Finding a Church

Finding a good church to get plugged in to and a place that encourages growth on your spiritual journey is so key. In my experiences it can be pretty difficult to find a place. Personally for me since I’m a little more charismatic and expect things which makes it a little tougher. Thinking about this recently came to my mind because I’m soon unfortunately going to have to go through this process again.  I’ll be headed back to Cleveland and I know a few places back there but not sure really where I’m going to go for church.

It took me awhile in Kalamazoo to finally find a place that I honestly can say has been so awesome for me and I feel right at home there. Toward the end of my college days I began to a place that was very similar but left before I got really involved since I graduated and moved away.

Continuing on this journey and finding people along the way who can help you and you can help to grow closer to God is vital. It talks in the Bible about the importance of community and it’s affect on development and growth (James 5:16, Proverbs 27:17, Hebrews 10:24-25). I was at a house church in Cincy last week and we had a really great discussion about community and how having people around you to encourage and equip each other only helps our faith and our relationship with God.

Finding a place that fits what your looking for can be difficult, me personally I value prayer, community, anointed worship, solid teacher and freedom for movement of Holy Spirit. I have been to some really great places and don’t want to bash them but at some places there was like no prayer and I’d pray over people and it surprised people that I’d do that ha. I’ve found it hard since I want to see revival breakout, see people get healed and truly experience Him. Not everyone wants that you know, lot of environments are cool with the way things are and it challenges me and its hard for me to be in those places.

We each have our own things we are looking for in a church and we shouldn’t settle you know. Just like finding a spouse lol ha we can settle and be okay with it but why do that when we can find the right one.

We shouldn’t feel stuck at a church that isn’t meeting what we are looking for in a church. For a short season I felt stuck somewhere and it was a time where I needed solid community and encouragement and I was struggling with things and had to face them on my own. It was tough but you know the Lord provides and moved in other ways during that season.

A friend of mine from Toledo told me once that if you find a place that has the glory and passionate community to cherish it and if it takes you an hour to drive there it’s worth it. In my case not sure I will want to drive 5 hours to Kzoo and back every Sunday lol ha would love to but until we get the technology to teleport not sure I’ll be able to do that haha.

Yeah that’s really all I had just the importance of finding a solid church home where you can continue to grow, be equipped, be encouraged and be sent out to expand the Kingdom. It may look different to each one of us you know but having that place where you can be loved, be poured into, pour out and grow just is so important. It’s hard to go on this journey alone. Love you all.

 

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Rooted

 

 

I have noticed a trend recently, not sure why I did not figure it out sooner during the year I’ve been here in Kzoo. Well, I kept recognizing it but now am realizing that it has purposely stuck out more than anything else. That thing is intimacy with God. Books I’ve been reading, sermons I’ve heard, words that have been given to me and some other things just have all been pointing to intimacy.

I finished up my internship at WMU the other day (s/o #WeWillReign) and realizing early that this gig wasn’t for me forced me to look inside and figure out my passions and go from there. Over and over the Lord kept revealing those to me and not till few months ago did I pick up on it ha. This year probably has been the most time I have spent in my prayer room with Him. During these times of intimacy, these passions and dreams have been shown to me and I have started to think of what it would look like to go after them and pursue them more than I have had before. Sitting at a desk, typing a whole lot and not having much of an impact besides on my co-workers (which is awesome) really wasn’t what I was looking for in my career. I’m more of a relational person and want to have a bigger impact on the youth and what not.

Anyway back to intimacy, I’m always trying to grow my gift of words and knowledge and hearing from the Lord and I’ve read books by Shawn Bolz (highly recommend) and Michael Koulianos that have been super helpful, knowledgeable and practical. Like the theme of those books really have been being more intimate with God. Koulianos’ book is more about Holy Spirit than words of knowledge but anyway here is a quote I liked from it, “I would give Him my attention. I would talk to Him, speak to Him and worship, and He would distract me with His beauty. His presence became so overwhelming that I forgot about my struggles. As we tend to the presence of the Lord, our struggles die on their own.”  He then references Ezekiel 36: 26-27. The more time we spend in His presence the more He is going to reveal Himself to you and even reveal more of your true self to you. I don’t have my Shawn Bolz book with my right meow but he had a bunch of quotes about being intimate with the Father. This verse is HUGE in my opinion…pretty much sums it all up!

