This is what God has been stirring in my heart lately! Its a revival that starts with Revelation! an eye opening experience for an unbeliever that there is a God that created us and everything around us, that Loves us so much and has a plan for us! this revelation happens when the blind fold of the enemy is lifted from our eyes! We are now able to see the amazing work of God our father all around us. Then we enter into Gods love! this Love is like nothing we have ever experienced! Something that is so amazing that we cant even understand. This Love that conquers all. But this love is not something God gives us to keep to ourselves! This love is to be shared with everyone around us! Why is it weird when someone comes up to you and asks how you are doing and really wants to know and cares! this should be the basics of Christianity! this is just where we start! so why do so many people not get this! Where is the Love in our churches today! when i say church i dont mean the building i mean the people in the building! When we are overflowing with the Love of God it causes us to Act. Acting in Love is what will change this world! See yourself as a well! God does not just fill your well up so that you can experience his love! he overflows your well so that it can splash on others and they can see what its like to be Loved! I want to be so overflowing with His Love that i can not hold it in! Too many times people preach on how you can love your neighbor but the truth is if your not getting filled with Gods love first its nearly impossible to love your neighbor without getting burnt out! like a car running without oil. it may go a few miles but the outcome will always end up the same. You cant change the world without continually being filled by God. Acting on this love can look like so many different things! the way you act on your love can be determined on what God has called you to do. “well i dont know what God has called me to do?” well how about you start by loving the people around you by caring! going out of your way to help. to get out of the mindset of what you need to get done for you and what you can get done for others! What are you passionate about? most likely that lines up with your calling! You will never know what you are called to unless you start to step out and act on this Love! The one thing that ticks you off that you cant stand to see happen another day! something that you say i can not let this happen any longer! There is your calling!
I feel that a lot of Christians are stuck between the Revelation and the Love. They have experienced the revelation ever since they can remember or even just yesterday! it does not just stop there. There is always another step you can take that will make you understand that you will never understand God and how much he truely loves us. just as you start thinking you understand God you realize you dont even know the beginning. It is a process that is never ending and starts over with every step you take closer to God. Every step you take closer to God starts with an eye opening revelation. There is no finish to your calling. We are all called to at the very least share the Love that has been given to us! How are you making a difference with this Love?
lets start the revival!!!
What Distinguishes a mature christian from an immature christian is not only learning to win spiritual battles but also to learn how to get back up when you don’t win, learn from it and forget about it.
Too often we hold ourselves back with the failers of our past when God desires us to move forward and focus on the successes of our future!
Faith like a mustard seed!
Luke 17:6 “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. The mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds there is but it grows to be a huge tree that attracts many birds to feed on its little black seeds. When you have faith like a mustard seed it is the least amount of faith you can have. Even with the least amount of faith you are able to say to a tree or a mountain, “move” and it will move. If this is the least amount of faith than what happens when your seed begins to become a plant and then a tree! Shouldn’t greater things be happening? Makes me wonder if I have the faith of a mustard seed, if not then what kind of faith do I have? The mustard seed is the smallest, the beginning, the least amount of faith possible!
God I pray that I will have faith like a mustard seed and that it would not stay a mustard seed, but that it would begin to grow and become a plant then a mighty tree so that I can begin to feed the seeds to so many others! This is my prayer and my hearts cry!
When a farmer plants a seed he expects it to grow. If it does not grow then he will plow the ground and plant something else. If the seed does not grow then it is dead. If you are not growing in your faith then you are dying. Your heart is the soil in which the seed is planted. Without good soil the seed will never grow. Even if you do have good soil yet do not water your seed daily then it will never grow. Has there been a seed planted in your heart? If so does it have the good soil for it to grow or is it crowded by weeds/sin that will choke it out? Are you watering your seed everyday by spending time in the word and doing the work of your father? The water not only feeds the seed but it kills the weeds. You cannot have both in your heart without one killing the other.
I encourage everyone to ask God to plant a mustard seed in your heart and for it to grow!
I write this not only for you but for myself!
A snap shot of my life!
I tried to write my whole life story out but there was seriously way too much to write so I’m going to just stick with the most impacting experience in my life! On April 9th 2004 my sister Heidi was killed in a car accident. I was told the next morning when I came home by my Mom and Dean. They sat me down and told me that Heidi had been in a car accident and died. When I heard this I could not believe it and I forced myself to cry because I felt bad that I wasn’t. After hearing this I just went into the bathroom and took a bath to try and comprehend what was going on. I came back down stairs to some family friends that were helping my family by cooking and just being there for us. I grabbed a turkey and cream cheese bagel and took it up in our apple tree. I always felt so much peace whenever I was high in a tree. While I was up there I just started to talk to God about what I was thinking and how all this had happened, that’s when I heard Heidi’s voice tell me everything was going to be ok. There was an unbelievable peace about the whole thing. While I was in the tree I realized that one of the branches were dead and only being held up by all the other branches so I held onto the branch I was on and kicked the branch down on the first kick. Probably one of the most satisfying things I have ever done. The rest of that year is a total blank to me. I have no idea what happened that year except for a couple bits and pieces. My Mom recently told me that she had to force me to go play with my friends. I don’t remember ever not wanting to get out of the house. Throughout this whole experience I learned so much and it helped me to be the person I am today. I learned that you cannot begin to heal until you forgive! I have forgiven the driver of the car and have no hard feelings. I understand that he has to live with a lot of pain on top of having brain damage which makes him like an eight year old. I have been able to heal only because I have forgiven. I’m not saying that I don’t miss my sister, I do miss her more than anything but I am saying that I am able to move on with my life because I have healed properly! By going through this I have been able to talk with friends that are going through something similar and be able to comfort them because I actually know how it feels. I usually end up crying with them but sometimes that’s all they need. Haha I cry and am not ashamed. God has given me a heart for others and a lot of compassion and tears come along with that.
