Christmas 2009…Success!

This Christmas seemed to fly by! It seemed like Adam and I had our schedule jammed packed with shopping, cooking, wrapping, spending time with friends & family, volunteering, etc. It’s always fun though because we get to do all this stuff we never do during the year!

It all started a couple of days before Christmas when my Dad’s kids all got together to spend time with each other at my Dad’s house. I always love doing that because I don’t really get to see my brothers and sisters often. Christmas Eve was our church’s Christmas Eve service which was amazing! Adam and I were able to volunteer that night and see hundreds of life changes. That night we went over to his parent’s house and had Christmas with them. They got Adam and I a very useful, sweet Christmas gift…go here to see it. Christmas day, we woke up and I cooked Adam breakfast with my new waffle maker that his parents gave us. We had breakfast together and then got ready for the day’s festivities! We headed off to my mom’s side of the family in Rock Hill and then went back to my Mom’s house to have Christmas with her. After we left there, we went down to my Dad’s side of the family and had Christmas there. It was definitely a packed day, but I loved being able to see all my family that I never really get to see otherwise.

This Christmas was also our last Christmas as just a married couple. Next Christmas it will be me, Adam and Leah! I can’t wait! She’ll be 10 months old and probably crawling around and able to tear open some presents! I’m so excited for that! Anyway…this Christmas was great and I was so blessed to be able to spend it with the best husband in the world and the best families anyone could ever ask for! Hope everyone else had a very Merry Christmas!

Exciting things to come!

Tomorrow Adam and I are getting something special done. Our last ultrasound of Leah was at about 18 weeks when we found out she was a girl. I have been wanting to get another ultrasound just to see her again and to re-assure myself that she is my little princess. I was told that we wouldn’t get another ultrasound unless it was necessary. Some of our close friends in our small group recommended some places to get a 3D ultrasound done. I checked them out and they had some great specials going on (maybe because of Christmas), but we are getting one tomorrow! It’s our Christmas present to each other this year and we are both so excited! You get to invite up to 10 family members to come and sit in a theater style room and see the ultrasound on a 100 inch screen. So, Adam’s parents, his brother, my mom and dad, and my sister are all coming to see Leah. I couldn’t be more excited because if you’ve ever seen the before and after pictures of these ultrasounds, it’s pretty amazing how close they look like their ultrasound picture when they are born! Technology is amazing! I will be sure to post some pictures after we get them!

On another note, I said in my previous post that if I did any Christmas shopping I would update you…well…we did! Saturday we got some of our shopping done, but not all of it. We braved the mall and pushed through our way of the crowded aisles. Adam and I told each other that when we go back, we will definitely be going in the morning.

Today was an exciting day at our church because it was the commitment day for our one year pledge for the building we are building in Blakeney. The leaders of the church gave a couple of weeks ago and the outcome was simply God. 400 leaders gave $1.5 which was the amount we had to have by the end of the year to close on the land. I am so proud to be apart of such a huge move of God and I could not think of something better to give to than a church who is investing in the city of Charlotte and more importantly in the lives of millions of people around the globe. Today we had the privilege of giving away $250,000 to the different outreach ministries we partner with around Charlotte. I’m still in awe of the generosity and faith of our church and Adam and I feel truly blessed to be apart of just a portion of it.

I hope everyone has a great Sunday night…I’m scared to ask this question…Vikings or Panthers?

Grumbling and Complaining

This morning, Adam and I did a devotion together and it was on grumbling and complaining. It really hit me hard because now that I think about it, (if I’m being honest) I grumble and complain quite often. It could be over big stuff or the smallest thing…but I do it. I think it’s our natural reaction when things don’t go our way. We are such a self-centered society, wanting anything and everything we can get our hands on. Whether it’s a certain job, guy, more money, etc…we just want things to go our way and if they don’t we hang our heads and complain and whine about it.

As Christians we need to remember that in order for God’s will to happen for our lives we have to do things His way…not ours (that was from our pastor. It’s so true though…how far do you think you’ll get in life if your way doesn’t happen and you just mope around about it? You are in your position (whatever you do) for a reason and even though you know in your heart it’s not where you’re going to be forever, you have to be patient and realize God has you there for a specific purpose…it could just be a small stepping stone to something bigger and better He has for your life in the future! God works for the good of those who love him…He’s on your side! Stay faithful to Him through the little things (don’t grumble or complain) and you will slowly start to see what exactly He has planned for your life.

