Living in Grace and Finding Joy

This weeks training is called Living in Grace.  I love this title and it’s very fitting for my life.  Because, surprise!  I’m not so great at actually living in grace.  Talking about grace, no problem.  Understanding grace intellectually, not such a problem.  Spouting grace-ish filled pithy statements, easy.  But truly understanding grace deep within me and then living in that grace, seemingly impossible.  So this week I hope and pray to continue working towards truly living in grace.  A grace that will continue with me wherever we go.Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 7.05.40 PM.pngThis post was scheduled before we left for Living in Grace so please forgive the silence for the rest of the week while we focus on our training and marriage.  But please also take this time to note the new home of my blog: joyellen1.wordpress.com.  There is currently a first post up and that’s where I will continue blogging once we finish our time in North Carolina.  If you would like to receive or keep receiving this blog via email, please take the time to check out Finding Joy in Transition and click the “Sign me up!” button on the left hand side.

I don’t want you to miss any of the exciting news and I look forward to continue sharing with you from our new online home!  🙂

 

 

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Through Kentucky to North Carolina

waterfall at ridgehavenToday we arrive in North Carolina for training #3 (only one more to go after this!).  I’m very excited about this week.  Not only are we going to receive some great information and resources to help us in our ministry but we’re also going to be spending time with some awesome people in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 4.16.31 PM.pngI’ve been to this camp pre-Ryan and I remember being disappointed that I didn’t take advantage of the beautiful hiking trails as much as I should have.  Any place that provides a map like this on their website is basically telling you to go and enjoy exploring the area.  creek at RidgehavenPlease be praying for us this week.  Please pray that God would open our eyes, that we would have teachable minds and hearts and that we would have a strengthening week for our marriage.

School of Ministry Graduation aka Congratulations Ryan!

School of Ministry is a ministry training course that introduces the participants to many aspects of ministry through dicipleship, lessons, reading, homework and mentorship.  This course prepares the participants for ministry and stretches them in many ways.  Ryan has been attending School of Ministry for the last 16 or so months.  To put this in perspective he has been attending school of ministry longer than we’ve been married.  But last night was graduation and my husband didn’t just graduate, he was co-valadictorian.

20150310_192701For his speech he talked about prayer, different aspects of prayers, the benefits of prayer and what we should be striving for in our prayer lives.  It was encouraging and inspiring.  I’ve heard Ryan speak before but this was the first time where I had no idea what to expect and was amazingly blessed by his words.

20150310_195502And this is Ryan receiving his certificate from Pastor Bruce.  Sorry for the blurry picture but it gives you some idea of the reasons for the height jokes flying.  Pastor Bruce was up on a stage and Ryan was not.  However, these men both love and respect each other and it is sweet for me to see the wonderful mentoring, encouraging relationship that Pastor Bruce has with my husband.

Congratulations Ryan!  I’m so proud of you for all your hard work.  I look forward to continuing to apply what you’ve learned in our life and ministry together.