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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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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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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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RAVISHED

These past couple of days I have been feeling the battle between me and stress/anxiety increase. I have really tried to overcome these feelings but it’s getting more and more difficult and today I found myself at the verge of hitting my limit and really getting burnt out. It’s been an internal fight, fighting against my own self and let myself get the best of me. This isn’t my first rodeo when it comes to trying to balance ministry and school, but this time it feels like all the heavy stuff is piling up at one time. 

To be honest it took a lot of leaning on God today and finding peace from Him to get through everything at church. When I got home I was feeling extremely fatigued and drained, but my day just begin, because we went to Outcry concert tonight. Usually I would be super excited and thrilled for such an opportunity of worship but today I wasn’t feeling up to it but didn’t have a choice to go. 

But oh boy am I glad I went. Worshipping with Elevation Worship, Lauren Daigle and Jesus Culture was absolutely unreal. It was exactly what I needed and I believe it was a gift from God. While worshipping tonight I felt true freedom, experienced my chains fall off and the peace and joy of the Lord flow within my soul. I’m so thankful for this privilege tonight, for this blessing God has given me to find healing and restoration. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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COMFORTED

We had our monthly praise and prayer night tonight for Refresh, but we did it differently than usual. It was a real intimate time where we all sat in a circle for worship and spent the rest of the time just sharing about how we were all doing and prayer requests and then laying hands on each person who shared and prayed over them. This is exactly what I needed. 

I’m beyond thankful I had this opportunity to talk about some things that were on my chest and receive prayer. It’s been awhile since I’ve been in that position to receive and really be vulnerable. Also it was a huge blessing to pray over our members and hear their stories and how they were all doing. 

All in all I believe nights like tonight I am reminded what the body of Christ and the Church is all about. A community of brothers and sisters there for each other helping one another draw closer to God. 

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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FED

One thing that has always been a struggle for me is fasting. I’ve tried it many times in the past but it’s always been a real big challenge for me to follow through with. So to be honest fasting is something I try to avoid and always just tell myself that it’s not my thing. 

But for this Good Friday God gave me conviction since last week to fast for this day. As I was reading both Matthew and Mark this week I kept running across Jesus teaching about fasting and it gave me even more conviction. So I decided to do it and do it with a right heart, for the right reason and continue to feed myself with other things instead of food throughout the day, like scripture, worship, prayer and quiet time. 

I started off my day going to morning prayer service at 5:30. It was so nice being in the sanctuary that early, looking at the cross and praying out my heart and crying out to Jesus on such a significant day. In the afternoon I went to a state park about 40 minutes away and hiked a couple miles while praying and stopping every once in a while to read scripture and gaze upon God’s creation. Then before going to service I spent time in my room finishing up reading the book of Matthew. 

Our service went great this evening. It’s always a blessing to be able to preach on Jesus’ last words on the cross and basking in that moment with our congregation. To end the service we took communion and that was the first thing I ate all day. It was really special consuming communion as my first meal and really understanding how Jesus’ body and blood really is all I need in my life to give me life. 

All day today while I was fasting and spending time with God and filling myself up spiritually I was able to realize and be reminded again how important it is to fill our hearts with Him. It’s so important to not be reliant on the worldly things for sustainability and life but rather to be fed by the Spirit. This Good Friday really was special for me and opportunity to truly look upon Jesus and the cross. 

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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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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RACCOON VALLEY

Sadly my getaway in Atlanta this week came to an end today. I really didn’t want to leave the near 80 degree weather, good food and great people. This past week has been exactly what I needed, a time of rest, peace and joy. But it’s time to get back to reality. 

As I was driving through Tennessee I was in need of gas and had to go to the bathroom so I got off an exit. As I proceeded to get back on I-75 my gps took me some weird backroad. I was confused and a bit frustrated because it felt like it was taking much longer than expected. But after a few curves and twists I found myself in view of some majestic scenery. 

The road I was on was called Raccoon Valley. Like the name I was in a valley in between the huge rugged mountains of Tennessee next to a beautiful pristine lake as the sun was setting. It was absolutely gorgeous and totally worth the random detour. Times like these I am in awe of God’s creations. 

What was ironic was this moment really went along with a couple songs I was listening to all day. I’ve been hooked on an album by Housefires and two of their songs have lyrics about mountains and valleys. How even in the highest of mountains and lowest of valleys God is there with you. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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