Giving with The Gurleys, Inc. Events

Our first giving event was our wedding on December 3rd., 2016. We asked our wedding guests to donate toiletries, toys, and classroom supplies to service inner city and metro Atlanta communities for the holidays!

Our guests gave above and beyond, and we gave away hundreds of items.

Our next major event is coming soon! Check out our wedding video by clicking on the link below. Wedding planned by Raven J. Events

Dr. Marcus Gurley, Jr. and Adrianne Gurley Wedding

Giving with The Gurleys, Inc.

Established 12.3.2016 to celebrate the nuptials of Adrianne and Dr. Marcus Gurley, Jr. Incorporated as a nonprofit on 3.9.2017.

Marcus and Adrianne utilized their wedding as a call to corporate giving by collecting toiletries, toys, and school supplies in lieu of traditional wedding gifts, so that their wedding would glorify the Lord through community service.

Marcus and Adrianne were able to give away hundreds of toys and clothing items to churches and outreach ministries in the inner city and metro areas of Atlanta where the couple wed.

Marcus and Adrianne decided to continue Giving with The Gurleys, Inc. as a nonprofit organization to promote giving within the community.

Marcus and Adrianne will continue to sponsor giving events in Atlanta and Tallahassee (FL). Adrianne is a native of Atlanta, GA; and Marcus is a native of Tallahassee, FL.

Donation Instructions: To donate, click the link below, to give more simply press the plus sign to increase your monetary contribution.

Giving with The Gurleys, Inc. Gifting Foundation

Faithful Christians, Married, Business Owners

Greetings!

Thanks so much to all of our brothers and sisters in Christ who have supported us. We are happily married (12/3/16) and submitted to the Lord. We pray that our union continues to bring GOD glory. We kissed for the first time on our wedding day after 1 year and 9 months of courting, and we dedicated our union to GOD by having guests bring toiletries, toys, hats/scarves/gloves, etc. in lieu of traditional wedding gifts, for those in need during the holiday season. We have learned so much by serving and giving as onto the LORD, and our faith has truly grown. We are so thankful to have had our families and friends unite with us in giving by donating hundreds of toys and clothing items, as compelled by the Holy Spirit. Search hashtag #GivingWithTheGurleys on social media for footage, or check out this link #GivingWithTheGurleys We are so thankful that GOD was able to use our wedding as a way to give and to restore His community for the holidays, and we pray that our union continues to be a blessing for His Kingdom.

Since our wedding, we have established a private Occupational Therapy and Medication Therapy Management Company. We have also (each) become Realtors in the state of Florida. Many other endeavors are also keeping us busy.

This site is crafted to propel our faith and to stir our growth as believers. We are commissioned to serve His Holy Land through love, service, wellness, and sacrifice! We thank you for loving the Lord with us, always remember that true life exists solely in Christ alone, not this world. Let’s get busy about serving Him and bringing Him glory.

“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16:25 NLT

“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.” ‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Updates:

1. The On-Going Giving Campaign: we will be speaking at Chattahoochee Elementary School of Quincy, FL in May of 2017. We are inviting all who are compelled by the Holy Spirit to donate school supplies with us for the classrooms. Please email divinersoak@gmail.com to find out how you may donate. We will donate on the day that we speak to students. More details to come!

3. We will be in Basking Ridge, NJ on July 15th, 2017 for an amazing time of worship and service unto GOD. We invite you to share in the Lord with us, please see the flyer for details! 
Wellness Coram Deo 

Giving with the Gurleys 2016

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” Hebrews‬ ‭10:24‬ ‭NLT‬‬


Thank you brothers and sisters in Christ for constantly supporting and praying for us! We are so excited to share in the LORD with you as we unite in Holy Matrimony! 

We just wanted to remind you that in lieu of traditional wedding gifts, we are asking guests to bring: toiletries, canned goods, school supplies, gently used clothing, gloves/hats/scarves, unwrapped toys, baby products, monetary donations for scholarships, etc. We want GOD to use our wedding to refurbish communities and to restore joy this Holiday season. We will collect these items at the wedding reception. Please read here for more details: Giving with the Gurleys 2016

We are excited to wed during the Holiday season because it is truly the season of giving. We want our wedding date and every anniversary moving forward to honor GOD by giving, so our wedding will kick off the first ever Annual Holiday Gurley Giving Campain! Please read more here: Giving with the Gurleys 2016 !

Thank you for helping us make this wedding solely about GOD, thank you for helping us honor GOD. We love you! 


“Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.” ‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭8:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Hotel Booking Information:

Hampton Inn Atlanta Northlake


Courtyard Marriott Decatur

  • 130 Clairmont Avenue Decatur, GA 30030
  • RATES: $149 per night
  • *Guests can call 404-371-0204 and ask for the “Gurley-Smiley Group”
  • Reservation cutoff date is November 11, 2016.


Holiday Inn Express and Suites Emory

  • 2183 N Decatur Rd Decatur, GA 30033
  • RATES: $149 per night
  • *Guests can call 404-320-0888 and ask for the “Smiley-Gurley Group”
  • Reservation cutoff date is November 4, 2016.

One Calling: To Spread His Word

“Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.”‭‭.                     2 Timothy‬ ‭4:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We love to talk about Christ, we love to serve Christ, we overtly love Christ. In all that He does for us, we are sure to give Him the glory. We love when people reach out to us to spread His word, to pray, or to participate in worship. Our nourishment comes from doing ALL that He commands-Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.” ‭John‬ ‭4:34‬ ‭NLT‬‬

There is nothing like true fellowship amongst Christ’s believers. We just want to encourage anyone who yearns to share GOD’s gospel. Don’t stop, don’t grow weary. Continue preaching to those with listening ears. The edification of the body of Christ depends on everyone playing their part. Be a living example for Christ. Christ is counting on you. Someone is watching. Your obedience may be what saves someone’s soul.
“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28:18-20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Photos below are from a relationship panel held by Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s Pinky Promise group, a women’s Christian organization that promotes Christ and encourages righteous living by honoring GOD with everything- our lives and bodies. The relationship panel focused on relationship goals: honoring GOD in your single life, courting GOD’s way, and honoring GOD with your marriage.






