Month: May 2012

Wordless Wednesday {Monterey with Mom and Sistas and brother-in-law and niece and nephews}

 

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Passion with a Purpose.

Thought I would share my Hillsong Application letter.  I’ll be stepping on Aussie territory in a little over a month.  Appreciate all the prayers!

My name is Morgan Haley Saunders and I am applying to attend Hillsong Leadership College in July of 2012. I grew up attending church and lived as part of a Christian family as a child. I accepted Christ as a 6 year old in fear that I would go to Hell. My parents instilled good values and disciplined us and we were pretty good kids. I was always joyful. I loved life.

In 6th grade, at a church camp, I recall wanting to encounter Jesus for myself, but I felt like I had not been able to. I wanted him to feel real to me, but I felt like he was distant or mythical. I kept a positive outlook on life and continued to “follow Christ” but I did not have a real relationship till later down the road.

In high school my world got rocked upside down when some sexual abuse from a family friend to me, my sister, my cousins, and two close friends surfaced and became known to our parents. Quickly after we began dealing with that hurricane, a close friend and mentor of mine passed away. I found myself dealing with so much loss. The tsunami of pain that hit our family’s shore was unbearable. Our foundation in Christ was not strong enough at the time and the enemy found it as an easy route to slip into the cracks of our lives. We were not able to talk about the abuse with anyone because we were now involved with a court trial. I found my heart grow cold to God, and I didn’t read my Bible or pray for two months straight. At the time I didn’t know him like I should, and I doubted His goodness. I was mad, confused, anxious, and shaken. I quickly slinked into a depression.

All of a sudden life was gloomy. My joyful attitude on life, stolen from me. I was missing my friend that had passed away. I felt so old and cold and I was only 17 years old. My life after that until college is somewhat of a blur, but God literally kicked my butt through William Jessup University’s doors. William Jessup is a four year private university with Christ-centered education. I did not want to go there, but thankfully God knew me and what I needed more than I did. WJU opened the door to some major healing I needed in my life. The professors and friends I was surrounded with did not fix my life for me, but their support helped me grow out of my pain. I am forever grateful for my journey at Jessup.

Up until college I consider myself to have been a closet singer. I would sing in the shower, write songs about my shampoo, and karaoke in my room. Sometimes I sang for my younger sisters, but that was about it. It was a passion without a purpose. Then my freshman year of college I was given the opportunity to help lead worship in chapel. It was a good experience and a lot of people complimented my voice. I was flattered, but I felt a deeper connection with my savior, and that was the most important factor. God was showing me how to use his gift that he had given me.

As I grew, leading worship became my quiet time with God. Though on a stage, in front of my peers, it felt like He and I were the only ones in the room. Suddenly that thirst and desire that I had experienced in the 6th grade was being fulfilled. I was singing with my mouth, but praying with my heart. It has been the most amazing thing I have ever experienced.

Hillsong was an idea, but I believe it will become a reality. I have had a lot of people that have encouraged me to go for it. I do not know the impact that Hillsong Leadership will have on my life, but I feel called to go there.

 

Persevere my Child.

Verses, pictures, and messages keep landing in my path that have the word “PERSEVERE” in them.  While running for Getty this past year and a half, I have continually come across verses that had phrases such as ‘finish strong’, and ‘run the race set before you with perseverance’.  They say when God uses a word more than 2 times in scripture, its because He wants you to pay attention to it.  I believe in my heart that God is going to continually plant “persevere” in me until the roots are too deep to dig up.
 The antonym of persevere, is “give up”.

“Giving up” is out of the question.  It is out of the question for the cure for SMA, when I have my little Getty fighting with every cell of her body.

“Giving up” is out of the question for going to Hillsong College, when my little sister gives up her Disneyland fund to help me get there, and when a 4 & 7 year old are saving their weekly allowance of $1 in a mason jar so I can go.  I have no way to repay them for just how much they are actually sacrificing.  “Giving up” is out of the question because of all the people who know me and who don’t who believe in me and are making it possible for me to go.   It actually brings tears to my eyes.

I decided to focus a Bible study I am helping develop on “Perseverence”, for the sheer fact that it keeps coming up.

Then I get an email from Hillsong tonight:

“It is common at this time, for some of our Students  who are about to arrive, to have distractions come their way, often in the form of family challenges, finances, unexpected situations, job offers, etc. My encouragement is found in the 12th Chapter of Hebrews “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” The Message version is even more graphic, “Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how He did it. Because He never lost sight of where He was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—He could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever”

God, thank you for continually reminding me that I need too, but more importantly, I CAN persevere.  That the struggles, the weights, the heartaches, the betrayals, the hurdles, and the pain, they are just small distractions on the course of this race.  YOU ran the race.  YOU never lost sight of where you were going. YOU put up with everything that was thrown at you and the best part in all this > YOU made it, and I follow YOU.  I am running in a path that you, the VICTOR has already paved.  I will keep my eyes focused on what YOU have for me because I can see YOU at the end.  I will keep working on being a liaison for SMA and finding the cure because you have told me to PERSEVERE in my races and awareness efforts.  I will continue to keep sight of Hillsong when the money is not there because YOU have pushed me through the encouragement of strangers, children, family, and your word and YOU will provide all I need to persevere.  I will “”Strip down, start running—and never quit!” I will run the races you have put me. Amen!

