Holly Furtick

I love watching you play

Last night our boys team won the tournament for their coach pitch league this fall.  We had so much fun.  There is nothing like watching your child perform.  Whether it is in a sport or a performance of some type, it is so much fun.

It was a great night for baseball all around (yeah Boston!).

I read a blog (see here for full article) this week about how parents can best encourage their children in sports.  They surveyed college athletes and asked them what their parents said that made you feel great.  Their response was…

I love watching you play.

I said this so many times to my boys last night.  I don’t know what they will remember about their childhood when they grow up.  I don’t know if they will ever know how much work it is to have your children play an organized sport.  But I hope and pray they will remember how much we enjoyed watching them play.  And how proud we always are of them.

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A generation of generosity

Teaching kids kids to be generous is not easy.  It is against human nature to share.  Adults don’t like to share either, we just learn how to hide it better.

My husband and I teach our kids tithing like it isn’t an option.  It is just a matter of fact.  You give back to God 10% of everything He gives you.  But to get our kids to go beyond tithing and into generosity is not an easy task. Back this past winter, my sister’s oldest two kids had a joint birthday party and instead of receiving gifts, they collected items for kids in Africa.  I thought this was a great idea to rip off.

So when Elijah’s birthday rolled around this July,  I asked him if he would like to collect something at his birthday party instead of gifts.  He immediately said no.  I let it go and tried again a few days later.  This time I told him that he would still be getting gifts.  His dad and I as well as his grandparents, cousins, etc… would still give him gifts, just not the kids invited to his party.

He agreed and we selected Beds 4 Kids as his charity.  We thought it would be cool to have a huge pile of bedding to load up after his party.

Then this past September, Graham followed suit.  Graham collected stuffed animals for the kids at Levine Children’s Hospital.

I was so proud of my boys.  Once they made the decision, they never complained.  And they were still blessed with gifts and money from those closest to them.

I am not a perfect parent.  I do not seize every teachable moment and share bible verses with my kids daily.  And I don’t know that we will make this a birthday tradition.  (I hope we do but I want it to be their choice).  But I hope their generosity will inspire their friends to be generous (as their cousins did for my boys), and that maybe my kid’s generation will grow up to generous givers.

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Morning detour

I had every intention of posting an inspirational blog post for you today.  Alas, my morning did not go as planned.

I knew things were more serious than a minor injury this morning when I heard the boys playing downstairs.  Then I heard Graham crying, then I heard Elijah saying “Oh no! Oh no!  Oh Graham I am so sorry.  Oh no! Mommy!!!!”

The story involves a Minecraft reinactment.  Elijah was mining with his lunch box, Graham was a creeping (I am not 100% what that means), and I heard something about Zombies too.  Apparently the Creeper made a leap over the miner and his knee intersected with an open drawer corner which resulted in an Elevation logo shaped injury.

Graham was stitched up by a kind and so accommodating, orthopedist Elevator by 9 am and off to school.  This is his 4th set of stitches in his short life of less than 6 years. I have many things to be thankful.

Heads up.  Some of these pictures are a bit graphic.

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Elijah, Graham and Abbey’s thoughts on Easter

My kids made a welcome video for our Easter worship experiences. I couldn’t not share it here.

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Happy Spring from the Furtick family

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A special day

 

 

Today is a special day in the Furtick household.  It is Steven Furtick’s 33 birthday. These pictures were taken this past Sunday morning before he left for church. He knew the snow would be gone when we got home.  I wish you could know him the way we do.  You would love and respect him even more.  He is an incredible husband, an amazing father, a brilliant leader and a man of God.

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My little hearts

“Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ”
― Elizabeth Stone

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Kids serving kids

Right before Christmas we had the opportunity to make boxes for Operation Christmas Child along with a few other Elevation staff children.  I love serving with my kids.  I love teaching them to care about others.  They had such a great time picking out toys for their boxes and then assembling their boxes.

Did you know that this year, Operation Christmas Child expects to hit 100 Million boxes this year?  And, did you know that you don’t have to wait until Christmas time to make a box?  The boxes that we made will be distributed in Panama this March and you can still contribute to the stack (contact outreach@elevationchurch.org for more information).

And don’t forget, you can always visit Elevation Outreach for more information about how you, your family, or your small group can get involved.

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12 from 12

I hope you had a wonderful new year and a very merry Christmas!  I have certainly enjoyed a break from blogging but also excited to be back.  2012 was an incredible year for us.  Our ministry and our family has never had a bigger year than we did in 2012.  Here are my 12 favorite events from 2012 (in no particular order)…

1.  Code Orange Revival.  Although it feels like a lifetime ago, this did, in fact, occur in 2012.  It was a whirlwind 2 weeks that had a significant impact on my life personally and on the life of our church.

 

 

 

 

2.  Elijah’s baptism.  There is nothing like seeing your firstborn express their own belief in Jesus.  What an incredible moment.

 

 

 

 

3.  Trip to Hillsong Australia.  I was so proud to accompany my husband to Australia and hear him preach at not only one of the most influential churches in the world, but also one that has impacted my life personally.

 

 

 

 

4.  Banner Years.  Elevation is filled with moments where God came through.  Banner Years is one of those moments for me.  Our church believed God for something big.  My husband and I gave sacrificially along with the people of our church and God multiplied it.  My faith grew yet again.

 

 

 

5.  Greater, a NY Times bestseller.  When my husband released his 2nd book this fall we had no idea how it would be received.  We were blown away at the response it got as the book made it’s way to the New York Times bestseller list.

 

 

 

6.  An incredible vacation.  Halfway through this crazy ride, we took a family vacation.  The trip was a breath of fresh air for all of us.

 

 

 

 

7.  Abbey turned 1.  The first birthday is significant because you realize that you made it and if you can make it through the first year, you can make it through the next 17.

 

 

 

 

8.  7 Mile Miracle.  Our team wove the most unbelievable Easter worship experience and many people came to know Christ.

 

 

 

 

9.  Graham’s birthday trip.  Our Graham Graham turned 5 this year.  We snuck away for three nights with just him and had a blast.  It is always so special to spend time alone with one of our kids!

 

 

 

 

10.  Best Christmas ever.  Because of our amazing weekend support team, I was able to sit and hear my husband present the gospel 10 times that added up to 34 worship experiences city wide (plus one in Toronto!) and I got to do fun stuff with my children in between.  There is nothing like watching people stand and give their lives to Christ and there is nothing like doing church as a family.

 

 

 

11.  10 year wedding anniversary.  My husband and I celebrated 10 years of marriage this June and we can honestly say we not only still love each other but we also still like each other.

 

 

 

 

12.  I officially took up tennis.  I began taking lessons this summer for the 2nd summer in a row, only this year, I kept it up.  I have played tennis almost every week since July and am loving it.  If you know anything about me, you know this is huge for me as it is the longest I have ever played a sport (and actually the only sport I have ever learned).

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Trick or Treat!


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