Steven Furtick Sticks and Stones Message
This is an old well not that old sermon from Steven Furtick on Passion. He had four great points regarding passion in people. Isn't always true when we are passionate about something is what we always think about. I know some passionate people that I get to serve with every Sunday. These individuals love what they do in and for the house of our God. There are so many things that we can be passionate about. Think about what your passionate about and how that ties into your relationship with Christ? He gave us those passions but are we using them for selfish reasons or for kingdom reasons?
Point#1 Passionate People carry out small assignments with a willing spirit
Point #2 Passionate People must guard there strength or it will become a double weakness
Point#3 Passionate People interpret intimidation as an invitation to something great. Things that intimidate you; we must press pass the intimidation but see it as in invitation to experience God in a greater way
Point#4 Passionate People will fight to the finish in the battles that matter the most.
Friday, February 14, 2014
So much has been going on these past two weeks and I honestly don't know what happened when but here are some pics from the past week.
Micah is learning how to Multi-Task. Watching TV and working on her laptop.
I went to Corpus for a Baby Shower of a friend. They have been so faithful in serving in His church and He has blessed them with a Baby Girl due in April.
Micah making sure her stuffed animal is ready for dinner.
We've gone to Soy. For Micah that is. She's been suffering from some constipation so we made the switch to see if it will help.
Eating her sister's Ice Cream. Once she saw Elena eating it she had to have it. She had it in her hair and all over her bib and hands.
The joys of memories.
Happy Friday and Happy Valentines Day!!!
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Romans 8:28 "For we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
I can't even begin to say how much this verse means to me. Twice this week I've either read or heard it. God is so good. I'm so thankful for the blessings and the favor He is pouring out on our church. He is pouring vision upon our Senior Pastor and upon my husband. He is answering prayers and opening doors. Things we wished and hoped for are slowly coming together. I'm so humbled and so very honored for this journey that God has my husband and I and our family on. It's not about what we want and it never has been. It's always and forever will be what God wants and what He wants to accomplish through us in our city. His will be done. So much has happened today and I wish I could go into more detail but let me say this. Romans 8:28.....in ALL THINGS God WORKS for the GOOD. No matter if it's a rough season or a bad day. No matter if it's a smooth season or the perfect day. God is working everything out for the good. He has His plans, He has His purpose laid out. He has called us; and my husband and I are going to be obedient. We are going to conquer our city and tear down the walls. I have no idea on where to begin but I know that God does. I don't know what tomorrow will bring but God does. We will be part of this for as long as He calls us too. We are part of a great church. Who loves people. Who wants to reach the lost and restore Hope and Life.
I'm so thankful, so honored for this journey. For your calling on our life. 10 years ago when we surrendered our life to the ministry I never imagined where we would be today. Use us for your purpose and your will. Lead us and we will follow you faithfully. We are your servants Lord and we are grateful for the things you have provided and for the things you have in store for your church, your city and your people.
This is what we woke up to at 5am on 2/6/14. Our first snow of the year. It really sounded more like sleet. All I know is it took my husband 45 minutes instead of 15 mintues to get to work but thank goodness he got there safely. Once it all stopped I went out and took a few pictures. Micah woke up and went to the back door and didn't know what she was seeing. She kept saying uh oh. It's not much but when you live in Texas it's a whole bunch. We don't know how to drive on this stuff in South Texas.
Micah didn't know what this foreign substance was that was on our back porch.
It looked really nice just thankful it wasn't like the rest of the country getting the heavy stuff.
This morning at 5am
This looks more like styrofoam crumbled up instead of snow.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
I just wanted to share some points from the book that I've been reading and blogging about. This Chapter : Resilience was really great. Lots of times we have to have resilience to get going and keep moving when things get tough or when we do get knocked down or the wind knocked out. Leadership is not easy. It can be rewarding and challenging all at the same time. Pretty much like Texas weather. I really want to be encouraging though because I wouldn't trade the season my husband and I are in. We love being the Campus Pastors of our church. We love the people, our leaders and our church.
Here are some points from the book by Jodi Detrick:
When life knocks you down, let me encourage you to focus on the truth of Proverbs 24:16 “Though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.” That is resilience and it beats the Cringe Factor every time.Great leaders overcome regret with resilience
Leaders are learners, and learners make mistakes
You will need resilience if you want to last in leadership
You are not defined by your last big mistake
Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a sprint to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterday.”
God has called us to a life of resilience even when things are too bad
So remember that God is in every detail of your life. Keep going and don't stop.