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I’ve really been having a tough time this Christmas and holiday season.  There is nothing specific that is wrong, but more like many small things.  Things like an oven, dishwasher and dryer all breaking at the same time along with the heater.  Things like life just isn’t moving in the direction I want it to in certain areas.  But then again, does it ever?  You know how you have those days when your shoelace breaks when you’re tying it and it’s okay; and then you have those days when you drop your glass and have a mess to clean up it’s okay; but then, you have those days when both of those things happen within five minutes of each other and when you’re trying to rush out of the door because you’re late to get somewhere and that’s NOT okay ?  Well this is like that… it’s just a time just when those normal ebbs and flows of life are just ebbing and flowing a little on the down side.  I realize it’s temporary and building character in me.

Anyway, all that was really to say that I went to a meeting yesterday and everyone there was telling what their best memory of 2012 was.  I began to think through my year and I was so incredibly amazed at all God had done during 2012 in my life!  It made me so very thankful!  I couldn’t think of one specific thing that was the best and thought through so many memories that I am so thankful to have as part of my life.

During 2012, I got to lead worship for countless women’s and youth retreats, bible studies, churches, meetings, and ministry events – spoke at several ministry events – held multiple “Overcoming” events at various churches around the city – served on an event committee and on two non-profit board of directors – led my first retreat in May (and did a 2nd one with another church in October) and also did a one-day conference in South Georgia – got to travel to Kentucky, New Orleans, Alabama, New York, Tennessee, West Virginia, Alaska, El Salvador and Romania (several of these were mission trips) – had the honor to lead the trip to Romania to minister to abused young girls – participated in 7 concerts supplying volunteers and managing in the background including Winter Jam, Casting Crowns, and Jesus Culture – A highlight from 2012 was to open for Babbie Mason (thank you Shelley Hendrix for providing that opportunity) – Another highlight was to be in the studio working on my 3rd project in December with some incredibly talented and wonderful people – I’m so thankful for all of these opportunities – I will even begin 2013 in ministry by volunteering for the Passion Conference at the Dome on the 1st.

Thinking through all of these great memories made me extremely thankful.  But do you know what?  I didn’t say ANY of these things at that meeting as my favorite memory of 2012 because as thankful as I am to be able to do what I love, I’m more thankful for my family.  My ultimate highlights for 2012 involved my boys.  I was so blessed to see my son Drake lead worship in Spanish in El Salvador in May this year.  And, my son Grant served others at a youth retreat this past weekend and I’ve already gotten so many positive responses back on him.  Makes my mommy heart so thankful!  It makes having to get a new oven, dishwasher and dryer all at the same time that I have to get a furnace fixed all fade into the background!  Oh well, I might as well get new shoelaces and a new coffee cup while I’m replacing things, right?

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No Words…..

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So I have been kind of avoiding posting anything about the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting for several reasons. I just don’t have words sufficient enough to even begin to chip away at the very tip of the iceberg of emotions running through me (and I’m sure everyone else as well). I’m still trying to process exactly what I am feeling and haven’t made it to a point of being able to adequately express myself or my grief.

I do know that the blow from this has reached far and wide and is impacting so many people from so many different perspectives. As I try to think through them all, my heart is simply broken. I continue to pray for each of those that have been affected by this terrible tragedy. The families that lost a loved one. The teachers and students in schools that have to contemplate this tragedy and worry about how it might affect them. Those that exist in that community and those that must go back to Sandy Hook Elementary at some point in the future. Those in our society in which a tragedy like this raises questions of God and His goodness.

Two specific thoughts come to mind:
1. As the decisions have been made to remove the Ten Commandments from our public schools, it leaves the “teaching” of them to the churches or in homes. It seems to me that less of this type of teaching and learning is occurring within our society. We (as a nation) gave up our right to ask where God was during this time when we (as a nation) are the ones that pushed Him out and then have determined to depend upon ourselves for all things.

Jeremiah 2:13, “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”

2. Those children were innocent and are now in the arms of Jesus and they will never have to hurt again.
Isaiah 57:1, “The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.”

Message from God!

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“Don’t forget that I who made you and have dominion over you love you with an everlasting love. I only desire what’s best for you and know what was, what is, and what is to come. I will be glorified and if you give yourself to me and trust me, then I will use you greatly in that process.” Love Abba Daddy – GOD

It’s My First Time!

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Today is my first time ever to release a blog post. Why did I decide to head this direction? Well, I’ve been asked a few times about staring one and I’m also honored to have been asked to be part of the Church 4 Chicks blog beginning in 2013. So, here I am trying to make an old dog learn new tricks.

So who am I you ask? My name is Lori Kennedy and I am first and foremost a Child of God! I am also a wife, mother, daughter, friend, worship leader, musician, speaker and author. Well, as far as the last four, I believe those are the places in which God has called me to serve and I’m trying to serve with my whole self and heart. In each area, I’m a work in progress attempting to move forward each and every day.

I have a hubby of 22 years and two boys – one who’s 20 and one who’s 17…love my fam!

I would love it if you would friend me on Facebook or check out my website at lorikennedy.com

Be blessed during this Christmas season!