Friday, January 27, 2012

South Carolina

It's been a crazy week already since we returned home from our trip to South Carolina.  I came home fully intending to post about the wonderful time we had, but with all the catching up around here, it just got away from me.

Erin and I travelled, along with our husbands (Tobey and Tim) and pastor's wife/friend, Lisa, to speak at Legacy Outreach in Spartanburg.  Even before Erin and I told her story through the platform of this blog, we have had a passion to speak into the lives of women about being free from bondage.  Both of us can agree that when we see where we once were, and where we are today, how could we not want to tell the world about this life-changing experience we've had with our Friend, Jesus.

The trip there and back was full of laughter (thanks to our husbands and their renditions of all things bluegrass, 80's country and the Christian Hymnal) and heartfelt conversation (Erin, Lisa and I).

We arrived at the home of Brian and Malyn (Malyn is our pastor's daughter), where Tim and I, along with Lisa, stayed for the weekend.  Tobey and Erin were hosted by Pastor Manning and his wife, Ann.

The next day, Pastor Manning and Ann, spoiled us with a trip to the Biltmore House.  I love stuff like that (minus the breathtaking heights of the stairway and friends (Erin) pretending to ride the banister down) so the trip there was a real treat!

On Sunday, Erin and I spoke to the wonderful people of Legacy where we shared our personal journeys of bondage to freedom.  At the end of the service, my heart was overwhelmed at the beauty of the many souls giving their chains of unforgiveness, bitterness and anger to Jesus in exchange for the warmth of a joy-filled life.

Who are we
That You would be mindful of us
What do You see
That's worth looking our way

We are free 
In ways that we never should be
Sweet release
From the grip of these chains

Like hinges straining from the weight
My heart no longer 
Can keep from singing

All that is within me cries
For You alone
Be glorified

God with us!

Tobey, Erin, Brian, Malyn, myself & Tim


Mary said...

This is just so very cool.

Glad I got to at least say hi to you at the wedding. :)

Carmen said...

Sooo glad I got to catch up with you and hear your testimony! Such a blessing! Love ya