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KICKOFF

After a long wait, countless hours of preparation and prayer, we kicked off our VBS today! I can’t believe it has already started. Today was so good and through it all I was able to experience God’s provision. It was evident that God is the ultimate leader and not myself or the team. 

We had more kids register than expected and it was great meeting new faces and have so many join us in this time seeking the Lord. Since it was the first day the beginning was a little hectic with registration and assigning everyone to crews but after we overcame that everything was smooth sailing from there on. 


Every time we were in need, God provided. I can’t explain how thankful I am for the team God has given me this year. The staff were absolutely tremendous! Every crew leader and station leader did an outstanding job even though it was the first day. 

God has filled my heart with expectation and excitement. I cannot wait to see what more God will do through this week in the hearts of our children as well as in the hearts of our staff! Through God’s unfailing love we were able to kickoff this vbs with a bang!

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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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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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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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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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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BOOST 

It’s been a while since I’ve had such a challenging week like this one. I feel like every single day this week I have been barely making it, drowning with things that need to be done, with my nose barely in the air to breathe. Things were getting added on to my list faster than I could finish. The crazy thing is that I’m only half way done. But on the bright side I am half way done. 

Today was my final stretch (for school work atleast) before I have a quick breather before actual finals week next week. But the truth is today was definitely a struggle. My lack of sleep through the week plus all the stress anxiety really weighed me down today. I spent 3 hours finishing one paper, went to class, ate a quick dinner and spent the rest of my night, a total of over 4 hours finishing my other paper. 

Before finishing my second paper I was hitting a wall of exhaustion and at the verge of blowing up. The only thing I could think of that would prevent this explosion from happening would be to worship and pray. So that’s exactly what I did. I took about 15 minutes in my car singing my heart out, turning my eyes back to Jesus and talking with Him. 

Those 15 minutes gave me the boost and rejuvenation I was in need of. Taking a simple break to be with Jesus totally changed the trajectory of my day. Sometimes that’s all we need to get on track, time with the one who is actually in control. Letting things down and coming as you are and drinking from the fountain of life. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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