A Beautiful Beginning to 9 years, and counting…

| NINE YEARS | Our story began with the most incredible sunset we’ve ever seen, and a call to embody the gospel in and through our marriage by mutually laying down our selves for each other.

Can you imagine being God and seeing time like a finished book on your shelf? Continue reading “A Beautiful Beginning to 9 years, and counting…”

#moredisciples

The DiLeonardi family has some big, bitter-sweet news to share- Matt got a promotion that is relocating us to Seattle in mid-April.

I know. Its really fast, and I’m still in shock. I can’t even begin to process what losing my family, friends, church family, Agape ministries and all I have invested in here means. You guys 😭😭😭 I wanted to take the time and tell more people in person, but I wasn’t able to because of the turn around time, and I also wanted this post to give you each a minute to process this news because it is a fast one.

We will be talking and praying about how Agape Moms, Agape Women, And Agape Family will continue and thrive in my absence. God is going to raise up more people to fill the gaps in leadership and he is going to grow people, and multiply more disciples because of me leaving.

More disciples. That’s the word that God immediately spoke to my heart. More disciples in Tampa through you all, and more disciples in Seattle through my family. That’s what this move and life in Jesus is all about, pouring out our lives wherever He leads us, to make more disciples. It’s submitting our lives. It’s living to serve and not be served. It’s leaving our comfort zones and trusting Him, being desperate for Him to show up. It’s loving recklessly in the face of the death of a season and in the rebirth of a new season. It’s practicing the resurrection. It’s grieving and resting in God and allowing new creation to sprout up through Christ in a new city. It’s taking the Gospel from my Jerusalem, beyond Judea, and to what feels like the ends of the earth, 3,000 miles away. It’s about how God is calling my Agape Tribe to step up and serve more in and through our ministry. It’s making space for more disciples to be made. Continue reading “#moredisciples”

We’re Part of God’s Grand Story

Hindsight is 20/20, but in the midst of our current struggles, it’s helpful to remember that God is in control of it all, there are no accidents, and somehow He works it all out for His glory and our greater good (Romans 8:28).

After all, we are just supporting characters in the grand narrative of God’s story, where Jesus is the hero, and we are not the main subject. But when things go wrong, this is usually when we become aware of our “hero complex.” Our knee jerk response as things take a turn for the worse is usually, “wait, isn’t God supposed to work everything out for my good?” We tend to have a fixation on self and a narrow perspective. We often fail to see the grand plan that God has, and we forget that we aren’t the main character in the story, He is. Continue reading “We’re Part of God’s Grand Story”

Jesus: True and Better in The Waiting

When I don’t know what to say and I can’t understand why God is allowing or isn’t allowing things, it’s a knee jerk sort of response to turn it on myself for a minute. Do I, or do I not deserve this? Have I not done enough right things? Have I done too many wrong things? Do I deserve reward or punishment? Too many of us wonder this when tires blow out or things fail. Me. What could I have done? How do I measure up?

But speaking the gospel into the broken places of my life means turning the focus from me to Jesus. It’s asking myself, how is Jesus already better than what I want? How am I not allowing Jesus to meet all of my needs? Do I have to have this, or is Jesus more than sufficient in what He’s already done for me and is doing in and through me? How does the presence of this hardship only magnify Him and minimize me and my felt need?

Ever wonder what type of person you’d be like if you never faced any pain or hardship? If we always got what we thought we needed? Probably not a person who Continue reading “Jesus: True and Better in The Waiting”

Facing our Mortality Fuels Passion to Live Fully for Christ

There’s nothing like sudden health concerns to put your life in perspective, which began for me last fall. And no doubt, we will all deal with health issues at some point- this post is not about me, but how God is always working in them…

Today I am praising Him for a really unexpected outcome after a procedure I finally had after 3 attempts. The results today contradicted a genetic blood test I had months ago- Continue reading “Facing our Mortality Fuels Passion to Live Fully for Christ”