“Do everything without complaining or arguing.” ~Philippians 2:14

Powerful Sunday

Yesterday, our

Back to School…

This past Wednesday, Adam and I started back to school. I have to admit, it was pretty hard to get back into the swing of things (and I’m still trying to adjust), but I think this year is going to be a great year! Last year was the first year the Elementary students had Spanish, so this year I feel like they’re starting off with more of a foundation…which makes it a little easier (and more fun) for me and for them! I am also teaching TK and K this year which is new, but they are so cute…I can’t wait!

One day this past week I talked with my 6th graders how Spanish and the Great Commission are related. It was really neat because I could see their minds turning and really making the connection between the two. I told them that I looked up the word “commission” and found that it means things like, to give an order to, or someone granted authority to do a particular action.

The “Great” Commission (or great order) says that we (as Christians) should go and make disciples of all nations. God, who is over all authority gives us the power to be witnesses here on earth until He comes back. Today, we went to Adam’s parent’s church and we got to go to their Sunday School class. Adam’s Dad taught their class today and he talked about this very thing. I thought it was really neat because it was pretty much the same thing I talked about with my class on Friday. He taught in Acts 2:1-14 and specifically in verse 8, it tells us that we are given the power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us to become witnesses not only to the world around us, but even to the people as close as our next door neighbors.

We all “know” we should be witnesses to the people around us, but how many of us are actually bold enough to act upon the “order” that we are given from God, himself? I know that I have been guilty many times, but all it takes is one sentence to hopefully change someone’s destiny. I was looking over my service notes one Sunday where our

Powerful Stuff

Well, if you read my last post, you could probably tell that I am very proud of my church and my Pastor! This past Sunday was incredible and was a home run for what Pastor Steven wanted to happen! If you haven’t heard, or don’t know, Ted & Gayle Haggard came to Elevation and told their story of forgivness and grace. You can go here to listen to it. You will want to…you will be blessed!

Pastor Steven opened up the service by saying a few things before the Haggard’s came out. He was talking about grace and one of the things he said was that we are a church that’s full of grace. The Lord came and died for everyone, not just for a select few…and we ALL have fallen short of the glory of God. He also said that we were a church that stands for what we’re for…not what we’re against, and we are for God’s grace and forgivness! Man, that just fires me up…doesn’t it you?

I’m not going to go into detail about the interview (that’s why I gave you a link)…but I do want to say something about one of the things Ted Haggard said. Pastor Steven asked him a question concerning his sin and how low things really got. Mr. Haggard’s response was powerful! Of course he went on to say that things were the worst they’ve ever been, the lowest they’ve ever gotten. But then he said something that I’ve never thought about…

“As soon as sin becomes a secret, it has power.”

Wow. Something clicked with me and it all made sense. Once your sin becomes a secret, it has power over you. That’s why we’re called, as believers, “to confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).

Don’t keep your sins hidden…you have the power to overcome them…Jesus overcame them for you on the cross so that you may be victorious!! My heart fills with joy everytime I think about what He did! Why hide your sin and let it overtake you when Jesus has already paid that price for you? Confess your sins so that you may be healed! Believe in your heart that He loves you and died for you so that you may expierence the spiritual freedom that is offered. You are bound no more by your chains of darkness…all you have to do is believe and surrender your life to Him and you can expierence first hand what He has to offer you.

Whew…I didn’t mean to preach, but I get so excited when I think about that and I just want everyone else to expierence the joy that I have because of what He’s done for me. Thank you Jesus!!

Proud of my Pastor!

I can’t even begin to tell you the joy that I have in my heart for my church, and my pastor! I have never thought of Sunday as my favorite day of the week until 2 years ago when Adam and I started attending Elevation. Yes, that’s right…not a Friday or Saturday, but Sunday! Last Sunday we had the privilege of hearing Pastor Steven live at the Uptown campus. It was amazing…as always! Pastor also made an exciting announcement…Ted Haggard will be joining Pastor on Sunday for an interview. Now, before you go crazy…check out the website Elevation made in honor of this Sunday to answer any questions you may have. He also appeared on Fox News Rising Thursday morning with Mark Mathis to talk about it. I am definitely proud of my Pastor! Mark Mathis even said, “this cat can preach”! You can go here to see the interview.

On another note, this past week I had the privilege of leading about 20 students to Christ!! Most of them were rededications, but about 6 or 7 of them were first time decisions! I told my kids that Jesus comes before Spanish and anytime I have the opportunity to talk about Him…I will. It’s the greatest feeling in the world to have kids tell you they want to give their lives to Him! It reassures me that that’s the reason I’m here teaching in this school! Woo!

This was a kind of random post, but I’ll leave you with a quote I read that is pretty powerful…”The power that produces the blessing comes through brokenness and death, death by crucifixion.” ~Max Lucado

Happy Friday!