Christy Kennard

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!

 

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

 

The UGLIEST shoes ever…… June 4, 2011

I HATE to spend money!  Seriously….it makes my stomach hurt.  I would rather clean the house than go shopping.  As a result, I have a crazy obsession with finding a deal on everything I buy!  “Full price,” are two words not in my vocabulary!  I clip coupons, dig around in cyberspace for the latest deal, and work hard to buy what we need for the least amount of money.

I have learned that there are some things, not many, that I just can’t skimp on.  Running shoes are at the top of that list.  When  I woke up with aching feet the other day I knew it was time to go shopping!  My husband reminded me as I paced up and down the aisles at Academy that I needed to buy the shoes that would support my feet and not too worry too much about the price tag.  (Easy for him to say…..)  I tried on a few pair when out of the corner of my eye I saw it.  A clearance sticker!  VICTORY! 

I opened the box to check out the treasure.  What was inside?  The ugliest pair of shoes that I have ever seen!  They were lime green with this funky web looking overlay.  No wonder they were marked down 60%!   Regardless, I tried them on.  They were super comfortable!  I pulled out my phone and surfed around on the web for some reviews.  It was my lucky day because the reviews on them were great!  With my husband laughing I took them off and proudly placed them in the basket.  They may not be pretty but they will serve their purpose!

As I laced them up and tested them out on the treadmill, I began to ponder my hunger for wheeling and dealing.  I know that there is a lot of good in this quirky characteristic, but it hit me that it isn’t all good!  If I am really honest with myself this is something that seeps into many different areas of my life.  I have a tendency to want to squeeze as much as possible out of everything.  I really do not like to run, I do it because it burns the most calories for the least amount of time invested.  I get on to my kids because they are wasting time looking at the clouds while I am in a hurry to get going.  When I am reading a book I catch myself skimming to get to the point.  What is the result of all of this?  I miss out!  I don’t always experience things to the fullest because I am more concerned about getting more for less!

As I ran my final mile to nowhere, I began to wonder if I do this in my relationship with Christ.  When I sit down to read my bible, do I really soak it all in or am I trying to check something off of my list?  When I worship do I allow myself to let go, or do I focus more on organizing the rest of my day?  I may be able to maximize and stretch my dollars, but this doesn’t work when it comes to a deep intimate relationship with my creator.  Less is NOT more.  I get out of the relationship what I am willing to put into it.  If I am trying to skimp I am going to miss out on the greatest blessing life has to offer.  I have to take the time to slow down and make an investment every single day!  It may cost me a lot of time and energy, but I think it will be worth it!

 

It is getting to church that is the problem…… May 22, 2011

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Last night I was tired so I decided not to bathe my crew before bedtime….this was my FIRST mistake.  You see, when you are married to a guy that works at church it means I fly solo on Sunday mornings.  I am not complaining, it just takes some extra planning on my part.  Skipping out on bath time was the first hitch in the plan.

As soon as my eyes popped open my feet hit the floor running.  I got my older girls bathed and dressed before the boys ever got up.  I was feeling ahead of the game!  This did not last long because when I glanced at the clock I realized it was only 30 minutes until go time!  I scoop the baby out of her crib, throw off the diaper and get ready to put her in the tub.  AGH….I forgot to check for any surprises before taking the diaper off……oops!    Drain the tub, clean the backside of the baby and start over!  (Rookie mistake….what is wrong with me today???)  Finally I am able to take a few minutes to dry my hair.   I looked frantically for my straightener when I realized that my three-year old has given it to her sister as a tub toy!  (IT WAS NOT PLUGGED IN!!!)  I freaked out and tried not to yell loud enough for the neighbors to hear!   My 7-year-old then comes down dressed like we are in the middle of a blizzard.  Really?  You need three shirts, pants and a jacket?  Back up the stairs he goes with better instructions from mom! 

FINALLY… everyone is dressed and shoes are on!  We are out the door when my kids discover a dead bird being attacked by ants in the driveway.  You would have thought the circus was performing with all the excitement.  What is it about dead animals that is so interesting? 

