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I love Jesus Christ and devote my life to following Him. I'm madly in love with my husband jon. I'm the mother of the most perfect babies in the world. I'm a Senior Sales Associate at my beloved Anthropologie. I'm a reader, thinker, lover, believer and traveler. I'd trade in the chicago skyline for the pacific coast any day. i love a good vino. i love my books. i'm creative as creativity goes but always wanted to be a painter. i prefer letter writing over emailing. And I always try to be a kinder person.

Monday, May 23, 2011

BLESSED to serve my God...

I serve as a Small Group Leader for Harvest Bible Chapel's high school ministry. It is one of the greatest blessings in my life...watching my group of girls learn what it means to love God and live for Christ...there is absolutely nothing like it.

As most adults know, high school students can be challenging. But I think what most don't know, is that they can also be revolutionary. I've had the honor of leading some amazing girls for the last two years...and I'm even more excited about the next two years. Many of the groups in our ministry have consistency in their student attendance. Our group...not so much. In the beginning, this was insanely discouraging to me. Was it something I was doing? Was I not a good leader? Did the girls hate me? How did I get put with the most challenging group? I was incredibly discouraged by it...considered quitting...not leading these girls since, compared to the other groups, mine paled in comparison (as far as attendance was concerned).

What I've learned this year is something pretty unbelievable. Its not about me. And out of my inconsistent group of beautiful, intelligent, AMAZING girls...if just one graduates as a God fearing, Jesus following, Lover of the leadership was worth it all. At the completion of this year, I'm seeing this EXACT thing come to fruition. I feel like a proud mom...watching these hearts become more dedicated...more refined...more mature. To say its a blessing is an understatement.

So though, from the outside, my small group may look tiny on some weeks...what's happening in our tiny conversations is anything but. And the work that the Lord is doing in some of those hearts would AMAZE you! I feel honored to be a leader in this ministry. You've never seen a high school group like this...these kids are unbelievable...the preaching unparalleled...the worship is mind blowing. I feel undeserving of it...but so HONORED to be a part of it.

This year may have committed me to HSM for a lifetime. Praying that this summer and next year be even more fruitful.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

My Opinions on May 21st, 2011

‎"But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." Matthew 24:36-44

Something my pastor always says is that the bible wasn't written to confuse us. It wasn't written so that we'd have to spend years figuring out the hidden messages and equations. God wrote a book so that we'd know what he wants us to know. If God wanted us to know that Jesus would be returning on May 21, would have been written. THAT is belief...THAT is faith.

I'm not claiming that Saturday won't be the day. It very well may be. But for any human to claim to claim to have figured out the magic rapture equation with all the numbers in the bible...I feel like its playing God for a fool. Or maybe just playing God.

I have genuine concern for the many who believe this. Who have made these claims...shared these claims. I worry that there will be mass suicides or something foolish to mask their humility. I worry about the millions of people in the world who will look at these radicals and call this Jesus Christ. Call this Christianity. Call this belief in the true Savior. I suppose all we can do it pray that this be used for God's true glory.

If you want to know what the bible says...if you want to know about rapture...if you want to know about the second coming of Christ...if you want to know about God...find a bible and read it. Don't let radicals make you believe that they have figured something out beyond what the bible wants us to know.

Peace and Blessings to you my faithful readers :)