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If I die tomorrow, I have no regrets!

Posted: March 4, 2020 by Patrice Miles in Uncategorized

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I was supposed to get up this morning at 5am and have my quiet time and then head to the gym …..that didn’t happen.

I was so tired last night that I went to bed at 8:30am and yet still couldn’t wake up to keep up with my new exercise regime. I want so badly to get this whole exercise and eating healthy routine down. It’s my constant battle and idol at times.

I love the way my body feels when I am in my routine of exercise and healthy eating. I have energy, my clothes fit great, I can eat what I want within reason and I am focused and alert. These things are all good but trying to do it all and shower before 8:30am when my first conference call with Nigeria starts, is taking away from my time with the Lord.

Screen Shot 2019-08-19 at 5.16.32 PMI need, crave, and must have this time with him. It’s where the legalism, stress and busyness all get put aside and the beautiful women he created comes out. I think, dwell, and hear so much during that time. It is so beautiful compared to my to do list and stress of diet and exercise.

I am reading Jackie Chan’s Crazy Love and Ecclesiastes right now. Both talk about how short life is and how we need to enjoy it more. So, when I stress over diet and exercise, I get mad because if I die tomorrow then what was all the restricting of delicious food and getting up early to work out worth. No, I don’t want to be miserable while I am on this earth. I don’t want to be uncomfortable in my clothes or tired and lethargic from eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts every day.

So where is the enjoyment of life but self-control of the flesh?

How do you complete the to do’s but not stress over the who, what , when and how so you sleep well?

How do you enjoy every person, place and thing you experience today whether it is good, bad, stressful, annoying or mediocre?

How do you say, “If I die tomorrow, I have no regrets?”

Screen Shot 2020-03-03 at 4.37.17 PMI think for some people it is easier than others.

An “S” on the DISC profile or a 9 on the Enneagram (Peacemaker). I am sure you find these things much easier as God created you with a must softer, sensitive, laid back personality.

But what about people like me? The “D” in DISC and 3 on Enneagram (Achiever). I naturally wake up early every morning needing to Dominate, Direct, Accomplish and Shine.

 

I would love to know how you have found the happy-medium ground in your life…….

How do you balance life on earth with an eternal focus?

How do you live life comfortably saying “If I die tomorrow, I have no regrets!”

I know none of us can honestly say we are 100% there but what have you done or are doing to get there? Please share with us all so we can learn from each other and grow!

Words and pictures cannot describe the fruitfulness of our 1st trip of 2020. God used all of us and the gifts he has given us to encourage all the kids, caregivers and staff at C.A.R.E. Africa and Foundations Academy. Take a peak below and pray about joining us on my next trip in June. Email me at patrice.miles@sim.org for more details.

When It’s Calm.

Posted: July 19, 2019 by Patrice Miles in Uncategorized

Check out another beautiful post by Titi and how you can wish her a Happy 21st Birthday.

Plantains Please

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“Why do you love to stay up so late?” I prefer not going to bed early because I would rather experience the calmness at night than waste it by sleeping. At night when everyone else is sleeping, it is calm inside and it is calm outside and I can finally let out the breath I do not always realize I am holding onto all day long. It does sound ridiculous if you like to go to bed before twelve, or maybe it sounds like a luxury if unlike me you have a lot to do during the day and cannot keep your eyes open at night.

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Another reason would probably be that I cannot stop thinking…for the life of me I can not get my brain to shut up, ever! At school I am using my brain a…

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Nick and Katie were blessed during their time in Egbe with three C.A.R.E. Kids who they were able to obtain legal guardianship of and now live in the states with two of them. Titi was able to visit with them during her Christmas break. I know Miracle and Testimony enjoyed having some Yoruba time with her and together they made some memories!

First Semester; Check!!!

Posted: December 11, 2018 by Patrice Miles in Uncategorized

Love this girl and so proud of her for completing her first semester!

Plantains Please

I have been dancing around all afternoon ever since I wrote my last exam and came back home. My last update was five weeks ago, and it was all about waiting impatiently for the semester to be over. Well now it is!!

The last five weeks have been filled with series of events: my first snow, my trip to New York, Thanksgiving, and the wonderful concert organized by my school. As wonderful as it all sounds, it has also been a struggle for me. Like you probably know from my previous posts, God has been breaking me down and remolding me. We all know that is not always pleasant. I would say I am the sort of person that likes having all my plans laid out, and I am not really fond of impromptu situations. So, every time God asks me to be calm and patient, I’m always trying to…

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Brrrrrrr

Posted: October 29, 2018 by Patrice Miles in Uncategorized

Another blog from Titi.

Plantains Please

IT IS COOOLLD Y’ALL….and the party just started. I just wanted to let everyone know that I am still alive even though the extreme weather of Pennsylvania is trying to kill me, so keep praying that my body adjusts well. Less than 40 degrees is starting to be the norm here, brrrrr. I don’t think we’ll see the likes of 70 degrees anymore this year, till next year.

So I helped out at a church called One City this evening, they had a ‘trunk or treat’ and we were able to share the gospel too. It was awesome, minus the fact that Maddy and I were freezing. ‘Wise’ me didn’t wear boots, I only had flat shoes on. I had no idea. My toes were so numb I thought at some point they’ll fall off, boy oh boy I am not looking forward to January. Its cold now but its…

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A Call to Counter Culture.

Posted: September 6, 2018 by Patrice Miles in Miles In Missions, Nigeria, Uncategorized

Titi’s latest blog.

Plantains Please

I do not know if you are acquainted with David Platt but if you are then you probably are familiar to my title, because it is the title of his own book. David Platt is a pastor, writer and also into ministry work. I have spent two weeks at LBC already and I love my classes and my professors, I just don’t like the reading and assignments but they kind of go together. I would not say College Composition and Research is my favorite course, but I thank God for letting my professor choose A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture as one of the course textbooks. I have been reading this book since last week- mainly for school work and I have grown to appreciate and respect David Platt, but I have just recently finished reading a chapter that has spoken to my soul and heart.

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Permit me to tell you…

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