1. Category Archive: Marriage

    a decade of adventure together

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    Ten years. It’s crazy how time flies by, and at the same time scoots by like an inch worm.  Ten years married to Levi Aaron Lusko has flown, but it also feels like I’ve already spent a whole lifetime with him.

    This adventure that God has brought us along is more than I could have ever even asked for or imagined.  Isn’t that just how God works?  In ways that exceed our wildest dreams?

    Since high school, I had always wanted to marry a pastor and I had always wanted to be a missionary. And I am in awe  at how God brought me to the man that He did, a man with such intense passion and love and with the gift of evangelism and preaching and teaching the Word of God.  We are missionaries in Montana, and we are risking the ocean and giving this life all we’ve got until we die or until Jesus comes back for us!

    While dreams have come true over and over again, even in our worst nightmare God has held us, and brought us closer in a depth we’d never know had we not walked through these waters (as much as I wish we could know this depth of intimacy without the pain).  I’m so thankful to God that we have Jesus as the center of our relationship, because abiding in Jesus is the only place to be, and without Him we can do nothing.

    It’s an incredible honor and joy to get to be by Levi’s side – to serve God together, to raise these beauty girls together, to walk in grief for the rest of our days together, to laugh and to be weird together, to reach people stranded in sin find life and liberty in Christ…together.

    I respect you greatly and love you deeply Levi Aaron Lusko.  You are my hero, my best friend, and the things God has shown me and taught me through you amaze me all the time. Thank you for patiently loving me, and thank you for leading me, and thank you for always always making me laugh.

    Let’s keep doing this, in His strength, by His grace….together.  It’s so much better together.

    “I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever.  Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it.  God does it that men should fear before Him.”  Ecclesiastes 3:14

    (our verse on our wedding invitation)



  2. Category Archive: Marriage

    “the family is a microphone” #isthisthingon


    “The four walls of the home form a speaker that broadcasts the contents of your heart to a waiting and watching world.”

    I love this weekend’s message with all my heart.

    If you missed it, you should catch up right now if you can. Listen here.

    There was so much truth and so many things that God was speaking to me through my husband, and I’m just so thankful that I get to listen three times and let the message sink in and simmer.

    “Marriage is two best friends helping each other become more like Jesus.”

    This statement has been ringing in my ears in such a good way. It’s a simple statement, one that you would think a married person should know, but to remember this truth every day is a huge game changer. To “out-serve each other” to “give more grace” and to remember that “marriage is meant to send the message of the gospel” are some of the simple yet profound truths that my husband preached, that are resounding in my heart.

    And I loved so much the point my husband made that no matter what stage we are at in life, the power in the home comes through being planted in the house of God. We will flourish and grow and thrive abundantly when we are planted in the house.

    I pray that you grow deeper in Christ this week as you use the microphone God has given you for His glory!

    Some phone shots from this amazing weekend at fresh life:

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    [that’s my adorable sister singing, by the way. follow her on twitter – @chelsinator1 – (she’s funny and encouraging)]

  3. Category Archive: Marriage

    the best kind of cheerleader


    I always wanted to be a cheerleader, but for some reason my high school didn’t have a cheerleading team.  I had friends who were cheerleaders at their schools, so when they showed up at youth group in their cute gear, I always thought to myself how I wished I could do that!

    I’ve been studying Proverbs 31 in my 31st year of life, and as I have studied verse 12, the Amplified version really stood out to me:

    “She comforts, encourages, and does him only good as long as there is life within her.”

    As I  studied these words, some synonyms for encourage were: applaud, boost, brighten, cheer, energize, inspire, rally, strengthen, and I immediately thought about my silly cheerleading envy in high school. I thought, “I AM getting to cheerlead! Just in a different way than I thought as a sixteen year old!”

    I’m still very much a newbie at marriage, let alone a marriage in ministry, but as I’ve had the privilege of being married to such a strong, passionate, visionary pastor for 9 years, I’ve learned that being his wife is really like being a cheerleader (cute outfit with exuberant attitude and pom poms may apply on some days).

    So I began thinking about what my job was as a cheerleading wife. To deeply love my husband and to want to see all that God has put in his heart come out in the way God intended. To cheer him on with all my heart.  To inspire him with courage and spirit and confidence, and to rally all who are in our home to be a part of the excitement and wonder of how God is using him. To brighten my home with this team spirit. To be his biggest fan.

    What an honor to be a cheerleading wife!

    I’m not saying that I’ve got this down, or that I’m perfect at this calling of cheerleading, BUT thankfully, in all my failures and mistakes and mess-ups, I have a God who fights for me, who strengthens my arms for battle, who gives me all I need to live this life. I have a Savior who lived, and died, and rose again, and who is coming back soon, and we, in Christ, have cheerleaders cheering for us, all the people who have died in Christ before us, along with my Lenya Lion.

    Although I never got to be the cute girl jumping and dancing around with the white shoes and green and gold pom poms screaming for my high school team, the Pirates, I DO get to be the best kind of cheerleader within my home, in my church. Cheering for Fresh Life, Skull Church, the O2 Experience?! The best. There’s no other place I’d rather be than right by his side.