lemon lime kids

often when i’m consulting a church, people will ask where the name lemon lime kids came from. i love when people ask because i love to tell the story:

a few years ago, i was leading the children’s ministry at the chapel, libertyville. it was early summer and we were planning for the new ministry year. to say we had a few challenges in front of us would be an understatement. we were 100 volunteers short, we didn’t have a curriculum plan for grades 2-5, our registration system was outdated, and we had special needs’ children visiting the church and no place for them to learn and grow.

i started praying in july that God would give our team a vision for the upcoming year, and help us execute that vision. as a team we were praying constantly for god to reveal a new path, a new plan and a new direction. one day while i was sitting in a staff prayer meeting, a pastor began praying for god to do a fresh work in his ministry.  something stuck in my mind.  fresh.  fresh. i kept saying the word over and over in my mind. fresh. that’s was it! we wanted god to do a fresh work in our ministry.

we chose the verse from isaiah 43:19:

“be alert, be present. i’m about to do something brand-new.
it’s bursting out! don’t you see it?
there it is! i’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.”

we had a definite sense that god wanted to do a fresh work, to breathe new life into our programs for children and families. we chose the lemon and the lime as visual symbols for the fresh work god was doing in our midst. wherever we went we took the lemon and the lime with us (volunteer meetings, staff meetings, we even decorated our offices) as a constant reminder that god was breathing new life into our program.

when i began my consulting company, it was easy to chose the name lemon lime kids because inspiring leaders to consider things from a fresh perspective was what i hoped for most. and today, 5 years later, lemon lime kids remains all about that same spirit: fresh ideas for leading and teaching children who are then inspired and equipped to be a part of the church for a lifetime.

blessings today as you are reminded that god is doing a fresh work in your ministry.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Gina on March 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I SO remember all of this like it was yesterday! I can vividly recall your excitement and enthusiasm that you had then and you still have now. Whenever I hear the word fresh I think of you and lemon lime kids. Keep up the amazing work of inspiring children’s workers and transforming children’s lives!

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  2. Posted by Bill Roscop on March 17, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I enjoyed reading your blog. Keep up the good work and good luck with the madness election.

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  3. Posted by amyedolan on March 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    thank you, gina! i always think about your delicious lemon drop cupcakes when i tell this story!

    hi bill, thank you for the nice words! hope you are enjoying FL!

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  4. Posted by sheila on May 13, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    mmm…fond memories of those cupcakes and all things fresh & lemony & you!

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