Godly Leader

Hey ya’ll! 🙂

It’s been a min. since I last wrote a post on here, but I wanted to share something that God put on my heart about one month ago. I had just attended the Freedom Challenge Estes Park climb. What is the Freedom Challenge?, you might ask. The Freedom Challenge is a movement of passionate women dedicated to freeing oppressed and enslaved women and children all around the world. We do this by participating in physical challenges that test our limits, while raising funds and awareness to combat these dark, social injustices and set women and children on the pathway to freedom.

My physical challenge that week in Estes Park, CO. was to hike about 30 miles in 3 days. For those who know me… you know that this is no simple task. (My exercise pretty much consists of walking to the french press in the morning.) 😉 During the hikes, the Lord revealed Himself to me in ways that I could not have expected. One of the things He did was push my heart and test my understanding of what it meant to be a Godly leader. Here are just a few things I wrote down in reflection on the plane ride home:

 

  1. A Godly leader listens to the needs of the people they are leading.

    James 1:19- “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”

2.  A Godly leader lifts up those that are leaders themselves and gives them opportunities to use their gifts. 

1 Thessalonians 5:11- “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”

3. A Godly leader blesses people with the words of their mouth. 

Ephesians 4:29- “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”

4. A Godly leader is patient and waits for those who are not yet leaders to be matured through Christ. 

Ephesians 4:2- “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.”

5. A Godly leader is aware of their weaknesses. 

2 Corinthians 12:10- “That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

6. A Godly leader is aware of their strength. 

Habakkuk 3:19- “The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.”

7. A Godly leader is more concerned with the growth of those they are leading than with promoting themselves. 

Romans 12:1-3a. “We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things… We must not just please ourselves.  We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.  For even Christ didn’t live to please himself.” 

8. A Godly leader is continually filled up with Jesus, so that they can continually pour out to others. 

Romans 15:3- “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

9. A Godly leader prays for those that they lead. 

Romans 15:30- “Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me. Do this because of your love for me, given to you by the Holy Spirit.”

10. A Godly leader is able to identify and separate truth from lies. (in their own life and in the lives of those they lead)

Romans 16:17-18- “And now I make one more appeal, my dear brothers and sisters. Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them.  Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people.”

 

Needless to say, sitting on the plane and having God whisper all of these truths into my heart was just a little on the convicting side. I pray that you who are reading this will also be convicted and challenged to be a Godly leader in the ways that He desires you to be.

To Him be the glory forever ❤

Love,

Abbey Nicole

 

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Music/Ministry Update!

Dear friends,

2016 was an incredible year. There is so much to thank God for! I am so blessed to have you all as friends and prayer partners. I wanted to send an update to tell you how the Lord is moving in my life in 2016/2017. I am currently working in North Georgia as an elementary school teacher at a two-room schoolhouse. I teach all subjects to nine students ranging from first-third grade. We also have piano lessons where I teach fourteen students piano after school. This year we were able to see one precious girl come to know Christ. That in and of itself makes every difficulty worth it. It has been a wonderful first semester teaching, and I am looking forward to continuing with the school for the 2017/18 school year. I am also taking classes for my Master’s degree in Biblical Counseling. I will have completed one third of my degree by December 2017.  I am looking forward to seeing how the Lord uses my education and my teaching ability to help further His kingdom.

As many of you know, I spent the first half of 2016 at a music missionary training school through Operation Mobilization Arts in Italy.  I cannot say thank you enough to the people who supported me to attend the school. I can easily say that that trip changed my life forever. I learned so much about my own spiritual walk, how to use my music to share the gospel, and how to be a voice for the voiceless.

One project that I had the pleasure of working on was the music video for the song I had written, “Sparrow.” This song was written to raise awareness about human trafficking. I had written the song prior to attending Italy as a response to a mission trip I went on in China where we worked and prayed for women in Chinese brothels. I sang my song, “Sparrow” for the leaders of Operation Mobilization Arts while in Italy. After they heard the song, they talked to me about putting together a music video to raise awareness for their anti-human trafficking umbrella, The Freedom Challenge. We started working on it as soon as we returned back to ATL, and the video was completed in December 2016. All of the proceeds from the song go to The Freedom Challenge. It has been amazing to see how the Lord has been using “Sparrow” to make a difference in the world!

That brings us to today. What ministries is the Lord laying on my heart to partner with in 2017? I have three opportunities coming up that I need your prayer about.

  1. My church in Canton Georgia, Revolution Church, has a mission trip to Cambodia coming up in February of this year. They have a ministry in Cambodia called “Project Sparrow” that works with victims of human- trafficking. (what a coincidence, right?) The Lord has made it very clear that I am to go on this trip. Cambodia is one of the top countries for child prostitution. Sparrow project’s ultimate dream would be to build a local church that would double as a school for these children and also as a rehab center for the women coming out of human trafficking. I would be going on this trip to serve the women and children in Cambodia and also to be praying about a potential long-term future ministry opportunity with Project Sparrow.

2. The second ministry opportunity I have is to return to Moldova at the end of May. I have been invited to attend the Operation Mobilization Arts Leadership Conference in Moldova. It would be about one week long. We are also trying to partner with The Freedom Challenge and work with the orphans in Moldova that have been rescued from human- trafficking. Moldova is regarded as the poorest country in Europe and is primarily a source country for victims of human trafficking, who are frequently forced to become sex workers in the Middle East. It’s estimated that one in every one hundred has been trafficked to date. I have a heart for this country because this was the place that I went on my first international mission trip in 2011. I cannot wait to return and see how God is at work over there.  (Please note that the anti-human trafficking side of this trip is tentative, but we will for sure be having the Arts in Mission leadership conference.)

3. I have been asked to lead worship at The Freedom Challenge women’s conference outside Denver Colorado. This would be toward the beginning of July. I would participate in the “Freedom Climb” in Estes Park, CO.  The mountain climb would raise money and awareness about human- trafficking for The Freedom Challenge. They have asked me to attend and lead worship for the conference, and to also sing “Sparrow” for the women who attend to encourage them to continue to make a difference in the world of anti-human trafficking.

I know in my heart that the Lord wants me to attend each one of these three trips. I feel very called and I know that He will provide the prayers needed and also the finances. I ask that you all would be praying if you would like to donate funds to help me attend any one of these mission/ ministry trips. Feel free to contact me with any questions about these opportunities.  If you would like to donate any amount of money, you can send checks made out to Abbey Sellers to my mailing address. (Contact me)

Donations for the trip to Cambodia next month are tax deductible, so if you would like to donate to that trip online, you can click HERE and select the “Designated Giving ” button.  After you type in the amount you would like to give, make sure you put that the donation is for “Abbey Sellers- Cambodia” where it asks for the description.

If you would like to meet up and talk with me as well, feel free to text or call me and I would love to meet up with you.

I pray that you have had a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to hearing how the Lord is working in your life!

 

Many Blessings and a Happy New Year~

Abbey Nicole

Italy Adventure: Week 1

Italy is amazing. I am learning so much already and I’ve only been here less than a week. There are close to 30 students here at Incarnate. Incarnate is a school for Christian artists who are interested in pursuing missions while incorporating their talents that God has given them. There are about 16 different nationalities of people here at the school, so literally there are students from all over the world! This picture is the view I have right when I step out of my door in the morning.

This week was orientation where we got a sense of how the school is going to work on a weekly basis. Yesterday we had a special worship time dedicated to prayer specifically for the people of the city where the school is located- Isola Del Gran Sasso. We are praying that we will be able to be a light in this community. I am here for 11 short weeks, but I know that the things I am learning will stay with me for a lifetime. I can’t wait to see how the Lord continues to stir my heart for Him and watch as He reveals His desires for my life. Tomorrow is our Sabbath day and I am looking forward to the rest and also exploring the area. I thank you for those of you who have been praying for me! I can feel your prayers. 🙂

I just want to leave a few Bible verses on here that the Lord has been using to speak to me specifically this week:

 

“Cease striving and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

 

“They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.” Acts 16:6-10

 

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14

 

Isaiah Chapter 2

 

“I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.

