On Tuesday night, Pastor Garrett started Heritage off with an anointed message and an urgency in the Spirit. He read the sober lyrics from a song that shook me. “We are coming for your children”; that seemed to be a message from hell to Heritage 2021. We are living in a day where there should be zero tolerance. Zero tolerance for any sin and evil that would try to work it’s way into the church, but more importantly into each of our daily lives. It was a wake up call for many: parents and youth alike! Pastor Garrett also addressed how there is a spirit of backsliding in our days and portrayed how heartbreaking it is to see people walk away from the truth and turn their backs on God. It was a blessing to hear Pastor Garrett preach, and that message has stayed with me!
I always enjoy singing in the choir; it is one of my favorite parts of Heritage, because I miss having a choir to be a part of. As always, Sis. Jones did an outstanding job, and God tremendously anointed both the music and the Word. It was such a refreshing time!
Upon our arrival, we learned that the theme for this year’s Heritage conference was “The Times of Refreshing Shall Come”. I was struggling with what to name my Heritage blog post, but I feel like what I chose was the Heritage theme lots of young people adopted for this year. If you weren’t there you probably don’t understand, but I will try to explain it a little later on (in Part 3).
There were a few people I didn’t expect to see and it was a pleasant surprise when they showed up. I took off running more than once during the conference to go say hi to people I happened to glance up and see. It had been so long since I had been to Heritage and some of the people I saw this year I had not seen for around 5 years (for some it has been even longer than that).
After service the first night, Allana and I went out to eat with our friends from Fresno and had a great time! Well…we waited quite a while for our food, but when it (finally) got there at 1:14 am it was delicious! We had quite a few funny experiences while waiting; being sleep deprived brings out the funniest side of people! 😂
We finally stumbled into our walk-in freezer/hotel room around 2:00 am or so, and managed to get a few hours of sleep. 😁 We made it to church and I was honestly so tired, but I refused to let that keep me from hearing and responding to the Word. (I did miss my Cliff bars during intermission, though!😂)
Bro. Justin Jackson preached about building monuments to a wounded spirit, and what he said really stood out to me. We can be so consumed with our wounded spirit, and by thinking about how people have hurt us. We don’t realize it, but we make an idol out of it and actually hold on to the fact that we’ve been wounded, instead of giving it all to God for Him to heal and change us.
Bro. Lawhorn preached about “The Yoke of Submission” and how we should be submitted to our pastor and pastor’s wife if we truly want God’s blessing on our life, and if we want to be used in His kingdom. They were both tremendous messages, and I made a mental note of sleeping more so I could get all of what God had for me (just being honest here!)
After the morning service, I was able to take some pictures with some of my favorite friends in the entire world: Maddi and Kennzie! I love these girls so much. We didn’t get to spend very much time together, which was a disappointment, but at least we got to pray together which was a strength! ♥️
We then went out to eat lunch with the Abbotts and some of our friends! We had a great time (and ate some of the best food we tasted during our entire stay in Colorado Springs!)
We then went back to Target (to get Starbucks and pick up a couple of things). After we got our coffees, however, we decided to head back to the hotel and get some rest for the evening service.
After our nap, we got ready pretty quick (to make it to choir practice). I think I was doing a little jig the whole time I got ready, because some very special people were going to be at Heritage for that night service and I was just a TAD bit excited. 😬🙈😁 If you ask the girls I was staying with, they might remember the name of these very special people. I was overjoyed that the Thrashers made it to Heritage for a night, and that they stayed for the next night, as well. I think the girls got tired of hearing me say “I’m soooo excited Uncle and Aunt T are coming tonight!” They told me that they were just about sick of hearing it, but I truly was excited; the Thrashers are some of my very favorite people in the world! I’ll stop talking about them now, but some of you might have spotted them; they stand out (or up) a quite a bit. I was super excited to see Searah and Ariah (my stateside lil’ sisters) there, too!♥️
That night, Bro. Dunlap preached and honestly I don’t remember if he gave a title or not, but I remember him talking about our generation who has suffered during the covid lockdowns. He said he sees so many young people that look at him with eyes that are glazed over; they’ve lost their spark and young people have lost their joy in living for God. I felt that message hit home, and during the whole time we were there prayed for God to give me a new strength, energy, and joy in serving Him. Bro. Dunlap preached an anointed message and said a few things that not many people would dare to say. I said at the beginning that it seemed hell’s message for this conference was “We’re coming for your kids”, but Bro. Dunlap stood up and said that he, too, was coming for the children, because he had a burden on his heart. He was going to try to reach as many as possible. God indeed met with us and spoke to us that night! 🙏🏼♥️
I will just take a moment right here and express how grateful I am for Heritage youth conference. It was so refreshing to get there and feel the Holy Ghost fire and see a church who isn’t going to compromise and men of God who aren’t afraid to stand up for the Truth. You know you are in a safe place when men of God won’t back down or stop until they’ve preached what God has laid on their heart. It was refreshing and strengthening!
That night, our group of girls decided to eat something quick and go to bed early so we would be wide awake the next day. We went to Carl’s Jr drive thru, and it was taking a really long time, so we decided to go to McDonald’s drive thru instead. Well, when we got there, the line was really long and they were averaging about 10 mins per car…so we ended up driving back over to Carl’s Jr. 😂😂 We finally ordered, but when we got to the window they told us our food wasn’t ready, so we had to park and wait for them to bring it out to us. 😁 By the time we had our food and made it back to the hotel room, I barely touched my food; I was so tired I just fell asleep.
Hope you enjoyed part 2 of my Heritage posts. Part 3 should be out soon, but I’m about blogged out for today! 😁
Thanks for reading and have a blessed day!