Game time? Check. Worship time with awesome dance moves? Check. Hillsong Young & Free blasting throughout the room? Check. Welcome to Children's Church!!
I've only been serving in children's church for a little over 3 months now, but I am having a blast each and every Sunday morning! I knew I wanted to serve in church, but I wasn't exactly sure in what aspect. Maybe prayer team? How about as a Greeter? Could I handle parking crew?
After taking my spiritual skills assessment during Growth Track, I ended up scoring higher in the areas geared towards serving with children & students. I probably should've guessed that would be the best area for me since I've worked with kids before in the past as a summer camp counselor and volunteered with small children throughout college. After taking some time to check it out and have a sit down with the coordinator, I knew it was the perfect place for me!
During children's church each week I get to confess greatness over them and pour life into them! It's so awesome seeing them each week growing in their faith and truly worshipping Jesus through games, small groups and worship time! It's crazy beautiful to see kids from Kindergarten to fifth grade lift their hands and voices in praise - not worried about who's around them or who's watching. They are so in the moment that it doesn't even dawn on them. Oh, how to have faith and worship like a child!!
Playing games like "Slapwich" and checkers, along with building light sabers with legos and using sparkle crayons on the color sheets is tons of fun, but there's something much more important than those color sheets or Uno cards.
My absolute favorite thing about serving in children's church is when I have to chance to pray for and over them during Encounter each First Wednesday service. Kids' face trials just like adults do, so it's an honor to pray for peace in their homes, new friendships at school, and even improved health for their pets! They bring everything they have to me and the rest of the team without a second thought. They're so open about it and having the chance to whole-heartedly pray to The Lord about their requests. So beautiful!
Of course craft time on Wednesdays and jumping around during worship time is just as much fun, but nothing compares to the opportunity I have as a servant of The Lord to work with these children each week! Such an honor!
Yes, the photo above is of a Chipotle burrito. This my dear friends is the first Chipotle burrito I've had in months. And to be honest, it's all because of the good Man upstairs. As most of you know, I've been in a dry season for some time now, but this week was by far the best week I've had in a very long time!
I started the week with an awesome church service. You can watch it here. Monday morning I got an email in regards to a new job opportunity and Tuesday afternoon all my accounts balanced out, allowing me to grab my chicken burrito with exact change! Come Wednesday,I finalized some major details for a few new projects I'm working on, Thursday afternoon I had an awesome job interview, and today a new blog I created with a good friend of mine went live!
All in all, this week really showed me that The Lord works everything together for good. (Romans 8:28). I've listened to a few podcasts this week that really resonated with me and struggling. Sometime God will bring you pain, hardships, and struggle just to bring you closer to Him. He doesn't hurt us because He's mean. He doesn't hurt us because He gets a kick out of it. Like the quote says, "You never know God is all you need, until God is all you have".
Struggle is real, there's no doubt about that. How we choose to handle the struggle is how we get through it! Instead of sulking about and magnifying the problem, why not give it to God? Take all your troubles and trials, lay them at the feet of The Lord, and watch Him handle it.
So, with all of that said, I hope and pray you all will have an amazing week like I recently had very soon! Remember, to always #celebratethesmallwins!
Happy Saturday, loves! I hope you all are enjoying an amazing spring weekend. I know I owe you all six more weeks worth of the Hosea small group review and I plan on having that up over these next few weeks. Although my small group met for the last time last week, luckily I've found some new books to fill the void!
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Week 1 of Jennifer Rothschild's Hosea: Unchanging Love Changes Everything was a great introduction to the book of Hosea. I'd never read Hosea before and had hardly even known the name other than seeing it when flipping through my Bible.
After reading the book of Hosea earlier in the week, I was sooooo confused. At one moment, God was telling Hosea to marry a promiscuous woman in Gomer (Hosea 1:2), then He was suuuuuuper upset with His chosen people(Hosea 5:2). But throughout the story, God shows some serious love and compassion for them, even after all their lewd acts and blatant disrespect (Hosea 2:14-15).
Hosea, initially, is a hard pill to swallow. When I was reading through, it kind of hit me how much the people of Israel are just like us nowadays. We're out here roaming and wandering around life when the one thing that can forever hold our attention and settle us is right in front of us...but we continuously choose to look past it. We will literally find practically everything else in this world to comfort us, to believe in, to shield & protect us, to encourage us, etc.
Just during week 1 of this study, I'm beginning to see all my flaws + some more. We're all guilty of looking past God's grace and goodness, hoping something more tangible and earthly will satisfy. It's slightly understandable because we're mortal beings-- that is, we can not comprehend something as palatial, unwavering, unconditional and constant as God's love for us. Even in the first few chapters you see that God can't contain His love for His Chosen People. One moment, He is literally telling Hosea to name his daughter "No Mercy" because He will have no mercy on the house of Israel (Hosea 1:6). But come chapter 2 verses 14 & 15, God is talking about how He plans to return His peole back to Him! How wild is that!?
