What is God doing in our life?
This past weekend we had the opportunity to go to the Simply Youth Ministry Conference in Indianapolis, IN!(We leave tomorrow at noon). You may be thinking that we were crazy in going to a conference days before we are moving to another state, and yes we were crazy, but we KNOW God had us there for not just one reason, but many.
1. We needed to get our minds off of moving. We are excited to move to Minnesota and actually going to this conference, we realized how excited we are get back into youth ministry! But because moving has been our focus for a few weeks now, our minds needed a break. Going to a conference where there are over 2800 youth workers, you can’t help but just love youth ministry that much more. The seminars we went to were just incredible. Our main one was “Sneaking Theology Into Every Aspect of Your Ministry.” I can’t wait to talk about what we learned in weeks to come! We realized while being in Indy, we rarely talked about moving, which was healthy for us. We feel refreshed and rejuvenated to start this new chapter in our life.
2. We were able to be filled with just solid Biblical knowledge from the experienced. That is two-fold because we not only learned what not to do and what to do as youth workers (from those vets who have gone before us), but also how the Bible is our map and guide for life. Dan and I just couldn’t get enough! We just wanted to keep learning more and more, but our bodies were telling us enough, enough :). We are just sponges right now as we continue to grow and transition into a new stage of life.
3. We were able to talk about the things we haven’t talked deeply about for awhile. Conferences always bring out emotions. It doesn’t matter what you are going through, but when you are in an intense environment with worship, speakers, peers, and out of your normal environment (think mission trips), emotions can seep out because they are emotions you may not have dealt with in awhile. Children often come up at these conferences and though those talks brought tears to our eyes as we continue to miss our two little Hooties, we knew we had to have some “tough” conversations. It has only been 6 months since God took them home. It was so good to get deep again and talk about that experience. Even us having to leave the church. To just see how God has loved and showered us with His blessings, amidst the pain, is just unexplainable at times. To talk about what we have been through and how we now carry that into a new chapter, was just good (sorry for the lack of a more “deep” term), but really, it was GOOD.
4. The speakers and bands were AMAZING! One of the biggest highlights for me personally was seeing Lecrae! If you want to know one thing about Kristin, it is that she LOVES Christian rap – especially Lecrae. I don’t like him just because he’s a Christian rapper – I like him because of his stance on life and faith. His music expresses such deep theological points, yet he puts it in terms in a way that no one else can (through rap, of course). When you sit, listen, and think about his lyrics, it only draws you closer to God. That is his whole goal. Lecrae doesn’t talk often of it, but he even won a Grammy this past month!
Here is a news article from MTV on Lecrae winning a Grammy:
One last day tomorrow!