Evangelize. Serve. Edify. Restore. Grow.

http://www.thefamuanonline.com/news/view.php/1017381/Pinky-Promise-hosts-RelationshipGoals

The following photo is from our first Valentine’s Day weekend as a couple- February 13th, 2016 when we visited Tallahassee’s major hospitals- Capital Regional Hospital and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital- to love on the healthcare providers working weekend shifts to let them know that we were sent by GOD and that GOD loves them. What a blessing it is to be a blessing.


“But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.”                2 Timothy‬ ‭4:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬
  

Diviner’s Oak Wellness

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:19-20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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It is so awesome to honor GOD with your life and body. As Christ’s servants, we yearn to give all that we have to Christ…we know that all of who we are, and all of what we have is only possible because of His grace.

Many ask us for fitness advice, and we both have found that the key factor in our body transformation is GOD. We both realized that pursuing active hobbies were ways to spend time with GOD and also ways to demonstrate discipline and commitment to GOD.

We understand that the body is a Holy temple, and we want to be good stewards over our temples. If we cannot manage our Holy GOD-given temples here on this earth, how can GOD expect us to manage His Heavenly Kingdom? We understand that this life is temporary, and in all that we do, we just want to make sure GOD gets the glory for everything. We want to demonstrate to Him that we are fit for His Heavenly Kingdom.

Our “before” pictures represent young individuals who loved GOD but were not yet on fire for Him. We knew Him, we knew His works, but we were lukewarm. And that was so dangerous…GOD does not like lukewarm…he prefers us to be on fire for Him, or not on fire for Him at all. ““I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭3:15-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬


The individuals in the “before” photos wanted to do worldly things, and still receive GOD’s favor…..The individuals in the “before” pictures also experienced troubles that were not part of GOD’s plan. Because we were not actively following GOD’s voice, we made avoidable, unnecessary mistakes. We are thankful for the mistakes and the times during which we hit rock bottom, because in those times, we realized that we needed GOD. We were in college when we decided to take better care of our bodies. We did not know much, but we knew we could do better. With college budgets, we could not afford personal trainers, but we knew that GOD could train us and rescue us from our unhealthy lifestyles.

The individuals in the “current” photos represent young, equally yoked individuals who are on fire for GOD…individuals who have grown in Christ and see the value of discipline and commitment…individuals who don’t have much but want to honor GOD with what they do have, especially their lives and their bodies…individuals who have standards for their Holy, GOD-given temple and know that any and everything (food, people, etc) cannot just go into the Holy Temple, but it is made for intentional GOD-ordained purposes.
 “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬. 

“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Since becoming saved, GOD has fostered greater desires within us to minister and to be of service to the community. As Christ’s servants, we understand that we have a role to fulfill in the body of Christ and we want to be healthy and able to be used for any role He calls us to fulfill.

In our faith walk, we have also realized that the human body may experience cravings that may or may not align with the word of GOD and may cause of to lose focus from GOD’s will. For example, in scripture we see: “Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬. Though the scripture specifically detests fornication, sometimes our bodies may yearn to indulge regardless. We both found that exercising helps to combat those desires and prevents frustration. We see that GOD has a higher purpose for our bodies, a purpose that calls for us to serve Him and to pursue righteousness. If we defile our bodies by doing things He hates, how can GOD use us? In our faith walk, we have seen that by choosing GOD over temptation…that by honoring Him, He has honored us.

In our faith walk, we both lost and gained 60lb….for her: 195lb -> 135lb; for him: 120lb -> 180lb. Because so many ask us “How did you lose weight? How did you become muscular?”, we wanted to create this post as a resource for those with fitness goals and remind any and everyone in pursuit of goals that Christ is the key factor in any process or transformation. So…..

1. Dedicate your life and body to Christ, profess your desire to live for Him

2. Ask GOD to be your accountability partner…if you have a fitness goal, commit to routine gym dates with the LORD. The gym is a great, safe atmosphere to spend time with GOD.

3. Pray for a renewed mind with purposeful desires that align with His will

4. Pray for a mind of discernment that will not become distracted

5. Pray for a spirit of commitment to His perfect will

6. Remember that “the food we eat should fuel us to accomplish the will of GOD, not weigh us down”- Heather Lindsey, (one of our favorite preachers)

Our regimens:
1. Daily gym dates with GOD- working out with sermons on repeat

2. Active hobbies- running half and full marathons, fitness competitions, cycling clubs

3. Increased water intake- 1 half to 1 full gallon of water per day

4. Fasted cardio in the morning before breakfast

5. Sprints

6. Weight training

7. Hot tea and apple cider & vinegar in water for detoxing

8. Eliminating processed foods or fast foods

9. Create a meal plan and pray for discipline in sticking to it…remember, whatever we pray for, we WILL be tested in…so push through the tests. Also, check out this meal plan the future groom created for His future bride for her use in preparing for a fitness competition Meal Plan 2016

Please message divinersoak@gmail.com if you have any specific questions. We truly believe a body transformation is person-specific. What works for one person may not work for someone else. We would love to help you come up with something that would help you. We are also in healthcare careers- pharmacy and occupational therapy, and we would love to offer you any health advice. We also know personal trainers and other healthcare providers that you may wish to utilize.
“So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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