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Wow…didn’t mean to write two blogs in one day but I just got home from church and it blew me away.  I started talking in my last blog about how I started going to CrossPoint Community Church. Well here is how it goes.

I have been raised in church my entire life in church and never been a church hopper.  CrossPoint is only the third church I have ever been a member of.  When I was looking for a job in Nashville I wasn’t just praying for a job but I was praying God would lead me to a church he wanted me to be a part of. 

Last year this day I wasn’t just moving into my new home, God was working in my life.  I had two churches that stopped by my house to invite me to their church.  The unusual part was neither one actually knocked on my door.  Don’t know if it was the Uhal that made them not but it was evident that God was answering my prayers.

I stepped out of my house with my family to go grab a bit to eat and as I did I had a pamphlet from a local Jehovah Witness Church.  I thought it was kind of strange they didn’t knock and want to talk to me.  Never known of a Jehovah Witness that didn’t want to stop and talk.  Then when I get back from eating I have a door hanger from a church down the street that was fixing to start in 2 weeks a new series called Your Secret Life.  My mother looked at it and kept telling me I should go.

The first two Sunday’s in here I had already had plans but after that I was in search of a church.  I got on the Internet and goggled Nashville churches to see what I could find close by.  There was one church that wasn’t to far and I thought I would go check it out but once again my mom, who has a big influence on my life, suggested me to try out the church that left a door hanger.  That church was only a few blocks from my house, so I did.

I didn’t realize that the church that I was going to meet on the same campus as another church. Yeah, CrossPoint Community is at the same location as Park Avenue Baptist Church.  Park Ave. is on you left and CrossPoint is on your right.  Well anyways I just followed people in.  Once I go inside I picked a bulletin that was setting on the table and kept walking. Wined around for a while inside and out and finally found my set in the pews.  The auditorium looked pretty cool from the back row.  As I was waiting for the service to start I started looking at the bulletin that I picked up and noticed that it said Park Avenue Baptist Church.  Oh my, how did I ended up here, this was the address I had for CrossPoint Community.  Oh well…I’m already here and I would look kind of strange walking out.  “Maybe this is where God wants me to be”, I thought.

Also, before the service started, on the screen there was a message that said, “Text yes or no to XXXX if you are keeping a secret from anyone today.”  Wow, never seen a church use text messaging in a service.  I was raised in a Baptist church and this was more high tech than I ever imaged. The band got up and you could feel the Holy Spirit moving. Then someone got up and welcomed everyone to CROSSPOINT COMMUNITY CHURCH.  Wait a minute…this is where I wanted to go but I thought I was at Park Avenue. 

Once the pastor got up to speak I knew this was more then just a church.  This is a place where people could come and be real.  Pastor Pete told the church what he was struggling with. Not what he had struggled with in his past, but what he struggles with today.  He got up there in his jeans and T-shirt and let us know he was just like us in the pews, a sinner.

After I left I knew this is the church God wanted me to be a part of.  A church that loves anyone that walks in that door.  You can be covered with body art, piercings, Mohawks, be an Average Joe, clothes don’t matter and the people will still love you.

When I started a year ago, there was two services, a 9a.m. or 11a.m. service.  Today CrossPoint has 3 services at our Nashville location, 2 at the Dickson location, and they just announced that Nashville will start a 4th service in September and looking for a location for our 3rd campus starting in January.

Yes, this is a growing church but what gets me is CrossPoint doesn’t focus on the number of people in the service.  CrossPoint is a church that cares about people and wants to help them find a place to plug in.  This is the few churches that I know of that people actually go out during the week and talk about their experience and invite people to come.  When I go out with my friends it always seems like CrossPoint comes up in the conversation and people of Nashville knows CrossPoint as being a positive place.

I am so grateful to be a part of a community as CrossPoint.  If you are ever in the Nashville area I invite you to give CrossPoint a try. Starting in September you can experience CP Sundays at 8:30, 10:30, 11:45, or 6 at 4301 Charlotte Ave.

Tell me how you heard about the church you attend now.  What makes you love your church?

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**Fair Warning…This is a long blog.

What were you doing August 24, 2007.  This time last year I was unloading a Uhaul in 100 degree weather.  That is right, I was moving to Nashville a year ago today.  Had great newlyweds that actually left work for a few hours to help my dad unload the big stuff and setup my washer and dryer. Thanks again Austin’s.

Some people ask why I moved to Nashville. Nashville is somewhere where I always wanted to live. *As a youth I think it was because I wanted season tickets to Opryland.* Well, there is no Opryland anymore but as I got old I still wanted to move to Nashville so last year as I was in between jobs I decided to take a leap of faith and search for something in Nashville.  It was a great time in my life to make a move since I wasn’t tied down in a relationship.  I moved here only knowing one person, my cousin, and she just got married so it was really like I knew no one. When I first moved here I will say Lindsay did show me around to some of the hang out spots.

 

 

Here are some stories that stand out to me over the past year.  Hope you guys enjoy them.

 

CrossPoint

I get asked all the time I how I heard about CrossPoint Community Church?  Well it all started actually a year ago today, my move in day.  Wait.  This is a pretty long story in it self.  I think I just might make it a post in itself.

 

The Mix

The Mix is a singles’ group at CrossPoint for 20’s and 30’s.  Some call it my cult but they are great bunch of people.

 

When I started CrossPoint I knew I wanted to get involved in a singles group since I had just moved to Nashville and didn’t have any friends here.  It is a great way to meet people that share the same interest. So I think after the first time I attended CP I signed up to be on The Mix mailing list.  It wasn’t a week or two after going there I get an email that the group was going to go Mini Golfing, so I decided to join them.  It was so out of my comfort zone to go meet a group of people that I didn’t know and hang out with them all night (literally, it was ALL night) but I went ahead and went. 

 

I set in my car for awhile just waiting to see a group of people in there 20’s or 30’s but only saw about three girls, one now friends with, go to some chairs outside but never saw anyone else join them so I knew, or thought,  they weren’t in our group.  So I get enough courage up to inside to meet everyone think they were all just inside.  I walk in and there were these two guys talking, clean cut guy, and then one all tattooed up. YEP, I knew then that they had to be part of the group I was meeting up with.

 

After the guys asked me tones of questions others started coming in and the girls outside ended up joining us as well.  We played 18 holes and then everyone wanted to go get something to eat. So we decided to go to Friday’s and have cupcakes to celebrate some girl’s (which is one of my best friends now) birthday.

 

Rachel, one of the leaders, states, “I remember how quiet you were (little did we know) and being really worried you didn’t have a good time and wouldn’t come
back.”  Only if she and the rest of them only knew then what they know now!  I had a great time that night. 

 

 

Work

This was how I actually got to Nashville.  I started working at Hemophilia Health Services on August 27th. For all that is wondering what type of company it is, we are specialty pharmacy for the Hemophilia community. It has been a great place for me as they have given me many opportunities to use and strengthen my skills.

 

A month after I started there was a new manager that started and we turned the office upside down.  Not really but at least we like to think so.  Amy (would have a link for her but she doesn’t like the whole social network on the Internet) loves to tell the story of how we began to hang out together. Since she tells the story better than I do I will let you ask her.

 

Amy and I cold at the Titan’s Game…they lost if you were wondering.

 

Hang Out Spot

If you have been around me anytime at all you would know that I enjoy going to Red Door.  It is a great place to people watch.  This is really the place where things began.  Rachel and Nicole invited me to meet up with them one night there.  We had so much fun.  I don’t know what made that night…Making new friends, the ricohets, or my famous graceful fall. 

 

Our first Night Out.  Ahh we love that place

Even if we are the only ones that do!

 

$2 Wing Nights

Piranaha’s was a place the small group I was in would always ended up at afterwards and meet up with some other friends.  We went the first time because someone told us that the wings were 10 cents.  Who could pass up 10 wings (minimal number) for $1?  Well when we got there the price had gone up…now wings for 20 cents.  Still not a bad deal.  It was always fun to set eat wings and watch the activities on 2nd ave.  Let me tell you there are quite a lot of things that happen on 2nd.