Matthew 11:27 (The Passion Translation) 

 “You have entrusted me with all that you are and all that you have. No one fully and intimately knows the Son except the Father. And no one fully and intimately knows the Father except the Son. But the Son is able to unveil the Father to anyone he chooses.”

I feel like at times that people have made the Christian life a lot more complicated than it is…it’s about Christ ha. It’s about getting to know Him and to live like Him! Growing in our intimacy with Him is going to make us know and live like Him. Anyone knows that the more time you spend with someone the more you will know them lol. If we are truly in this relationship with Him that should be the goal right? The Gospel is about knowing God (insert KGP booklet haha #CruLife) and His wonderful plan for your life. Since we have fallen short of the glory of the Lord, the only way that we can know God is through His son Jesus and receive Him.

Yeah mon, there just is something you can’t explain when your in His presence, receive a word for someone, see healing, or what have you. Even more so when there is a small group of people just going after it, whether its in a prayer room setting, in a church or in a sketchy college house that could break at any moment (s/o Arubbah House).

I have been in Song of Soloman and I’m a little biased toward The Passion Translation but it paints a beautiful picture of how God feels about his Bride.

Song of Soloman 4:7-8 (TPT)

“Every part of you is so beautiful, my darling. Perfect is your beauty, without flaw within. Now you are ready, my bride, to come with me as we climb the highest peaks together. Come with me through the archway of trust. We will look down from the crest of the glistening mounts and from the summit of our sublime sanctuary. Together we will wage war in the lion’s den and the leopard’s lair as they watch nightly for their prey.”

So yeah intimacy is so important if we truly want to follow Christ, I was listening to one of UPPERROOM’s prayer sets and one of people said, “I want to be so close to Him that I can smell His breath” haha come on, I love that, nothing but good comes from God so His breath has to smell amazing lol, I’m thinking like a combo of meat cooking and lavender haha.

There are always songs that you can just FEEL something when you listen to it. Whether that is a worship song or whatever music your into. I love that music has such a cool impact on people and moves in our souls. This song has been one of those, I just long for more when I hear it.

An Amateurs Guide To Jimmy Buffett

 

As I am sitting outside on my porch on this beautiful day in Kalamazoo, Michigan listening to A1A (Buffett’s best album) on vinyl, I started to day dream of the Buffett concert (79 days away) that I’m going to in Cincinnati this summer. Whenever I tell my friends they need to go to a Buffett show a majority of the responses are I don’t know his music, I only know Margaritaville, I don’t believe you or can we just tailgate. As a true Parrothead I feel like it is my responsibility to inform my friends who are going to this show this summer who don’t know his music what they should expect musically (I can’t describe what happens at the tailgate lol) and the interested Buffett listener or anyone wanting to know more about his music.

A brief bio of the legend, Jimmy was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi on Christmas day back in 1946. Buffett learned the guitar while attending Auburn University, starting doing shows in New Orleans during his college years. Moved to Nashville to work at Billboard Magazine and also to start his musical career. His first album Down to Earth came out in 1970. His big song, Margaritaville, came out in 1977 on the Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes album. The song really didn’t become big till the 80s. His first restaurant opened in 1985 in Key West, FL and his first hotel opened in 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He has his own beer, Landshark Lager (a popular beer among Parrotheads, similar to Corona). Recently Buffett produced a Broadway musical. Buffett also has written several books both fiction and non-fiction. He is quite the entrepreneur and philanthropist (involved in several ocean conservation orgs).

Onto his music, The Big 8 (or Big 9 in recent years) are the go to songs that are always pretty much played at Buffett shows. They are his more popular songs. The list includes Margaritaville, Fins, Come Monday, Changes in Latitudes, Volcano, A Pirate Looks at Forty, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Why Don’t We Get Drunk and It’s o’clock Somewhere. On a side note…Brown Eyed Girl is not a Buffett original that credit goes to Van Morrison. Son of a Son of a Sailor is another one that is in that rotation as well. So if you are just trying out Buffett and want to know some of the songs at the show these are ones to know.

