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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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CHILL

Today was the first time in the longest time I took the day fully to chill, relax and take some time for myself. I usually feel guilty on days I take off from everything but today I didn’t. While I was relaxing a prayer someone prayed over me a few weeks ago popped into my head when he said rest is a calling too. So with no guilt, I took the day to just chill and it was great. 

  • Started the day with lunch outside in the beautiful sunny 80+ degree weather with a friend
  • Continued soaking in the sun with a dopio espresso over ice (my favorite) in my hand
  • Stopped by my dad’s shop and hung out with my parents and had some good conversation 
  • Went to the driving range to work on my rusty golf game that I’ve been meaning to do forever 
  • Had a nice home cooked meal with the family 
  • Went shopping with my mom and sister 
  • Continued to eat more food lol

Overall it was a great day, a day I could spend with my mind off of things as much as possible and take a breather and enjoy every bit of life. Days like today God reminds me the importance of finding time for rest and making sure I’m pursuing happiness in all that I do. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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YESTERDAY’S PRAYERS

Last night at Refresh we had a time of sharing prayer requests and praying for one another. That’s when I shared with everyone how recently I have feeling a little burnt out and felt like I wasn’t able to give me %100 to each ministry I was leading and in my studies. That’s something that has been heavy on my heart, feeling like I’m lacking in giving my everything in all that God has placed before me. 

Because of this feel almost every day I find myself beating myself up and stressing myself out. This feeling of not being able to do my best. The truth is, it’s not easy leading 2 ministries, preaching every other Sunday and taking 7 classes. But I still have this desire to do my best in all aspects. 

After sharing this with the members of Refresh they laid hands on me and showered me with prayer. One of my brothers who prayed for me said the exact things I think I really needed to hear and what God wanted me to hear. That everything is okay, that God is still happy and that I can trust God to help me and that I’m not alone. 

Today I was on the verge of letting my stress and anxiety get the best of me when God reminded me of yesterday’s prayers. The moment I remembered those prayers I had peace in my heart and was able to resist the lies trying to overcome me. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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SERVING THROUGH DESIREĀ 

Today was community service day for Cincinnati Christian University. Ever year a day of class is cancelled and is dedicated fully on getting out and serving as a school. To be honest in the 3 years I’ve been at CCU I’ve never attended and looked at it as a day to sleep in. Yes, I’m guilty. But today I went for the first time because my ecological theology professor required us to help out with a team that is making a community garden on campus. 

One side of me went because I had to but another side really wanted to. But the moment I got to campus and encountered the 20+ people already working I experienced a vibe from every single one of them that truly desired and wanted to be there. That started to rub off on me and working was actually super enjoyable. Especially knowing what we were doing and how we were doing it as a community for the community. 

But there was one person in particular that really stuck out to me that kept grabbing my attention. He is the head of the business department and the one who organized this garden project. He is a business professor but did all this because of his passion for ecology, the environment and serving. 

I went in at 1pm and he was there since 9 in the morning but the whole time he was running around with a joy in his heart and spreading it contagiously. It was a hot day and everything was manual labor but in it all he was smiling and laughing the whole time. I was really convicted and encouraged by that. 

In all that I do for the Kingdom I want to be like him. Serving out of my passion and desire. Serving with a smile on my face and spreading good vibes. To do all things with joy. 

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 šŸ™‚

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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DISCONNECT TO CONNECT

Yesterday morning at 7:20am 8 of us and a dog headed off to Red River Gorge in Kentucky for a camping trip. This trip was mandatory for our ecological theology class and was the best assignment ever. We spent all day yesterday and today there being in the Creation, spending time with the Creator, experiencing it all together. 

It was an extremely needed time for me. This past week was pretty rough with a lot on my schedule and a ton of school work. So for this trip I decided I really needed to disconnect from everything for the 24+ hours away and pursue to connect with God and myself. So as soon as we got to the gorge I turned my phone off, stuck it in my pack and didn’t turn it on until this afternoon when we headed home. 

I couldn’t explain how valuable and beautiful that time was for me. It was challenging yet rewarding at the same time. From almost hiking 10 miles, getting lost on the trails, dealing with my back pains, sleeping in a hammock in 30 degree weather. To seeing stunning evidence of God within His creation, spending time in prayer and meditation, being one team and family building fires, having meaningful conversations, falling asleep while staring straight into the moon, waking up to hearing all of nature singing their own song, finding true satisfaction in eating a simple granola bar, sharing a cup of coffee amongst one another and discovering shalom within my heart that has been hidden beneath all the chaos of life. 

