Happy Monday Everybody!!!
If you are like me, you are celebrating Monday survival. Is Monday really all that bad? No. It’s just that it always comes so quickly after Sunday. Sunday’s are my favorite and after yesterday, I woke up with my Sunday voice still in tact (which means, I sounded especially manly) and a body that could have used a Saturday to follow my Sunday. I said it yesterday and I will say it again, I would do that all over again in a heartbeat.
What happened to last Monday?
Beauty and the Beast. That’s what happened. The Monday AFTER spring break makes the most sense, right? We thought so. And after a full Spring Break week and full weekend, the only thing I had time for last Monday was that movie…it also went longer than planned. That movie was everything I hoped it would be. We loved it!
As for this Monday…
I’m still spent. There is nothing like the totally worn out-post-church-post teaching (or leading worship) tired. It’s a tired that I know well and am so so grateful.
This past Sunday, Central City Austin celebrated 3 years as a church. Revive Church launched in 2011, Austin Grace was founded in 1933…and 3 years ago, two churches, after much prayer, meeting, more praying, more meeting…believed that we could indeed be better together. It’s appropriate that we are in the middle of our Bless This Mess sermon series. God has done just that. I love how he uses our mess. I love how even if we didn’t follow Him into a mess, He doesn’t let us go and leads us through. In this case, we obeyed into this not knowing what or how, just that God was leading…and He continues to do just that. “Because it is amazing what God can do with a family, if we let Him”.
That quote is from my Aunt Sharon and I got to quote her yesterday. It made me cry. This was something she said to me during Caleb’s Cup but something she has modeled for me my entire life. God has set me up in the example department. God does some of His best work in our mess. He makes such beauty of it. Whether that is a messy family, messy circumstances or messy obedience…He is really that good.
This seems to flow into every single area of life and that is good news.
And you guys, I get bossy and super passionate about the Church. The purpose of the church around the world and the local church…mine included. We may be messy, but it is amazing what God can do with a family if we let Him.
I barely got any pictures yesterday. There was so much going on and I was trying to keep my head on straight. That alone is a full time job. I had my phone on me and managed to get a picture of Willow wearing a sombrero party hat and one of Ray and Mr. Davis. Also, everybody needs a Mr Davis. Everybody!
At one point, Ray realized he was wearing the hat and took it off…but I don’t have any of those pictures. Where is the fun in that anyway?
I’m still pretending that Jordan is just going on a vacation, so I’m not ready to talk about him moving…even though we have prayed for him as a church and celebrated him. We love him not only as part of our church family but these Ortiz’s call him our own. I’m not there yet. Somebody pray for me.
Like I said, God really does the work of building a family and a church family. We give Him plenty of material to work with. Some of us messier than others but the truth is, we are all messy. Today, I’m resting in the work that only He can do.