H.M. Ray Celebrates Today

DSCN3095Hannah Ray. She loves words. She loves stories. She loves John Cusack. She loves chips and salsa. She loves to make people laugh.

Celebration Week is special to Hannah because she said it gives us the push we need to be in constant community with one another. It is the climax of the day when believers come together to worship.

God has taught Hannah a lot during her time so far at Gardner-Webb. Even before she made it Boiling Springs, God was teaching her His way and His truth. She was really stressed out about coming to college, and she wanted more than anything to make the right decision. Hannah gave God a date. March 31st. That was the day she needed the answer so she could make a final decision about where she would go to college. Then, as she was discussing the situation with her small group leader at church she reminded her of a great truth.

“Maybe you got so caught up in seeking the answer that you didn’t seek the answer giver.”

A lesson that everyone can learn from. Oh how often how we seek the answer instead of the heart of the one who gives the answers.

Hannah said that during that time God taught her to seek Him and His love FIRST. She came to the realization that she was putting conditions on God.

March 31st rolled around and God did spell the name of the school she was supposed to go to in the sky. He simply reminded her that if she was truly loving Him, she can do that from wherever she is.

Hannah Ray. A lover of His character. A lover of His truth.

One of her favorite things about God is that he allows Himself to be found and known by us. He is more than willing to satisfy us, and He desires to. Hannah has realized that the minute we come to Him, He reveals truth and He satisfies. We just have to be willing to hear his voice.

This week Hannah celebrated the goodness of God. She celebrated the fact that God chose to place her here for such a time as this which is something not to be taken for granted.

bundle up for worship
Celebration Week



Tree Hugger. Jesus Lover.


Sarah Branch. Tree hugger. Music lover. Genuine heart. Bright smile.

God is up to something BIG on the campus of Gardner-Webb, and Sarah can definitely attest to that. This past week has been one of great celebration.

One of the reason Celebration Week is so special to Sarah is because a lot of different people from campus come into one place to worship Jesus.

God is moving. God is here. God is working.

Friday, January 29, Sarah Branch, among with many other experienced God is such a real way. A group of our friends got together to wash the feet of the women’s basketball team at school. It was an idea and a plan that the Lord has been putting on our hearts for a long time. The awesome thing about this time of service was that God’s hand was ALL over it. God softened the hearts of everyone involved. God provided just the right amount of people to help. God brought us together as one to serve. God’s power and spirit was evident. God formed a special kind of community on Friday. God broke barriers. God formed relationships. God was glorified.

Sarah Branch is an evident lover of the Lord.

She shared some of her favorite characteristics about God.

“God is near. He hears our prayers. He is not some distant God that we can’t connect with.  He is answering prayers, and I have been able to really experience that this week,” says Sarah.

Another one of Sarah’s favorite characteristics of the Lord is that He is impartial. Sarah says, “He truly desires for all of us to come to Him.”

One thing Sarah Branch celebrated this week was being able to see the Lord work in such evident ways.

Amen. In the words of one of our best friends, “What a time to be alive.”


Check out some of the pics from students at Gardner-Webb celebrating Jesus this past week. http://gwu-today.com/?p=2113


Celebration Week
Celebration Week 

This past week at Gardner-Webb was a week of celebration. Seriously, it was Celebration Week. A whole week full of worship, community and of course, CELEBRATION. This is a week that Campus Ministries puts on as a beginning of the year refresher and time to focus our eyes on Jesus. Each night there is a time of worship through music and a speaker whether it be a student sharing their testimony or an outside speaker simply laying out the Gospel.


It was a week full of joy. Full of freedom. Full of life change. Full of (I’m not sure of any other way to say it) celebration.


Jacob Kirby. A lover of flannel. A lover of soft smiles. A lover of coffee. A lover of red grapes. A lover of Jesus.

Jacob is currently in his last semester at Gardner-Webb. One reason this week is so special to him is because it is an opportunity for Gardner-Webb students to come together every night to celebrate what Jesus is doing.

I asked Jacob to share a God moment in his life. A time where he encountered the Lord and truly experienced His presence.

Jacob is a twin, and he said that one time last year he and his twin brother had not seen each other in a while. The cool thing that was going on during this time was that, even though they were in two completely different place, they were journeying through the same season of life. The next time they saw each other God resolved the situation just by the simple fact of allowing them to talk and discuss about this thing they were both experiencing.

Right now, God is teaching Jacob through the prophet Hosea. He was commanded by God to marry a prostitute and remain faithful to her. It is a beautiful picture of how faithful God is to us throughout all of our unfaithfulness.

Jacob said, ” God is showing me that He is a more faithful spouse to us than we could ever be to Him. Our unfaithfulness to God does not turn Him away from us.”

Something that Jacob celebrated this week was the simpleness of what Jesus accomplished on the cross. He defeated death and that is something worth celebrating each and every day.

3 things Jacob Kirby is thankful for today:

-Dark roast coffee


-Friends that mean it when they ask how you’re doing