From there Buffett has played with different styles of music like any musician. He began as a country artist but that really did not work out that well for him so he moved more into the style everyone knows him as now, which is referred to as Gulf and Western.

Buffett has plenty to offer from your songs about the ocean and paradise to romantic songs to everyone having a cousin in Miami lol. A friend of mine and I were having conversation month or two ago about our top 10 Buffett songs, was super difficult to narrow down. It turned into a top 50 cause more songs kept popping into our heads and our rankings kept changing.

For your more traditional Buffett songs about the ocean, paradise and things of that nature here are a few recommendations (that haven’t been already listed) Boat Drinks, Coast of Carolina, Coconut Telegraph, Fruitcakes, Jolly Mon Sing, La Vie Dansante, Livin It Up, Nautical Wheelers, One Particular Harbor, Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit, Southern Cross (Crosby Stills and Nash song), Migration, Pencil Thin Mustache, Tin Cup Chalice and License to Chill.

Now for some of his songs that have deeper meaning and are little more slower songs that can be overlooked Barefoot Children, Take Another Road, Captain and the Kid, We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About, Breath In Breath Out Move On, California Promises, Savannah Fare You Well, Growing Older But Not Up, He Went to Paris, Last Mango in Paris, The Weather Is Here and Knee Deep.

Now these are just some of the songs I’d recommend to dig deeper into Buffett music and channel your inner Parrothead. Hope this has helped you out more lol haha. As always Fins Up!

“If we weren’t all crazy we would go insane.”- Jimmy Buffett

Clearer

This whole year has been well umm something. I didn’t really know what to expect moving to Kalamazoo. I was excited but also honestly a little upset I wasn’t going to Australia. I Have been questioning for quite some time why I am here and what was the purpose of me being here this year. Because I found out pretty early in my internship that this career wasn’t for me. Months and months of prayer I think the revelation of why I am here has started to come to me.

If I would have gone to Australia, I would have had great community surrounding me, would have had solid growth spiritually and experienced some incredible things and memories. Honestly, that would have been the easy route…God doesn’t always give us the easy route. This route has been challenging and I feel it has prepared me more for my life 10+ years down the road. I still have been able to grow, experience some cool things and be surrounded by some wonderful people, just have had to work harder at those things. I wanted to contend for revival in Australia and everywhere else we were gonna go ya know, see people get touched and healed by God and like we need revivalists here in America too. I was like a firecracker that wanted to explode, I wanted to go to the nations and see people experience God. Like I said earlier going to Australia would have been easy, I would probably have seen those things but being here has been more challenging with seeing these things but so awesome when they do.

For instance, last week I was disciplining this kid at this coffee shop and like we finished and he left but I felt like I was supposed to tell the worker there a word. So I told her it and she started shaking and crying. The Lord really touched her and He kept telling me stuff while I was praying over her and it all made sense to her PTL. Was so awesome man, we had a great conversation about things she was going through and dreams that she had abandoned that the Lord wanted her to step back in. It was just so good, I haven’t been back to that shop but hope she’s working next time I go to see how things are going with her trying to figure things out. He is good amen ha!

A word I heard about the season of pruning at KHOP back on my birthday has really been a perfect representation of what I’ve been through this year. God will put us in these seasons to test us, He does that you know.

James 1:2-4 (The Passion Translation…I’ve been diggin this version lately lol)

My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things. And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.

He trusts us enough to put us in these tough test because He knows we are going to rely on Him even more and our faith will increase during these times. It is a time of growing closer to Him and a time of growth for time beyond the present. I’m someone who isn’t good at test or likes them or studies for them but I want to “study”and ace these tests.

John 15: 1-4 (TPT)

I am a true sprouting vine, and the farmer who tends the vine is my Father. He cares for the branches connected to me by lifting and propping up the fruitless branches and pruning every fruitful branch to yield a greater harvest. The words I have spoken over you have already cleansed you. So you must remain in life-union with me, for I remain in life-union with you. For as a branch severed from the vine will not bear fruit, so your life will be fruitless unless you live your life intimately joined to mine.

