Good Morning!! A few years ago I met a precious couple, who would become my regulars. They would come in once a week, and there was always great conversation. We had a common ground, helping the homeless and less fortunate. Our friendship grew, and even when they did not come in as often, our conversation picked up like no time had passed. I realized early on they Loved our heavenly father with ALL their hearts. In January they came in, we were catching up from the holidays. They asked if I was ready for the new year... " I am dreading it in a way, I feel I am not up to the task the Lord has for me, " I was feeling overwhelmed. Terry so gently told me about loosing his son in a motorcyle accident, now 11 years ago. I will never forget his story and through his grief he found amazing blessing's the Lord has given him since that tragic day. In Febuary they brought pictures of their vacation, a cruise, I was so honored they shared them with me. Last month they sat in booth #7 and told me..."Donna has breast cancer". I sat stunned and angry, this beautiful women that I have grown to respect and love, well there are no words. We prayed and Terry said, "God is great ALL the time". This couple that has lost so much, is praising him when they feel they are in the valley. Donna has started chemo, and with great courage and beautiful strength she has shaved her hair and Terry? well he did the same, and he had not had a haircut in 5 years. Yesterday she sat in my dining room with her beautiful white cap and her radiant heart shining through her eyes, she was on her way to another round of chemo. Their FAITH and love for our heavenly father has taught me so much. Through their pain and grief they are better not bitter. I want to have unwavering courage, strength and faith like Donna and Terry. Happy Tuesday yall.... I am asking for prayers for my friend Donna, our Lord has an amazing plan, and is the ultimate healer. When you face adversity today and in the coming weeks think of Donna and Terry, they have lived through great adversity and not only do they sing our heavenly fathers praises and they do it with more grace than I have ever witnessed. I am so honored and humbled to be apart of their journey. GOD is great all the time, repeat it yall and believe it Donna and Terry live by the words.
Good Morning!! April 23, 2012 marked a year of my father-n-law's passing. My little family had gathered at our lakehouse for a long easter weekend. I remember like it was yesterday, Bear running into our room at 4:00 in the morning. "The police are at the front door." The thought that came to mind. "Oh mylanta what did Bear or my boys do?" Shelby was given the news....Motorcyle accicent. We all experience loss, this one was tough. The relationship between Lynn and the two of us had been strained and not healthy for a while. I have watched the man that I love toture himself, his stuggles in some way unbearable. I look at this last year and we have changed. Shelby and I look at relationships and problems differently. When you dont get the chance to say "Im sorry" it haunts you. When you are a child of God, the Lord carry's you and out of tragedy you can become better not bitter. I often sit and think, Gosh if I just would have done things differently, not have been so stubborn. I will not get the chance with my relationship with Lynn but I do have the opportunity to be better to all of the other amazing people in my life. Shelby and his brothers are slowly healing, the communication between them... when two of them can talk about a relationship with the Lord..."priceless". Shelby is taking is pain and sadness and becoming a better man and father to our boys. Relationships are messy and tough but there is nothing too big to say the words "Im sorry", I have learned this in a very painful way. Losing a loved one can bring amazing life changing behavior. We can not go back and redo nor can we live in the past, we have to make sure today we are the person that we can be proud of. Happy Tuesday y'all... the Light of the Lord lives in us and out of great suffering great things can happen, as one of my friends, Terry says..."God is Good ALL the time".
I opened the Cast Iron Grill in October 2007. Lots of changes have happened in the last 5 1/2 years. The CIG started with 55 seats in an office building located at 18th and K. After five years, we were bursting at the seams with now 167 seats, and 24 wonderful co-workers working on top of eachother to make it happen. 2012 the Lord chose a different journey for the CIG. We relocated the CIG and opened our doors on January 2nd, 2013, just four blocks away from the old location! It has changed my world completely! All of these stories are the happenings of the people and the joy and celebration that make the CIG what it is.