I’m referring to the change of scenery and to the change of atmosphere I’ve been in lately. I knew leaving Bowling Green was going to be very hard, I knew that finding a new community of believers was going to be hard. I’ve been going to a solid church and have met some awesome people but like things are just different like I’m so used to people talking about seeking revival, constantly talking about what the Lord is doing in their lives, praying over one another, and just things of that nature. I know that it’s a little different now since in college we didn’t have many obligations and we could hang out whenever and have spontaneous worship or intersession really anytime. Now all these people have these things called “full-time jobs” and they have to go to them. Luckily, I have a couple of people that are near me that I can have solid spiritual conversations with but they are busy a lot so I maybe talk to them every other week. It’s a transition that has been rough to be honest. I was anticipating that but until it actually came I didn’t know how to handle it. Still don’t, I mean I make it a priority to be in the Word every morning but there is no one to really talk to about what the Lord has been showing me or things like that. If I told my parents they’d have no clue what I was talking about and probably tell me to stop being addicted to Jesus and convince me I’ve been brainwashed for the last few years. Any who don’t want to get to into it with that, just has made me realize what a blessing it was to have been in such an incredible community of men and women who would do anything to see God move in BG/Toledo.
I always remember this one night my roommate and I just like got zonked listening to spontaneous songs for who knows how long it was. We just woke up and felt His presence so much in the house and were like whoaaaa dude haha. Then like one of the coolest things that we do is United on Monday nights. It started during our freshman year and every Monday since then we just worship the Lord and let His presence fill the room and see what happens. I miss those nights so much, like the love for the Lord and one another in that room is so awesome! We’d sing If Jesus Was A Bartender (song my roommate made) and just give the highest praises man. I have so many stories of just crazy awesome things that have gone on during those meetings and like random times where my roommates and I would be praying together in the middle of the night and just are on our faces in front of the Lord. I miss those times so much because like a lot of the time we’d have same revelation going on and we’d rejoice and now like I’m in my quiet place doing my thing knowing things are happening because of my prayers but it’s just weird I guess. The community I was in at Ember in Toledo was again incredible like the amount I grew from being there and the miracles that I got to see and witness and be apart of always blew my mind. Just kept making my faith grow and grow. The encouragement I’d receive there and back from my friends at BG was always right on point and refreshed me. That really doesn’t happen now, I love personal notes and bunch of my friends wrote me notes when I graduated and I was reading them this morning and let some tears shed just from all the memories and how much I miss them.
Time had to come for me to move on from being at school in BG and starting a new journey of life. Since the start of this journey has been tough it’s just hard to not look back and want those same things that were so awesome over there to be over here as well. Constantly praying that God will provide for me during this season has been hard and not wondering to much of what if I still was going to Australia. Yeah man I just miss the crap out of my friends in NW Ohio and am so grateful that I’ve been able to know them. Where ever I go I hope that I’m able to meet men and women who also are wanting to see revival. Peace and love.
1 Peter 3:8
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
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