Thursday, July 19, 2012

Shane and Christina Nearman.

 One of the most powerful gifts I have been given in my relationship with Jesus has been the strong friendships He has given me along the way. Friendships like these are nurturing and safe, they leave room for weaknesses and also continually call out the strengths in one another.

This week I will be saying goodbye to two precious friends 
that have been vital in shaping me over the course of the last three years.
Shane and Christina Nearman.
 They are the international directors of Models For Christ. They've been married 18 years. 
They passionately love Jesus, and compassionately love people. 
We met at Peet's Coffee three years ago, and despite all of my shortcomings they have still gone out of their way to encourage my life and call out my gifts. These are people who, appearance-wise, 
are outwardly flawless, and yet they aren't at all phased by outward appearances... 
they, like God, 
"...look not to the outward appearance, but looks to the inward heart" (1 Samuel 16:7)
That's what they have done with me from the start. When I have been nervous or unsure- they have spoken words of hope and truth, they have breathed life into me and released me into things that I didn't even know I was capable of. 
By faith they have given up everything, moved to crazy places, trusted Jesus for miraculous things (that looked foolish to the eyes of people- but fit perfectly with the stories we read in the Bible), they have loved extravagantly, served without recognition, and been strong examples to us all of what it looks like to live out what Jesus said in Matthew 16:25~

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, 
but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 

I pray that as I grow, I become more like Shane and Christina Nearman.
Which means to become more like Christ.
I am so grateful for them in my life.
I wouldn't be who I am today without them.

I love you Shane and Christina! 
 Thank you for everything you do!
You really are changing the world! 

1 comment:

Leah Walton said...

Complete & total agreement with this blog post sweet Jess. They are totally living to the glory of Jesus Christ! The last picture is hilarious! Give them big hugs from me this weekend :), Love you! Leah