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  • chic 2012 Archives - Christian Speakers - CJ and Shelley Hitz
    Hitz This last week CJ and I were privileged to speak at the CHIC 2012 conference a national youth conference for the evangelical covenant church There were over 5 000 teens and leaders gathered at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for this event that only happens once every three years We were Focus Group speakers Filed Under reflections shelleyhitz Tagged With chic 2012 we raise our white flags Home Meet CJ Meet Shelley Ministry Updates Seminar Topics Blog Video Audio Endorsements Contact Us Booking FAQ s Booking Request Form Want to know more about us Drop us an email We d love to hear from you Get Ministry Updates Sign up to the Hitz List below to get our updates and stay connected Name Email Email Marketing by TrafficWave net Positive Music List Check out our comprehensive list of music that won t make your ears bleed View the entire list Our Most Popular Topics Media Choices Sexual Purity Sexting and Social Media When Bad Things Happen Body Image for Girls Attention Chapel Coordinators Download our Spiritual Emphasis Week Brochure Books by CJ Shelley See ALL of CJ and Shelley s Books Here Shelley s Website for Teen Girls

    Original URL path: http://www.christianspeakers.tv/tag/chic-2012/ (2016-02-17)
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  • we raise our white flags Archives - Christian Speakers - CJ and Shelley Hitz
    Hitz This last week CJ and I were privileged to speak at the CHIC 2012 conference a national youth conference for the evangelical covenant church There were over 5 000 teens and leaders gathered at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for this event that only happens once every three years We were Focus Group speakers Filed Under reflections shelleyhitz Tagged With chic 2012 we raise our white flags Home Meet CJ Meet Shelley Ministry Updates Seminar Topics Blog Video Audio Endorsements Contact Us Booking FAQ s Booking Request Form Want to know more about us Drop us an email We d love to hear from you Get Ministry Updates Sign up to the Hitz List below to get our updates and stay connected Name Email Email Marketing by TrafficWave net Positive Music List Check out our comprehensive list of music that won t make your ears bleed View the entire list Our Most Popular Topics Media Choices Sexual Purity Sexting and Social Media When Bad Things Happen Body Image for Girls Attention Chapel Coordinators Download our Spiritual Emphasis Week Brochure Books by CJ Shelley See ALL of CJ and Shelley s Books Here Shelley s Website for Teen Girls

    Original URL path: http://www.christianspeakers.tv/tag/we-raise-our-white-flags/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Homeless Once Again - Christian Speakers - CJ and Shelley Hitz
    left fully expecting to lose everything Houses Engulfed in Flames Photo from the Gazette As we watched the news last night from our friend Mary s house we watched many homes go up in flames I couldn t believe what I was watching this was just a couple miles from MY home Not only is the Waldo Canyon Fire currently just a couple miles from where we live but the fire fighters are sleeping in tents in the middle school just down the road from our condo Also the media had previously been setting up in the high school parking lot that we can see from our back porch This is literally happening in OUR backyard Unbelievable We currently have no official number of houses that have been lost but it is projected to be about 200 300 at the time of writing this post We grieve with those that have lost their homes and know that it will take a long time to rebuild We are thankful that up to this point there have been no injuries or deaths from this fire However We Realize it is Only Stuff Personally we are not overly concerned about losing our stuff I will admit that my stuff has had a hold on my heart in the past It is so easy for materialism to seep in to our lives even our Christian lives However God has been working on my heart in this area of stuff over the years We have lived in the country of Belize as missionaries for two years taking only the stuff that could fit in our Suburban We recently downsized and lived in 125 sq ft within a very small RV If you don t know how big 125 sq ft is think of a walk in closet Now imagine living and housing all of your stuff in it for 3 5 months I ll admit that it was pretty hard for me at first But you know what I survived I realized that I really didn t need all the stuff I thought I couldn t live without So we know what it is to live simply And if we would lose everything we would be okay Where is Home As I have said to CJ many times over this last year Home is where you are And it s true When we are staying in a hotel I ll often refer to going home when we head back to our room When we stayed with my mom for 6 weeks I called it home Thankfully when we rented our condo they required that we carry renter s insurance And thankfully as of the writing of this post the fire has NOT consumed our home We are currently safe staying with a friend from church on the east side of the city We are thankful that God provided a place for us to stay especially since we have only been here just over 9 weeks

