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5 Things I’m Grateful For This Week

[it feels good to be doing this again!]

1. I’m so thankful for new opportunities. There’s always something more that God has for you, there’s no limit to the amount of blessings and excitement and new prospects He can choose to pour out on you.

2. Incredibly thankful for my loving husband who works so hard and serves God and His church so well. I can’t believe I’m the one who gets to serve and lead by his side – I’m not worthy! Just another example of God’s grace and His unfailing ability to erase the past and create new beginnings.

3. Grateful for an incredible group of college students who Chris and I have the privilege of leading, serving and teaching. They teach me new things constantly – about ministry, about leadership and American culture! Love you guys.

4. I am a self-confessed foodie, so it’s only fair that I feel incredibly thankful for food…I guess it’s the Greek coming out in me – but seriously, I’m so thankful for the ability to get creative with cooking! Perhaps I will post some recipes one day…

5. Grateful to see people around me actively following God’s calling on their lives, even when it means sacrifice and some degree of oppression as a result. I am continuously inspired by the people around me who are so active in serving God – whether it’s down the street from where they live or thousands of miles away.

Newspring Leadership Conference 2010 Part 1: Perry Noble

Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of attending Newspring Church’s very first Leadership Conference. There was an abundance of inspiring speakers that were anointed, challenging, encouraging and engaging. These speakers shared openly about struggles they have encountered in their respective ministries and spoke truth and wisdom into the lives of other church and ministry leaders that were in attendance. I know personally God used these godly men to speak vision and challenge into my life and ministry (alongside my husband) and we return from this conference looking at certain areas with a different mindset. It is my hope that by sharing some highlights from each speaker (one blogpost at a time) those of you who did not get to go will also be encouraged and challenged by what God gave them to say.

Speaker 1: Perry Noble

Perry is the Senior Pastor of Newspring Church and my husband and I have been able to learn from him on countless occasions through visiting the church and reading his blog etc. Perry is an engaging speaker with a passion to communicate to thousands  what God has laid on his heart.

HIGHLIGHTS:

“God must first do something great in you before He will do something great through you.”

“If you’re not willing to be uncomfortable, you will eventually be unfaithful.”

“If you’re always accessible to people, you can’t be accessible to God.”

“To do great things, you need to submit to God in the small.”

Luke 10v17-20: The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

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