Holly Furtick

Monday Morning Commentary

We are in the 3rd week of our series Moodswingers and I am so glad to be commenting on the sermon, not recovering from it :)! The message this weekend was called, “How to give yourself a cheer up check up!” based around John 16:33 where Jesus said, “be of good cheer… I have overcome the world.”  It was such a great message!

My husband reminded us that whenever Jesus told us to be of good cheer, it was always under difficult circumstances.  But because He has overcome, I can overcome what’s overcoming me!

We were given 3 (well he never actually got to the 3rd point :)) ways to give ourselves a cheer up check up…

  1. Check your countenance.  Proverbs 15:13 says a merry heart makes a cheerful countenance.  If you’re happy and you know it, tell your face!
  2. Check your circulation.  What is flowing from your heart?  Luke 6:38 says give and it will be given unto you.  Sometimes you have to give the thing you feel like giving the least.
  3. Check your connection.  There is a vital connection between me and my heavenly Father.  Don’t let anything stop up your connection.

This message is going to help you with whatever you are facing this week.  You can watch it later today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast. And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Have a great Monday!

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Steven Furtick is 35 years old today!!!

Today is my husband’s 35 birthday!  I thought the kids and I would share a few things about him…


My favorite thing about him…

Elijah: He is so great at so many things and so humble about it.
Graham: How he’s and awesome preacher.
Abbey: I love how Daddy loves me.
Me: I love how he is always growing.  He has become a better man every single year that I have known him.

Something people may not know about him…
Elijah: His first name is Larry.
Graham: He’s not a body builder.
Abbey: That he’s strong.
Me: He’s a great songwriter.

Some of his favorite things to do are…
Elijah: Play Mario with  me.
Graham: Take us out to lunch.
Abbey: Play with me.
Me: Take me on a date.

 He is really good at…
Elijah: Preaching
Graham: Football
Abbey: Defeating the monsters
Me: Writing music

His favorite preacher is…
Elijah: Bishop Jakes
Graham: Bishop Jakes
Abbey: Bishop Jakes
Me: Bishop Jakes

His favorite music to listen to: 
Elijah: Pop
Graham: Rock
Abbey: Shake it off
Me:  Worship

His favorite thing to watch on tv is…
Elijah: The Simpsons
Graham: The Simpsons
Abbey: Penguins of Madagascar
Me: Preaching

 

 

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How to make vegetables your kids will consider tasting

Everyone is trying to eat healthier this time of year.  It is hard when you are trying to eat healthy but your kids don’t want to.  And it seems like a waste of time and energy to make two separate meals.  I try to follow my mom’s rule and have something green at every dinner (last night we had chili so do green onions count??).  The difficulty comes in getting my kids to taste, eat and eventually like vegetables.

I try to make my veggies as tasty as possible.  Last week I posted a recipe for Brussels sprouts.  This week I want to tell you how I microwave broccoli and asparagus.  Bacon and cheese make everything taste better.  Here’s what I do (sorry no pictures)…

Broccoli
Wash and pull apart into small pieces.  No one likes a big hunk of broccoli in their mouth.

Place in a microwave safe dish.

Add a few tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper, shredded cheese and some chopped up bacon (I like to use the precooked for ease)

Microwave for about 5-6 minutes.

Asparagus
Wash and cut of the ends of the stalk.  The thinner the stalks the better.

Add a few tablespoons of any vinegar based salad dressing (balsamic, Greek, Italian etc…)

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, parmesan cheese and chopped bacon

Microwave for about 4 minutes

You can try endless combinations of cheeses and dressings.  You can use butter instead of olive oil if you like.

I our house, I give my kids about 3 bites to start.  They cannot have dessert if they don’t eat their small portion of veggies.  I read that repeated tastings of vegetables increased 9-10 year old’s likings for veggies (link).  That is why I continually put vegetables on their plates each night.

 

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Monday Morning Commentary

We kicked off our new series, Moodswingers, this weekend.   I am so excited about this series.  I feel like this is such a struggle for all of us.  How do we control our moods?  How do we live lives that are not controlled by our emotions?  This week’s message was called, “The Great Emoti Con,” I just love my husband’s creativity.

