On Faith

If you know me at all, one thing you learn pretty quickly is that I am real. I don’t put up walls, or pretense. I am just me. So, I am going to be real right now. In this very moment I felt moved to sit down and write this blog entry. Several weeks ago, when I was asked to participate in the blog I chose to write about faith. I know, without a doubt, we can all recall times our faith has been tested. In fact, I could write a timeline of the big events in my life that have tested my faith.

Looking back over my life of 42 years, I can see my faith as it has ebbed and flowed. I think when I volunteered to write about faith God had a little chuckle. Here’s why: We are a family of 6. As we are trying our best to raise our 4 kids, my husband is going through a job transition that can make life tough. On this particular day, the hottest day of the summer so far, our dryer has broken, the pool pump is out of commission, my husband’s car has to be put in the shop for some overheating issues, and our air conditioner went out. While I realize all of those things are material, and not life or death, they are all things that must be repaired—and sooner rather than later! And certainly an added layer of stress. After I discovered the air conditioner issue, I broke down. I sobbed as my husband sat patiently behind the dryer on a stool watching a YouTube video on how to repair the dryer. He calmly said, “Can you read me that verse that you read aloud during your quiet time?” I thought he was joking. “No, really. Go get it.” So, through my blurry, teary eyes I got my Bible.

Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has proven to be genuine, he will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love him. James 1:12

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With a quivering lip, I read the words aloud. Twice. Did you see what that said? Happy is the one who endures testing. Y’all, that was in my devotional reading on this particular day! I went back to my room and fell to my knees. I prayed. I prayed for my faith to be stronger than my fear. I prayed for these burdens to be lifted. I prayed that the Devil would stop preying on my fears of loss. I took a really deep breath and proclaimed my trust in our Lord because Hebrews 11:1 teaches us the exact definition of faith.

Faith is being sure of things you hope for and certain of things you cannot see.

After that I got up. I still felt a little anxious, but relieved that once again, I gathered my faith, and I was reminded that I serve a God that carries my burdens. Just like Lauren Daigle sings in her song “Everything:”

“Even the sparrow has a place to lay its head, so why would I let worries steal my breath?”

Our God knows the hairs on our heads! Ladies, this will not be the last time my faith is tested and then bolstered. It will not be the last time my knees hit the floor in despair. But I know every time I stand up, my faith is renewed, and I am happy as I am one who has endured testing!

Announcing Our New Generations Director

Announcing Our New Generations Director

Today we are excited to announce Nick Perret as our new Generations Director of Vintage Church. Nick is born and raised in New Orleans, and in fact spent the majority of his childhood only a few blocks from our church ministry facility. Nick and his family have been at Vintage for many years and has served in various capacities at Vintage and other churches in New Orleans over the years. Since the Lord first drew Nick’s heart toward ministry, his passion has been to reach the young people of this beautiful city for His Kingdom. He believes they are the future.

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On Community

On Community

I tried so hard to stay “strong” and hold my emotions together, especially when visitors were present. I felt helpless and foolish when the tears flowed so unexpectedly. I was all over the place mentally and my thoughts raced non-stop. I felt broken and was experiencing exhaustion. It was difficult to even identify what I needed when friends would ask how they could help. I was at an all-time low.

Then stepped in community.

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How To Break a Bad Habit

How To Break a Bad Habit

In Vintage Church’s series, “Dependent,” we recently discussed the power of habits and even how to intentionally develop healthy habits. If you missed the kick off to this series—Redefine Yourself—visit vcnola.com/dependent to find that sermon as well as all other series resources. In Atomic Habits, James Clear outlines the “Habit Loop,” the process by which you and I develop habits.

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The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about habits. This direction began with a podcast—The Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. On his podcast, Pastor Craig Groeschel interviewed James Clear, author of Atomic Habits. Originally I listened to the podcast simply as a way to grow in my leadership. However, that podcast has taken me on a journey researching and investigating the power of habit.

After listening to this podcast, I picked up Clear’s book and quickly read it. I then picked up another book, Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit and now I’m reading one more—Drew Dyck’s Your Future Self Will Thank You. After engaging all of these resources, my thinking shifted from leadership to spiritual growth. This shift in thinking led me to even adjust Vintage Church’s summer preaching series. Why this shift?

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How Do You Grow?

How Do You Grow?

Recently I was reading through the F260 Bible Reading Plan, and I came across a passage I had read before but that struck me in a unique way. I was reading 1 Corinthians 8 where Paul discusses the very foreign idea of eating food sacrificed to idols. But what struck me was what Paul said first:

“Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that ‘all of us possess knowledge.’ This ‘knowledge’ puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God” (1 Corinthians 8:1–3). 

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