About Us

Kristin is a Southern Georgia belle, who graduated from UGA as a veterinarian May 2010. Carter grew up in NC, went on to seminary, became an ordained pastor, and has completed his doctorate of ministry. Carter resided in SC for about 7 years (4 of these years with Kristin), and we now reside in FL. After about a month of emailing, asking questions, and going through the steps of eharmony.com, we were full of excitement and became very eager to meet one another face to face. October 25, 2009, we met and enjoyed every minute together. We had no doubt God was going to strengthen our relationship with Him as well as with one another. Carter proposed August 9, 2010 on the boat in the middle of Lake Wylie at sunset. Kristin said "Yes" after some happy tears. We got married April 2, 2011 and what an amazing beautiful day that was! God has continued to bless us throughout our marriage. We look forward to see what He has in store for us each and every day. We are super blessed to be down in Boca serving the Lord. God is constantly surprising us with new callings!

The ConTENtment Commandments


We heard a great message about grace, condemnation, being content, and more.  Being able to explore and visit a variety of churches has been such a huge blessing in so many ways.  Isn’t it awesome that God knows what we need to hear exactly when we need to hear it?

You can go to http://elevationchurch.org/ to find the whole message, but here are some key points that hit us as we listened and worked our way through Philippians 4:10-19:

*Satisfaction isn’t based on your situation.

*Condemnation comes from man; grace comes from God.

*God wants you FREE!!!!  Find your freedom in Him!

*God supplies ALL of your needs.

*Stay free from focusing on yourself; it’s ALL about Jesus!  When you live like it’s all about Him, you are free indeed!

Oh yeah, and I can’t forget the ConTENtment Commandments:
1.     Remember to Rejoice…We are worthy of surrender. Rejoice in what He has done and continues to do.
2.     Refuse to Resent…Christ died to set us free.  We make decisions, meaning we choose to resent or forgive.
3.     Appreciate all seasons…know that now is just a season (and you are probably in dual seasons) so don’t get stuck.
4.     Keep a secret stash…have scriptures engraved on your heart to repeat, live by, lean on.
5.     Don’t confuse the supply with the source.  Every good and perfect gift comes from above. (James 1:17)  His hand is behind it all.
6.     Don’t downplay disappointment…we aren’t defined by disappointment.  Disappointment can lead to destiny.
7.     Recognize…recognize your blessings.
8.     Release…release things such as anger, worry, and the crazy cares of life.
9.     Receive…take what God wants to give you.
10.   Remain…remain in Christ.

So powerful!  And again, the timing of this delivery couldn’t have been more perfect!

The Power of Being Quiet


We were in a Coaching Webinar several months ago and as I was sharing an experience with the rest of our team, our awesome facilitator and leader caught the power in what I had just shared.  She said, “Say that again.”  So I did… “There is so much power in the silence.”  In a hot second, so many other thoughts hit me that went with this statement.  
 

There is power in silence!  Whether that be in Coaching or our every day lives as we live for the Lord and strive to be like Christ. 


One that really came to me was “Silence in waiting for the answer(s) to a prayer takes patience but WOW and thanks comes when it’s answered.”


When listening to someone who just needs that listening ear…


We were given two ears and only one mouth!


When something negative, rude, or insulting arises, it’s best to just not say anything at all.


I am confident that more will come to me as time passes in regards to this, but I felt the need to share this for now.  Where have you seen the power of being quiet? Have you ever thought about the truth behind that before?  I hadn’t really.

All to Him


While a “little sister/mentee/daughter” and I walked on the beach one day, we passed a few half sand dollars.  Immediately, I looked at her and commented, “Wow!  God just reminded me that we are supposed to give ALL of ourselves/our lives…EVERYTHING…to Him.  Not just “part of our life.”  He was loud and clear stating that there should be no if’s, and’s, or but’s.  What am I holding onto that is preventing me from living 100% whole heartedly for the Lord?  What about you?

Duke and His Little Sister


As ya’ll know, we unexpectantly lost our first four legged baby boy right before Christmas last year, and boy did it tear us up!  We still get down and upset when we think about it.  Duke was the best black lab ever...a son whose memories will live on forever in our hearts!

