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!

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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…………

 

Saving the Earth…..one trash bag at a time! June 12, 2011

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I recycle!  Each and every Wednesday my green recycling tub is eagerly set out on the curb for pick up.  I have learned what can, and what can’t, be thrown into the bin and try to be diligent in my efforts.  You would think that my motivation is that I love the earth and I want to do my part to preserve it.  That is the good answer, but if I am really honest it has nothing to do with that.  It is all about the….trash bags.  I know this sounds ridiculous.  Who recycles just so they don’t waste trash bags. 

I am not totally crazy, the things that I recycle are typically big things.  Pizza boxes, newspapers, egg cartons…these things take up a lot of space in my trash can.  The more I can reduce my trash load, the less often I run out of trash bags.   

Trash bags are what I refer to as, “oh crap” items.  I go to the store and get everything we need for the week and get home before  I realize that I forgot the trash bags.  “O crap!”  Then I am stuck using the plastic bags that I just pulled my groceries out of until I make it back to the store to get some trash bags.   It is not that recycling eliminates my forgetting the trash bag problem, it simply reduces the reoccurrence of it.  I run out of trash bags less often!

I wonder how often this happens in my spiritual life.  I do the things that God wants me to do, but I do them because it is convenient or because it makes my life easier.  My motivation is not out of love for the Lord, but rather out of selfish ambition.  This just isn’t good enough!  1 John 5:3 has always been one of my favorite verses.  “This is love for God; to obey his commands.  And his commands are not burdensome.”  Sometimes God will call me to do hard things, inconvenient things.  Am I willing to do them out of my love for him, or am I going to opt for the easy way out?

 

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!

 

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!