Karrilee Aggett- God In The New Journey Series
Thanks for joining us once more as we explore our series “God In the New Journey: Being Brave Enough to Step Out”, and today I’m so happy to welcome our next guest to the P&LP! I was introduced to Karrilee Aggett’s writing when I first heard of blog linkups about two years back, and out of a sea of faces online, she seemed to especially shine with His spirit. I inhaled her posts over at Abiding Love, Abounding Grace, loving her perspective and no-nonsense style and poetic insights, and her very definite heart for people and her God. Needless to say, when she agreed to take over the blog today,
I might have given a small whoop of pure glee.
Karrilee, a big welcome and thank you!
Listen, I say this all the time: Saying this big, huge, life-changing Yes didn’t feel as much Brave as it did Crazy! It was completely out of character for us.
However, my husband decided at the first of that New Year that he wanted to be more spontaneous and take more risks. He wanted to change things up a bit and be, his words –not mine, less predictable.
If I’m honest, and I am that, those words caused a mild panic attack to start to flutter around deep inside of me. I liked that he was steady and sure. But at the corners of my heart, I knew this was going to be a year of adventure and beyond the anxious flutters was an anticipation for God to show up and show off for us like never before.
I had NO IDEA…
For all of our lives, we’ve lived quiet. We raised our girlie and kept her safe and we poured into her and each other Truth and Love and Grace. We believed big for many things, but we kept our lives safe and secure.
It was about a year before this big crazy Yes that God began whispering to me over and over (and over again!), “Who told you that you could have a Comfort Zone?”
I know, right?
Me… I told me, thank you very much!
Still, in all of His gracious sneakiness, He was preparing our hearts for the New Journey He had planned for us. We felt all along the way that the choice was ours. It’s not like we had been disobedient in the past. We had just been short sighted… maybe even navel gazing in how we had approached our daily lives in light of living in the Kingdom.
We want what we want. It’s our Western culture and our independent spirit.
However, what our hearts were most longing for was a Tribe… was somewhere to belong and somewhere to call Home.
It had been spoken over us in the past, but we always dismissed it and shrugged it off. (Read: Comfort Zone.)
So enter 2015 and my Honey wanting to mix things up and try new experiences and say Yes way more than we said No. Enter our lovely small group and how God was growing it and how this brand new couple started attending in January and we fell in love with them. They, our opposites, were risky and adventurous and ready for anything. About two months in, God began to speak to them yet again about planting a church. They’d been on staff at other churches and realized, looking around our living room, that none of us were plugged in to a church. They began to pray into that idea and by early March, they approached us with this ‘New Opportunity.’
They felt God was calling them to start a new church… and they felt like He was calling them to start it with us.
Us… whom they had only known for a few months.
Us… who had never been on staff or desired to be on staff.
Us… who are older, slower, and –well, up until now, MUCH less risky!
But remember, my Honey wanted to say Yes more often than No and he pledged to be more spontaneous and to take bigger risks. I don’t know about you, but to me, there is nothing bigger or riskier than trying to open a brand new church in a small town from scratch with nothing really but our Yes to get us started.
So they asked the Big Ask and we just looked at each other, bewildered.
We said that we would pray about it and get back to them.
We got alone and before we even turned to God in prayer, we looked at each other and laughed. (Read: Hysterical Laughing.) We laughed and laughed and then I said something super Pastory like, “Well, the answer isn’t Hell No, so that’s somethin’!”
I should give a tiny background, I suppose. This couple has been in ministry for years, having gone through schooling and had worked at various churches over the years. They had, for a long time, felt the call to be Senior Pastors and start something new. So they’d been waiting for His release to jump.
My Honey and I had been lay leaders and active in church and outside of church in various Christian circles for all of our marriage. We are leaders and we love Jesus so ministry happened organically with us, without a lot of formal training. We didn’t jump very often!
We had loved and served the Bride long enough that the thought of being in full time ministry both intrigued and scared us. Intriguing, because we had hopes that we could ‘pastor’ differently. Scary, because, well –you know, people. And risk. And woundedness and finances and how in the world…
But the answer was not No. So after a ridiculously short amount of time, we said Yes!
We said a huge, crazy, only slightly brave Yes and we thought that would buy us a little time. Right? Because these things take time and a ton of prayer, and some finances and gathering a core to start, etc.
That is not how it worked out.
We said yes after entertaining the idea for only a week or two, and within a month we had a building and we had a core group of people ready to start and by Mother’s Day of 2015, we had our first service at Dad’s House Church.
Saying yes opened up all kinds of opportunities to say Yes more than No and to be spontaneous and more adventurous. Saying yes –even with shaky faith, caused Brave to rise up and be seen!Saying yes –even with shaky faith, caused Brave to rise up and be seen! Click To Tweet
The biggest Yes we have said was saying Yes to God, some twenty something years ago… and the best Yes we can say is to repeat our Yes to Him every day… to embrace Brave and to be willing to fail… to risk and allow Him to shrink those spacious Comfort Zones little by little.
He is gracious and He is good. He can be trusted and He will take your Yes – whether it is big and brave, or weak and whispered — and He will make much of it.
We are only coming up on our two year anniversary now and we have outgrown our building. God has built us a family and calling it Dad’s House was not an accident. People say that when they come in, they feel like they have come Home. They feel like they have found their Tribe! How amazing is that?
What we were looking for and longing for all the while was hidden inside of us… it’s just we couldn’t see it! But God, right? But God!The best Yes we can say is to repeat our Yes to Him every day. Click To Tweet
I’m not sure what kind of Journey or New Opportunity may be waiting before you, but I know that He can be trusted and I have learned that He actually likes it when we are willing to say Yes… even with weak knees and shaky voices.
He’s not asking us to go it alone. He will take our Yes and partner with us to do whatever it is He is calling us to do!
For the King and for His Kingdom!
Karrilee is a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She is a writer, reader, pray-er, photographer, artist, beach lover, laugh seeker…serving God to the best of her ability. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband where they are new empty nesters to their only girlie. They are also Associate Pastors at Dad’s House, a new church plant in their hometown. She is passionate about diving in deeper with the Lord and inviting others to discover His love for them. Her life message is…Speak Life. Be Love. Shine On.
Karrilee loves to share her heart and what the Lord is speaking to her over at Abiding Love, Abounding Grace.
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