Join us for ONE 2019!
WHEN: September 27-28, 2019
WHERE: Cornerstone Church in Ames, IA
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Colleen was our featured guest at ONE2017 and we are simply over the moon excited to have her back. She brings the perfect mix of grace and truth in her teaching style. We think you’ll agree!
In the early years of ministry, God kindled within Colleen a deep affection for studying and teaching the scriptures. She deeply desires to see women anchor their hope in the God of the Bible as they get to know Him through the study of His Word. She serves as Minister to Women at Church at the Cross in Grapevine, Texas, and she speaks at women’s retreats and conferences throughout the year.
Colleen and her husband, Wes, have served in churches together in Florida, Colorado, and Texas for over 20 years. Wes is president of NEXT Worldwide, a mission organization that mobilizes students and adults to plant churches around the world. She loves being the mom of her two teenage boys, Sam and Tate.
You can learn more about Colleen on her website: www.colleensearcy.com
Q&A with Colleen
When did you come to accept Jesus as your savior?
God granted me the faith to believe in Jesus as my savior at the age of 10. I was at a Christian camp in the hill country of Texas when God opened my eyes to my need for his redemption.
What’s your favorite verse or scripture and why?
One of my favorite passages of scripture is Psalm 37 because David reminds us of the big picture. And I find it comforting that David wrote this poem in his old age. Verse three is my particular favorite—the reminders from an elderly king to trust God and dwell within the boundaries He gave. Trust God. Live where you live. Feed on His faithfulness while you live where you live. I never outgrow these monumental reminders.
What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
Don’t value loyalty over what is right. I equated loyalty to Christ-likeness. In other words, I often did not speak up when those I loved deeply pursued wrong things or treated me wrongly over and over again. I considered this extending grace or 'turning the other cheek.' Sometimes the most gracious thing one can do is to call the wrong thing the wrong thing.
Where did you grow up?
I consider Lubbock, Texas my hometown. We moved there in the middle of my sixth-grade year, and I lived there until I got married.
What's your favorite thing to bake?
What do you like to do during your free time (if any)?
Read, walk, and cook.
If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?
I would journal and drink coffee and eat freshly-baked baguettes in a small village in the French countryside. (I apologize for being so vague. Haha!)
What's your favorite activity to do with your family?
Enjoy great conversation over a really good meal.
What's something you wish you knew before becoming a mom?
The first year of your baby’s life does not determine his or her character. Pay no attention to books that tell you otherwise.
Any advice on raising two teenage boys?
Give your teenager a vision for his/her life at the age of 25 and 35, etc. Keep that vision in front of them throughout middle school and high school—a picture much bigger than the 7th grade or 8th grade and the silliness of the school social economy.
What's your favorite holiday?
Christmas. Hands down.
Sweet, salty, or sweet & salty snacks?
Sweet and salty.
Do you have a favorite color?
Yellow! So happy! And blue. So tranquil. I feel better just having typed those two colors.
Do you have any unique or quirky talents?
Nope. Not a bummer.
What podcasts are you currently listening to?
Knowing Faith, a podcast of the Village Church, and Lead to Win, a Michael Hyatt podcast.