1. Category Archive: Weekend Notes

    #breakingcamp – “Future Nostalgia”


    “not leaving home, but going home.”

    This weekend, my husband preached the third message in our current series, “breaking camp,” and again, God was opening my eyes to the truth of what life and death and heaven and hell is all about. This weekend was all about being homesick for heaven, how all of creation has a built-in mechanism that causes us to groan or sigh with anxiety about the life that is to come.

    It’s always hard to hone in on one single thing, but if I had to choose one truth to take away from this weekend, it’s this:

    “the groaning in our souls is a mechanism to keep us on our toes, to not settle, to remind us that we don’t belong here.”

    My husband went on to describe the feeling you get at a funeral of someone you love, or when you hear tragic news, or when you wake up in the morning and your body creaks and aches – all of these things point to our need for a life that is real, and that life is found in heaven.

    Such an amazing weekend and if you missed it, you can take a listen here.

    “this groaning is the soundtrack of our soul, the desire to go to our true home.”




  2. Category Archive: Weekend Notes

    #breakingcamp – “We Shall Not Be Naked”

    “If we’re in the dark about death, fear will dominate our life.”

    An amazing weekend at Fresh Life at all of our campuses. It’s the highlight of my week to come together with God’s people to worship and to open God’s word; and especially to be learning about what happens after we die. My perspective and thoughts about this subject have absolutely been impacted!

    This week as my husband preached on the specific subject of our bodies after death, my page of notes was overflowing, but if I had to choose one thing that stood out above the rest, it was what the Bible says about the interval, the time when our tents are taken down and our souls are separated from our bodies. The passages in Luke 16 and 2 Corinthians 12 about Lazarus and the rich man, and Paul going to heaven, made so much sense, that whatever forms our souls take when we die, they have physical-like qualities.

    “In Heaven, things will not be unreal, but very real, perhaps even more real.”

    Our minds are so limited in what we can comprehend and understand, and it’s so hard to understand what it even means for the soul to leave the body. It can be a scary thought, but after this message, there should be no fear in anyone’s mind, because my husband laid it out so simply. For those who don’t know Jesus, there will be a fear because there isn’t that hope, but the gift of salvation and of hope in life and in death is offered to all!

    The biggest thing I feel like God was teaching in all this was that in my body now, in this tent, I need to have more intensity and passion in what God is calling me to now. Because soon and very soon, my tent will be taken down, and I won’t get another chance to do what I can in this tent, before I move on into my heavenly house! “To live is Christ, and to die is gain!” Philippians 1:21

  3. Category Archive: Weekend Notes

    #breakingcamp – “Roughing It”

    “Life is like a camping trip, only your body is the tent.”

    It was the first weekend of our Breaking Camp series, and I know I mention this on twitter all the time, but I really mean it when I say that you are going to want to get in on these messages and you’re not going to want to miss any of it. If you are planted in the house at fresh life, don’t miss a single one!

    We’re studying 2 Corinthians 5, all about death and life and heaven, and as usual, God used my husband in such a powerful and bold way to convey such truth that we should all be aware of  now matter what season of life we’re in.

    These are some things God was teaching me:

    ~ point #4: “When you leave the tent, you get to go home.” – “it’s only the tent that gets left behind.” when we die in Christ, it’s a celebration, a homecoming; we get to go home to the place, the paradise that Jesus said He was preparing in John 14:2. For me, knowing Lenya is home brings such peace, such comfort. The times when her death is all I can think about, the fact that she’s home and with Jesus is what gets me out of that pit. My husband mentioned a very personal example of this when he was at Lenya’s grave, and it’s so true, as a parent, we can’t think of her being left alone, but that’s not the right thinking, she’s not alone, her tent is, but that’s not her! And as my husband spoke how he preached to himself in that moment, God was reminding me how majorly important it is to preach to myself when I’m tempted to believe a lie.

    ~ This message really challenged me to keep a healthy, heavenly perspective when I forget that this tent is temporary and that heaven is our home which is secure, stable, and permanent. Check it out!