Holly Furtick

Thanks Dad

While driving the other day, I was listening to the Focus on the Family broadcast.  Josh McDowell was talking about raising your kids to believe the truth of Christianity for themselves.  He said that it is very difficult to have a relationship with your heavenly Father if you didn't have a relationship with your earthly father. 

I suddenly became very thankful for my dad.  He isn't perfect.  But he loves God and he loves me.  And he and my mom raised me to become a confident, God-fearing wife and mother.

My dad turned 60 years old this month.  And to honor him, I want to share one of my favorite memories of him…

Throughout my childhood, from as far back as I can remember all the way through college, my dad would occasionally look at me and say some variation of this,

"If I was a 9 year old boy in your class, I would hope that the teacher would assign me to sit next to you." 

I am thankful for a dad who always made a point to make me feel special.  I know that so many people do not get to experience that as a child. 

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Abbey works the camera

Several months ago, at my baby shower, I received this precious little pink hat from Cheyenne along with a note saying that she would love to take Abbey’s pictures once she was born. Cheyenne’s husband, Geoff, is on staff at Elevation doing motion graphics.  They also have a photography business here in Charlotte.  I was honored to have her take Abbey’s first pictures.

Thanks Cheyenne for capturing such beautiful images of Abbey!

Abbey Cheyenne Collage

 

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Monday Morning Commentary

Grapesandgiants
This weekend we began our new series, Grapes and Giants.  It's a series based out of the book of Ephesians.  My husband preached about the potential of the power of God in our daily lives.  His message was so inspirational, and funny too.

The message was based out of Ephesians 1:17-22 and Numbers 13:17-33.  He made a connections between Paul's letter to the church of Ephesus and the Israelites who went to spy out the promised land.

My husband said that it is possible for God to have all the power and for His people to live in total weakness.  He said that if we never convert the power into strength by faith and actions, God's power is simply potential to us.  Wow.  That is a packed sentence.

He also said that my strength in life is not determined by my ability but by God's authority.  We must stop focusing on the giants in our life and start focusing on the God who made the grapes.

No matter what your giant is, your God has the placed the power in you to overcome it.  You should listen to the message, it is packed full of powerful illustrations and funny stories.  You can watch it here this week at the Elevation Experience or in our archives.

Ephesians 1:18-19
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength.

Have a great Monday!

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Big Brothers

There are a few phrases that have been added to my repertoire that I seem to say 100 times a day now that Abbey Faith is here…

    Shhh…
    Go wash your hands, with soap
    Please get out of her face
    Don't touch the swing
    She doesn't need to be checked on

They are both constantly checking to see if her eyes are open.  But they mean well.  I am trying establish some general guidelines for living life with a newborn baby rather than constantly fussing at them.  We are working on it.

Here's a few pictures of the big brothers and one of sweet Abbey at the end…

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Boys and abbey

Abbey

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His grace is sufficient

I am in the phase of motherhood where the days (and nights) all run together.  Where you truly grasp that there are, indeed, 24 hours in a day.  But things are going good.  The boys are adjusting and Abbey is doing well.  Yesterday, all three of them had a meltdown at some point and thankfully, they did not all happen at the same time.

I am not a morning person and with lack of sleep, I tend to wake up a bit grumpy.  Yesterday morning I was feeling quite irritated.  I took a minute, sat down with my tea and found myself reading this…

1 Corinthians 13:1-7
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Do you ever feel a sense of discouragement when you read this passage?  It is so beautiful, so poetic, so inspiring, but yet, it can also make me feel like, maybe, a failure.  I started to pray that the Lord would help me to be patient with my children, to not be easily angered with the ones I love the most (ouch).

Then I remembered this verse that I memorized as a child…

2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

The great thing is God does not ask anything of me that He will not back up.  It is through His power that I can love.  Through His power that I can forgive.  Through His power that I can overcome sin.

I hope that today, if you are feeling defeated about some area of your life, you will realize that God's grace is sufficient for you, when you are weak, He is strong.

