Time for Something New

Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.

-Mandy Hale

If you ever followed my blog closely, you may be wondering why I’ve been dormant the last several months. 

No, I haven’t stopped writing, it was simply time for a change. This blog carried me through high school and the remainder of my teen years, but around early summer, I realized I just didn’t fit it anymore. It was like pulling on the pair of jeans you’ve owned for years, and for the first time it stopped at your hips and that was that. I struggled to force myself in with a few last scattered posts, but the time came and I moved on. 
I’ve actually been writing in my new blog for a while, but I decided not to publicize it until I grew more comfortable with it. 

A lot has changed for me. I used to write this blog “Thoughts From Hazel” in a sort of ambiguous way, detaching myself from most of the writing for effect. However, I have developed a much more direct way of writing, and I’m enjoying it. My new blog is much more personal, it has deeper roots in my adventures as well as my emotions and I’m excited about it. This old blog got me through a lot throughout the last several years. However, another story is starting and has already begun.

During this time, I co-led a campus ministry on Cerritos college for a while and now I’m involved in a “marketplace ministry” at the Long Beach Town Center until I finish raising support to go to the Philippines as a long term missionary. I started dating and incredible man of God and have walked with wonderful women of the same heart and purpose.

If you are interested in following my writing from here on, this is the link to my new blog:

Tortles.wordpress.com
And if you are interested and able to help support my venture to the Philippines, here is that link:

Gofundme.com/toriphilippines
Thank you for all of your support through the last several years, and especially if you continue to hold to that. It has been quite the adventure so far. 

We’re not falling down

We are stronger now

Dreaming out loud

Breathe easy now

-Breathe Easy ~Mree

 
Here’s to the journey.

-Tori Lynn

Sharing

At leadership meeting, we were challenged to share what could be improved in the region.  The challenge went beyond expectations and I really wanted to share the notes I was able to take.  It was much needed and a good reminder to hold onto.

Oleg
Luke 13:12
Make every effort to do God’s will.

Joe C.
Zephaniah 3:14-17
Remember who you’re singing to and sing with all your heart.
Sing in your quiet times.

Lance
1 Thessalonians 5:14-15
Encourage and help one another.

Connie
2 Corinthians 8:7
Be excellent in everything.

Craig
Are we jumping into fellowship or jumping into our seats?
Acts 2:41-47

Elizabeth
Philippians 4:4-8
Always rejoice in God.

Seargy
Romans 12:11
Never be lacking in zeal.

Des
Philippians 3:13-14
Forget what is behind, leave it at the door.
Strain forward and enjoy service.
Show the difference.

Kharece
Hebrews 3:12-13
Not being encouraging causes sin.
Sincerely and genuinely try to encourage each other.

Lubo
Luke 21:1-4
Give whole heartedly.
Matthew 28:18-20
Let’s use our potential together, we’re all here for a reason.
The lost are looking for a light.
If you see someone sitting alone, go get them.
Our team is only as strong as the weakest member.
Strengthen each other.

Anthony
Acts 5:38-42
Philemon 6
You can’t understand what we have in Christ if you aren’t sharing your faith.
If you aren’t sharing, you’re missing a big part of your relationship with God.
Share every day and pray for people in your ministry.

Tori
Acts 16:4-5
Listening to leadership builds faith
Leadership is helping us to grow and follow God.

Dimi
2 Corinthians 7:11
To imitate Jesus, we need to change faster in repentance.

Allen
Have you had a long week?
Then why are you saying it’s been good when asked how you are?
Get open.
Proverbs 16:24
We’re here to encourage each other, so share your troubles.
Love through actions.
With more details there can be more understanding.

Olena
Learn the songs and sing to Jesus in full!

Robert
Be bold and courageous in sharing.

Daniela
Colossians 3:23
In serving one another and coming to church on time, work as if for God.

Jordan
Keep fighting.
Revelation 6:2

Dayana
Romans 8:18
Keep your focus right.

Erika
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love keeps NO record of wrongs.
Love deeply, learn more about love.

Vivian
1 Peter 1:3-9
Remember why you have joy.
Share your stories, there’s a reason you’ve been through what you have.

Chanae
Matthew 6:25-27
Stop worrying and let God take control.

Rocio
Luke 6:37
Quit judging and learn to forgive.

Maria
John 13:34-35
Reach out and love ALL your brothers and sisters.
Sit with different people and hang out during the week.

Cassidy
1 Corinthians 14:40
Be orderly in details.
Move to the front and motivate visitors.

Craig
Romans 12:1-2
This is the pattern of God.
How different are we from the world?

Joe C.
Jeremiah 48:10
Use the Bible, get deep in the scriptures.
It’s your sword, use it!
We’re gonna have problems, address them with the Word.

Lance
Continue to do what we need to do.
We’re doing great, God’s going to work this all out.

Though all these great notes are only a portion of what we preached, I’m going to have a lot to go over for the week and apply to my life.  I’m excited for how we can all respond to this and grow together!  This is get another step in the wonderful journey.  Thank you all for the inspiration!  So glad to learn we aren’t alone in all of this.

~Tori Lynn