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.

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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.