a little slice of heaven

 

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Amy and I have been friends for almost twenty years! We first met at Texas A&M (she is Jason’s cousin!) and now live just a few miles apart!

Last month my friend, Amy, and I went to a live taping of the Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey!

 

Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey is one of my favorite podcasts because each week Jamie interviews inspiring women who are doing amazing things. Jamie is not only a podcaster, she is a mom (she and her husband, Aaron have 4 kids), adoption advocate (three of her four kiddos are adopted!), pastor’s wife (Aaron is on staff at The Austin Stone), speaker, writer and soon-to-be author (Jamie recently signed with a literary agency and is writing her first book!).

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Amy, Jamie & me. Jamie’s sweet daughter, Story, took our picture!

 

I think all of her listeners feel the same way I do – like you know her  and are just one of her girlfriends. It was so fun to finally meet her in person!

 

She walked right up and introduced herself as soon as we got there! We hung out on her gorgeous property and met lots of her other listeners and friends.

 

 

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just hanging out with Jen Hatmaker. #nbd

Jamie’s good friend, Jen Hatmaker, was there hanging out on the back deck hugging and taking pictures with everyone!

 

We met ladies from all over Texas and I sat right next to a sweet pastor/church planter’s wife from western Washington! We bonded over our love for the Pacific Northwest and swapped church planting stories. I connected with her on social media so I can keep in touch – you never know when you are going to make a new friend!

 

We all gathered around the beautifully decorated tables as Rachel Hollis (author, lifestyle blogger and founder of The Chic Site), Jessica Honegger (entrepreneur and founder of Noonday Collection, one of Tribeza Magazine’s 2015 people of the year), Jen Hatmaker (NY Times bestselling author, speaker, reality TV show star, trusted fashion advisor) and Jamie talked about everything from losing control of our bladders to room moms (all good things!) to what it means to be successful.

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You can listen to a clip of the Live Happy Hour Podcast here and download the entire audio from the Live taping for $1.00 here. I pre-ordered it myself so I can relive it all over again!

After the live taping, we enjoyed the most delicious tacos ever in the history of tacos. (I only wish that Guinness World Records could have been there to make this officially official). Jamie’s husband, Aaron, has mastered the art of the pork taco. He cooked the pork himself and topped it with things like mint and pumpkin seeds – I might be making these ingredients up but that is what happens when you are not a master in the culinary arts and only familiar with non-fancy taco ingredients. Also I was too busy shoving the tacos in my mouth to ask questions! Jamie’s friend, Tara Royer Steele was also there serving up slices of her world famous pie from Royer’s Pie Haven. (They are world-famous, aren’t they? WELL THEY SHOULD BE! Their pies are amazing!!!)

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As the evening came to a close, we went home with a bundle of goodies: A super cute koozie from Jamie with her new Happy Hour logo, books! (7 by Jen Hatmaker, Party Girl by Rachel Hollis, and Steadfast Love by Lauren Chandler), a beautiful necklace from Noonday, a journal by May Designs, delicious coffee from Two Sparrows Roasting Co., samples from Beautycounter, gorgeous prints from Paint and Prose and Maker + Ink, paper from PaperWorks and coupons for fun stuff like Prep Dish and Milk & Honey Tees.

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The entire evening was incredible – a little slice of heaven: enjoying the presence of God and all of his beloved, spending time with old friends and making new ones, sharing stories of where you are from and what God did while you were there. I think that is a little bit of what heaven is going to be like. And if we’re lucky, maybe Aaron can cook us all some more pork tacos while we’re there.  

more #happyhourwithjamieivey :

Listen to a clip of the live taping

$1.00 Download of the Happy Hour Live

Jamie’s blog and Happy Hour Live Recap 

 

the one where I’m like Pharaoh

I found myself reading through Exodus recently and got excited about Moses leading the Israelites out of bondage. I love that story! I always want to identify with Moses. I want to be the guide showing people the way to freedom! I prayed and asked the Lord to show me who was in bondage saying “Here I am Lord, send me.”

The LORD said to me, “Well, that’s nice, but you are like Pharaoh.”

And I was like, “whaaaaattt?”

“You are like Pharaoh.” He didn’t hesitate. No, He was totally calling me out.

He said, “I have been asking you to let go of perfectionism but you keep refusing.”

It was true.

You’d think that I would have repented from my sin and turned from my wicked ways after this conversation, but I did not. I told the LORD that I would think about it. That is a classic Pharaoh move right there.

Brene Brown says, “When perfectionism is driving, shame is riding shotgun.” I thought perfectionism might let go of the wheel when I sent shame packing but she has been driving for too long. And the thing is, perfectionism is actually a pretty good driver – she always knows where she is going and never has to ask for directions.

What finally got my attention was the study notes in my Bible. I am reading The Voice Bible right now and in the notes for Exodus 11 it says: Perhaps the best way to look at the confrontation between Moses and Pharaoh is a contest to see who truly is God. In Egypt Pharaoh is considered a god.

That was when I realized I wanted to be the god of my own life. My perfectionism was me and my bar-set-so-high standards for myself and my home and my writing and my friendships and my job and my ministry and if I didn’t meet them all then they won’t be good enough. And then I realized – the root of it all is the fear that I am not enough.

Jesus, take the wheel.

He said to me – and if you are struggling with perfectionism or you are struggling with whether or not you are enough, then He says this to you as well, “That is a lie. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are the apple of my eye. You are enough. Perfection comes to steal from your soul. I can see how exhausting it is for you. It is hindering you from fulfilling your calling. You think it is getting you somewhere but it is going in the wrong direction –

Perfection is holding you back.

Perfection is exhausting you.

Perfection is killing your soul.”

 

I am enough – just because Jesus says so.

You are enough – because you are a child of God.

Perfection doesn’t want me to post this. She says it isn’t good enough. She says I know better than to post a blog without a picture. She says I have to say something witty and memorable at the end to wrap it up nicely.

But I’m trying not to listen to her.