Monthly Archives: August 2010

I’m Ready For Fall

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I'm ready:

*For crisp, sweater and scarf wearing weather.

*For Madi to start preschool next week.

*For amazing things to happen at Illuminate.

*For coffee dates with my girls and Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

*To celebrate six years of marriage with the love of my life in San Diego.

*For the launch of the Women's community at Illuminate. It is going to be amazing!

*To visit Apple orchards and Pumpkin patches with the family.

*For fall inspired baked goods.

*Decorating my home with the warm hues inspired by nature.

*To start blogging again next week.

*And finally….because it is oh so much closer to Christmas!!!!

What excites you about Fall?

Tiff~

A Garage Sale Reminder!

*Garage sale today was a huge success!!!! Thank you so much to our Illuminate leadership team and volunteers who helped put the sale on. And a huge thank you to those who came out to shop and support us!  We met our goal…we are so excited! Praise the Lord!

Coming soon….an Illuminate website.  I can't wait for the reveal! *

I am still on my bloggy break (and it has been sooo good for me!) but I wanted to remind you all about Illuminate's upcoming garage sale.

It will be at Knott Avenue Christian Church from 7 AM to 12 PM on Saturday August 28th, 2010.

We will have furniture, clothes, baby items, home decor and oh so much more.

All proceeds will go towards Illuminate Ministry.

If you are in Southern California….I hope to see you!

Tiff~

I’ve Been Away

I have purposely not blogged the last few days because I need the break.  I haven't felt like writing and I think it is time for me to just take some time to refocus.

To collect myself. My thoughts. Some sanity (is that possible with two kids under 4)?

I have been busy with some house repairs, new ministry opportunities (which I will share really soon) and my family.  

I will be back soon. I promise =).

But for now, I am going to be a little selfish and focus on me. 

Blessings to you all!

Tiff~

Garage Sale for Illuminate

Illuminate is having a garage sale.

Why?

Illuminate is raising money to start a website so that we can reach the thousands of college and young adults in the area….and around the world.  It will be your first stop for service information, ministry opportunities and a live feed of our services on Sunday nights.

We will be hosting a Garage Sale @ Knott Avenue Christian church

The Date: August 28th

The Time: 7 AM-12 PM

Address: 315 S. Knott Avenue, Anaheim CA 92804

There will be large ticket items as well as baby, clothing, household decor etc.

All proceeds will go to Illuminate Ministry.  

Hope to see you there!  

Tiff~

Obedience

Obedience is so important in our relationship with  God. Our lack of obedience hinders our prayer life, blessings, opportunities to serve, to minister and oh so much more.  

It grieves our Lord's heart when we disobey Him.  

I just started my study of the book of Jonah using Priscilla Shirer's new book Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted .  My mind is being blown to pieces by the way she tells the story and recreates the images of Jonah's journey that includes running from God…and then surrendering to His will.

It is a good one y'all. 

But the last couple of days, the word that has struck the biggest cord with me is: Obedience.

We will have times in our lives when things don't go according to plan.  Sometimes we will be excited about these changes, other times, well not so much. But God still requires our obedience in these times.  Are you obeying Him? Am I?

This is a hard one for me. I am independent and a control freak by nature.  By my sinful nature I should add.  To just throw my hands up and say "OKAY" is especially hard for me because I like to control and predict the outcomes.  But I am directed to the Scriptures to others who have situations invade their lives and their actions had an eternal impact:

Noah

Esther

Abraham

Gideon

Moses

Ruth

David

Mary (the mother of Jesus)

We have so many examples that God has loving given us to see that His hand is with us, He is always with us and He requires obedience.  If we love Him, we will obey Him. 

Because if choose not to obey Him, then we could be missing out on something so magnificent, something that impacts the Kingdom.  We won't always know the end result, but that isn't the point.  

Obedience is.

Tiff~

VBS!

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Sweet Madi began VBS on Monday and she is having a great time!  It has been so good for her to be out of the house for a few hours and use up all of that energy. 

I am a little sad that today is the last day.

Tonight she has her performance with all of the other children who attended VBS this year. To say that Madi is excited to perform is an understatement.

I have no idea where she gets it from ;).

Have a great Friday friends!

Tiff~

 

Youth Ministry Not Biblical?

A few days ago Sarah Mae wrote a blog post on why her family was choosing to opt out of Youth Ministry. Her article is here if you would like to read it.  

