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Today I was reminded why exactly 2 years ago today I walked into the church I am attending and fell in love with them. They showed me that the body of Christ wasn’t made up of “Perfect” people and that “Everyone” is welcomed. This is something that I haven’t seen much at other churches that I have attended in the past. Don’t get me wrong, the other churches mean a lot to me and I found some of the greatest Christian mentors in them but felt not everyone was willing to be authentic.

Pastor Pete reminded me this morning why Cross Point is so different. We started a new series titled “Religion Lies.” Religions have begun to add to the equation of Salvation.

Jesus + (insert what you like here) = Salvation

For me I struggled with inserting smoking, drinking, tattoos, premarital sex, adultery, and the list goes on. Somewhere along the way in the church I was made to feel that people are horrible people if they fell in these categories. I thought these where horrible sins, sins worse than a little white lie. I was conditioned to think this at a very young age. I remember thinking bad about families I knew that had beer or wine in their house. It was hard for me to over come that and that I am not called judge or put them in the categories.

We have to remember the first Bible verse that we were taught.

“For God so Loved the World that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

No where in this verse does it say, “Whoever believes in him and doesn’t smoke, drink, have tattoos, commit adultery, ect shall not perish.” The equation is:

Jesus = Salvation

Also about today:

Cross Point launched their North Campus today. God has led me there to help lead in Kidz World under the guidance of Suzette Sanderfer and teach kindergarten and 1st grade class. It was amazing experience as I walked in today and reflected on the past 2 years there. I have been introduced to some great leaders of the church that have taken me under there wings and have helped me grow and have given me the opportunity to minister. With the church the size it is, I was afraid I might get lost in the crowd but they haven’t let that happen. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for Cross Point North in the upcoming weeks, months, and years. I pray that we don’t forget that “No One is Perfect, Everyone is Welcome, and Anything is Possible.”

“But the Lord is in his holy Temple. Let all the earth be silent before him.” Habakkuk 2:20

Today during Backseat Jesus  Pastor Pete spoke about “Whatever we immerse our minds in is what our minds will be full of.”  Day to Day we are feeled with the noise of this world and wonder why we don’t hear God speaking.

What is God saying to Me?

Is God really even saying anything at all?

If so, why can’t I hear him?

It is time for me to move My God that I gave my life to over 18years ago out of the child’s booster seat in the backseat of my car called life up to the front drives seat. Time for me to allow God to have full control of my life and to lead me wherever he wants me to go.  I might even let God drive without his seatbelt on. 😉

I get so wrapped up in the day to day life that I don’t spend time with what should be the most important part of my life.  Yes, I said should be, and I say that with shame. I’ve always heard that we give our time to what matters most to us, and I fully believe that.  I shamefully admit I don’t spend as much quality time with God as I should. I put him on the back burn so many time and then wonder where He is.  It is times for me to put God in front of me.  No longer behind me or beside me, but in front of me.

At the beginning of the year I told myself that I wouldn’t spend time with my friends until I first spent time with my best friend that day.  I wouldn’t hangout with them until I had spent quality time with God.  I come here today and admit I have failed. I have not spent that quality time with him and I miss it.

Starting today I’m holding myself to this once again. God is important in my life and I long to have a deep and intimate relationship with him. I long to hear is voice throughout the day.

Currently my ears are like most of these people in this video during rush hour while the greatest musician, Joshua Bell, is give D.C. Metro stop a free concert.

I want to be the lady at the end of the video. At the end of my life I want to be able to walk up to Jesus and thank him. Thank him for the wonderful concert he has given me here on earth.

So I have a few questions for you…

While watching the video did you watch it completely without doing anything else and did you catch what the lady said at the end? It is okay if you didn’t.  I lots of time doing alot of different things while I’m flipping through all of your blogs. 🙂

What is your time with God like?

What have you found that helps you find that time?

Thank you God for giving us this beautiful earth…” a prayer of Melissa’s 3 year old son this past Sunday.

I am amazed at what all God has created for us.  This month I am teaching about God’s creation and yesterday it was great to hear the prayers that my 3-5 year olds prayed, thanking God for giving us light and dark, earth, and our families.  This past weekend I had the chance to experience some of his creations as I went camping with three amazing girls. We seem to always enjoy having girl’s night but this one I would say tops them all off. 

Friday, we left at 7, headed towards Rock Island.  God showed his presence the whole way.  We arrived at the campsite at 10…an hour before the park closed, Grace #1.  After finally finding the park we kept driving around trying to find a campsite.  After driving through the entire campsite and there being no vacancies we came across one that was reserved for Saturday but not Friday.  We jumped out took down the reserved sign and claimed the last campsite of the night, Grace #2.  Let me say, it would have been a long trip home if God didn’t provide us a place to pitch our tent.  This is where Grace #3 comes. We four girls were able to pitch a tent and start a fire in the pitch black with a total of 30 minutes.  We are GOOD.  We enjoyed the campfire Friday night and didn’t want it to die. “Just one more log” was said over and over until we were down to our last log.  The girls decided to save the last log of Saturday morning as they wanted to see how I was going to boil water for my hot coco over the campfire.  Let me say, God provided again.  Saturday morning we were able to find enough sticks and limbs to have a pretty good fire.  Then Grace #4 occurred, our next camping neighbor saw us poor girls search for wood to keep us warm so he gave up 4 of his family logs for us.  Something about camping brings the good out of people.  And lastly just for this guy, God provided one more Grace for me, Grace #5, I made the whole trip without a fall. 🙂

    

 

I am so excited as this weekend I get to experience another great creation of God’s.  I’m headed to the beach Thursday morning.  I’ll post once I get back on that beautiful side as well.

 

So what creations are you thankful for? 

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?

**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.