I grew up in the church and have always considered myself a Christian but I did not actually start living my life for Christ until I went to a summer camp with Resonate youth church! At that camp I was completely wasted by God and that is when God took my heart and replaced it with his own. All I can say is that there were a lot of tears and also a huge amount of joy. My life was changed from that moment on. But it was not like after that moment I didn’t struggle with worldly temptation. It has taken me a couple years to learn how to deal with it and to focus and trust in God. To be honest there are things I still struggle with today. It is a constant battle! It does not just happen overnight. After that camp I came home and told a lot of people about it. Unfortunately I lost a couple friends because of my change. It was very hard for me at that point and I started to make poor choices again. But God was always there ready to take me back every time I turned my back on him. God’s grace has saved my life. The only reason I am able to serve God is because his son Jesus Christ died on the cross for me and everyone. Therefore I can break free from my sin and God forgets all about it. The enemy tries to convince you that when you sin that you cannot go back to God but it’s the total opposite. God was willing to give his one and only son so that you can turn from that and run into his arms no matter what you have done. This brings me so much joy because I would be dead if it were not for the Love and Grace of God! Throughout the past couple years God has been teaching me what it means to truly love someone even if you have never met them. He has shown me that ever person deserves to be loved unconditionally! I learned how to love from the example of my father in heaven. He has shown how much he loves me in so many different ways. He has always been there for me through every trial of my life. I can’t do anything without my Father walking me through it! That is why I got my tattoo which is strong tower in Hebrew on the underside of my right arm. The verse that I had put under it is proverbs 18:10- “The name of the Lord is a strong tower the righteous run to it and are safe.” But I will get into that some other time.
I became a leader at resonate church and became best friends with all the other leaders and students. The Resonate family has made me the person I am today. They taught me most of what I know today just by the way they lived their lives out for their father in heaven. Cubby was the one that taught me what it meant to love another person by the way he treated everyone and the example that he lived. I also had lots of other friends that taught me lots but I don’t want to name them all because I know that if I forget to put someone in there that I would upset them and I would also have way too much to write! Just know that I miss you all and love you so much! Anyways to sum it up resonate changed my life for the better and taught me how to be a leader!
Recently I have been called to Yakima Washington. I had no idea why I would be called here so I prayed about it a lot and just said if that’s where I’m supposed to be then open the doors for me. I could not have even guessed how big of a door God opened for me. Within a month I had a job that was something I enjoy to do. I got a job doing flooring and concrete staining. It is something that I have never done before but I know that I will enjoy because I am very passionate about building with my hands and being creative. This is not just any job though I am working for a great man of God named CJ. I know that God is going to bless my work like he always has. I cannot wait to get to know CJ and his family a lot better. They are an amazing family that knows how to have a lot of fun! I also am beginning to be a leader at stone church where I know God wants me. My first Sunday was December 5th and I enjoyed the worship and the message. I then went to the youth church which is called 365 and I introduced myself to a bunch of people. The youth is smaller than I thought but that just means we have so much more room to grow. I’m so excited to see what God has planned for me in this ministry and I can’t wait to work with Kyle who is the newer youth pastor! I expect God to totally Rock this ministry and help it grow! We will change the world so you better watch out. So if you have not already realized I am living in Yakima right now with Annette and her husband Nick who is an amazing man of God that is so gifted in worship and their two kids Braeden and Noah! They have blessed me in so many ways by letting me move in. I cannot thank them enough and I know that God will bless them in ways they can’t even imagine for allowing me to follow Gods call on my life. Right now I’m in a bit of a resting period where I can take time to figure everything out in my life and just focus on Gods plan for my life! It has been pretty tough because I like to always be doing something and over here I have not had that much to do. Although it is getting a lot better. I met a couple guys that I hung out with the other night and I had a blast. Ruben and Kennan are two awesome men of God! In this period I have been getting Rocked by God and learning so much. He is building me up to be a world changer! I WILL CHANGE THE WORLD! I will probably blog about some of the things I have been learning some other time!
Now for the future I have no idea what is in store I just know that there is a huge plan for my life! I want to be able to start my own business and do lots of missions work with that business but in all reality I’m not making many plans because I only want to do what God wants! I know that if I make plans God is going to change them anyways so I’m just following my passions and letting him take control!
This is not my whole life story so if you want to hear more about my life then I would love to take you out to coffee and just talk. Just hit me up and we will make it happen!