Author Archive

  • The Journey of Leadership Causes Nausea

    Leadership is all about taking people on a journey. The challenge is that most of the time, we are asking people to follow us to places we ourselves have never been. -Andy Stanley To get this going, I need you to step into my brain mid-thought. I know that’s a scary place for those who […]

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  • When We Are Not Prepared To Walk on Water

    As I sat on my bed on a bright Saturday morning, I looked around my room and felt my anxiety rising. It was a mess, I needed to pack for the Nest. Once again I was feeling unprepared as my mind scrambled to organize myself and figure out what the upcoming week would all entail. […]

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  • The Power of a Penny

    By: Erica Grogg, House Manager A few weeks ago, I was at the Missouri Christian Convention telling people about Sparrow. At one point while I was at our booth, a precious little red head boy came up to me and was so excited when I gave him a piece of candy (with his mother’s permission, […]

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  • Expect and Attempt

    By: Erica Grogg, House Manager “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” –William Carey I first heard this quote a few months ago and it has stuck with me ever since. I have it written on my Bible for the daily reminder of why I am in this, why I am fighting […]

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  • Authenticity

    By: Erica Grogg, House Manager Authenticity. Every time I read or hear this word, a picture of a young child learning how to pronounce it pops up in my mind. Can you see it? Can you hear it? AWE-THIN-ticity. This word seems to have been the theme of Sparrow this past week, but before continuing […]

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  • The Power of One

    The theme for this year’s March for Life is “the power of one.” As I think about the 1000s and 1000s of people descending on Washington DC today I think of the power of one life in little Miss Kaylee. Right now Miss Kaylee is almost 5 months old. Her only cares in the world […]

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  • Maybe it is wrong of me to call them “mine”

    My girlies. My lovelies. My princesses. These are some of the words I use to describe the young women that choose to come to The Sparrow’s Nest. I hold my breath while they make the decision to come and I revel in God’s timing for each one. I hold my breath when they leave willing […]

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  • James Agee: Hope for Humanity

    By: Cindy Lawson, Board Member James Agee (1909-1955) came of age in the 1930’s, a time of want and need in a previously prosperous country. While working as a journalist during the Great Depression, he lived among Alabama sharecroppers which resulted in his essay “Cotton Tenants”. Despite his experience in an environment that might have […]

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  • Listen to my story: Guest post by Jasmine J.

    Hello everyone my name is Jasmine J. and I have been at The Sparrow’s Nest for about 6 months now and here is my story. In the beginning back in January 2017, I wanted to be on my own. So I moved out and into a trailer with my boyfriend, our son and his grandpa. […]

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  • Providing Relief As A Process: Guest Blog by Karen Wall

    I love it when volunteers send me the coolest texts of encouragement and then I turn around and ask them if they could make it into a blog and they say yes! Get ready for some beautiful encouragement from one of our lovely TLC volunteers Karen Wall. ~Carissa “You’ve got to use the life you’ve […]

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