Where: Christian Faith Centre, Seattle, WA
When: Monday, October 26, 2015
A week ago today, I spent the evening in glorious worship and praise with other Christians at the Christian Faith Centre. The Hillsong Nights Tour made a Seattle stop and of course, I had to go! There was no question about it. Seattle is one of my favourite cities, and the tickets for this event cost about $45 which is nothing! Peanuts. And the price of the ticket also included a free copy of Pastor Brian Houston's book titled Live Love Lead: Your Best Is Yet To Come! But the reason I really wanted to go was because over the past few years, I have been growing in my faith and the more I seek Him, the more I feel Him and am at peace.
As someone who had never attended a Hillsong Worship event, I wasn't sure what to expect, but all I knew was that it would be amazing and uplifting (having seen pictures and videos of previous events on various social media platforms). And it did not disappoint. The feeling I experienced being in that room and sitting with the rest of the audience while listening to Pastor Brian Houston speak and worshipping ... something changed in me. Whether it was a combination of his sermon that evening, along with the accompaniment of the music - Oceans, Open Heaven (River Child), Cornerstone, Mighty To Save, O Praise The Name (Anástasis) - I cannot pinpoint the exact moment it happened, I do not know. But something happened. All I knew then, and know now, as I walked out after the last song, was that something had happened in me. It was a feeling of warmth, freedom, love and happiness.
The key takeaways for me are below, and I also included the link to the sermon given by Brian Houston that touches on the points noted below. He goes into more depth so I recommend you to watch it.
What happens equates to happiness. What is happening in your life directly affects your happiness.
This past weekend, I ran the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation #CIBCRunForTheCure 5KM.The weather was beautiful and it felt like summer all over again in Vancouver. I couldn't have picked a better day for the run with the clear blue sky and the sun shining high. #BeautifulBritishColumbia
I signed up because I am a woman who is very conscious of the severity of breast cancer and acknowledge that awareness needs to be raised. Breast cancer research needs to continue so that the future generations can one day live in a world where breast cancer is no more. I know many survivors. Brave women who have fought this disease; and others who continue to fight this disease everyday. Women I admire, and who give me strength unbeknownst to them. They are strong for fighting this disease and the fact that they do it with such elegance and grace is beautiful, despite how brutal the battle is.