The message came from Proverbs 4:18-25, Guard your heart, above all else, for it is the wellspring of life!  Pastor Steven told us we must…

1.  Guard your heart.  You will have a leaky life if you don’t have a guarded heart.

2.  Own your emotions.  Probably my favorite line in the whole sermon was, my joy is my job.  I cannot blame my mood and emotions on anyone but myself.

3.  Change your concentration.  My feelings are a result of my focus.

Moods matter.  I may not be able to control what happens to me but I can control what happens inside of me.

This is going to be such a great series.  If you missed the sermon this weekend, you can watch it later today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast. And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Have a great Monday!

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Do It Again

Do you remember my husband’s inspirational track, I Will Fight?  The best workout/running track ever?  Well did you know he had done another one?  It is called Do It Again.

This track is just the thing you need to stay motivated during your workouts this year.  I promise you it is so inspiring!

You can watch the video below and you can also purchase the track on iTunes: ele.vc/doitagain so that you can add it to your playlist!  I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

 

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Pruning with a purpose

This weekend at church we wrapped up our series, The Power of Same.  What a life changing series for the people of our church.  I feel so ready to face 2015.

Our campus pastors preached a message called Trading Traditions.  It was really great.  I love it when we get to hear personally from the many godly men pastoring each of our campuses.

I was looking on my timehop app this morning and I saw this post I wrote 4 years ago on John 15.  As we wrap up our study on John 15, I thought this was so fitting.  So here is Pruning with a Purpose from 2011…

John 15:1-2 Says “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”

My husband is always watching preachers on TV.  I am not sure who he had on the other day, I was in the next room and couldn’t see the screen, but I heard the preacher say something pretty interesting.  He said, the Father is always trimming.  He either cuts off a branch because it is not bearing fruit or He prunes it because He wants the branch to bear more fruit.

I don’t know anything about plants, except maybe how to kill them.  Honestly, I don’t know the difference between cutting off a branch and pruning it.  Both have to do with cutting.  Both seem painful.  Both make the plant smaller.  Pruning has always sounded so wrong to me.  I am supposed to cut off the bloom?  Surely not.  Here’s something I found about pruning roses on About.com…

Pruning a rose bush will encourage new growth and bloom, removes dead wood, improves air circulation, shapes the plan.

Here are some ways I think the Lord prunes me…
-He removes something from my life (a relationship, a possession, maybe a desire) and replaces it with something better.
-He forces me to have a difficult, confrontational, conversation in order to better the relationship.
-He allows me to face a difficult situation so that I turn to Him for guidance rather than depending on myself.
-He impresses on me a behavior I need to change or a habit I need to form in order to take me to the next level in my relationship with Him.

Rather than seeing pruning as punishment from God, I need to see it as an act of love to make me more beautiful in His sight and more effective in His kingdom.

Hope you are having a great week!

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Monday Morning Commentary

This weekend we continued our series, The Power of Same, that is based on John 15.  We are reading through this chapter as a church every day, and some of us are memorizing it.  It has been such a great start to the new year.  I hope you have been joining us!  This weekend the message was called, “The secret of sustainable success.”

My husband taught us that the secret is that your success is only as sustainable as its source.  If the source of my success is my strength, my skill, my popularity, it will only last until the source runs out.   But if my source is Jesus, the true vine, my success can be sustainable.

He taught us that our lives must have 3 constants…

  1. Constant Calling- my circumstances may change but the calling remains
  2. Constant Character- who I am when no one else is looking
  3. Constant Council- who surrounds me to encourage me and stand with me
We also learned that Jesus is the constant.  He never asks me to maintain my love for Him, He simply asks me to remain in His love for me.
This has been such a powerful series.  I hope you will take the time to listen to this message.  It will really encourage you. You can watch it later today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast. And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Have a great Monday!

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Monday Morning Commentary

We continued our series, The Power of Same, this week.  The message was called, The Problem is the Pattern.  It was one of the most helpful messages for the new year that I have ever heard.

In this message, my husband pushed the point, Resolve cannot change what routine created.  In other words, the faith to step out is worthless without the faithfulness to stick it out.

