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CLUTCH

We are finally done with vbs decorations and now officially 6 days away from vbs. This week is dedicated to doing our final program preparations and for me to have meetings with all our crew and station leaders. I was at church before one of my meetings preparing some things when my computer started acting up pretty bad. I wasn’t able to open any of my apps or open any of my documents. That’s when panic mode kicked in because all my vbs stuff that’s crucial in preparation is saved on my computer. 

It couldn’t have been any worse timing. I was able to finish all my meetings and do everything I needed to for the day without getting to the documents but I need them for the rest of the week. I’m really bad with computers and I had no idea what to do so I began to freak out because without my computer I’m doomed for vbs. So I called my best friend who is a tech wiz to see if he could help me out despite his busy schedule. 

He met up with me as soon as possible and started to scope things out. After about 4 hours he was able to figure everything out and now my computer is like new. It was such a relief and I am so thankful he was able to come through. If it wasn’t for him I couldn’t imagine what would have happened for me. He came in clutch. 

Moments like these I’m so thankful and blessed to have brothers like him in my life. Even though he is very busy and has a lot going on he took time out of his schedule to help me out in a time of need. I’m really grateful to have selfless people like him in my life that are always looking out even when I don’t deserve it. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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TAKE A LISTEN

Last year during our vbs I had the privilege and blessing to meet a brother in Christ who came to help out. Ever since then we have kept in contact and seen eachother in passing. Finally after a year I was able to meet up with him tonight and grab dinner to get to know eachother a little more and also talk about our vbs this year. 

I have had the blessing to have my path cross with the paths of many amazing people. But this man’s story and character is truly one of a kind. As we were eating he shared his testimony. We ended up talking for about 2 hours and during the whole time I was in awe. 

His story is like something I would see on a YouTube video or read in a book. It’s crazy everything he has been through in his 35 years of life. But what really stuck out to me was seeing God in and throughout his whole story. 

It’s truly amazing to listen to how God has been moving in people’s lives. Through testimonies you can witness that God really is alive and how He does do miracles. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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SOLID DAY

After only a few hours of sleep I woke up this morning anticipating a groggy and tired day. I had no motivation or energy at all on my way to school and the only thing I could think about was figuring out how I could make time to take a nap. But I couldn’t have been any more wrong on how my day would be. It was one of those days where you look back and absolutely nothing was negative, just a solid good day. 

  • As soon as I sat down to meet with someone on campus my friend pops out of nowhere, puts an iced americano (my go to beverage) on the table, gives me a quick smile and disappears. What more could I ask to begin a day. 
  • Had an amazing thought provoking discussion with a guy I’ve been meeting up with on this book we are reading. 
  • Spent one of my classes outside in the beautiful weather. 
  • Had my guilty pleasure of a 5-way at Skyline Chili. 
  • Met up with one of my professors about a grade I got on my essay that I wasn’t satisfied with. Got it bumped up 10 percent so now I still have my A in the class. 
  • 4 of my friends from school came to Refresh tonight and one of them led worship for us. Refresh itself was amazing with a much needed time of worship, prayer, scripture reading and meditation. 
  • It was especially nice being able to share that moment with friends from school. 
  • Went to our campus chapel service. It was crazy how the message was a continuation of what we focused on at Refresh tonight. Had upbeat worship where I experienced true freedom that I haven’t recently. 
  • Ended the night with a nice drive filled with laughter with my buddy. 

What more could I ask for? Today was a day overflowing with countless blessings. All day I could experience peace and joy given to me by the presence of the Lord. I can sleep happy tonight 🙂

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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FLIP FLOP

Something I have been realizing more and more this year is how my life is really split between school life and church life. I have my community at school and separate community at church, but it’s to a point where I feel like at times I’m living two lives. But tonight God gave me the opportunity to bring those two spectrums into one picture. 

Two of my brothers from school joined us at Refresh tonight for Bible study. They came on Sunday to hear me preach and they enjoyed the community and atmosphere so they decided to come out to Refresh. It was so nice being able to interact with these brothers outside a school setting and grow together spiritually. I loved how they were able to experience a side of me they don’t see at school. 

But it got even better. After Refresh one of my dear sisters in Christ and member of Refresh wanted to check out my schools worship service that happens every Wednesday night. So she tagged along with me to go. She was one of the first friends I was able to bring to CCU. It was a blessing to have someone from church experience worship with me at school and outside of our comfort zone. 

It was awesome seeing my two worlds come together tonight. I’m truly thankful that God has given me the opportunities to have two diverse and different communities but I’m also thankful He has allowed for those two communities to blend together. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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WELCOME TO CINCY

It’s funny how some things work out. Two of my brother from Atlanta didn’t know I was going to be visiting this past week and they actually planned a trip for this coming weekend to surprise me. So even though it wasn’t a surprise anymore and I saw them down in Atlanta they came up for the weekend. 

All day today I took them around the city and got to show them a little bit of my life. Both of these brothers were people I truly became close with during my internship a couple years ago and remain close with today. One of them was in my small group while I was down there and I was his retreat counselor and that’s how we became close. Now he is in college, it’s crazy how much a couple years can change things. The other brother is someone I served along side with for youth ministry down there and someone I truly consider a brother. 


Whenever I go down to Atlanta they really take care of me and show me hospitality. So I’m thankful God gave me the opportunity to return the favor as they came to my home for the first time. We had a blast going around Cincinnati today, mostly eating lol. 

