Good Morning!!Twice a month on Tuesday mornings I meet with the St. Benedict's board, as I was walking out of this meeting yesterday, I hear Sam carrying on....he was fired up!! "What has you in such a tizzy?".....two words came out of his mouth "Reverend Johnson." To me his name is JJ and boy was I giddy to learn he was in the house. I have come to know and love him because of Johnny, the precious, outspoken preacher that shines shoes and preaches the gospel to every person that sits in his chair. I make my way up to the front...so excited to see my friend.. as I turn the corner my heart skips a beat.... a huge hug is waiting for me, a smile and always a warm welcome. JJ is the pastor of the oldest black church in Lubbock, he is the snappiest dresser and has the biggest personality and sense of humor I have ever known. He has his doctorate in Theology, his masters in family counseling and his undergraduate in education. To talk to him, is like reading a book of information. Before the lunch rush started, I sat in the foyer laughing and talking with these two precious men, one of my absolute favorite past times. I was laughing and carrying on when some guest started walking in... I sat them and they mentioned me in the hallway with these guys..."Ya know when I am hanging with these guys its like I am sitting in church!!" Happy Beautiful Wednesday ya'll..... as I am sitting my cherished guest I have the great opportunity to hear Johnny or JJ discuss, argue or preach the words of our heavenly father. On a daily basis, I feel as if a revival is happening in my hallway. There are many days I turn the corner and a co-worker is praying with these men. God is so good....I am reminded on a regular basis.. ministry doesn't just happen in a church it happens wherever his children gather and his word and love are spoken. Its the coolest thing in the world that these men are apart of my life....but what is even cooler they are apart of so many other people's life. They love the Lord with ALL their heart and they show it by loving and caring for others....we all are not preachers but as a children of our heavenly father we can show through our actions who we love and who we serve. I am so thankful for these two preachers that have wandered into my life.....they have created ministry to those in need and it happens right in my hallway, in my life and in my heart. When you are with others wouldn't be great if they said "Wow hanging with________ is like sitting in church" .....its all about creating ministry wherever you are or what ever you do.....and its good for the soul, I can promise you that!!
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.