Most of the things that I have been in prayer about have been things that are going to make me better for those further in the future times. You know shaping me into a better Godly man that seeks Him first, be obedient, leading others, love those that surround me and all that good stuff. I’ve been growing in ways I wouldn’t have been able to if I was in Australia. Like being more of an “adult” with finances and just how I’m livin. Learning how to adapt to new areas and new places.

There has been times that it’s been rougher than others like I was down a few weeks ago but His joy filled me up through worshiping and hangin with my good friend Jason. Since then things have been solid….PTL.

So I have felt strongly about just moving to Dallas, Tampa or Miami and kind of putting myself in a place where I’ll enjoy living and just figure things out from there. I know not the best strategy to wing it, but just starting to make moves I hope will start to lead to open doors and being able to start enjoying whatever it may be. Then I may go back to school to be a teacher (pretty much so I could coach baseball) but not sure I really want to do that at this time so I don’t know we’ll see. My crepe shop is always an option, my business plan is done besides some editing to it ha.

My lease ends at the end of July so I’ve got a few months left in Kalamazoo. It’s gonna be interesting for sure, I guess I’ll just have to wait to see how things are gonna turn out…

“His praise endures forever, what that means is when we praise that activity will endure. Your circumstance your feelings whatever your going through that won’t endure but His praise will endure. What gets us through today is tapping into those eternal realities that He endures forever.” – Michael Miller

Beauty

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I needed a remedy from the stress I’ve had lately so I was planning to surf Lake Michigan a few weeks ago in the mild 1 degree temperature but mother nature had other plans ha. Little did I know the shore line at St. Joseph’s Beach Park was frozen so that kinda put a damper on things a bit. Knowing that the water may be frozen I brought my cameras just in case to take some pictures to not totally waste my drive there.

Despite the consistent wind gusts and my hands being numb, I began to notice the beauty that I was seeing while I was walking along the beach/lighthouse path. Weird I know, me finding beauty in the winter time in Michigan haha. Seriously though, something about seeing icicles overtake the lighthouse and pretty much everything was really beautiful. As I got to the end of the pier I looked out and felt like I was watching the beginning of Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back where they look out and its just all frozen tundra. A pure beautiful white color was everywhere around me, then a peacefulness came over me and for a moment I was perfectly fine with snow. Then a sec later a gnarly wind gust blew and I was like Lord get me to somewhere with palm trees ASAP ha.

I’ve had so many things going on in my head lately and being able to kind of be still and just see the beauty of nature was refreshing. On my trek back to Kzoo and throughout the rest of the day I began to think of the beauty of God. Honestly, you know I’ve heard about it all the time and I’ll say it but rarely do I sit in that and let that pierce my heart. I’ve been going through the book of Revelation and like it says in Rev. 1:17 John couldn’t even stand before the Lord when he saw Him. Shoot…its so hard to image that in our own minds that just His appearance alone blew him away. Talk about awe, beauty and majesty.

Also like knowing His beauty makes me want to seek Him more and make myself spotless and holy before Him. Feel like every man wants to “out-kick his coverage” if you know what I mean and like we are messy/dirty yet God still wants to love us. We are out-kicking our coverage for sure…we don’t deserve it but that yes in our hearts makes us worthy to be loved by Him even though it may not feel like we are. He is beautiful like dang…how lucky are we to know Him. That Phil Wickham song You’re Beautiful ahhh sums it up…someone call a catcher cause I’m bout to fall hahaha. When you encounter Him and see Him rightly as He is, it’s like you forget everything else that is going on. You see His beauty and realize that this relationship is worth it. I can remember this time I was at Ember in Toledo and got whacked by Holy Spirit and like ever since that day I can’t deny his power, his beauty or his love.

I was in the throne zone for not really sure how long right before I started writing this. I was going through several things during this time but the thing that kept coming up was about being spotless before a beautiful God and hearing Him say well done, my good and faithful servant. Then this led me to think of being the best, holy, righteous, loving Godly man I can be for my beautiful wife whenever I get married.  That wrecks me man, just thinking about being a loving father for whenever I have kids ahh dang. Like showing them their heavenly father and leading my family closer to Him just is something I don’t want to take lightly. Daily in the prayer room about those things.

To end, I love the beauty of nature…our heavenly poppa is a wonderful creator and architect.

Psalm 27:4 

One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.