Without giving too much away from the study, Jennifer gave some great context into who exactly the book of Hosea is about. No, it's not about Hosea and his prostitute of a wife, Gomer. Nor is it about His chosen people who have lost their way. It's about God and his unfailing, unconditional love for us. It's kind of hard to see that fully when you're reading it, but it's in there.
I'm headed to small group today to press in deeper in The Lord's word and learn more about His unfailing love for me. Stop by next Friday for a week 2 recap!
Happy Friday! Decided to do something new with the blog for the next few months and include you all in on what's happening in my small group at church. I'm a member of a church with soon-to-be 14 campuses, so you can only imagine how large it is and how many people I see each week during service and while serving! Hence, the idea for small groups. Small groups take a common topic, interest, sport, book, etc. and pretty much invites people to come join in. It's a safe place where everyone can give prayer requests and praise reports. Small groups are ultimately an environment for us to grow in ourselves, with others, and closer to Jesus.
This semester I decided to join a small group focusing on the book of Hosea. I hadn't even read Hosea until earlier this week [it blew my mind!] and tonight I'll be joining with a few more ladies to dive deeper into this book as well as working through our study book, written by Jennifer Rothschild. Over the next 7 or so weeks, I'll be sharing with you all what we learned and how it affects us and leads us closer to our Heavenly Father. I hope you all decide to stick around each week to check it out!
// John 6:63-69 //
This is what my journaling Bible looks like. It's not covered in oil pastels, water colors, scrapbooking letters or anything else overly crafty. Just pen, pencil and marker.
I can't really remember how I ended up at this scripture but I know it was during a recent fast. I'd never read this before but it stuck with me after reading it.
Quick rundown: So, after all of the other disciples had turned away from Jesus and went about their business twelve decided to stay. Jesus turns and looks at those 12 and says, "Do you want to go away as well?".
I honestly can't even imagine what it would be like to have the living Savior ask if I wanted to leave too. I' wouldn't even be able to move. AT. ALL. I can just seem myself, mouth wide open, staring in awe. Well, luckily the disciples weren't in awe like I would have been! Instead, [Simon] Peter turns to him and answers with something that just clicked when I read it. He said, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life and we have believed, and have come to know that you are the Holy One of God."
Can we just look at the first half of his answer? John 6:68 says, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." That right there is enough for me. Because let's think about it for a second-- besides the obviousness of salvation, there truly is no one else for us to go to and through to get to our Heavenly Father. So before we go running to everyone but Jesus, let's step back and really ask ourselves who we can rely on. There's no other first responder, national leader, humanitarian, or any other person who can get us to the Father other than Christ Jesus. He's the only one.
So let's not get so caught up in this world, relying on everyone else to protect us, cure us, or care for us. Let's be be like Peter and realize that there is only one to whom we can go to. Only one who has the words of eternal life. The Holy One of God.
I'm not sure how it happens, but I end up getting a "second wind" around 1:00 am every once in a while. I think it's because currently my Tuesdays-Thursdays are occupied for a few hours in the middle of the day? Or maybe it's the venti hot chocolate I had at Starbucks? And to think I had just started to get into the flow of my new "schedule".
I'm up at 1:00 in the morning because I kind of have something stirring in my soul that I felt the need to share. Do you ever get those feelings? Like in the movie Mean Girls when Lindsay Lohan's character, Cady, thinks she has word vomit but it's actually real vomit? Too much? Sorry. But I've got this stirring inside of me to talk to you all about The Lord. Not in a scary or creepy way. But more like a confetti push pop way. Like, I'm almost about to explode. And I think it's because I finally understand a little bit more about my walk with Christ. So here it goes.
We all go through different seasons in our lives. Plentiful seasons, calm seasons, dark seasons, dry seasons, etc. But these seasons that we go through ultimately help shape us. For example, I would initially have categorized my season as a dry season. I'm out of work, I have no love/social life, and I have absolutely no definitive idea as to what my next move in life will be. That's how I initially looked at it. But now, I look at it completely different. It's a growing season for me. The Lord has me in the right place at the right time for the right reason! He's given me the opportunity to grow more independent, self-sufficient (to an extent), more self aware and most importantly-- more aware of Him.
And each day, my heart and soul swell at the thought of knowing that He placed me in my growing season right now (although I do have those days where I say, "why am I still here?"). In my walk with Christ, I'm learning that it's all about making [the right ] choices and choosing to be obedient in His word. Instead of falling into the whiny baby pit, asking why I'm not off in a big city living it up, I have to remind myself that the Lord has plans for me.... to prosper! (Jeremiah 29:11). I have to remind myself that I am a daughter of The Most High (John 1:12)! At times it can definitely be a struggle, but I'm learning that it takes time, prayer, and understanding to make the right choice. It takes true grit and self-discipline to be obedient. But to know that because I choose to love and serve my Savior in obedience, I know that in His perfect timing I will be right where He's planned for me to be.
So continue to work through your seasons my loves! You'll move into your next one before you know it!
Hello, I'm Margo.
25 year old laid-back lady currently pursuing my MBA in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Just using my blog to share my growing faith, evolving style, favorite recipes, and exciting travels with you!
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