Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Thankful, Button Popping Mom Weekend

I was going to call this blog, "My Son the Rock Star" but I figured that was a 'LITTLE' over the top!

This weekend my
oldest and his worship band played for the Assemblies of God Michigan Youth Convention.

There were around 2,000 teenagers there.

I can't tell you how incredible it was to see all of those kids worshiping their hearts out... jumping... standing and declaring at the top of their lungs... "JESUS USE ME!"

It is an
event that Weston had attended
7th - 12th grade... and LOVED.

It w
as pivotal for him in his walk with the Lord.

He and two of his friends,
Dave (on the acoustic in the middle & Jaren (on the drums)... were also Michigan Youth Convention attendees growing up.

SO... for the three of them to be in 'the worship band' was too much for words!
They felt very humbled, honored, and
privileged to be on the 'other side' of the stage.

And if I do say so myself... they ROCKED the house! I was a blessed, button popping mama!"

I stayed on the second or third row holding myself back from being the MOSH PIT MAMA!

NOTE: Be proud from afar or risk total humiliation in the lives of your children. I did find myself jumping up and down in worship... the energy was contagious...and... I was a little sore the next day... but it was worth it. :-)

This was also the FIRST youth convention for my 13 year old girl to attend. It was so awesome that her first was her brother's first to play.

The thing that totally cracked us up was all the girls who were taking his pictures... (yes that camera view was zoomed in on Weston.)

lining up for autographs... had him sign their shirts... etc.

I am so thankful to the LORD that my son's passion is to use his gifts for Jesus.

Moms & Dads... don't give up during those teenage years... this is a pivotal time for your SWEET parenting skills to kick it up a notch.

Even 'good kids' aren't a matter of fact... neither are 'good parents'! You will make mistakes and so will they. But as my husband always reminds me, "Love covers a multitude of mistakes."

If you are in the hair pulling stage of teenage-dom... here's a few things I have learned.
  • Pray the scriptures over their lives. Ask the LORD for specific scriptures. I have verses GOD gave to me when Weston was small... and I still pray them today... and am seeing those prayers come to fruition. It is SOOOO cool to see that happening!
  • Love them for who they are...not for who you think or expect them to be.
  • Find a great youth group for them to be involved.
  • Ask the LORD for wisdom. The WORD says if we ask for wisdom he will give so GENEROUSLY!
  • Remember that GOD loves them MORE than you could ever imagine and has great PLANS for their lives. Give allowance for GOD to lead them... with your gentle, and sometime NOT SO GENTLE guidance.
Always remember the most important thing is that they LOVE Jesus and are dedicated to use their gifts and abilities for HIM... no matter what vocation or WHERE God leads them... even to Australia... (where he is hoping to go next summer for Hillsong Music School.)

Then I will blogging for prayer because he will be SO FAR away and my little mom heart so sad....!


Anonymous said...

I already commented on your FB- but I love visiting your blog too! :o)

Darlene said...

Weston, you rock!! I remember sitting and watching you and Jordan (each 4 yrs old) play your recital pieces at your house because you had the chickenpox and couldn't attend. Well you didn't miss this opportunity to shine for Jesus! I am proud of you. With love, Auntie Dar

Carolynne said...

Brianna came home from convention raving about how awesome the worship was. So cool to see Weston be a part of that. Brianna was also really excited to run into you and Brianna. We should get them togehter for a visit some time soon!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this. He is such a cool kid.


Marg said...

Always knew God had great plans for Weston! This is just the beginning! Way to go Weston!!

And your advice to parents is so true Mary; sometimes we just need another reminder!

I love you all!

Anonymous said...

Wow, how cool is that! Funny, this, too, is my son's "dream" and passion, since 3rd grade! He's on his way. He played electric guitar for worship team at school yesterday and I was video taping and taking pictures of "my future rock star!"

Thanks for sharing and thanks for the practical advice! You have every right to be proud!


Jody F. said...

Looked like it was an awesome time. I hope we can check him out playing one of these days!

Anonymous said...

I am the grandma and I am proud, too..proud of the gift God had given Weston and mostly to see him using it for the glory of God. Weston, you are blessed with talent, great friends and a loving family. Grandpa and I love seeing you live your dream. Keep trusting God for your future.
Love you...Grandma (grandpa, too)

Brianna said...

It was getting kind of annoying when all the girls blocked my way to see him!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! I'm so impressed! I'm so glad he is getting to do things like that!! That must have been so cool for him to take part in!! Man...I miss those kids. There's nothing like the kids you've invested in..... I'm so glad you wrote about it!!!

Start saving for that trip to Australia!!


Anonymous said...

How exciting for you!!! You must be proud!!!

Tell Weston we are so proud of him. I know of several who went to the Hillsong school and they just loved it. You’ll have to visit him while he is out there. Nice excuse for a fun vacation.

Send Brianna my love. Hard to believe she is 13 already!

Hope to see you guys at General Council next summer.

Mary Boyd

Anonymous said...

Hey Mom, I can't wait for Weston to come over here. We will be looking out for him all the time. You guys are most welcome to come and stay with us for as long as you like.
I am so stoked for you all, Weston has become such an amazing young Man. I hope to be able to bring up my children the way you have brought up yours.
Love you all heaps.

Tami said...

Very good post :-) I didn't know anything about the convention so Lysie Bug missed it.
We can pray for each other if Weston goes this summer. Elyse was in New Zealand for a month last summer. This summer we're sending her off to Germany, Poland, Austria, Albania and Italy for the ENTIRE summer. Aye.
Anyhow - there were some great words of advice on this post - thanks for sharing.
Good Job Weston!!

Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife said...

Girl I know you are so proud...I love seeing a kid directing his creativity and God-given energies in positive ways!

Rock ON!

Vanessa said...

I like this post...really cool...and the pics are great!

Treasure Seeker said...

ok... so where is the video?!!!!
i am so excited! tell your husband to use his arkansas connections and get them at our convention!!!

i would love to have them come to our church!!!

and... i wondered where that button came from in my drive wway. it must have been yours!

love ya!

Sit A Spell said...

This is sooo awesome (yes, I'm from from the 80's) that these kids are all on fire for God! Go rock star son...he's a cutie : )