Christy Kennard

What? Pray? March 18, 2012

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One of my favorite things about being married to a pastor is learning from him every week!  If there is one thing my husband does not lack it is passion!  That boy has more heart than I could hope for!

This week he was teaching on prayer.  No really.  Not just the typical message about how we should pray, but a message about how we MUST pray!  He passed these boards around the entire room having everyone write out something that they needed prayer for.  Then he did the most uncomfortable thing I have ever seen.  He asked everyone in the room to find a partner and actually pray for them.  Out loud!

I was sitting in the back of the room and you could see people squirming in their seats. He took a few minutes to encourage them and talk to them about what prayer was before he set his clock for 2 minutes.  That’s it!  2 minutes.

To be honest  I wasn’t sure if people would actually pray, but they did.  To my amazement I saw people facing each other all over the room really praying.  Sure they might have wet their pants in the process but they did it!

The point of the lesson was not to make these people feel uncomfortable.  The point was that if we really want to see God do something in our lives, we have to SEEK Him.  We have to have a relationship with him where simply talking to him comes naturally. In the Bible we see Elijah call for a drought lasting 3 1/2 years  and Joshua pleading with God to make the sun stand still…….through prayer. Then we read verses like this one:

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent [passionate, boiling]  prayer of a righteous man avails [benefits] much.”  James 5:16

I have so much to learn about prayer.  I long to have a prayer life that I feel is effective and powerful.  I want my prayers to be boiling with passion!

 

Smashing Stereotypes February 24, 2012

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Every spring we have what we call Revive Weekend.  It is basically a localized retreat where we have a couple hundred students, concerts, worship and lots of bible study.  It is so much work but one of the greatest opportunities to really build relationships with students.  We recruit host homes and drivers from within our church and this year I met an amazing woman!  Theresa.  She just happens to be a wildly young seventy something year old woman!

 

This woman was passionate!

 

She was one of our drivers but on several occasions she asked how she could be MORE involved.  She not only wanted to share her wheels with us, she wanted to jump in with her heart!

 

On the first night she was leading the kids in her group to her car when she tripped and face planted in the parking lot.  There was lots of blood and even more worried teenagers.

 

It was scary.

 

While we were searching for a medical professional in the group, the only concern she had was that she get her kids to their house so they could all go have bible study.  Seriously!  From forehead to knees this woman was dripping blood  and she could not scramble for her keys fast enough!

 

As we arrived at church on Saturday morning she was there smiling from wrinkled ear to wrinkled ear, face covered in band-aids!  She spent the entire day worshiping the Lord, scraping houses in the 3rd ward, and seeking every opportunity to connect with the teenagers!

 

When I picture myself at her age I imagine lots of things but hanging out with hundreds of teenagers is not one of them!  Theresa….you inspired me.  And you inspired a room full of kids, too!

 

Faith and Science October 5, 2011

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I am NOT a scientist and certainly not a physicist.  I would only take a quick look back at my college transcripts in order to provide sufficient evidence to this fact!  I have never had much interest in it and have not invested the time to wrap my mind around much of it.  It has been surprising to me the last couple of years how much I have learned teaching my kids!!

 

Despite my lack of interest, I read an article in TIME Magazine this week that intrigued me.  The article essentially points out that Albert Einstein might be wrong in his conclusion that nothing travels faster than the speed of light.  If this is the case, the whole concept of relativity is obsolete! 

 

Now, I did not find this interesting because I really care, but rather because it increases my faith.  Since the fall of man people have been trying to figure out the ways of the world.  In many ways God has revealed his glory and we have been able to discover information about the universe.  But just when we think we have it all figured out……we realize that we don’t. 

 

Scientists do all kinds of amazing experiments, which they should, and come to some incredible conclusions.  Textbooks are written and we are taught things as absolute truth.  The problem?  Sometimes they are wrong. 

 

This is not the first time,  it will not be the last!

 

Many people in this world worship the God of science, but as a group of European scientist have just proven……… this is not a reliable god!

 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  Genesis 1:1

 

All Good Things…. September 22, 2011

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I went to speak to a wonderful group of ladies yesterday at a church in Sugarland, TX.  Our topic was addressing the heart of sin.  I am totally unqualified to speak on such an issue….

As I was leaving this incredibly wise woman says to me, “It is hard to take the time to dig into the heart issues, but I guess all things good require sacrifice.”

And she couldn’t be more RIGHT!

I can’t have big results with little investment.  Good things require more of me!  I know this so why do I waste my time on shortcuts?  Why am I so willing to settle?  Do I want to survive or thrive?

