Holly Furtick

Special Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday to my mother-in-law.  Faith, you are a brave woman and I am proud of you.  Thank you for loving me like your very own daughter.  I am praying God will bless you socks off this next year.  We love you!

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Changing the chores

If you have read my blog for any amount of time, you know that I am always changing up the way I manage my children’s responsibilities.  Sometimes we have no responsibilities, sometimes we have more.   Sometimes I reward them, sometimes I don’t.  I find it so hard to be consistent with any system I come up with.  And I am becoming ok with that.  Kids like change, right?

Recently I decided for the summer I would try daily chores that were done right after breakfast.  Our mornings are not rushed so why not start the day off with a straight house?  Instead of coming up with some teachery creative way to display this, I just made each of them a list.  I drew pictures for Graham’s (no laughing please).

My kids were so into this.  They loved checking their items off.  Of course Abbey with her bed head had to have a list too.  No one got paid in anything more than a hug or a high five and it felt great.  I don’t know how long it will last but it worked yesterday and we will try it again tomorrow.

 

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An answer to any what-if

Psalm 46:1-3, 7
God is our refugeand strength,
an ever-present helpin trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,though the earth give way
and the mountains fallinto the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

I love this passage of scripture.  I memorized it when I was a child.  It promises that if the absolute worst thing I could imagine happened, God would still be with me.

Do you ever worry yourself with what-ifs?  My mind can start spinning when I let myself begin to play the what-if game.  Yesterday I was in Target and I saw a man in a wheelchair.  Not an I-broke-my-leg wheel chair.  It was a permanant wheel chair.  And I had this thought, I have no idea where it came from, “What if something happened to one of my kids and they were forced to be in a wheel chair the rest of their life?”  Would that be awful, absolutely.  Would it rock my world, yes.

The thing is, this scripture gives an answer to what-if, and that answer is, God will be with me and He will be my strength.

So what if one of my kids had to be in a wheel chair?  God would be with me and He would be my strength.

Or what if, well, no need to get my mind (or yours) started in that direction because the answer is, God would be with me and He would be my strength.

The Lord Almighty is with me (and you).

 

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And the winners are…

 

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway.  Your comments were so fun and encouraging to read.  I hope that you will pre-order a copy because this book is life changing.

Vicky, MC, and Brandy, email us your info at lloeblein@elevationchurch.org and we will get you book sent to you!  Congratulations!

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Life Change Inbox

It’s Friday and time for another Life Change Inbox!  I have been sharing some of the wonderful emails my husband gets, where people share the work God is doing in their lives through Elevation Church.  Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:2-4 that our lives are living letters written so that God might be glorified.

You are going to love Kendall’s story…

I started attending Elevation back in September when the Rock Hill campus opened up. As a 17 year old girl I was pretty wild. I partied every weekend, which went hand in hand with drinking and random guys. I soon settled down and got in a relationship with a guy I was truly in love with. We dated for over a year and I knew we shouldn’t have been doing the things we were, but I really cared about him and thought that’s how I had to express it. My parents and I fought constantly. They knew I was lying about where I was going on the weekends and knew this boy was ruining me. One weekend his step mom talked us in to going to Elevation with her. I thought it was okay but really was ready to leave, go eat, and spend the rest of the day with my boyfriend. I started playing tick-tack-toe with him and hangman on our worship guides, and didn’t even stand and sing.

A few months later my so-called perfect relation ended awfully. Cheating and lying were involved and I was completely broken with the outcome. I stayed in my room for weeks crying, didn’t go to school, and didn’t go back to Elevation. After about 2 weeks I pulled myself together and went back to church with his step mom and God pulled me into him.

I was saved at the Christmas worship experience and never missed a night of Code Orange Revival. I was baptized during Code Orange Revival and started volunteering the week after at the Rock Hill campus as a greeter. I haven’t missed a Sunday since. I’m here every Sunday at 7:30 and sit right up front and worship like it’s the end of the world when I go into the service. After my baptism I felt like a new person; my past of partying, drinking, and other inappropriate behavior was erased. I made a promise with myself and to God that the next person I would be very intimate with would be my husband. I leave for college in the fall and I know it will be an adjustment along with a lot of temptation, but my heart and morals are rooted in that church and I will carry what I’ve learned here to Columbia when I leave.

Thank you Elevation church, staff, and volunteers for positively changing my life.

Sincerely,
Kendall

What a great story.  Kendall, I am praying for you as you head to college in the fall.  You are going to make wise choices and continue to grow in the Lord.

Don’t forget to check back in a few hours to see the 3 lucky winners of my husband’s newest book, Greater!

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Another Beach Boy

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The GREATEST give away ever!

I am so excited about my husband’s latest book coming out this fall, Greater!  It is based on the life of the prophet, Elisha.  And it is amazing.

I loved Sun Stand Still.  The teachings in it continue to stay with me in my everyday life.

But I have to say, I liked Greater even better and I cannot wait for you to get your hands on a copy.  Greater is about moving beyond living a life that is good enough and into fulfilling the greatness God sees in me.

