My heart has been stirring since walking out of the Toyota Center Monday afternoon. Stirring and overflowing with a sense of urgency…An urgency to Trust God bigger and Believe that there is MORE. Not an urgency associated with fear…more like an eagerness to know Him and see Him and remember Him.
“Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your truth, we wait eagerly for you, for your name and your renown are the desire of our souls.” Isaiah 26:8
We had the amazing opportunity to be part of Passion 2016 over the weekend. This is a “Jesus” movement that is typically geared toward the younger generation…18-25 year olds. (We are way older than that…!!) However, we were able to “sneak” in (not really, but…) and be under some crazy amazing teaching and praise and worship. This event couldn’t be more timely as we face another year on our journey of grief!
“It is my privilege and my purpose to share the hope and joy of Jesus!” ~Louie Giglio (Passion 2016)
I told Bill that being in the presence of Jesus with that many people singing and worshipping the King of Kings must be a tiny taste of what Heaven will be like. At one point one of the worship leaders (I think it was Chris Tomlin) said, “Let’s join with the saints as we worship…” I remember looking up, as if I just might be able to “see” the Heavens open up and all of His glory would be visible to the human eye. I pictured myself standing with Warren as we sang, worshiping with complete abandon…Free, humbled, unworthy and yet completely loved by my Heavenly Father.
He is a Good, Good Father…. and I am more convinced of this than ever before.
JW Marriott in San Antonio ~ One of our favorite places
My life and my testimony are not squeaky clean…in fact, I have things in my past (and my present )that I’m not proud of…But here’s the Good news…when God looks at me He doesn’t see any of it. Because of His great mercy and love for me, He sent His son to die on a cross. He paid the ultimate price for my past, present and future sin. Because of the empty grave I worship a living Savior!! I am alive in Christ Jesus because before the foundation of the world He chose me. I am a daughter of the King!!! He loves me…And He loves you! He is pursuing you and wants a relationship with you …and with me!
As we face another 365 (minus the 6 that have already passed) days without Warren I just wonder how God is going to make them count. I want my answer to whatever He asks of me to be “Yes!” The good, the hard, the celebrations, the trials…the waiting.
So, as we move into 2016 “eagerly” waiting and watching for Jesus I wanted to share a few of my “favorite things”!!
*You MUST go to i-tunes right now and download the Passion CD-Salvation’s Tide Is Rising. It is SO good!! Our personal favorite song at this moment is ‘Simple Pursuit’… but they are all good!
*Through The Eyes Of A Lion is a MUST read. Levi Lusko spoke at Passion and his story will touch you. His little girl Lenya died suddenly after an asthma attack in 2012. His story is powerful and FULL of HOPE!
cheer competition in Galveston 2013 ~Such a supportive big brother 🙂
Jesus, help me to love you more than life. You are my greatest treasure and I can’t imagine life outside of Your presence. Take me deeper with you. Awaken my heart and mind to MORE of you. Give me courage to “go, and tell”…
This Good News is too good not to share!
(2014 In his element!!)
A precious family and a most powerful post, Julie! Thank you for your words and for your passion and for your perspective… It is a gift to us to see Him in your story and a testimony to your faith and His faithfulness. All my love!
So blessed and moved by your witness, Julie. It was a joy participating in a taste of heaven with this weekend, Sister!
Julie, I am Melindas sister. Thank yous to you and Bill and Grace for sharing your journey with the rest of us. You are touching many more lives than you know as you share Warrens story. Not just those in grief, but those aspiring to a deeper relationship with the Father. Hugs to your family. Pam.