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Tacos and Tees! New podcast with Julie Carson!

 

 

This is so much fun!

I found Julie on Instagram! ūüôā She is the founder of @tacosandtees¬†(on Instagram) and www.tacosandtees.com.¬†

Her stuff is so cute and you will want it all!

Listen in to hear her story about making a long time dream a reality. We talk about marriage and family and church planting and the best way to welcome newcomers into a new church!

We agree that tacos are a crowd pleaser! Learn why her family motto is: Love God, Serve Others Tacos.

Julie shares how it all started when she was the unpaid merchandise girl for her husband’s band and how an unplanned moment in the church lobby changed everything.

Here are some other cool things we talked about on the podcast!

Her friend, Jill who she mentions on podcast and Jill started her own women’s conference: ¬†https://www.restorewomensconference.com/¬†

Meg Duerksen’s blog http://www.megduerksen.com/

Cora’s playground and story http://www.jessmcclenahan.com/coras-story/

Julie and her husband started a church and you can find more info here: https://www.encountermv.com/

Her husband’s band https://www.ocsupertones.com/

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New podcast! 25 in the Rear View – Quarterly Review

 

Hi Friends! Can you believe this? I have recorded 25 episodes of the Great Big YES! podcast!! What??? I figured this monumental occasion required a review…a looking back. ¬†So this one is just me talking, no guest, nothing fancy, just my heart and my gratitude. Also, some silly stories that may or may not have to do with anything. I’m just so grateful to y’all for listening in. ¬†And HUGE shout out to the guests who willingly said YES! to sharing their stories. ¬†I am forever changed by your courage and honesty. ¬†It has been an honor.

I am taking April off from podcasting. ¬†So I figure that is a great time for y’all to catch up on listening!! ūüôā I KNOW there are a million and one podcasts and more coming every day…you are thinking…I don’t have time for this!! My mom said (Hi Mom!) she waits until she has a good block of time to listen so some are in the que. ¬†I get that. ¬†I love a podcast on a walk or a long drive or on the treadmill or maybe in the kitchen if I’m cooking (like that ever happens) or doing dishes (every 3 days or so). ¬†Or feel free to put your feet up, your headphones on and enjoy this one with your cup of coffee or your glass of wine. ¬†Whatever suits you. ūüôā

In April, I plan to read, write, listen, sing, dance, draw, study, soak, chill, laugh, celebrate, enjoy and exhale. Isn’t that a good plan? I’ll be traveling a little in real life and probably a lot in my head. I need some dreaming time. How about you? What are you dreaming about? It can’t always be go, go, go, create, create, create. ¬†Sometimes you really need to soak in the world and it’s people and FEEL it. Ya know?

So picture me virtually hugging you. ¬†Like, squishing you and thanking you and smiling so big because I CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE I HAVE A PODCAST. But it’s cool. No biggie. As a wise person once said, “Sue, calm down, act like you’ve been in the end zone before.” (I’m in Texas now so football references are all there is. Literally.)

Thanks for listening.¬†Thanks for allowing these stories to change you. ¬†Thanks for making room for the Great Big YES! in your life. I’ve got some ROCKIN’ people coming on in May so take this time to catch up and please join us when we are back. ¬†Let me know what you think, what you want to hear, how God is meeting you here, if you would like to share your story, if you have an idea for a guest, whatever. FILL ME IN FRIENDS. I don’t want to be out here in podcast land like the lone ranger. I wish we could all have a roundtable discussion. ¬†EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US. Would it end in song? In Holy Spirit tears? Dancing? What would be your favorite thing to talk about?

I love you. That’s all. I’m grateful. I’ve been changed. Who right now is thinking of Wicked? I am. I have definitely been changed for GOOD.

Praise God. Amen. xoxoxo

 

Lessons from the Bar

Romans 12:2¬†Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

 

The other night I was at a bar, listening to a band. Even though I had never been to that venue before, the atmosphere was all too familiar.  The darkness. The loud music. The drunk people. The smoke. I went to the bathroom and there was a pack of women in there smoking pot. The whole place had a foggy feeling. Like a lost memory.

There was a woman there. I’ve thought about her a lot since that night. She was right in front of me with a man. He seemed to be her boyfriend, at least for the night. They were kissing and grinding and honestly, it was uncomfortable. ¬†I didn’t know where to look. She was drinking and dancing and wasn’t wearing much. But she caught my eye a few times mid dance. It was like she was looking for approval. Her man didn’t seem all that interested which was surprising to me. She was a beautiful woman on the outside. Long hair, fit body, clear skin, big eyes. But there was something missing. She had that Kardashian look about her…a natural beauty with way too much make up and a self consciousness that bordered on awkward. She was trying too hard. ¬†I felt sorry for her.

For us.

I saw myself in bars past. Dancing. On tables, in aisles, on stage. I smelled myself hungover and sorry. I remembered myself, sweaty and foggy and showing off. I was just having fun, I’d say. What a great night, we would recall. All my friends in the same boat. My throat scratchy and Sunday ruined. What’s the big deal?

When the hymn says “I was blind but now I see” I think of Romans 12:2. I was just doing what everyone else was doing. I wasn’t too over the top with my partying by comparison. It’s our culture, from high school, to college, to our 20’s and even into our 30’s and 40’s. ¬† This is what everyone around me was doing. I wasn’t a bad person. And neither is she.

I’m so glad Jesus enters right into the debauchery. He is not surprised by us. He is not offended. He calls us to more. He transforms us if we let Him.

So much of Christianity is whitewashed clean. We go to church in our Sunday best and we volunteer and we do what’s expected of us, pretending we were always this way. ¬†People on the outside look in and think they could never belong. They aren’t cleaned up and spit-shined enough. I dread the thought of all the pretending of church goers¬†actually keeping others¬†away from Jesus.

Here’s the thing…If Jesus came for anybody, He came for that woman¬†in the bar. So eager to be seen. So desperate to be known. So hungry for approval.

I recognized her because she was me. I can’t forget her. ¬†And I’m sure beyond a shadow of a doubt, Jesus hasn’t forgotten her either.

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