Chrysalis March 2018

Spring Cleaning Our Hearts

March 1 brings a new refreshed excitement in my heart.  My confession to you is that I am not a winter person but I do love spring.  The season of spring is when we as homemakers often get serious about cleaning our house after being cooped up all winter.   I’ve decided my heart needs a bit of a spring cleaning as well.  If I’m honest, and I’m sure the same goes for you, I don’t always like what I see on the inside.  My sinful desires and especially my selfishness cause me to do the very thing I hate.  (Romans 7:15) Thankfully, because of God’s grace, my sins are covered.  While I am justified (made to be right standing with God) though the cross, I am continually being sanctified (made holy) through the working of the Holy Spirit and the living Word of God. This month as spring is blossoming I want to focus daily on Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” It is only through God’s grace and strength that we can fix our heart issues.  Does your heart need a spring cleaning? Are you (and I) as a Priesthood of Believers bearing good fruit?  Have we loved the unloved today?  Have we invited that person that the Holy Spirit has prompted you to invite to the next Walk to Emmaus or Chrysalis?  Let us join together in this prayer as we continue to be servants of God and bring glory to our Savior.  May we say with King David, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” (Ps 41:7)

We have so many exciting things happening in the Chrysalis community.  About 20 of our youth met for an amazing time of food, fellowship, worship, and communion in the home of Missy Hall.  If you are in the Chrysalis family reunion group and you are not plugging into this monthly fellowship you are truly missing out!  Watch for the details for the next luncheon the end of March on our FB Chrysalis group page.   

Ways you can get involved with Chrysalis…support our raffle ticket fund raiser.  Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.  See any Chrysalis board member to purchase yours.  The items that are to be raffled are: 1. Savage Arms 10 Savage Ashbury Precision 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle MRSP $1799 (subject to rules and regulation background check) 2.  Green Mountain Smoker valued up to $1000.  3. Various Red Raider Meat packages valued from $200-360 4.  DE Walt 20Vmax Lithium Ion-4tool Combo Kit 5.  Relax, Refresh, and Revive Gift Basket includes Two 60 minute Swedish Massages by Ally Mae Massages, $200 Gift Card for a Vision Pro Residential House Cleaning, $200 All Seasons Property Care Gift Card for flower landscaping, total value of gift basket $510.  6.  $100 Thacker Jewelry Gift Card.   The drawing will be held at our Spring Cook out Fundraiser Saturday May 5th right before the boys Chrysalis Candlelight.  More details to follow.  All proceeds from our fundraisers go to scholarship all of our caterpillars. 

Please pray for our upcoming journeys.  Teams are being selected and are meeting.  We need you to invite and sponsor your young men and women ages 18-24 2018 Journey dates are as follows:

Young Men’s Journey #34 May 3-6 2018 Ryan Rathmann LD

Young Women’s Journey #43 August 30-Sept 2, 2018 Sarah Tucker LD

Young Men’s Journey #35 September 13-16, 2018 Kelton Coleman LD

If you haven’t worked a Chrysalis you are missing out on a huge blessing.  Would you like to be a part of our team selection database?  Contact me so I can add your name.  Are you a prayer warrior and prayer is your passion or you’re wanting it to be?  Then contact me to be added to our prayer team selection database.  I look forward to spring cleaning my heart and watching God actively work in and through this Emmaus community.  Spring forth my friends.

Fly with Christ,

Susan Gillispie
Chrysalis Community LD

Chrysalis Jan 2018

           Susan Gillespie

Hello Emmaus Community,

Happy New Year! Let me introduce myself. I am Susan Gillispie and I have the blessing of serving you this year as the Chrysalis LD. I have been married to Joe for 29 years and we have 3 sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and the cutest granddaughter on the planet! We own a landscaping/lawn business here in Lubbock and that keeps me on my toes most days.

As I sit here at my desk on this January 1st I am reflecting on this past year and looking forward to this New Year. I hesitate to make the typical list of resolutions as I have done in the past. You know the typical lose 30 pounds and get healthy, read the Bible in a year, declutter my drawers, etc. Why you might ask….because I always seem to fail at them before February 1st. But I do want change this year…I want change but what should that look like and how do I make those changes? What is it really that needs to change in my life?

That’s a hard question but no doubt one that God has already answered for me. It’s really neat to see how God will speak to you; maybe it’s through a sermon; through prayer; through a silly Facebook quiz you know the one from Dayspring asking what your 2018 word will be; and of course, through his Word. Over the past few days all of that has led me to this phrase of change for me; Simple Humility.

I hear God telling me simplify. It’s more than a to do list to check off. The answer is so simple I have missed it. I was reminded yesterday from my pastor that the best way to embrace the New Year is to grasp the One Thing…Psalms 27:4 says One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. Simply behold and gaze on the beauty of the Lord. How? Simply by seeking Him, abiding in Him, beholding Him, and believing Him. Why? So that I may see Jesus as He is and see everything else through Him.

So where does the humility part come in…I haven’t always been a huge fan of that word then I looked up the biblical definition of the word. Oy! The biblical definition of humility is living in total submission to God. Simply, I need to get myself out of the way. Everything we want or ever need is in Him. All our answers to our problems are in Him. Simple humility. He is the answer to every resolution I could try to commit to.

So what change does Susan need to make this 2018? Simple Humility. Simply live each moment in the submission and awe of my God and his beauty. My pastor is beginning a new sermon series next week and I am super excited about it. It’s titled Soul-tending. And when I read the scripture reference for the series I got ultra-excited. Maybe it’s because of the landscaping reference and that being my profession but really it’s simply because I am excited about walking this 2018 in simple humility and ready to see the growth God has for me and for you. James 1:21 (Msg) In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.

Join us in praying over the Young Women’s Chrysalis #42 that starts this Thursday evening. Join us for sendoff, Community meeting, and Saturday for Candlelight. I am excited to see the soul tending that God is going to produce in each of these team members and caterpillars.

Fly with Christ,
Susan Gillispie