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This blessed my heart last week and I have been dieing to share it. I just want to encourage everyone to listen to the promptings they recieve

Our shelter won a grant worth $86,500 from Aviva to renovate our kitchen and bring our equipment up to date. We serve 3 meals a day to our Recovery program and 2 meals a day to our shelter and community. In turn we serve over 150 meals every day of the week. If you stopped by the shelter you would see some kitchen equipment you would have in your home, so we are excited to have the proper equipment for the volume of meals we serve. 

Last Monday the shelter was bustling with news reporters getting stories, our shelter guests kind of wondering what is going on, and even having the mayor show up for a few min. Last Monday we had our official “Ground Breaking” for our renovations. The community center was packed full of people that came by to support what we do. 

I was not responsible for too much other than being there to look good Lol, but I planned on going to Tim Hortons and picking up 2 thermoses full of coffee for the event. This was a story in its self, but not the part of the story I want to focus on. 

When I was leaving I thought about who I could bring for some company and who could help bring the coffee to my car and then the center. 

I should back up a little bit so you can see the full scope of what happened last Monday. 

I am going to call this guy Brian. Brian has stayed at the shelter a lot over the past five years. He is someone who is so high strung and aggravates everyone, and has been barred for being very vulgar/aggressive with his speech. The last time he was at the shelter he was barred for our longest punishment “Indefinite”, which means there is no specific end date the individual is asked to leave until staff can tell there is a change.  I really don’t want to give to much information on this story cause I feel his story is just beginning and I will have lots to share in the future.

So this time when Brian walked in the doors myself and most of the staff felt reassured, see he had a recent life threatening experience, and came out of it still alive. The first thing I told him was I was glad he was alive! 

So last Monday I felt to bring him with me for the drive and to help with the coffee. When we got to Tim Hortons I bought him a coffee and then got the thermoses. I do this all the time, grab someone from the shelter and bring them with me on an errand, and I love it. I never knew how much a coffee would mean to this guy. I spent like $2.85 on a coffee and I can’t count how many times he has come to me and thanked me for the coffee, more than anyone else has ever done. 

I am a coffee lover and this line has two meanings, but a Coffee can make someone’s day.

Follow your promptings, I am so grateful that I work in an environment that fully allows me to follow my promptings. 

If you are Canadian you probably sang the title of this post. I remember when I was a child seeing a commercial about drugs, some being good and some being bad.

Here is the link so you can watch the video if you want.

As most of you know I have been working in the homeless shelter for over a decade, and drug usage is something that gets worse every day. I have found some images, and I don’t want this post to turn into a debate about how worse some drugs are than others. Drugs have been proven to be bad for our bodies, yes even Cannabis (I am talking about the street drug, not medical. I believe that medical marijuana has some benefits).


I was beyond grieved the other night while at the shelter. One person was on speed or something, there were about three others who were on downers. When someone is under the influence of drugs/alcohol they are different. Using drugs changes you! I tell new staff and volunteers that the best way to know if someone is under the influence is by getting to know them, talking to them every day, and then you will notice if something is off or not.

How did Canada get to this point?

Why has drug addiction become so big/popular?

It breaks my heart to see people who are more than capable to be on their feet, and use the supports that are around them.

If you have a friend/family member stuck in addiction pray for them. Prayer is our most powerful weapon. Inform them that there is help for them, become educated on what help supports there are in your community. Remind them most of all that you still love them, and that you are still here for them. When someone is an addict they feel like they are alone, that they have no family, that the family they do have doesn’t want to talk to them, or be apart of their lives. Break that lie and show them that you care.

I know that there are some people that are stuck in addiction reading this post. If you are personal friends of mine, know that I love you and all I want to see is you use the supports that are offered to you.

If you are not a personal friend of mine, but are reading this post. Know that you are loved and valued. Know that you have a God who loves you beyond words can describe. Know that you are not alone, but that you have people in your life that want to help. Know that you push people away, and you need to stop doing that. Smarten up and do what deep down inside you know you must/want to do. Take that step.

Call detox.

Find a recovery program (i would suggest a faith based one).

Stick it out!

And your life will be changed forever.

Stop listening to the lies that are in your mind.

I was not intending my post to go this direction, I just wanted to speak about how much drug use is effecting our society. It is proven that mental health illnesses worsen with the use of any of these drugs.

God I pray that whom ever is reading this post that you bless them. If while reading this post they got an idea of how they can help someone, that you do not let that idea leave their mind until they do it. I also pray for those stuck in addiction who are reading this post, that your Spirit showers them with your love. That while they read this, they decide to take that next step, and you give them the strength to do so. Amen!