December 17, 2008
most people got giftcards or something cool like that...
i got this.... you can't tell but its embossed with gold glitter and carved out of one solid piece of wood.
You might be asking yourself,
"What does one do with such a treasure?!"
Well i'm glad you asked....
December 16, 2008
doug: ray is bringing the deer by tomorrow for the christmas party
me: i'm sorry...the what??
doug: the deer...for dinner on friday.
me: I'M SORRY....we are serving deer to our students?
me: do we tell them?
doug: cause its free, one of our volunteers is a hunter.
only in georgia....
December 08, 2008
November 24, 2008
November 19, 2008
November 14, 2008
and made me laugh pretty consistently for the last hour and a half on the phone.
The best friendships are the ones that distance can't get in the way of :)
2 seconds on the phone and its right back to normal.
i sure miss hanging out...but our phone conversations are just about as equally entertaining .
love you friend.
November 11, 2008
November 10, 2008
I'm noticing this even in my friendships. My real friends, the ones that really love me and really support me and really want to be a part of my life WILL BE...no matter where i live or what's gone on between us. And that's been terribly obvious these last 2 months. Real love endures...it doesn't wear out.
November 04, 2008
I've got week 2 in our family series on What Kind of Family Do I want?
Such a sweet topic.
Together we make a great team.
Don't settle for anything less than that.
October 29, 2008
There's no one in the world i'd rather have take over my small group than Cathy Fields.
I totally miss them...but it makes it easier knowing they are being poured into by someone I think is AMAZING.
October 27, 2008
Part of week 1 is looking at love languages...which I find to be unbelievably helpful in learning to love people really well.
If you know me at all...i'm sure you'll agree!
October 26, 2008
October 16, 2008
He gave a talk on moral authority that was unbelievable.
He was just talking about how when we as leaders say things that don't match up with the way we live our lives we lose moral authority and we lose our influence because people don't respect us nor do they want to follow us.
The three areas where moral authority is commonly lost were
the one that got me the most was forgiveness.
Our message is a message of forgiveness and if we are holding on to bitterness and anger in our lives...how can we expect to stand up and give an authentic talk on forgiveness. What we are saying wont match up with how we are living.
He challenged us to make changes in the area where we had lost moral authority.
If it was family...he asked people to go check out of their hotels and go home early.
if it was finances he asked people to write a big check...that it takes a generous person to lead generous people.
if it was forgiveness he asked us to go make it right.
so i did.
I had an area in my life where i needed to ask for some forgiveness and extend some...
so it was great.
i really do want to be a person of integrity and character.
i really do want what i say in front of students to be true in my life.
i really do want to be real and authentic....good or bad...i want to be me.
October 14, 2008
You would have thought with all the economy crap going on he would have talked money....but nope.
It was all about how he manages his staff and how important unity is.
1) Poor Communication (the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing)
2) Gossip (a negative is discussed with anyone who can't help solve the problem)
3) unresolved disagreements (when the leader avoids the conflicts taking place within the team)
4) Lack of shared purpose (when the leader doesn't restate the goal or vision)
5) Sanction incompetence (it demoralizes the team when someone on the team gets away with something and a leader won't take action)
He was incredible. My favorite part was when he was talking about gossip. He has a zero tolerance policy on gossip and will fire someone on the spot for it. He said it's enforced so strongly that people are scared to even be in the room where someone else is gossiping.
October 13, 2008
The voice of a junior in high school....amazingly talented
And probably the most humble student I've ever met.
It's so fun meeting new students.
i LOVE my job.
i LOVE these students here.
October 12, 2008
October 06, 2008
Our student ministries worship leader is ridiculous.
His name is Zach (funny i know) and he's so so good and he writes a ton of his own stuff....
this weekend we sang one of his songs called Where You Are....
Lord you are my light
My true salvation
The stronghold of my
Of whom shall I be afraid?
Though pressed upon attacked
My heart will know no fear
It’s not worth turning back
When all I
need is right here
Lord I come to ask that I might dwell here
In your house oh God with your presence near
Lord I come to gaze on the beauty
of your name
It was so so good.
One of our students sang it and she for sure has the most beautiful voice i've ever heard.
She and I hung out for a bit between service and our student leadership meeting....
its feels good to start connecting with students again.
October 04, 2008
October 02, 2008
It was a combined high school and junior high event for small groups and it was AWESOME.
The premise was in order to be the light you first have to know the light...
and then to take a stand in your schools...in your homes....in this ministry.
So we had a short message and then had the high school students stand up first...they lit their candles and then formed a circle around the room and we talked directly to them and challenged them to be leaders.
Then we had the jr high students stand and look at the high school students and we talked directly to them and encouraged them to see the high school students as leaders, as examples.
After that we had the junior high students go up to a high school student and light their candle.
It was really, really cool.
We also had stations set up around the room for journaling, communion, prayer, and some specific scriptures to meditate on.
it was a really cool night.