As I drive to church I caught myself thinking, “If only Harold Camping had been right….I would be in heaven worshipping Jesus right now!” Alas, the first laugh of the day!

When we finally arrive I got all the kids settled and upstairs just as the countdown reached zero!  VICTORY!

 

What are the movies doing to marriage? May 3, 2011

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Sex is so much better before you get married! If you listen to Hollywood, this is the message that is shouted from the silver screen.  It is made to be a casual joke regularly in films.  My husband and I recently went to a movie where the characters in the film spent more time bragging about all the great sex they had before they got married than they spent talking about anything else.  I walked out of the theater disappointed and heartbroken.  It is hard to keep into perspective that the people in the movies don’t exist in the real world.  It is easy for actors to portray a person with a great sex life between takes, but that is no indication of their reality.

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My Crowd Surfing Experience….. April 30, 2011

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A few weeks ago I was up in The Woodlands speaking to an amazing group of ladies when I decided to do a little crowd surfing.  It is pretty amusing to imagine this crazy mother of five taking the lunge of her life!  If you take away the crowd and just leave me leaping off the stage, you will have a pretty accurate picture of how my little adventure turned out.  If I am completely honest, it was a lot less like crowd surfing and a lot MORE like falling right off the edge of the stage!  FACE PLANT!!

First of all, the stage was a little crowded and I was left with only a small area to move around.  About 10 minutes in, I took one step too many and fell to my face.  Lieterally….I hit my face on the ground.  How do you recover gracefully from something like this?  In the half-second I had to think about it I tried to just pop back up and keep on going.  That didn’t work very well when I looked up to a room full of ladies trying to stifle their laughs.  I had to be a sight.  My hair was all over my head, my forehead was red, and my shirt needed an adjustment!  Rather than trying to make a smooth transition to my next point I busted out laughing giving every other woman in the room permission to join in!  

It took me a few minutes to get back into my groove, but in the end we had a GREAT time together.  Before I left that day I had the opportunity to talk, share and pray with some struggling women.  As I walked to my car after it was over, I was so thankful that God was there to to fill in the gaps for me.  I don’t have to have a flawless presentation.  I can fall on my face but in the end His word is what is remembered.  He is sufficient!   

” But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”  1 Corinthians 12:9

 

Did I read that right??? April 27, 2011

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I have been writing our next series for small group and sat down this morning to crank out the second lesson on Moses.  I was working through some of the text when some very strange verses seemed to float off the page.  I read them over and over again…..

 “At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met Moses and was about to kill him.  But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said.  So the LORD let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)”  Exodus 4:24-26

Now I know that you are reading this wondering what kind of sick perverted woman I am.  Hear me out.  I had just finished reading how God called Moses.  Moses was not a willing participant in God’s plan to use him to deliver his people from the Egyptians.  Despite Moses’ pleading and excuses, God was persistent.  He wanted to use Moses!  Here we are just a few verses down and now God wants to kill him?

As I let these verses swim around in my mind I came to this conclusion:  God didn’t expect Moses to clean up his act before He called him.  He did however require that he get it right  before he used Him.  God had been very clear when he made the covenant with Abraham that circumcision was something that he required of his people.  Obviously Moses had disregarded this.  As I let this realization wash over me I felt as if I were wading in a pool of grace.  God is so merciful.  He called Moses out, encouraged him, and prepared him for the incredible task ahead knowing that he had not lived an obedient life.  It wasn’t until Moses was on the way to Egypt that God stopped him in his tracks.  He needed Moses to get things right in order to be the leader that God had called him to be.  Moses had to learn in that moment that the only way to prevent drowning was to follow God’s commands!

I have much to learn from Moses, God went on to use him to lead and entire nation of people.  I want to be used by God like that!  My deepest prayer is that I will be prepared when the waves of discipline and awareness of the sin in my life are revealed to me. Surely it is painful at the time but if it is in preparation for God’s work to be done in my life, it is worth it!