I’m blessed to have these brothers in my life. Spending moments together like today really are priceless and I’m glad I have these relationships that god allows to continuously grow despite the distance. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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BABY PRAYER

I was planning on driving back to Cincinnati from Atlanta today, but the moment I woke up I changed my mind. As I stared at my unpacked suitcase and thought about driving for 7 hours I couldn’t get myself to do it. So I said why not and decided to prolong my little trip one more day 🙂 

I told myself not to have any guilt and just enjoy this extra day. So to start off I took lunch to my mentor pastor’s house and ate with his family while spending time with his 8 month old daughter which was a blast. Afterwards went to the driving range with my cousin and friend and hit some balls while enjoying the almost 80 degree Atlanta weather, since Cincinnati will be the total opposite. For dinner I went to the best Chinese restaurant I’ve ever been to with my cousin and his wife, followed by boba. 

To conclude my last night in Atlanta I wanted to visit one of my friends and see his wife and 2 year old daughter since I don’t get to see them often. I had a great time playing with her and acting like dinosaurs. Then as I was about to leave God did a little something to my heart through that little girl. 

I put on my shoes and I was about to leave when my friends wife told the daughter she should pray for me before I left. Surprisingly she speaks really good Korean for her age. Her mom would pray and she would repeat after her. As I listened to her cute precious little voice praying a prayer over me my heart was filled with joy. What more could I ask for? 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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FEELING THE LOVE

I couldn’t have asked for a better time on this trip to Atlanta. It’s funny how sometimes the most spontaneous decision become the best. I had no plans on coming down here until Sunday, the day I left and it has been exactly what I needed. I’ve been getting tons of rest, having a lot of fun, but most importantly been surrounded by the greatest people. 

All day today I have been feeling the love from everyone around me. Overwhelmed by the love of others. Spent time with a dear brother of mine over some real good southern country cookin and had great conversation. Then I went over to the church I interned at a couple years ago to talk to the pastor about some things, which led to a time where I could really be open with him and ask for advice and be prayed over. That really meant a lot, to have someone there to give me guidance and pour over me in prayer. 

Tonight my cousins took me to an Atlanta Hawks game which was loads of fun. Basketball is my favorite sport but I’ve actually never been to an NBA game. My cousin’s wife works for the Hawks now so since I was in town she got us tickets so I could go and I was so grateful. I only get to spend time with my cousins that live here only a couple times a year, so nights like tonight really means a lot to me. 

Overall today was a day where I experienced the overwhelming love of God through others around me. I’m thankful beyond words for all the moments spent with each person. God truly has spoiled me with some amazing people in my life that I have the opportunity to call family and friend. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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JUST WHERE WE LEFT OFF

The reason I love coming to Atlanta and pick Atlanta to be my getaway location is because of my brothers and sisters here. I always know if I come here I can find rest and joy being with great people. The sad part is I’m always limited to my time in this city and everyone lives busy lives so it’s hard to catch up with everyone. 

But this time around there was someone I really wanted to see no matter what. He’s a guy I met during my internship here a few years back who became a true friend and a brother in Christ who I was able to grow with and lean on. I came to Atlanta this time to really find rest and rejuvenated and I didn’t think that could happen without meeting up with him. 

It wasn’t the easiest making it work out but we were able to find a time to catch up on life even if it was for a brief moment. Seeing him and talking was extremely nostalgic. It brought back those amazing memories from my summer internship and all the good times that happened. 

But what’s really awesome is how even though time has passed we just start where we left off. Nothing changed and still today we were able to bond and laugh together like the good old days. I’m glad God has placed people like him in my life that I can find joy with and share laughter. The relationships God forms are really something special. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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BABY

This week is my spring break and randomly on Sunday I decided to take a much needed vacation and head down to Atlanta for the week. It’s was such a spontaneous decision. So right after church I packed my bags and got to Atlanta last night. I’ve been under a lot of stress so I thought it would be nice to have a time to breathe and relax and spend some time with people dear to my heart. 

I spent some time with a brother of mine who is from Cincinnati but moved down here a couple years ago. We did a lot of catching up and spent some quality time like back in the days. Then I met my mentor pastor and his family for dinner. He is one of the real reasons I wanted to come, so I can have someone to talk to and just chill with. 

It was only the second time I got to see his 8 month old daughter. Seeing her and holding her in my arms was such a blessing. It puts a smile on my face to finally see him and his wife happily with a child, living as amazing parents. 


Seeing baby Evelyn and having her in my arms and seeing her smile (and cry) filled my heart with this unexplainable joy I haven’t felt in a while. It’s weird how just holding a baby and seeing such a beautiful creation can make you see God and His beauty. She definitely made my trip and I thank her for making me smile ear to ear 🙂 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE 

You know the day after you run a marathon you feel absolutely drained and almost go delusional? Well I’ve never ran a marathon but I bet that’s how you feel. That’s how I felt today. Sunday-Wednesday was my marathon filled with nonstop assignments and responsibilities. Today I underwent the after effects. 

I woke up feeling lost, like a zombie in a foreign land, dazed and confused going delusional. The last thing I wanted to do was go to school, especially since today was my long day 12:30-6. I forced myself to have motivation and I went. 

My first class was extremely boring and To be honest I did not want to be there. I felt like it just made me more crazy and put me in a weird mood. So I made up my mind that I would skip my next class, call it a day and go home. So as soon as the class was over I got my stuff and told my three friends I’m leaving but they totally stopped me in my tracks. 

All three of them looked at me with serious loving eyes and told me skipping was not a good idea. One of my friends even gave me a motivational speech saying how next week is spring break so we can get through this week lol. At first I didn’t care and I was still going to leave but they were persistent. In that moment I felt extremely thankful. 

Being in ministry one of my duties is holding other people accountable, but what I’ve realized is that it’s been a really long time since I’ve felt like someone kept me accountable. In that moment today I was so thankful God has placed these brothers and sisters in my life that do hold me accountable and stand by my side to help better my self. God has gifted and blessed me with some great friends. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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