I am God and there is no other...

Thank you all for the wonderful anniversary wishes!! John and I had a great time celebrating four years and it was so nice to be away for 3 whole days!

It's official!! John is now the new Youth Pastor for Avalon Hills Bible Church! We are so excited about this new ministry God has laid before us. Last night John preached to the entire congregation during the evening service, afterward they were allowed to ask him any questions the had ... major spotlight moment! John did an amazing job and when the congregation voted on who they wanted for their new Youth Pastor it was nearly unanimous in John's favor! :) I am so proud of my wonderful husband and so blessed that he is mine!

I wanted to share a little of what John spoke about last night because it was so powerful. He talked about idolatry. None of us like that word... it makes us a little uncomfortable. Unless of course we're talking about the Israelites or other religions, etc... But when we're talking about ourselves? Uh oh - squirm time. The sad truth is that we've all been guilty of it at some point in our lives. Maybe even now...

Idolatry is when you let ANYTHING AT ALL take the place of God in your life. Anything that knocks God off the pedestal is an idol. Idolatry is greed. Psalm 127 says that "unless the Lord build the house, it's builders labor in vain." God is telling us that everything is because of Him and anything we do outside of him is vanity.

I have been guilty of idolatry. If you haven't read about my struggle with infertility please take the time to do that now. You can find it here. It talks about how my desire to have a baby slowly but surely took precedence in my life, so that Christ was no longer at the center. I didn't even realize it was happening until it had already gotten to the point of idolatry. Be careful - it can take you by surprise! Ever heard the Mercy Me song "Slow Fade?" It will make you think harder about the "little things" that we don't think really matter. All the compromises that really do separate us from the God we love.

Let's work extra hard to examine our lives and make sure we keep Christ at the center. Let there be only one throne in your life and let GOD BE ON IT! Anything else is idolatry.

"Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God."

Exodus 34:14

It's my friend Sandy's 2 year blog -iversary! Stop by here and congratulate her! :)

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Denise @ A Sacred Longing said...

Lauren, I am always blessed when I visit your blog. Infertility is a journey, isn't it. I have walked that path for much too long and like you learned that I was going to have to release it. Not easy, then or now but with God's grace I continue.

I love the song Slow Fade, it is a perfect reminder of the subtle way we compromise and turn. It happens and we are so myopic to notice.

Congratulations to your husband! How exciting that the blessings continue to flow upon your obedience!


Debbie said...

Dear Lauren,
I am so pleased to read the news! And what a wonderful lesson to share in his first sermon. Idolatry can infiltrate our lives too easily. I understand the fertility issue as I went through it too. Thanks for writing about this as a reminder to never allow anything to take precedence over our relationship with the Lord.


Mich said...

Congrats! My hubby is an Assoc. Pastor whose focus is youth...too much fun. We love it!

Amen. Amen. Amen. I have been dealing with this very issue lately reguarding something. thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE that song, but it is kinda scary how we can so easily slip into things.

Congrats on the staff position! :)

He & Me + 3 said...

Wow that is powerful and the song Slow Fade is so perfect. Congrats on the new position. How exciting to be exactly where the Lord has called you.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Lauren - I am so excited about what God has in store for you and your husband.

I wish that you could come be OUR Youth Pastor/wife - we just lost our current one and you would be fabulous!

Welcome to the world of being a pastor's wife!

3 Blessings said...

Yea for John! I am so happy for you guys.

I am right there with you on the idolatry. There have been more times than I want to count where I have placed more importance on my will instead of HIS will. Thank you for sharing this message.

Blessings to you dear friend,

Lauren said...

I read a fantastic book by Kelly Minter called "No Other Gods" and then I got the study as well. So so good you would love it.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both! That is wonderful!

It really is easy to slip into idolatry. Too easy. Thank you for the reminder!

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Alicia said...

Congrats to your hubby!!!!!!!!!! That's awesome!!

Oh...and yes..the topic of idolatry can speak to many of us! Even my "blog" can become my idol if I'm not careful. Even our children can become our idols, so to speak!! So many things!!

I'm glad you had a great time w/ your hubby!!!!!!!!!!!

Katie said...

Awesome, Congrats. I wish you lived closer you are so special.

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

What a great point your hubby made! Anything that takes our focus from Jesus needs to be re-examined. Thanks for sharing!

Mocha Momma said...

Ya, young and ignorant. Somehow I got out of trouble.

I believe God was watching over me and preparing me for my future as a Christian.

I don't have any other explanation.


Mocha Momma said...

I am so happy for both of you. It is such a God thing how everything worked out. I'm excited for your husband and the new ministry he's getting started on.

God bless you both. ENJOY!!

Cathy said...

I am so happy for you and your husband. And nothing is impossible with our awesome God.

Anonymous said...

Hello Lauren,

I am so happy you had such a wonderful anniversary celebration!

That is wonderful news about John and of God’s powerful message through him.

Good post here!

lisalyn said...

Congrats to your husband on the new position. I am sure that God has big plans for him! What a joy to serve him in that way.

I really enjoyed reading your post about idols. Very interesting and so true.