Good News Tour

Hey Everyone!

I have been excited since I heard that Rend Collective is going on tour again this spring!

I first heard their music back in the summer of 2014, after the Art of Celebration album was released that previous spring. I fell in love with their music, as they had a sound similar to that of Mumford and Sons, yet they (Rend Collective) are Christian, where as Mumford and Sons is not .

I saw them in concert when they were on tour in early 2016, and now I am getting to see them again when they are here in March. Their first leg of their tour kicks off in the UK in February, then they are coming to the US in March and April before wrapping up their tour in the UK and Ireland in May.

I love their music, and their message, that has really struck a chord with me, and has really been something I can really relate to, and it had come at a time when I really needed to hear it, and it would sink in.

I am really excited to see them perform again, with their new album just released a few days ago.

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When You Choose to Follow God’s Will

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I have tried writing this post several times already, then scrap it because it’s not coming out right or I lose my train of thought or I lose my motivation.?

2017 was a tough year, in which God has challenged me and shown me areas in which I needed to change and step up.

The Lord has really been pressing it upon my heart to dig into his word and yield my will to his.

With that, a lot has been changing. I have known for a while that I am not one of those who is called to be a missionary in far corner of the earth, rather staying closer to home. For some of us, our mission field is our own communities.

This past year, I have been figuring out and discovering who God wants me to be. I finally have a peace about the direction my life is going and that God is in control.

There has been a lot of changes taking place for the better,

The Reason For the Season

Merry Christmas Everyone!

It is officially Christmas! Today we celebrate Jesus’ birth.

Christmas is more than just Presents and lots of yummy food. It is about remembering and honoring the birth of our Lord and Savior.

It is so easy to get caught up in the season and the festivities, and forget the reason behind why we do it.

We celebrate Jesus’ birth, because if he had not been born, how could he have died on the cross on Good Friday, and rose again Easter morning.

This Christmas Season, I have been really trying remind myself that this season is not about the material worldly gain that Christmas brings, but rather that life is so much more important things. Jesus was born in a stable, wrapped in swaddling clothes and then laid in a manger.

I know I have so much to be thankful for. Life isn’t always easy, and I don’t always know what the next step is. I do know that I have Jesus to lean on and that he is right there with me, every moment of every day, and that all in all my life is truly blessed. I get to wake up each day in a place with clean water, a roof over my head, clothes for each season, food to eat. I also get to live in a country where I am able to serve God, and openly go to Church. There is still persecution, But it could be so much worse.

The Cares of Life

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This evening, as I was trying to get everything done after a busy day, while preparing for another busy day tomorrow, I realized how busy I have been the past few weeks.

In that realization, the lord had put it on my heart that in the busyness of life, I had allowed the devil to use that busyness and the cares of life take up more and more of the place God should be.

I don’t want the cares of life and being busy with tasks that aren’t necessarily helping to further the spreading of the gospel or taking the time and place I had previously devoted to God.

It is so easy to get caught up in life, work, looking for work, events, functions and let reading and praying slide because your tired and had a long day. Believe me, I know how easy it is.

God is always faithful to remind me of what is important, and that I need to read my bible and seek him every day.

When God Stops You in Your Tracks

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This year has been a tougher year. I really feel like I have been stretched and tried.

Today I feel like it hit me, that sometimes God stops us dead in our tracks because we got complacent and he wants us to change the course we are on.

A little back story, I had been laid off from the job I had had for nearly 2 and a half years back in March. I have spent the last few months struggling financially. The job I have now came along at the perfect time, though it is only seasonal, and in about another month or so, I will be without a job again. I have been actively looking for work in the area I am in, to no avail. That got me thinking, “this isn’t working, this is not where I am supposed to be. Where does God want me to be and what does he want me to be doing?”

I had attended a university in a small rural town in the middle of farm country. The towns I lived in, were a better fit for me than the city ever has been. Between living the city and growing up in a big church in the city, I felt lost and that I was a square peg trying to fit into a round hole.

There are times, that God does want us to bloom where we are planted, and we are to find why we are supposed to be doing where we are. Conversely, there are times God calls us to go someplace else, and where we are at is not where he can best use us.

