Seeking

IMG_8854-editLike I’ve stated before in some of my last few posts ever since graduating things haven’t really been what I wanted or thought it was going to be like. The roller coaster of emotions from planning on going to Australia with YWAM (still struggle with pondering what if I would have gone) then that changing, coaching freshman baseball (which was awesome), trying to find a job for past few months (which just changed ha), and just not having the same consistent community I had back in college has taken a toll. I’ve had some revelation the past week or so on my whole time in that season and it’s been super refreshing. Quickly to update, I got a paid internship at Western Michigan University in Athletic Communication so legit just moved to Kalamazoo a week ago.

Back to my other points though, during my time where I kind of was at home every day waiting for baseball practice or once that was over just applying for jobs I had a TON of free time. During this challenging time I was seeking the Lord out on my family room couch reading the Word, praying, and worshiping in whatever way I could. I knew that I did not want to let my mind wonder or slip up (which it did a few times) and let the enemy plant negative thoughts or just give into my flesh so I just kept seeking Him. That time really helped me just quiet my mind and focus on what matters in my life. In that time it seemed like God was far to me even though I was in the Word and praying daily. I know He was though, I watched Todd White’s testimony (look it up!) and he said, “Just because you aren’t feeling, doesn’t mean He isn’t there.” How good is that come on! Felt like I was isolated and knew I needed to lean on Him no matter what because I knew He’d provide for me and show up. I was praying for a job and was like Lord by the end of June I want to know what I’m doing for the next year so send me wherever! On the last day of June I received the offer from WMU haha.

Since I’ve moved here I do the same thing, I don’t have to be at work till 10 am so I got plenty of time to do my thing in the morning and church I’ve been going to has a prayer room so I’ve been there several times already and man the Lord is just revealing some things to me that have been so refreshing to my soul. I still haven’t meet anyone besides my co-workers (trying to get connected with church been goin to) so I have a lot of time for myself and just find myself always seeking Him and trying to find cool spots here.

I was introduced to soooo many people my first few days of work and a lot of them kept asking me so man like what do you want to do with this and where do you see yourself in 5 years. Hate that question man ha, this one guy who is supposedly a “big” deal (don’t remember what “important” thing he does) was on my case about it and kept prying and it just gave me some bad vibes like why don’t I know, I just told him I have so many thoughts and ideas of what I want to do/get involved with. I know that this is a 1 year gig so feel like I’m gonna really know if I really want to do athletic communication stuff or chase after the other dreams that I have once this year is over. Am constantly praying into it.

Being kind of isolated in my own apartment is wonderful (s/o Arubbah House). Feel the Lord continue to test me in this season and I feel like my apartment is going to be a war room (well apartment) for me to press into things and refine things that may come up and what have you. I’m looking forward to what God has for me here in Kzoo with working and what comes up with that, volunteering with Cru whenever I can, attending Radiant, and who knows what else is going to be headed my way, who I’m going to cross paths with, who’s lives I will impact, how I’m going to impact this city/campus, and what may lead from here. Stoked to see what God has here for me. Bless you all in Jesus name!

 

And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”  And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

 

Just found this Upper Room Music group ahhh fire! This song though has hit home big time. This dope dude Vince from church I used to go to in Toledo told me something I’ll never forget “The battle begins in the prayer room”. The power we have when we pray is INCREDIBLE and I feel like a lot of people may not realize that. In the prayer room is where I go to fight my battles and that’s what this song is called ha its so good ha.

Favorite 10 Spots in Bowling Green

As I approach my last semester here at BGSU I’ve began to reflect on the wonderful memories that I have had here over these past few years. I thought I’d put together a list (in no-particular order) of my favorite places in BG. So here it is…

10+1. Carter Park- I thought of this one on the spot, this place means more than the Rec Center I just don’t want to go take a picture of it. I was almost arrested here for trying to take some batting practice so it’s off to a great start! Two wonderful seasons of Brookside softball getting to know some awesome men from the church and do work on the diamond. Then just escaping to the batting cage to just hit balls for hours because why not baseball is awesome. Brings me peace because I can play the game I love here.

