This past week Matt and I and the kids went to Springfield, MO. Matt and I were asked to speak at Destiny Church in Republic,MO which is right outside of Springfield. The reason we took our whole family is because that is where I grew up and Matt nor the kids had ever been there.
It had been 25 years since I had been there. However, it seemed like it had only been a few years. In 25 years things have changed for me and for the city. It took me a few days to get my bearings. Where there once was nothing there were buildings, and store and houses. But I found finally found my way and memories that had been tucked away in my brain came to life. I was able to find my old elementary school the first house we lived in, my high school Kickapoo, the house I lived in during high school and college, and the church I got saved, baptized, and grew up in.
I also connected with friends that I had not seen in 25 years.
Terri and I went to the same church where my dad was the pastor. Her family was very involved and very good friends of our family. We were both very active in our youth group (that’s what we called it back then) She has married a wonderful godly guy and has great kids and still involved in church and loves God!
Then I got to spend time with Angie. She is a few years older than I was but again her family was very involved in church and her and I were in the same youth group. Shemarried a christian guy and they are actively involved in church and have 3 great kids. She works in the medical field so between our schedules we had to meet at 10pm at night and we stayed up until 2:30 am talking. Just like old times
Saturday morning I went over to Debbie’s house for breakfast and her mom came over. I spent a lot of time at their house growing up. Again her family was very involved in church and she and I also went to the same high school, we did a lot of life together. She also married a christian man has two great boys and home schools her kids.
I was so amazed, I hadn’t seen these girls or talked to them in 25 years and yet when wef got together it seem like time had never passed. We all have teenage kids and all still involved in church serving God, and still have a lot of things in common.
As I went on this trip down memory lane I also realized I had changed. In 25 years I have graduated college, worked in the Christian music industry, married the love of my life, Matt Fry, been a youth pastor’s wife, had 3 amazing kids, Gloria, Caroline, and Caleb, planted a church, help women who have been sexually abused as children, traveled to Brazil, India, Sweden, Swaziland, Paris, Peru, and Zimbabwe. I have lived an Ephesians 3:20 life – God has done exceedingly, abundantly, more than I could ever ask or imagine.
It was fun and emotional to travel back down memory lane. And now I can’t imagine what all the next 25 years will hold. I can’t wait to live all God has in store for me. I know it won’t be perfect and there will be difficult times, but there will also be exciting times and miraculous time and I believe God will continue to do more than I can ever ask or imagine. It’s the only life I have and I want to live it to the fullest. I want my life to count in making a difference wherever God has me.
Missouri was fun but I love living in North Carolina and all that is happening now!!