january

January brings all the feels to the house. It’s a new month, a new year. January is my fav because I was born so what can top that? This 2017 January has been one for the books. I’ve learned to rest. Not just sleep, cause if you know me.. you know I can do that. But I’ve learned to rest in the Lord and really take things one day at a time. Let’s look back at January 2017.

img_0007Passion 2017 was incredible. I’ve never been able to go so this first year was off the charts for me because my friends Jason and Katherine Wolf spoke!!! And did an incredible job articulating the very message that every other speaker carried from the Holy Spirit. AND Carrie Underwood happened to show up and made the whole Georgia Dome go INSANE. All in all, Passion was incredible. It rained the entire first day and my trusty iPhone 6 Plus was completely destroyed.. but let’s be honest, it was pretty much biting the dust I was just trying to deny it. Back to realness, this whole past year of my granddad being sick has been so tough, so weary, so draining and Passion spoke straight into that. Suffering isn’t the end of our story, it’s the beginning. God has so much more in store for us! It was an incredible three days and I was thankful to spend it with my sweet friend Mary Kaylin Veach! www.268generation.com

img_0027So after Passion, I came home and had surgery the next day. This picture is near and dear to my heart because my sister friend, Mary Kathryn Fletcher, came to see me in the hospital. Our moms have been best friends since the day we met at the grocery store when loud and outgoing Mary Kathryn came up to us and starting talking. She hasn’t stopped talking since!!! When we were 13, MK had a brain tumor and I have been laying in hospitals next to her every day since. This picture is special because MK climbed into my hospital bed the night of my surgery. 10 years of holding hands while MK has been fighting an autoimmune disease. She had been doing a round of chemo and feeling really bad. The week after my surgery she had appointment and doctors told her the treatment wasn’t working and they wanted to try something really dangerous. They went to Vanderbilt for a second opinion and Vanderbilt doctors told her there is no trace of autoimmune disease in her body!!!!!!!! While they think she was misdiagnosed, I think she was HEALED by our incredible HEALER! Praise be to GOD! Prayers for Mary Kathryn

img_0066Six days after my surgery, my sister had ACL surgery in Dothan. She tore it two days after I found out I was going to have to have surgery. I’m sure it was never my mom’s dream to have us both in surgery one week apart, but I was so thankful to have time recovering with my sister. My sister and I have lived in different cities for the past 8 years. Time together has been very sparse in those 8 years. It was such a blessing to be on the couch next to her, when we weren’t asleep, watching tv and just being together. Her recovery, rehab and pain level is a lot more and longer than mine but I know she’ll recover just in time to walk beautifully down the aisle! I can’t  wait to stand next to her on her wedding day! I love you La! Lauren and Christopher

Through all this craziness, my job at First Baptist Montgomery was established. I am technically now “officially” Girls Minister after 2 years of being in and out during the school year. I’m so thankful for this opportunity to make this position permanent, not only for me, but for who is to come after me. I believe in Girls Ministry and I think it’s so important for girls to have a minister/ministry for their own. Growing up as a girl today is so much more than it was, even when I was growing up. I’m very thankful First Baptist sees the need and allows me to go in as Girls Minister every day. It is such a blessing to serve with my amazing Kingdom warriors to our incredible church family.

img_9316I’ll wrap up my January lookback with my birthday. A blessed day indeed. I was able to spend two full days with my MOM!!!!! Some people might not think this is a big deal. But I have been in ministry since I was 16.. full time since I was 19. My mom is hard working and people pleasing (sound familiar? I get it honest.) We get to talk on the phone most days, but other than that it’s a hug and a kiss and we’re out the doors. Our two day Birmingham adventure, consisted of my birthday eating lunch in Mountain Brook, picking out Lauren’s bridesmaids dresses in Homewood and eating dinner in the Summit. The next day we hit the ground running at the Alabama Biscuit House, shopped all day at the Summit, ate lunch and finishing the day with Panera coffee. It was such a sweet day with my blessing of a mom, I will never forget it and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

So, now you see maybe how I learned to rest. I destroyed my phone in the rain, had major surgery, recovered with my sister out of town and spent two days away for my birthday. I’m so thankful to establish the Girls Ministry at First Baptist. It’s such a fun, exciting, terrifying thing to establish a new ministry. But it’s fun and reminds me a lot of the days of starting Girl Talk. Lots of explaining and praying. This month has been sweet. Now I look into February- back to work, back to school, back to Girl Talk, back to wedding planning, back to caring for my sweet granddad, back to planning for my next trip to Honduras. Lots to do, lots going on but I know my sweet Jesus has a big plan ahead. I’m praying for your February, that you see God’s Love and Light every where you look.

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