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Fashion File is back…

It has been a while since I have posted a fashion file.  I am sure being pregnant had something to do with it.  But alas, I am no longer pregnant (Hooray!) and ready for some spring fashion.

Today I want to focus on men's fashion.  Men's fashion is currently making a big shift.  It is going from flashy graphic tees and boot cut jeans to a more plain look with clean lines.  Here are a few examples…

T-Shirts are moving from this to this…

Bad tee 1      Good tee 1

 

Hoodies/Sweatshirts are moving from this to this…

Bad tee 2      Good tee 2

Jackets are moving from this to this…

Bad tee 3      Good tee 3

Vests are moving from this to this…

Bad tee 4      Good tee 4

Jeans are moving from this to this…

Bad tee 5      Good tee 5

Men, think, "less is more."  Now I am not saying you need to throw out every graphic tee you own and replace them with solid colors.  Nor am I saying that you need to get rid of all your boot cut jeans.  What I am saying is next time you (or ladies, next time you are out shopping for your man) go to buy a pair of jeans, try plain, dark and slim, and, maybe buy a few solid black t-shirts just to add into your rotation.

There you have it men, don't get left behind, it's time for you to start making a change. 

(This post has been approved by the most fashionable man I know, my husband :))

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Abbey’s hospital hat

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I am super proud of myself for Abbey's hospital hat.  I made it.  I don't consider myself a super crafty person, but can be on a rare occasion.

I stumbled across the idea while surfing online one day.  They are called I'm not a boy hats.  I really wanted to get one for Abbey.  When I continued clicking found this tutorial on how to make your own and it seemed easy enough.

I found a hospital hat of Elijah's and one of Graham's in a tub of baby clothes and got to work.

The only thing I did differently than the tutorial is I cleaned it up a bit by creating hems on the hat and the bow with glue called liquid stitch (since I do not sew :)).  I made the hat in about 15 minutes and then bragged about myself shamelessly and showed it to all my friends.

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Abigail Faith makes her appearance

Abigail Faith Furtick
March 10, 2011
7 pounds 4 ounces
20 inches
Born at 2:03 pm

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She’s finally here!  We are all doing great.  My labor and delivery went really well and I am recovering quickly.  She seems to be a pretty good baby, for which I am very grateful.  She eats like a champ and sleeps like one too.

Abbey weighed almost a pound more than Elijah (6lbs 2 oz) or Graham (6lbs 6oz), that was a huge surprise to me.

I am totally loving all the pink!

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The little drummer boys

One of our favorite past times at the Furtick house is playing music.  Elijah is really excelling on the drums and Graham is having a great time.

Here is Elijah’s latest video.  He and his dad call this song, Graham Graham Boogie.

 

 

And of course, Graham plays the drums too.  Here he is playing Elevation’s Sun Stand Still

 

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He delivered me from my fears

Psalm 34:4
I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
   he delivered me from all my fears.

When I was in high school, I memorized Psalm 34.  It is a beautiful and encouraging Psalm.  This morning I woke up thinking about this verse.  It is packed with some great stuff.

I sought the Lord.

He answered me.

He delivered me from my fears.

Or you could work backwards.  What fear is overwhelming me today?  Answers are found when I seek the Lord.

So many times when we are afraid, we seek everyone but God.  We begin to worry.  We become overwhelmed with this fear and worry so much that we constantly think about it and talk about to everyone.  We talk about it to everyone except God, the only one who can give you an answer.

And His answer isn't always exactly what you expect.  Sometimes He just gives you peace to know that He is near.  Sometimes He shows you that your fear is in something that doesn't even exist.  Sometimes He reveals you an action that you need to take or a behavior you need to stop. 

You will never get an answer if you don't first seek Him.  You will never truly be delivered from your fear if you don't stop seeking others and start seeking Him.  I am preaching this to myself today.

The Psalmist goes on to say in verse 17, "The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
   he delivers them from all their troubles."

Seek the Lord today, cry out to Him and find His deliverance.

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