Holly Furtick

Be Strong

Ephesians 6:10 says
Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

I'm not sure what you are facing today, but I want to encourage you to be strong in the Lord.  Fight back empowered with His might.

Fight back with the Word of God.

If you are being attacked by anxious thoughts
    Phillippians 4:6-7  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

If you are having trouble forgiving someone
    Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

If you are feeling guilty and unworthy
    Roman 8:1-2 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

If don't know what to pray for someone
    Philippians 1:9-11 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

If you are scared
    Josh 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

The Word of God is your weapon to fight against whatever you are battling.  Be strong in the Lord.  Fight back.

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And the winner is…

Thanks to all of you who entered my blog anniversary contest.  Your comments were so encouraging to read!  I'm sorry I couldn't give each of you a cheesecake!

Congratulations Lori Bunk, you are so going to enjoy this dessert!

Blog Winner - 11-2010

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Who scored the best deal on Black Friday?

I am an admitted lover of hunting shopping.  But believe it or not, I have never been shopping on Black Friday.  No not ever. 

The problem is I don't do mornings, or middles of the night for that matter.  There is just no deal good enough for me to get out of my bed at 3 am.

But enough about me, I know many of your scored some great deals.  From toys to electronics and name brand gifts.  So here's your chance to brag.  Leave a comment sharing what was the best deal you brought home today…

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A lesson in gratefulness

I was listening to a Focus on the Family broadcast on my phone the other day about teaching your children gratefulness.  (Side note, the Focus on the Family app for iPhone is wonderful).  They made a really good point right off the bat…

You cannot teach your children gratefulness if you do not model it yourself.

Seems obvious, but also easier said than done.  Do my children hear me say thank you to people at a check-out?  Or to a waitress in a restaurant?  Do I thank their preschool teachers and nursery workers at church?

Do I thank my kids when they do things without being asked or listen the first time?

Even more important, do my husband and I express gratefulness to each other?

Do we talk about the blessings God has given us at the dinner table?

I read this verse this morning…

Colossians 2:6-7
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

I hope to raise grateful children and I think it starts with me, overflowing with thankfulness.

Happy Thanksgiving.  Hope you have a great day, and happy hunting to all of you braving the black Friday crowds!

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4 Year Anniversary with a sweet give away

Happy Anniversary to me.  Yesterday marked 4 years of blogging for me.  It all started on one of those boring Thanksgiving afternoons where you are done eating and you find yourself surfing the web.  I made a joke about starting a blog like my husband's, and he made me do it (he pushes me to do a lot of things in my life, that's what good husbands do).

I can't believe I have kept up with this for so long.  I have to say, I really enojoy it.  It's fun and at times, therepudic.

I've grown a lot as a person and a writer.  When I first started this blog, Elevation Church was only 10 months old with less than 800 people in attendance and only a handful of staff members.  My family was different too.  Elijah was about 14 months old I was still trying to figure the whole mothering thing out (I guess I still am). 

Here, I have been able to celebrate so many of the amazing blessings we have experienced as a family and a church.  I am grateful to have it all recorded.

A few weeks ago I broke one million lifetime pageviews here at the Preacher's Wife.  And that is something to celebrate…

So I am giving away one of my favorite desserts in the entire world, Oreo Cheesecake from probably my favorite restaurant in the world, Cheesecake Factory.  To win, just leave a comment (one please) on this post sometime before Friday at midnight.  On Monday, I will announce a winner.

And thanks for reading my blog, it means a lot to me.

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The look of a boy

A few weeks ago, Sean Lyon was taking a few headshots of me at church.  Since the boys were there, we decided to snap a few of them too.  The look in their eyes is priceless to me.  It says, TROUBLE!

Elijah and graham 11-2010
This isn't the first time Sean has captured a look from one of my boys.  This is a picture of Elijah he took in 2008.  It's still one of my favorites.

Sean Pics, Spring 2008 011
I am going to be blogging all week.  My blog anniverary is actually on Thanksgiving weekend and I am cooking up a great giveaway.  Have a great Tuesday!

