1. “hope has a rope”



    Through the Eyes of a Lion

    This message is my favorite.  I may or may not say that about most of my husband’s sermons but goodness gracious, this message on hope. PURE GOLD.

    “it’s up to you how tight or how loose you let the rope get.”

    These truths we learned this weekend are life-changing.  If we let these truths permeate our hearts and minds and lifestyle, there’s no stopping  what God can do in and through us!

    I love how my husband said that these are our field notes of grief.  It’s so true, and I am personally so honored to get to share these things with you, because it’s what got us through!

    Here are his points, and following are some shots from this weekend.

    Five ways to keep your anchor on a short leash:

    1.  Heaven is nearer than it seems.

    2.  Illuminate your heart with truth.

    3.  Assemble with God’s people.

    4.  Hold on.

    5.  Cue the Eagle.

    “don’t let sin keep slack in your line.”

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  2. “alive in Christ!” (roar stories)

    I’ve been in awe of the stories that have been pouring in recently.  I just wanted to highlight one such “roar story” that was super special to me:

    “Right after Christmas a childhood friend posted a link to your message on Facebook saying ‘days after my pastor’s five-year-old daughter passed away unexpectedly he gave the best message I have ever heard.’ Having two young children of my own that sentence grabbed me, so I watched it. By the end I was bawling because every word was ringing true in my life. Standing in my kitchen I gave my life to Christ. I am happy to say I have never felt more alive in Christ. I am so thankful God led me back to him through Fresh Life. Thank you Pastor Levi and Jennie. Through the story of your sweet Lenya going to heaven, and your testament of faith through it, God grabbed my attention. I am so thankful for this new life I have in Him because of it.”


  3. “standing on tip-toes at the edge of eternity” (how to lean into the groan)

    Through the Eyes of a Lion series


    My husband preached life-changing truths from his book this weekend, and if we put these things into practice, our lives will literally be changed.  If we let Him, God can dilate the pupils of our souls and we’ll be able to make it through to Sunday.  Catch the message here if you missed it!

    “The groaning is from God and for God.”

    I love how he opened up with lions’ ability to see in the dark.  Because what a picture of us being able to truly see with more clarity and brightness in our darkness.

    “The groaning can be fought or fostered, it can be dulled or deepened.”

    Leaning into the groan…

    …gives us a different sort of evaluation through life’s difficulties.

    …gives us traction. we must foster our love for the next world.

    …prepares us for constant action.

    “God wants you to steward your suffering.”

    …gives us greater elevation.

    “God keeps the groaning inside us to lead us home.”

    I pray God uses these truths to change how we all see our lives and our circumstances, and that we can all live our lives standing on our tip-toes at the edge of eternity, eagerly awaiting with earnest expectation what God has for us now, and the future hope that awaits us in Jesus Christ.

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  4. book release day!

    aug1ac-4What an exciting day!  I’m so proud of my husband and the blood, sweat, and tears that went into the writing of this book, that has already been changing people’s lives and encouraging many hearts to run toward the roar and to let God use their pain!

    If you haven’t already, be sure to get your copy, and get one for a friend.  I’ve been so amazed how so many people have said already that they bought one for themselves and a few for friends they know are hurting and for those they haven’t even met yet.

    I’ve also loved how quite a few people have posted and mentioned that they  don’t love to read, but they couldn’t put Through the Eyes of a Lion down.  I love that so much.

    I’m praying God’s love and grace and peace overwhelms you this week!  See you at our Through the Eyes of a Lion series this weekend!