A lot has happened since I last gave you a mad dump.. So here we go: PERSONAL LIFE
Started a regular job (in January) working with my cousin. This has allowed me to stay financially healthy while doing Ministry. Also afforded me the opportunity to get my own car!!!
Have spent most of the last 10 months focused on me and Jesus.. The Lord has been redefining some key things in my life such as Hope, Faith, Surrender and Joy. Can not express in the right words how important this season has been to my life and ministry. Times just listening to podcasts, studying scripture and times of prayer/worship.
For me community is everything… it keeps me out of my head (thinking negatively) and keeps me focus on what matters most – God’s people. “Community is only built when you intentional invest in others and have a give/take mentality.”
Had some speaking engagements in February and May. Also did some traveling to TN and Michigan. I joined our Board of Advisors at my current church, Gateway Church in Suwanee GA. I absolutely love these people and call them family.
Was offered a FT Student Pastor position at a church and I have accepted.. More info coming later next week, with an official announcement. I am cuckoo for cocoa puffs excited about this ministry and the opportunity to lead a movement of young people.
Lastly, I am working on my first book project. I am in the initial phase and process ideas/concept. More to come soon! i am really excited about t
Let’s stop this faulty Gospel of adding Jesus to our lives.. Scripture teaches that we must lose our life and then find it it in Jesus. He makes all things New. We can’t add new Wine (Jesus, Holy Spirit) to old Wineskins (Us, in our old state). We must prepare ourselves with the help of the Holy Spirit to become New Wineskins ready to accept Jesus!
In life.. who’s really winning…
I keep having this thought.
I keep asking this question.
Is it the one with the biggest following? …. The person with the most money?
Or maybe it’s whoever has mastered gluten free healthy eating and is in tip top shape (oh how I envy you)
I keep drawing the same conclusions on who I think is really winning…
WHO I THINK IS WINNING…
1. The one who is CONTENT..
– I think you learn how to be content.
Paul did.. he said “I’ve learned how to be content with a lot and how to be content with a little”
I personally don’t think God makes you content with a LOT until you’ve proven to be content with a LITTLE.
Contentment could be the great gain in life.
Being satisfied and fulfilled with what you have and where you are…
2. The one that loves THEM-SELF…
– Not in a narcissistic, weird, self absorbed way…
But in an appropriate, balanced, “I really like the way God made me” type of way.
I think you should love you… your life, your story, your gifts, your grace, your body.
It’s really hard to love others if you don’t love yourself. 3. The person that lives in COMMUNITY…
Oh to have good friends.
Oh to live life with people.
“Life isn’t about what you’re doing… but who you’re doing it with”
I’ve learned you can go through anything in life… just as long as you have people with you!!!
4. The one who’s in awe of GRACE…
– When you understand this whole thing is the grace of God.. you’re in constant SMH (that’s for the kids YO).
You transfer from a one time realization of grace… to a perpetual state of praise…
5. The one who sees the POSITIVE in everything and everyone…
Happiness is a choice, not a feeling.
Being positive is the greatest weapon you and I have to combat a status quo life. 6. The one who RECEIVES more than they GIVE…
– You can’t out give God.
The person who is winning… in my opinion… is the one determined to receive daily from Gods love.
Long gone are the days where the daily focus was what you are gonna do for God…. #religion
Here to stay are the days where we can daily enjoy Gods goodness…
(also, I highly recommend daily doses of ice cream)
First, let me start by saying I am just as guilty as the next person. At times, if student ministry were a seesaw, sermon prep and speaking would be rested on the ground while relationship/discipleship would be dangling it’s feet high in the air (good visual image?). Maybe you need to see it: