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Anchor of Hope

October 19, 2018
By Elizabeth LeBlanc ~LCA Mama & Principal

I have a calendar.  It tells me when random days and weeks are “celebrations.” This is how I recently knew it was National Taco Day and National Kiss Your Cat Day. This is also how I know last week was Mental Illness Awareness Week. I read a bit about this week and sadly much of what I read was missing Jesus at the center. However, it did get me thinking of something. Many people in my life have been touched by mental health challenges. I have seen first hand what depression, anxiety and even suicide can do to a family AND I can also bear witness to The Anchor that has carried me through the storm.

I heard a sermon that reminded me of something so simple and yet so powerful. Our God is a God who never changes. God is perfect in His personhood, purpose and power. He is immutable. The Westminster Shorter Catechism says, “God is a spirit, whose being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth are infinite, eternal and unchangeable.”

The fact that God is unchanging is not something that I have ever camped on - like I take it for granted. However, it is worth stopping to consider this. We have an all powerful, loving and kind God who never changes. He is perfect and cannot change because that would be diminishment from His perfection. Compare that to the gods of the Greeks and the Romans. They were vengeful, ever changing, moody, spiteful, arrogant and vain. They were all open to their own weakness.

Our God is perfect LOVE in every way.

Why is this truth important in a rough season? Why is thisTRUTH important in any storm, including the storm of mental illness? We can anchor to His perfection. Our own lives will fluctuate up and down and, yet, we can anchor to His perfection. The closer we are to Him, our anchor, the more our own life will stabilize. No matter what is happening He never changes. We can speak of His faithfulness no matter what is happening. God can only be faithful and loving to us. In tough circumstances we can know that to be true. He is unchanged by our circumstances.

Lamentations 3:22-23,
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Even in the hardest of circumstances, He is here for me.

The visual I have is one of clinging to the cross in a storm. If you are facing a hard time or are touched by someone facing a mental health challenge; you are not alone. There is room for all of us to cling to the cross... 

Tags: Anchor, Hope, Storm

Learning About Leadership: Jason Carr

October 18, 2018
By LCA Staff

 

Jason Carr is LCA's Community Pastor. His role includes leadership and oversight of Life Prep, chapel, small groups and student life as well as serving on the leadership team. He has been working in student ministry for over 20+ years, is the founder and CEO of Legacy Now Inc. and has even written a few books along the way.  You can read more about his ministry here.

Name: Jason Carr

 

Role: Community Pastor

 

Where did you grow up? 

A used to be sleepy little small town called Alpharetta, Ga. 

 

Where do you currently live?

In Alpharetta. I actually now live in and own the house I grew up in. 

 

What is your favorite candy? 

Tough one. Reese’s cups are hard to beat. 

 

What’s your pizza topping of choice? 

Supreme. 

 

What is your Starbucks order? 

Venti Dark Roast. 

 

What is your favorite Bible verse and why?

Isaiah 40:31. Since childhood this verse has been a constant source of challenge and encouragement. As I get older, it means more and more.

 

What is your favorite part of being a part of the LCA Community? 

The intentional desire to help families and students live a legacy that matters. I lead a ministry called Legacy Now and LCA speaks a lot of the same language and heartbeat in what He has me doing outside of LCA.

 

What is God currently teaching you? 

That the anchor of faith is as deep as you need it to be. We left our anchor when we needed Him the most the last time. When the storm comes, it's still there and is capable of going as deep as you need it to go. The Cross it's connected to can handle it.

 

If you could share anything to encourage other LCA staff or LCA families, what would you say? 

I've been working with teenagers for over 20 years now. I still lead a group outside of school and I'll say this, LCA has a very special role serving God's Kingdom. Behind the scenes, the staff care about much more than a grade, they care deeply about the soul. It's been incredible being a part of a place that sees a student through eternal eyes, that desires for a student to live a life and legacy that matters, and wants to partner with families to that end. It matters.

 

 

The Win Behind The Why

October 12, 2018
By Maureen Goodwin ~ LCA Mama & Teacher

Raise your hand if you have ever asked yourself, “WHY did we sign up for homeschool hybrid?!? I’ve already passed 4th grade division/9th grade literature/7th grade algebra!! I don’t WANT to help with that science project/apple painting/word study--I would just like to _______ (fill in the blank with all the things we envision we’ll fill our days with one day.)” If we’re being honest, I have felt that way. We are a community of parents who could easily become overwhelmed with life: educating our children, working jobs outside the home, developing relationships with friends and spouses, pursuing hobbies (what are those again??), staying healthy (Chick-fil-A counts, I’m sure), and trying to maintain a growing relationship with Jesus above all that! Our plates are full. The “Win’s” in life could quickly become overshadowed by the “Urgent’s”. THIS is the importance of reminding ourselves why we signed up for this gig in the first place.

I teach 7th Grade Life Prep, a class designed to equip students with the tools needed for them to pursue and grow their personal relationship with God. I have the privilege of experiencing these “Win’s” often--in the conversations at their tables, in the papers they write, overheard in the lunchroom, in the questions they ask, this incredible group of students encourage me as a teacher and as a parent that life change IS happening in our students. When I assigned a paper recently, asking them to contemplate what it is that God is asking them to ​submit​ to Him, to be honest and vulnerable about their personal struggles, I got a glimpse of this life change--of these spectacular “Win’s”.

