Refilled and Refreshed

I want to introduce Kara Pinneo. Kara is one of the newest members to Changing Lanes and is one of the founders of our CL Women program launching in early next year. Kara joined our team last week at the AACC 2017 World Conference in Nashville and God met her on the trip. Enjoy Kara’s blog post and welcome her to Changing Lanes. – Brett

Our Changing Lanes team just got back from a conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference was amazing, it was life changing.

Over the last year, I have been in a valley. I haven’t known what I want to do with my life and it has been draining me spiritually. Things just keep happening, and draining me more and more. On the drive to Nashville, I received more news that was really burdening my heart. I started to get frustrated and upset, and just wanted to turn my phone off in order to focus on the trip. I ended up turning on some worship music and let the music speak to me.

The first night of the conference, one of the main session speakers was Samuel Rodriguez His talk rejuvenated me. My co-leader and I were not planning to attend the first night of the conference due to travel, but we ended up going and I am oh so glad we did.

The service was refreshing to my heart. The worship was fantastic, the message was awesome, and best of all, God met me where I was in that moment. Burdened. Anxious. Exhausted. I needed to be refreshed. The conference was much about ministry to me. I got to minister and encourage so many people. There were so many amazing moments I got to be a part of. I don’t know if that would have been the case if I hadn’t been refilled the first night.

I couldn’t have poured into others unless I was refilled. The news I received could have kept me burdened the entire trip. And do you know why it didn’t keep me down? Because God met me where I was, and He refreshed my heart.

He refreshed my heart in ways that I didn’t even know that He could.

I’ve been doing a study on identity lately. It has taught me so much and has taught me about my identity. The speaker talked about how we cannot be light, until we identify who we are.

We are defined by forgiveness, we are defined by love from Him. We are defined by what God did for us, not by what we do for Him. We are forgiven, free, favored.

Sweet sister, what I want you to hear is that you are not defined by your affliction. It might be your anxieties, it might be your heartache., We  have a lot of things to bring us heartache or cause us anxiety in our country right now. You are not defined by your mistakes. You are not defined by your addiction. You are defined by what God did for you.

He died in order for you to be free. And He meets us exactly where we are. Afflicted. Anxious. Hurting. But what are we? Children of the light.

John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Allow Him to meet you where you are, like He did for me. I promise you, in Him there is freedom.

 

 

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