Life in the Real World

Real life experiences after college

God things April 30, 2007

Filed under: Church,Life,Worship — jenncollins @ 1:38 pm

I had a couple of ‘God thing’ moments this weekend. Some really cool stuff has happened in my life lately and I really wanted to share what’s been going on!

First, we had a women’s event here at the church on Saturday. It was an event to honor our Mothers. I was asked to lead worship with Angela and also sing a special song. It took me weeks to figure what song I was going to sing. It was going to be “Legacy” by Nichole Nordeman, but I wasn’t feeling it. Then, I had it. I was going to sing “I Need You To Love Me” by Barlow Girl. I’ve been wanting to sing that song for a while…here was my chance.

The morning of the event…I was in the shower around 6:30 when it dawned on me. Our youth group was leading worship this weekend and one of the girls in the group was singing “I Need You To Love Me”!  This was her first solo in the church and I definitely didn’t want to steal her thunder. So, I’m thinking “crap…what am I going to sing…the event is TODAY!”

Earlier in the week, I had watched American Idol…where I posted my reactions here. I was so moved by the music…especially the amazing duet between Celine Dion and Elvis Presley. That was pretty awesome. But the one song that stuck out to me was “I’ll Stand By You”, which Carrie Underwood had sung that night on Idol. I had downloaded it the next day on iTunes and was listening to it all week. Little did I know that I would be singing it at the women’s event that morning.

God laid that song on my heart while I was in the shower. Immediately, I thought “no way…it’s too short notice..I barely know the words and I can’t change my song!” Then I remembered sweet Kasey who would be singing the other song all weekend. So I pretty much said, “God if you want me to sing ‘I’ll Stand By You’, make it really easy to play on the guitar or find a track.” After the shower, I went to my computer and looked up the guitar chords.


I don’t know Bm. How can I not know that chord?? Well, I didn’t and I couldn’t figure it out in time. So, I went on iTunes and searched for “I’ll Stand By You”. There it was. The karaoke version of the song by “The Pretenders”. Right away I thought it would be cheesy, but it really wasn’t. I downloaded it, put on my iPod, finished getting ready and we were out the door.

The whole car ride consisted of me practicing the Carrie Underwood version with the words and then singing it by myself from the karaoke track. Joel and my Mom said no words….except I think I heard my Mom singing along from the backseat a couple of times!

When it was finally time for me to go up and sing my song, it was the absolute perfect moment for that particular song. It was at that moment that it hit me how much God was working in just the few minutes that I had been awake while I was in the shower.

Before it was my time to sing, four women had just shared stories about either being a Mom, Grandma or daughter. It was all very moving and mostly everyone was crying. How am I supposed to follow that?! So, I get up there and share the story of how I had a completely different song planned and how God had orchestrated this moment. Then, I did something stupid.

I dedicated the song to my Mom in the front row and almost lost it. But, I regained my composure and sang the song.

About halfway into the song…everyone was wiping their tears and listening. All of a sudden a couple of the ladies directly in front of me started to stand up. Immediately I thought..”are they leaving? Am I that bad?” Then I see them motioning for other people to stand. Before I knew it the whole auditorium was standing, holding hands, and singing “I’ll Stand By You” with me. It was one of the most amazing moments in my life.

I kept thinking, “I am so glad that I listened to God this morning!” Wow. Then I realized how often I don’t listen to Him. I’m so glad I listened.

That’s it for now…I will probably post some more amazing things happening later in the week.


I need a tutor… April 26, 2007

Filed under: Church,Fun stuff,Graphic design — jenncollins @ 3:14 pm

…for Photoshop. Out of the whole Adobe CS2, I only use InDesign. Why? Well, I was trained on Quark XPress in college and my major was journalism with a concentration in print, not graphic design. InDesign is very much like Quark, but oh so much better!

So, I have issues because I don’t have a graphic designer. Well, I did, but he decided to sell me out and go to another church! (you know I still love ya!) So it’s just me and Joel trying to do this thing we call Church Marketing.

Joel’s been trying to tell me I need to do some online tutorials. I finally gave in and did some today. Check em out! You can tell me if they suck…it’s OK.




Did anyone watch it?

Filed under: Life — jenncollins @ 10:31 am

Did anyone watch American Idol last night? I was pretty speechless after it was over. The only thing I could think of saying out loud is how stupid I am. I’m here in suburbia in a comfortable condo with everything I need and everyone I love. I worry about things that have no value in the end.

I was shocked by the statistic that every 30 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS. I mean, wow. American Idol raised over $30 million, which is great.

What we are we (meaning the Church) doing about this? Why aren’t we the ones raising the money and helping? Believe me, I am preaching at myself…

Our worship arts ministry is doing a cool thing this summer. We are helping Blood: Water Mission by raising at least $1,000 to help build wells in Africa. That is just a start.

I don’t really have anything else to say…I’m just trying to think it all out.


The staff ladies got pampered today! April 25, 2007

Filed under: Church,Fun stuff — jenncollins @ 3:36 pm

Wow, I feel really special today. Most all of our pastors are out of town (conferences, etc) except two and the rest of us are women! So, our senior pastor gave the other two the privelege of taking the staff ladies out for lunch and a special surprise!

First, we went to Benihana for lunch. Yum! Our chef’s name was Enrique…obviously not Japanese! I got the lunch combo of shrimp & scallops. It was awesome.

Then, we were taken to Bath & Body Works to pick out anything we wanted ($15-20) in 15-20 minutes! Obviously we were with men! I picked out this cute clutch with goodies inside!

What an afternoon! We’re all so sleepy now…! Thanks to Kevin and Jim for putting up with us for the afternoon!! 🙂


Oh The Office…

Filed under: Fun stuff — jenncollins @ 11:27 am

The Office is quite possibly my favorite show. There’s a new episode this week that features Jim dressing up and acting like Dwight. I cannot stop laughing every time I watch this. Check it out….

 Thanks for the link Amber! 🙂


More Revolution videos April 24, 2007

Filed under: Church,Fun stuff — jenncollins @ 11:48 am

Two weeks ago I posted a video that a couple of guys on our staff made for our Revolution Arts School that’s starting up in the Fall. The commercials are made up entirely of Legos. They made two more commercials. Go check them out!


It’s up! April 23, 2007

Filed under: Church — jenncollins @ 2:02 pm

Our steeple is now up. As promised, here are the rest of the pictures.

 Enjoy! 🙂