Meet Our Darling Paige!

My Dear Sisters, how are you?? I think of you every single day and love sharing all sorts of family and ministry things with you. We had such a treat last week that I want to share with you. We haven’t really developed a framework here for interns at LPM but one of our board members asked us if we’d consider allowing a senior in high school that he esteemed highly to work here for a week as part of her senior credit. We had a hunch that the blessing would be ours but we weren’t ready for how quickly we’d fall head over heels in love with her. It was our plan from the beginning to give her a taste of every position in the ministry and sit her in every department so her experience would be full. To get a taste of what my department (comprised of AJ, CJ, Melissa and me) does, I asked her to both open Tuesday night Bible study with a 3-minute greeting and write a blog article on Friday that I’d post today. I told her she could write it on anything she wanted because by that time I knew I could trust her character and that she was quite the communicator. Such a gifted and darling young woman! Below you will find her greeting to you. You will be able to tell immediately that you guys are considered a big part of ministry around the halls of LPM!

Our dearest Paige, all of LPM is the better for having had you drop by for a week. You are an amazing young woman of God and the Spirit of Christ radiates from your face already. We miss you this morning! These doors are always open to you, Darling Child. Come by any time you need a dose of bad but clean jokes that we clearly think are hilarious. May Christ continue to give you supernatural understanding into the Scriptures…for they are not just words, as you know. They are your life. We LOVE you.

And now for Paige:

Hola Siestas (Ok…I just had to say it)!

I’m Paige Warren, Living Proof’s first official intern and a senior at Second Baptist School in sunny (and HOT, I might add) Houston, TX! This week has definitely been one of the MOST incredible weeks of my life, and I’d LOVE to tell you why!

It all began this past Christmas when I met Mrs. Moore at Second Baptist Church’s annual Kids Crazy Christmas Show (a mouthful, I know – we just call it KCCS)! I’m a member of the JUMP Team, an acting, singing and dancing ministry for kids, which performed at the show, and to my complete bliss and surprise, I was able to meet Mrs. Moore and her cute grandbabies. Little did I know that just a few months later, I’d be petting her sweet puppy and laughing at jokes at the LPM lunch table! How truly blessed am I?

Now, I would absolutely LOVE to fill you in on ALL the excitement of my internship at LPM, but if I did, you might still be at your desk at dinnertime! So, here’s a look into a typical Monday at Living Proof!

On my first day of the internship, I arrived promptly at 8:30am, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed; ready to go for my first day. As I pulled into the property, I noticed that Living Proof Ministries is not housed in a normal, run-of-the-mill office building, but an adorably cozy and beautifully decorated home where scripture competes for every wall space, Pottery Barn furniture replaces generic work desks, and laughter fills the office space. Although the norm for a teen internship is extreme nervousness in the form of sweaty palms and a dry mouth, this was certainly not the case for me at LPM. Upon meeting the ladies, I couldn’t help but feel like I fit right in! So welcoming and loving, the staff made me feel as if they were my very best friends…and trust me, ladies, their personalities can intensely mislead one about their REAL ages!

My first task? Stepping into the world of production with Evangeline. I was most surprised by the fact that LPM fulfills, packages, and ships all orders in-house. From Bible Studies to CDs & DVDs to Books, the LPM storage room has it all! The neatest part about the whole process is the fact that each order is HAND-packaged with care. They check, and double-check…and check again! As part of their ministry, the LPM staff and volunteers, if they feel led, pray over certain packages for the Word of the Lord to edify that particular customer/donor as they seek to know Him more! As Beth entered the room to welcome and thank volunteers and staff, she gave me a surprising challenge: “Paige, dear, we don’t normally do this, but…would you like to do the announcements and speak at Bible Study Tuesday Night? I’ll give you 3 minutes…” Wait, wait, wait. Could this REALLY be happening? A 17 year-old to speak at Houston’s First Baptist Bible Study: The Inheritance, packed with over 3,000 pairs of alert ears that are just waiting/dying to hear a good Word from Jesus?? “You’ve got to be kidding me!,” I yelled to myself. I leaped for joy at the opportunity to bless that many women! The Lord, I knew, would take care of the words…All I had to do was have a willing heart to bless others!

