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3 Reasons Why It’s Cool To Keep A Secret From Social Media

Our kids don’t even notice our iPhone camera and are used to the fact that their mommy and daddy are writers. On some days I’m confident that our journalistic perspective will shape them positively, on other days I feel like we’re going to need more money for their future therapy bills. Every parent knows the tension that exists between feeling really great about the way they are raising their kids and feeling like a total parent fail deserving of parent jail. Can you imagine a real parent jail? Where we’re sentenced to putting our phones away, actively listening, practicing positivity, and remembering how to have fun before we can be released? That’d be the strangest place wouldn’t it? But if it existed, I’d probably be turning myself in at some point in my kids life. Since parent jail isn’t a real thing and a blog is, I thought I’d share something I’ve learned this summer when my kids arrested me for stealing their stories. You see, they’ve grown up with every moment being captured by us and if it’s not captured by us then likely a friend or family member snags it. We’ve been careful not to post locations of our photos or post close ups of our girls eyes. We are careful about their privacy and we do our best to ask them before we post something. Now that they are five and eight the social media dynamic is changing, just as quickly as our little girls are. The change happened as they are becoming more and more verbal. I began to see that my posts and updates...

Every Youth Ministry Needs It

If I had to boil down what youth ministry is in two words, I’d have to choose the words HUSTLE and FAITH. Why? Because loving and serving others isn’t something that just happens when you daydream about it, write about it, or mention it to a friend. It happens when you do it. And once you’re doing ministry with real live humans, you find yourself in a pot of potential. Potential loss. Potential joy. Potential plans foiled by weather. Potential let downs. Potential heart breaks. Potential best days of your lives. It’s all of it. But it doesn’t exist unless you get into it. Connecting with people. Loving them. Asking questions. Listening. Saying “yes” and then adding something of yourself to the relationship and situation. Sometimes it’s fun. Sometimes it brings energy. Other times, it wrecks us and rocks us and opens the door of doubt. That’s why we need FAITH. We need so much faith to believe that God’s words about us are true and that his Son and his Spirit are alive and well in our work and in our lives. This month has been a historic in my heart. We went out to meet the movement of teenagers and leaders who will change the world as we know it, the youth ministry nation, who is mobilizing to seek justice as they love mercy and walk humbly. The launch of THE JUSTICE MOVEMENT in the USA, Canada, and in Mexico wouldn’t have happened without over 50 volunteers HUSTLING and exercising FAITH. Some people didn’t know why they came to the events where I was speaking, they just...

Just Water Weekend

Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting some of the components of the JUST WATER weekend event and curriculum that we’ve created together with The Justice Movement. I’d love for you to check out the website and start thinking and praying about how you can get involved. The funds raised by your personal and group campaigns benefit churches working toward clean water solutions. I’m so excited to see the church at work through the passions of teenagers all over the world.  ...


You Are Wanted.

How the city of Lakeland, Florida is responding to domestic human trafficking.

Feature story by Brooklyn Lindsey & Kelly Green-The Lakelander Magazine

We Never Need Nobody

The young student scribbles the words “I don’t care” across his test paper. Later, when the teacher goes to the student to ask why, the child says, “I don’t know why I wrote it. I’m hungry and just can’t think.” He just can’t think. Because he hasn’t eaten since Friday. And he can’t tell anyone his situation. And he’s restless, frustrated, and unsure of his future. Imagine if this same young man was in your care. Lakelanders and other Polk County citizens are paving the way nationally to bridge the hunger gaps that exist in the lives of impoverished children. And they need your help. Story by Brooklyn Lindsey -Lakelander...

That’s Going To Leave A Mark

The inked words spell out all is grace. Permanently imprinted, it’s an external symbol of an internal transformation. This year, a few friends did something remarkable together. They lived on the brink of impossible things. For Ida Mundell, a homeschooling mother of three, this year has been her own personal rebellion against living a life without purposeful intention… -Story by Brooklyn Lindsey -Lakelander...