Click Good Morning!! Last week I had the great opportunity to meet a guy that I can not get off my mind..... I only had a second to chat, my line was growing bigger by the minute. He came in with a regular and told me a little of his journey. He was a business owner in this town.... I knew of his business and I knew it was successful, he felt the call from our heavenly Father to go to Africa to be a missionary, my mouth dropped opened and my heart listened intently, he sold his business and he and his wife went to do our heavenly fathers work, he never looked back... I received a card the other day from a friend on FB, he had read my status and knew I was struggling. He is an attorney that was truly burned out on his job, last year he left his career and did something completly different, concrete work. Leaving his career was what he felt the Lord calling him to do, about 6 months ago he felt another stirring in his heart to help others, with legal needs, free of charge. He told me his feelings of being scared. No matter how much we live our passion and do our heavenly fathers work, we all still have to have money to live on..... this journey he has been placed on has been difficult at times but it has taught him so much.....made him stonger in his faith!! I received a message last week from a women that had heard me speak to her ladies group....the message actually broke my heart... she is a work -stay at home mom, she feels like the Lord has laid a dream in her heart. Her words to me " I do not have the space, funds, ability, experience or energy.....basically I feel he is calling the wrong person but the feeling will not go away." Happy Beautiful Wednesday yall!! Living out out and doing what the Lord has placed in our hearts is not easy, the missionary did not tell me how others reacted all those years ago when he felt our heavenly father calling but can you imagine? I bet people thought he was crazy giving up his business to go to Africa..... I can relate people in my life, including Shelby, thought I was crazy the day I bought the CIG.. Everyday I am learning what it is to do the Lords work and sometimes I feel lacking in so many ways....but there is the 1 thing I know for sure, he does not call the wrong people.... it takes great courage, strength and faith to say..."ok Lord, I will do it and I have faith that you will teach me, guide me and equip me" Ephesians 2 says we are created in Christ to do good works and God has prepared us in advance..... 3 different journeys, 2 of them fulflling what the Lord has planned for them... the other is like so many of us, feeling the stir in our hearts but not sure how to answer the call...."There are things only you can do and you are alive to do them. In the great orchestra we call life, you have an instrument and a song and you owe it to God to play them both sublimely." This was written on the card my friend gave me. Is the Lord caling you? I am the poster child for being scared to death to hear his call, I want to cover my ears and heart and say "OH NO I dont want to".....if he is calling you....he is already preparing you! My prayer is you listen.....we are all here to do his work!! to edit.
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.