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MARK 10:13-16

“People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:13-16 

When we started our vbs preparations these verses set our foundation. Personally these words of Jesus really was my biggest motivator and gave me purpose and drive for this vbs. Today was the last day, we finished strong and I believe we walked out these verses and brought them to life. 

In our ending service we had a time where I shared the gospel with all the kids and asked if they wanted to accept Jesus in their lives and receive salvation. Almost every single kid raised their hand. The staff team got in a line and prayed over each kid and welcomed them to the Kingdom. 

From the bottom of my heart this was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever witnessed. As I was explaining to the kids what just happened and what this meant to God I couldn’t help but cry. Tears of joy were rolling down my face because I couldn’t help but rejoice in what god has done. 

I truly believe that God did something special. He has planted seeds, called His children home and brought them into a loving relationship. This made absolutely everything worth it. That moment was what we all worked so hard for this week, to witness salvation and see the gospel and love of Jesus shower these children. Praise God for what He has done! 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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OH HAPPY DAY

If you know me you will now that I am most definitely not a morning person by any means. I just don’t do mornings. People call me an owl because I’m more alive at 3am at night than anytime in the day. I literally sometimes think I’m nocturnal. 

But being the director for vbs this year I have to be at church earlier than I would usually like. I try to get there by 7:45 each morning. These past couple days mornings were a struggle and I would be pretty grumpy and groggy when I got to church. But today was very different. 

I woke up a little past 6 am (which is when I sometimes go to bed lol) and I felt great. I got ready while singing and worshipping and set off for my day. I was all smiles and happiness this morning during our staff meeting and getting things prepared. The reason I think this was the case is because I absolutely love doing vbs. 

Walking into an empty church, knowing that in a few hours the halls and rooms will be filled with God’s children ready to learn about Him. Knowing the quietness will soon be interrupted with rejoicing sounds of laughter and worship really excites me. 

How could I not be filled with joy and excitement? There’s a particular song from our vbs this year that wouldn’t depart from my mind or lips this morning. 

It is a happy day knowing that the day will be filled with children meeting and encountering the living God. What a way to start the day, with anticipation and expectations knowing God will do something amazing. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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SUN UP TO SUN DOWN

I was at church from 7:45am til 9:30pm today. VBS was finished around 2ish and I need to come back to church anyways for Refresh tonight at 7 so I just decided to stay at church, take a little nap there and then prepare before Refresh. 

Overall it was an amazing day. VBS went really well. Yesterday we had some struggles and challenges but today was great, couldn’t have asked for more. Refresh was also a great time. We all spent time on our own going through scripture finding stories and verses that spoke into our current lives and circumstances. It was a great way to be in scripture as well as be vulnerable to share with one another how we were all doing. 

Even though I was at church all day, was tired and a bit exhausted, I loved it. Days like today I’m reminded this is what I love. Being in the house of the Lord, serving the Kingdom and being with the Father and other brothers and sisters in Christ. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life and I’m glad that’s exactly what I will be doing. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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DAD’S SHOP

Since my mom is in Korea I’ve been going to my dad’s shoe repair shop every day to help out. Today’s original plan was to help out for a little and then go to church to do some final preparations for vbs. But things didn’t go as planned and I ended up being at my dad’s til close with my sister. 

I wasn’t there because I had to or needed to but because I wanted to. Especially these past few months I’ve been crazy busy and haven’t really had much time to spend with my dad especially. Sometimes by the time I get home my dad’s in bed so I don’t get to see home for days at times. 

Even though I had things I could have been doing today I wanted to take full advantage and just be with my dad. It’s a great time being with him, helping out and just spending quality time together. Whenever I’m with Him it’s always a time of joy and peace. He is someone I can talk to about everything and someone who always knows how to make me laugh. 

Especially this weekend with vbs right around the corner I’ve been feeling the stress and anxiety slowly kicking in. So it was a much needed time to take my mind off of things and be with the greatest guy in the planet, my dad. I’m blessed and thankful God gave me this opportunity today to take time away from everything else and spend it with my family. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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HE KEEPS ANSWERING

Almost every morning so far this week I’ve woken up to great news through emails and texts about people interested in our vbs next week and stuff like that. It has caused me to wake up with some sort of expectation and excitement before looking at my phone. I wasn’t disappointed this morning.

As soon as I looked at my phone I saw a handful of messages from one of my kids moms and she was telling me how two kids who don’t attend church currently are going to be coming to our vbs. The moment I saw that my face lit up. There’s nothing like waking up to an answered prayer. 

For about a month now we’ve been praying that God would use this vbs as an opportunity to bring children who don’t know Jesus closer to Christ. God has been answering that prayer but He proved today that He isn’t done. It’s truly amazing to see how God keeps answering our prayers and doing the unexpected! I am beyond excited to see what more He has in store next week!

I saw God today.

Did you?

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WHEN PRAYERS BECOME REALITY

I can’t believe it’s already been 4 weeks since we have been preparing for our VBS. It has been a long and busy 4 weeks but honestly a really enjoyable time. God gave me a true conviction from the beginning of preparation, I do the best of my ability on my part and have faith and trust in God and He will do the rest. That was our big prayer topic during or vbs prayer meetings, fully trusting in God to work in the hearts of our kids and parents so His children can take one step closer to Him. Another big prayer point we’ve been praying about was for this vbs to be a ministry and bridge to spread the gospel to kids who God really desires to have a relationship with. 

One thing I haven’t been focusing on at all was the number of attendees. To be honest I was convicted from the beginning that I will give it my all if it’s for 1 kid or for 100. The number didn’t matter. But through that I believe God moved and revealed that He is wanting to do the unexpected. 

Just about a month ago I was expecting about 15 kids to be at our vbs. Due to busy schedules and people being out of town a lot of our kids can’t come to our vbs. But through the grace of God He has opened opportunities for other kids in the community to register for our vbs and now we are expecting over 30 kids. That’s crazy. 

There are these two brothers in my children’s ministry who I really really wanted to come to vbs since they have never attended before. I thought it would be a great experience for them and would be a huge stepping stone in their faith. But their dad told me a month or so ago that they will be going to Korea right after school is out so they couldn’t come. 

But randomly last Sunday their dad came up to me and said He’s really been contemplating about pushing back their flight so their kids could come and he said he would get back to me. This morning I woke up to an email from him saying that they will be going to Korea on a later date so they could attend vbs. Praise God!! 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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PERSONAL PRAYERS

These past few weeks at Refresh we’ve had great opportunities to share prayer requests as a community and pray for one another. But today I wanted to do something different. Even though it’s extremely important to pray for others I believe it’s crucial to pray for yourself. If you’re like me interceding is sometimes easier than personal prayers, but I believe it’s very important to learn and challenge yourself to spend personal intimate time with God. 

We started off with worship and then for the remainder of the time we scattered in the room and had our own individual times with the Lord in prayer. It was a beautiful sight seeing my brothers and sisters spending intentional time on their own in the presence of the Father and taking steps closer to Him. 

For me it was a really powerful and needed time. To be honest it’s been a while since I’ve spent intentional time praying for my personal relationship with God and basking in His presence. It was truly rejuvenating, convicting and uplifting to have that time on my own with God. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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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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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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