Back in the Saddle

Hi Friends! It feels like a century since I last talked to y’all. I realize it’s only been two weeks, but it’s been two weeks too long.

Christmas day I hopped on a plane at IAH headed to Colorado to trade the stormy weather in for some more wintry weather. It was heavenly. And well, needless to say, very cold. This wimpy Houston girl went from 70 degrees to ZERO degrees in one day and my body was in shock. However, when enduring zero degree weather among snow, it makes it much more enjoyable and endurable.

Although we spent the greater half of our day traveling, we had a lovely Christmas. Unrelated detail, for a couple of reasons I had to fly a different airline and flight from the rest of my family and landed about an hour ahead of them, so while I was waiting I grabbed a bottle of water and some peanut M&M’s (Christmas meal of champions, mind you) and after purchasing said snackage, I told the lady Merry Christmas and she lit up. It was early afternoon, but you would have thought I was the first person who told her Merry Christmas all day. Made me think of not only of everyone who had to work that day for whatever reason, but also how easy it is to make someone’s day by saying one simple, kind word. Let’s commit to looking for ways to be kind in 2013. Deal?

Once the rest of my people arrived in Denver and gathered all of the belongings, we made the trek to my grandparent’s house where we were greeted with warm hugs and smiles. It’s not every year that we get to enjoy a holiday with our extended family, so it’s always a gift when we do get that opportunity.

We were also greeted by this breathtaking scene.

And this one.

No dreaming of a White Christmas for yours truly, I was living in a White Christmas.

For the next six days we soaked up every minute with our family possible, watched movies, made taffy from scratch, baked everything imaginable, shopped, enjoyed a bit of sledding, ate a TON and just did what you do on vacation, rested. One might assume we hit the slopes to ski, because a family that skis together stays together, but truth be told, we are sadly not a skiing family.

Oh, but cousins that sled together stay together. Here’s some proof:

Sometimes you just have to photo-bomb your little brother. Laughing.

I was in my happy place.

I left the blankets of snow a day earlier than the rest of my family to head to the big Atlanta for Passion 2013. I was pumped and could not wait to be there!

If you were there, you might be able to help me sum up what the Lord can do in a week with a dome full of hungry college students, but I’m here to testify that what happens in the Dome is supernatural, anointed and favored by God.

Yesterday at lunch I was telling some co-workers that I was searching through the archives of this blog a couple of days ago trying to find something, and I read a post our Beth had written about Passion 2011. She mentioned that a gathering of 20,000 college students is undeniably a work of God, and it dawned on me that just two years later, 60,000 college students gathered to hear a Word from the Lord, worship Him, and fight to set some captives free from slavery. Y’all, the word huge just doesn’t do it justice. But that’s HUGE! I don’t know about you, but I WANT our college students to get it, to hear it, to DO THE THING. And lest you think that generation is lazy, you need to get yourself to Passion. It’s rejuvenating, refreshing, energizing and so much more. When you leave you feel like you’ve been near God. And the nearness of God IS our good!

Because words fail me when it comes to wrapping up what the Lord did at Passion and all He spoke over us, Louie Giglio’s gift of pulling it all together with a pretty bow never ceases to amaze me as he brings a strong Word for the last session every year.

It would be safe to say that a major theme at Passion this year was to believe God for “immeasurably more” (Ephesians 3:20) in 2013, so when Louie pulled out Isaiah 61 that last morning to “proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor”, he challenged us by asking the question, “If it’s the year of the Lord’s favor, what would you like? What would you ask for?” At that point, my mind was spinning a thousand different directions. The dreams and desires in my heart are often times hard to articulate (and it would make this blog even longer than it already is, bless my heart), but I’m believing God to give me not only a vision, but also the words to articulate it and make it happen.

As my pastor (Curtis Jones) said on Sunday morning, fired up after also being at Passion, 2013 is the year for getting things done, why? Because He is able, you are able according to the Spirit and He gets the glory. Amen.

Just a little peak inside the Dome. (Please forgive the quality, as these were all snapped with my iPhone.)

I’ll never tire of getting to worship under Christy Nockels. What a gift she is.

Our Beth teaching.

