To clarify this photo of my little daughter, we had a fabulous time at Xtreme 2010! I didn’t take my computer to the mountains but I tried to Twitter Ten Ways You Know You are Old at a Youth Conference. I kept losing count so I only ended up with eight, but among those that made the list (or should have) were:
1. You are not wearing a North Face Jacket or Ugg Boots.
2. Rather than be amused at the kid who can pop his jaw out of socket for the Stupid Human Trick show, your motherly instincts are in instant red alert over his obvious orthodontia issues.
3. Your favorite session is Johnny Hunt exegeting James.
4. Matt Pitt freaks you out.
5. FlyLeaf freaks you completely out.
My oldest son is partial to Ergun Caner because he is interested in apologetics. His five point message from 2 Corinthians peppered with his usual sarcasm was the highlight for him.
But can we talk about my highlight? Because the Youth Conference was about me, right?
This is the third time I’ve seen them live and once again they brought the worship. It’s so refreshing to see a band whose music is an overflow of their ministry and not at all what they consider to be central to it. I love Mark’s testimony of how they never sought a record contract and yet the Lord knew how much we all needed to be discipled by them in song. This music has literally been the sound track to my Christian walk. I am a grateful girl to have had the opportunity to usher in a New Year to the sound of their voices.
And by the way, when I get to heaven, I’m asking the Lord to let me sing like Melodee and Megan. Y’all ROCK, girls.
(Yes, I’m sending them personal messages since I’m oh-so-certain they read this blog.)
After Crowns and a quick message by Dr. Hunt (and no I didn’t stalk him this year), KJ52 ushered in 2010 with a music montage in which he asked us to dance along on cue. I didn’t want to hurt his feelings so, my friends, I got my swag on. I’m certain I humiliated my children. I’m hoping there are no photos.
And no Xtreme coverage would be complete without mentioned Tony Nolan. Fabulous ministry this man and his precious wife Tammy have. I appreciate that he doesn’t sugar coat the fact of sin. Three of our youth professed faith in Christ after his message New Year’s Eve to the praise of His glory!
I had also looked so forward to seeing Tammy again and like a doofus decided to put off a visit until Friday when they weren’t flogged by the crowds. As in Friday when they were already gone. What was I thinking? I do not know. I did get to see that darlin’ Joy Fei Fei on the big screen though. That child stole the heart of approximately every single person in the room.
A couple more photos:
My oldest son (on the right) and one of his buds…(He was not wearing his North Face jacket. Or his Uggs.)
The drive home…the first decent amount of snow we’ve seen in years. Beautiful but a little nerve wracking for southern people with no winter weather driving skillz!
Enough about us…hope y’all are diving headlong into a year full of new things!
I love your articles as usual. But about the youth conference.. I sent Phoenix and i was amazed at what he brought home with him. He exlpained to me that no matter how bad we get or how low we get that like a hundred dollar bill Jesus will always want us. I was so proud of him explaining that to me…cause i needed to hear that because i had been faltering in my faith and needed to get back on track.
thank you allowing my grandson to go with the church for this eye opening conference.
He loved and is looking forward to next year.
I am looking forward to the womens retreat.
Bless you with many many blessing
I love these pictures and as a momma to all boys of course I can relate to every aspect of this! ;)
Gonna miss your sweet self this weekend. Boo hoo. But I know it will be a wonderful time and Jesus will be beautiful in you!! I’ll be praying!!
I’d love to see Casting Crowns live…totally jealous but in a good way : )
Happy New Year!
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Their lyrics are our lives played out. Love Casting Crowns!
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And you also know you are old when you have no idea what #4 and #5 on your friend’s blog post means! LOL
Love Casting Crowns! Their latest (Until the Whole World Hears) is my ringtone right now.
Linda, I had no idea either until this weekend. :))
Bobbie, Phoenix was awesome! Had such a good time with him and his cool new iPhone..:)
Fran..I’m gonna miss you too :(( ATLANTA baby! :
Sounds like a great youth conference. Glad you enjoyed it!
First saw CC in concert when they were total newbies to the whole concert gig. They were fantastic then so I can only imagine how experience has enhanced their message and their performance.
Haven’t a North Face nor any Uggs but I did buy a pair of skinny jeans for the express purpose of tucking them in my new rain boots. So maybe I’m not as old as I am or maybe I should be acting older than I do…
Happy New Year, friend!
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Ok….this story cracks me up everytime I think about it.
My husband went to seminary with Mark Hall at Florida Baptist Theo. College way back when.
Our best friends were there as well. Their oldest son took piano lessons from a professor’s wife who was also our music minister at the local church in town.
She would say to my friend’s son……”You need to focus and practice! You have to learn to read music! You don’t want to end up like Mark Hall…..he can’t pay attention to anything…..he’ll never go anywhere!”
At the time….he was just a struggling student like so many others. No one had any idea that we’d be listening to his cd’s over and over. Except God did! :)
We laugh so hard thinking about her saying that. She was a straight arrow kinda lady. No fun and games! So this makes it even funnier to us!
God has blessed him and his music…..cause he’s the REAL DEAL!
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