As we (myself and the lovely volunteers) packaged and jammed out to some cool worship music, I noticed it was already time for lunch! “Wait a second…where did everyone go?,” I anxiously uttered as I glanced at the clock. To my surprise, I found nine staff ladies sitting on the floor with fluffy blankets and Bibles in-toe. On Mondays, the LPM staff (minus Curtis…he is a guy, after all!) feeds on the Word of God together, growing, seeking and praying for each other to be encouraged in the Lord. They seek to be fed with spiritual food rather than physical food. “Of course!” Gladly, I plopped down next to Beth (Side Note: We’re not yet on first name basis, but it’s kind of hard after you’ve watched her passionately deliver a Word on Life Today or in Bible Study and constantly scream “You go, Beth!” at the TV). After a time of sweet prayer and study, it was time to head back to work answering phones with Kimberly! Now, although it sounds pretty easy, it was actually REALLY rigorous – especially when multiple calls can flood like a simultaneous technological deluge! I have SERIOUS respect for receptionists now!

Before I knew it, the day was over! What an incredible start to an incredible week at LPM!!

The following 3 days, the Lord worked seriously in my life as I worked side-by-side with these darling ladies. I’ve learned a GREAT deal about the ministry, it’s effectiveness, and EVERY facet of Living Proof that makes it Living Proof. However, I must admit that, although this internship has benefited me greatly through experience, the “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity that makes it a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience is the blessing of fellowship. I cannot express to you in words worthy of writing the amount of joy, laughter, godly council, and Kingdom perspective I’ve encountered and been immersed in here! Viewing each aspect of the ministry has allowed my heart to burst with compassion for the lowly and excitement for the saved; laughter at crazy jokes and tears at the sincerity of their hearts. What makes Living Proof all that you perceive it to be is the fact that these ladies are REAL, live “Living Proof.” They love Jesus with their whole hearts and passionately yearn to seek Him more! Plus, they might just be the wackiest, craziest, make-you-want-to-sit-down-and-watch-their-sitcom kind of women! (We’re still thinking of the name…)

I consider myself blessed beyond measure by the Lord. His Joy is my Strength…His Joy is their strength. We’re not just co-workers for a week. This internship has made us sisters in the Kingdom for eternity!

Be blessed, siestas! If He’s working in a little 17 year-old intern’s life, I know He’s sure working in yours! Be blessed by the intense measure of His love for you!!! (Colossians 3:12) Hope to write to you again soon! (Maybe in the summer…you never know!)

Joyfully His,
Paige!

P.S.~ “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…!” – Philippians 3:8!

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  1. 151
    Debbie says:

    Just think what a positive world we would have if all of the 17 year old, (including guys) would think and love the Lord, like Paige!

    God Bless,
    Debbie

  2. 152
    roxanne worsham says:

    Wise and mature beyond years!

    God bless you, Paige! I know He must have incredible things in store for you for you certainly have a heart for Him!!

    P.S. You write as if you have been on LPM Staff for years!!
    My son goes to SBS, I pray he learns to write with such passion!

  3. 153
    Tina Leigh says:

    Oh My Goodness…I think I just read a day in the life of a little mini-Beth! Paige..whew-whew! Your on the road to Spiritual Greatness! You have a knack…one of your spiritual gifts is alredy revealed!! YOU GO PAIGE!!

  4. 154
    Tina Leigh says:

    LOL!! ROF, LOL!! After reading comments…I had to come back & add since one loving mama left a message about her son….then I am too! LOL Paige do you want to come to Georgia! I have 2 good-looking sons age 21 & 23! LOL!! Sorry LPM…I had to do it!!

