Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Where do I fit?

Many times during our support raising journey I was asked "Kendra, where is your place in this chi alpha thing?" I always hesitated a bit before answering not because I had any question in my heart that I fit, it was more just hard to explain exactly how I fit. For the past 8 years Brandon has been in full time ministry working in churches and for the better part of those years I was a stay at home mom. My main job was keeping the house in order, raising good kids and being a support system to Brandon as well as filling in and attending ministry events when I could get away (I even got to go on a few mission trips to Mexico and winter camps) But, to be honest I struggled with not being in "full time ministry" early on in my motherhood. I felt called to ministry just as much as Brandon and I often felt frustrated with how little ministry I was able to do. I spent a few years feeling lost, not knowing what my calling was or even why God called me in the first place, until one day God literally gave me a wake up call. It happened in a very personal way during a morning at women's Bible study, it came in the form of a sweet whisper that only the holy spirit can give: "Kendra, I called you to be a World Changer and I am going to change the world thru your children" Everything changed for me in that moment. My stay at home mom status became my ministry and once I embraced it as such I began to bear fruit in other areas of my life, such as connecting with students in the youth group in a deeper way, leading a mom that I met at play group into a deeper relationship with Christ and of course above all else I began to gain confidence in my motherhood as I watched my children grow and flourish in all areas of life.
So where do I fit in with Chi Alpha? The same way I have always fit... Tonight Brandon is out late at a Chi Alpha meeting and I spent the evening with the kids at home. We played with the Indian neighbor kids (who I feel may be the beginning of a new ministry for the kids and I) We cooked dinner, played with our bunny, watched the fish, talked about the new chore charts and snuggled before bed. As we were snuggling Amber asked me where daddy was. I told her he was at his new job and Peyton said "I know, telling people about Jesus." Tonight wasn't anything special, just an ordinary night at home but gosh I can't help but feel blessed. Tonight I have an overwhelming sense of peace that we are going to be alright, despite the finances, despite the crazy schedules and the adjustments that come with living in a new place we all fit into this calling together as a family, and who knows maybe one day Peyton's job will be telling people about Jesus just like her daddy does.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

First Week at Stanford

Well, I just logged my first week working with Chi Alpha at Stanford. Here are a few highlights:

Monday I went to my first staff meeting. The staff is awesome. They have an amazing heart for the students and even though they are mostly volunteer spend a good deal of time outside of the "official" meetings with the students.

The rest of Tuesday and Wednesday we spent getting unpacked and organized at the house. Good news!: We're pretty much done except for pictures to hang up.

Wednesday night I went to the Chi Alpha gathering. I am always amazed at the passion the students bring to worship. Later in the week I also heard Glen (the Chi Alpha leader at Stanford) mention to some students that if he were to rate Chi Alpha on what is was good at, worship would be first. I agree wholeheartedly. Glen also gave an awesome message about the book of Philemon about slavery.

Thursday and Friday were full of getting acquainted with the campus, the students, and some of what I will be doing in the next year+. For the most part, I walked around campus trying to see every building, learning what was there and what it was used for. Stanford is a huge campus. I probably walked around for 3-4 each day and have maybe seen half the campus so far. I'll continue to get acquainted with everything next week.

This next week I am going to get the chance to shadow a couple of students. I will basically follow them around all day learning the rhythms of the campus and seeing it from a student's perspective for the first time. I'm excited to get to spend more time with these students as well as see the campus through some different lenses.

PRAYER:

  • Pray for Peyton as she starts school tomorrow morning
  • Pray for all of our insurance stuff to transfer over well for the kids, we've had some obstacles.
  • Pray for all of the benefits for my aunt to transfer her well also, again some obstacles.
  • Pray for Kendra as I will be gone more this week than last.
  • Pray for me that God would give me discernment and insight into the Stanford campus as well as that I would simply be learning all that God has for me.
Here's a picture of one thing I did not know was at Stanford, but is pretty cool: The Taube Family Tennis Stadium