On November 10th, 2015 our world was turned upside down . . . Let me back up. You could say we were living the dream. Sure we had our tough times and difficult seasons but we were chasing our dreams and loving every second of it. Four years ago Jesus called my wife, Amanda, and me to leave what we considered to be the best church in the world in the best city in the world, move to a city where we hardly new a soul, and start a church that would see a city come to life with the Gospel of Jesus.
Planting a church is never an easy task. In fact I would tell every church planter that if you could do anything else with your life...I mean ANYTHING else...do it. Planting a church certainly requires a clear calling.
On January 22nd, 2018 my father-in-law, Phil Byars, and I are leading a 9-day tour in Israel. This will be my second trip to Israel. My first was with NewSpring Church and was led by Perry Noble and Brad Cooper. They invited me to go April of 2016, five months after Amanda passed. It was so amazing I decided I had to go back and lead a trip! I’d love to invite you to come with us, but let me first tell you why I’m going back:
You see I truly believe The Lord does something powerful through relationship and connectivity. I believe it’s one of the main ways he shows us He’s in our situation with us. I believe it’s one of the best ways to show us He’s walking through the valley of the shadow of death with us. Although we can’t tangibly see God and not many of us have actually heard his audible voice, He places His representatives—His ambassadors—other Christians with similar stories in our paths to remind us he sees us and knows our situation. He wants us to know He hasn’t left us alone but that he’s working it all out for our good in His master plan.
This morning I dropped Weston off for his first day of preschool.
Let me tell you what may have just happened to every school-aged mom who read that sentence. Immediately your senses flooded with the gamut of emotions you felt the first day you dropped your kid/s off at school. How is it in one moment you can simultaneously beam with pride, lament how fast he’s growing up and how time seems to be slipping away from you, and grimace in pain as nervous knots tie up your stomach while you wonder how he’s going to do?
When we got back to the hotel that afternoon I began thinking more about it. I felt like I had just experienced a little taste of what heaven will be like. I believe that every moment of awe we experience on earth is just the appetizer for heaven. You and I could spend every waking moment of our lifetime seeking new adventure and discovering new places and never tap into the full creative expanse of God. He is a master creator, and I believe both science and scripture point us to the fact that God’s creativity is limitless.
This month on the Nothing is Wasted Podcast - you can join in on this conversation about pain, joy, heartache, and healing. Part one is all about Ally and her journey through heartache and how she's turning it into purpose and healing.
Samantha Smith's conversation with Davey continues as they talk about some of the ways they've dealt with grief, the importance of community, finding new purpose in the wake of tragedy, and more
When Samantha Smith married her high school sweetheart Andrew, she never would have guessed that cancer would leave her a widow after just a few years. In this episode, Samantha sits down with Davey to talk about the shock of loss, mourning, and what to do when it seems like God disappoints you.
Davey continues his conversation with Amanda's mom and sister as they talk about how pain has changed them, raising children in the wake of tragedy, how to help someone going through loss, and more.
Davey sits down with Amanda's mother and sister to talk about their family relationship, dealing with grief, questioning God, and more.
Davey continues his conversation with Phil Byars, Amanda Blackburn's father, as they talk about ministry, leadership, family relationships, and more.
Welcome to the first full episode of the Nothing Is Wasted Podcast! In this episode, Davey sits down with Amanda Blackburn's father Phil Byars to talk about living through tragedy, some of the emotions that come with grief, and how to relate to God in the midst of our pain.
Welcome to the Nothing Is Wasted Podcast, conversations designed to help you as you live, learn, and lead through pain. Check out this promo for the podcast with a special message from Davey, and don't miss the first full episode coming June 1st.