The table.

Getting to meet with the 2,000 girls LPM sponsored. Definitely a highlight.

Each of the girls repeating a commissioning to one another.

A few brave girls got to share their story with us and why they wanted to come to Passion. Can you say courageous?

This is truly the one time at Passion we all get to serve together. Isn’t that so bizarre? I love them.

A sweet girl we had the privilege of sponsoring, Shaci, happened to be on the plane ride home with us.

You know we had to snap a few pictures. Bless her heart, she still had two more flights to go once we landed in Houston!

So, let me as you the question, if this is the year of the Lord’s favor, what are you going to ask for? What is going to bear fruit? In 100 years, our fruit will be what matters.

It’s going to be a GOOD year, girls.

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  1. 1
    Deborah C says:

    1. A finalized divorce with division of assets and no support!

    2. Christ at the centre

    3. A new relationship

  2. 2
    Claire says:

    You are such a joy, Lindsee! You are equal parts adorable and passionate, and I just love reading your blogs!
    I’m believing the Lord for incredible growth and personal development this year. More serving, more learning, more growing, more loving. Can’t wait!
    God bless, xo.

  3. 3
    Beth says:

    I love this post, Lindsee! And I do dearly love a beautiful blend of words and pictures. So fun! Thank you for challenging us to ask ourselves the question Louie asked at Passion. You are highly esteemed here, young lady.

    • 3.1
      Shaci says:

      Mrs. Beth! Thank you so much for the sponsorship! Passion was much needed! A couple days before I left for passion I had decided that I didn’t want to go, a sweet friend of mine told me to go anyway because it was Satan working on me. As I got on the plane I didn’t feel like God even knew who I was and so I wasn’t very excited for my trip… after getting there and seeing that I was in the worst part of town, I was ready to be on a plane headed back home. However God had a different plan! Tuesday night the first door holders I met, I became friends with! The first group I met became my friends, and I slowly started to feel back on His radar! On Wednesday I had no plan of talking I front of everyone, I use to take F’s in high school for talking in front of 25 kids! However God had a different plan! :) getting to meet you was an absolute blessing! By Friday I knew God had his hand in everything! As I left passion (in tears cause I didn’t want to leave) I was so overwhelmed and so in love with God!

      Getting to meet Lindsee, Vangie, K-mac, and Kimilynn in the terminal was incredible! Getting to have them and Tammie speak into my life was much needed! They are a blessing! They helped me find my self worth again! You have an incredible group of Ladies! (You are amazing too)! (My parents couldn’t get me to shut up about passion haha:) ) I absolutely cannot wait to hear you speak in Phoenix in March! Hope to get to see you and the girls too!!!! Xo :)

  4. 4
    Michele says:

    So glad y’all had a great time at Passion!

    I keep hearing that same theme, yet I have so much trouble believing it.
    God knows my real and present issue that at this point requires a miracle. So I guess what I need to ask Him for first is the faith to believe that He will provide and the courage to trust Him despite the circumstances.

    • 4.1
      Beth says:

      Michele, I’m sure our circumstances are different, but I’m in the same boat with you. I have decided that all of my future memory verses for the year will have to do with faith, no fear, believing the Lord, etc. Blessings to you!

      • Roxanne says:

        Michele and Beth…just want to share this scripture with you. I love this version.

        “I know what I am doing. I have it all planned out-plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11 (The Message)

  5. 5
    amybhill says:

    No hesitation on this one: I’m asking for Camden, NJ – straight-up transformed for the glory and renown of the Most High. I’m believing God for it too. EXCITED to see how God works!!! xo!

  6. 6
    Shaci says:

    I am in tears Lindsee!! Loved being there and meeting all of you!!! The Lord is going to do mighty things this year!!!! (: love ya’ll and thanks for sponsoring me to go!!!! Xoxo! (PS. I’m stealing the pictures! )

    • 6.1
      Lindsee says:

      Steal away, sweet girl! You are loved!

