expecting the UNexpected!

This past weekend my husband along with our girls set out to Anderson SC to hear Perry Noble preach. He is one of my most favorite preachers and it’s because he is real and doesn’t care about what others think of him only Christ! He brings it and when you leave you feel convicted, and you are ready to make a difference. When we arrived on Saturday we went swimming and then to dinner and then back to swimming. It was much better than waking up at 7 to get there in time because we are two hours away. The girls love going to NewSpring as much as we do. This was our 4th time going. We also met up with a few of the youth. This one student has been accepted into Liberty and has only been saved about a year. He loves going to NewSpring so much that he is actually considering moving to Greenville and attend Greenville tech just to be able to be apart of NewSpring. He doesn’t have supportive parents and cannot afford Liberty at this point. I know that God is going to use that boy! His testimony would blow you away! He is hungry for God’s word and I truly believe he will make his mark! So anyways… we let Rebekah stay with us in the service this past Sunday and she LOVED IT! She experienced true authentic worship and to my surprise the youth pastor was actually preaching.  His name is Brad Cooper and boy let me tell you that dude can preach! At first I was like, man I wanted to hear Perry but my husband (who is also a youth pastor) reminded me that God was who I came to encounter not Perry Noble…I said hahaJ I tell Richard all the time that him and Perry would be bff!  I realized I went ready to hear someone but got something else in return and it was amazing because I had no idea what to expect!!  It didn’t matter who led the worship or who was going to preach, because God moved in that place!  I think so many people go into God’s presence to simply hear what they want, or expect a certain answer to a prayer when God is usually doing something way more in our lives than  we could even fathom! Brad spoke and he captivated the crowd because he brought truth, and he brought unedited JESUS! (oh I like that unedited Jesus..hmm)  ….Afterwards we went to the mellow mushroom with our girls and the three other students who came along with us. We decided we would head to Ridgecrest to stay for the night because Rebekah and Rachel wanted to see it and to also just spend the night again some where! There are no TV’s in the rooms, no pools for swimming, so it’s basically you, God, and pretty much nature. I LOVE IT! I would work there in a split secondJ we went to the top of the mountain and I was anticipating there faces as they saw miles of beautiful green trees and a gorgeous breath taking view. But!! What they saw was FOG!!! MILES OF IT! But to my surprise there faces lit up and they began to talk about how beautiful it was, how amazing the view was, how God was awesome and how peaceful it was up there. They saw God even through the fog! Then there was my reaction and I was disappointed. God spoke to my heart at the very moment and said they came expecting to see the unexpected and you came expecting to see what you have already seen and you were hoping to see the same thing.….

 In Ephesians 3:20 Now to HIM who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations for ever and ever! Amen.

I begin to see that we can become such spoiled people and we want our spiritual lives to be easy and to be comfortable. When NO where in the Bible it says anything of the sorts! Jesus was rebellious! He stood against the flow, He brought Truth, He encountered people because He met them right where they were. He was brutally beaten for me and on the third day rose from the grave! I mean really THIS MAN WAS UNBELIEVABLE!  

Lecrae’s lyrics describe Jesus as this… “Jesus was a rebel, a renegade, outlaw/ sanctified
troublemaker but He never sinned, no/ and He lived His life by a different set of Rules/ the culture ain’t approve/so you know they had to bruise em/”
 

 

I am praying that God rocks my world daily and that I encounter Him in ways that are unexplainable and immeasurably more than I could ask for! I want everyday to be unexpected and a deep excitement to serve Him with my WHOLE heart. I want others to look at me and say….SHE IS A FREAK and then ask me why!  I want others to EXPECT one thing when they see me but when they talk to me be blown away by what God is doing in my life and how crazy in love I am with Him! God please rock my world!! I refuse to fall into numbness, into complacency, into a ho hum relationship with you. Consume me and allow me to see You in everything I do or say! God today I am asking you to use me to make you famous!

Holly

 

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watch week 2 of the Now What series…

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One thought on “expecting the UNexpected!

  1. You know I think so many people long for and crave spiritual boringness in the form of “we’ve always done it this way.” I love the idea of what you are saying and I realize of how many times I’ve been guilty of expecting nothing so that I won’t be disappointed.
    Thanks for bringing it.
    PS, what do guys call BFFs?? I asked the guys in Sunday School and they didn’t know. Just curious.
    GG

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