friends, friends, friends!
I hope your week is off to a great start. Monday is my “domestic day” as I call it – laundry, grocery store, dishes, cleaning, errands….I know I should spread those things out throughout the week, but I really enjoy getting it all done early in the week. boom! As I go about my day, my heart and mind are still on all I learned at #ifgathering2016 this past weekend in Austin. **livestream will be up for FREE until midnight tonight**
As I’m cutting fruit and putting the groceries up, I’m re-listening to the IF Gathering lifestream. Did y’all go to IF? Austin, local, or just curl up in your home and watch? this was my third year to go to Austin, and it did not disappoint. Gathering with 2,000 women to worship God and sit under some of our generations best teachers was water to my soul. If you haven’t heard of IF Gathering before, in founder Jennie Allen’s words IF Gathering exists to build tools to put in the hands of leaders to make disciples who make disciples.
Speaking of making disciples…
[I would highly suggest you go to the 1:50 mark on session 4 and listen to the message from David Platt]
this pretty much sums up the weekend for me. It’s so easy to make things about ourselves, isn’t it? To spend so much time thinking about ourselves, our gifts, the ways we can bless the body of Christ with who we are. We try so hard to be “in the cool club”, trying to play the part and do all the things. We dream and plan and want God to use our gifts in our timing, in our place of choosing. I mean, correct me if I’m wrong.
That all comes shattering to the ground when David Platt gets on stage and states the one thing that matters: making disciples. Not starting a blog, writing a book, starting a ministry or organization…simply making A disciple. He challenged every single woman watching to (over the next year) make ONE disciple. ONE!
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
He says, we have to recognize that God has placed each of us in our own unique place – to share his love, to spend our lives making his love known! He challenged us to realize what’s at stake for the lives of those around us. and he left us with the thought to remember the simple purpose God has given each of us. To make disciples!
Gods love goes out to those who don’t yet know him. To the ones who don’t know His peace, the power of his spirit, or the sweetness of his love. God loves them so much not only did he send his SON, but he loves them so much that his son sent YOU, sent ME, sent US! He’s given us the authority!
So practically what does that look like? I loved watching IF:Equip today hearing Amena Brown say it’s our “life on life interactions with people..allowing people into our space”. As I process and pray through who the Lord would have me disciple in this way, he’s stirred my heart for the young married gals in our church. for the mom’s I see at school and dance. for my actual neighbors. What does that look like for you? Who might God be putting in your path or on your heart to enter into your mess and show them what it looks like for you to follow Jesus?
Talk about convicting. Loving people like Jesus did is not easy, but oh isn’t it worth it? To see peoples lives transformed? David put’s it so simply, but oh so powerfully. **PS – You should also listen to Jen Hatmaker’s talk (end of session 3). She talks a lot about loving people like Jesus did – AS FRIENDS.
“when we love people well, we love them as friends. we love them as equals. we love them as partners, fellow human beings. they are not a project, not a charity case, not a photo op, not some sob story… there is NO angle. straight love. jesus love!” –Jen Hatmaker
I want to love like that! I want to prioritize love over power, friendship over superiority and courage over fear. Who’s with me?
some other nuggets from the weekend
“I don’t want to stand before my king one day and say Lord, I am so sorry that I spent more of my walk on earth trying to look like other christians than I did Christ ” – Angie Smith
“when we love people well, we love them as friends. we love them as equals. we love them as partners, fellow human beings…the vine will supply us with the daily nourishment that we need to love like he asked us to” –Jen Hatmaker
“Our differences don’t divide us, they make us real” – Maria Goff
“He’s calling our name”- Shelly Giglio
“What if our generation didn’t care about being known, but making God known” – Esther Havens
“We might not know the why, but we must know the who” –Bianca Olthoff
“he will be enough to satisfy every longing in our soul” – Lauren Chandler
“This is not a drill! this is real life!” – Katherine Wolf
“When I feel like the “grass is greener”, is it possible that the Holy Spirit is telling me WATER THE GRASS YOU ARE STANDING ON?” – Eugene Cho [way more on this later!]
“We can always have as much of God as we want” – Ann Voskamp
“When you have nothing to protect and nothing to prove- you will be dangerous, and you will experience freedom for the first time.” – Jennie Allen
“we have to put our dirt out for God to wash us, we have to repent!” – Jennie Allen