      • Shaci says:

        Thank you!! (: I do feel so incredibly loved!!! My church family kept asking me to explain how it was and what happened and how I felt and all I could say was loved and amazing! (:

  7. 7
    Tammy says:

    Lindsee,

    I still crack up when I think about meeting you at Passion last week. It is so funny how SIESTAS yell out your name and act like we know you, and you guys have a bewildered look on your face until we excitedly explain who we are and we feel like we know you….hilarious. Anyway, it was a pleasure meeting you and it sounds like you enjoyed the conference as much and I did. I can’t wait to volunteer again next year.

    Blessings to you,
    Tammy

    • 7.1
      Lindsee says:

      Tammy, you were so fun! Thank you for saying hi! And THANK YOU for serving. Sister, that is not lost on us. Blessings right back to you!

  8. 8
    Kristin K. says:

    That God would grant me the courage to be the one in my family that breaks the chain of sin and bondage, and serves the Lord in complete freedom! And that through my obedience He would give the generations behind me all the things I didn’t have, and a godly heritage! I know that’s a tall order but it’s my hearts desire!

    “but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments”. (Exodus 20:6 NIV84)

    • 8.1
      Lindsee says:

      You can give Him a really tall order, and the best part is that He can exceed it! Keep asking and seeking. I’m believing God with you!

  9. 9
    Emma says:

    Lindsee,

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. I am asking God to do immeasurably more this year! I’m specifically asking for Him to make me more into the person he created to be and that means healing from past wounds that I’ve carried far too long!

    I actually attended Passion by myself (I know… who does that? But, believe me, it was exactly the way the Lord planned it for me and it was beautiful and that’s what Family Groups are for, right?) and I just was so overwhelmed by His glory and beauty and the completeness of His love for me that I’m asking Him to show me those things and more all year!

    Blessings!
    Emma

    • 9.1
      Lindsee says:

      Girl, to go alone to Passion is a BIG DEAL! You went for Jesus, and I have no doubt you left with a little more Jesus. Blessing on you, sweet Emma!

    • 9.2
      Shaci says:

      Emma, we can be crazy together! I went completely alone too! And yes God definitely had a plan! I learned to trust Him more and met so many ladies! Truly amazing! (: I was in the ghetto about 5 miles from the dome! But its amazing to feel His peace! And just know that He already knows our story!! Glad you went!!!! :D

  10. 10
    Cathy S. says:

    Revival in every area of my life, relationships, church,work, friendships, heart and soul. If Tessa Dodson reads this, I was praying for you, girlfriend and still am that what you learned at Passion carries forth throughout 2013.

  11. 11
    J says:

    I loved this post! As one who fell in love with the Lord in college, this post reminded me of what that passion felt like – since it’s been a little, er, dry lately.

    The other day while waiting in the drive-through line at Starbucks I was pitying myself and thinking, “Man, I’m almost 30, I should have something more to show for my life. I wish I would have been more career driven rather than go to seminary only to burn out.” Then a word came over me (I know, profound things happen when you are waiting for your Venti Green Tea frappuccino) and I thought, “I may not have a career to show for, but what I do have is a heart that was willing to be obedient and follow God the best way I knew how. There’s no shame in that. I may never ‘use’ my seminary degree in any formal sense (making it seem like a big waste of time and money better used elsewhere), but that doesn’t matter. What matters is the character God has developed in me the past 7 years – and who he is making me to be. The truth is, I am blessed to be turning 30 and have so much to be thankful for!”

    For me, I want this to be the year where my mind is renewed, where I think of things in a more positive light, without self-condemnation, oversensitivity, perfectionism or guilt-tripping shame. My mind is, and always has been, a real battlefield, but this year I’m trusting in the favor of God for this area of weakness. And I’m going to be diligent to re-train my mind to think God’s way. The truth is that I’ve studied a lot of the Bible and in a general sense know what I should do or think, but I don’t do it! It’s time for me to exercise some self-control.

    So, rather than regret what I don’t have and think the whole “by this time in life, I should have this or that…” I’m going to be grateful for another year of life the Lord has given me! Praise God for his favor and nearness, even when it’s not palpable! In many ways that is my testimony these past several very dry years. “Spring up, O Well!” (Nu 21:17a)

    • 11.1
      Lindsee says:

      That’s a good word, Sister. Thank you for sharing! And as one who could always do a better job at taking my thoughts captive, I’m right there with you!