“God has burdened my heart to reach my unsaved friends with the Gospel...I just need to ask the Lord for courage to do it!”

“I really want to submit to my parents and God because I want to have a really strong relationship with them for the rest of my life.”

“I think I need to submit to God that I am bossy.”

“Using my phone all the time doesn’t improve anything in my life and brings satisfaction only in the moment. God bring eternal satisfaction, but at the time, it seems like too much work.”

 “I want to finally realize that I am special and made in God’s image.”

THESE are the hearts of the children you are raising--in middle of  the mundane phonics worksheets or petri dish assignments or math checkpoints--in the midst of feeling overwhelmed and under-qualified, YOU are raising a living, breathing WIN. A child who will be trustworthy, who will be known by God and others, who will become a life-long learner, who is developing personal responsibility, who is learning what it means to be a disciple, who lives a life of intentionality, and who engages our community for the glory of God. THESE children that we are teaching/raising/loving are the reason we do this in the first place. So Chick-Fil-A for lunch (again), check emails, and read Squanto Chapter 8 at the same time; we can do this! We’ve got some world-changers to raise!

The Importance of Thee Most Trustworthy Relationship | Do You Trust, Me?

September 21, 2018
By Kimberly Oden ~LCA Mama & Co-Founder

“Do you trust Me, now?”…that question felt like a machine gun peppering my heart as I stood in disbelief looking at a massive tree that had just fallen onto our house during hurricane season… “Really, Lord? Yes, of course I trust you, but come on!!!!  This is too much for one person…”

 

Three years prior, that specific question kept bubbling up through my quiet time with the Lord.  My immediate reply then was, “Of course, Lord! I trust You!  You are faithful and good!  Your promises never fail!”  Every time the question would continue to surface, however, I felt  irritation grow as it kinda felt like the moment when Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me, Peter?”  At the time things were fantastic, but little did I know that the tables would soon be turned in my home.  As I look back, I can see that the Lord in His grace, gave me a glimpse of what was to come.  I remember sitting in my friend’s living room sharing that I sensed that the Lord was going to take my family on a steep climb, but that I would remain intact if I remained with Him.  As we were talking about it my phone rang.  That telephone call launched three years of hard, hard, hard…  During that season of sifting, our finances diminished bit by bit,  we walked through difficult hurdles with one of our sons, the engine on our truck blew, our microwave died, the dishwasher died, then we were given a new one and it died a week later, the AC unit died, we developed a crack in the foundation of our home, our master tub leaked to the main floor, it felt like our marriage and family were hanging on by a thread and now a tree had just fallen onto our home. 

 

As I started out the window at the big tree, tears fell freely down my cheeks…I had no words, just grief.  The battle before me seemed beyond lost and yet in the midst of the swirling, “what ifs", the Lord gently asked again, “Do you trust, Me, Kimberly?  Remember I AM your God who will never stop loving you nor will my promises to you ever fail.  I will not take back a single Word…in My holiness I cannot lie.“(Jn 15:13, Is 55:11, Psalm 89:34).  Suddenly his promises began to flood my thoughts and I finally whispered, “Yes, I trust you, Lord.  I don’t know how You can fix this, when you will fix this or even why You allowed it to happen in the first place, but to whom else will I turn?  You are the only One who can save us out of this mess…”

 

Oswald Chambers wrote that the greatest spiritual crisis comes when a person has to move a little farther on in his faith than the beliefs he has already accepted. (Isn't that sentence worth a second read?!) My dear friend says that this stretching step of speaking Truth in faith is the very action of belief.  In fact, I think it is the antidote for unbelief!  And it all starts with trust.  In order to be whole and available in a relationship with others, my trust must first be found in The only One who is fully worthy of my trust – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

 

When we choose to trust Him even when all seems lost, The Father reveals His Divine Alchemy in the circumstances of our lives…He can glean joy out of sorrow, process peace out of adversity and orchestrate healing out of sickness. (Isaiah 61:3) Now that I am on the other side of that difficult season, I can testify to the peace that falls when we proclaim His praises and speak our trust in Him even when all seems lost.  He is the lifter of our countenance…when we choose to face Him, to remind ourselves of the Truth of His Word, we are transformed into His likeness and our lives begin to shine with His radiant glory.  It is at this place that we can enter our earthly relationships whole, filled with His love and peace and kindness and goodness and faithfulness, pouring out what He has poured in…This is the transforming power of trusting in The One who is worthy of our trust…it is the bedrock that enables us to engage in trustworthy relationships with others. 

 

This is the foundational “why” behind our first core value of trustworthy relationships.  We believe that when we first trust in the Lord and take Him at His Word, we are made whole and are thus able to walk in integrity in our relationship with others.  Our prayer for your family today is that you would choose to trust Him regardless of what you are facing - that you would take Him at His Word and believe that He is who He says He is and will be faithful to do what He promises.   May you be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think.  This will empower you to discern God’s will and enable you to live a beautiful life that is satisfying and perfect in His eyes. (Rm 12:1-2)

 

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