These past couple days have been filled with moments that God has given to me as gifts to restore my mind, body and spirit. To find Him and myself. To witness His hands that have worked and continue to work within the world and in me. To rediscover the value of relationship, relationship with others but most importantly what it means to be in a relationship with the Father. I have learned that sometimes to connect we must first disconnect ourselves from all that has been weighing me down. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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WINDING DOWN

It’s been a good day. Nothing out of the ordinary or too exciting, but able to find beauty in that. Enjoying a nice chill day, no stress and quite peaceful which is pretty rare for me lol. But days like these God is teaching me to lay my worries down and embrace every moment with a smile. 

After a long day of classes I was able to come home to an amazing dinner cooked by my mom. Simple things like a delicious dinner is what I’m really trying to be intentionally thankful for and not take for granted. 

After dinner and filling my tummy the food coma hit and I was getting extremely sleepy and was feeling the laziness. I told myself I would shower but ended up laying down for 30+ minutes doing nothing. That’s when I felt the urge to watch some YouTube videos of one of my favorite worship bands; United Pursuit. 

As I was laying there in a state of peace and singing along I couldn’t help but smile. What a nice way to end a day. Singing to the Lord with a warm heart filled with joy. I cherish these simple and needed moments God provides.

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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JOYFUL NOSTALGIA

It’s only Tuesday and I have been slammed this week with loads of homework to do. It’s been a tad overwhelming but I’m getting through everything pretty well. Even though I try to stay positive stress does seep in to an extent. 

As I was driving to the chiropractor after class I had the radio playing instead of my usually Spotify. I haven’t really updated my playlists for my worship songs and since I listen to them every day I kind of wanted a break. But as I was driving listening to the radio God convicted me of getting back to worship. I didn’t know what to listen to and that is when I remembered seeing a post on Facebook from a worship leader Rick Pino stating he released a new album, so I turned that on. 

The first song that came on was “Lift up your hands” which was actually a song that I saw him perform live when I was at DIscipleship training school in Hawaii. I haven’t heard the song since, which has been 4 years now. The moment I listened to it I was filled with joy. It was extremely nostalgic. 

I could remember being in the Ohana courtyard with about a thousand other brothers and sisters worshipping to this song. Goin back to that memory brought back many emotions, one being true joy and happiness. I could remember that exact moment. Standing in the congregation shoulder to shoulder with my friends, with shorts and a tank top and no shoes, jumping up and down with my hands up praising God. 

I’m glad God brought me back to that time of my life through this song today. I was reminded of a season of my life where I felt free as can be and joyful beyond measure. But what God reminded today was that I can have that heart of worship and be that way here and now. It doesn’t have to just be a past season but I can make it be a current season as well. God has convicted me to be joyful, passionate and free. To not be constrained by my current stresses but rather be free in Him. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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CHECK UP

What a beautiful day it was. My only class of the day got cancelled, it was almost 70 degrees, checked out a new coffee shop, got some homework done, went to the chiropractor, first time back to the gym since my accident and cooked delicious burgers for the fam for dinner. Couldn’t have been a better Monday in my opinion. 

There were two incidents that made my day even brighter. The first was when I went to the chiropractor. I was laying down getting my adjustment when my chiropractor asked me how I was doing, how ministry has been and how church yesterday was. For some they may think it’s their job to make small talk like that to avoid awkwardness but I don’t. It’s truly a blessing to have people like that in my life who really does care about how I’m doing and is intentional in checking up. 

After the chiropractor I went to grab a cup of coffee, take advantage of the weather and do some homework outside. It was so peaceful soaking in the sun, feeling the breeze, getting some work done over a nice cold iced dopio espresso. As I was enjoying the moment my phone buzzed and it was a brother of mine from Atlanta. 

He randomly texted me asking me if I had any prayer requests and how he could pray for me this week. This isn’t the first time he’s done this but every time I truly feel blessed. Blessed to have someone reach out, thinking about me and praying for me. But what I realized was I haven’t really thought about many personal prayer requests recently, so it was really nice getting to reflect on my life to see what areas I need prayer for. So thankful to have a friend like him praying for me miles away. 

The reality is that people in ministry ask how others are doing but don’t really get asked how they are doing, pray for others but don’t have many opportunities to receive prayer. Therefore to have people in my life that reach out and check up on me really is special. I’m always reminded I have brothers and sisters near and far walking along side of me. Beyond thankful for all these people God has placed in my life. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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