mrs-lusko

  1. #o2experience – seattle and portland/vancouver

    I’m just amazed, always amazed that we get to do this. Declaring the truth of the gospel, watching people surrender their lives to Jesus, and then calling out these same young people to sexual purity, and watching most of the room take a stand and make such a commitment! We kicked off the tour in Seattle and Portland/Vancouver and saw almost a thousand people take this stand for purity and 171 people making decisions to follow Christ!

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    God has given my husband the vision and the unique gift to preach with such boldness and passion, and yet also not waver in speaking the solid truth. It’s such a beautiful thing to have been praying for young people’s eternal destinies to be changed and that they’d make decisions that could very well change the course of the their lives and then watch in wonder as God moves in power. Because only He can save people and draw people, we just get to be the ones to declare the truth and walk in obedience!

    Our O2 team is spectacular! Working hard, at times without sleep, and passionately pursuing this call on our lives! I love that no matter what our role is – loading, unloading, staying back in Montana praying, working a camera, singing, playing an instrument, folding t-shirts, praying with new believers, greeting, unloading and loading some more, etc….. – we are all equally part of this ridiculously awesome thing – running with horses!

    Tune in this week as we’re in Riverside June 11th, Orange County the 12th, and San Jose the 15th, check out o2experience.com for all the details!

     

  2. Enjoy Me!

    Our youngest daughter, Clover Dawn, is by far our wiggliest, craziest baby.  Our other three daughters are wild and free as well, but as far as the baby stage goes, Clover stands out in this. She’s always moving and on to the next thing, always!  Ever since she was about 6 months old, when we hold her, she immediately tries to turn her whole body around to see what else might be going on, or what her sisters might be up to.

    I remember one time in particular, I picked her up and she tried to wiggle her way out of my arms, and I said, “Clover! Just enjoy ME!!!”

    And I immediately thought how that must be what God says to me so often, “Jennie, just enjoy Me!”

    How many times do we have the opportunity to spend time with God in His word and in prayer, and yet we get distracted by what’s going on around us, by what people are up to on Instagram, or thinking about the sink full of dishes that need to be done, or the laundry room that is overflowing with clothes needing to be washed, or the emails needing to be written, or the calls needing to be made or the party needing to be planned, and the list goes on and on and on…

    We see this perfectly pictured in Luke 10:38-42, as Martha is apparently super distracted with her to do list. It says she was “distracted with much serving” and Jesus told her tenderly, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.

    But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

    I don’t know about you, but I make a to do list every day, and while it’s rare that I actually accomplish everything on my list, I find that it’s so easy to overwhelm myself with the worries of the day!  But if we were to follow Mary’s example and choose the “one thing”, the most important thing, first things first, then God will help us with our to do list.  I find that when I do this, and choose to spend that time enjoying the Lord, the rest of the day falls into place (not necessarily perfectly), and usually not how I planned, but God is in control and He knows best! {my husband taught a message on this passage in our “one thing” series last year, and it changed my life. That might seem dramatic, but it really did!  You’ll definitely want to listen!}

    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-8

  3. #altarego – laying down our feelings of inadequacy

    We are so thankful to Pastor Craig Groeschel for teaching through his Altar Ego series at Fresh Life as we are focusing on our O2 Experience West Coast Tour.

    I know this message was perfect for every single person this weekend, because we all struggle with feelings of inadequacy in some way.

    “Our egos tell us what we’re not, God wants to tell us who we are.”

    At the beginning, he brought up a few reasons why we feel inadequate, and the one that hit me where I’m at is that we’ve received unrealistic compliments. And to be quite honest, I feel like I receive a lot of comments from people who are sweetly encouraging and lovingly being kind; however, I often feel very inadequate because I don’t measure up  to the “amazing wife” or “amazing mom” that people say! But when I believe these truths that God’s view of me is different than I think, that God has given me more than I think, and that it’s less about me than I think, then it really doesn’t matter! I can step into His strength and His power and His goodness as Pastor Craig said, and it’s a beautiful thing!

    “We are incredibly, grossly inadequate before a holy God. And He loves you still. He sent Jesus so that we could be forgiven and be totally and completely new.”

    My husband encouraged everyone to read this book, Altar Ego, as it deeply impacted him when he read it in February! What a special June for Fresh Life!

  4. So You Had A Bad Day

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    We all know it and live it. Some days are just bad. We wake up grumpy. The day starts off with you finding your child in your bed AND them having wet the bed right beside you, or babies are crying, or you sleep in and now are rushed into the rest of your day. Simply put, we have bad days.

    But what do you do with your bad day? I find that it’s super easy to let those things that make a bad morning ruin my whole day. It’s easy to blame, and to be grumpy and rude, but it’s not easy to get over it, right?

    In 1 Samuel 30, David had a bad day. He comes to his town only to find that their enemies had burned it down and taken his family captive.  Verse 6 says that David was greatly distressed. You think?! Everyone was grieving the loss of their wives and children….

    “But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”

    The Bible doesn’t say exactly how David strengthened himself in the Lord, but really the only way to do this is to spend time with Him, in His Word, giving Him the stresses, worries, grievances, knowing that He alone is in control.

    So what has caused you to have a bad day? Perhaps a bad week? Year? Decade?
    Look up dear one, hope in God, spend time in His Word, in prayer. You may have little ones and you can’t get a quiet moment, but try to make one.
    Strengthen yourself in the Lord, and choose to have a JOYFUL day, even in the midst of situations you can’t control or seem to even be getting worse.

    “Have you not known? Have you not heard?
    The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth,
    Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.
    He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might
    He increases strength.
    Even youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall,
    But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;
    They shall mount up with wings as eagles,
    They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
    Isaiah 40:28-31

    *this picture shows one of Lenya’s classic looks – angry butterfly…

  5. #breakingcamp – “echoes in eternity”

    “What we do in our tent is directly connected to our life in the house.”

    If this weekend’s message didn’t stir us up toward love and good works, I don’t know what will! This whole week as my husband was including me in his thoughts and studying, I was lucky enough to get to start letting these truths simmer in my heart before I even got to hear the message, and I LOVE it so much!!

    I loved this whole message from beginning to end, it was a perfect end to this amazing series, with a challenge to live this life with all we got because our lives are short and heaven is real and there is a reward waiting!

    If I had to choose one main thing that struck a chord in my soul, I would have to say it was the last point which was “act now or forever hold your peace.”  As heaven is our motivation along with the rewards that come, we have a limited amount of time to work. As my husband said:

    “We’ve been placed in a world of pain and hopelessness and fear, and we have the answer, and we have everything we need to tell the world about Jesus.”

    So with wisdom and love and discernment, we must act now, seizing the moment, taking every opportunity with the people God places in our path.

     

    “Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58