I applaud Sarah Mae and her family for choosing to guide, direct and teach their children the Lord's teachings.  I have no problem with a family choosing to take control over their children's spiritual discipline.  It is commanded in the Bible that we do so…to raise up our children to know His commandments and to write them on the doorposts of our houses and gates (Deut 6:6-9 ESV).  It is our responsibility as parents to instruct our children.  

With all of that being said, I had a problem with her statement that there was no biblical basis for Youth Ministry.  While she is very correct, you will not find "youth ministry" in your bible…I don't feel that it is correct to state that it serves no purpose in the church body just because it isn't specifically laid out. Are those who choose to opt out of Youth Ministry because it isn't biblical stating that we, those who currently serve the youth (ages 4-18 and even beyond) out of God's will?  

I don't believe so. At least I hope not.

What Sarah Mae and many others are arguing is in regards to methodology. Not Theology.  She is choosing a method of ministry for her own family and choosing to not go through the route of youth ministry.  

I am here to defend youth ministry.  While youth ministry is not specifically laid out in the bible, we do have a basis for ministry.  Each of us have been given spiritual gifts and graces in order to perform the work of the Lord and to minister to the body of Christ and equip the saints for the work of ministry.(Ephesians 4:11-12 HCSB).  I have to ask…..are the children not a part of the body?  While I one hundred percent believe that parents should be the main influences in the lives of children spiritually, is it so, for lack of a better word, wrong for another individual who has a heart for children to minister to them?  

I have to say that the last year while working alongside my husband in the Young Adult Ministry, we have both encountered students of all ages who long for guidance and conversation regarding God.  I get Facebook emails often from a couple of high school students seeking prayer.  I love praying for them!  And I want to be there for them now, not when they are about to graduate high school!  

At Illuminate, Dan and I have been brought to tears by the people that we have met.  They have shared their most personal, and sometimes horrific, stories of their lives both past and present.  Young men and women who have encountered drugs and alcohol, sexual abuse, struggles with their sexuality. 

When I watch my husband, a strong man who rarely sheds tears, cries over a text message from a young man thanking him for being an ear he could talk to….you can't convince me that what is happening is against God's will. That youth ministry, whether to elementary or college students, has no place and is not a good idea. 

You can't convince me of that. 

Perhaps some churches don't need a children's ministry because every single parent in that congregation has taken the reigns in the raising up of their children. But in a lot of churches, as much as it kills me, it isn't the case.  Do I think youth ministry needs to be revamped to meet today's needs? Absolutely!  How to do that I am not sure…it will take both the church leaders and the parents to have an honest conversation of what that looks like and how both parties can minister to the children.  

In closing, let me reiterate that I want nothing more than to see more families who participate and teach their children about the Lord.  I love seeing children in main services worshiping alongside their parents.  But not every child has Christian parents. And while being the hands and feet of Christ in our communities and ministering to children in our own homes is necessary and we all should be doing it, it is not always going to be that "simple".  

Tiff~

At 29

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 Photo by Pam Booher


Today I am 29 years old.  That much closer to 30.  I often joke about nearing a huge milestone in my life, but to be honest, I don't fear getting old.

I fear wasting the time that I have here on this earth.  Who knows…..this could be my very last year, last month, last week or last day on this planet.

I am thankful that God allowed me another chance to breathe and embrace life. I don't want to waste it.

So I have some goals now that I am 29.  Lord willing, I will be able to fulfill them. 

1. Take better care of myself. 

2. To not sweat the small stuff =)

3. Spend more time with my husband.

4. Invest more spiritually with my children and nurture their little hearts to love Christ.

5. Start pursuing my dreams in ministry and life.  It's time =).

God has been so good to me.  I am excited to see what He has in store for me now that I am 29.

Blessings,

Tiff~

Lessons Learned While On Vacation

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Staying in a small trailer with two children ages four and one is quite possibly the most chaotic and hilarious thing on the planet. Not hilarious to us mind you, but to those watching us trying to contain and quiet down two bundles of energy running around.

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If you plan on heading over to Seaport Village and you drive South instead of North, and you see the Mexican flag  up ahead as well as signs stating that the Border is coming up next exit…you have gone too far in the wrong direction. 

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SeaWorld is a lot more fun to experience with the kiddos. Especially when you get to freak them out by telling them that Sharks and Whales eat disobedient and rowdy children. Just kidding, we didn't tell them that. Not exactly anyway.

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Vacationing with your family and getting away from it all, even if just for a week, is so good for us.  So blessed and excited to have a little family to experience all of these adventures and mishaps with.

Dan and I are so coming back to San Diego for our anniversary in October.    

Blessings,

Tiff~