Holly Furtick, along with her husband, Steven, are the founders of Elevation Church. Elevation launched in 2006 and has grown into a global ministry with multiple locations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from North Greenville University and is the author of two women’s Bible studies, Building Friendships That Fit and Becoming Mrs. Betterhalf.
Holly and Pastor Steven live in Charlotte, NC with their two sons, Elijah and Graham, and daughter, Abbey. When she’s not taking care of her family or helping lead Elevation Church, Holly spends her time reading and attempting to play tennis and grow her own vegetables.
Growing up I only saw my Grandma B about twice a year, but I never remember a time where there was not a pound cake waiting for me at her house when we arrived. She knew it was my favorite. I liked to put butter on it and warm it in the microwave for 15 seconds (still do). Grandma B passed away almost a decade ago, but she lived to be 98 years old! In her final years I would occasionally call to check on her and she would always ask about Elevation. She would say, “How many you’d have this week?” and I would tell her the latest update of our growing church plant. She would always gasp and reply, “Well I’ll be. I am mighty proud of you.”
Pound cakes get their name not because they make you gain weight but because the original recipe called for a pound of butter, a pound of flour, a pound of sugar and a pound of eggs. They appear to be simple recipes, but they can be very complicated cakes to make. You cannot cook them too long and, you always run the risk of it not gliding effortlessly out of your bundt pan. But when you nail it, it is so good.
I remember calling Grandma B several years ago and asking her for her recipe. She made sure that I knew to put it in a cold oven, turn it on and NO PEEKING for one hour. So here is her recipe. When I make this recipe today, I am immediately transported to her kitchen, and that is the magic of food.
3 sticks of salted butter (room temperature)
3 c sugar
5 eggs (room temperature)
1 c evaporated milk
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp lemon extract
3 c flour
½ tsp salt
Cream butter and sugar together
Add extracts and salt
Add eggs one at a time (blend a little in between each one)
Alternate flour and milk
Put it in a cold oven and bake at 325 for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. (No peeking for at least an hour.)
Use a toothpick to check for doneness.
Top with sliced, sugared strawberries and whip cream for a version of strawberry shortcake or just a sliver of butter while warm. ...
...for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. ...
I sure do love when the guest speaker is also a dear friend. What an honor it was to have @LisadHarper and Missy with us this weekend. Girl preachers are my favorite, and Lisa’s message on hope was so powerful. It is up on all the Elevation channels now for you to watch and share! ...
Happy birthday Faith Furtick. Thank you for loving me like I was your own daughter. ...
A reminder for today:
God is doing wonderful things in your life. But sometimes, we have to be patient. God’s not a genie who grants our wishes as soon as we ask them. He does not magically snap away all of our problems and difficulties, faults and failures. You are on a journey, and our faithful God is your guide. Be encouraged. He who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it. ...
There are so many ways to make family dinner memorable. One of my favorite, easy dinners is hotdogs and s’mores around our firepit. @stevenfurtick is always in charge of the music, and cleanup is so easy! It is easy to get in a rut of just getting food on the table. Here are a few ideas to spice up dinner for your friends and family this Summer…
• Take Taco Tuesday to the next level by having a Fiesta Night. Play Mariachi music and put down a bright tablecloth. (Maybe buy cheap sombreros on Amazon if you want to go all out?)
• Have a Game Night with wings and finger foods while you play a board game.
• Have a picnic with easy sandwiches in your backyard or at a nearby park.
• Make a giant Charcuterie on your kitchen table and drink out of fancy glasses. Have fun questions for more direct conversation like “Would you Rather?”s or one that I like is, “What is your second favorite song, book, movie, sport etc…?”
• If you go to the beach for vacation (or if you are lucky enough to live near one), consider ordering pizza and eating on the beach one night for dinner.
• Have a fancy candlelight dinner, eat on china and have everyone dress up. You can even have the kids help you create paper menus.
Comment below if you and your friends and family have any fun ways that you like to eat dinner together! ...
On Father’s Day, @stevenfurtick went back to the well to teach us that our Heavenly Father is a barrier breaker.
Here are a few highlights from my notes:
- You don’t get to choose WHO God uses, and you don’t get to choose WHAT He does.
- When following Jesus, there is a BIIIIG DIFFERENCE between worshipping a tradition and pursuing truth.
- Every disruption is not divine.
- God is the god of the plot twist. (Genesis 50:20)
- A lot of people may feel like life is one giant setback right now, but plot twist: God takes what the enemy meant for evil and turns it for good. Get ready for unexpected blessings in unlikely places.
- What is the enemy trying to convince you to give up on, because what you’re carrying is so significant?
WOW. You don’t want to miss this sermon. And if you’ve already watched it, you’ll want to watch it again! It’s available now on all our Elevation channels. ...
@stevenfurtick, sometimes I eavesdrop. I know I am not supposed to but I do. I am addicted to listening to you talk to our kids. I love how you talk to them each so differently.
You accept them for who they are and you try to accentuate their strengths and overlook their weaknesses. You let them ask hard questions and you don’t give stock answers.
You are interested in what they are interested in. I swear you seem so into their looonnnggggg recaps of episodes of the Office that you have already seen, or some YouTube video by Leah Ashe, and descriptions of their most Madden trade. You even ask follow up questions like, "is it a neon, flyable, rideable unicorn?" You learned to love and appreciate rap music even though it is so far removed from Lars and Slash.
Parenting with you is like getting drafted to the Bulls in 1995. Happy Father’s Day. ...
No matter what your situation is, you are wrapped in His love today. ...
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