Letter from Logan: A People of Living Invitation

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WOW!  SO… it’s been awhile since any of us have written much on here huh?  Truly, we wanted to spend time evaluating and re-evaluating the Allume blog and our goals for it, and figured the best way to do that was to quit doing whatever we were doing to really focus on it all.  We did that for awhile, and now we’re back!

And we are excited!

Don’t you know though that Sarah Mae had to email me to remind me that today was my day?! Oh Mylanta ya’ll….it crept up on me! Even after these months!

You got a run down this past week to know a bit about what to expect from the blog, but today I just want to share a bit about what you can expect from Allume in general.  I guess that’s going to be sort of the point of you all hearing from me monthly as well…just to keep you up to speed on not just logistics and whatnot, but really our hearts behind Allume.

One day I’ll tell the longer version of the story, but for now what I want you to know is that about this time last year I was bawling my eyes out trying to plan a conference and had no clue what I was doing, only trying to follow what I was hearing from the Lord.  And about this time last year, while I was fully committed to walking out to completion what the Lord had told me to do, I was pretty sure that He was never going to ask me to do it again…or at least that’s what I was kinda begging of Him.

Last I checked though, God’s plans are usually not the same as my own.

And that’s also usually a good thing.

So, amidst the following and bawling, and bawling and following, I had a conversation with the Lord where I told him (oh yes…I told Him…like I had any real in-chargness at all) that unless He told me what He had planned for 2014, BEFORE, the 2013 Allume Conference, I wasn’t going to do it.

This stuff isn’t for the faint of heart…I’m not gonna lie.

And don’t you just know it, that the Lord actually told me….BEFORE the 2013 conference?!

So now I’m up a creek and just got handed the paddle I’d practically demanded.  But the thing is, it’s a paddle that I’m really excited about too.  I’m so excited about it in fact, that our whole team wants to invite you into this boat… to ride this creek all the way to the river, because we are pretty certain that it’s a river of life beyond what we can even see now!

I’m not much for theme-y things.  As in, too much planned or too matchy-matchy in a room even…but I am a fan of a thread, and that’s what I think we’re gonna get this year.  And as I’ve been praying and listening and making decisions with the team about where we think this thing is going, one thing I keep hearing is that we are to be a people of “living invitation.”

If I can be so bold as to share the very sentence that I have heard over and over for the Allume community, it’s this…

As bloggers we are often a people of windows…but as believers we are called to be a people of doors.

As writers and bloggers it seems that we often offer a view of the inside of our lives to a person standing on the lawn outside.  They see bits and pieces, but don’t know what happens between those windows, or amidst the hallways.  But as believers in Jesus Christ, I believe we are called to be a people of doors…of living invitation…of opening our hearts and our doors to others, whether online or in real life.  True Biblical hospitality is a posture of the heart towards others… of living invitation for the purpose of loving others the way that Jesus loved.  And that’s what we’re gonna journey together this year to figure out.

I don’t know what that’s gonna look like exactly, but I know that there is life and abundance when 2 or more gather and seek the face of God…and we’re gathering 450.  You couldn’t dare God not to show up with that many of us hungering after Him!

Content is king in my opinion only because Jesus is King.  And a life well lived, and lessons well learned, and wisdom gained and shared from full and intentional living in whatever area you’re called to share…that’s the kind of content we’re most interested in encouraging you to work out!

So yes…we want to be a space that encourages and equips you all well in this online space.  We desire to each steward the influence we have been given and to curate the spaces we manage with wisdom too.  But our heart here in this space is that we walk together into living well and full, and from that place we write and blog and make a difference in the world in which we live.

Heaps of Love to you all,

Logan

#livinginvitation

*Photo Credit: Esther Havens from a trip I took with Food for the Hungry to Bangladesh

Logan

Logan is the Executive Director of Allume and an infrequent blogger. Daughter of a most extravagant and hospitable King, wife to Jeremy, and mother to 2 wild and inquisitive little boys, her days are filled with a combination of routine and plenty of the unexpected. No stranger to broken dreams, she has found that a curious following of the Ultimate Creative, Jesus, has led her into a faith that is fuller and a life that is more exciting. Stay-at-home-mom and interior decorator, turned speaker, writer, and Allume owner and host, Logan consistently finds that God doesn’t necessarily call the equipped, but he will always equip the called. Logan is currently in process writing her first book due to come out whenever she finishes it and someone decides to publish it. In the meantime, you can find her musings at her blog LoganWolfram.com.

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  • http://www.jacquewatkins.com/ JACQUE WATKINS

    Oh Logan, I love this so much. And I am standing with you, as we all link arms in becoming a people of doors–with a posture of service, inviting everyone in… #livinginvitation

    • LOGAN WOLFRAM

      I know you are friend. Love you much!

  • LYNN D. MORRISSEY

    This is beautiful, Logan. And who is THE DOOR?! Jesus! Last week, I facilitated a journaling seminar which I had written about having a heart on fire for Jesus. I mentioned that lukewarm heart of the Laodecians, and how Jesus was standing outside their heart’s door knocking, asking to be invited to come in and dine with them. I love the painting by William Holman Hunt called The Light of the World, which I saw again in England this past summer. The artist depicts Jesus standing outside a door with no handle. We must open the door from the inside. While this verse is often used evangelistically, that’s really not in context. Jesus was writing to Christians in that letter; Christians need to open the door of their hearts and regularly invite Jesus in to dine and fellowship with Him. I am making a connection with what you do here on the Allume blog and with your conference. You are equipping us spiritually to be more intentional about opening our heart’s door to Jesus and to fellowshiping with Him. You help us to do that, so that we, in turn, can open the doors of our hearts to others to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and how He has changed our lives. Through writing, our lives become open books about what He has done and, if you will, we live with the doors of our hearts open in invitation for others to come inside to experience this abundant way of life that we live with Christ, our honored guest. I so applaud what you are doing here. Thank you for being obedient, Logan, to accepting His invitation and to sharing it with others!
    Love
    Lynn

    • LOGAN WOLFRAM

      YES Lynn!!! Exactly! Just right on! :-) Thanks so much for your encouragement!!!!

      • LYNN D. MORRISSEY

        And yours!!!
        L.

  • CHRISTIE ELKINS.

    My heart is beating out of my chest right now–this is SO good. Just so good. Thankful the Lord laid this on your heart and prayerfully working on being a window AND a door.

  • http://kriscamealy.com/ KRIS CAMEALY

    So beautiful. I love your heart, Logan. I love your passion and pursuit of Christ. I can’t wait to see what God does through this community!!!

  • DEB ANDERSON WEAVER

    Stands up and applauds!!!

  • http://www.amandaconquers.com/ AMANDA CONQUERS

    I kind of wanted to shout at my laptop while reading this: YES! I just know it in my knower that is exactly what God is asking of me…not just transparent, but to be a living invitation, a door. I just love this. I love your heart, Logan. Thank you!

  • http://beckykeife.blogspot.com/ BECKY KEIFE

    Can I just say that out of these Allume doors is wafting the aroma of Christ? Living invitation. Brilliant! Not because it was crafted in some creative think tank but because I know it was a true whisper of God caught, heard, followed. Thank you Logan, and Allume team, for listening and leading well!! Can. not. wait!