Archive for October, 2008

SWIIIAAATCH!

SWIIIAAATCH: The extremely excited way to pronounce SWITCH–The youth ministry of Lifechurch.tv switch-glow.JPG

 SWITCH is tonight. I’ll be speaking live to my babies (my students from 6th-12th grade) about surrounding themselves with good friends. Pray for us tonight. I love my job!

What do you remember most about your youth group days?

HELP!

“The better you are, or hope to become, the more specialized help you should recieve.”

Craig said this from stage on Sunday talking about making disciples. I love this idea, because I love learning. It seems a little strange to say that if you’re good at something you should seek even more help to make you better. But that takes me back to the truth that we never really stop learning. Life is school, and we’re never done being students. (At least we shouldn’t be…)

What area would you like to be better at? Where would you like to find “more specialized” help? (My thoughts are in the comments)

Auto Pilot

Auto Pilot–(idiom) functioning in an unthinking or reflexive manner.

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It is easy to shift into auto pilot in my job. Ministry can be a very draining, and numbing practice. It can take the fire out of you, it can take the feeling out of you. After a couple years of working in ministry, the hardships and trying times people go through fall into a catagory of “I’ve heard this before.”

I hate it.

I never want to become “unthinking or reflexive in manner,” but the truth is, sometimes in ministry, it’s just easier.

How can I keep a tender heart toward my students and people? What would you suggest?

Hung over

It’s Thursday. I’m hung over. No, not from a night of drinking and partying… but from a night of student ministry.

My eyes are puffy, my body hurts, I have a headache… (I always seem to feel like this on Thursdays) but that’s because of the amazing, energetic night before.

We saw ten students raise their hand and commit their lives to Christ! Not only that, these students were followed up with an adult who talked with them about that decision! I love it when real ministry can happen! (Great job leading that team, Patrick!)

I’m meeting with one of my students today for coffee. She’s three weeks sober from drugs and alchohol! Last year she was one of my best students, high school hit and she went off the deep end. I’ve been praying for her ever since and I can’t wait to see what God has done in her life these past few weeks!

Keep praying for the youth of our community! I truely believe they have the power to change the world!

Lead a horse…

Sometimes ministry is really frustrating!!!! horse-water.jpg

It reminds me of the saying, “You can lead a horse to the water, but you can’t make him drink it.”

That’s what I’m experiencing right now. I can point the way to Christ all day long, but I can’t make my students follow Him. It’s so hard sometimes to know the Answer, share it with others, and then watch them disregard it.

My mom says I’m getting a lot of parent training. Sometimes it feels like a losing battle, but I can’t stop trying.

Do you ever feel like you’re fighting a losing battle?

15 minutes

My iphone beeps 15 minutes before every appointment I have. This gives me 15 minutes to either:

  • prepare,
  • remember that I completely forgot about the appointment,
  • or cancel just in time to make some people really mad!

If your life is like mine, you’re always pressed for time. 15 minutes is a big deal. It can be used for

  • 15 minutes of extra sleep,
  • 15 minutes of prayer,
  • 15 minutes of really focused work.

How do you spend your extra 15 minutes?

Winnowing Fork and Threshing floors…

Last night I led my SWITCHgroup of 9th grade girls at my house. After the rootbeer floats, snacks and lots and LOTS of chatter we started our study through the book of Matthew. We read through chapter 3 with ten freshman girls who have little to no Bible knowledge. We passed over this scripture:

“His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”–3:12

Winnowing fork? Threshing floor? WHAT?!

My heart is to read through the powerful Word of God with my students so they will grow a love for Christ and learn to seek Him on their own. But I find myself questioning if it is really the best use of our time together.

What do you think?

Pro-NUN-ciation

My friend was telling me about what happened to her at a recent parent/teacher conference. The teacher was calling the students’ name: Le-a (She pronounced it “Leah”, just like it looks like it should sound…)

But after the mom got up in the teacher’s face, my friend quickly realized that it was NOT the correct pronunciation of her child’s name…

Le-a is pronounced LeDASHa… as in, the dash is NOT silent!

Wow…

SWERVE

I’m on SWERVE today.

Go and leave me some comment love!

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