Holly Furtick

Just One

Sidebanner_justone1-300x172 My friend Lori Wilhite is hosting a innovative conference this fall.  You don't have to pay, you don't have to get on an air plane.  You don't even have to leave your house because it is a virtual conference.

The topics include: Marriage, Relationships, Family, Time and Balance, Growth and Passion.

And Lori has an amazing line up of women speaking on a variety of topics (I was so honored to be included with these women).

   

Speakers include:

Lisa Jernigan and Patty Wyatt…………Donna Politz

Lisa Young………………………………Jenni Clayville

Cindy Beall………………………………Holly Furtick

Tiffany Cooper…………………………..Heather Whittaker

Kay Warren………………………………Lisa Hughes

Kerri Weems……………………………..Sherry Surratt

Natalie Witcher………………………….Amy Groeschel

Jessica Cornelius……………………….Brandi Wilson

DeLynn Rizzo……………………………Lori Wilhite

The conference will take every Tuesday from September 7th to October 12.  You will have two chances to listen each day, at 12 pm (EST) and at 9 pm (EST).  This is an amazing line up of women, I promise you won't want to miss it.

You don't have to register for the event.  You can simply log on each Tuesday at this link.  If you would like to receive reminder emails before each session, you can register here.

I am so thankful for innovative people like Lori who have a vision for the women of our generation, and she thinks outside of the box when it comes to reaching us.  I am also thankful that I live in a day and age where I can learn from amazing women like these with out even leaving my home.  Lori has been putting this conference together for months and I promise it is going to be amazing.  I hope you will be a part!

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Monday Morning Commentary

Invitation

We concluded our series, The Invitation, with quite a bang.  We asked the people of Elevation to invite their friends/family who were far from God and boy did they deliver.  We had a record Sunday attendance and a staggering 581 people turn in cards indicating that they accepted Christ this weekend.  WOW.

I don't even know if anything I type after this is worth reading after that last sentence.

My husband delivered an amazing message about the excuses people give when it comes to entering a relationship with God.  Based again on Luke 14:16-24, my husband's message dispelled all excuses.

I think my favorite thing that he said is that Satan doesn't usually try to tempt us with the ridiculously evil, but with the seemingly good.  We take a good thing and turn it into a god thing.  He said the problem isn't with our pursuit, it is with our priorities.

The message was not only for those who had never accepted Christ, it was for each one of us who daily let things, sometimes even good things, stand in between us and or relationship with Christ.

I can't end this post without talking about how blessed I feel to be a part of Elevation church.  I am so proud to be a part of a movement of God that is reaching our city.  I sat through every worship experience that my husband preached live (4 to be exact) and got so excited every time he would give the invitation.  I know I have said before that I always peek at the hands, well this weekend my husband told me that I don't peek, I gawk.  And I must confess, it's true.  I love to watch people lift their hands, many while they are wiping tears from their face.  And it often brings tears to my eyes, knowing that that moment forever changed that person's life.  I love it.  I know we can't all gawk, but I count it as a privilege of being the pastor's wife.  That never gets old.

You can listen to the message here later today.

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Cool front

The extremely cold winter we had this past year was just a precursor for the extremely hot summer to come.  There have been days this summer where we were stuck inside because it was so hot!  But, we've had a cool front come through this week.  The highs have barely reached 90 which means we can resume going outside!

Here's a few pictures of some backyard fun we had this week…

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For the love of pork

Slow_Cookers_BBQ_Pulled_Pork.ashx I love BBQ.  First, for all you northerners, let me qualify what I mean by BBQ.  I mean pulled pork drenched in some kind of delicious sauce: Tomato based if you are from Virginia, vinegar based sauce if you are from North Carolina, and mustard based if you are from South Carolina.  I can't leave out the Texans but I don't know much about your BBQ, I think you all use a dry rub, and don't y'all like beef?

BBQ is a serious thing where my husband is from.  In his home town there were two main BBQ places, the Barbecue Barn and Duke's Barbecue.  Barbecue Barn is actually in Moncks Corner.  They serve a decent barbecue.  But Duke's is 45 minutes away in Ridgeville, and well worth the drive. 

