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August 2014

Away Days: Dreams, Plans, Everything

Processed with VSCOcam with b1 presetIt’s been a busy week!  Monday was my birthday (still accepting gifts and well wishes 😉 ), and then Tuesday I left for two days away with the church staff.

In the UK, August tends to be the month that many people travel and enjoy downtime before school starts back up in September.  So as we finished out the last week of August, the staff wanted to get together to spend some time planning, preparing, and praying specifically for the next twelve months.

As we sit around a table, I’m always blown away that God has brought us together to do the work of ministry as a team at this specific time in history in this specific city.  When you can start tracing God’s story throughout the people around you, and see how God begins to weave things together for His purpose, our joy, and His glory there is no other response than worship.

The first day was spent talking through what this next year will look like with our staff, three interns and two church campuses.  That night we went to dinner, and then came back crashed in the tree house (yes, an actual tree house) to share our testimonies and spend some time praying for one another.  Besides the appearance of some abnormally large spiders, it was a privilege to hear everyone’s heart.

Wednesday was all day planning and working through big events – holidays, conferences, and calendar of events and opportunities for evangelism in the city.

We crammed a lot of dreams and plans into a short amount of time.  But each day began with reminding ourselves of why we do what we do.  We read and prayed through 1st Peter chapters 1 and 2… That we’ve been born again to a living hope (1:3) to prepare ourselves for action (1:13) and to be holy (1:16) that we have been given a new identity as God’s people (2:9) and to love and serve those around us, even when we are mistreated (2:13-17).

And if we don’t start there, what else matters?

A verse that we’ve used many times as a team has been Psalm 127:1

‘Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain…’ 

Ultimately, all of the dreams and plans we have are meaningless if they are not keeping in step with where God is leading.

And that‘s one of the biggest things I love about this team – a desire to keep the first thing the first thing: Jesus lifted up.

Grateful,
Aaron + Kelly
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PS: Here’s a picture of the treehouse – how cool is that?!
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Four Lessons Learned In Four Years

Today is our four-year wedding anniversary.
Between friendship, dating, engagement and married life – we’ve been together for over seven years now.
We’ve lived a lot of life in that time, and trying to spare you (and us, let’s be honest) all of the ridiculous clichés, we decided to write about four things we’ve learned in four years of marriage. Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 11.37.03 PM 1. We Are A Team
‘Me’ no longer exists. If we’re in this together, then we have to be willing to do things for the betterment of ‘us,’ that may not be our first choice as an individual.  Perfect example is Kelly working in healthcare while in Nashville to provide consistent income for us while I pursued the always stable music industry.

2. Live With Open Hands
As Believers, our conviction is that our lives are not our own.  Everything we have is from God, and therefore is not really ours in the first place.  Our lives, our time, our resources and our talents are from Him and to be used for His glory.  Whether we go kicking and screaming in protest or joyfully and freely surrendering, God is going to get His way no matter what.  As counterintuitive as it may sound, there is so much more freedom in joyful surrender.

3. Home Is Wherever We Are
Home is not a specific location.  Home is wherever we are together.  Whether that is Charlotte, Nashville, Liverpool or anywhere else – we make home where we go.

4. Life Looks Completely Different On The Other Side Of A Sandwich
This shirt pretty much sums it up.  And we have found it to be true over and over and over and over again. 🙂 673099ab127edce451d3e63a79ceb7dc Who knows what the next four years (and the next four, and the next four) will hold.  But we’re excited to experience Philippians 1:6 continuously worked out: ‘…that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to the completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’ Thank you for being a part of influencing, lifting up and encouraging us as individuals and as a couple.  We couldn’t do it without you.

Grateful,
Aaron + Kelly

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Tennessee Time

Processed with VSCOcam with b1 presetHow long can you blame things on jet lag?  A week?  Three?  Let’s go with three, since that will make me feel better about the amount of time it’s taken to post this blog.

One of the things that we were the most excited (and nervous) about with returning to the States was spending time in Nashville.  It was our home for three and a half years and was a city that meant a lot to us (more on that in another post).  Some of our favorite people, music, coffee shops, and restaurants and memories are in that city.

Originally our plan was to make it back in time so that we could go to our old church’s Saturday night service – but traffic and weather had other plans.

Driving in and seeing the skyline for the first time in six months was hard.

Besides a few friend hangouts and a couple get together’s we planned almost nothing about our time.  We wanted to make sure that we had time to experience all of the things we loved about the city without feeling pressured to cram every minute full of activities.

The first night our community group had organized a dinner so that we could get caught up with everyone.  It was so great to reconnect with a great group of people who have all supported us prayerfully and financially on this new adventure.

We were able to go to a record release party for one of our new favorite artists, Colony House (any Steven Curtis Chapman fans out there? – check this band out, it’s his two sons, and they are fantastic!) at a local record store in town.

Kelly and I each met up with some friends from work in the middle of the week.  And I spent some time with my boss at Inpop and got caught up on all of our artists.

We wondered around downtown.  Hung out at Centennial Park.  Ate at Pancake Pantry… Twice.  And visited all of our favorite little shops in downtown Franklin.

Nashville was so refreshing.  We love the city and the people.

With five days left before heading back to the UK we returned to Charlotte to spend some time with family.  And, you guessed it – to take another trip purging our closets one last time.  Although our first time back in the States didn’t feel as weird as we had expected, it’s so nice to be around people who have known you for years.  To be around the people with whom you share a depth of relationship and history.  Those friendships don’t happen overnight, and they require a lot of work.  And we are so grateful for each one.

TN PicGrateful,
Aaron + Kelly

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