  12. 12
    Diana A. says:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    Open arms for GOD’s Blessings!

    OK so we gots some “homework” from Passion 2013…

    Challenge: More Kindness, check want to be known as Kind & Gracious.
    Challenge: Acknowledge God’s closeness, check want to open my eyes to His Presence and works in my life.
    Challenge: Accept God has Immeasurably more, check want to open heart, mind and will to God’s depth.
    Challenge: Proclaim the year of the LORD’s Favor, check I want to shout it out, sing it daily, acclaim it for all to hear and know GOD IS GOOD!
    Challenge: What would I ask God for? Seeking God for what I need to grow in my spiritual life.
    Challenge: What will bear fruit & last? Lord Jesus help me seek fruit that will last!

    Thank you Lindsee for the challenges from Passion 2013; homework accepted and plan to make it my passion for a better year!

    Great pics too!

    • 12.1
      Lindsee says:

      Girlfriend, you took this post so seriously and it made my heart so happy. What am awesome student you are! I’m joining you in that homework. And I know that if we seek Him, we’ll find Him. It’s gonna be A GOOD year! :)

  13. 13
    Becca says:

    I will never look at horse-radish or The Lord’s Supper the same. It made so. much. sense. :) Such a joy to bring our students to Passion and be fed as a leader at the same time.

    I would ask to walk fearlessly and to be an effective mouthpiece for His glory.
    And on a completely non-spiritual note… for grass to grow in my front yard :)

  14. 14
    Amanda Cross says:

    Did you really use the word “snackage”? lol. Made me laugh. :)

  15. 15
    melanie says:

    bless you miss lindsee!

    i partnered to pray for 2 young girls. i was very excited thinking what a weekend they would have.

    i attended the institute for basic youth conflicts 40 years ago and still have my 3 ring binder and the best memories.

    praise God!

  16. 16
    Kristi B. says:

    Passion 2013 was immeasurable! God is amazing and I can’t believe it has already been a week since we left! I can say that God has done mighty things in my life this week. No doubt THIS is the year of the Lord’s favor! I am in love with the commissioning picture. That was by far one of the most moving parts. Is there any way that you guys could post the words of the commissioning on here? I would love to have a copy as a reminder. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us all!

  17. 17
    Kelli Cox says:

    We’re asking God for the souls of those from the unreached AND unengaged people groups from places like Syria, Iraq, Saudi, Yemen, UAE, Gaza to begin joining the masses of those gathered around the throne of the King of Kings. It seems such an impossible task in the day and age in which we live, but HE IS ABLE and He is already at work. Pray y’all! It’s happening and these precious ones need prayer!

  18. 18
    Brenda says:

    Love the article… wonderful… but one tiny little problem… The e-mail don’t give the name of who’s writing the article. I’ve noticed this several times. You read some for paragraphs and can’t quite be sure who’s writing. Once you go to the site you see it’s Lindsee, and Lindsee is wonderful! Maybe the tech people could fix that? Love & prayer for everyone there and the work you’re doing!

    • 18.1
      Lindsee says:

      Hey Brenda! I hear what you’re saying, however, we have no control over the author’s on the email. For some reason, it’s just not on there, but since it comes through an RSS feed (a third party), we have zero control. However, on every post here on the blog, the author’s name will always be under the title post. I hope that helps!

  19. 19
    Hannah says:

    I am asking God to tear down walls that I have put up and to take away the fear that keeps me inside those walls. That his name would be lifted high in my life. That I would not be a “normal” 18 year old, but that He would be broadcasted and that the world would get a glimps of Him through me, not because of anything I have done but because He chooses (for some reason) to work in and through me.

