Tuesday, November 15, 2005

God's Victory

Isn’t it just amazing how God works through us! This past weekend was the West Texas Girls Conference, and even though our church is not in west Texas I still take our youth group to it. We had a really great weekend and it is wonderful to watch God grow and nurture the relationships between the girls.
But what I am simply amazed about is how God can take a fear and turn it into a passion. You see I taught a class at the retreat this past weekend, and yes there were like 50 other women that also taught classes, but what is so extraordinary to me is that at one point in college I questioned my desire to go into youth ministry because I had a huge fear of teaching in front of people! Even when I was hired here at Preston Road I still had that fear, but I knew I would have to face it. Not that I am all of a sudden an amazing teacher, but it is an amazing transformation to me to not only be able to get up in front of a class of 40 girls and teach, but to have the passion to want to teach them and be excited about it. It has not come easily or by my choice alone, I praise God and Christ above all else, but I also have to give kudos to my incredible husband that is not only an example of a stupendous teacher but has really challenged me and in love pushed me forward. Have you felt this same victory in Christ? What fears has God transformed in your lives? I would love to celebrate them with you too.


tim said...

I'm not sure I'd call it a "fear," but working in ministry has always left my finances pretty tight. But over the past several years I've continually seen His faithfulness and trust that He will always continue to provide as He has in the past. Although finances can sometimes be tight, it's rarely a concern of mine now.

Christopher Brown said...

This blog entry made me hungry.

Good job Crysty.

tim said...

Saw your comment on my blog. No, you don't know me. I try to keep up with youth ministry blogs through technorati.com and yours happened to pop up. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hey Crys-
I am so proud of you for facing your fear of teaching. I always knew you had it in you!!
Love you-

P.S.- I like the table decorations :)

summer said...

i'm so proud for you and of you. you are great teacher. our girls are lucky to have someone like you as a mentor.

Katherine said...

I am right there with you on the whole fear of teaching thing-it is definitely something I have had to overcome since being called into youth ministry. That Girls Conference weekend amazed me, too-because I was not nervoue at all! It IS amazing what God can do through us if we let Him!! :) I may be about to overcome a HUGE obstacle, too-as I may be speaking in ACU's chapel next semester-which is like 4,000+ people!! Oh my word, just thinking about that scares me...

I love me some Joe Allen's...good choice! I pray that you and John are blessed!!