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HAPPY WORKER

We had a graduation party at church today for all our high school graduates in youth group. It was a great time of fellowship and enjoying each other’s company. After the celebrations we did vbs decorations with everyone that is volunteering. But we had one kid help who actually can’t make it during vbs, but through him I was really blessed. 

The AC was not working today at church. It couldn’t have been a worse day, with it being over 80 and extremely humid. Inside of the church felt even worse. I tried to stay positive as possible but I was nonstop sweating and I found myself even complaining. 

But through it all that one boy was smiling for the whole 5+ hours he was helping out. The reality is he didn’t even have to be there, he didn’t have to help. But out of the kindness in his heart and his desire to serve God he was giving it his everything. 

Constantly he would come up to me and ask what more he could do. That attitude really was inspiring and encouraging to me. God gave me conviction through him today. Conviction to always be optimistic and be joyful in all circumstances serving God.

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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THUMBS UP TO PRAYER

For my first step in my ordination process I have been put into a mentoring group with other candidates and two mentor pastors that I have been meeting with since January. We only have one more group meeting before this phase is over, but before the meetings are over we meet with the mentors alone and today was that day for me. 

I met with my two mentor pastors to talk about what they have thought of me throughout these past months. Then we discussed the results of a psychological assessment I took. One of the only negative things that came up on the assessment and after my examination with the psychologist was that I have high anxiety. So my mentors just wanted to know more about my situation and why I felt this way. 

After we talked about it we moved on to different topics and was about to conclude our meeting when suddenly one of my mentors asked if she could pray for me. They both laid hands on me and prayed for healing and break through. In that moment I experienced a true sense of freedom and could feel the Holy Spirit really stirring in my heart. 

That time of prayer was really unexpected but super needed. God knew that I needed that and He provided through the obedience of my mentors. Moments like this I am reminded of the true power of prayer. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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EMAIL

On New Year’s Day of this year I prayed a prayer to God asking Him to use me completely for His works here in Cincinnati and in my church since this will be my last year here serving. God has definitely been answering that prayer and has opened door after door, even though sometimes a lot to handle. Ultimately I’m so thankful He has been allowing me to serve Him in so many different ways. 

One in which is our VBS. I’m beyond excited to lead the VBS this year, especially because how much I value this ministry. I personally like to view VBS as an evangelism tool as well. A way to spread God’s message to children that don’t attend church currently. I’ve been trying to get the word out as much as possible to people outside of our church and today I received the first email of interest from someone I didn’t know. 

It may not seem like a big deal but to me it was a joyful moment. Being able to read an email from a parent who is really interested in sending their kids to our VBS. This simple email brought me confirmation and motivation that God is desiring to move through this years VBS and I’m so glad to be a part of it! 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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IMPERFECT 

Today was a day I had to deal with many emotions and feelings that I have faced in a very long time. There were things that came up that challenged me immensely. Challenged to keep my cool during tribulations, trust in God not myself, be optimistic when it seems impossible, to be a leader to those around me even when I don’t know what I’m doing. 

Days like today God gives me the opportunity to learn a lot about myself. He has revealed my imperfections but through that helped me realize that’s why I need Him and His strength even more. It’s really interesting how so much can be learned through the most unlikely of ways. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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ALL ABOUT THE TEAM

We are a little over two weeks away until our vacation Bible school kicks off. The Jong about our church is we go all out for VBS and really see it as a ministry to bring our children and other children in the community into the Kingdom of God. So we always like to go big with our decorations and put in a lot of time and effort.

We have designated 3 weeks for decorations and this week is week 2 and we are getting a lot done. But for these decorations to happen we need man power which means volunteers to help out which means taking time out of their busy schedules. Today we had 4 people including myself put in over 5 hours of decorating and we accomplished way more than expected. 

Days like today I am so thankful and blessed for my team. It’s incredible that God has given so many people the same vision and passion to serve Him in such a way. The reality is I can’t do any of this stuff on my own. It’s one thing to be the director but it’s the team that really makes it happen. 

I’m beyond thankful God has placed so many people in my life to serve along side. We can learn from Jesus to know that ministry and serving isn’t done alone. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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WHEN IN LOVE

I spent majority of my day at church (again) doing some more VBS preparations. Went in around 4:30 left around 10 but I did not see the time passing by at all. I was literally blown away that I was at church for so long but that’s when I realized something. 

I absolutely love being at church, spending time with brothers and sisters in Christ, serving God. Days like today it’s just another reminder that I am in love with what I do and I wouldn’t change it for the world. 