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  • In the Middle of a War Zone - Christian Speakers - CJ and Shelley Hitz
    evacuate at a moment s notice Therefore I haven t wanted to go very far Plus there has been a lot of smoke in the air and they have recommended for health reasons to keep our windows closed and use the A C to avoid breathing in too much smoke They have also recommended avoiding rigorous exercise in these smokey conditions So I have stayed inside the last few days But I felt the need to stretch my legs today and so I went on a walk Between the helicopters the C 130 planes the smoke from two distinct locations and fire trucks driving by me I realized this was NOT an ordinary day As I walked down the road the overlook area where many tourists come to view Pike s Peak and Garden of the Gods was blocked off and closed There is almost always a row of cars parked in that lot and today it was eerily empty In fact both Garden of the Gods and Pike s Peak have been closed to any traffic the last few days Definitely Not An Ordinary Day In fact this morning CJ and I were praying together and I opened my eyes for a moment What had originally appeared to be a fairly calm day outside our window was all of a sudden anything but calm I could see a big black cloud of smoke with flames on the nearby ridge I said CJ look at this We could see flames kicking up and engulfing the area near the Cedar Heights housing development It did not look good Here s a few video clips that I took today There s Good News The good news is that the KKTV Channel 11 is showing that there is a quarry behind the houses on this ridge which acts as a natural barrier to the fire Thank you Lord for that quarry right now that is keeping this fire further from the city My Reaction I have to admit I ve been consumed by this fire I have been watching the news on off all day checking the Twitter hashtag waldocanyonfire for updates and on looking on Facebook for new pictures and maps When we lived in Findlay Ohio we experienced the impact of a 100 year flood upon our community We waded through knee high water to check on my mom s house while she was out of town visiting her sister But I ve never been through anything like this A fire has a mind of its own The wind can change at any moment and embers can fly through the air spreading the fire at any time And the path of destruction it leaves is amazing A flood ruins many things but a fire destroys everything in its path Life is so Temporary This is a huge reminder to me that this life is so temporary The beautiful hiking trails of the Waldo Canyon that were filled with people on Friday

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  • 21 Days of Gratitude...Will You Join Me? - Christian Speakers - CJ and Shelley Hitz
    let them pass surrendering them into the hands of Jesus so that they don t get stuck or bottled up within us And so I have allowed myself to grieve Even as I ve written this post I ve cried a few tears And for me many times tears can be healing I Felt Stuck And yet as I was processing some of my emotions this week I felt stuck I ve given into the habit of working long hours on both ministry and business projects I believe workaholism is one of my last addictions from which Christ is now working to set me free And it s an acceptable addiction in the church and in our culture It is even often praised Great job Shelley Wow you re a real workhorse Look at all you ve accomplished You get the picture It was also my way of trying in self sufficiency to provide financially for our needs I felt the burden of providing in this way after I quit my P T job I felt the need to replace the income I was giving up when I resigned my job but also wanted to do whatever I needed to do to ensure that I wouldn t need to work a 9 to 5 kind of job again I wanted to have the freedom to continue to minister with CJ as God opens the doors as well as work from home when in God s timing we start a family We are praying that this happens sooner rather than later but again trusting God s timing Self sufficiency and workaholism run rampant in our culture I believe It s so easy to get caught up in the rat race We keep ourselves so busy Even after resigning my job as a P T there were often many times I would work 12 hour days I am very driven and yet I joked with CJ that I was working harder than I ever did in my P T job Praying for Freedom and Contentment And so here I am Praying for freedom from the unbalanced life I created Praying for freedom from the self sufficiency and workaholism deeply rooted in my life Praying for contentment in my circumstances And then this week I had a friend email me and say she was praying for accountability in a certain area and the only person that came to her mind was me I agreed to do so for her and asked if she would also help keep me accountable in my workaholism and living a more balanced life She agreed and I believe God is providing for both of us in this way Even though we are thousands of miles apart we are keeping each other accountable via email on a daily basis and praying for each other God has provided accountability for me in other areas of my life just when I needed it and I believe He is providing it for

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  • When God Seems Distant - Christian Speakers - CJ and Shelley Hitz
    bills although we have been able to pay every one of them thus far And I Won t Lie to You It Has Been Hard Really Hard I like to be in control and have a plan It s difficult to walk by faith I never realized how much I depended on my regular paycheck from the hospital until I didn t have it I realize now that I was depending more on that steady paycheck than I was on God I m not saying that everyone needs to quit their jobs and venture out in faith to learn these lessons This is simply the path that we have been on these last few months And as hard as it has been It s been good There was a root of self sufficiency in me that is slowly being uprooted I m still in the process but God is teaching me to rely fully on Him and not on my own efforts He is proving Himself to me over and over as He provides for us something that I never could But Today I Feel the Fog Again Circumstances of this week got to me Doubts of how we would make it financially began creeping in again Insecurities within me began creeping to the surface again that I thought were gone I m lonely for my friends and family and want to see God open up deep relationships for us in our new location And I m still grieving the loss of our friend Julie Kurrle and her son Timmy read more about the Kurrles here So when I woke up to a rainy day our first since arriving in Colorado Springs it seemed to mirror my emotions today Blah Then I looked out our front window and saw something amazing Normally we can see Pikes Peak VERY clearly from our front window But today nothing Literally I could not see the mountain AT ALL It was almost as if it wasn t there anymore see picture below And instantly God spoke to my heart Just because I can t see Pikes Peak today doesn t mean it s not still there The mountain is still there I know it is because I have seen it so many times already It is just the clouds of the day that have kept it hidden from me And So it is With God Sometimes as Well There are those bright sunny days where everything seems to be going my way and I can sense God s presence and His voice leading and guiding me so clearly Then there are other days that seem cloudy and gray where God seems distant and silent in my life It doesn t mean that God s not there God is still there He has proven Himself to me over and over again It s just that the clouds of the day have descended over me at the moment And so in those moments when God seems

