Jesus says, “Follow Me…”
Notice I wrote “says” in present tense versus the past tense “said”. I wholeheartedly believe God is still speaking. God is still calling His own to “Rise up! Pick up your mat and walk..” (see John 5:8).
My name is Carrie and not only do I deeply love God, but I love to follow Him wherever He leads and whatever it may look like…
After many years of living a somewhat normal (ha ha!) adult life, God began speaking to my husband, Jerry, and I, an entirely new direction and a new adventure to walk out. It became evident we were to sell or give away our most treasured possessions, follow Christ, listen for His voice, get off at whatever exit, sojourn along whichever trail, and do whatever God invites us to do. So we listed our 5 bedroom house for sale and began purging, selling, and giving much away.
Originally, we thought He was going to have us get an RV and travel all over to encourage, pray for, and simply love others, but the closer we got to our house settlement date, the more His Spirit revealed we were to follow Him to Myrtle Beach. Say what?! Jerry had never even been to Myrtle Beach and I hadn’t been since I was a small child and frankly, it wasn’t the best of memories since I nearly drowned after getting sucked up in a wave’s undertow! Not to mention we assumed we could not afford anything remotely close to the beach. Nevertheless, the Spirit of Christ was bringing us to the people and the people to us!
Amazingly, with the sale of our home, we were able to buy a little beach condo in cash – Glory to God! Never in my life had I thought such blessings were possible, but I see now if God calls you to it, He will surely see you through it! In hindsight, we also can see why He invited us to consider an RV so we would have the mindset of living very simply and with few belongings to prepare us for life in a small studio condo at the beach…at the BEACH!!!
With thousands coming to Myrtle Beach all year long, we had many opportunities as there are endless grains of sand to bless others through evangelism, an encouraging word of knowledge, prayer, song, or however else the Lord chose to manifest His love onto illuminated beach goers.
After approximately a year and half (Acts 18:11) of ministering in Myrtle Beach, the Spirit invited us list our condo and follow Him to the next assignment…
Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. ‘There is still one thing you haven’t done,’ he told him. ‘Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me’ – Mark 10:21 (New Living Translation)
As God’s plan for our adventures began at the beach (and wherever else), the name “Flip Flop Fellowship” seemed appropriate. Because it’s about walking out this faith journey wherever the Spirit of Christ leads while fellowshiping with Him and others in love and truth.
You may call it crazy. We call it faith. God calls it obedience.
Maybe you can’t be at the beach, but want to, or maybe you love the idea of doing something different with your life, or you just love the idea of doing something radically cool for God. Wherever you are at in your journey, we invite you to follow along our sandy adventures! You can find Flip Flop Fellowship on YouTube , Facebook, and right here on our blog…
May my sandy flip flops inspire you to also courageously follow Jesus wherever He beckons! You never know if He will call you to your very own neighborhood, the wilderness, or the coastlands, but rest assured He is inviting you to follow Him.