Why Do I Blame Others?

Aug 27, 2018

Hello, Amazing People!

I posted a blog a few days ago and challenged you to read 1 Timothy 3:1-13 (Passion Version) and then I listed all the leadership principles that are mentioned in that passage. Now, I want to look at each quality individually to see how we can use them to grow as leaders.

The first characteristic listed is to be "Without Blame - Well Thought Of."

I love how practical these are even in our lives today. We're going to look at each principle in 3 areas we need to lead in:  Ourself, Our Family, and Our Workplace.

How do you think of yourself? Do you think well of yourself? Many people don't think well of themselves, yet the Bible commands us to love others as we love ourselves. If we're not loving ourselves, how can we love our family and those we work with and lead? 

A few years ago I started listening to how I talked about myself. I realized that I was negative and not very encouraging to myself. I would do something and then beat myself...

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What It Takes To Be A Leader

Aug 22, 2018

Last week, our staff went to our annual Staff Retreat. We love to take the C3 staff families for a yearly getaway to learn, have fun, dream, set goals, play games, pray together, worship and laugh. 

This year I taught a session on what the Bible says it takes to be a leader in the church. However, as I looked at the things it takes to be a leader in the church, I realized the qualities I listed are qualities every leader should have. 

Also, I realized there are 3 areas we all need to lead in:

1.  Leading Ourselves

2.  Leading Our Families

3.  Leading In Our Workplaces

I took these leadership qualities from 1 Timothy 3:1-13.

I want you to read these verses from the position that God is good, He truly LOVES you, and is for YOU! He gives us these qualities for our good, so we can flourish!

If you don't serve on a church staff that's ok, I want you to be empowered to lead in every area of your life! Remember this, even if you're not in a high leadership...

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Meet My Team

Aug 15, 2018

 I want you guys to meet the people who helped me make all of this possible. I have had a great team that helped film, write the prayers, and handle all the details to make something like this happen.

Huge thanks to my husband, Matt Fry. He has encouraged and supported me to do the things God has called me to do.  

Thanks to Emily Floars who helped with the web-design and getting everything set up on the web.

Thanks to Dillon Parker,  he has made everything run smooth. He made the 21 Days Of Prayer filming possible and made sure all the prayers were written before we started. He has taken all my ideas, thoughts, and dreams and brought them into order.

Thanks to all the C3 staff that helped write different prayers and declarations.

Anisa Larson - Business Operations

Nate Fairfield - Executive Minister

Sarah Buss - Connect Groups & First Touch

Jen Waldon - Connect Groups & First Touch Ministry Assistant

Andrew Kurtz - Worship Director

Thanks to...

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My Favorite Spaghetti Recipe

Aug 06, 2018

I love making Spaghetti, so I thought I'd share with you my favorite recipe! It's super easy and it turns out delicious!

After 21 Days of Prayer launched on Saturday, I did an Instagram live and made homemade spaghetti sauce. I was even able to use fresh tomatoes from a friend's garden! No worries if you don't have any fresh tomatoes, you can definitely use canned tomatoes for this sauce. Many of you have asked for the recipe so here it is!

Disclaimer:  I am not a food blogger so there won't be many pretty pictures, I am just giving you the recipe. Also, for my friends from Italy, I am not Italian, this is not my grandmother’s recipe, I found it in a magazine and I've made a few changes. There are probably ways to improve it if so feel free to share your input in the comment section! 

Enjoy!

Martha

Spaghetti Recipe 

Ingredients:

1 pound bulk Italian sausage (1/2 mild, 1/2 hot)

1 1/2 cup finely chopped onion

1  12-ounce can tomato paste

3...

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Discovering The Hidden Invitations

Jul 26, 2018

Once a week, our C3 staff comes together for a special time of prayer, worship, and encouragement. This week we got to hear from my assistant, Emily Floars. I'm SO proud of her and wanted you to hear a part of what she shared, so check it out below!

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I've gone through a lot of change the past couple of years. And with that change, there have been a lot of exciting moments and opportunities. However, there have also been plenty of challenges and difficulties.

But if there has been one thing that I’ve learned over the past couple of years it's this. In the shifting of seasons, the difficulty of transitions, and everything that change may bring, in each and every single moment we are extended an invitation to discover something new about the character of God.

Truthfully, its very rare I consider difficulties to be any type of...

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Life Without My Phone

Jul 23, 2018

A few weeks ago I got away and turned my phone off for 5 days. For 5 days I didn't text anybody, I didn’t email anybody, I didn’t talk to anybody, I didn’t check Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, nothing. My phone was off. The big question people have been asking me is, “What was it like?” So let me share my experience: 

  1. When I first learned I was going to have to turn my phone off I actually felt anxious! Then I had to remind myself, there was a day when I didn't even have a cell phone and when I went off to camp the only way I could communicate was through letters. And when I spent a summer in the jungles of Brazil I didn't have a phone... and I survived! So, I determined I would be ok and that I would live. :)
  2. When the day came to turn off my phone, I found myself calling and texting people to say bye. I was sending reminders to people and last minute thoughts. Not to be disrespectful or make light of, but I felt how I...
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I'm Back!

Jul 20, 2018

I'm back after being gone for 10 days, and 5 of those days I was without my phone. Yikes! 

Jesus often withdrew from the crowd to a private place to spend time with the Father. I went on theQuestlife.com to withdraw from the things and noise of this world to spend time with the Father. It was the first time in my adult life that I have done anything like that. Now that I’m back to my regular life, I'm doing the same tasks and same things that I did before, but I feel different!

I’ll be sharing more about what it takes to detox from your phone, so stay tuned! But when you get away from the noise of the TV and social media and slow down a bit, you come away feeling refreshed. You have conversations with people, some are surface and some are deep, but you remember how to engage with people.

I am still unpacking all the things that God did and all that I learned, but I have time. I have learned I need to make time. Turn off the TV, put the phone down, get out...

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Adjust Your Vacation Expectation

Jul 05, 2018

Ahhhh, vacation! Time to rest and relax, right?? But how many of you have come back from vacation needing a vacation from your vacation?

Our family took a vacation a few weeks ago, and it was anything but restful. It was fun and exciting and adventurous, but not relaxing.

I think vacations really aren't for rest and relaxation. Vacations are important and needed, so if they aren’t for rest and relaxation... what are they for? I believe that vacations are to change your daily rhythm, to do things differently. They get you out of your everyday life and into a new rhythm. You may rest and relax, but that's not the point. It is to do things differently. 

This is so healthy, and it's how God created us! He wants us to have a Sabbath, He wants us to change our rhythm. When we take a Sabbath we change up our routine, do things differently, and use our minds in a different way. The same is true on a vacation.

On our vacation, we had all of our family and friends...

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Celebrating Father's Day

Jun 15, 2018

This Sunday, we celebrate all the dads in our lives! I'm so grateful for the two amazing men in my life who I get to celebrate. My dad, Ted Wilbanks, and of course, Matt Fry, the father of my children.

Celebrating our dads is great on Father’s Day. In fact, it’s great to show honor to them every day! But for some people, this is really difficult. For many, their dads weren’t there for them. Or maybe their dad was the one who primarily hurt them. I understand that.

However, we can all be thankful for something when it comes to our dads. Even if it’s simply that they had a part in our creation.

Thankfully, we can all celebrate that we have a God who is our perfect Heavenly Father. He loves us unconditionally and he is always pursuing us. He is even able to stand in the gap when our earthly fathers disappoint us.

Our earthly fathers were born sinners, just like us! They’re not perfect. They were most likely hurt themselves, and hurting people hurt people....

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What Does It Matter?

Jun 06, 2018

I had the privilege of preaching on Philippians 1 as we kicked off a new series at C3 Church (Thanks Matt!). You can click here to watch or listen to the sermon.

When I started working on the sermon, I knew I was going to speak on joy since that is what the book of Philippians is about - How to Have Joy No Matter What.

But I was not expecting for God to do what He did. After I finished writing my sermon, I sent it to the staff that needed it to get ready for Sunday and I was ready to relax.

On my day off, I decided to casually read through Philippians 1 again and verses 15-18 jumped out at me. And one phrase in particular:

"It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But WHAT DOES IT MATTER? The important thing is...

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