10. Rec Center- Yeah ha kind of a random one I guess but I’ve been here so much whether that’s getting a lift in, playing basketball, rock climbing, or playing intramural sports. I love being active so I mean it just makes sense why I like to go here a lot and why it’s on the list.

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9. Slippery Elm Trail- More so the past year or so I’ve put my time in here. When I began training for the Columbus Half-Marathon I found this place and would go here for my longer runs. Once you get past the elementary school it’s really peaceful and quite place. For that fact that I could run in peace, enjoy a nice sunrise if I ran early enough and be able to have nice talks with the man above. IMG_8045

8. Frosty Fare- Mmmmmmmmm one of the BIGGEST perks about living in BG is the awesome ice cream shops that are in town. DQ held the crown for awhile but obviously since new management its gone down hill (in my opinion). Frosty Fare however, was a hidden gem I heard about last summer and my oh my every time I go it hits the spot!IMG_8049

7. The Union- The union sticks out to me again just because I’ve been there so much and a lot has happened here that I’ll remember. Like Surf Club was started in this building so I mean that’s part of BGSU History haha. From the “Cru Table” all my friends sit at and share laughs to the greatness that is Peanut Butter Mood from Jamba Juice ha (S/O to everyone that has given me meal plan so I can get one haha). IMG_8057

6.  The Ridge House- Well umm I never lived here ha, but this place is like the 1st place where I met a lot of my friends in Cru. I can remember going here for the opening weekend party and meeting people there which became great friends and just really helped me understand what a great community we have in BG. On top of that just countless other times I’ve been here knowing something fun was probably going to happen (S/O to Allie, Liz, and America). IMG_8054

5. Grounds for Thought- Sorry Flatlands your not my favorite coffee shop in town, side note RIP Parker Coffee hahaha. Anyway last summer I really began to spend a lot of time in the mornings here just reading and journaling. This time really helped me grow spiritually and taught me a bunch of other stuff from books I was reading. Then I’ve had some awesome conversations with people here so like that’s dope ha, it’s just a chill spot that I can focus on work and things of that nature. IMG_8052

4. Prout Chapel- In my amateur photographer opinion I took some sweet pictures here I just choose this one out of all of them ha. Yeah so like Prout is insane, like I’ve had so many memories of worship, prayer, and other things in here I can’t call out a specific time because there has been so many. In between my classes if I’m not in the union you can probably find me in here waiting for my next class.iIMG_8065

3. Olscamp- Ha I’ve only had like 2 classes in here but like I remember more of the time I’ve been here for Surf Club (lol), Brookside, or Cru. I was baptized here I mean come on! This place is full of God’s presence! Again so many memories from awesome Brookside services, messages, baptisms to Cru on Thursday nights. IMG_8068

2. Shatzel Hall- Yeah if you didn’t know I’m low key kind of a big deal at Shatzel Hall. I hammock here like ALL the time and people that work there call me The Hammock Guy so I’m a bit of a legend lol. Some great times again just hanging out (see what I did there) reading, writing poems, journaling, praying, and worshiping here. I remember like both times we worshiped here it was in a down pour of rain both times and it was just awesome! IMG_8062

  1. Arubbah House- Ok I saved the best for last, I lived here for 2 years and words can’t describe my feelings toward this place. I know it looks sketchy and is but it’s fine. How this place has changed from when I first moved in to the countless additions of couches, glory and pirate flags, flowers, and a bar this place looks way better than it did before. Memories on memories here man. Throwing bangers and campfires all the time to the amazing conversations with my roommates and funny times with them to having friends over whenever they wanted ha. This place is a floodgate of glory and is filled to the chimney (if there is even one) with God’s presence. Was an honor to live here with some of my best friends. IMG_8034

We All Have A Story

Last night a friend of mine told me about this thing called Ember up in Toledo. It sounded awesome so I went with him a few other friends to it. It is a ministry that really has some cool stuff going on they have an incredible energy that just gets you super stoked. So yeah it was an awesome night and now I’ll get back to the main point I wanted to write about it.

