others to join us on the path. In days of Jesus the concept of Rabbi and Disciple was common and clearly defined. For us it is a foreign idea. The closest thing for us would be something like mentorship. The idea, however, is to sit under and learn from someone who is several young men that he is training. This is the way the Church is supposed to grow or multiply. On a practical level, it could mean that there are two or three people in your life that you are actively teaching or leading spiritually. The point is that every recipient of God’s grace and transformation becomes not just a disciple, but also a discipler. It also means that when I mentor someone I am teaching him to mentor someone. This is how the Church of Jesus Christ can grow  exponentially. At Eastridge we are far more interested in multiplication than addition. Please choose to be a multiplier. The first time you see life – change in another person because of your investment, you will understand the mission of Christ on a new and exciting level.

ECC encourages the “Multiply” material for beginning Discipleship Relationships found at multiplymovent.com

Will you embrace the purposes and plans of God?

Is God big enough to be the God of your every moment and decision?

Do you really trust that His way is best?

Resist the temptation to follow your own desires. Instead, make it your goal to seek His Will every moment of every day. what does life look like when  your attitude is OK God! What’s on the agenda for today? It’s a lifelong pursuit of surrender that yields tremendous satisfaction and eternal reward. You will never regret doing things God’s way. So, our challenge is to live for God and to fulfill His Purposes.

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REACH. Starting Point. The First Step in Getting Connected. March is Reach the World Month.

REACH. Starting Point. The First Step in Getting Connected. March is Reach the World Month.

I will continue in my series of Starting Point today. I attended the church sermon early this morning but we had no class today as the Jackson Lake Campus needed an Elder on hand and Honorable Ozburn had to travel to the Jackson Lake Alcovy High School location at The Jackson Lake Campus. So we had no class. I was bummed out but got through the wonderful church service and spent the afternoon having homemade bread and homemade Chili and a long nap and then wondering around town. As I had recalled an area I had looked at on Old Monticello Street and Jackson Highway I wanted to go and get a few photographs. I am not certain as to who or what group of individuals posted the 10 Commandments scribes and planted the Daffodils under the majestic Cross but it is so very pretty and can be seen from Highway 36 to the left as you are traveling towards Jackson Lake at Old Monticello Street. The exhibit goes all the way up Old Monticello Street with very pretty plants planted and signs of Jesus, Peace and Love for the community. It reminded me of how Eastridge Community Church is Reaching the World. The exhibit reaches my community and catches your eye. I just took the time to stop by and have a visit.

At church today we discussed Reaching the World so I am at a perfect point in my Starting Point studies. REACH. March being Reach the World Month. I intend to finish up this series of study over the next couple of days and continue to attend Eastridge and Celebrate Recovery. I just hope that with my Word Press blog and my Covington News blog I can reach at least one lost person. As the statistics are staggering and A staggering 70 percent of the world’s population is still lost. An even more staggering 41 percent of the world’s population has never heard the gospel. I hope to REACH one.

REACH – To do whatever it takes to connect people to a loving God through the saving work of Jesus Christ.

Am I loving my neighbor?

Our greatest testimony to the world is the irrational consistency with which we communicate God’s Love. This is not theoretical or even theological discussion about God’s love but the practice of showing God’s love in selfless and sacrificial ways. God commands us to love every single person regardless of their past, their race, age, gender or affiliations. We are even commanded to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. There is no place for hatred, envy, revenge or even selfishness in the life of the Christ – follower. The example of Christ is to seek out those in need and to be a blessing. Why? We love because God has shown us how to love and given us a reason to love. He loved us even though we were sinners. We love because we want to be like our Father and our Savior.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self – seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the Truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put away the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror’ then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain : faith, hope and love. But  the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthiaans 13 : 1-13

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us : He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love : not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4 : 7-12

Our challenge is to love God so desperately and love people so consistently that the world cannot deny the supernatural selflessness that is unique to the transformed life. It is hard to predict the ways that this value will be lived out in your daily life. One day you will feel compelled to walk across the street and strike up a conversation with a new neighbor. Another day you may have a strange desire to offer assistance to a co – worker. Often we show God’s love in a million tiny acts of selflessness. Other times God asks us to make great sacrifice. Every time we become a bit more like Him.

Am I going to the Lost?

