what's on the other side of obedience: a 10 year old story

3,650 sunrises. That’s my story. It’s the side I’m standing on and there’s no going back. You know that moment you tried french fries in your frosty and you’d never dip them in ketchup again? That moment you laughed so hard you snorted, the embarrassing moment passed, and you knew your friendship just went to another level?

Life is the way it was intended to be lived on this side of obedience.

Well, how do I get there?

What will it cost me?

Is anyone else doing it?

What’s in it for me?

Let me check my calendar.

If I’ve got nothing else to do, I’ll think about it.

Yeah. You’re not ready.

The basic definition of obedience is submission to another’s authority. Our another being the Perfect Son of God, who, “being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8)

You’re ready when you submit. Submission - it’s been deemed an old-fashioned word because our world gets more and more selfish, so anything requiring obedience or submission gets ridiculed. So you have to get over that first.

But standing on this side of obedience, submission is worth it! It’s the most freedom I’ve ever experienced. If you know Jesus, you know He does everything backwards and upside down from this world. He says bow low and He’ll lift up. He says last will be first. He says to be rich become poor. I’m still progressing on my faith journey learning from my Maker, but I’ve gotten a few years behind me to taste and see that the Lord, He is good and He is worth following. He’s worth obeying.

And since obedience is active, to stay bogged down with our self-filled questions keeps you on the side of disobedience.

Are you ready now?

Let me tell you a story.

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neckla-says {celebrating women in may}

celebrating women doing their God-given thing

{for the month of may, i’m highlighting a few women who are gaining confidence in who God has created them to be and displaying it so through different means. for some, it was born out of cause. for others, it was there since birth. and some, it’s the season of life they are in. and they are sharing their stories here this month! join me in celebrating them and that’s not all…they want to celebrate you! a giveaway on each blogpost through the month of may! find out below how to enter the drawing!}   {congrats to winner, Meghan DeHart from the previous post}

welcome tammy lashey as we celebrate women in may!

 

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Thank you, Shauna for the privilege to share my story with your readers.  My name is Tammy Lashey and I live in Townsend, Delaware.  What’s there to say about me?  I love God, my pastor husband, my three children, my cats, blogging, graphic design and photography.  Oh, and I almost forgot…coffee.  I actually love a lot of things. But for purposes of my post today, I want to tell you about a new creative outlet God’s given me that I truly love and enjoy.

Just over two years ago, God called my husband to plant a church here in our hometown. Among the many changes we experienced was the reality that we would need to live off a smaller income.  So, for Christmas 2012, I decided to get creative and make scripture necklaces for all my loved ones.  I took time thinking about who they were in my life or what their favorite scripture passage might be and I designed what I thought best fit them.  I even made one for myself.

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As I designed my necklace I thought about all the wonderful promises in God’s Word.  It seemed impossible to pick just one.  So I picked a verse that spoke into my life at that time.  Since church planting had been extremely challenging, I wanted to wear something that reminded me of God’s calm and attentive care when things seemed chaotic.

For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs."  Zephaniah 3:17.

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The necklace continually reminded me that God doesn’t worry and God doesn’t fail.

Early spring of 2013, I began feeling inspired to make more necklaces.  Not only that, I knew if I began to sell the necklaces, it would help to lighten the financial load for our family.  I talked it over with my husband and he came up with a brilliant name – Neckla.says.  Because as we encounter the ups and downs of this life, it’s always important to know what God’s Word “says”.

It’s been almost a year since I began selling Neckla.says on Facebook and I’ve been thrilled to see that they are well received.   Other’s, like me, have been excited to have their special scripture on a necklace close to their heart.  What’s more, I’ve learned that for every necklace I’ve made, there’s a story and a women needing comfort or courage or strength.  What an honor to have a part in their lives.

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If you want to learn more about my jewelry, you can visit facebook.com/necklasays.  
I am gifting a custom necklace to someone reading this post. 
 Simply like the neckla.says page and 
comment that you read about me on shaunapilgreen.com and you will be entered to win. 
 By the close of the day, I will select a winner in a random drawing.
  If you’d like to keep up with my journey, you can read my blog
 Tammy On Tuesday at luminosityonline.com.

