Good Morning!! It will be 18 years in November that my family moved to Lubbock. I was pregnant with my B and Taylor was 2. I honestly at the time thought Shelby had moved me to the armpit of America.....really the sky turns brown because of dirt and the great citizens of this city kept right on with life.....like this was normal. We were looking for a church and Shelby's family told us of a different kind of church that had just started, Live Oak Community Church. We were told the pastor that started this "new" church had a baptist background and had been a youth minister.We pull up on that Sunday morning to a shopping center, about 30 people in attendance, this is where our journey would start with 2 of the most amazing, life changing people I have had the opportunity to meet. Chuck Williams & Ann Glazener Williamswere the founder's of this small church, they immediately became part of my family. This small church is where my precious babies were dedicated to our heavenly father.... that beautiful Sunday, with all of our families present, Chuck held my boys and prayed for my family...for our journey of raising two boys. My boys accepted Christ while attending this church and with family and friends gathered in a beautiful back yard we witnessed Chuck baptize my precious Shelby, Taylor and Branum..... Needless to say thru all of B's surgery, normal everyday heartache, the death of Shelby's mom and lifes celebration's Chuck and Ann were there. We attended this church for 10 years and felt the stirring to worship elsewhere, this precious couple supported us wherever we chose.... I shrieked with giddyness on Tuesday morning as I see my precious friends pull up to the CIG.... Their life in the last year changing drastically ..... Chuck "retired" from full time ministry and they have taken their love for our heavenly father..."on the road." They sold their home and minimized their life, purchased an RV and for the last year have traveled, worked & worshipped with people all across the country..... they are doing our heavenly father's work and making a difference in strangers lives. I sat and caught up with my precious friends....they truly feel they are living the plan the Lord set out for them and sometimes its just not easy, there have been surprises..they knew they would miss their friends and family in Lubbock....but they never expected to make connections with strangers and when they leave for their next distination to miss them....relationships are being built all across this country and our heavenly father is the connection. Ann shared that it has been difficult in ways of living "full time" in an rv. Small kitchen.....and a big truck that pulls the rv is their only transportation..... Happy Beautiful Friday yall...as I sat and listened to their great journey, I realize even though they are doing the Lord's work,they, in some ways, are unsure of their journey, everyday they allow the Lord to guide their footsteps. Lately I have felt unsure about his plans for me and catching up with my precious friends I realized it is ok to be unsure as long as you let him lead and guide. I love this precious couple, that have done "life" with me for 18 yrs and I celebrate and pray for this journey they are on..they are making a difference for our heaveny father..WOOT WOOT that makes me giddy.....
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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.