Life in the Real World

Real life experiences after college

Mighty to Save August 12, 2008

Filed under: Church,Family,Music,pregnancy,Worship — jenncollins @ 9:47 am

I sing on the worship team every weekend at my church and last weekend I felt worship went especially well. Not sure what it was but people seemed to be more into it. It was awesome to watch.

For me personally, it was an amazing time of worship. I was moved to tears a couple of times. We did some great songs that fit our current teaching series perfectly. At the end, we sang a song called “Mighty to Save” by Hillsong. This is my new favorite. The first time we sang it, the words of the song didn’t really sink in till about the 2nd or 3rd service. It’s been a few weeks since then. This past weekend, the words came alive and they mean more to me than ever.

Savior, He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Forever, author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave

It hit me how strong those words are. If I sing them, I really need to believe that God is indeed mighty to save. Without going into a lot of detail, “he can move the mountains” is huge in my life. I believe God moved a mountain when he decided we were going to have a baby this year. He’s currently moving a mountain by allowing my Grandmother to live through her terminal cancer, but not only live, she is thriving. And, when I sing those lines, I always pray that he will move a mountain in some extremely important people in my life. People who, it seems, won’t ever be moved. Is God really mighty to save? It takes all the courage and strength inside me to sing those words. I trust Him to do what He says He will do.

After all, he rose and conquered the grave.


Randoms August 7, 2008

Filed under: Church,Family,Fun stuff,Life,pregnancy,Random — jenncollins @ 12:50 pm
  • Well my bro moved to Athens this week. I already miss him so much. I’m possibly planning a trip up there (it will be Sadie’s first road trip!) late January for a friend’s wedding nearby.
  • Anyone tried my recipes yet? Let me know!
  • I’m 25 weeks preggo today! Sadie is the size of a rutabaga. Have you ever seen one? Here’s what one looks like. She’s constantly kicking…I know I say that every time I update about her, but she really does kick A LOT! Soccer player?
  • I’m going to see the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 tomorrow! I loved the first one and I’ve read all the books. If you’re a girl, grab your Mom or girlfriend(s) and see it together.
  • I saw Mamma Mia! last weekend with my Mom to celebrate her birthday. That’s another definite “girlfriend” movie. My pastor saw it…pink panties with lace and all! Haha, not really…go read his post about it to see what he said.
  • I forgot to mention that I have a new nephew! His name is Anson Charles and he is adorable…I just hate that he lives all the way in Louisville. Hopefully we’ll get to meet him soon and he can meet his cousin!
  • I promise to post some pics soon of the nursery and my baby bump! Just gotta coordinate getting a camera.
  • I’d love to get a new design for this blog…anybody wanna design me one? 🙂
  • Have a great weekend!

Trying something new today July 28, 2008

Filed under: Church,Communications — jenncollins @ 12:02 pm

I woke up today (barely) and was so exhausted. I had a busy weekend. Friday I was able to sleep in a little but we ran errands that day and then went to a Shaun Groves concert at FBCFTL…didn’t get home till late. Saturday morning I had my 3rd Communications Network meeting and had to be at Calvary before 11. The meeting was incredible. We had a great turnout (18 people!) and people really connected with each other. It was cool to watch. Then I took a tour (my 2nd that week) of Calvary with some of the others. Got home around 3 p.m. Then left for church at 5 p.m. to sing for the service. Woke up early Sunday morning to sing at all services. Took Mom out for her birthday celebration all the way in Boca at the Muvico Palace to see Mamma Mia!  It was a great time…didn’t get to bed till 11.

So yeah it was crazy! So I thought this morning that I would try working from home as a practice run for when I have Sadie and I will be home for a while. So far, so good…but of course I don’t have a hungry, screaming child with me either. I’ve written and replied to lots of emails and updated the website from here. The downside is that it’s 1 p.m. and I’m still in my PJs. After lunch I will probably get a shower and get ready for the day…lol. If this working from home thing works out, I could stay home in the mornings with Sadie and then go to work in the afternoons while my Mom watches her.

I’m not gonna lie…staying home is nice. I’ve cleaned the kitchen, have the candles lit, listening to music as loud as I want and doing other things I couldn’t do if I was in the office! So far so good…we’ll see how it goes.


