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Sweet Home Alabama pt. 2 August 21, 2007

Filed under: Life in general — jennifersworld @ 3:04 pm

I know I havent’ updated since I was on my way to Alabama, I apologize. So here’s my update, I live in Alabama now. Auburn Alabama to be exact. It’s a lot different from KC. But it’s growing on me.
So, I moved to Alabama August 1. I got my apartment setteled and then got to fly out to Anaheim to see my family and celebrate my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary. They renewed their vows, which was beautiful and such a joy to be a part of, and had a big party. (Sidenote, the food at said party was AMAZING!!! I have never tasted food so delicious, nor have I seen food so delicious to the eyes, it was frickin’ rad!) I flew back from LA on Sunday and bright and early Monday morning showed up at Auburn for orientation.
We were properly oriented and sent off to Tallassee Alabama (yep, I spelled it right, I promise!) to get crisis management training (read: how to properly restrain students so they will not hurt you, themselves or other class members) I got to practice restraining my class members which was delightful to say the least. Imagine having someone you met two days ago lying ontop of you while you lay on a mat, can you say AWKWARD! But my class is much closer after having experienced this together!
Classes started Thursday. It’s been awhile since I’ve done the whole school thing, but it all comes rushing back when you sit in your first class. (which I was late for incidentally, stupid traffic)
This week we have classes and are learning how to teach a parenting class for the Alabama Department of Human Resources. I can now prove the many parenting errors my parents made with my brother and me, but perhaps I won’t tell them that!!! We start practicum next week…
I think that’s all. More later! Homework beckons!

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Moving… July 30, 2007

Filed under: Life in general — jennifersworld @ 8:11 pm

I write to you from a hotel room in Columbia Missouri (and seriously, it’s killing me, I can’t take the closeness to Mizzou…) on my way to a new town… Life as I know it is going to change. I don’t think I’m ready for this.

 

Mad Church Disease? July 2, 2007

Filed under: Friend's projects — jennifersworld @ 1:23 pm

My friend, Anne Jackson is the beginning stages of writing a book. Yes, a book with the working title of Mad Church Disease. Intriguing, huh?

Mad Church Disease will discuss the epidemic of ministry burnout in today’s contemporary church. Currently, anonymous surveys are being conducted at MadChurchDisease.com for those who are on any church staff, those who are family of church staff and those who are volunteers in ministry. By analyzing these surveys, as well as conducting interviews with pastors, families and volunteers world-wide, Anne hopes to bring this touchy subject to light using real-life stories of not only tragedy, but redemption and healing for those who have been affected by this disease.

As a former Church employee and current volunteer at a megachurch in Kansas City, I am 100% behind this project. I’ve seen the burn out, I’ve experienced it for myself. This is a book that has needed to be written for years. It’s a book that will no doubt inspire men and women currently serving in ministry, considering ministry and who have never even stepped foot in the church. I look forward to seeing how God uses this book and Anne’s story to impact the lives of many.

SO…

How can you help fight Mad Church Disease?

Check out the book’s webite, and if any of the survey’s apply to you, take one. They are completely anonymous.

 

Truth June 21, 2007

Filed under: Life Lessons — jennifersworld @ 9:23 pm

What does it mean to speak the truth in love? (See Ephesians 4:15 – Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.)

 

Sweet… May 30, 2007

Filed under: Auburn,Life in general — jennifersworld @ 9:28 am

I was watching the movie “Sweet Home Alabama” on tv last night, and they played the song (of course!) I have to say, I got a little chill up and down my spine as I listened to it. The excitement of moving is building. Part of me can’t wait, part of me wants to throw up…

 

Home May 14, 2007

Filed under: Life Lessons — jennifersworld @ 7:28 pm

I went home Friday night, to a bookstore in Lawrence. Now, I realize I don’t live in a bookstore in Lawrence, but it was home just the same. My friend Aimee and I went to Signs of Life bookstore to see our friend Tyler play guitar and sing. There were some old friends from KU there, and we caught up on life. It was like coming home again. My house in Leavenworth is home to me because of all the memories and love that it holds. My grandparents houses in California and Wyoming are home for the same reasons. Lawrence is home because I grew up there, I started to figure out who the heck I am there. Home is so much more about the state of your heart then a physical place.
Where is your home?

 

Dear Grandpa April 17, 2007

Filed under: Life Lessons — jennifersworld @ 9:02 pm

If you’re reading this, you probably know me, and if you know me, you probably know what has happened to my church family this past weekend. Long story short: Our senior pastor resigned after admiting an extra-marital affair with another member of our staff. My mom told my grandparents about my my anger and hurt following this situation. The following is the letter that I wrote to my grandfather explaining my emotions in this situation.

Grandpa,
I would like to explain my feelings to you because I believe that you misunderstood what mom told you about my reaction to this situation.
First of all, I am not in any way judging Pastor Dave. I am completely aware of my own depravity. I am also aware that this sin my pastor has committed is no worse than anything that I myself have done. I am so grateful for the redemption I am offered in Christ.
I am hurt because a man I trusted and loved and respected has done something I never thought possible. And I hurt because his family, his wife and 5 children (that I have worked with and love dearly) are hurting. My church family is reeling from the loss of our leader. We all hurt; we all mourn what could have been.
And I’m angry. I’m angry at myself for not praying for my pastor more, for not realizing how delicate a position he was in and how much he needed me to intercede for him. I’m angry that Satan was able to tempt an amazing man and woman into breaking their marriage vows and irrevocably changing their families. I’m angry that sin exists at all.
I am not in any way throwing myself a pity party. I know the real victims in all of this and I’m not one of them. But I will continue to grieve this situation, as I know that it grieves the Father too. I will support the families and the new leadership at my church and I will be on my face before God praying that His grace will prevail and our church will bounce back from this crisis stronger than before, more diligent in our prayers for our leaders, more forgiving, more able to deal with the crises that are sure to come.