Today I remembered that I have a box of advanced reader copies in my garage and I decided (with permission from my husband, of course) to share a few copies with some of you.

I will give away 3 copies.  All you have to do is leave a comment.  For fun, tell me where you are from in your comment.  I will close the comments tomorrow evening and then randomly select 3 winners.  And, if you don’t win, you can always pre-order your own copy here on Amazon!

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What does Daddy always tell you?

 

I am so proud to be teamed up with Steven Furtick raising these three kids.  For Father’s Day I interviewed our boys and then created a book for my husband with pictures and their answers.  Their answers were too good not to share…

 

Describe what Daddy looks like?  How tall is he?  How much does he weigh? What color are his eyes?  His hair?
G: Black hair, black eyes, light and brown skin, he is 100 feet tall, I don’t know how much he weighs because I have never seen him step on the weigher.
E: He is about 5.3 feet tall.  He weighs probably 83.5 pounds (I’m guessing).  His eyes are brown, his hair is black.

What does Daddy do at work?

G: He works on stuff about Elevation.  He works about stuff he tells people about Jesus.
E: He sort of works on what he’s gonna do on his sermon

Who is Daddy’s best friend?
G: Abbey, Mommy, Me and Elijah.  But mostly mommy.
E: Mommy, Mr. Chunks, me and Graham

What are Daddy’s favorite foods?
G: Chicken, shrimp, meat, BBQ
E: Shrimp, spaghetti, spicy stuff

How are you like Daddy?
G: We both like shrimp
E: People say we look alike. We both have brown eyes.

What is Daddy good at?
G: Fixing egg sandwiches, driving us
E: Watching tv, eating, sleeping, wrestling, playing sports

What does Daddy like to do for fun?
G: Wrestle
E: Wrestle, swim, he reads to us

What is your favorite thing about Daddy?
G: That he always wrestles with us
E: How he’s always doing whatever he says he’s gonna do

What do you love about Daddy?
G: When he took me to the baseball game
E: How daddy is such a great man and how he is going to change many people’s lives

What does Mommy love about Daddy?
G: How he always lets Mommy choose what we do
E: Because they’re married

Which Bible character reminds you most of Daddy?
G: David because he beated up bad people and Daddy beats up bad people
E: Goliath because he’s strong

What is one thing that Daddy has taught you?
G: How to swing a baseball bat
E: How to ride a bike

What does Daddy always tell you?
G: About Jesus
E: Secrets

What makes Daddy happy?
G: When he opens the door from a trip and me and Bubba and Abbey run and give him a hug
E: Love

What does Daddy know a lot about?
G: Jesus
E: The Bible

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Life Change Inbox

It’s Friday and time for another Life Change Inbox!  I have been sharing some of the wonderful emails my husband gets, where people share the work God is doing in their lives through Elevation Church.  Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:2-4 that our lives are living letters written so that God might be glorified.

Here is Denise’s story…

I just wanted to share with you what a blessing Elevation Church has been in my life over the past year. My first visit to Elevation was during the 3rd week of the Mr and Mrs Betterhalf series in May of 2011. At that time, I had been divorced for almost a year and I felt like my life was way off track. I had been making lots of poor choices as I tried to adjust to my life as a single woman. I knew the only way to get my act together was to turn to God. My first visit to Elevation was just the message that I needed to hear. Pastor Steven’s sermon was geared toward the single people that particular morning. I did not know yet that I would later call Elevation home, but I knew that without a doubt God wanted me there that week.

After that, I found myself wanting to come back each week. The message was always so powerful, and I always felt like God was speaking to me through Pastor Steven. At this point though, I was still not calling Elevation “my church”. I was still missing that feeling of fellowship and connection. I would just come in, worship, listen to the message, and go home. Something was missing still. Then in August, I heard the announcement that Elevation would be launching a campus in Rock Hill and that they needed people to join the launch team. I felt led to do this but I was very nervous about the three month “all in” commitment that was asked of us. Being a single mother of three with an ex husband that was not supportive of Elevation at all made it even scarier for me. But I decided to take a leap of faith, and I joined the launch team for Rock Hill!

I have been in Rock Hill since the campus opened in September, and it has been one of the best decisions of my life. I have been serving on the eKidz Host Service team, and I have had the opportunity to serve with some of the most amazing women. They have made me a better person, and I am thankful to have them in my life! I would not have had the chance to meet them if I had not listened to God’s call to me to serve. I look forward to serving each and every Sunday morning!

Also, my three boys never complain about coming to church anymore. They have made friends in eKidz, and they absolutely love Elevation Rock Hill! My two older boys made the biggest decision of their lives at Elevation when they decided to give their lives to Christ at Easter. I am so proud of them and so very thankful to eKidz.

I could go on and on with ways that my life has been blessed by God through Elevation Church. I am grateful
and honored to be a part of this move of God. I was honored today as the eTeam volunteer of the month, but
Elevation deserves the credit. Elevation Church has given me way more than I could ever offer. I am the one who is blessed to be able to serve God through what I now happily and most definitely call “My Church”!

Thank you,
Denise

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Beach Boy

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