Wow I have so much to tell you guys about and I’m so glad to share what I experienced these past few days. Origins conference 2012 happened and let me say it was AWESOME! This is a youth conference held annually by my church that is meant to bring kids back to the “origin” or Jesus. Every year is something special, kids having an encounter with God, releasing the bondage of addictions, fear, doubt, and generational struggles. It’s so awesome and this year was just as amazing. I had a blast practicing with the worship team and playing on a few of the songs. The room seemed to fill with an understanding that God is our provider and source of joy and life. This new revelation jump started an awakening of minds and hearts to live lives devoted to God. It’s hard enough to be a kid in today’s world, with peer pressure, drugs, tension to do well and be successful, even to grow up faster to be better than you once where. All these things are difficult to deal with but be a part of a family of believers that encourage and uplift, these once seemingly big issues know are small and manageable. I’m glad to share these photos and memories with you and hope you get inspired!
Do you seek to live a pure life?
11 He who loves purity of heart,
and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.
It says for the one who seeks a pure heart and speaks with grace will have the king as a friend. God will be pleased with you and will have a growing relationship with you, if you desire these things. Sometimes in our lives it’s easy to want or go after sinister things. Whether it’s watching a bad movie, speaking in a derogatory manner, or letting our flesh get the better of ourselves, we are human and will make mistakes. God values when we speak what is true. (Proverbs 16:13) I like this scripture because it points out what really matters and that’s our hearts. If you try your best and truly desire a life of purity and freedom in God, you will be blessed in return. Our motivation shouldn’t be to get something in return but rather to give glory and honor to God. If we humble ourselves enough we just might be able to see life in a new way, a way that is representative of Gods’ love for us.
I encourage you to stay strong in your faith no matter how big or small. Life is hard at times but when we surrender ourselves over to Gods love he blesses us, which is the most amazing thing anyone can experience.
My wife and I have been doing a daily devotional for about a month now and I wanted to talk to you a little on my experience with it. As you know the topic for this week is family. Family issues, struggles, experiences, and how we be a family for God. How does God see our family and how do we see our family.
In our daily devotions I have become aware of a disconnect. The disconnect I’m referring to is; how we perceive, manage, control, and guide our family vs. how God perceives, manages, controls, and guides our family. Many times I find myself containing God into a box in which I can manage and understand. It gives me a false belief that I know how God can work in my family and how he will manage my family. This is a scary place to be in because it limits God. Now I know what you’re thinking “you can’t limit God he can do as he pleases” This is true but he wants a relationship with us, and he will greatly bless us and help us in our day to day lives if we desire a relationship too.
I am just starting to embody this concept. The idea and practical life application of letting God have full control of my family. It’s easy to proclaim that God is the navigator of your individual life, but what about the areas of your life in which you directly impact and seemingly control. It’s these areas that stretch our faith the fullest. The areas in which my direct actions will have an effect on the outcome, God wants to help us with. He wants to give us answers and guide us in these very practical day to day things; we just need to be open enough to receive his help.
My prayer for us all is that we don’t get bogged down with everyday life and that we can step into the realization that our lives are not our own. That we can live fully according to the will of God day after day and never seizing.
The daily devotional my wife and I are doing is great for many reasons. One reason I would like to point out is the fact that it brings us together and grounds us in God day after day. As a Christian we need constant grounding, constant reminders that our lives are nothing without faith, without God. I look forward to posting another video soon and some more devo content.
God loves you; I love you, thanks for stopping by!
Are you wondering if you can hear God, if you getting any direction, or if he’s even there.
20 My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them
Don’t miss the wonderful blessings God has for you by not devoting yourself fully. This scripture shows the true love God has for us by giving us very practical but powerful directions. “Give attention to my word” (read your bible) and do not forget them but make them the reason you see life differently. It also says “for they are life to those who find them”. The bible does this alot in which it takes a practical physical act like reading the word and shows a spiritual connection. I think in every physical action there is a spiritual connection. In this example reading the word daily and seeking to find Gods message, praying and asking him for direction, you will be blessed with life. You will see life, experience life, and understand life in new ways. God does require us to seek him. He won’t talk to you with you never acknowledging. By reading and truly devoting yourself, God smiles and begins to show you his love in miraculous ways.
Life gets tough sometimes whether in a relationship, at work, or at school. My prayer is that you would find a few minutes at the beginning of your day to devote to prayer. God will see this as a sign of faith and bless you for it. As always:
God loves you; I love you, thanks for stopping by!
Do you feel sluggish in your walk with God?
But I cry to you for help, Lord;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
I chose this scripture to point out the significance of praying at the start of your day. It’s not just the act of praying in the morning that’s important, it’s choosing to submit your life to God and renewing your commitment to him first thing, before making any decisions. This allows God to fully advise and guide you in your life and to fulfill the plan he has for you. It says “But I cry to you for help, Lord” I like how this is worded because sometimes we do need to cry out. During times of despair or even when we are just having a bad day or a bad season, crying can be therapeutic. There is a peace and overwhelming understanding of God’s love for us when we humble ourselves before him in the morning and before we go to bed. Recently my wife and I have been starting the day with worship in the car on the way to work and finishing up with prayer time as we lay in bed. By doing this we are making prayer a habit in our lives. We don’t even think about it as a “thing we have to do.” It just happens. God encourages us to communicate with him as much as possible, because he loves us more than we can imagine.
Wake up to worship music and humble yourself before God each morning. I promise the love and peace of God will enter your life in an amazing way. Also, don’t neglect to pray before bed. By ridding your mind of all the day’s woes at night you will not only sleep better but be refreshed and ready for what tomorrow brings. This way of ending our day also brings us into the “now” moment and allows us to not worry about yesterday or tomorrow.