  20. 20
    Sandra Deleon says:

    My daughter was able to watch Passion livestream, such a joy to hear what is in store for 2013, Yes,bountiful blessings, I continue to pray for the young ladies daily.:)

  21. 21
    Laurie says:

    Woohoo! I am believing that Christ is going to move over us like never before. I love walking, hand in hand, with the “Perfect” Man! His Peace is a gift and I’m holding on tight. Thanks for sharing Lindsee. You’re a blessing to me :-)

  22. 22
    Kim Springer says:

    Thanks for sharing this! This is a great question! I would ask the Lord to be able to build a house that glorifies Him. Psalm 127 – except He builds it we labor in vain. I want to build a house this year where he can dwell in the hearts of those he’s called me to minister to. I also want to build my home into a haven of His love where the supernatural and blessings flow. I want to be blessed to be a blessing to others!

  23. 23
    Gwen says:

    1. sale of a piece of property at a price that help us meet our goal of being debt free
    2. a new job — a job that matters, that touches people & impacts lives, that I’ll love
    3. renew the love & joy in the marriage of some friends

  24. 24
    Sarah says:

    Passion was incredible! Thank you so much for the opportunity to attend! I would have never stood up in front of 2,000 women without the confidence in the Lord and the confidence that He will use my past and my story for His Glory.

    • 24.1
      Lindsee says:

      Sarah! Thank you for joining us on here and saying hi. We’ve not stopped talking about you girls! What a blessing y’all were to us. And yes, He WILL use your story for His glory! Keep proclaiming Jesus, sweet girl.

  25. 25
    Tami says:

    Lindsee, you made one of the most profound statements to me: “In 100 years, OUR fruit will be what matters.” We are always saying, “In a hundred years, is it gonna matter anyway?” Most things won’t, but our fruit will. Thank you for uplifting my spirit today! I would also like to ask for prayers from all you Siestas for a teenager in my Sunday school class who has just expressed a desire to be saved. Y’all know that conviction the first step, and your prayers can help take her the rest of the way.

    • 25.1
      Lindsee says:

      Tami! You are sweet, but I can take zero credit. My pastor said it first thing Sunday morning to us, and it resonated and stuck with me. A good word, right? And yes! Believing God for her salvation!

  26. 26
    Shelly Story says:

    I wasn’t at Passion but I know someone who was. :)

    Your 1st question…my deepest prayer is for the peace to accept ANYTHING God wills for my life.

    Your 2nd question…This is the year I shall fall more in love with Christ than any of my years before, and the year I get to know His Word better than ever.

    I figure #2 will perfectly obliterate #1 and have eternal consequences like nothing else.
    Blessings!

  27. 27
    Fran says:

    Sweet Lindsee…what a joy to see your sweet face whatever morning that was. ;) I tell ya…at 43 years old, I know I have NEVER experienced anything like Passion. Girlfriend…I hope and pray my boys are able to go when their time comes.

    I tell ya…God won’t let me go of immeasurably more, His favor, crowning the year with goodness, making disciples, going, serving, loving. The Lord is up to something fabulous this year and its only day 11!!

    I’m so thankful for each and every one of you at LPM. May His favor establish the work of your hands this year sisters. You are dearly loved!

    Blessings,
    Fran

    • 27.1
      Lindsee says:

      And may His favor establish the work of YOUR hands, sweet Fran! LOVED hugging and seeing you for that short time. What joy!

  28. 28
    vanessa says:

    My prayer for this year is to trust God with my life and live free from fear. And to to truly believe this: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
    Ephesians 3:20-21

  29. 29
    Donna says:

    Oh what a joy to be young!! I remember all the wonderful conferences I attended in my 20’s and 30’s. It’s a joy to see that big group of young ladies gathering together to ask the Lord blessings. Many times it’s those younger than me, filled with passion for the Lord who start revivals. I’m surely praying for one for our country and will stand with you in prayer.
    I sure love those snow pictures, it’s been almost two years since we’ve seen snow in our backyard.

  30. 30
    Mary says:

    Doing His work is where I want to be. If this is the year of the Lord’s favor, I’m asking for my job to be in ministry and intercession. John 4:23 “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

  31. 31
    Sandi says:

    At a woman’s worship night last night and felt like God said this would be a year of healing. 2012 was a hard year for many different reasons. So I’m praying for healing from those hard things and a new job for my husband who lost his(just this week) because he stood up for truth and justice in a violent work place situation. It’s crazy but we have no regrets. If believers don’t stand up for what it true, even when it comes with a price, who will?