We actually served BBQ at our wedding, Duke's BBQ, of course.  I'm told it was quite impressive for our local guests (we got married in Moncks Corner).

I love BBQ any way I can get it.  I have lived all over and I like it no matter how it is served.  I prefer North Carolina sauce by a small margin.  I love hush puppies too, yum.

So here is my problem: I have yet to find a good BBQ spot in Charlotte.  We have lived here almost 5 years and I have tried several places but none worth returning to.

Anybody want to recommend a spot for me to try?  And if you are not from Charlotte, where are you from and how do you like your BBQ?

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Spirit Tree

DSC_0003One of my goals for the summer was to teach my boys the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23.  I got the idea to create a Spirit Tree from a friend of mine.

I actually took a class in college where I had to create a bulletin board for a grade (I got an A).   So I decided put that degree to work and make a visual display in a prominent place in our house.

I also put my husband's talents to work and had him write a song to help us remember the fruit of the Spirit.

We are still working out the kinks but basically, we work on one fruit at a time.  When I catch one of my boys displaying the fruit we are working on, I tell them to put their picture on the fruit.  We also try to talk about that fruit as we go throughout our day.

Love was kind of hard to teach because it is kind of all encompassing (you know, without love you are a clanging cymbal or a resounding gong, 1 Corinthians 13:1).  When we talked about Joy we focused on whining (or actually, not whining).  This too was a rather difficult concept for a 5 year old and a 2 year old to grasp even though they do whine a lot, I think it was too much of a stretch from the word joy. 

So this week we moved on to Peace.  I know this is a stretch but in order to make peace understandable for preschoolers we talked about being a peacemaker.  Let's just say that teachable moments have been more than abundant.  We may stay on this fruit for a while because there is a lot of fighting that goes on in this house.  

Please leave me a comment if you have any good ideas on how to relate some of the other fruits to my preschoolers. 

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Monday Morning (or evening) Commentary

Invitation

This weekend we began our new series called the Invitation.  It's a series based around the theme of a wedding banquet and the idea that the most meaningful event in your life should be shared with the most meaningful people in your life.  The scripture is Luke 14:12-25.

In the passage, the invitation is simple, "Come, everything is ready."  My husband talked about how Elevation has everything ready to minister to the blind, the poor, the crippled and the lame.  The people of Elevation simply have to get their hurting friends to come.

I loved how my husband said, "Elevation is a place where you can come just as you are, but don't expect to leave just as you came."

I am so proud to be a part of Elevation church.  A church that has grown because people's live have been changed and they, in turn, have brought their friends and family, and their lives have been changed. 

I love that Elevation is a place where people who have never been to church, or not been to church in a long time, can feel comfortable.  We are not a perfect church, but we are prepared.  Prepared each week to preach the gospel to people who are far from God.

I will be praying for the people of Elevation this week who are taking a risk and inviting (maybe for the second or third time) their friends, co-workers, classmates and family members.  It's going to be a great week.  And this coming weekend we are going to see many, many people give their lives to Christ.

You can listen to the message (part 1 of the Invitation) here.

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An animal unleashed

The other night my husband and I went to bed early.  He fell asleep pretty quick, about 10 pm.  I decided to break out my laptop and work on my Picaboo scrapbook (which I finished by the way).

I don't need to have the TV on or any other noise in the back ground.  It was pitch black and quiet, except for the light from my computer and the clicking of my mouse.

Around 10:30 my husband sat straight up, from his dead sleep, and started patting the foot of the bed, as if he were looking for something.  When I asked him was he was doing, he looked at me and announced at full volume, "Someone has unleashed an animal in this bed!"

Next thing I know, he was back to sleep on his pillow and I was laughing.

Oh I laughed and laughed.  I'm still laughing

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Digital Scrapbooking Awesomeness

I am not a scrap-booker.  Sorry to those of you who love it.  I have heard people say it is therapeutic, relaxing, rewarding,etc.  If you are one of these people, I am so happy for you.  For me it is tedious, arduous and never ending.

