When life gets crazy or exciting or overwhelming or things change, I write. It’s always been this way for me. And so as an extension of this, I am going to have a weekly, “here’s a little bit of life”, post. From working in college ministry to life as a part time nanny. Date nights and soccer games on the weekends. Reading and drinking coffee and squeezing in a run. Just taking a moment to look back at what the week has brought me before plunging into that all so wonderful weekend!
Happy new year everyone! I spent this week on a work trip with the college ministry to Atlanta to attend the Passion Conference at the Georgia Dome. With three days worth of conference, I had a few ups and downs, but overall, it brought some time of reflection and a bit of clarity, and that’s always a good thing!
While I am still thinking through my resolutions, and what goals I would like to set for the coming year, I have thought of some words that I would like to sum up the year.
See – to actively look and see what is around me. To be aware and open to the events around me. Kind of an extension of being present. I don’t just want to be there, I want to take it all in.
Rest – learning balance is a never ending challenge. Between three part time jobs and a few side gigs, I am not good at saying no to things and yes to sitting and being and not running and tackling.
Hope – this was a big word in my life a few years back, and I think it can/should be one again. this has to do with looking forward, but not just at the events to come, rather at the one thing I ambling for. I want to keep my eyes on that and be anxiously looking and ready. This was affected a lot by this session with Francis Chan this last week.
Joy – I haven’t actually thought on this much, because it seems typical to me. And I keep pushing it out of my mind, but as I type this I believe this needs to be included in the list.
I had never been to a Passion conference before this week. I had heard that it was awesome and massive and high energy and loud and exciting and life-changing. While it was many of these things, it wasn’t what I expected. The conference just about filled the Georgia Dome. There were amazing speakers, my personal favorite where Francis Chan and John Piper. They are such passionate about what they are called to do and it shows in every word. Community groups was my particular favorite! I loved sitting with 7 other people who are doing ministry and being able to talk freely and openly about the hard parts and lift each other up in prayer and encouragement. Bonus: Carrie Underwood showed up and sang for like 3 minutes.
“The greatness of God’s majesty is magnified, not in hollow efforts, but His majesty is truly exalted when you are satisfied in Him more than anything.” -John Piper (from this session at Passion)
This weekend I am celebrating my roommates birthday with dinner and drinks, spending time with Zoe after missing her all week, and getting my house/life back together as I prepare to tackle this first week in the the office for the new year.