A few years back, I had kind of been discussing this with a good friend of mine, who is like a sister to me, had told me “the right thing at the wrong time, is the wrong thing”, meaning, even when you know that something is the right choice for you, but it’s not the right time for you to be doing it, than it is the wrong thing for you at that point in time. I have also heard it similarly put, “When God answers pray, sometimes it’s a yes, other times it is a no and sometimes it is ‘wait’.” As there is something we need to learn or do (or both), in the interim.

As we grow in our walk with God, and in life in general, we grow and change. I am not the same as I was a year ago, let alone 5 or 10 years ago. Our goals and priorities definitely change.

Choosing to live a Christ Centered life comes with choosing what God wants over what we want. It is by no means easy, but it is better than living life without God. God calls us each to live different lives, and do different things with the lives he has given us.

While this year has been tough, I am grateful for this year. To be able to Grow, and rely on God. If it weren’t for him, I would be a complete mess. He has definitely changed my goals and priorities the past few months. While I don’t know what’s next for me, once my seasonal job is over, but I have hopes that 2018 will be a year of more changes, in a good way, and that God’s will will be done.

In the Midst of Tragedy and Despair, God is Still there

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This week has been particularly rough. It has been one of those weeks when it feels like God is so far away, and you scratch your head. Some people would wonder why God allows such things happen to good people.

On Sunday, there was the tragic shooting at the church in Texas.

This afternoon, when I woke up after having worked last night, I found out that something tragic had happened to a family that attends the roseburg branch of the church I was raised going to. I knew this family, albeit not super well, I know the oldest daughter the best, as we have moved in some of the same circles and are only a couple years apart in age. I had stayed at this family’s house once when I had gone done with a group for special meetings. The family consisted of the parents, their two biological daughters, and their three foster children (who are also their nieces and nephew). The oldest daughter and the oldest foster daughter/ niece / older biological sister to the young man, weren’t at the house when this occurred. Long story short foster son/nephew murdered his foster mom/aunt, foster sister/cousin and younger biological sister while foster father/uncle was gone. He (the young man) has been arrested and charged (with measure 11 offenses so he will be tried as an adult). It still doesn’t seem real.

There has also been work stress lately and life stuff happening this week. Sunday night, I drove to work with a heavy heart, because my world has been changing, for the better, but there has been a lot of letting go happening. There is a part of me, and the younger me that I cannot get back, the future is uncertain, but it is also a fresh start.

In all the chaos of the past few weeks, God has felt far away, but I can also see that he is right there with me, and he’s got this. He sees the bigger picture, he knows what is next. I know he has been preparing me for something more. He has been reopening things that I had not wanted to allow myself to be when I was younger, for various reasons. He has been putting his finger on personality traits I had been repressing, because he wants to use them.

I finally got tired of fighting and am now wanting to desire the things that God wants me to do. For so long I had tried so hard to be the black sheep and little rebel of my family. I have screwed up a lot, and been through things that have changed me as a person.

Lately, I have been given a chance to see myself, as others have seen me, which has actually helped me see myself as who I am supposed.

There is a whole lot more to the story of how God has been working is my life and on my life which I will pick up at a later time.

Broken Things

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The song “Broken Things” by Matthew West has been on repeat the couple weeks.

The pages of history they tell me it’s true
That it’s never the perfect; it’s always the ones with the scars that You use
It’s the rebels and the prodigals; it’s the humble and the weak
The misfit heroes You chose

This verse really stood out to me, because it describes me and my own journey. I for sure have scars and am the “rebel”.

The past few months I have kind of felt aimless and adrift.

It took me a few times hearing this song for me to really understand the message in this song.

As I grow as a person and as a Christian, the Lord is faithful. None of us are perfect people, we are imperfect people living in a fallen world. All I have to offer God, is broken pieces, and that is what he wants, to use those broken pieces for his Glory.

In those moments where I feel like I am completely falling apart, the Lord reminds me that he is right there and there is a bigger picture and bigger things he has planned for me.