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  • when God seems distant Archives - Christian Speakers - CJ and Shelley Hitz
    many of you know we recently moved to Colorado Springs This past year of our lives has been marked with one word transition I officially resigned my job as a Physical Therapist at the end of July Then we moved into a small Toyota RV and lived in 125 square feet of space for 3 Filed Under reflections shelleyhitz Tagged With when God seems distant Home Meet CJ Meet Shelley Ministry Updates Seminar Topics Blog Video Audio Endorsements Contact Us Booking FAQ s Booking Request Form Want to know more about us Drop us an email We d love to hear from you Get Ministry Updates Sign up to the Hitz List below to get our updates and stay connected Name Email Email Marketing by TrafficWave net Positive Music List Check out our comprehensive list of music that won t make your ears bleed View the entire list Our Most Popular Topics Media Choices Sexual Purity Sexting and Social Media When Bad Things Happen Body Image for Girls Attention Chapel Coordinators Download our Spiritual Emphasis Week Brochure Books by CJ Shelley See ALL of CJ and Shelley s Books Here Shelley s Website for Teen Girls Invite Shelley for a

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  • Remembering Julie and Timmy Kurrle - Christian Speakers - CJ and Shelley Hitz
    dad to be assaulted in a coma for 8 weeks with permanent brain damage And the list could go on and on My Distorted View of God There was a season in my life where my view of God became distorted Kind of like looking in a carnival mirror that distorts what you look like making you look either really skinny and tall or short and fat My view of God became distorted I remember my mom saying once that we will either see our circumstances through the filter of God or see God through the filter of our circumstances And for a season in my life I saw God through my circumstances I allowed my circumstances to impact how I viewed God instead of the other way around It appeared that God didn t care about me and wasn t answering my prayers Somewhere along the line I think I had gotten the impression that bad things aren t supposed to happen to Christians That if I would just pray with enough faith I would be exempt from the heartache of the world And yet Jesus says in John 16 33 In this world you will have trouble But take heart I have overcome the world Notice that He doesn t say that we might have trouble or that if we have enough faith we won t have trouble He actually guarantees that we will have trouble but to realize that He has the ultimate victory And I had to learn to trust God again It s been a long journey and I have walked through some pretty dark times But as I ve walked through them God has given me three pictures that I want to share with you The Three Pictures God Gave Me 1 The Two Year Old The first picture God gave me was of trying to teach my two year old niece Allie physics and calculus No matter how hard I tried no matter how many tutors we hired she would never be able to understand physics and calculus Why Well her two year old brain is not yet developed enough to understand complex topics like those And God showed me that even though as a Christian I have the mind of Christ I still have a human mind I m not God And there will be certain things that my human mind is just not developed enough to understand that is until I get to heaven 2 Puzzle Pieces The second picture I got was of a few puzzle pieces Trying to understand all the why s in life is like having just a few pieces of a puzzle and saying with 100 absolute certainty that I know what the puzzle picture will be I might have a few guesses but I won t know for sure In this life we have just a few pieces of the puzzle Not only does God have all of our missing pieces but He also has the box top and is able to see the big picture 3 Polaroid Picture Do you remember Polaroid pictures When the picture first comes out of the camera it is fuzzy and unclear However in time you can see the picture clearly And that s how it is in our lives many times In the middle of a crisis everything seems fuzzy and unclear But sometimes later in our life we can look back and see the picture more clearly They say hindsight is 20 20 Understanding God s Ways And so I ve come to a place of trust again in my relationship with Jesus Realizing that God s ways are higher than mine I m the two year old with just a few pieces of the puzzle and the fuzzy Polaroid picture I Corinthians 13 12 says Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror the fuzzy picture then in heaven we shall see face to face Now I know in part just a few pieces of the puzzle then in heaven I shall know fully even as I am fully known Jesus Don t You Care I think of the story in Mark chapter 4 where the disciples were in a fierce storm and Jesus was sleeping on a cushion Nice Here they were about to die and Jesus appeared to be unavailable to them and cozily sleeping with his head on a cushion They came to him in a panic and said Jesus don t you care if we drown Many times our first response when bad things happen is to assume that Jesus doesn t care But if we really know our Father we would know differently We would know that he does care for us more than we even know even when we don t understand our circumstances I recently heard someone say that he grew up in a pastor s home And many times people from their church would come to him and complain about his dad He would say You don t know my father You don t see him when he gets a call at 3am and immediately gets dressed so he can go to the hospital and comfort a family You don t really know my father like I do You don t see how he prays for the people in our church and his heart for them And it got me thinking When we really know our heavenly Father we know that he loves us and is with us even in the midst of tragedy We then see our circumstances through the filter of God instead of seeing a distorted view of God through our circumstances I Don t Have All the Answers I have no idea what Norberto is going through right now CJ and I wish we could see him in person and give him a big hug right now and be able to cry and grieve with him And I don t have

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