Archive for February, 2008

Friday Quotes…

Here’s a question for us to discuss…

Is trust freely given, or earned?

Ready… set… go!

Cook your dinner

Thank you for all the encouraging comments yesterday.  The day couldn’t have gone better, as I knew it would.  I had a peace all day and I know it was because many of you were praying for me.  One comment in particular stood out to me as we discussed the subject of inadequacy:

“Didn’t God choose a 13ish year old virgin named Mary to rock the world? Wasn’t she scared? YES! Just be willing to step out and He will do the rest!” Thanks Jenn. (Check her out!)

The Q&A message went well.  They laughed at the funny parts… and for the most part paid attention.  It’s always harder for Sr. high (9th-12th grade) because many of them have already fallen into sexual sin.  They are also not as prone to interact with you which is hard since I feed off the interaction of my audience.  But God prevailed.  His truth was spoken. 

There was one point in the message when I was drawing a parellel to sex and fire.  Fire in a fire place is good… fire on your roof… destructive.  Sex inside of marriage… good.  Sex outside of marriage… destructive.  To broaden the analogy I went on to say,

“Fire can also cook your dinner…” I meant it in the literal sense… many of the students didn’t hear it that way… if you know what I mean…

Have you ever said something and meant it one way but it was taken another? What did you do?  Do you feel the need to explain yourself if something you said wasn’t understood the way you wanted?

Love, Sex and Relationships…

Instead of writing a blog last night I worked on my message for tonight’s experience.  At SWITCH we’re in a series called Love, Sex and Relationships.  Tonight’s message is a Q&A–questions asked by the students about those three subjects.  Some questions include:

Why is sex bad?  How far is too far?  Is it wrong to have a gay relationship?  And the most shocking: Does sex in the booty get you pregnant? (Can I say that?)

Now, why, I ask, do they decide to put a homeschooled, 21-year-old virgin up on stage to answer their questions, I don’t know.  But that is the case. 

I could easily shy away, thinking, “I don’t have the experience to speak to these students!  What the heck do I know?” 

I’ve decided the answer is: TRUTH.  I know truth.  I know God’s truth.  And let’s be honest.  When talking about these three subjects that’s all a student really needs. 

Pray for me today.  It’s going to be amazing to see what God does. 

Have you ever felt inadequate about something you had to do?  What did you do to overcome it? Share your story with your fellow readers!

Eat that!

I love to eat.  No really…

There’s something about the satisfying taste of food that brings me a sense of comfort.  For many of you who know my story , you know it was this love, no obsession, for food that caused many of my problems. 

Eating numbed my pain.  It was my escape.  It was my reward.  But as God grew me, I learned a lot about the little word: EAT

Eating simply means: to consume completely.  It is the assimilation of energy.  When you eat something it becomes a part of you.  It is fuel for your body.  

After realizing I had put food above God He taught me the same definition for food should be applied to Him.  He should be the one who numbs my pain.  He should be my escape.  He is my reward. 

I can “eat” of God by spending time with Him, reading His word, and allowing Him to renew my mind.  It is the assimilation of His energy, making Him a part of me that fuels my body, mind and soul. 

Jesus says: I am the Bread of Life.  Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 

Have you ever struggled with eating?  Do you see the connection to our relationship with Christ?  What is your favorite food?

…and the Oscar goes to…

I love movies.  Maybe it’s because of the drama (as if I don’t have enough of my own) or the adventure.  Maybe because no matter how different we are, movies connect us in an obscure yet beautiful way.  Movies take us places we would never dream of going ourselves and give us an escape, if just for a moment, into a place where love is real and dreams really do come true. 

 

I love the simplicity of the statement from Academy President Sid Ganis when asked the question, “Why give Oscars?” 

 

“…we want to shine the brightest light we can on great film making.”  So thousands of viewers tuned in last night to see the winners for:

 

 

I always found it interesting the different ways winners accept their awards.  You have:

  • Winners who are prepared
  • Winners who are speechless
  • Winners who were prepared but became speechless
  • Winners who thank every person they possibly can fit in the short thirty seconds they’re given… or the
  • Winners who just let their hard work speak for itself as they offer a humble “thank you” to the Academy. 

So here’s to the “the art of the moving picture that we all love…”

 How do you think you would accept an Academy Award? What is your all-time favorite movie?

Friday Quotes…

A good friend of mine sent me this quote earlier in the week.  I love it!

“Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning Satan shudders and says, “Oh no!  They’re awake!”

Would you say you live your life like this?  What are some things we can do to make our spirtual enemy run for cover?

I never went to school

For the past couple days I’ve immersed myself in the high school culture.  I visited PC North (a local highschool) yesterday during their lunch hour, and Westmore (a highschool on the south side of Oklahoma City) this morning before classes started.  If you know me, you know that I’ve been homeschooled for my entire educational life, so entering into the lions den of this place called high school has been somewhat of a shock to me. 

One thing I’ve observed is this: insecurity is rampant in high school.  It’s so thick, I feel like I could cut it with a knife.  It excites me to learn more as I continue to get into the minds of high schoolers. 

Share your most embarrassing or defining moment in high school. 

Walking on Air…

The truth behind this statement for me this week is the only reason I post it. 

Faith is walking it out, even when there is no floor.

What does that mean to you?  What is the “it” you’re walking out?  Are you facing a tough situation that’s testing your faith in God?  Are you walking on air?

Places to go… people to meet…

I’ve heard it said that “you will be the same person you are today one year from now except for:

The Places you go

The People you meet and

The Books you read.”

Know something?  It’s true.  Here’s what a year’s done in my life.

 

Places you go:

Costa Rica—there I learned to let go of something holding me back.  On the beach in Costa Rica I learned what it meant to truly trust the Lord.

Moving out—one of the biggest transitions of my life (up to this point).

Changing campuses…in a year I’ve gone from the South Oklahoma City campus to the Northwest Oklahoma City campus of Lifechurch.tv.  The change exposed me to many people…

 

People you meet:

My best friend—I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for your influence.  Thank you for teaching me to be myself.

My direct boss —you’ve taught me more than I realize!  Thank you for teaching me how to dream big!

My other boss —I wouldn’t be the leader I am today if it wasn’t for the risk you took with me and the way you’ve developed me.  Thank you for teaching me to use my head!

 

Books you read:

The Journey of Desire—words can’t describe what this book means to me.  (I plan to share a series of posts very soon!)

Good to Great—this book has forever changed the way I do ministry. 

The Slumber of Christianity—this book awoke me to the truth: earth is not our home.  I long for heaven after reading it. 

Psalms 18 in the Message—read it today!

 What about you?  Think back on your year… are you the same person?  How have the places you’ve gone, the people you’ve met and the books you’ve read, changed you?

Alley Ways

Stay tuned for more insecurity posts in the coming weeks!  For now enjoy…

 

Alley Ways

 

Sometimes I feel like I walk a different alley than most people.  The lens through which I view the world is different than a lot of people around me.  (Some would call it rose-tinted.)  The way I feel about God differs and definitely the way I express those feelings is completely unlike those who walk a different way. 

I love learning from people who walk in different lanes of thinking than I do, but sometimes it’s just refreshing to find someone who walks your lane. 

  • You know the thoughts in their head just by looking at them.
  • You just “get” one another. 
  • When you’re around them you have an amazing feeling of rest.
  • You can communicate without using words. 
  • You feel the same way about a movie, a song, a sermon and even though you can’t put into words what you feel, they know, because they walk the same alley way.   

I’ve met only a handful of people who walk my alley and I thank God for them everyday. 

Do you know people who walk your alley way?  Can you relate? Do you “know” what I’m talking about?

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