  32. 32
    Kathy Peacock says:

    Amen and Amen!! I know so many people that attended and prayed and I am so excited about what God is doing in our lives and the lives of all who will come to know Him this year:))

    Kathy

  33. 33
    Rebecca says:

    I was at Passion and oh how hard it is to sum it all up! Beth taught a phenomenal lesson on the Lord’s supper and the concept of “being good vs. being glad” from Psalm 118. My work/school schedule this semester has me up earlier every day than this late night girl has ever wanted to be! I have woken up almost every morning this week and thought: “I may not be good, but I can choose to be glad, ’cause God has made this day.'”

    I cannot even begin to tell you how many times this week in my life and in the lives of girls from my church, we have seen God already do “immeasurably more.”

    If this year is “the year of God’s favor”- I am praying that He will do immeasurably more by bringing me through my last 5 1/2 months of school, wedding planning, my wedding, and moving halfway across the country to Texas sane and alive! That alone is immeasurably more for me and at the same time, I am believing that He is going to do so much more beyond that than I could ever ask or imagine. :) The possibilities of fruit that could come from graduating from college and a marriage that will hopefully exist to glorify God are endless!

  34. 34
    Kelly says:

    You are so right, it is very difficult to articulate all that a heart desires!

    For me, it is that God would grow my home-based business so that I may be able to (financially and time-wise) go to the front lines and help rescue these women from bondage and slavery. And to show them Who their Redeemer is and Who their Hope is. Wow! I cant wait!!

    A couple from our life group was there at Passion and they said just how amazing it was.

    Praise God for all He is doing!!

  35. 35
    Denise says:

    I know it’s not a coincident that God put on my heart for this year to ask Him for specific, permanent victory in five peoples lives. I’m so tired of the devil winning, I know MY God is able! I want to see God do an amazing work in these five people’s lives, freeing them from addiction, rebellion, and unnatural affection. I am so ready to dance in the streets with joy because of what He has done!

  36. 36
    theHarborMom says:

    My man just has just started a new call at a church as head pastor. I am believing God that he will equip me in the new role I have as I serve and teach women in the church.

  37. 37
    Sarah says:

    I am praying that this year I will be able to break free from the spirit of fear that comes to rob my peace in Christ! Up late tonight with a new one, on my birthday no less!

  38. 38
    Patti says:

    Lindsey – your post resonated, especially the part about getting it done! For the better part of oh, maybe eight or nine years, I have been writing at the novel I was re-created in Christ Jesus to write – and 2013 is the year to get it done. So, Siestaville, I will ever so graciously receive any and all prayers you are willing to send up.
    Much love, and Happy New Year, Everyone!
    Patti

    • 38.1
      Patti says:

      Oh my goodness, Lindsee, I apologize for misspelling your name in my comment. I am a former teacher, and was so diligent about spelling and correctly pronouncing my students’ names, and just was not paying attention this morning. I hope your day is blessed. Thanks for sharing your white Christmas pictures. I’m counting graces today, and your sharing your pictures made the list. Blessings to you,
      Patti Hayes

  39. 39
    Kathy B says:

    I know you will agree with me that our God is not the author of coincidences. So when a word or phrase gets repeated to me several times within a day or two, I try not to miss what He is up to. Yesterday I started Beth’s “Believing God” Bible study workbook. I’ll have the privilege of leading some ladies through it starting next month, but I always try to go through it once beforehand. Like me, many of you probably did this study when it came out 7 or 8 yrs ago. And were Marked by it! Those are the ones I love to cycle back to. I need the review :)

    So with all your talk of believing God for “immeasurably more” this year, I didn’t want to miss the truths already simmering in my soul this morning: where do I lack belief today? I really want to please the Lord. And faith Pleases Him (Heb 11:6).

  40. 40
    Penny says:

    Hi, I really enjoyed reading this and wrote down what you said, ” I’m believing god to give me not only a vision, but also the words to articulate it and make it happen.” My husband and I seem to be closer than ever unity wise and we are praying for a miracle to get our house re-financed and for his business to be not only bigger but be more for Jesus!