I do however somewhat enjoy digital scrapbooking.  It's relatively fast (compared to actual scrapbooking) and produces a really great product.

I have a goal to make a scrapbook for each of my kids each year of their life.  So far, Graham has one book (he should have 3) and Elijah has two (he should have 5), and just like most scrap-bookers, I am behind.  You see my problem is I cannot find a program that I like.  I have used Sam's Club (hated uploading pics to the web and could not change the template), Creative Memories (free version, books too expensive, very few free backgrounds and options), and iPhoto (limited amount of backgrounds and options to add text).  Frustrating.

Then today I stumbled upon awesomeness in the digital scrapbooking world: Picaboo.  The program is free to download.  The books are reasonably/competitively priced.  The program is super easy to use.  You can manipulate photos, captions, placement and backgrounds.  And the backgrounds, there are thousands and they are so cute!

I worked for about 3 hours and was able to complete about half of Graham's 2nd book.  Here's a screen shot of Graham's first page.

 

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Isn't it awesome?

If you scrapbook, how do you do it?

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Fashion file… a few thoughts on denim

Disclaimer: Sorry if this post reads a little bit harsh, after writing this, I realized that I am a bit passionate about this topic, I guess you could say it is a pet peeve of mine.  Take this with a grain of salt, after all, it's only fashion and in the grand scheme of things, it's certainly not a big deal.

Thought 1: Every woman should have two sets of jeans: those you wear with flat shoes, and those you wear with heels.

    This may cost a bit more.  You are either going to have to find a tailor and spend a few extra dollars or you could shop at a store where their jeans come in varied lengths and buy say regular length for your flat shoes and tall length for your heels (or petite and regular if you are me). 

    Your jeans should not be all bunched up and dragging the floor.  This makes you look sloppy and short.  You also cannot just roll them up a few times and think that we cannot tell that your jeans are too long.  This just looks bad.  One fold on purpose is ok.  Several folds (unless you are wearing boyfriend style jeans) is not ok.

    Your jeans should also not look like high waters when you have tall shoes on.  This makes your legs look short.  Please don't do this.  If you have heels on, your jeans should touch the top of your foot with a slight break (sorry I couldn't find any pictures to share, ask a friend to help you.

    If you washed your favorite pair of jeans and they shrunk, I'm sorry, you may only wear them with flats now.

Thought #2: Everyone should own a pair of dark jeans (men, this is for you too).

    Dark jeans are more flattering, more forgiving, and more formal (look at me with alliteration!)

    I am not saying you should trash all your lighter wash jeans.  I am saying the next time you purchase a pair, go dark.  And by dark, I mean dark blue, not black.

    Dark jeans have somewhat replaced the black pant.  They are dressy without being too dressy.  A great option for a dinner out or church (unless you go to the suit and tie kind of church) or party.  Men, I am talking to you too.

    Dark jeans also make you look thinner and taller, now who doesn't want that?

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Monday Morning Commentary

Christalone

This weekend we wrapped up our series on Romans 8, Christ Alone.  My husband preached a powerful message on the fact that we are more than conquerors.

Because of Jesus, we are more than conquerors.  We fight a battle that has already been won.

Conquerors fight earthly battles, more than conquerors fight eternal battles.

Conquerors overcome by force, more than conquerors overcome by faith.

Conquerors are victorious over their struggles but more than conquerors
are victorious in their struggles.

I loved the last one the best, the thought of being a conqueror IN my struggle.  Like when Joshua and the Israelites shouted for victory before they had drawn the first sword (Josh 6:16) or Joseph who was with God while he was in prison (Gen 39).  Or Daniel while he was in the lions' den.

It makes me think of all the people I know who are still giving their tithe, in obedience to God, even though they are in financial hardship.  And people I know who are struggling through a difficult marriage but they refuse to call it quits because they want to fight for their marriage.  And teenagers I know who are heading back to their public school this month determined to stand for God no matter what. 

If we wait to be a conqueror after the battle, how can God receive any glory?  You are more than a conqueror IN whatever difficulty you are experiencing because Jesus has already won the final battle.

You can listen to the message (part 4, Christ Alone) here later today.

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