 

Man I miss the community at Ember…some awesome times of encounter and growth. Always bringing the fire ha!

Another Year Gone

How could it be that I’ve already been out of college for a year (still wonder how I graduated lol ha)? This year has been crazy…defiently the year of transition. Transitioning to “real” life, a new state, a new city, new friends, new job and new challenges. Overall though I think I have been able to adjust quite well to all these new changes. Was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be when I left the oasis/hidden gem  that is Bowling Green, Ohio.

This past year has truly tested me in a bunch of ways that I’m glad I have gone through. With the biggest test (don’t want to go to in-depth for personal reasons) being my whole situation with not doing a DTS with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) really was crazy but glad I had to deal with some of that stuff. Honestly, I still struggle a bit about what if I would have gone anyway. But on the contrary I’ve been able to meet some awesome people and have some cool experience up here in Kalamazoo.

Moving to Kalamazoo has been interesting to say the least ha. I didn’t know anyone moving here, a friend of mine knew someone who lived here but that was about it. Glad I met up with my friend’s friend haha, he’s one of my best friends up here. Through this one church I kind of attend I was able to meet some awesome people that have made my transition to living here a lot easier and better. So thankful for all of them who have welcomed me and what not ha. Like seriously, some awesome men and women that love the Lord and are always fun to be around and cook great meals lol.

I’ve been working at Western Michigan Universities athletic marketing, communication and engagement department and it has been alright. Glad I am here cause I’ve been learning what it’d be like doing this full-time and this has made me realize I don’t see myself doing this long-term. Hate sitting at a desk all day, don’t get to be one on one with people and interact with them and just isn’t for me. Thankful I’ve been able to realize this and try to start figuring out what I really want to do to impact as many people as possible through whatever career path I go with.

By far the best thing I have done this year was coaching freshman baseball back at Aurora HS when I just got out of school. I was trying to organize a summer baseball team through a facility I used to train at but that fell through and luckily the owner knew about an opening at the high school. It was so much fun coaching and hanging out with these high schoolers. They were a very interesting group of kids haha. We had some fun times for sure that I miss a lot, love when they text or Snapchat me. Plus we were G’s on the field think we went 15-3 or 14-4 something like that. Should have been undefeated but whatever, still had a great year. Stoked to see how those kids will grow into better ball players and a little bit more mature men haha. Already seen a few of the kids commit to play college ball which is awesome so I’m really excited for them.

That in-between time from moving back home to moving to Kalamazoo was hard at times. Just readjusting living with my parents and all that but also only having few people around to chill with. Thankfully those people are dope so made it easier ha. During that time I got to explore Cleveland a lot more than I had before. I would skateboard all around the city from Ohio City/West Side Market to Prospect Ave to the bicentennial park near the shore. Then doing prayer walks with a buddy of mine downtown who knew some other cools spots as well and friends from my church downtown  who knew spots as well. Man Cleveland in the summer is wonderful ha.

Had plenty of adventures this year that made great memories. My few trips back to BG to chill with my homies were always great. Then the greatest tradition ever…Jimmy Buffett concert with my friends ha. Going to Chicago solo dolo to see Kid Cudi haha (thanks Callie for being sick lol). Another great summer of softball with Chester (s/o to the champs haha…still waiting for my t-shirt).

To finish…2017 was a rough but good year ha, the times of struggle have shaped me for the better and I know it sucked and some things still linger but getting through these things have/will make me a better Godly man. The Lord is good ya’ll, He loves us so well…He provides when you least suspect it so remain in Him and never loose hope. Excited to see where God will send me in 2018. Love you all…have a wonderful and blessed holiday season.

 

Psalm 73

23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
    you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength[b] of my heart and my portion forever.

Breakthrough

Well, ironically the church I’m going to right now is doing a series called breakthrough…but things are kind of starting to unravel and are starting to make sense more to me just about what my passions are and where my heart is at.

Like I have shared before this season I have spent a lot of time in the prayer room laying things down before the Lord and seeking His presence more and more. In typical God fashion the more I have been doing this the more I have felt Him reveal things to me that just totally make sense and refresh my soul.