  41. 41
    Abraham's Daughter says:

    More…to love Him more, to know Him more. More Jesus.

  42. 42
    Billsgirl says:

    Like you, Lindsee, I would ask for God to expand more on the vision He has for me. Each day I try to do a workplace prayer that asks Him to help me be a blessing and to do well at work, but to also to help me move on from the work if that is His plan. I feel like I am on the verge of something more in women’s ministry. I pray to keep a strong faith and to persevere and have patience.

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful time of Passion 2013. As a I prayed for two of the young women, it wad cool to share a little in their experience.
    With joy, Mary Ann, Woodbury, MN

  43. 43
    Tracie says:

    Thanks so much Lindsee for sharing with us! Isn’t Passion amazing!!! You’re right when you say, words fail us to explain it to those who have never had the chance to attend.
    For years I’ve taken a group of college students down this year I had to catch the live stream and wanted so bad to jump through the screen!

    What am I asking God for this year? Well, for the past 7 years I’ve been a worship leader. Lots of long but exciting hours serving a local church that I adore.
    Three years ago, I went through a devastating divorce, it rocked me to the core. BUT God (I love that….but God) had a plan and through lots of hard work, prayer and tears, GOD HAS RESTORED MY MARRIAGE!!

    This summer my husband and I were remarried in a beautiful ceremony in the Outer Banks! We are BLOWN AWAY by God’s goodness to us and His goodness to our 9 year old son Parker!

    I feel that, for this season, God is calling my ministry to my home. My husband and my son, as we all regroup, heal, and revel in this miracle.
    No words can describe my elation!!

    All that said, I have to be honest with you girls. After being in full time ministry for so long, loving every minute of it, there are parts of me that miss it terribly. It feels sometimes as if a part of me is missing.

    So, what I’m asking is that God would help me to trust, slow down enough to appreciate what He has done to the fullest. That He would remind me that this season of ministering to my family, all my time, all my attention, is where He has called me and this joy could even well surpass anything I’ve ever known in full time ministry to the local church.

    And, that the call I feel on my life to serve in ministry again one day has not been forgotten by my God. He hasn’t taken that away but He needs me to put first thing first right now.

    God bless all y’all siestas! Praying for your lives as well!

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      Lindsee says:

      Tracie, thank you for sharing your story. A restored marriage, girlfriend, that is BIG! Praise the Lord! Rest in knowing that the Lord DOES know the desires of our hearts, and I have no doubt he’ll use your story to minister to many. Seasons! Life is just a bunch of seasons, is it not? Blessings!

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    Sue says:

    I’m so happy that this went well! What a testimony to GOD working in lives to see so many young people standing and stretching for the LORD. I’m a teacher and it always amazes me how many young people on the second day of class in my room stand before the class with a collage of their interests and state for all to hear that one of their interests is GOD and JESUS is in their lives or that their salvation is most important to them. They did not say this several years ago. At least half of every class professed to be a Christian. I am truly seeing young people-age 14 and 15 seek the LORD and talk about it in public school. GOD is so good. Thanks for this ministry.

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    Andi says:

    Amazing story!! Love seeing how God is on the move in our country! May we never fail to be in awe of Him

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    Beth says:

    For a restored marriage, a restored family, and restored husband. Not divorce, no dividing. Just simply, restoration!

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    Carol, Tallmadge, Ohio says:

    Psalm 30:5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night but joy comes in the morning. NASB

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    Hi Lindsee, I was actually able to watch some of Passion on the livestream this year. I was definitely blessed and challenged. When Francis Chan talked about his going out and making disciples, it really challenged me. This past Sunday, my pastor also talked about that also. This year, I’m praying and asking that I would be bold and fearless to do what my Lord has commanded. Go and make disciples. I don’t want to live in disobedience…what Curtis said, because He is able, I am able to do it according to the Spirit in me, that motivates me too! His nearness is most definitely my GOOD. AMEN, SISTER!! Boldness in His Spirit, and all glory to HIM!:)

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    Sarah says:

    This story is really moving

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    Roslyn says:

    Roslyn from Fredericksburg, TX: “Jesus said to him (Thomas), I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 ESV

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