What A Catch -by Tim

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You probably thought I was talking about the fish. Nope, that’s my wife and she is the best catch I’ve ever reeled in.

I just wanted to take a moment and tell you all how much my life has changed in the last year; and let me tell you it has changed! Around this time last year, I made a drive that would change my life. I headed down to Nashville, Tennessee where I met my amazing wife who is in the picture holding another kind of great catch.

You know, I prayed for her to come into my life for years. The things she does amaze me. Why you ask? Well let me tell you. It is not too often you find a gal that wants to go fishing as much as you do; even when she is five and a half months pregnant.

God has really blessed me with an amazing wife and a baby on the way all within a years’ time. I guess, really, that this is a reflection blog of just how awesome God is and what He has done in my life.

I want to encourage you to never stop talking with God about what your heart desires because He hears you and will deliver in due time.

God Bless

Tim

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It’s a Great Day to Be Alive — by Tim

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Hmmmmm, the title to my blog just happens to also be a country song, but we’ll get to that in a second…

I want to take just a few minutes to talk about comfort zones. If you’re anything like me there are things you’re comfortable doing and then there are things that are out of your comfort zone. Sometimes it’s hard to get past what we think is awkward and we miss out on great opportunities of growth in our lives. Let me give you some of my own personal examples, which in doing so by the way, is out of my own comfort zone. I want to, though, because I know there is going to be growth on the other side of the awkwardness. It’s like opening up a can of soup. The more you use that can opener the easier the soup comes out of the can.

So here are three examples of times when I experienced personal growth by pushing through the awkwardness…

When I started coming to Journey Church they asked me to play guitar on the worship team. The first answer I gave them was no, but now I’m the worship pastor. I’d say some growth came from the decision to go ahead and play ‘just’ one Sunday.

I called my brother up one night about four years ago and forgave him. He used to be a bit of a bully. Guess what? The result of that phone call was extraordinary. It was as if a weight was lifted off my shoulders. We had a good cry over the phone and now have a great relationship.

Lastly, when it comes to singing and playing guitar, I still get nervous every time I play in front of people. On Easter Sunday I was shaking like a leaf before each service.  I pushed through and got to be part of some amazing services. People made decisions to start a life quest after Jesus, which is awesome. And I got to be a part of that!

Next weekend at Journey we will be playing a song just for fun by Travis Tritt entitled It’s a Great Day to Be Alive. I love the title. I love being alive and having weird, awkward feelings sometimes. I encourage you to embrace what may be a little out of your comfort zone and let God do what He does best: change lives.

God Bless
Tim

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PUSH — by Tim

Push_OverstreetWow! Easter was amazing here at Journey Church … right? Let me tell you about my Easter experience, and it may not be what you are expecting to hear.

I’m going to get real with you; so much so that maybe some pastors would say you shouldn’t share what I’m about to say. But here goes. This past weekend was a struggle for me, and I want to share with you how I got through it.

There was a mental battle going on in my mind during worship at every service this past weekend. I struggled to focus, thoughts rushed through my mind that I wasn’t good enough to lead Journey Church into worship; I even had this thought rush through my mind: “Why are you even lifting your hand up are you doing it for show? The answer is no, of course. This past weekend was not a walk in the park for me; I had to push through each and every service seeking God worshiping him even though I didn’t “feel” the way I usually do.

I ‘m sure many of you have felt like this before at one time or another. I guess the whole point in writing this is to encourage you; you’re not the only one who has those feelings or lack thereof. We, you and I, have to push through our own junk and seek Christ no matter what! We have to push, push and then keep pushing, keeping His praise on our lips at all times.

Keep his promises on your lips worshiping him. I challenge you to take 15 minutes and worship Him today.

Check this song out!

 

And read Psalms 71.

God Bless.

Tim

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Spark My Interest — by Tim

Spark_OverstreetI have a very short attention span. I won’t relate myself to a squirrel but at times my mind wonders a bit. I think like most people, I am more engaged in conversation or even listening to others talk when I am intrigued by what they are saying or generally interested in what they are saying. Stay with me here …

A good friend and mentor reminded me recently that when I was a teenager, I would sit in the nursery room of our church and watch the pastor preach on Sunday mornings. Why in the world would I rather watch a black and white television monitor instead of sitting in service?

Lets combine the above two paragraphs. First off, we have established the fact that I have a short attention span. Secondl, I was intrigued by a small black-and-white TV. The TV sparked my interest enough to make me watch Pastor Dave preach. Relax … I was a teenager; I’m sure Dave understands.

Is that a bad thing? NO! It is crazy to think about, but technology grabs our attention, even a black and white TV. It was amazing; it was the early ‘90s and they were “streaming video” into the nursery!

Technology can be harmful or beneficial; it all comes down to how we use it. This Easter at Journey Church, you are going to be seeing all sorts of new and interesting things. Why? Because it is a great way to get scripture in our hearts and minds.