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Monday Morning Commentary

This weekend we continued our series, One Generation Away.  This was our second week using point to point technology and I have to say it is really special to worship together even though we are at 4 different locations.  We had record attendance (aside from Christmas and Easter) and my husband preached an amazing message. 

The message was entitled One Generation Away from Changing the World and although it was geared towards the students at our church, I myself was inspired and challenged.

The message had three simple points. 
    Practice selective hearing
    Find your sound and play it loud
    Just keep showing up

You'll have to listen to the message for the scripture references and explanation of the first two points, the last one really ministered to me.  Just keep showing up.  Proverbs 24:16 says; "for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again."

My husband encouraged us that living the Christian life is not about not failing, or not falling.  It's about learning the art of getting back up.  Just keep showing up.

Keep showing up to the Word of God even though you feel confused by it.

Keep showing up in your prayer time even though you prayers may not seem to be answered.

Keep showing up to your small group even though you feel as though you have nothing to contribute.

Keep showing up to church even though you didn't live like a Christian this week.

Just keep showing up.

You can listen to the message every hour at the Elevation Experience or in our archives next week.

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Refreshing Conversations: Jan McClelland and Nicole Crank

We continue our series, Refreshing Conversations.  For the past several Fridays, I have been playing back videos recorded from a pastors' wives retreat that I hosted called Refresh.  I couldn't help but take advantage of all the wisdom that was present.  I called in my good friend, Tonia Bendickson, to interview some of the leading Christian women in this nation.  You will hear about a full range of topics from ministry to family to leadership. 

Today we are going to hear from two women who took very different paths that unexpectedly ended up in ministry.  I think you are going to enjoy hearing these women's stories.


Jan McClelland
and her husband, Mark lead WillowBrook Church in Huntsville, Alabama.  When Jan married Mark, he was a banker, listen to Jan talk about her journey with her husband into the world of ministry.


Listen on Mobile



Pastor Nicole and David Crank pastor Faith Church in St.Louis, Missouri.  Nicole has an incredible story of redemption.  Listen to her talk about her journey through abuse and hurt to marrying a pastor and entering the ministry.

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Fashion File… do’s and don’ts of the cardigan

Cardigans are all over the place this winter.  It's overwhelming to know how to choose one.  When considering a cardigan, it's important that you do not get lost in it.  Too much detail, too heavy fabric, and too much fabric can cause you and your figure to become lost in your sweater.  If you are short, don't get a sweater that goes past your mid-thigh, it will make you look even shorter.  If you are more full figured, stay closer to the lighter weight sweaters.

Here are a few cardigans that I like and don't like…

I like this one, it is simple and figure flattering.  This would look great with a long, chunky necklace.

Cardigan 5

I love this one.  It is flowy and it has pockets.  It also came in several different colors.

  Cardigan 7

I don't like this one.  It is too flowy, and the color contrast is too much for me.

Cardigan 1

I love the simplicity of this one.  It's not too long, and not too baggy.

Cardigan 2

I don't like this one.  There is way too much going on here.

Cardigan 3

I don't like this one.  There are so many things wrong here.  If you want to wear a scarf, wear one that is not attached to your sweater.

Cardigan 4

The short sleeve cardigan in black is fun because you can wear a bright colored long-sleeved shirt underneath.  I like this one.  I'm not sure why this sweater didn't deserve a real model.

Cardigan 11

Here are a few more don'ts.  Too big, to much ruffle, too floral, and anything titled "shaggy" should not be worn on a woman.

  Cardigan 13Cardigan 8Cardigan 10Cardigan 9 

All of these sweaters came from Zappos.com.  They vary in price, but you can find a great cardigan on sale everywhere right now.  I prefer to buy a my cardigans in neutral colors so that I can get more wear out of them.  Here's hoping we can stay warm this winter and look cute while doing so!

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Photo Journal: Blakeney Opening

Blakeney signBlakeney auditorium    Blakeney stage

Blakeney outside nightBlakeney Holly and Graham Blakeney Elijah drumsBlakeney pf guitar

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