1. Category Archive: Weekend Notes

    “microphone confusion” #isthisthingon


    I loved this 5th installment of our microphone series so much! Catch the message here if you missed it, or if you want to listen again!

    The past four messages have been all about how we can use our microphone that God has put in our hands, and this weekend was all about how that very same microphone that God can use for His glory, can also be dangerous when not used in the right way.

    “You’re influential and loud even when you’re disobedient.”

    My husband brought up the example of Jonah which was so perfect. When we are disobedient to God, the microphone is still in our hands, and we can do so much damage to the gospel and to the process of showing people God’s love.

    “Pride will hit the mute button on your microphone.”

    My husband explained how “there’s nothing more detrimental to our destiny or more harmful to our calling than pride.” And it’s so true that we must continually humble ourselves and realize the extreme honor it is to serve God and to be doing what we’re doing whatever that might be. We have such a great Savior who has saved us, and now, anything we get to be a part of we should consider an honor and a privilege, always!

    It was an amazing worship experience all across Montana and here are some pics I snapped from the weekend:

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    the Billings team rocks and it’s always a joy to be there! We meet at a former Casino at the Rimrock Mall and our team has made it perfect in there.

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    And this shot is from our Missoula campus (photo credit: @elishaguido)

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    I love my church!

  2. Category Archive: Weekend Notes

    “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: Weekend Notes

    “purity is a microphone” – #isthisthingon


    This is seriously a life-changing message from God’s Word, so if you haven’t listened, just go ahead and do it right now. purity is a microphone.

    My husband rocked the mic like a vandal this weekend and brought such rich, deep truth from 1 Peter 2:11-12 as we continued in our microphone series. I loved that this was a mini O2 Experience for fresh life.

    “It’s not wrong to have a sex drive (that’s God given), but it is wrong to let sex drive.”

    The point that impacted me the most was #4:

    “Activity Flows From Identity. What we do comes from remembering who we are.”

    I love how he brought up that all we do, seeking to live a pure life flows from who we are: sojourners and pilgrims. This world is not our home, heaven is, and we should live that way.

    And my husband ended with the beautiful fact that God loves us. He loves us (perfectly and sacrificially) and that’s the power behind purity.

    “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8

  4. Category Archive: Weekend Notes

    “pain is a microphone” – #isthisthingon


    “The suffering that we face is not an obstacle to God, but an opportunity to be used by Him like never before.”

    This weekend’s message “pain is a microphone” hits this house deeply. My husband brought up the fact that we all suffer in some way or another. That’s just part of life. But in Christ, as we desire to live godly (2 Timothy 3:12) we will experience pain. And the very fact that God can somehow use the pain we experience for His glory, and to reach people with His love just blows me away.

    My husband mentioned that “we must not be selfish with our pain.” And this is incredibly difficult to do sometimes. Especially when you’re in it, like really really deeply in grief and pain. It’s hard to think outside of the limited view we have in that moment. And personally, in these dark times, my husband and I have clung so tightly to 2 Corinthians 4 and 5 and things I learned in our Breaking Camp series come to mind almost daily. It’s taking heart and not looking at myself, but seeing through the eyes of faith, what God might want to do through it.

    His third point, “pain can open doors that would otherwise remain locked,” rings true in our lives, as he explained one of the many examples of this with our Lenya lion.  As hard as it is to bring up the night she went to heaven, it’s amazing to me how God was weaving lives together so that He would be lifted up and so that people’s lives would be changed forever. I just can’t wait to be in heaven, see Him face to face, hug the Lenya like a crazy person, and learn more and more of what kinds of things God was doing in this particular pain.

    “You cannot be used greatly apart from pain.”

    Take a listen to this message here, you’ll be so glad you did.

  5. Category Archive: Weekend Notes

    this weekend at fresh life

    It was such an honor to have Pastor Greg Laurie preach at fresh life this weekend. We love him and his wife, Cathe, and their whole family so dearly, so it is always such a treat to host them and to have Pastor Greg speak into this house.

    It was amazing to see God moving in so many peoples’ lives this weekend as many made a stand to give their lives to Christ.  This message was so powerful and packed with so much truth. As I look over my notes, I’m overwhelmed (in a good  way) by all the things God was pointing out to me in my own heart. But I just wanted to bring up a few things that really stood out to me:

    Pastor Greg taught about Samson and his story , and he talked about how “small sins” can slowly over time turn into “big sins” and that “we’re right now establishing habit patterns that will impact the rest of our lives.”  So right now we might be tempted to compromise in a little way, but as we continue to make small little wrong decisions it will slowly take the course of our lives in a direction we don’t want to go.

    For me, a struggle of mine is my thoughts – thoughts of insecurity, of doubt, of fear – basically selfish thoughts, and I love how he specifically brought this up. He said:

    Just because a bad thought enters your mind, it doesn’t mean you have to entertain it and let it in for coffee.

    And he also mentioned:

    You can’t stop a bird from flying over your head, but you can stop it from building a nest in your hair.

    It’s so true, sometimes there are thoughts that come in our minds that we can’t help – the enemy’s throwing some nasty fiery darts; however, we have the choice to let those thoughts hang out in our mind, or to reject them and not even consider them.  And this is when we stand on God’s promises, we remember what God’s word says, what God says about us, we cling to the truth and choose to believe it.

    This was a wonderful message and if you missed it, you should definitely take a listen!

    Have a fabulous week walking in His love and in the truth!