Hits Deep Tour: Phoenix

People who say Christians can’t have fun have obviously never been to a tobyMac concert.

As I write this, I am sore and exhausted, but my heart is so full and happy. Being a part of a sold out crowd of believers will do that to you, I suppose.

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So I went to a tobyMac concert in Phoenix on Friday, at the Talking Sticks Arena. It’s not the first Christian artist that I’ve seen in concert, but it had been a while since I had gone to a concert for a Christian artist, and it was certainly one of the largest concerts I had gone to.

It wasn’t the quality of the concert that blew me away (though it was amazing quality-wise, so don’t get me wrong). What really amazed me about this night was the ability for so many people to come to a venue and make it a house of God. For that one night, the arena was a Church and it was full of believers. Believers who danced and sang and jumped around for Jesus.

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Being able to gather with thousands of people I had never met before and feel so connected in faith, taking a Friday night concert and turning it into time for worship and to hear prayer fill the room was an incredible experience, and I’m so glad I was able to be there to feel so lifted.

I feel so thankful to have come to a point in my faith where I don’t feel embarrased to be in that type of environment and really let loose. I remember being at the last Christian concert I went to almost 10 years ago and feeling so timid in my faith, not wanting to lift my hands or sing out loud. I sat in my seat and hid while the people around me worshipped. Tonight I danced without shame, sang loud for everyone to hear.

For those of you who think Christians only stay in on Friday nights and we don’t do a whole lot of partying, I would like you to know that Jesus held a pretty fantastic party Friday night, and thousands of Christians went and had a great time.

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Yoga for Lent

Going to a Catholic college, it was made clear when it was Lent. When I relied on the food services, huge signs were posted on the every surface of the cafeteria reminding me it was Lent and do not eat this and that and if you must eat on Friday…here’s some salad.

It was nice though because it gave me time to prepare what I wanted to do for Lent and it was also part of normal conversation throughout the day so you could hear what other people were going to be giving up.

One of my friends gave up French fries.

What a hero.

Another went to church everyday.

I’ve had various stints with Lent whether it was to eat healthier or to be more outgoing. Once, during a time when I wasn’t going out much, I even made it a point to drink more because I kept turning down night time hangout sessions with friends.

This year, I think I need something more stress relieving.

Since I’m new in town and not many females to hang out with and work causing stress, I’ve been getting a lot of restless sleep and just being tired a lot of the time.

A lot of signs point to me being stressed.

For Lent, I think yoga will help me while also making it a point to reflect on some scripture while doing it. I realize I lack space and moments to really sit down and say, what I’m doing in my life is okay and it’s okay to make mistakes.

Even if I can’t get over the mistakes I made throughout the day, having a chance to calm down after might still be enough to put my mind at ease so I can at least sleep a little bit.

To motivate me I want to post photos of Instagram of me doing fun poses like a lot of my stylish friends do. Hey, everyone’s got their thing!

This will be good for me… during the day I also get so tensed up that at night my back and shoulders hurt.

Good news is this must be some sort of workout and my back muscles must be super nice and defined?