We all need to get God’s Word in us; holding onto it like it’s our final lifeline. Notice I’m not saying you ‘need’ to because God’s Word really is OUR lifeline. We are in this together.

Love you all.
Tim

P.S. Funny story … about four months ago my friend and mentor Tom was playing guitar one Sunday at journey Church, and he caught me watching Jesse’s message on a TV much nicer than when I was a teenager.

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New Addition — by Tim

NewAddition_OverstreetWell, I am proud to announce that Ashley and I are now … owners of a new couch! I want to let you into our world of new furniture and feelings of change.

About nine years ago, I was a proud new owner of a brand new double-reclining leather piece of amazingness. Yes, a couch; I was a bachelor, what can I say. The couch was so comfortable and the more time I had it the better it got. Wait for it … here comes the change.

Yesterday I picked up our new furniture set and brought it home with the help of a couple really good friends. At first, I was concerned when we placed the two couches in our living room because of the size. But you know what … Ashley loves them and I do, too! Really that is all that matters. So why did I just tell you about our couches?

When you give your life over to Christ, you have to expect changes in your life. I have had so many changes that I really don’t even know who the old me was anymore. You are going to have to give things up you really love; you are going to experience change. Embrace the change because if you are not changing you are not growing.

Read Romans 12:2. It talks about the change that God wants in all of our lives.

I love the changes Ashley and I are experiencing together, and I really do love the couches.

Embrace the change in your life.
God Bless.
Tim

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I’m Done — by Tim

Frustrated_OverstreetLately, I have something stirring in my heart so big I cannot contain it.

I was visiting my family over Christmas and while at their church, I saw something or more like it was pointed out to me by God. When I walked into the building there was anticipation for the worship to start. People were moving to the front of the auditorium to get closer to the stage, to feel the rumble of the bass coming out of the speakers, joining together to worship. Some people stayed in their seats talking with others around them excited about what was about to happen. The energy that was in that room was electric.

Was it because of the church I was in or the worship team that was about to come to the stage and lead us? The answer is a strong NO. These people were there to connect with our God, our Savior, and the one who created us. They were excited to be there and with no coffee in their hands so they could clap or worship however they wanted to … expressing their love for Christ.

During worship I remember having a moment with my wife, Ashley. It was the first time we had been in a worship service together that I wasn’t leading it. I grabbed her hand while lifting my other hand in worship thanking God for her and then BAM … someone thought it would be a good idea to break out a shofar (here is a link if you’re curious what this is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shofar) completely ruining our moment. Thankfully we just looked at each other and laughed. There was a day when I would have said what an idiot and then curse the guy out.

Change starts in worship. If we want our communities to change, if we want to see miracles, signs and wonders, then we have to be excited to worship! It is an understanding of how much Jesus loves us, His love brings a smile to my face. Will you see weird horns, maybe some flags or even a tambourine? Yes, but thank God for amazing ushers to help keep order in the midst of extra ordinary excitement.

I’m done with trying to figure out why some places have supernatural things happen during their services. I don’t care anymore. I want to see those things and the change they bring right here in my town, in my life. Not a distance away, right here right now and it starts with worship.

Tim

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A Complete Stranger — by Tim

Airplane_OverstreetSo I am sitting on a plane last year headed to Africa. Our first flight was St. Louis to Toronto and from there we would be making the long journey across the ocean to Africa but the story I am about to tell you happened on that short plane ride to Toronto.

I believe in God moments, where there is no way you can explain what is or has taken place. I have been on a plane headed home from Germany and have sat next to a complete stranger. While talking to him on the long ride I find out he was just with my brother a week prior working on a mercy ship with an organization called Youth With A Mission. Crazy right? God is the perfect planner!

Anyway, I’m sitting on the small plane headed to Toronto and the man sitting next to me sparks up a conversation. We had some small talk for awhile and then ended up talking about our lives. It was crazy because here we are complete strangers and we were sharing deep parts of our lives with each other. I remember telling him, ‘this is a God moment, man, and we are meant to be having this conversation right now.’ At the end of the flight he gave me his card and said to let him know how the trip went.

So finally last month I sent him an email with a couple pictures of the orphanage in Africa we visited, wondering if he even remembered me? This was part of his response:

I have often reflected over the last year of our discussion and how people come in and out of one another’s life, and how truly important it is to take the time to share and to listen. You had a great impact on me and appreciated the stories we shared.”

Not only was he impacted, but I was, too. God used a complete stranger to speak into my life! The only reason we had the conversation is because we were both on the same plane ride and here is a crazier part of the story. I wasn’t going to sit next to him because the plane was not full but the flight attendant made me get up and move because the size of the plane. God knew what he was doing.

God moments … ah, I love it! What’s yours? Lets hear them.

Tim

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