He showed us that the majority of our problems lead back to a bad pattern we have developed.  We interpret our decisions as our destiny when really it is a product of our patterns.  For instance, I may say that I am not a morning person.  And while there may be some truth to that, I make my mornings even worse because of my night time patterns of staying up to late and not preparing for the following day.  My heart cannot overpower my habits.

Thank goodness that Jesus broke the code.  Because of Jesus, I can change my pattern whether it is a pattern of sin or just a pattern of poor choices.  If this is resonating with you, you really must listen to the message.  There was so much scripture in the message that I am leaving out.

You can watch it later today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast. And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Have a great Monday!

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Tasty Veggies… Brussels Sprouts

Since it is January I thought I might do a series of recipe posts on vegetables.  I was having a conversation with my friend the other day and we were discussing how we get our kids to eat veggies.  I personally don’t love vegetables.  Especially green ones.  So I try really hard to make them tasty for myself.  The result is my kids usually eat them too.

There are two main ways I like to cook veggies: sautéed and microwaved.  Today I am going to talk your through sautéing Brussels sprouts.  Yes, I spelled that right, the B is capital.  Brussels Sprouts are in the cabbage family.  They are rich in vitamin C and vitamin K.  They also have great amounts of vitamin B6, folic acid and dietary fiber.  Some people think they have cancer fighting properties as well.

I asked Elijah the other day what foods did he like that I cook.  One of the things he said was Brussels sprouts.  I am not gonna lie, I was proud.

Here’s what you will need…

One package of fresh Brussels sprouts
Salt
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of chicken broth
1/4 cup cooking wine (optional)
4-5 strips of bacon (I use precooked)
a few cloves of garlic

Cook time is about 25 minutes

 

 

So when I am sautéing veggies, I always start with olive oil, bacon and a few cloves of pressed garlic.  I like to buy the precooked bacon at Costco so I just chop up a few pieces and toss them in the pan.

 

 

 

 

 

While your oil/garlic/bacon mixture is warming up, take your Brussels sprouts and cut them in to 4ths.  This is key.  They absorb more flavor and are easier to eat when they are small.

 

 

 

 

 

Toss your sprouts into the pan add about 1/2 a cup of chicken broth and 1/4 cup of white cooking wine.  If you don’t have the wine just use all broth.

 

 

 

 

 

Add a few pinches of salt, stir and put the lid on the pan.  Let them simmer for about 10 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

After the 10 minutes, remove the lid and continue to cook over med-high heat for about 10-15 more minutes.  You want the sprouts to brown and caramelize.  My husband likes them crispy, just on the brink of burnt.

 

 

If you are feeling super creative, it is also really yummy to chop one bunch of asparagus and add them in the last 10-15 minutes.  You can also do the same with artichoke hearts (cut in half).

And I have to give a shout out to my mom.  She is the one who taught me how to cook veggies like this.  Here is a link to her green beans with basically the same ingredients (wine, garlic and bacon).

Next week, broccoli and asparagus in the microwave.

 

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Monday Morning Commentary

Yesterday we kicked off the new year with our series, the Power of Same.  It is the perfect series for the beginning of the year.  This series is based out of John 15 and the idea that sameness is really what we need more of in our lives.  The title of this week’s message was called, More of the Same.

While, of course, there are patterns of sameness in our lives that are not good.  Stagnancy and stubbornness can often cause us to get in a rut.  But my husband taught about sacred sameness.  The sameness that causes us to develop patterns and routines that have lasting rewards.  Like being married to the same person for 50 years.  Or developing healthy eating habits and patterns of exercise.

My husband told us, If we resist the monotonous we will miss the miracle.  We must learn to repeat the right things until the routine is the reward.  The process that everyone resists creates the product everyone wants.

As a church, we are taking the first 15 minutes of the month of January to read John 15.  We also have a website with an eating plan and workout plan for you to participate in.  The site is currently undergoing some issues but should be up and running soon but go ahead and sign up now to join BeginAgainChallenge.com.  I hope you will join us!

This is going to be such a great series!  You can watch it later today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast. And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Also, if you missed my husband’s New Year’s Eve message, it was so powerful.  It was called, Find Your Flow.  You can watch it here.

Have a great Monday!

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