July 9, 2014

Songs from Retreat

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On a happier note, here are some uplifting songs that I really liked from the retreat (I’ve been listening to all of them, but especially the first one, on repeat since I’ve gotten back haha :])

I am not the same – Unhindered

Oceans – Hillsong United

Cry in my Heart – Starfield

Marvelous Light – Charlie Hall

edit: oops, one more that I forgot:

Your Love Never Fails – Jesus Culture

The story of Mindy

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Another struggle that was shared during the retreat was the subject of lust, and how he did not want to look at or think of his sisters in Christ that way.  The frustration and shame were so tangible, and I think it resonated with a lot of the people, especially guys, there.  I thought he was very brave for standing in front of not just one church, but multiple churches in the area, speaking out about his struggles, and Praise the Lord that he felt he had to confess that to everyone, because getting it out and admitting it is the first step to healing.

So when I stumbled upon this article yesterday, it reminded me of this struggle that many people have to deal with, and it shows just how easy it is to manipulate a young girl to think that she would like to be part of that kind of lifestyle.  This is what can happen when our lives are not God-centered – we covet things and want to try things to fill a void within us.  It’s in our nature.  And I’m not judging here – I myself have seen how much I can fall without God as my center.  But anyway, I hope this article can also serve as a reminder that the people in these videos are real people, who are really affected by what they’re doing in their lives outside of the industry.  And the struggles follow them for the rest of their lives.  So instead of consuming what the industry provides, let’s pray for all of those involved, that they would come to know Christ as the only nurturer of our souls and the only thing we need.

The Pastor’s Kid

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Just ran across this article on a new facebook friend’s wall yesterday (we met during a youth retreat we were both helping out at this weekend). It’s about Barnabas Piper’s (John Piper’s son) experience as a pastor’s kid, and his new book, The Pastor’s Kid.  Pretty interesting stuff.  I think sometimes when we think about pastors, especially well-known ones like John Piper, we tend to build them up in our minds to be larger than life, and we see their kids, who look so kind and obedient on the outside, and think they must have a wonderful family life.  I know sometimes I look at friends’ families who grew up Christian, and think “I want that for my future family.”  But they tell me that it’s not all sunshine and roses – that they also have fights and issues that go on behind the scenes.

During this retreat, one of the pastor’s kids (PK’s) did actually speak up in the sharing time about his experience, and how he always had a lot of anger pent up and hated being a PK.  (I was not really familiar with this term before this weekend, though I may have occasionally heard it once or twice in the far past, now that I think about it).  This was coming from a boy that everyone just thought of as mischievous and who smiled and laughed all the time.  It’s so strange – how much we can all hide our true selves to the world behind a smiling facade.  But anyway, that’s what I thought of when I saw the article, and I actually would be pretty interested in reading it to see what it has to say.  Like the video at the end mentions, I think this would be good, not only for PK’s and pastors to read, but also for all of us to consider as well.