Friday, July 29, 2011

BEYOND: abide

I thought that I would write a little blurb about the Beyond Youth Conference that is only one week away! This will be year FOUR of the event and it is super exciting to see a bunch of youth come out (from different churches and different states) to worship and grow together.
I am looking forward to the worship this year (for more than one reason) and I know "the band" is super excited to worship with everyone as well starting Friday evening.
There will be crazy games, good food, powerful speaking (learning to Abide in Christ...hence the name), fellowship with other teens (don't worry adults, there will be fellowship for you as well), and some giveaways.

I know that every year we have people that are unsure or "on the fence" about coming, but can I be honest with you for a minute? This is going to impact your life probably more than you realize. I am just speaking from personal experience here. This isn't just useful for teens. It goes past age boundaries. So, I am going to challenge you to forget whatever excuse you may have (forget it)and come, expecting to see God move in your life.

Are you interested yet? Go to facebook.com and check out "Beyond 2011: Abide" and tell us you are coming!!
Have some questions? Ask me. Or shoot us a message online.
We are looking forward to seeing you all there!!



Tuesday, July 26, 2011

one last hooorraahhh!

Erick and I have been in a frenzy. Piles of paperwork. Piles of boxes and stuff. Piles of "to do lists" that I have composed one by one. There is a lot to this whole "change thing."
There is so much that goes into moving...that I have savored every last minute vacation with our families. One last party before we set off for awhile.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Movement

I have been wanting to write this post for quite some time now. But, now that I can....I have no idea where to start. The thing about following other people's journeys is that the background and true emotion of it all can never be fully expressed. So, that is how I have come to feel about this particular post. Full of emotion. Overflowing with story. My husband and I have been accepted to Bible College. In South Carolina. And that requires movement.

Remember how I mentioned earlier (alright, one paragraph ago) that there is background? Well, I really wasn't kidding. But, I will spare you the overly personal details that would inevitably be a sorry attempt to help you understand the emotion behind all this. Buckle down. There has to be some explanation.

Most stories take time. And so did ours. Shortly after Erick and I were married we began to run through the "what, where, and when" questions. What are we supposed to be doing? Where are we supposed to be? When are we supposed to be doing all this? And as I have often struggled with the "God's will" question (entirely different post) that only added to our emotional nonsense.

So, we ended up here. For five years. And God did amazing things in our lives. We were stretched. Positions and opportunities opened within our lives that we never really saw before. We have been blessed by the relationships and ministries we have been able to take part in. They have grown us. There have been valleys. But, praise God He has brought us through: 2 Timothy 1:7.

In the midst of all the growth, and I do believe that is what I would entitle this season in our lives: "GROWTH" ....there has also been an underlying tide of searching. Looking for what God has for us. Looking for where He wants us. And this has permeated the last few years.

The breakdown of my "shallow dreams" began last August. When I heard this verse: 2 Timothy 2:3-4. Yes, I'm making you go find it. And I realized that I had been replacing the God-planted searching with small ideals. A house. A new city. Maybe a dog. White picket fence. My happiness. These things aren't bad or wrong...but, I was placing more contentment within attaining them then finding my all consuming contentment with Jesus Christ. So, we let it go. Gave it back. Released the grip.

And God moved. When we were willing to surrender our ideals. There was movement. Out of no where it seemed to come. When we least expected it. I like the way John Piper words it:
God's purpose for my life was that I have a passion for God's glory and that I have a passion for my joy in that glory, and that these two are one passion.

So, we are running after Jesus. The next step. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was scared. Movement it always scary. But, Christ has promised us that He is with us every step of the journey. And I'm banking my life on that.

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."
-Hebrews 11:1
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