Over time, we have pulled some of Duke’s old toys, bowls, etc out for our 10 month old Golden Retriever, Joy.  As we have done this, I thought, “Awe, look, Duke left his stuff behind for his little sister.” 

Making this a short and sweet entry, God nudged me in these thoughts about Duke and Joy and asked, “What will you leave behind? What legacy will you be known for?”  Will it glorify God, yourself, or culture?”

Airport Joy

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9

While out and about a while ago, I was deep in my Bible in 90 Days reading.  I hear this older gentleman’s voice, look up, and he and his wife were both being pushed in their wheel chairs. He wasn’t mad he was in a wheelchair; he was jovial!  He was sharing with the assistant how blessed he was that the Lord had him, his wife, and their marriage in the palm of His hands.  I just grinned ear to ear.   As they wheeled by me, he asked to slow down, he smiled, noticed my smile and that I was reading the Bible, and said, “Wow!  You understand the blessings I am talking about and the joy that comes from only Him, don’t you?”  “Yes, Sir.  I do.”  He continued, “Keep reading the best book ever…it’s easy to make excuses or let a busy schedule get in the way.  Congrats on that miracle growing inside you. Thank God left and right for that little one.”  “Have an awesome day! God is so good.”  “Oh yes, He is!”  And away they went on to their proper gate. 

Some questions that came up in my mind:

Am I sharing God’s joy with others no matter where I am or the situation at hand?

Do I share Him with any and everybody?

Am I thanking God for His many blessings each and every day?  (Side note: Carter and I have since had Micah but yes, we continue to thank God for sharing this little Peanut with us and making us his parents.)

What excuses get in the way of being in God’s word?  (Or living it for that matter?)

What about you?  How would you respond to those questions?

Love ya’ll!  Join me in counting those blessings and glorifying Him by sharing Him with everybody you can!

Claim It! June: Pastor's Porch

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” - Galatians 5:22-24 
It's check in time... How are YOU doing claiming the fruit of the Spirit? 
Are you saying “I am joy, I am love, I am peace...”? If you can’t say it, you probably won’t be doing it! 
Have you noticed that most people say the opposite of what they mean? They say: “I can’t and I don’t.” And the truth is, as long as we talk like that, we NEVER will or can. If you haven’t started yet, start today by saying: “I can, I will, and I DO have.” 
Start by speaking that “I can”. Today, quit using self defeating language of “I can’t” and start claiming that “I am the fruit of the Spirit.” Notice where you are already exhibiting fruit of the Spirit and focus on the positive? Congratulate yourself on where you are already living the fruit of the Spirit. You are already living it somewhere in your life! Yea! Congratulations! 
Now you know you can be the fruit of the Spirit. Expand on that. As you focus on the positive, help that positive grow into other aspects and areas of your life. They will grow and expand. The more we focus on where Christ is already working and doing great things in our lives, the more it will expand into other areas of our lives. 
I am joy. I am peace. I am love... In this, check what’s going on this month in YOU claiming the fruit of the Spirit. 
I know something is going right for you this month. Take time to celebrate! Focus on the positive! Help the positive expand! 
Remember: the fruit is a free gift of Christ. We just have to claim. The only way we don’t have the fruit is because we don’t accept them. 

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” - Philippians 4:13 

Easter Every Sunday: May Pastor's Porch


What if we celebrated Easter every Sunday? Guess what? We do!

Wouldn’t it be great if our church was as excited as Easter morning every Sunday?

We can be!!!

All it takes is for YOU to be that excited!

Wouldn’t it be cool if we had as many people worshipping with us as we did Easter Sunday?

We could.

All it takes if for YOU to come and bring people with you.

If you went through B90, you know the way God plans to grow His church. If you didn’t take B90, ask someone who did. How God plans to grow His Church…

But a little hint: it is going to take YOU! Everyone! Everyone excited about coming to Worship weekly, taking part in studies, and also bringing others. If we don’t bring them, they won’t come.

If you build it, they will come… Not true, it was a movie. Today, it takes bringing someone. It works. Every time you bring someone with you, they will come! Think about it…

If you bring them, they will come!

If you bring them and show up excited, it will be like Easter EVERY Sunday!