Monday, September 11, 2017

Session One

We had a wonderful first AM Chosen meeting last Thursday! 

We had a handful of new moms and lots of veterans. Jayme and I sincerely hope you all felt a warm welcome and are excited to find a community at Chosen. 

We thought it’d be nice to recap Session One from the study we are doing this year, as some moms couldn’t be there and not all the evening session moms were in attendance. Please note that we will not always have a study, especially this first semester, but will continue it on throughout the year. 

We are doing a study based off the book by Lysa TerKeurst called “Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out and Lonely.”

Doesn’t that title just strike you with curiosity? I know it did for me. Girls can be so mean and judgemental. Finding REAL in a perfected, social-media world seems like a distant dream for some of us. Rather we like to face it or not, we have all been victims of rejection. Maybe some far worse than others, with varying degrees, but we all know what it’s like to not be in the fun group photo with all your friends…to get picked last and to feel like you just have no one who will ever just love you for being you. 

Session One was all about the concept of: Living Loved.  Sounds nice, right? But, how does this look in our everyday lives. Being loved by our Good, Good Father should radiate into everything that we do. 

We were reminded of one of my favorite verses in the Bible:

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you with his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” 
Zephaniah 3:17

Did you catch that? He (our Father) is with us (like He’s sitting next to you, watching you read this); He is MIGHTY and REJOICES over us. He knows our deepest wounds and our most awful life moments and He still looks at us and says “I love you!”

This verse, according to TerKeurst can give deep assurance to:

  1. Those whose past or present rejections scream so loudly that it’s impossible to live loved when they are constantly feeling the sting of others hurtful words.
  2. Those who aren’t currently feeling rejected but whose past hurts and rejections are affecting them more than they realize. Or those who are typically confident, yet can’t understand why they shy away from certain groups of people and situations that give them some sense of not being fully welcomed-in as they are.

“Either way, there’s the assurance: whether the scripts of rejection are screaming or whispering in your mind, all can be quieted by His love. And not just gentle whispers of love but “loud singing” where God Himself exults over you. He wants His voice of love to be the loudest reality in your life.

This reality doesn’t rise and fall on your ability to feel loved. It rises and falls on your belief that He is more powerful than the rejection you’ve face. There are things in you that need to be quieted. It’s His promises, not your performance, that quiets them.”

As we’ve looked at this whole idea of being fully loved, with all the baggage included, the Lord has been reminding me of His promises in Psalm 139:

“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I'm far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say, even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head…” 
Psalm 139: 1-5

Do we want to give our best self to our families? Do we want to love like Christ loves? Well, we have to start believing that WE are fully loved. 

“Rejection steals the best of who I am by reinforcing the worst of what’s been said to me.”  (Uninvited, page 257)

We challenged ladies at the end of Chosen to do a little digging in their souls. To stay centered in God’s love, even when we are or have been rejected, it’s helpful to start by paying conscious attention to the messages of rejection we have received. We need to know the kinds of situations that have led us to feel rejected, and we need to know the messages we have heard from those situations. 

This past week’s statement to hold on to: “Live from a deep assurance that you are fully loved, and you won’t find yourself begging others for scraps of love. Live loved.”

Lastly, I was napping with my four year old after Chosen last week and this song called “Cecie’s Lullaby” by Steffany Gretzinger came on my playlist. This artist strikes my heart strings…she’s SO good. 

Imagine God singing this sweet lullaby over you. He wants you to relish in Him and His goodness. In a season where you can’t find rest? You can’t feel Him? Don’t stop seeking. Don’t stop asking Him to show up in your life. He will; He already is. Let this quiet your weary bones and take a moment this week to know: YOU ARE LOVED. 

<3: Katy

Listen to the song here: https://youtu.be/xSDkn9PtQm0

Cecie’s Lullaby: Steffany Gretzinger

Call my name
And I will answer 
All you need
It's here inside my arms
Just breathe
And you'll be safe and sound with me

No one knows you better than me
No one's been a better friend

So rock-a-bye baby
Come and rest
You've been tired lately
Lay your head down
Don't you think, baby
I know best
I've been a father
For a long time

Call my name
And I will answer 
All you need
It's here inside my arms
Just sleep
And you can find your rest in Me

No one knows you better than me
No one's been a better friend

So rock-a-bye baby
Come and rest
You've been tired lately
Lay your head down
Don't you think, baby
I know best
I've been a father
For a long time

No one knows you better than me

No one's been a better friend

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Why YOU should come to Chosen...

Hello ladies! So happy stopped by our blog and hoping that you've already signed up to join us this year OR maybe you're here to get more information about what Chosen is...either way, let me share my heart with you.

Chosen met for the first time just this past school year (2015-2016). I remember coming to the first session. My husband and I were new to the church and I was eager to get involved and meet other young moms in the area, but I didn't know many people who were attending. Even being an outgoing person, walking into a room full of girls you don't know can be super frightening and a little intimidating. All those childish, yet valid fears filled my mind. However, I knew God wanted me there and wanted me to grow and build community, so I went. I am forever grateful that I made the leap of faith! God used Chosen in a big way, not only for myself, but for lots of other ladies as well. Friendships and connections were made that I know were so impactful. 

It got me thinking today about the beautiful picture of community. God calls us to be in community (Hebrews 10:24-25). While I know all believers, male and female alike are in need of community, I think women have a special need to be together and our hearts yearn for deep relationships and connections. I think one of the greatest parts of Chosen is being with other moms in similar life stages in order to encourage each other. Sometimes I think God gave me (and everyone else) Chosen because He knew this life stage (mid-life, chasing children around 24-7) without community and encouragement would make our "love-tanks" sometimes incredibly low. It's hard to feel alone in motherhood and not always easy to put yourself in a place where YOU can be the one being poured into. 


Even on the good days, motherhood can be a lonely place. I pray if you are thinking of joining us this year, that you would seek Gods guidance. It may not be the right timing or fit for your schedule and I totally get that. However, I hope theres no one out there who doesn't seek community because of fear. We are all like lost sheep, looking for a shepherd to lead us. We can start here, being "lost sheep" together! We can seek His face and guidance through community. We will listen to speakers giving their heart-felt testimonies of faith, be inspired by devotions and small groups and tap into some "me" time while we are instructed on how to make some adorable crafts...all while having conversation and eating over snacks. 


Be brave, be encouraged and be in community! So excited to be with you this year...


"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:24-25



*Please know that if you or someone you know is eager to come to Chosen, but are in a financial bind, we would love to be able to help. Contact Jayme or myself via our email at: chosenbytherock@gmail.com.

-Katy