No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.

My body rests in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.

You will show me the way of life granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” Psalm 16:8-11

 

 

” For the LORD your God is living among you.

He is a mighty savior.

He will take delight in you with gladness.

With his love, he will calm all your fears.

He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17

 

 

“They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper,

and shared their meals with great joy and generosity.” Acts 2:46

 

 

P.S.

In case anyone is wondering- Italian coffee is most certainly the best I’ve ever tasted. My barista heart is satisfied. ❤

Packing List: Three Winter Months in Europe

As I am preparing to leave for my three month journey to Europe, I decided to write a travel packing list! I am a very fashion conscious person in general so I wanted to bring things that were cute, yet functional. This might be more stuff than what you would typically pack, but I think this will be just right for 3 months 🙂

Side notes:
If you are traveling with expensive electronics, it is HIGHLY recommended to purchase travel insurance/health insurance. I purchased mine through Allianz Travel Insurance.

Make sure that your passport is up to date and that it doesn’t expire before you need to return.

Additionally- because most of the time I take my guitar with me when I fly, I prefer to fly Delta airlines. They allow me to carry on my guitar as if it were a “carry- on.” Delta allows you to have one carry on and one personal item with you on the plane. I make my back pack my personal item, and my guitar my carry- on. I have never had any issues. Some of the things on this list are specifically for musicians, but I added them anyways.

Prior to leaving, also make sure that you have contacted your bank and told them what countries you will be staying in so you can use your debit/credit card in Europe. Also contact your phone company to determine the best way of paying for international use of your phone.

Without further adieu, here is my packing list for 3 Fall/Winter Months in Europe:


Checked bag

Clothes

1 rain jacket with hood
1 wool Jacket
3 pairs of jeans
1 pair of black jeggings
1 dress- neutral color
2 pairs of leg warmers- black/cream
2 scarves- black/cream
5 tank tops- two white/ one black/ one navy/ one burgundy
3 sweaters- one burgundy/ one patterned/ one white and gold
1 vest- hunter green
1 long sleeve shirt- black
4 cardigans- 2 grey/one navy/ one burgundy
2 tee shirts- burgundy/black
2 pairs of tights-cream/red
Clothes for sleeping
Enough underclothing for 2 weeks
5 pairs of socks- hiking, knee high, fuzzy, etc.

Toiletries

Hair gel
Shampoo/Conditioner
Body wash/Lotion
Eye makeup remover
Face wash
Nail clippers
Toothbrush/toothpaste
Medicine/Vitamins
Etc.
MAKE SURE YOU PACK ENOUGH FOR 3 MONTHS

Shoes

Hiking boots
Black boots
Black flats
Brown boots
House slippers

Accessories

2 pairs of gloves
2 belts- black/brown
2 pairs of sunglasses
Fit-bit
2 hats (beanies)
Portable luggage scale
Sewing kit
Recording headphones/adapter plug (for music stuff)

Carry-on/purse/backpack

Inflatable neck pillow
Macbook Pro
Iphone/Headphones
Chargers/ Cables
Converter/Adapter
Re-usable water bottle
Makeup bag
Passport
$$$
Wallet with Drivers License
Travel Insurance card/paperwork
Pens
Journal/notebook
Bible
Books to read
Hand Sanitizer
Travel size lotion
Cough Drops
Gum
Pack of cards
Anti nausea medication
Make sure you have the address and the contact information for where you will be staying in Europe. (You will need this to fill out your customs form)

Guitar/ Case

Guitar (obviously) 🙂
Extra batteries
Cables
Extra strings
Picks

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments if you have anything you would add to the list. Happy Traveling!