Chasing my Lions March 17, 2008

Filed under: Books,Church,Life — jenncollins @ 2:54 pm

We just finished a teaching series called “Chase the Lion”, based on the book and study by Mark Batterson. It was a challenging series, to say the least. At all of our campuses, we allowed our congregation to write their “lion” (problem, obstacle, etc) on the wall and start chasing it! (see pictures here and here – thanks Beca & Erin!).

I wrote two lions on that wall. I won’t say what they are yet, but I’m trying to chase them down now. It will be extremely hard, maybe a little painful and very scary, but with God’s help, I know I can chase that lion into a pit on a snowy day and come out of the pit a conquerer!

Now I’m just trying not to worry about it…


Just my opinion… February 23, 2008

Filed under: Church,Marketing,Random — jenncollins @ 4:53 pm


There has been a lot of buzz about this church in Tampa doing a sex series. If you haven’t heard about it, just Google “30 day sex challenge” and you will find hundreds of articles about it. It’s getting national attention and many people are blogging with their opinions.

I thought I would share mine.

I am all about doing whatever it takes to bring the rate of divorce among Christians way down. I think the 30 day sex idea is good and it will probably help save a lot of marriages. But I can just tell that it was thought up by a man because I mean, duh, what man doesn’t want to have sex everyday? I don’t think I’d be off target if I said that the majority of women would be OK if they never had sex. Other things like affection and conversation are way important to us (at least for me, they are). Am I right ladies??

Personally I think having sex every day for 30 days a little overkill. I think it’s all about making the time for it and if you have to, plan it. At least, that’s what I’ve learned in the 2 1/2 years I’ve been married.

Whether you are married or single, I would definitely recommend going through the questionnaire they offer on their website. Joel and I sat down together and went through it for about an hour and a half. It was wonderful. I finally got to get some stuff off my chest that I’ve been wanting to say but didn’t know exactly how. He also got to say what he wanted. It might’ve been the best conversation we had in weeks. You find out what your emotional needs are and how your spouse can meet them. Go do it! They also offer a married/single guide for the 30 days. Each day asks a question and you journal about it. We’re going to do that, too.

As for whether we’re gonna do the challenge…well, that’s none of your business! 🙂

I was going back and forth on whether I should post something about this, but I decided I’m just gonna go for it. If it offends you, I am deeply sorry but I think it’s something the church should talk more about. I don’t always agree with the method or the marketing necessarily but I do agree with saving more marriages, so there ya go.


“Counseling makes me sick!” January 17, 2008

Filed under: Church,Fun stuff,Random — jenncollins @ 11:54 am

james.jpgWe’re all laughing here at the office because one of our Pastors, James Brown was counseling someone this morning and had to run out of his office quickly to the bathroom because he realized he was about to be “sick” all over this poor woman!! He had said he was feeling kind of achy and felt like he had a migraine earlier this morning.

Luckily he made it but had to end the session early and he barely made it to the bathroom again! I’m sure the woman was ready to get outta here!

We’re all telling him to go home…we don’t need those germs around. He claims he feels better now and his joke now is “Boy, I don’t know about you, but counseling makes me sick!” (For those who don’t know James, he is the biggest practical joker I have ever met…he rarely has a serious conversation!)


I’m not a workaholic January 16, 2008

Filed under: Church,Communications — jenncollins @ 12:16 pm

I read this great blog post today from Seth Godin. He always has some great nuggets of wisdom to share. Check it out when you have some free time.

What a blessing to have a job where I don’t feel like I’m working for nothing. This truly is what I love doing. I don’t wake up in the morning and think “man I don’t want to go to work today!” OK, sometimes if I’m really sleepy I might want to stay in bed a little longer, but who doesn’t?? My job has a purpose and I am actually appreciated by others for what I do. Most importantly, what I do impacts the kingdom.

I’ve had jobs where I dreaded getting up every morning to go to. I used to switch jobs like I switch my toothbrush…every 3 months. I’ve been working at my current job for 2 years (officially in March)! Some may say it’s because I’m married and I’ve settled down…that might be part of it, but not all of it. I’ve finally found something that doesn’t bore me (and believe me, I get bored easily). Of course there are bad days and times of frustration, but it’s all put in perspective when you remember who you’re doing it for!

For those of you reading this, I hope you can find something you love doing. It’s definitely refreshing to find your niche in life! If you’re already there, leave a comment! Tell me what your job is and why you love doing it!

p.s. I’m not saying all of this just because my boss reads my blog…this is truly my heart! 😉