Being in ministry comes with its challenges for sure, but to me, they are all worth it. All the sacrifice, time commitment, busy schedules, all of it. When you are in love with what you do nothing else matters. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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BEGIN WITH PRAYER

VBS is officially 26 days away! With school finally being over I have the capacity to give my %100 in focusing on VBS and I am super excited. But what really got me excited and passionate was our first prayer meeting tonight. 

Our first official VBS staff meeting is this Sunday, where we will be focusing on all the logistical things, but before that meeting I thought it was necessary to have a gathering to focus on praying for ourselves and for the VBS. It was amazing. It was so nice having the ability to only focus on prayer instead of thinking about everything we need to do and all the tedious things. 

But through this time is when God really touched my heart. He reminded me why I have been called to lead this VBS this year and He allowed my heart to truly focus on Him. What was even more powerful was that I was able to take part in this time with all the individuals that shared the same heart. 

At the end of the day there is only so much we can do with our human hands and motives. It’s through prayer and sharing in God’s heart that we can actually step into action. Prayer needs to be the beginning of all things and be the continuating factor through it all.

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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IN THROUGH YOUR NOSE. OUT THROUGH YOUR MOUTH. SMILE :)

After a mountainous few weeks of too much stress and overcapacity, through the grace of God, I am finished with this semester! I can’t believe I am officially one semester away now from graduating. Words can’t express how I feel right now. 

Every “end of the semester” is challenging but this time it was a total new beast to conquer. Usually it’s only finals and academics I need to worry about but this semester I had just too many things to do at one time. Finals + VBS preparations + Ordination process + Ministry = too much. 

I honestly doubted myself these past few days that I would be able to overcome these responsibilities, so to be done with atleast one thing on my checklist is such a relief. I usually don’t say this but I’m pretty proud of myself. But more I think of it there is no way in the world I could have finished without the constant provision and motivation from God. Every time I felt the weight on my shoulders get heavy and defeat knocking at my heart God whispered in my ear and gave me the push I needed. 

As soon as I got home from completing my last finals and the relief sank in, I took a deep breath in through my nose, out through my nose and smiled. Thanking God. Through these last few weeks God has revealed so many things to me. 

  • I am weak but He is strong. 
  • Everything He has set me to do is in His will. Even though it may be challenging for me to get through, with reliance on Him all is possible. 
  • To not underestimate myself, rather, always put my trust in Him. 
  • To find joy no matter the circumstances. 
  • Ultimately, everything is going to be okay. Why? Because I have God on my side. 
  • To never cease being thankful. 

God is good. He really is. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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ALL AROUND

Today I couldn’t help but encounter the presence of God all around me throughout the day. All through the day I encountered blessings and joy that filled my heart. After a very long a grueling week my heart has been comforted by the Father in so many ways. 

  • Finished 3 finals which means I only have one more to go and 2 presentations and this semester is finished! Through completing the 3 today God has revealed to me that I am able and capable to take on the challenges in front of me.
  • Started vbs decorations with some of the staff members. Seeing people take time out of their busy schedules to serve in such a way really blessed me. To know the heart and passion God has given me, He has also given to others. 
  • Had another great night at Refresh, being vulnerable as a community and praying for one another as brothers and sisters. Moments like these I witness God truly moving within this ministry and showing me what church is all about. 
  • The worship set list was filled with songs that really pertained to my current heart and led me to truly worship God and take my eyes off of myself. 

Overall it’s been an amazing day. Every moment I felt weak and weary God revealed Himself to me. His presence is all around. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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GOOD DISTRACTION 

These last few days I’ve been nonstop on the go with constant things to do with finals and ministry and it felt like everything was catching up to me today. I spent most my afternoon trying to work ahead in writing one of my final papers and I got a lot of it done but then I started to really feel burnt out and unmotivated. I felt like my body and brain was begging for a break. 

That’s when God helped me pump the brakes and made me take a step back from being overly ambitious. The guy that is leading the decorations for vbs was starting everything today and he told me I don’t need to come so I could do finals stuff but God really convicted me to take a break from studying and go help with the decorations instead. To be honest making that decision was a little hard because I had goals of finishing a couple papers by tonight so I could get things out of the way, but I knew I needed to just stop for the day and do something else. 

I’m definitely glad I went to help with decorations. It was a much needed break and it gave me time to take a breath and get distracted and get my mind off of school work for a few hours. Also throughout the time I was at church I was able to spend time with my brother talking about faith and getting to know each other a little more. It was a good time. 

Sometimes we do need to allow God to distract us. It’s okay to let God intervene and change our plans a bit. At the end of the day God knows what we need more than we do and he understands our capability more than we do. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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