I shared on Instagram that I went to the PASSION 2017 CONFERENCE and I absolutely loved it!

I wanted to share a more in-depth perspective of my trip, though, so today, that’s what I’ll be sharing!

My trip to PASSION 2017 was both completely exhausting yet wonderfully refreshing. As I embarked on a 15-hour journey from South Florida to Atlanta, Georgia with 20 others from my bible study group (A.K.A. Koinonia) I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Through freezing rain, fog, and temperatures no South Floridian can easily prepare themselves for, I made and deepened friendships that will last a lifetime. I worshiped my heart out at the feet of Jesus without a care in the world. I loved being able to take the first few days out of the new year and gather with 55,000 others to glorify Jesus’ name. Although the worship sets and teachings were great, there were some hiccups along the way.

For starters, we were all running on very few hours of sleep… I’m talking going to sleep at 3 am only to be back at the Georgia Dome by 8 am every day… As well as the lack of sleep, we were all experiencing the effects of spiritual warfare and some lashed out at others…

We soon realized how the devil was attacking and apologies were made. In the end, all was forgiven and after that night we were way happier and more open with each other. We all let our guard down and allowed the Holy spirit to move within our Koinonia family.

Going through this journey with my Koinonia family, along with Levi Lusko’s teaching (session 6 of PASSION 2017) I learned that we need to be BROKEN in the presence of God before we begin to give off the fragrance of God. I also learned that it’s okay to BE BROKEN. We don’t live in a society that ever says being BROKEN is okay… Our society is constantly bombarding us with the image of a “perfect lifestyle” and nothing within that lifestyle says it’s okay to BE BROKEN. I am here to share that it is okay! It’s absolutely fine to be BROKEN!

I definitely had a hard time understanding this concept, but after a few crying spells on the trip, I learned that we’re all BROKEN, at one point, and that we don’t have to deal with it alone! We have our family, our friends, and, last but not least, God to help us through!

My question to you is:

If we’ve never taken the time to be broken at the feet of Jesus, how is He supposed to fill us and put us back together better than before!?

In one of our morning devotions, an art technique that is known as Kintsukoroi was brought up:

Just think of yourself as the piece of pottery and Jesus the Potter. Like the piece of pottery reconstructed with gold, which is more precious and beautiful now, how will God make you and your relationship with Him more beautiful once you’ve been BROKEN before Him?

Psalm 31:12

 “I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
    I have become like a broken vessel.”

Matthew 5:3-4

 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Romans 5:1-5

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”