  5. 155
    Lovesgarlic says:

    Nice to meet you Paige! Glad you had such a great week.

  6. 156
    Gayla says:

    What a beautiful thing…a young lady committed to Christ!
    Happy Purim! It’s been cool to study Esther during this time. I just finished making those cookies for my bible study group that meets tonight!

  7. 157
    Cristie says:

    Wonderful!! So good to have you stop by and bless us. Do you by any chance know Emily Cammarata?

  8. 158
    JoAnne says:

    Wow! How amazing is our God?? That He would bring to Living Proof (and to us) such a lovely masterpeice of a young woman like you, Paige. Clearly you are bubbling over and bursting forth in your love for Jesus. And your willingness to serve others and bring deserving glory to our King “for such a time as this” is nothing short of ENCOURAGEMENT for those who pray for sweet ones like you to be raised up. Bless you dear girl, bless you.
    Altough, I have never seen you face to face I can tell His fingerprints are all over you!
    I pray you build up great speed in your walk that is obviously bearing much fruit and absolutely honoring to our awesome God!

    Because of Him,
    JoAnne
    P.S. Colossians 4:17 😉

  9. 159
    B. J. Brooks says:

    Paige, what an incredible post. I can tell you were blessed but your post truly blessed those of us who read about your wonderful week with the ladies and fellow at LPM.

    Stay in Love with the Lord, for He is always faithful.

    Many Blessings
    B.J. Brooks
    (Robinson)

  10. 160
    Dianne says:

    What a wonderful communicator! I could just feel your excitement and enthusiasm. Nice to meet you, Paige!

  11. 161
    Dee says:

    That was a blessing to read! Paige, it was a joy to hear about the 'behind the scenes' at LPM with the fresh perspective, hightened excitement & real joy you have for the ministry and the staff. You sound years older (o:
    Blessings!

  12. 162
    Shellie Paparazzo says:

    What a blessing! I pray that my girls are anywhere near that wonderful at her age. I’ve been discouraged recently from believing that my girls won’t make the same sinful choices I made growing up.

  13. 163
    Mary says:

    Paige — you adorable girl!! I have to share a funny story with you. I’m glancing through the titles of the LPL blog and see “Meet our Darling Paige” and the date, March 9 and I thought — “Oh, my! Beth and the LPL girls have found out my baby girl is 16.”

    Now, all that is true — my daughter, Paige, turned 16 on March 9th. Of course, I doubt that this landmark day was on the LPL calendar!

    Paige — you’re wonderful and may the Lord continue to pour out the blessings over you!

  14. 164
    tealovingmom says:

    Paige, you really are darling!

    Keep the faith, sweet girl! God is crazy about you!

    Love,
    Kristen

  15. 165
    Anonymous says:

    Paige,

    Rock the world honey child!! You already know so much about Jesus. I am just learning of His love and I am in my 30’s.

    Always do everything through Jesus with Jesus!!

    Blessing over you as you approach the world.

  16. 166
    Anonymous says:

    Paige – You truly have a Gift. The one besides Him. God is going to use you in mighty ways, as he continues to fill your mouth with His revelation and your heart with His wisdom. Get ready, your about to go places with God!

  17. 167
    Joni says:

    What a wonderful outlook–to think about speaking to a group as an act of blessing them instead of turning the focus inward and being terrified–like I would’ve done!! May the Lord continue to bless you, precious Paige.

  18. 168
    tracy l. says:

    Paige, You make me want to be 17 again! And I NEVER thought I’d say that! God Bless YOU!

  19. 169
    Jackie says:

    Paige Warren, you are precious and priceless and I loved reading your blog post! I thank God with you that you were able to have this opportunity. And thank you for the blessing of knowing a little more now about the wonderful Siestas that labor, love and laugh at LPM ministry. Love U all, Jax

  20. 170
    PinkBoots says:

    Hi Paige!!! Thank you for saying “hi” to the Siestas and blessing us with your journey through your week! You are an encouragement to us all!!!

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