Archive for February, 2009

Brick Town Girl

In response to all your comments, I’m going to tell you the story connected to the #1 thing to know as a woman pastor.

1. Don’t kiss random strangers in Brick Town… it could come back to haunt you!

And it did. But please hear me out before you pass judgment…

It was my little sister’s bachelorette party, and we decided to spend it in Brick Town. As the maid of honor it was my job to plan the party, so I decided to make it fun and give every girl an objective they had to accomplish before the night was over—little things to get them loosened up and out of their shells so we would have a night to remember. These objectives ranged from anything like, getting a guy to kiss the bride-to-be on the cheek, or having someone sign his name on a sister’s arm. Harmless, really… until…

Until they all decided to create an objective for me! “You have to kiss a guy—on the lips!” As a single girl, I though it was daring, so I agreed. We walked up and down the streets of brick town trying to find the lucky guy. My sister’s kept picking men that were less than attractive, until one, in particular, stood out.

I looked him over and agreed. So they approached him and told him our idea. He looked me over and agreed and then we kissed. An innocent, little peck on thin lips that lasted less than three seconds. My sisters cackled and whooped in the background, and when I re-joined the group they decided to add one more adjective to my plate: You have to get his number!

So, not wanting to spoil the fun, (plus, thinking the guy was pretty good looking) I agreed and went back to where he and his friend were waiting in line for a movie ticket.

“I have to get your number as the last thing of my objective,” I said rather innocently.

Thin Lips turned around and in that moment my stomach dropped. “I know you,” he said. “You’re a youth pastor at Northwest campus.”

My eyes doubled in size and all I could do was laugh. Since then I’ve seen Thin Lips at church a few times. We laugh and exchange knowing smiles at the silliness of it all.

So, just remember, don’t kiss random strangers in brick town. You never know who you could be kissing.

Have you ever had something like that happen?  

Top 10 Things to Know as a Woman Pastor

top-ten-gold.jpg 10. Don’t forget an extra bra if you are going into the baptism pool! 

9. Never say “Period” “Tampon” or “Menstrual Cycle” in the office.  

8. Always have someone else with you when you pray with the opposite sex!

7. Keep a bottle of Aleve or IB-prophen in your desk.  

6. When you make a call and a woman answers and you ask for her husband, be sure to say you’re from the church!

5. If you’re on the first day of your period, it’s probably better just to stay home. 

4. Whatever you do, try NOT to cry when discussing things with your boss or fellow co-workers.

3. If you’re single, men may find you intimidating. If you’re married, or in a serious relationship, he must be a strong guy!

2. Don’t take things personally. They never are!

And the # 1 thing to know if you’re a woman pastor…

1. Don’t kiss random strangers in Brick Town… it could come back to haunt you!  

Wednesday Attacks, Thursday Recover

Every Wednesday morning, I’m tempted to stay in bed a little longer than necessary. I don’t know why, or how to explain it, other than a spiritual attack. Wednesdays are probably the most draining days of my weeks, (and I know it’s the same for my adult leaders.) There’s just something we’re doing here at SWITCH that the enemy doesn’t want us doing…

I talked to a couple other leaders last night about this situation, and they too had similar feelings. One leader said she even had a hard time finding the church to make it to SWITCH last night! (and she’s been coming to this church for well over 6 months now!)

Others tell me that sometimes they just have bad days on Wednesdays. Things at work don’t go well, or they are extra irritable. All of it is a ploy of the enemy trying to get us off track for what we’re really supposed to be doing.

If you’re a leader, THANK YOU for your sacrificial service to these students. Thank you for pushing through the enemy attacks, and ministering out of a heart of brokenness.

If you are not a leader, please pray for us! God is doing such amazing things with our group of students and leaders that we kick the enemy in the booty! Take that!

Do you agree? Share your thoughts on attacks.

Insecurity Quick Shop

Sometimes people drive me crazy! Okay, it’s not really the people who drive me crazy, but the insecurity that binds them, that really gets my blood boiling.

  • Insecurity is bondage to lies and caring what people think
  • People don’t think about you like you think they think about you! (Can we all just PLEASE get this!!!??)
  • Truth is the key that will set us free!
  • Be yourself and stop worrying what others think!!
  • God loves you, and that is the TRUTH.

Now walk in it!

Sorry, I just had to get that off my chest!

What about you? Do you find yourself struggling with insecurity, lies, caring what people think?

Smart Vs. Bold

I read in a book recently that, “Often in the real world its not the smart that get ahead, it’s the bold.” Which I’ve seen to be so true as I continue to get older.

“We all have tremendous potential, and we all are blessed with gifts. Yet, the one thing that holds all of us back is some degree of self-doubt.”

“…excessive fear and self-doubt {are} the greatest detractors of personal genius.”

Most people “know the answers, yet lack the courage to act on the answer.”

That’s why… “Often in the real world its not the smart that get ahead, it’s the bold.”

What about you? Could you use a little more boldness? Is God calling you to do something and you’re held back by fear?Would you rather be smart or bold? 

–Quotes taken from “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”—Robert T. Kiyosaki

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