This weekend, we spent time discussing purity with our teens. We talked about how to honor God in our relationships, our words, and in every aspect of our lives. Purity is:
1. A relationship with Jesus.
2. Focusing on Jesus by filling our mind with Him.
3. Asking for accountability.
Purity is more than sex inside the covenant of marriage. Purity is allowing Jesus to live and speak through us. While of course this was great for teens to hear, I appreciated the reminder as well. It is so easy for me to focus on rules and lose sight of my main, and only needed focus, Jesus.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Philippians 4:8 ESV
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33 ESV
“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Matthew 22:37-39 ESV
All literally means ALL. This weekend we had a DNow event with our teens and discussed what it means to give God ALL.
ALL of our time. money. relationships. future plans. conversations. priorities. attention. ALL of ourselves.
God gave ALL to us when He sent His only son Jesus to pay our debt of sin.
After accepting this free gift, we surreder ALL to Him, and our lives being to reflect his glory and not our own.
ALL of our lives means that where we live, work, and play, God is the center. He is our motivation. He is our focus.
What areas are you still clinging to? What do you need to surrender? How can your life, every single aspect of it, be Christ to the people you interact with each day?
Friday we said goodbye to the van that has helped provide for us for three years. When Justin first moved here, he needed a job alongside ministry, and to provide for a future wife, that needed to be a full-time job. ASI soon became the answer to our prayers. For three years, this van has greeted me home and been a reminder of God’s provision, but tomorrow, it’s absence will serve as a reminder of a new provision.
Justin officially starts as the youth pastor at Journey Church this week! We have been waiting for God to open a door in ministry where Justin wouldn’t need to work a full-time job but could find something part-time and be able to focus most of his time and attention to ministry with teens. He has substitute training Tuesday and will soon be able to get into middle and high schools the days he’s not in the church office. So now, whether he’s working at church or in the community, it’s always with or for teens.
God has yet again provided for us to do the ministry he has called us to. October is going to be a great month!
A little over a year ago, Justin and I began searching for what God had in store for us next in ministry. Last summer, we were obedient and stepped down from a staff position, but had not been shown our next step. We still felt called to Charleston, so we got involved with a church that aligned with our heart for the city, Journey Church.
We started helping with the children’s ministry, volunteered with teens, and waited expectantly for God to open a door either at Journey or another church. This past Spring, the former youth pasor felt called to a sister church of Journey’s, and Justin stepped in as the interim. He applied for the postion, but we weren’t sure if this was what God wanted. We knew that we had been led to Journey for a reason, but also knew that if it had only been to lead during the interim period, that God would provide a position elsewhere. God did a lot of work in our hearts during this season of waiting.
One year and two months later, we are excited to announce that Justin has been offered and has accepted the youth pastor position at Journey Church! This is especially exiciting because in Justin’s seven years of ministry, this is the first time that he will not need to work a full-time job alongside church work! We have prayed for this opportunity for three years, and God has chosen to provide!
This was a very special God Moment to add to our Ebenezer Jar! For months, I have walked by an empty stone, prayed for God’s will, and anxiously awaited when we could write Justin’s next position and thank God for provision and direction. During this season of waiting, we have learned to trust in God’s plan and timing, how to pray ferevently as a couple, and to be obedient servants in the “in-between” times. I am thrilled to see what God does through us at Journey, but I will also be thankful for this past year of teaching and growing.
This weekend, we had boy/girl nights with the teens. Justin went camping with the guys, and fifteen of us girls packed into our house with mounds of junkfood and make-up. Five princess movies later, I felt even closer to the girls God has placed at Journey. I truly love investing in and getting to know these ladies!