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”                 1 John 4:10

 

Sleepless Nights…. September 21, 2011

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When my husband is out-of-town I have a hard time going to bed.  It is not a fear thing, most nights I actually forget to lock the door, but rather a lack of motivation.  I am by nature a night owl and my husband is a great man who knows that the kids are the ones to suffer when my nocturnal instincts are not kept under control.  But when he goes out of town….all bets are off.  Sleep is thrown to the wind and my nights are enjoyed well into the single digit hours!

 

Last week I decided at 1:00 am that I needed to bake some cookies.  I was having a hankering for some Carmel delites..you know the ones that you can only get ONCE a year from the adorable little girl scout giving you puppy dog eyes as you exit the grocery store.  I am a sucker for these cookies and feel compelled to buy a box every time I am asked.

 

Since there was no way I was going to find me a girl scout at this hour….I spent a little quality time with my good pal Google and found me a recipe.  One problem….I had NO carmel.  Not a problem.  I have learned recently that there is NOTHING I cannot make from scratch

 

A google search to find the carmel recipe left me with one missing ingredient.  Sweetened condensed milk.  Yet another google search and I was on my way.

 

This was actually SUPER easy to make and pennies compared to buying it. 

 

 Now…the carmel!

 

Carmel is a serious weakness for me.  I am ALMOST ashamed to admit that I practically ate the bowl in an effort to make sure that there was none wasted!  

 

 Now that I had that done the cookies were quickly whipped up and thrown into the oven. 

 

 

And the final product……

These were a little crunchier than the original ones, but DELICIOUS!!  It is a good thing I had a houseful of teenagers for small group the following night because I could have eaten the entire batch! 

I am so glad that my husband does not have to travel much….I might weigh 500 pounds otherwise!

 

My Evolving Playlist August 7, 2011

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Most of you would throw my iPod across the room if it were handed to you in the middle of a workout, I seriously have 7 songs on it.  The rest of the space is taken up with sermons from pastors all across the country.  I am not some spiritual superwoman, I just don’t enjoy music that much.  When I am exercising I would rather listen to someone pound the pulpit than strum the guitar!

 

As a result, worshipping God through song has always been a little difficult for me.  I may clap along or sing the words, but I rarely allow it to go much deeper than that.  It is not that I don’t like the lyrics, I just never really thought it was that big of a deal. 

 

Until this week.

 

I was sitting at the table with my kids and we read Psalm 100:

 

 “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 
  Worship the LORD with gladness;
   come before him with joyful songs. 
Know that the LORD is God.
   It is he who made us, and we are his;
   we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
   and his courts with praise;
   give thanks to him and praise his name. 
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
   his faithfulness continues through all generations.” 

 

I was talking to my kids about how we are supposed to sing songs in worship to God when that still small voice cut right through my heart.  “Do you do this, Christy?”  I tried to ignore it but it ate at me all day long.  The honest answer is that I don’t.  I worship the Lord through the consuming of His word no problem, but to open my heart and joyfully sing the name of the Lord…..rarely happens! 

 

The next day, I committed to setting my excuses aside and popped in a worship CD in the car.  I intentionally chose to listen to worship music rather than preaching as I cooked dinner this week, and when I went to church last night I determined in my heart that I would enter his gates and sing with thanksgiving.  As tears ran down my cheeks I worshipped God in a way that I had let slide over the last few years.

 

I have a long way to go, and much to learn!  But I am grateful that He is not done with me yet…………

 

I AM A VICTIM!!! August 3, 2011

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I have a friend who only eats all natural food.  As I watched her make this transition recently my eyes were OpENed!  I wish I could sit here and type about my deep conviction about hydrogenated oils and processed sugars……but that would be a lie.  I have nothing against ingredients that I can’t pronounce.  I have learned something though:  I have been a victim of marketing!  It honestly never occurred to me that the things I buy in a bottle could be whipped up in a matter of minutes.

Up until recently I thought nothing of paying $2.50 for a loaf of whole wheat bread…..I have been making it for less than $.50/loaf!  I used to spend $1.75 on a bottle of Hershey’s syrup…I can make it BETTER for $.45!!  Pizza crust is nothing more than flour, water and oil….who knew? 

I know that most of you are thinking that I am a hippie or something, but I have been shocked at how easy this stuff is to make.  With the punching of a few keys I can find a recipe for ANYTHING.  It does take a little time, but not nearly as much as I would have thought.  5 minutes for homemade cream of chicken soup and 20 for homemade hamburger buns!  Seriously…..

Don’t be surprised if I decide to share some of my new-found recipes in the days to come!

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”  Psalm 34:8