 

epic's new home

it's been the verses my pastor husband and i claimed before we called san francisco home. "unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake n vain." {Psalm 127.1}

four years ago this summer, we gathered in our living room in the apartment just down the street from the Giants ballpark.

we gathered, the few of us, to pray, dream, and ask God to show us how to plant a church in our city. {June 2010}

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look how little they were. asher age 2. sam age 4. elijah age 6.

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a week before our launch team came to an end, we gathered once more in our apartment, a few more of us this time,

{February 2011}

 excited to launch weekly at the w hotel.

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at the w hotel, we would meet in a conference room or the rooftop terrace at times. our staff kids soon were not the only kids. they were making new friends. we all were making new friends. people of san francisco started connecting with others of faith. we were baptizing new believers at a nearby apartment complex pool. we began small groups and service projects in our city.

we would grow and grow in number and our contract with the hotel would grow iffy and iffy.

we invited our epic community to meet at our same apartment one night to ask God to give us a more permanent space.

twenty or so people came. we prayed. we shared ideas. we left the big task to God, but the staff put their feet and minds into searching the SoMa neighborhood for church space. {not an impossible task in the city, but very, very difficult}

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God provided. and just two blocks down from the w hotel.

with just over 100 people, we moved into 543 howard street. {august 2011}

a space to call home with a three year lease, a few kid's rooms, and a worship space to hold 170.

quickly, we added a second service as we grew.

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this past january {2014} we added a third service!

we've been running over 400 people, including over 50 kids!

in a city that doesn't pride itself on being kid-friendly.

and in a city that doesn't welcome a Christian church with open arms.

so we're asking what's next?

what's next for our church?

for our city?

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731 market street

not from here or need a point of reference? it's the main street in the city.

it's where the flagship old navy and gap are located.

it's between third and fourth streets and beside the contemporary jewish museum.

market street ends at the ferry building and climbs up the san francisco hills.

if you've been to san francisco, chances are high that you've been on market street.

7. Rendering of building

my pastor husband and epic staff have signed a 10 year lease with an additional 5 year option.

capacity in worship space is 375 per service!

5 kid rooms.

right outside is the powell street MUNI/BART station.

you can bike, walk, transit, and drive to epic. {parking garage for over 400 cars outside building}

right below cvs pharmacy.

get this...the ten year lease ends on elijah's birthday. not just any birthday. his 21st birthday!

{not even thinking about our ages}

this building is just a shell right now.

we've got to build the church inside. rooms, lighting, paint, carpet. the list goes on.

san francisco is the most expensive city in america.

$1.3 million is what it's going to take to get us in and rent subsidized for the first three years.

some of you are giving us thumbs up for such a great deal and the rest of you are picking your jaws up off the floor.

we've got until april 27th to make our commitments to this great vision.

i believe wholeheartedly that God is going to move mightily through this major step for our church. He will receive the honor and glory for this big step of faith. He is being lifted up for sure.

this will require our epic community to give generously to this initiative.

but as my pastor husband says, we've giving to those who have yet to come.

those in our city who have yet to be born or move here. those in san francisco who have yet to hear of Jesus.

watch epic's podcasts and see this vision become a reality in the coming months.

it was partner churches across this country that gave to the initial vision of planting a church in downtown san francisco over 4 years ago. many of these people will never step foot into this church here. now it's time for our epic community to pay it forward for the hundreds, if not thousands who will come.

if you read my blog, you know i see lessons and concepts in pictures.

my favorite part in all of this...we will have a permanent sign posted that says epic sf.

it's a visual of us saying, "san francisco, we're here. we're not going anywhere and when you want to come, you are welcome."

because it's the people we are here for. it's the community we want to grow. it's Jesus we want to display.

i beleive when you leave a place, you leave the lights on if you took Jesus with you.
we left the lights on in our family apartment at 351 king street, #113.
we've left the lights on at the w hotel.
we've got the lights on at 543 howard presently and we'll leave them on there too.
 i can't wait to turn the lights on at 731 market street.