Happy Monday, guys! How are you today? I’m here to blog about my first day at National Fine Arts Festival, which was FANTASTIC!! I loved every minute.
we woke up at 8ish I believe, got everything situated, then left where we were staying for Louisville. It takes us an hour and a half to get from point A to point B. My boyfriend has now become obsessed with Temple Run to keep him busy on the ride. And when ever he is done playing that (or IF he ever is), I get possession of his kindle to read the Left Behind series.
But I love it when we reach Louisville; we will be riding down the highway and we will see the giant, amazing buildings before us, and as they get closer we can see the KFC YUM! center right on the side of the highway, which is so cool because that’s where Youth Convention takes place.
When we finally left the highway and found a place to park in the city, it took us awhile to find the building where we needed to be. But we got there soon enough and it wasn’t too bad.
We walked a few blocks before we found the Kentucky International Convention Center, where Fine Arts is. We were directed to where we were to check in, ballroom 2.
My jaw dropped as I walked into the room. When I think check-in, I think desks, paperwork, and tables. But nope! There were booths and tables everywhere! Things to buy, colleges to check out, organizations to look at, it was great!
My mom and my aunt went to where check in was and told us we could go look around. I loved looking at all the booths! I checked out colleges I am considering, and bought a ton of tee shirts and a few books. Then my mom came and told me I am performing Tuesday at 11:48!
The funny thing is I’m not nervous at all. And praise God for that!! I’m not worried, scared, or stressed at all! I might be later, but I know that God’s Will be done, and if He wants me to continue, then I will, and if not then I won’t. And whatever happens, I’ll be fine with it! Because I know that God’s plan is GOOD! 🙂
After all the booths and the shopping, we went out for a late lunch, and then headed back to the YUM! center for Youth Convention.
Which, by the way, was AMAZING!! We arrived and sat in the courtyard until the building opened up. All the teens started gathering around the doors, clapping and singing for the doors to open. When they did, we all raced to the stadium-like room where all the action happened.
My boyfriend and I found the closest seats possible! They wouldn’t let up sit in on the floor (it was reserved), but we got the next best thing: if the floor was a basketball court, we were court side. If the stage was the end zone of a football field, we were the 5 yard line, off the field, probably the guy with the orange arrow thingy. It was great!
I also got a Worth Dying For tee shirt and a CD which I am so excited about! I wanted these sooo bad! Did I mention that Worth Dying For is my all time favorite band?! Because they are! I love love love love looove them! I love Worshiping God with their music! And when I found out they would be there, I actually prayed that I could go to Nationals just to worship with them! And praise the Lord for granting me that wish!
While we waited for pre-servise to start, the group behind us started getting the crowd to do the wave. One round, my boyfriend took the liberty of taking the American flag and running around the stadium, marking where the wave starts. He had so much fun, and I got a video of it for his mom! We both had fun doing the wave together for round two.
Pre-servise started and Abandon came out. I like them and I love their song Hero. But my boyfriend wouldn’t let me sing along because I had a performance the next day. Then a few people spoke, like the general superintendent of the AG and the leaders of the Youth Ministries.
And then one of the best parts started. Worship. Worth Dying For came out, and I wanted to scream and sing and yell with them, but of course, my boyfriend wouldn’t let me. (URG!) Do you know how hard it is not to sing and shout with your most all-time favorite band!? Do you know how hard it was to hold back for me?! However, even though I couldn’t sing, it was one of the best worship experiences of my life! I think I know what it was too, I let go! I moved, I shoke, I jumped, I threw my hands up, all of it; not caring a single once of who was watching or what anyone thought of me.
I think that is a major problem in the modern church. People are to reserved, keeping it all inside. People don’t shout, dance or sing loudly. Now, I know they are quiet worshipers, who naturally are quiet and worship God fully that way, but there are ways even a quiet ones can find a way to let loose so that they forget about those around them. I think people have forgotten what a deep worship is like, “lost” in God when we don’t have any guard, any walls, any care of what’s around us while we worship.
And that’s the kid of worship I am loving so much at the Youth Convention. The worship was revolutionary for me 🙂 And so was the sermon.
After worship the man who would be preaching was introduced. The first thing he said was: “I just want to get one thing clear before I start… I am a Pentecostal Preacher.” The arena erupted in cheers and applause. He then went through things he called “The Levels of Pentecostal Response”.
- Level one is if you like the message, you yell “Amen!” That’s basic, simple. We do that at my home church.
- Level two is something we do at youth group from time to time, as a joke. It is to stand up, yell “Preach!” or “Preach it!” and sit back down and act like nothing ever happened.
- I’m going to skip to level 5, my favorite, and it was brand new to me. He said, “If you really like the message, like really really like it… you throw something at me!” I was shocked by this! “You can throw like, a piece a paper, or a LIGHT shoe, but nothing fatal like… a brick, you know?”
And don’t you worry, things were thrown. And appropriately too. Things were thrown when the message was very, very good. Shows, Frisbee, coins, etc. One point, someone threw a Frisbee, and it hit the preacher, on the arm, and he yelled, “Hundred points!” It was great!
The message was very moving too! It spoke volumes to me and I loved it! I believe they recorded them and you can watch then on the Fine Arts website.
I had so much fun, when we came out of there, we said “Everything we paid, all the work to get here, was worth it, a hundred times over, by the first day.” 😀
Thanks for reading!
PS the picture I added was during worship, there were three teenaged boys praying together and I saw it as inspiring, I love how many teens became on fire for Jesus that week!! On the stage is worth dying for song their song “Your Name.”