He said to them :  “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you’ and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1 : 7-8

In this statement Jesus gives the disciples and us a strategy to make disciples throughout the world. He defines four people groups that we are to make disciples throughout the world. He defines four people groups that we are to passionately concern ourselves with.

Here – Jerusalem represents my natural spheres of influence. It starts in my home and family and acquaintances. Our first response to God’s grace and healing should be to verbally share our testimony with those close to us. This process is not only important for the benefit of our loved ones, but is an important part of anchoring to the commitment we’ve made. The more I hear myself verbalize my love and gratitude to Christ, the more rooted those truths are in m heart. Plus, the people that I love should know the truth about Christ.

Near – Judea represents those that are geographically near and culturally similar to me. There are people all around north Georgia and the south that are very much like you, with the same values, traditions and worldview. These are people that we can create strategies to reach, both as a Church and as individuals. How can I show Christ to the bank teller……. the pest control man…….. the clerk……..the real estate agent……..the single mom….. the elusive neighbor? How can the body of Christ touch every business, home, and person in our area? This initiative requires us to be turned into the Spirit of God to discern windows of opportunity. As an ambassador for Christ we must be actively seeking opportunities to spread His fame and th share His heart. This is the natural result of living life with eternity in view.

There- Samaria represents those that are geographically near, but culturally different. The strategy of Jesus becomes more challenging and intentional at this point. It is hard enough to reach out to people that are like me and that I can relate to, but even more uncomfortable to intentionally connect with those different than me. The differences could range from ethnicity and socio-economics to worldview and education. The commonality is that God loves those people”over there” just as much as me! Jesus was consistently drawn to the broken and out cast. Why? He said “it’s the sick that need a doctor.” On a practical level, the further we get out of our comfort zones, the more God’s heart can be seen. When Jesus laid his hand on the leper or talked with the Samaritan woman, the oddity of His actions caused others to see the heart of God. God is passionate about all people. I must find ways to bridge cultural divides for the sake of the Gospel.

Everywhere- To the ens of the earth represents the entire world. Wherever there are people there needs to be someone teaching them about Jesus. Traditionally the Church has sent out “missionaries” into remote places and financed the adventures. We believe that every believer is equally responsible for the advancement of the Gospel. Each person’s SHAPE will help determine his or her primary roles or modes of contributing to the Kingdom. However, there is no reason to believe that some Christians are called to be passionate about lost people around the world, while others are called to be unconcerned. The great commission does not distinguish between adventurous personality types and homebodies. We are all called to devote our lives and resources and abilities to the global advancement of God’s Kingdom, The Church. How God decides to use you is His business, but it is clear that He wants to use you to change this world.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of The Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely II am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28 : 18-20

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We re therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf : Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5 18 – 20

We are Christ’s ambassadors. We are the light of the world Matthew 5 : 14 After thinking through the different people groups each of us will likely become aware of the challenge that is before us. A staggering 70 percent of the world’s population is still lost. An even more staggering 41 percent of the world’s population has never heard the gospel. We have a lot of work to do! The question has always been, who is going to go? Who is going to take the risk? Who is going to distribute the Bibles? Who is going to love the unlovely? Who is going to raise the orphan? Who is going to take hope to the hopeless?

These are tough questions, but they must be asked. And if we have the courage to face these daunting questions, maybe we will find that God has an exciting plan for each of us. The fact is, we are all called to reach this world.

Eastridge supports some wonderful ministries and missionaries locally and globally. There are many opportunities to be involved in reaching out to the lost and hurting here, near, there and everywhere.

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1. Spring Ministries Single Parents Rooted in New Ground

2. Refuge Pregnancy Center

3. Faith Works Community Resource Center

4. The Abiding Journey Abide, Serve, Multiply

5. The Salvation Army

6. Rainbow Community Center Homeless Shelter

7. Newton County Christian Learning Center

8. Willing Helpers Food Pantry

9. North GA Christian Camp

10. Chi Alpha Campus Ministries

11. Brighton Their World

12. Mision Caribe Plant Grow Serve

13. Mid – India Church Partners

14. Casas por Cristo

And continuing tomorrow with MULTIPLY. Please have a visit locally with the 10 Commandments Scribe and lovely Daffodils at Old Monticello Street and Jackson Highway. It is a very moving exhibit.

 

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