Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Circle of Influence

Yikes! Why? How?

Do we understand the value of the people that we surround ourselves with? This has been on my heart so much lately, I am so tired of falling and seeing people falling because we lack the understanding of how much we are influenced by our surroundings. The people that we have around us are our largest influences… seriously think about it.

What is your deepest desire?

What are your goals?

Who do you want to be like? 

… are the people around you thinking the same? Are they seeking and searching for their full potential? Are they willing and ready to call you on areas where you aren’t reaching your potential, are you able to call them on their stuff?

 I was reading this translation the other day... 

            Proverbs 1:19 … The Message

Pay close attention, friend, to what your father tells you; 
   never forget what you learned at your mother's knee.
Wear their counsel like flowers in your hair, 
   like rings on your fingers.
Dear friend, if bad companions tempt you, 
   don't go along with them.
If they say—"Let's go out and raise some hell. 
   Let's beat up some old man, mug some old woman.
Let's pick them clean 
   and get them ready for their funerals.
We'll load up on top-quality loot. 
   We'll haul it home by the truckload.
Join us for the time of your life! 
   With us, it's share and share alike!"—
Oh, friend, don't give them a second look; 
   don't listen to them for a minute.
They're racing to a very bad end, 
   hurrying to ruin everything they lay hands on.
Nobody robs a bank 
   with everyone watching,
Yet that's what these people are doing— 
   they're doing themselves in.
When you grab all you can get, that's what happens: 
   the more you get, the less you are.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Beautiful B.C.

This weekend was great, went out to saratoga beach friday and saturday night. It is so beautiful, we truly do live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. had a bon fire, sat in the sand and roasted some hot dogs, and marshmallows while spending time with some of the greatest people on the planet. Church today was great the series right now is " Family Life" today the topic was marriage, a few couples in our church have recently celebrated their 50th anniversary! what an amazing thing to be dedicated to one another, too truly pursue marriage as God intended it to be. Even as an unmarried person, having the opportunity to learn these things now is so great. 

Looking forward to another week at work, hanging out with youth, and outreach group!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Money vs. Kingdom Victory

Why is it that the crisis in the economy with the stock market falling is such a major focus in the North American church and church Attendance continually falling does not get half as much attention. I know this is a very generalized statement but look at it for what it is worth. In Canada we are blessed, that our economy is not affected on the same level as the states, but it would seem that our perspectives and priorities regarding the declining attendance in the church are on par. Why is this, what is it that has made money the priority over Jesus. This is a huge challenge for me as my focus can so easily become a financial gain instead of a kingdom one. Yet the benefits of a kingdom gain reach far beyond anything I could imagine. Another area I have to shift my perspective. Where is your focus?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Disrupt the Comfortable

Seems to be a bit of an oxymoron 'Disrupt the Comfortable' this statement seems to be a good summary of where i am at. Over the past while i have been taken out of my comfortable "day to day" routines, God has just been dropping visions and unveiling dreams like crazy! It is such a wonderful experience to start to step out of my comfort zone into the things that God is calling me too.I believe this statement is an area as a Christian we need to watch, to make sure we are never at a plateau or sitting idle. 
Tonight was youth, thrive youth church. Jason had a great message on ways, the things/habits/routines that we have and how the Bible needs to be our way, that it needs to be what we work around and not try and fit it in when there is time. The worship tonight was so great, so many of the youth just giving their all for Jesus. It is amazing to see a group of youth who aren't "comfortable" who are pursuing Jesus with all that they are. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Assorted T.h.o.u.g.h.t.s.

An Update… well because I haven’t posted  since January this could turn into a book fairly quickly. 

So lets just summarize it… God is Amazing…

No, but I mean in all seriousness he really is, it has been the most stretching season of my life… to date… but it has been one of the greatest, as I know I am getting closer and closer to the heart of God. It has been so great to dive deeper into what he has for me. Everyday holds a new exciting challenge and another step further in my walk with Jesus. Today was great from work…to an outreach meeting ..too  cadres.

I better make a side note there, recently we have started a youth outreach team, quite frankly it is amazing to see the desire of young people for more of God so strong. I have the privilege of spending time with the most wonderful, passionate youth ever. I could go on and on about how great every one of them are. It  has and will continue to be a  stretching and enriching experience as we all seek Gods face and to build deeper relationships with him. I will blog much more about this group as more beings to happen.

After the youth outreach meeting… Cadres! It is so great to be part of a Church that embraces relationship with Jesus and to be part of a youth ministry that is growing in relationship, tonight at cadre I watched as students gave their all to Jesus, cared for one an other and worshiped and prayed together with complete freedom. What a time we live in where there are such vast extremes. i am so thankful for what God is doing, and more and more expectant on what is to come!

i have totally slacked on my blogging efforts but am ready to pick them up and go strong! So read my  thoughts when you have that moment!


Quote of the day: “if things always went well, there would be no need for faith” 

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

1st down.... it's a start

So today i submitted my first english assignment package! i am 1/6 of the way done my first course. so i am pretty stoked on my minor accomplishment but progress is good:D 
It is crazy how fast my days are beginning to fill up, i am really excited on the focus of my job that is starting to happen at work, then school, youth and spending as much time with Samantha as possible... as soon as i put my devotional life on the side it just seems to be overwhelmingly busy... but when i take the extra time to spend with God the day(s) just go so smoothly. it is yet another season of extreme growth in my life, but i am stoked about it, i love learning new things. anyway i guess i should get started on some school now. 

"a good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children"
... what has happened to this biblical concept?