About Our Savior · Atwell Adventures

ten year high school reunion

It’s hard to believe that next month marks ten years (ahhh, TEN YEARS!) since I graduated with 49 classmates from Central Fellowship Christian Academy.

This past weekend we had a reunion dinner in Macon to mark the occasion!  It was great to see those that were able to attend, find out where they are and what they are doing, and meet husbands/wives and hear about children!

CFCA Class of 2004 - Ten - 1

Of course, going to the reunion, made me think back on where I was ten years ago. I knew I was going off to Georgia College and that I wanted to get my degree in Public Relations, but honestly I didn’t know what that would translate into post-college.  I was happy and excited about a new adventure, but didn’t know that the Lord would use college to change my faith from an idea to a personal relationship.

Whenever someone asks when I accepted Christ, I tell them that while I professed to be a Christian growing up {I accepted Christ as my Savior and Redeemer when I was in elementary school}, it was in college that my faith became more than words I said.

In college, I realized choosing Christ in everything had to be my choice – and my only choice.  There were plenty of options around me that didn’t involve a life with Christ and it wasn’t until I was taken out of my comfort zone that I realized how important this decision was.  It was then also, that I realized how thankful I was for the things my parents and school instilled in me growing up {having a personal relationship with Him, seeking the Lord in His Word and prayer, being involved in a local church, sharing with others about Him… thanks Mom and Dad}!

I’m thankful for the happiness I’ve found in knowing Christ personally and that these last ten years He has drawn me closer to Himself and given me a deeper understanding of how holy He is, and how undeserving I am of His grace.

psalm 37:23-24 | Atwell Adventures

So thankful for the Lord upholding my hand these last ten years!

About Our Savior

easter 2014

Hello, little bunnies!

I hope you all celebrated yesterday – He Is Risen!

We kicked off Easter weekend at our church’s Good Friday service and then stayed for the Secret Church simulcast afterwards.  This was the first time Gary and I attended, and even though it was a late night, I was glad we went and left challenged by what I heard and learned.  I’m looking forward to reviewing our notes/book more in the days to come.

Cross Easter 2014 | Atwell Adventures
After we slept in on Saturday morning, I ran a few errands and then got in the kitchen to make some Easter treats for our friends Easter lunch on Sunday!  I saw some ideas for cupcakes on Pinterest and they were just as easy as they were cute! Win-win!

Easter Treats 2014 | Atwell Adventures
Yesterday we worshipped with our church and celebrated resurrection Sunday! What a privilege it is to be able to sing praises to our Lord and Savior for making a perfect sacrifice for us and then defeating the grave!

G&R Easter 2014 | Atwell Adventures
One of the songs we sang yesterday does a great job of giving praise, but I especially love the last verse:

Since from His bounty I receive 
Such proofs of love divine 
Had I a thousand hearts to give 
Lord, they should all be Thine 
A thousand men could not compose 
A worthy song to bring 
Yet Your love is a melody 
Our hearts can’t help but sing!

Jesus, thank you for giving us a reason to sing!

 

101 in 1001 · About Our Savior

1. become members of a church in our new home

Last October when I listed out my 101 in 1001, the first thing on my list was to become members of a church in our new home.

Now I’ll admit writing that out seems on a “to-do” list {especially in the first spot} might seem strange to some, but for us being active in a local, healthy church has always been important to us as individuals and now as a family.

When we began the process of finding a new church last September in North Carolina {before I wrote my 101}, we knew we were only going to be there a few months. Because of our short time, we made the decision that we would get involved in the church as much as possible but would wait until we knew where we would be in a few months before joining.  We were happy to find a church that helped us grow, held us accountable, and helped us in establishing community around us during our time together in North Carolina.

Fast forward to November when we found out we were moving to the Augusta area. We quickly started looking online for a new church. We knew that this being a more permanent move, we wanted to find a church that faithfully preached the Gospel, was apart of the community, challenged us to grow, and allow us to serve.

Thankfully, the Lord provided a church for us and we were able to visit our first weekend here in December.  After visiting the church for a month, learning more about it, meeting the pastors, and praying about our decision, we decided to take steps toward membership and now we are happy to call Berea Baptist Church our church home!

It’s only been a little over three months since our first time at Berea, but we are so thankful for the church family God has given us here and can’t wait serve and grow with them!