Revive Church – Year Zero Part II

This has been the year that has changed everything.

This day a year ago, I didn’t know what was the more appropriate response to how I was feeling. The options felt like either crying or throwing up. I did neither but I had moments where I was sure there was going to be a mess.

September 18, 2011 was an incredible day. It was seeing the beginning of something that had begun long before that day and something that would continue on. It was just the beginning. A year later, I still feel that way. This is just the beginning and the best is yet to come.

We are not the same people that walked through those doors of McCallum High School a year ago. I can speak with confidence that our launch team feels the exact same way.

Planting a church is hard. It is living in the unexpected. It is believing that God has a plan and it is the Church. It’s believing in the vision He seared and that moment that you knew you could no longer just talk and pray. It was a call to action and to not move forward would be disobedience. I’ve learned more in this past year about who I am…and who I’m not (happy joy). I care about things I never cared about before and don’t care about things I used to care about. God so lovingly and graciously has stretched, challenged and broken us over this past year. I see purpose in things I never saw purpose in. I see a lot of things like I never saw them before.

I wouldn’t trade this past year for anything.

God is good. God is faithful.

Revive Church – I love you people!!!!! My heart is beyond full. Thank you! Let’s do this 🙂

 

If you are in the Austin area and looking for a home church, we have toned down a bit when we meet first time guests. Join us 🙂 Oh…and 5pm services are kinda awesome!

 

 

 

 

 

Revive Church – Year Zero Part 1

We are coming up on our one year mark as Revive Church.

Folks, this is a big deal! I’ve never had a year like this in my life. The year prior to launch is another story…this is the year zero story. It hasn’t looked like I thought it would.

For a year, every time I talked to my friend Anna she said the same thing…

but you’re doing it“.

My friend Addy just got her Master’s Degree from UT. She is crazy. She says something slightly different but true to many living life out on the limb. It goes like this…

I just keep showing up“.

To both of those profound statements I say this, “Yup“.

 

Over the next couple of days, I’ll share with you some thoughts and experiences on this last year. We now know why many church planters refer to the first year of a church plant as “year zero”. What an insane ride it has been! It was full of emotions, growth, change, a health scare, new friendships, brokenness and freshly broken hearts (hello 7 ladies), perspective and change of, tears out the wazoo, frustrations, joy, faithfulness, blessings and an enormous amount of grace I never expected. What I thought was important has really been brought to light and a good amount of what I thought was necessary, it’s not. This was a year of growth and learning curves unlike I have ever experienced in my life. This continues.

I will start and end with this…

God is good.

This is just the beginning! The best is yet to come.

We look forward to year 2 (or 1 if you do church planter math) with great expectations.

Its worth it.

If you have any questions regarding our personal experience, I’d love to answer them. Will answer any questions in a later post. Ask away! 🙂

Parenthood…

I’ve had this post on hold for a while. The only reason for the delay was the lack of completion. A good reason for delay.

Yesterday brought up a good reason to throw out this post.

The second week of school, the second note from the teacher. 

2 for 2

At least it’s consistent.

Parenthood is this grandiose mystery to me on most days. I do not have it figured out (shocker). My kids think they know more than me. I don’t blame them for this. Ray and I are still the boss but they think they know more than us.

Who can fault them when I say things like “you are in all kinds of trouble” when I don’t know what that means…or what that trouble would even begin to look like. Discipline is something we are always in the thick of and trying to figure out. As soon as we think we have it figured out, they change and we tackle something new. If anyone can instruct me on teaching my kids that singing is still noise after you have been told to be quiet, I’ll gladly take the input.

Here is my dilema. I want to raise children who grow up and do new things, buck systems, step out in faith, create, take risks, go, do and do so without hesitation. I want to model this for them.  I don’t want them to look at the unknown with trepidation. Count cost and keep walking. I don’t want them to desire a mold or model.

I also don’t want to raise criminals.

We teach them discipline, boundaries and for the love to take us at our word. We know things. At the same time, I want them to question (not me…herein lies the dilema), I don’t want them to give up (Lord knows they don’t now).

It hit me today…

I want my kids to do new things, buck systems, make people a tad bit uncomfortable, take risks…NOT out of REBELLION but to do so out of OBEDIENCE.

Those are my two pennies.

Proverbs 22:6

Ephesians 6:4

I’d love to hear your thoughts. This parenting business is not for the faint of heart. The more you know you aren’t alone, the more your sanity stays put. I didn’t say you would feel sane…but you will be 🙂

 

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