1. #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

  2. #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!

  3. Love Doesn’t Keep Track

    Love thinks no evil.

    As I was thinking over this truth today, I really couldn’t get my mind around this. In a world where all you see is evil and bad news, where it’s easy to be negative and a pessimist, where sarcasm drips off of our vocabulary, it was hard for me to think about thinking no evil.

    The NASB says, “…love does not take into account a wrong suffered…” or the NIV, “…it keeps no record of wrongs…” 1 Corinthians 13:5

    When the people in our lives have done something wrong to us or against us (which has happened to us all and will continue to) it’s easy to hold on to that and keep track of it and think about it. But love doesn’t do this. When balancing the books of things people have done to us, we’re not supposed to keep track of the wrong things, we’re not supposed to think about and ponder those evil things, but what we do need to do is not even take this evil into account! How on earth are we supposed to do this?!

    It means we must be quick to forgive. Quick to let go of the wrongs people have done to us. Now this is not easy. It doesn’t even seem right or fair. Especially in the instances when the wrong done was really wrong and evil and ugly. When these things happen, the option that makes the most sense is to always think of that person in light of their sin and their mistakes, but that’s not what God calls us to!

    To think no evil does not come naturally, but the more we practice this, the better we will be at it, as we pray for God to give us His perspective, and to be quick to forgive like He is faithful to do.

    “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

  4. Hers

    When I think of being possessive I think of a selfish person who can’t let things go and has to have control or else she can’t handle it.

    But I just read Proverbs 14 verse 1 in a new light:

    “The wise woman builds her home, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.”

    I’ve read this over and over and over, and the word “her” never stood out to me so strongly as it did today. “Her home.” That’s a possessive pronoun and that means that this home is hers. There’s a sense of ownership, responsibility, and care.

    It brought me to the amazing Proverbs 31 woman, where I found the word “her” over 28 times. Her hands, her household, her husband, her clothing, her children, etc…

    And this was eye opening to me as I believe God was teaching me ownership and a self-less, possessive attitude of the things God has placed in my care.
    Going back to the proverb, in my life it’s easy to be nonchalant, relaxed, and almost indifferent about my home.  Of course there’s the actual building which makes up the house itself, but there’s also the people within it who make it a real home. I tend to be on the lazy side of life, and as I read and learned more about the possessive quality of what “her” means, I was really challenged in my attitude toward what God has put in my care. I want to be intentional and passionate about my home and those in it. To take my responsibility even more seriously and carefully.

    “Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: “Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.” Proverbs 31:28, 29