-Abbey ❤

Nothing to do…. #TruettProbz

50 random things to do if you attend Truett- McConnell College 

 
*Please don’t do any of these things by yourself. It is way more fun with friends 😉

1. Hike to the top of Mt. Yonah.
2. Go to the Mt. Yonah book exchange.
3. Skate at Yonah Bowl and Skate.
4. Eno hammock on the front lawn.
5. Eat fried Oreos in Helen. 
6. Buy fudge at Hanzel and Gretel.
7. Go tubing in Helen.
8. Find a guy with a big truck and go mudding.
9. Go to Cabbage patch baby land.
10. Buy some hot chocolate from the Kangaroo.
11. Swim in Dicks Creek.
12. Worship at the cross.
13. Build a bonfire somewhere……off campus so you don’t get in too much trouble.
14. Go to the hoedown. 
15. Sing whilst dancing barefoot in the rain. It rains a lot.
16. Eat at Glenda’s. 
17. Meet Glenda.
18. Hike Amicalola trail and stand at the top of the falls. 
19. Make a midnight Taco Bell run. 
20. Go yard sale-ing.
21. Go thrift shopping.
22. Eat gluten free pizza at Papas.
23. Go to the fall festival on Saturdays in September and October. 
24. Take a road trip to Moe’s in Dahlonega.
25. Go watch a jazz concert at North Georgia College.
26. Participate in TMC Singing Competition. 
27. Drive up a mountain at night and go star gazing.
28. Go to the North Georgia corn maze.
29. Go to Toccoa falls. 
30. Watch a soccer game.
31. Go to the homecoming basketball game. 
32. Watch a movie on the front lawn.
33. Find the giant rocking chair in Lula and sit in it.
34. Buy a drink at the Soda Fountain Cafe.
35. Go to Sweet Water Coffee House in Sautee.
36. Go watch a baseball game.
37. Go zip lining in Helen.
38. Go putt-putt golfing in Helen.
39. Attend the Christmas parade at the square.
40. Go to the drive in theater in Tiger, Ga.
41. Find someone with a motor cycle and go for a drive. 
42. Skip class and go to Chickfila. Because the only thing worth skipping class for is the Christian chicken. 
43. Pull an all nighter at Huddle House.
44. Hit up all the antique shops. 
45. Light floating lanterns and set them free over the mountains.
46. Shoot fireworks out of a church parking lot. (Get permission first…of course.) 
47. Find a good roof and sit on it. 
48. Take a tour of the basement. 
49. Go to the midnight breakfast.
50. Graduate. 

Abortion: Violence is Not the End of the Story

Ever since hearing about 50 Million Names Project, I have wanted to show my support in whatever way possible. 50 Million Names is a grassroots campaign to collect names for the now-more-than 50,000,000 children aborted in our country. Naming these children helps heal the wounds of family members, abortionists, and of our nation. I contacted Charlotte Ostermann, founder/director of 50 Million Names about providing a short guest blog post to help spread the word about this meaningful project.-Abbey Sellers

GUEST POST by Charlotte Ostermann, founder/director of 50 Million Names.

God Brings Beauty from Ashes and Joy from Mourning

 

Can we take a new look at the millions of abortions and feel hope instead of despair? I think so! At 50MillionNames.org we’re collecting names for the aborted babies, and writing a new story for them!  
Violence has ended their lives, but it doesn’t have to be the end of their stories. Each time a name is given, a new story starts for a unique, unrepeatable human being. The name-giver chooses some way to honor this child – plant a tree, write a song, donate to a great cause, send flowers to grandma, serve at the soup kitchen – a concrete gesture to emphasize the reality of this little person.
We’re also praying for each baby’s relatives and abortionist. God teaches us to pray for those who hurt us, so we pray for whoever hurt this child. He tells us to ask for blessings even for our enemies, so we ask Him to bless each and every person connected to the baby we name.
This is already creating a legacy of love, an expanding ripple of blessing and healing that starts with naming each child. When you read the stories (scroll through them on our Facebook page, or on the website) you feel the pain people have experienced, see the beauty of the names and gestures they give, and realize how much we need to be connected to these children.

