Friday, September 21, 2012

Frankly Friday...v4

Happy Friday! 
I can't believe this is the 4th Frankly Friday! When did a month go by?! 
What is Frankly Friday? 
Let's define Frankly shall we...
frankly |ˈfra ng klē|adverbin an open, honest, and direct manner
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I want this to be a way for all of us to be open, raw, and transparent with not only each other...but with ourselves. I think we put a lot of stock into the "fear" of what others may think of us...into the "fear" of really putting what's on your heart out there in case someone decides to tear you down.
I'm over the fear & you should be too.
So let's write...whether it's about a situation you're struggling through, a victory you've made, a memory that you can't let go of...anything as long as it's honest.
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Last night i was talking with my dear friend Beverly about Passion. 
We were discussing her passions and what the Lord could potentially be leading her to do in the next year. It was a fantastic heart-felt conversation that i was so blessed to be a part of. 
It also got me thinking...what am i passionate about?
Now hold on, i'm not talking about what i like or enjoy but what i'm truly and utterly passionate about.
I had to stop and look up the definition of passion so i knew what i was about to get my mind into
Passion |ˈpa sh ən|
*Strong, barely controllable emotion.
*An intense desire or enthusiasm for something. 

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So there i sat, after Beverly left, thinking through the events, memories, and moments in my life where i realized where i found my passion, and what cultivated it. This was a hard process.
I believe there are so many things i think "should" be passionate about...but that aren't necessarily the first thing i think of. I should be passionate about _________.
As i kept thinking of different situations and feeling like well that is something that should have evoked passion within me i realized something, my passion is bigger than most things society tells me i should be passionate about.
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I'm passionate about broken hearts. 
Sounds weird right?
Maybe it is...maybe it is exactly what i should be passionate about.
Every memory that ties into my passion relates to someone with a broken heart.
Because when we're broken we are in need of healing. 
When our soul is shattered there is only ONE answer to pull us back together.
Jesus. | Hope.
I find myself completely whole sitting with teenagers and hearing their broken hearts.
I find joy in offering them hope and light in a world that is so full of darkness and despair.
I am completely and utterly satisfied to build relationships with students and help them through their drama, through their rough or fantastic home lives, during a crisis, and in lifting praise to God for a fantastic day. I am passionate about helping God heal brokenness.
When i saw this quote on resonated so deep within me that tears stung my eyes:

Be a lamp or a lifeboat or a ladder.
illuminate, rescue, serve. 
In my life i want to be either a lamp, lifeboat, or ladder to people.
I want to show them that there is a beautiful illuminating light in a world that is so full of darkness and depression. I want to offer them hope, rescue, and a way out of whatever life is currently drowning them with. I want to serve others and direct them to the saving knowledge of Jesus.
As cliche Christian as this may sound...i want people to know Jesus.
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What is breaking your heart? 
What is currently causing you to drown?
What is keeping you from a vibrant and freeing relationship with the one who gave you breathe?
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my name is Amy
& i'm passionate about the broken hearted.
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What about you; what are you passionate about?
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Frankly Friday
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Victoria said...

Amy, I am glad you are so passionate about this! This workd is broken and every single person needs a lifeboat in their life so that they can find HOPE in God. Your sweet spirit will allow people to know your are there to help.

I am passionate about helping people find meaning and purppose in life. I want people who know me to be inspired to know God a nd make Him known. For His glory a nd their joy....

Abbey said...

what a wonderful thing to be passionate about!

Melissa said...

Broken hearts are my passion, too! It's been so long though, since i have let God use me in that way. I mean, broken people are ALWAYS on my hearts but i need to allow God to USE me in their actual lives! I used to work as a youth leader at a church - for many many years. And sometimes I miss it. My own testimony is about how God turned my broken heart to a heart of joy. And i want others to know that He can do that for them too!

LOVED this post. SO beautifully written! That is an awesome passion!

Laura said...

Oooh! Great post!

I passionate about helping women find freedom and confidence in God. And growing as Christians. Mentoring. Discipling. Connecting.

I always said I would never work with women... it's now all that I do and my life is rich because of it.

I'm not linking up today. :( Nothing good on my mind haha. I'm in such a zoned out state of mind lately. I need some good rest! Hopefully I'll have internet at home by the end of next week and something good to link up with. :)

Sarah Grace said...

i love that last's so important to meet people where they are. you've got such a great heart! :)