“protected from trouble” #rampart

“We are guaranteed trouble – it will always surround us, but the joy of the Lord protects us from it.”

What a special, huge weekend all across Montana!

This Rampart series is continuing to rock my life, and it is SO SO good.

My husband preached with such fire and intensity, and if you got to be at the 1pm at the Strand, then it was extra fiery…(wink face)

I loved his first point: “No one can walk with God for you.” No one can burn spiritual calories for us. We don’t work FOR our salvation, but we’ve got to work it OUT.

“If you don’t do the hard work yourself, you’re only cheating yourself.”

I loved his snakebird point: “Where human exertion meets divine explosion, magic happens.” My husband explained how this Christian life is ALL Him, and ALL us, and that tension of how God gives the victory, but we’ve still got to fight. I loved the mining illustration!

I want to talk about every point, but you should just grab a listen and take notes for yourself, because it’s good. I’m telling you, if you want to go deeper in your walk with Jesus,ย listen.

To top it off, we celebrated our oldest daughter, Alivia’s birthday on Sunday, AND we had baptisms at all our campuses, AND Alivia was baptized by her dad. Special weekend.

some snapshots from this weekend:

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a new view for me!

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three of my siblings leading worship in Billings

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Alivia Sky Lusko – baptized 10.13.13

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proving the point that your personal trainer can’t burn calories for you

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And it was my first time singing with the worship band since Lenya went to heaven – so much specialness going on.

  • Bobbie padilla

    I am not sure if you remember me but I had asked you about sending 02 cards so that I may show people the 02 dvd and let it change their life the way that it did to mine.My name is Bobbie ๐Ÿ™‚ I have no idea why but your family is always on my heart and I’m forever blessed by you all. I have never met you but each time I think of you guys I pray and cry out of tears and out of joy. For instance just recently your daughter Lenya’s birthday, I saw yours and your husbands post and balled my eyes out. First with sadness for my family in Christ for their hurt.. and then tears of joy the next knowing that God is the anchor for your soul!! God is forever faithful isn’t he? I can’t wait to meet her in heaven as weird as that may be Aha. I read Levi’s post “two hundred and ninety one” and then broke down. I have no idea why!! And I’m not actually sure why I feel like I should be writing you this but I just want to say from the bottom of my heart that your family and ministry blesses me always. I love your posts, I learn so many things from here that it encourages me. How you’ve taught me the excitement of marriage! To be someones partner along side of them and to be hardcore for Jesus. Than learning how to prepare to be a mom. But mostly the thing I learned from you is how to be prayer-full. To live a life that represents the Gospel. thankyou

    I literally listen to your husbands teachings at least one everyday! Doesn’t matter which topic I’m not even kidding!! Even here at Murrieta Bible College with all the teachings we here or listen to, I still listen to him. He pumps me up to live for Christ in such a radical way that it would be impactful. I loved the “Destined for impact” and have it on repeat a lot!!(: I pray that one day I could meet him and just say thankyou for everything. He literally has changed my way of thinking about Jesus.

    Your story encourages me so dearly to my heart. The first time when I recently went to the o2 experience in June the one at Riverside, Levi shared your story. How you waited for him, and you pursued purity. I didn’t grow up learning that, I grew up learning that if you wanted love you had to pursue it.. I’ve given myself away to plenty of people before I fully decided to live for Christ. And by the grace that God has given me, I am set free and made whole in his sight. I will never understand it, but I am thankful. And I was incredibly thankful for the o2 experience meeting me where I was at, at that time. When I fully surrendered to Jesus 2 1/2 years ago he told me to give up guys, that he would restore and one day he would give me someone in his time. Even though it is tough from going full blast to now not trying to even do a hint of sexual immorality he wanted me faithful. Going to that conference changed my life forever and my heart burns for people to know about purity inside and out.

    The 02 message word for word it is engraved on my heart along with your beautiful story of your obedience. (I pray that this makes sense and this doesn’t sound weird)

    When Levi was wrapping it up he said about how we’re all daughters in Christ (not to settle) how he loves me and thinks I am beautiful in his sight. I’ve never felt God speak to my heart of grace and forgiveness more than I ever did the way your husband explained it.

    I literally remember it word for word..”Judges 16:22 Just like Samson how he disobeyed but as the time began to pass his heart began to soften, and what I want to tell you is that God not only creates he can re-create he specializes in redemption, he can make beauty out of ashes.” I tear up typing this because it is so beautiful that my God would do that for me. I cried because it was so beautiful to know that people who have messed up actually can have a new past.

    So basically I want to say thank-you. you have changed my life forever, more than you will ever know. I will be praying That the strength of God would continue to be your strong foundation. Keep running the race with endurance and don’t grow weary in doing good ๐Ÿ™‚ All my love to the Lusko’s

    • jennie lusko

      thank you so much for writing, Bobbie. Thank you for sharing your heart and for sharing what God has done in your heart and is doing. He is so good and He loves us so much! It’s an incredible honor to have a small part in the work God is doing in you. Thank you for your love, support, and prayers, and I pray that God would strengthen you and give you confidence to use the microphone He’s given you to proclaim His praises and to tell of Jesus’ life and death and resurrection. God bless you sweetly, Bobbie, so much love to you!!

  • BuckandHolly Breckenridge

    I loved it when you helped lead worship on Saterday night! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Holly

    • jennie lusko

      thank you Holly! so much love to you!