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I Never Had The Feeling That God Was Looking Out For Me...

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Nov 01, 2013 @ 12:10 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in faith, Perspective, Family, Encouragement, baptism

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PerrinBaptismAt Timberlake Church, nothing excites us more than watching people take their next right step in Jesus. And when Perrin, a Timberlake attender, took her faith public by getting baptized a few weeks ago, we celebrated with her.

Please take a few moments and read her story:

Growing up, Jesus wasn't a part of my life. I had no real knowledge of who He was. My father was an atheist and my mother didn't seem interested. I heard about Jesus from some friends in high school, but truly, nothing really sank in.

Without any sort of faith structure in my life, anxiety played a big part of how I functioned. And, although I felt that everything happened for a reason, I never had the feeling that God was looking out for me.

But it when I met my husband, things started to change. Something just seemed to click in my heart and my previous “everything happens for a reason” theory started to make sense. And that’s when I made the decision to follow Jesus.

My faith journey has been a long one but after more than ten years and several moves, we found ourselves at Timberlake Church. And it was at Timberlake where everything in my life really came full circle. For the first time, I actually felt one hundred percent connected with Jesus.

Everything finally made sense.

Life just seems easier now. Days are not perfect and life still presents it's challenges but it all feels manageable, especially knowing that Jesus is always there. I can always count on him, and that's a pretty awesome feeling.
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Creating a New Normal

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Sep 27, 2013 @ 02:52 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in Timberlake Church, Friends, grace, community, Encouragement, Groups

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Yesterday I arrived at church at 8am to check on how things were going with an event set-up. I left at 4:15pm to grab one of my kids from volleyball, arrived home to cook up some chicken legs and potatoes, answered a couple of homework questions, listened to the family debrief over dinner, and went back to work for an evening event. I pulled into our driveway just in time to laugh with my family over the day’s stories before bedtime. The winning vignette involved baby carrots, braces and the Heimlich maneuver. My husband calls this the “new normal" - the balancing of priorities we do, now that we both have full time jobs.

I’ve just passed my one year anniversary in ministry at Timberlake. There have been some amazing moments in which I've seen God’s handiwork. There have been hard times which I can thankfully see God overcoming. This past week has been difficult emotionally and I haven’t slept much.

My friend Cindy and I tried out a new exercise class on Monday followed by coffee that grew cold as we shared our spiritual challenges over the past week. As we talked, she astutely reminded me: the Enemy wants to highlight my failures. I left restored and focused on Jesus. And that night I slept long and deeply.

I am hugely grateful for a handful of girlfriends, my prayer partners, whom I’ve acquired over the years. Most are bible study gals who’ve stuck long after the study ended, and I’ve formed friendships with a few new ladies since joining the team at Timberlake. These are the people I can be real with, people who listen confidentially, offer biblical advice, pray for me (and I for them), and recognize my habit of not giving myself grace. Yet, it would be sad to think that God has nothing more for me. I still need to actively seeking out new relationships. If I’m not moving outward, well … I’m not moving. God has more designed for all of us; we just need to not hold back. Whatever the excuse, it keeps us from the connections that make life better. 

It’s time for me to commit to a new Growth Group for fall. I'm signing up today. I need it too much, not to do it. I want this to be my “new normal."

Madelyn Jansma
Director of Groups & Care 

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