A STEP OF FAITH

Dear Friends and Family,

I hope this day finds you blessed!  If you have not heard yet, I have been accepted to Hillsong Leadership College to study music! 🙂 I am amazed at the fact that I will be leaving for Australia this July, that’s right….Sydney, Australia!  After boarding the plane I won’t see any friends or family for a full year.  I have prayerfully considered attending this school for a couple years.  Through the trials and the good times in my life, this was one hope I held onto.  And now, not because of my own doings, but because of God using all sorts of people like you, it is becoming a reality.
At Hillsong I will be studying musicianship, songwriting, worship leadership, and theology of worship from July ‘12 – July ‘13.  I am so looking forward to learning more about songwriting because I have been crafting songs together since I was younger.  I am also looking forward to be in an environment of pure music.  I love music. It is powerful, and my favorite language.  I have developed the idea that when I am singing, I am in my element.  But when I am leading worship, I am in the Lord’s element.  And it is healing, and encouraging, and unlike anything I have ever done before.

So I am excited that this is becoming my reality.  I know God is leading me there.


I am writing to you to see if you would pray for me and prayerfully consider sponsoring me throughout the year.  I am looking for sponsors who can send $15 a month, but anything and everything helps!  So I am grateful for a commitment of prayer because I know that God’s provision has no limits.  This is truly the biggest step of faith I have ever taken.  I will not be working over in Australia, so I will have the money I have saved beforehand, and what God provides while over there.
Hillsong recommends a budget of about $300 a week for living (includes rent/food/electric/transportation).  That is about $1,200 a month.  If people sponsored me $15 a month, I would be covered with 80 sponsors!
I pray that God would bless you with clarity, if this is something he wants you to be a part of.  And I thank you for your support through prayer, financial means, and encouragement.

Thank you so much,
Morgan

ps- Please don’t hesitate to send an email! I would love to put your address and email address in my address book!  You can expect a postcard or note of some sort while I am in the Land down under!  Woot!
______________________________________________________________
Please Cut Off and Return in Envelope!

I would like to:

____  Pray for you throughout the year
____  Receive email & Blog Updates
_____  Sponsor you $15 a month
_____  Sponsor you _____ a month
_____  Sponsor you with a one time donation of ________

Please leave me your email and home address so I can send you letters from Down Under 🙂

My email: MORGAN2HILLSONG@gmail.com
Paypal Account: msaunders@jessup.edu
Facebook Page: Sending Morgan To Hillsong < Like on facebook for updates!

It is beginning.

A STEP OF FAITH

Dear Friends and Family,

I hope this day finds you blessed!  If you have not heard yet, I have been accepted to Hillsong Leadership College to study music! 🙂 I am amazed at the fact that I will be leaving for Australia this July, that’s right….Sydney, Australia!  After boarding the plane I won’t see any friends or family for a full year.  I have prayerfully considered attending this school for a couple years.  Through the trials and the good times in my life, this was one hope I held onto.  And now, not because of my own doings, but because of God using all sorts of people like you, it is becoming a reality.
At Hillsong I will be studying musicianship, songwriting, worship leadership, and theology of worship from July ‘12 – July ‘13.  I am so looking forward to learning more about songwriting because I have been crafting songs together since I was younger.  I am also looking forward to be in an environment of pure music.  I love music. It is powerful, and my favorite language.  I have developed the idea that when I am singing, I am in my element.  But when I am leading worship, I am in the Lord’s element.  And it is healing, and encouraging, and unlike anything I have ever done before.

 

So I am excited that this is becoming my reality.  I know God is leading me there.


I am writing to you to see if you would pray for me and prayerfully consider sponsoring me throughout the year.  I am looking for sponsors who can send $15 a month, but anything and everything helps!  So I am grateful for a commitment of prayer because I know that God’s provision has no limits.  This is truly the biggest step of faith I have ever taken.  I will not be working over in Australia, so I will have the money I have saved beforehand, and what God provides while over there.
Hillsong recommends a budget of about $300 a week for living (includes rent/food/electric/transportation).  That is about $1,200 a month.  If people sponsored me $15 a month, I would be covered with 80 sponsors!
I pray that God would bless you with clarity, if this is something he wants you to be a part of.  And I thank you for your support through prayer, financial means, and encouragement.

Thank you so much,
Morgan

ps- Please don’t hesitate to send an email! I would love to put your address and email address in my address book!  You can expect a postcard or note of some sort while I am in the Land down under!  Woot!
______________________________________________________________
Please Cut Off and Return in Envelope!

I would like to:

____  Pray for you throughout the year
____  Receive email & Blog Updates
_____  Sponsor you $15 a month
_____  Sponsor you _____ a month
_____  Sponsor you with a one time donation of ________

Please leave me your email and home address so I can send you letters from Down Under 🙂

My email: MORGAN2HILLSONG@gmail.com
Paypal Account: msaunders@jessup.edu
Facebook Page: Sending Morgan To Hillsong < Like on facebook for updates!

Axlynn

Experiencing my older sister as a baby.  It’s a little crazy.  I am in love with every roll this little lady has 🙂 She is so strong, and bright, and sounds like a little monkey the way she “talks” right now. Haha. She points to lots of things, as if she’s asking ‘what’s that?’.  Her brother is quite roudy with her, but it is making her a tough little warrior.  She just giggles away as he tramples her, and drags her across the room (I have the footage!)  Can’t believe Axxie is almost one! Time flies when you’re having fun with the chunky monkeys 🙂