April 17, 2014

I am disposable. // Hello My Name Is (THE LINKUP!)

"Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship."
- Romans 12:1


As I read this piece of scripture last week, I found myself drawing a circle around the word "offer."  Beside it, I wrote the question:

What does it mean to offer? To make an offering of yourself? To be a living sacrifice?

My community group was discussing this when someone used the term "being disposable."

For most of us - if not all of us - we want to be needed, important, vital even.

But Disposable. It sounds like such a negative term.

Until you think of Jesus. He's the savior, the bridge. He made the way. He's the epitome of important, needed, vital.

He also made Himself disposable. He left His throne for a cross and as many times as we hear that phrase, we'll likely never grasp the full measure of that moment. He made himself a living sacrifice to God on our behalf.

How can I honor His sacrifice? By being disposable to Him. I will be at His disposal.

I'll give up my plans and wants when I'm called on by a friend in need. I'll leave my family and friends and jobs and move to a dangerous country when He says "go." I'll care for the widow and the orphan or the ones that sometimes take too much. This life is not my own. It's His. Martyr or matriarch. I will to live this life for Him.

I'll fail at it. I'll mess up. I'll miss opportunities. My selfishness and fear will win out at times. And in those times I'll say another prayer of thanksgiving for God's grace and mercy. For His countless second chances. I'll pray for humility and selflessness. And I'll make myself disposable again.

This post was a little different than previous Hello My Name Is posts, as I don't have a "before" name... only an "after." There are times when God changes a part of you, and there are other times when He develops a piece you weren't aware of.  I hope you'll join Kerry, Alesha and I today as we trade in false labels for true ones, declare change in our lives, and come to understand new revelations.  Link up below or on one of their blogs and be sure to visit around and share some encouragement with other sisters in Christ!

*You can also join us on twitter and instagram with hashtag #beingrenamed

**Do you want to cohost the next edition of Hello My Name Is with Kerry and I? Email me at lifeonamissionblog(at)gmail(dot)com! We'd love to have you :)

Hello My Name Is

April 15, 2014

a new friend

Something the Lord pressed upon me when we moved to South Texas/Mexico was desire for community. A few weeks into our move, we decided to visit a church called Logos Community which is where I met Ashley. Her husband Josh is one of the pastors at Logos and Ashley is on the worship team.  I think we initially bonded over our common love for Shane and Shane *the harmonies* I must have plugged my blog (it's becoming part of my introduction... I'm not sure if that's awesome or awkward) because a few weeks later, I was being asked to fill in for Ashley with the worship team. THAT WEEK.  

You see, Ashley had seen a video of me on one of my last Sundays at our church back in Alabama (Hi Lifepoint! I miss you!!) and made the recommendation to the Logos worship leader. A few days later, I was singing with Once Prodigals and have been a member of the worship team ever since! 

Being a part of a worship team was the one thing I felt I was giving up with our move that I didn't expect to have here. Truly I didn't see it as an option.  *It's cool. I'm wrong pretty often. I'm getting used to it ;)

I'm so thankful to Ashley for reaching out to me. Through her, I have gained an awesome community in our band; they are so incredibly life-giving and challenge me to constantly speak the gospel over myself, my family, and those around me.  But I've also gained community with her and her husband. Wade and I love hanging out with them. She reminds me so much of my sister in law Audrey in that she's easy to be around. I can be really shy around new people and feel anxiety over carrying on conversation, but Ashley makes it easy. She also sees things in me (like anxiety and fear) and doesn't shy away from asking me about it and speaking life into those situations. Can you tell I'm thankful for her?

Anyways, I say all this to say that Ashley is now an official blogger! I had the privilege of designing her new space and am obsessed! The colors are so rich and the story is even richer. Take a few minutes to visit her space, read her story and tell her I sent you! You're going to love her!


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April 14, 2014

Hello. My Name Is (LINKUP ANNOUNCEMENT)

Welcome to the 5th installment of "Hello My Name Is ________" -- a linkup that brings us together as we let go of our old names

Lost
Unloved
Unloveable
Forgotten

and claim our new names given to us through our relationship with Christ

Found
Loved
Found Worthy
Cherished

Maybe you've been a believer for twenty years. Maybe for 20 minutes. What I can tell you is that when you surrender your life to the One who created it, change occurs.

"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. 
The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17

But it doesn't end there. The more your relationship matures, the more the Potter molds the clay. The more we begin to look like Him. He calls us to live in the truth of who He says we are and to put away the lies we tend to believe about ourselves.
This Friday Kerry, Alesha, and myself invite you to join us as we expose the false names we've allowed ourselves to live under and instead proclaim the truth of the gospel over us.

We will be bold. We will seek truth. We will understand our worth because His sacrifice makes us so.  What better day than Good Friday (the day we remember our Savior crucified) to share these truths?

Click here to see our past link up posts, grab a button, visit your hosts and join us Friday April 18th! We look forward to hearing from you!

*Don't have a blog but still want to participate? Use the hashtag #beingrenamed on twitter and instagram to join us this Friday!

**Are you interested in co-hosting the next linkup? Email lifeonamissionblog(at)gmail(dot)com or gloryinthevalley(at)gmail(dot)com to let us know!

Hello My Name Is

April 10, 2014

If you were to walk around the corner of our house in Mexico...

you'd probably see five little girls jumping and giggling on the trampoline...


And you might be able to snap a few photos before one of them spots you...

If you were to walk over to the porch, you might find Brady laying in a sink that was recently donated... just keeping cool in the hot Mexican sun.

If you stopped and looked up, you'd see an 8ft piece of Popeye artwork, a handmade gift from one of the artists from the Handle With Care Project. You literally can't miss the mission house with this thing.

If you continued your journey and peeked in our room, you'd most definitely see this group of boys gathered around the playstation. WITHOUT QUESTION.

But aren't the backs of their heads just the cutest? ;)

And if you went out to find Marcos (or Wade, as we call him in the USA) you'd very likely find him perfecting his "trompo" skills.




I gotta admit... he's pretty good.


If it was getting to be about dinner time, you'd probably want to start walking over to our neighbor's house. You'd probably pass our friend Esther on the way, doing laundry in a way that makes me respect this woman more than I knew possible.


You'd then pick your jaw up off the floor and chastise yourself for being so lazy (just me?) as you continue on to Sylvia's kitchen which is exactly where you'd find me... STUFFING MY FACE.


Livin' the dream, I tell ya. I love our life here, our neighbors, our kids... all of it. Every last bit.
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