 

Actually, one night I was part of the activities on 2nd.  Yes, I found a really good parking spot down by the police station.  Once all of us split off to go to our cars I found that mine was no longer there.  I was so upset. Someone just stolid my car!  Called Rachel to come pick me up once she found her car.  As I waited I was reading a sign that was on a pole where I was parked. It read, “Police Parking Only, All other cars will be towed”  That is right my car was impounded and it is 11 pm. and I just wanted to get home.  To make a long story short my boss drove me the next day to get my car.  The $2 wing night ended up cost me a lot more and taking the money I was saving for Christmas. 

 

Christmas Parties

Yes, Parties!

 

First, The Mix was looking for a place to hold the Christmas Party.  Usually the Mix has an average of 15 people that show up for activities.  My place isn’t a very large place but I though it was big enough to hold 15 or so people.  Yeah, it was or so.  I found out that I can fit 30 people in my living room at one time. Now I’m not saying that all 30 can fit in there compfortably but 30 people can fit. 

 

       

 

We were kind of packed. Good thing there wasn’t a fire.

 

The other party was at Jessica, Dinger, and Anna’s place.  These former roomies throw good parties. This was a party we had to dress up for and let me tell you, I always love a good event where I can put on my party dress. 

 

     

         The Party Planners                            

                         The Partiers

 

 Okay so this blog is so much long than I ever meant for it to be.  I’m going to just end it here and post some pictures of what else went down this past year.

 

The Mix Camping Trip.  No guys would come

because we were going to sleep in tents.

 

First Hockey Game

 

Cosmo Bowling with The Mix

 

Celebrating Jes and Rachel’s Birthday

 

 

                       

Team Dinger… I run for the Party 5K                   Crawfish Boil anyone?

 

 

          4th of July on the River Front

 

 

 Highballs & Hydrangeas 

 

 

          Game Night

 

 
 

 

 Recognizing God’s voice is not just a privilege given to a select few. It is the right of every believer. By studying the Word of God and heightening our spiritual senses to hear the still small voice of God, women may indeed recognize the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Priscilla Shirer walks through Scripture that captures the method and tone of God’s communication and teaches to beware of counterfeit voices. How we each encounter God’s voice may differ, but the nature of it does not.  

How many of you know of you always know when God is speaking to you without a shadow of daught?  This is something I struggle with a lot. 

CrossPoint is starting up their Fall Community Fair in September and lately I have felt like God was wanting me to lead a group.  Pete‘s sermons lately  has really made me stop and think.  I  have been in communitcation with Ryan about starting a group up but have been undecided what study I wanted to do. 

Well here it is, Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Speaks by Priscilla Shirer.  Since this is something I struggle with I thought there are a few others out there that are with me. The group will me on bi-Wednesday and is open to anyone in the Nashville area.  I only have room this time for 12 members.

I decided back in April during the Music City Marathon that next year I would join my friends in the 1/2.  For all you that don’t know, that is 13.1 miles.  I’m not a runner by no means so this is a big goal of mine to get in shape to complete the 1/2.   I have been working at it off and on but I can’t get to far before I have to take a break.

Today on the way home it was really nice outside and not to hot so I decided that I would get out there and see how far I could go today. So I get out there and as I begin to start jogging it begins to sprinkle.  As I begin to start running the sky opens up and it pours.  Lets be honest here, it is hard enough to run just my weight alone but add soaking wet clothes, tennis shoes, and my, now, afro my legs could barely make it back to the house. 

As I was taking off my wet clothes I did notice one strange thing, everything I had on was dripping wet except the back of my shirt.  Now I know I don’t have proper running form quite yet but I do know that I don’t run leaning that far back. 

I know I have some runners that read my blog so I’m here today to ask a few questions.  Please help me out.

How do you run in the rain?

What are some of your types on training for a 1/2 or full marathon? 

Ok, so, I have been harassed by many of my blogging followers lately.  I have had a lot of things going on lately and just haven’t had time to set back and write you guys.

There is a war going on between bloggers and that war is happening inside the gym at CrossPoint.  My OCD buddy has been blogging about our class a few times and post pictures.  Well she likes to link some chick that I don’t know to my blog.  Now everyone thinks it is me.  Come on.  You guys know I only go to fitness class with my oh so cute Nike outfits and every hair in place.  Just because she has a flip she thinks she is hot stuff (yes, Amy, I chose my words carefully).

Well, I hired a paparazzi tonight. 

So lets see what she got for me.

WAR

WAR

 

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Do What!!!

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