We came in a bit late so the worship had already started and like that moment I felt The Spirit’s presence in the room. The energy and happiness in that room was off the chart! Side note, I love making jokes about drugs and relating it to the Holy Spirit haha anyway there was a fire outside from a grill and my friend and I made a joke that everyone was hitting the Spirit hard cause there was a lot of smoke ha. Ok now, yeah the worship was awesome and that was just the start of the night.

It was a special night there because they had two guys share their stories. Both of these guys Jay and Dave literally had been from hell and back. Jay joined a gang when he was around the age of 10! That was like the start of it for him, he was doing that stuff then got into a wicked accident in which he flew like 50 feet and went into a comma for a day and miraculously came out of it against all the doctors opinions! He was in and out of juvenile hall and was still out with the wrong crowd. Later he was shot trying to confront someone who just stole his cousin’s car and they shot him 3 times. He was saying that he felt his body going cold and thought that death was near. Luckily somehow he was saved by the doctors, who told him that he’d probably walk with a gimp for the rest of his life and guess what yo…bro doesn’t he was waling fine the next day ha! PTL ha yeah! Then he started selling drugs and that started some more problems with the law and he went to jail and he said that really made him realize that he needed to stop this life so he would be able to see his kids. He started to go to Bible studies and church services and dudes life just has took a 180. He was baptized at Ember a few months ago and I guess some guy went up to him and told him he wasn’t going to jail and that God’s giving him one last chance and if he doesn’t accept it he would die. Oh yeah he had nightmares of getting shot and this random guy pretty much knew about it..wicked stuff. But yeah he got probation instead of a jail sentence so that like was awesome. I talked to him after and he told me that he is really considering helping troubled youth and addicts. Totally see this guy doing great stuff with that, his passion was incredible if ya’ll could keep him in your prayers.

Second guy, Dave, was such a cool guy talked with him after forward and he plays in a reggae band that does Christian music. Since I love reggae music it was awesome talking to him and hopefully he’s able to come play a show near where I’m going to school. Well he did a lot of drugs and pretty much lived a rock star life since he was in bands most of his life. Was addicted to some bad stuff was in rehab 8 times none of which worked. His childhood was interesting I’m talking about some of it just too much, but his friends since it was the 70’s he said had access to a lot of drugs. So he said they had “after school tryouts” in which they would try whatever they could get. He told us about this time that he came home and these guys where robbing his house and they put a gun to his neck and stole a lot of his possessions and his car. He started to pray he told us and all of sudden he realized what a mess his life was and that he needed to stop so he did…all on his own no rehab. He said God fixed everything he’s been trying to figure out in 20 years in one night ha. He stopped playing in the one band he was in because it was the best for him and he started his new band, like I mentioned earlier, Son Rising. Just another incredible story that shows what God can do.

God uses us all because he loves us all we just have to reach out to him and he’ll be there for us forever. Ironically I’m listening to Forever by Kari Jobe right now ha. Hearing stories of what God has done in people’s lives are always so awesome and they truly show that if we just commit to God he will provide in miraculous ways for us. I struggled with thinking that my story was not “good” enough because I never did crazy drugs, partied hard, or any other thing like that so I didn’t think it could impact anyone. But I gave my story when I was baptized November of my freshman year of college and afterword a woman came up to me and told me that my story was great and that it touched her. So that was awesome to hear and now I’ve realized that no matter where you’ve been and what you’ve done or haven’t your story is great no matter what and you never know if it can impact someone unless you tell it. I encourage anyone who reads this to tell your story to someone.

Now I’m listening to Forever Reign….Love this chorus

I’m running to your arms 
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign