Monthly Archives: December 2016

END & BEGIN WITH PRAYER

2016 has officially come to an end. Praise God for all He has done in these past 365 days. So much has happened throughout this year that I am so grateful for. It’s been a season of true growth as a son of God, servant of the Kingdom, student and human being. God has given me countless number of opportunities to meet Him, see Him and hear His voice.

My final hours of 2016 were spent in the only place I would want to be, my church. After spending the whole day with my family I went to church in the evening to play basketball with my youth boys and play board games with other church members before our service.

Our service started at 11pm and the message was on Psalm 23 which is my favorite Psalm. It put in perspective that God was my shepherd this pst year and in this new year He will continue to be the shepherd I trust in and follow. It’s not about wanting but rather following where God will lead.

The final minutes of 2016 I was able to join my family and our congregation in prayer. Praying thanksgiving and praying for what is to come. God truly allowed me to be at His feet before Him to end this past season and start the next.

I was able to really encounter intimacy during that time and hear God’s heart for me for what’s to come. I’m thankful I was able to end this year at church with my family and brothers and in sisters in Christ, in the presence of our Father.

I saw God today.

Did you?

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EVERYONE’S RETREATING

After getting back from our winter retreat yesterday I took a 6 hour nap in the day and then slept another 6 hours at night. I was so exhausted but thankfully God allowed me to have the freedom to catch up on sleep. When I woke up this morning I felt extremely refreshed and rejuvenated. The best thing was that I had nothing on my schedule for today, so I was able to have a lazy start to my day. 

As I just laid in my bed too lazy to get out of the covers I grabbed my phone and checked all my social media. In that moment, as I laid in bed, I encountered God in the most unexpected way. As I was scrolling through Instagram and Facebook I came across countless number of posts about winter retreats from brothers and sisters in Christ all over the country. Also I watched a Facebook livestream of the One Thing conference held by IHOP in Kansas City, and was able to see thousands of people in worship at the feet of Jesus. 

It was amazing to know that in various places during this week our younger generation were drawing closer to God. I was able to witness God moving like crazy in the hearts of our kids during our retreat but to know that He was doing the same all over the country in thousands of hearts really blew me away. It made me realize again how alive and how good our Father is. 

God is active in all aspects of life, in all realms of this world, in every corner and church. He is relentless in pouring His love upon His children and bringing His people to His heart. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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VOICE LOSS

What a truly blessing and privilege it was to be the speaker for our youth winter retreat. It’s funny how God made this happen. After 4 failed attempts in getting a guest speaker we resulted in myself being the not-so-guest speaker. The moment our youth pastor asked me about the position I really believed that there was a reason God opened this door and made it to be this way. Since knowing that I honestly was a little anxious and nervous because I wanted to do the best of my ability. 

Starting the first service on Monday all the way until the last service today, God lifted all those burdens from my shoulders and really spoke His heart within mine. Throughout this whole retreat I was able to witness God moving within the youth group but also within my own heart. I was able to really have confirmation once again that preaching and serving the younger generation is my calling. I was also able to rekindle my passion for sharing the word of God. 


What really touched me was experiencing pure joy throughout serving. Every moment, every message, every prayer was fueled by overwhelming joy. That’s when I realized once more that serving God and His people is when I’m the happiest and that there is literally nothing else in this world that I would rather want to do. 

After last night’s service that lasted about 5 hours my voice was gone. Preaching, worshipping and praying for 3 days in a row had me voice less. This mornings service was a slight struggle trying to speak through the squeaks and raspiness, but it worked. After my message we went into our final time of worship before we departed the retreat center. 

I really wanted to sing but my voice wouldn’t allow it so I just sang within my heart and listened. That’s when God really ravished my heart. As I was standing there in a circle hearing the voices of our kids singing out to God tears started to well up in my eyes. I could heart the pure and desperate hearts crying out to God and proclaiming His name in worship. 

That’s when I knew without a doubt that God has done His works throughout our retreat and that His works are just beginning in these hearts. Breakthrough has happened and transformation was happening. All praise, glory and honor to our Father for bringing His children to His heart. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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THE FRUITS REVEALED 

I cannot believe that this retreat is already coming to an end. Today was our last full day and it was absolutely amazing. All day I could see God’s will unfold within our community and witness our family encounter the loving God.

Our last evening worship session was simply beautiful. From the beginning to the end (which was over 4 hours) was a time overflowing with the Spirit in action. Breakthrough happened, new steps, increased intimacy etc. 

After everything ended we had a time of sharing testimonies. It was such a blessing to hear what has happened in the hearts of our kids throughout these past few days. Such a blessing to witness the growth and the works that God has provided. 

It really humbled me to hear others say how much my sermons have touched their hearts. That revealed to me that God did do His works through me and it wasn’t my will or my desires. I’m so thankful that God allowed me to be a part of His amazing works.

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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THE SOWER 

2nd day of retreat was a major success, all glory and praise to God! He truly has revealed so much to our youth group and me personally throughout today. I was able to see true unity amongst one another, individuals really encountering the Holy Spirit and people finding their hearts of worship. So thankful for all the favor and blessings He has poured down upon us. 

For some reason my sermon for tonight was the one I was most worried for. When I was preparing before the retreat a few days ago I kept hitting a road block when trying to find out what God wanted me to talk about for today’s theme, which was the parable of the sower. I knew that He wanted me to speak on that story but I just didn’t know what. 

Even today I was struggling to really discern and discover what God’s heart was for this message. So all I could do was pray and really rely on Him completely. Literally moments before I went up to speak, God filled my heart with revelation and I was able to align my heart with His. What was really powerful was that the message was not just for the kids but it was exactly what I needed to hear as well. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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HUDDLE UP

What an amazing first day of youth retreat it was. Praise God for everything He has done and all He has revealed to us. I’m so thankful that God has given us such an amazing opportunity to come before Him. 

All day it has been amazing, getting to be the guest speaker has been amazing, ahhh God is amazing. But the thing that God really used to touch my heart and prepare my heart for this retreat was our pre-worship prayer huddles. We were able to do it twice today and each time was just super needed for me. We got together with the praise team and the counselors and prayed for each other and prayer over our kids. 

As we were preparing in prayer I just knew that the presence of God was in this place but most importantly in our hearts. It’s been awhile since I’ve encountered this kind of environment of prayer and it was beautiful. Getting together with my beloved brothers and sisters with one heart of prayer. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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IN THE PEWS

Overall it was a great Christmas Day spent with the family. Good food all day long but most importantly good company. After a hectic couple weeks and with retreat starting tomorrow it was much needed for me personally to wind down and have some fun. 

The thing that really made my day was something very simple. Being able sit with my family in the same pew during church this morning. This doesn’t seem like much but for me it’s an opportunity I only get a couple times a year. Today I didn’t have any responsibilities for the service so I was able to join my family and be with them the whole time. 

While I was sitting there next to my mom celebrating Jesus with worship and hearing the message I was so thankful. Thankful to rejoice on this special day with the people who are most special to me. 

I’m so thankful I have a family here with me and family that I can attend church with. A family that I can grow in faith with and a family that I can love in Christ. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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RUNNING AROUND 

Tonight we had our Christmas Eve service at church. After many weeks of practicing and preparing presentations, each ministry performed something for the congregation. It was amazing to see everyone’s hard work pay off. I truly believe that every performance was an offering of worship out of thanksgiving for Jesus. 

For me it was a pretty busy and hectic day. I got to church many hours before the service to do some last minute preparation for the service. I was the translator for the sermon tonight as well as the MC and I also was involved in 2 of the performances. Literally the moment I got to church I felt like I was nonstop running around until I left. 

To be honest I was overwhelmed with all that I had to do, to the point I forgot the real reason of why I was doing all this. I even forgot that it was Christmas Eve for a moment. Then near the end of the service after everything was coming to an end and I took a seat I was able to catch my breath and come back to my senses. Come to the realization that today is a day of worship, a day to praise God for His son. To be honest I was disappointed in myself that I wasn’t able to have the right heart. But all in all I’m thankful that even though it was a little late, that God allowed me to open my eyes and see this day for what it is intended to be. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

BE REAL

I can’t believe that next week is already our youth winter retreat. There has been a lot of preparation, thoughts and prayers that have been going into making this retreat happen, and I can’t believe it’s already around the corner.

We have been blessed this year to have a lot of our college students come back to be counselors and I’m so excited to serve along side of them. Tonight we had a counselor/leadership team prayer meeting. To start off we went around and all shared how we have been doing, how preparation has been and our expectations for the retreat. 

Well to be honest I have been more overwhelmed this time around than in the past. I’ve been experiencing a lot of negative emotions while preparing like anxiety, stress and frustration for a lot of different reasons. But what I’ve realized was that I have been holding it all in to myself. So during our time of sharing I decided to just be real and share honestly what I’ve been going through and how I have been feeling. 

The moment I shared I felt like all the weight was lifted from my shoulders. I’m so grateful I have a community I can be real with, open up to with no judgement. But what I was really grateful for was that in response they wanted to pray for me. They put me in the middle of the circle and showered me with prayers. 

Tonight I realized again how important it is to be vulnerable and honest. The importance of having a community and a community that prays. God reminded me that I’m not alone and I have brothers and sisters always there by my side. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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MEANS THE WORLD 

For some reason I could not fall asleep last night, I’m not stressed or anything but I was so restless. I fell alseep super later and therefore I woke up super late. As I was getting myself to my senses and waking up for the day my phone buzzed. I got a Facebook message from one of my youth boys. On my lock screen I could only see a part of the message and it stated, “Hi Woojin, I don’t think I e ever told you this…”

I was a little confused since it was so random and unexpected. I opened it up and it was a very long message. Deeper I got into it tears started to form in my eyes. The whole message was him just saying how thankful he was for me and the impact I have made and been making in his life. 

Not to sound humble but I really didn’t know. I didn’t know to what extent God was using me for in his life. In that moment all I could think and feel was thankfulness, to know that God has been working through me in ways I never knew. Ultimately thankful to have a brother like him in my life. 

I didn’t know how to respond so I just asked if we could meet up. I spent a couple hours with him today over a cup of coffee and talking about life. 

Through him and his words I have realized that God is capable of doing so much more than what we intend through our actions. We may just think we are serving or caring for someone but God can move through that to do the unexpected. I realized that God has been working through my life to touch others and I am so humbled and thankful for that. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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