Some of the highlighted things that He has shown me have been sonship, surrender, fear of the Lord, joy and trusting Him. Some good stuff right there lol. I will usually (unless I forget) ask God for a word for the month to kind of rally around or something to continue to remind myself to walk in. Last month He gave me the word surrender. Being reminded of surrendering my worries and my “things” to God is so good I mean releasing those things off my back onto His has been so awesome. I had some things bringing me down but releasing those to a Father who can carry it and loves us in those rough times is such a blessing. Throughout the past few weeks the song Nothing I Hold Onto has been playing in my head. There is this awesome verse that goes, “I lean not on my own understanding my life is in the hands of the Maker of heaven, I give it all to you God, trusting that you’ll make something beautiful out of me.” I began to soak in that truth and stop trying to do it all by myself because like a lot of people, I think I can do it all on my own and during the rough times its hard but when you truly surrender these things to God…man does it get easier ha. Such freedom when we release it and truly surrender because then He can use us in miraculous ways.

The words of joy and trusting in God just have been good reminders to myself to continue to live in that joy and welcome it. We all know that it can be super hard to trust the Lord in things and then we’ll trust in Him and boom it all works out. I have been going through Exodus and it was awesome to see God provide in telling Moses that if he listened and told Pharaoh what he said that the Israelite’s would be released…sure it took a while and a whole lot of other things went down that made it a little more challenging but they were released and then God revealed the Ten Commandments and the land that was promised to them (unfortunately they botched that by worshiping the golden calf) . When the Israelite’s saw God’s power they feared him (get into that in a sec) and began to trust Him even more. Seeing the Lord’s power in that book had me thinking like how could I not trust that He will help me out or how could I not trust in Him providing.

I really never heard a word about the fear of the Lord until like two years ago and like since then it has been highlighted to me to be sure I understand this. Past few months I think I have forgotten to remember this and will let earthly fear seep in and forget that the fear of the Lord will bring me way more than fearing anything on earth. Like this generation has molded God into our imagine and if we don’t think God judges then what’s the need for salvation. We don’t have a proper fear of the Lord so we live like we wanna live and we start to begin to look like the world. You can’t change the world is you look like the world…come on! I could go on about the fear of the Lord but I’ll leave it at that.

The biggest thing that has kept coming up is understanding my sonship. I was at Azusa Now Cleveland in July and Todd White (S/O to Callie haha) and he went off about sonship and dang it was so good he said, “How can we live like our Father if we are living like an orphan … we need to know who we are and whose we are.” Man that was so good. I have been thinking about that lately and during my small group at church we where in Ephesians and somehow sonship got brought up. Anyway just have been thinking more about how to live that out more and what it means to be a child of God you know. Just was good.

With all of that, I also work. It has it’s highs and lows like any job but you always hear do what you love and it won’t be work and things of that nature. Since I’m newer to the area (I need to stop saying this haha its been 3 months) when I meet people I tell them I’m gonna be here in Kzoo for a year then who knows. I’ll share my dream of opening either a crepe shop or opening a baseball academy for kids. The more I say it the more I want to pursue it more and more. I know these ideas may be 10 years or so away which stinks cause I mean if I could do it right now I would but I need money and develop a plan to start them up. At work like its not a bad gig I enjoy it sometimes but it really doesn’t satisfy me, I really don’t see myself doing this long term…I am constantly thinking about those dreams. I want to be my own boss…no further explanation lol. One of the biggest things that troubles me with working in athletics is the hours. It stinks when people I know are chillin and I can’t cause work or my boss will call me while I’m at a party or friends house telling me to fix or do something. Like once I leave the office my mind is on anything but work. Like down the road when I start a family like I’m sorry but my family is going to come first over my job…so having my own hours will be clutch ha. I know I’m going to have to spend a few years doing something maybe more sport information stuff or who knows to start making moves toward my dreams.

Prayer room sets are the best…am I right?!?! Whether its IHOP or Upper Room or Toledo House of Prayer resting in His presence and purposely setting time for prayer and for revelation is so good. Stepping into the tabernacle and into the holy of holies… man…gaining that intimacy with God is….something I can’t put words to haha. When we let Him move in us it is so powerful and encouraging. I declare freedom over whoever reads this, may your lamp always remain burning!

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”