she laughs without fear

Peace in the waiting October 24, 2012

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Last night when I was trying to go to sleep, I felt liking praying. I admire all those people who have a “prayer life”, that have a routine of talking with their God daily.  I’m not one of those people.  The shame! I mean I try not to be that person that only cries out in desperation but I can’t really say I take time daily to talk with my Savior.  I should be better.

Anyway, I was thinking about life and the things I still want, the things I still see myself having.  Not just stuff, I’m talking goals and dreams for me and my family. You know, that life you picture yourself living.  I think is was Meredith Zamora, an awesome woman from Washington state, that spoke one time at a ladies conference I attended.  She talked about loving God more than the promise. I get so wrapped up sometimes in what I see for my life and get frustrated because my current location looks worlds away from where I want it to be. There are promises that I believe will still be fulfilled in my life, things that I desperately want but the wait hurts.

So last night I prayed; God if there something I need to do for you right now then just tell me. If in the waiting you have a work for me to do then just make it known to me. Basically I don’t want to settle for what I want and miss what He has for me.  I know that He, in all His glory, has plans for me bigger than what I see. I get teary thinking about it because I know that all the things I “do” for Him doesn’t increase His love for me.  I know that His love abounds all my its self. It’s not based on performance, I’m not an Olympic gymnast wringing my hands waiting on the all 10s before his love is bestowed on me.  God help us if that’s how it works. But what I heard last night in His reply was simply; “have peace in the waiting.”

So I choose to trust Him, I love Him more than the promise, and I choose to have peace in the waiting.  I’ll stand my ground for now BUT when that voice calls to me again and says, “its time to move”, I will and I’ll have peace in that too.


Youth Pastoring October 19, 2012

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So youth pastoring a group of teenagers is challenging at its worst and hilarious most of the time.  We meet once a week on Thursdays.  Tonight was one of those hilariously challenging nights.

I talked about the importance of applying Christ to your life, that it’s not just enough to know about God or know of him but to have a serious relationship with him.  On in which you consider your Father when going about your day to day lives.  I used the example of nutrition.  Basically we all know we need food, we can look at food, hold food, even rub food on our arms(I was using the example of a dinner roll) but that food only nourishes you one way, which is to eat it.  I read the scripture about the last supper.  Jesus speaks about the bread, He took the bread, broke the bread, said this is my body, take it and eat.  Just like with Him you take all of Him and know that He’s working in you.  He cares about what we care about.  He actually wants me to be successful.

We’re also working on a dance for the Christmas program.  I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day – Casting Crowns. This was our first time practicing so there’s a lot of flubs and figuring stuff out but they’ll do a great job, I’m sure.


Proverbs 31:25 October 17, 2012

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So once I decided to birth this blog I needed to name it.  I’ve thought about it for the past week.  Thinking of names that played off our last name, trying to come up with something clever.  What I guess I realized is that I’m not that clever. So, today I remembered that back in the summer I came across one of those nice scriptures on Pinterest that someone put on a wall hanging. I commented to my pastor about loving it and I knew I needed to do something with it. So this is it, I guess.  Maybe it’s divine appointment.

Proverbs 31:25 – She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear for the future. NLT

The virtuous woman.  Who could live up to that, right? You know I thought for a long time it was about striving to have the characteristics of her. Being the wife I should be, working hard, or sewing my family’s clothes for petes sake.  Get real, it’s 2012! So anyway what I find is that this scripture and the whole Bible, in fact, has little to do with making myself look like anyone, no matter how great they may be. Really it’s about what Christ has accomplished for and in me. Because He did this great work (the cross). I am virtuous because He is virtuous, I am righteousness because He is righteousness, and I am strong because He is strong.  With that in me how could I ever fear the future. My past, my present, and my future are in HIM.

Thank God for that.


More than meets the eye. October 16, 2012

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So I first started thinking about a blog back in February.  I had never written anything before that day.  Something happened that month and from all the feelings I was having I felt inspired to write something that I will probably share on this blog someday soon. After that I started to think, what would I write about on a blog.  Is my life even worthy of typed documentation. I’m many things but are any of those things interesting. Firstly I am a woman, a daughter, and a wife. I do work a full-time job.  It’s merely the provision for finances God provided in my life.  My passion and calling is for youth pastoring.  I pastor a small group of about 10 at our church. I can’t really think of anything more important than teaching the next generation about their identity in Christ. So for now this is me and I hope to keep sharing.


Hello world!

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Hi my name is Trish.  I’ve been married for 13 years. I work full-time as an office assistant for a state govt. agency. In my spare time from that I’m a youth pastor to a great group of teenagers. Living in the mountains of WV, it’s small town life at its finest and I wouldn’t change it for the world.