They aren’t just statistics, and giving them names makes that real to us!

 

We can feel so overwhelmed by the death toll that we become paralyzed and can’t act. When we have a chance to do one small, free, quick thing that is real and beautiful, it wakes us up. 50MillionNames.org is helping all of us wake up to hope! As we name these children, we are shedding the despair we’ve felt about the huge number of abortions. Our gestures are proclaiming to the world that violence is not the end of the story!
Please join us as we honor the babies, by giving them names. This is a grassroots, word of mouth effort (because we want giving a name always to be free of charge!) and we need lots of help getting the word out.

Fifty million thanks for your help and your prayers!

Bucket List: 100 things to do before I die

Here is my Bucket List…as of right this minute. 😉 

1. Jump off a bridge
2. Get motorcycle license
3. Go snowboarding
4. See a musical on Broadway
5.  Learn to dance hip hop
6.  Go door to door saying trick or treat in the spring
7.  Make someones wish come true
8.  Go to the Georgia Aquarium
9.  Go on  hot air balloon ride
10. Paintball fight
11. Learn a French song on the piano
12. Splatter paint a wall
13.  Make spaghetti tacos
14.  Lay down on a roof and watch the stars
15.  Read the Bible through in one year
16. See a shooting star
17. See the grand canyon
18. Go to the World of Coke
19. Visit all 50 states
20. Make a CD
21. Learn how to speak a foreign language fluently
22. Own a Mazda
23. Go skydiving
24. Go to London and drink tea
25. See a movie at the drive in
26. Bury a time capsule
27. Go to a planetarium
28. Visit the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum
29. Add a lock to the “lovers lock” bridge in Paris
30. Eat lasagna in Italy
31. Eat a Doughnut burger
32. Teach music professionally 
33. Study abroad
34. Live outside the U.S. for a time
35. Write a book
36. Get married
37. Teach a Bible study class
38. Get a Masters degree
39. Get my boating license 
40. Go watch a sympohony
41. Drive a Ferrari 
42. Conduct the Nutcracker ballet
43. Adopt children
44. Sew an outfit to wear
45. Kiss in the rain
46. Get henna on my hand
47. Create a cookbook
48. Take a helicopter ride
49. Start a fire without matches
50. Be a mentor
51. Write a love letter in calligraphy
52. Be able to remember peoples names 
53. Read all the books I own
54. Have a giant library
55. Eat fire
56. Be in a movie
57. Get a tattoo 
58. Learn to fence
59. Ride in a gondola
60. Have someone write a song about me
61. Take a cruise to Alaska  
62. See a volcano
63. Attend a masquerade ball
64. Fly first class
65. Float in the Dead Sea
66. Get a Caricature drawn of myself 
67. Ride the Kingda Ka rollercoaster
68. Spend the night in a “haunted” place
69. Release a floating lantern
70. Ride an Elephant
71. Sleep in a hammock 
72. Attend a color festival in India
73. Spend the new year in a different country
74. Sit on a jury
75. Complete a 365 project–take a photo a day for a year
76. Use a fake name at Starbucks
77. Own a long haired dachshund
78. Attend the Kentucky Derby
79.  Parasail
80. Own a handgun
81. Hug a baby panda in Japan
82. Go to Scotland and buy seaglass
83. Have a bonfire on the beach in California 
84. Stay in a tree house hotel
85. Name a star
86. Take a photography class
87. Throw a dart at the map and go where it lands
88. Own a black Kawasaki ninja 
89. Learn to golf
90. Rescue a kitten from a shelter
91. Attend a NASCAR race 
92. Cover the walls of my room with pictures and memories
93. See an opera 
94. Win something from the fair
95. Trace my ancestry
96. Invite a homeless person to dinner
97. Plant a garden
98. Put soap into a public fountain
99. Have a secret room in my house
100. Become a spy