Turn to God

how often do we try to figure out our problems ourselves, instead of turning to God and asking for help and direction, and if not an explanation, then simply the strength to march into the depths of the unknown, head held high against the weeds of moral degradation, the current of impatience, and the endless, murky waters longing for things yet unseen.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

I dedicate:

My wonderful friend Kendra is an inspiration to me, and today showed me her notebook full of quotes she has collected. After reading the dedication, I stopped and re-read it, wondering where she had found this awesome quote. Well, turns out it was her own! 

“I dedicate this notebook to profound thoughts, revolutionary ideas, entrepreneurial inventions, words of wisdom, sacred memories, and enlightenment from God.”

Friends, let’s live on the edge of our seats ready to jump at the moment when we encounter those profound thoughts, revolutionary ideas, words of wisdom, and enlightenment from God. What would happen if we dedicated our lives to doing more than simply experiencing and recording these ideas, but turning them into something more, something great. Each thought, idea, piece of wisdom that you encounter, combined with the memories that make you you, have the potential to impact the world like never before. 

So believe in yourself, in who God has made you, and write down the awesome in your life. Then at the right time, when the Spirit calls you, share it with the world. 



Accusition, ammunition, the throttle that reveals the heart.

Excuses, denials, the force that pumps the change and delays the start.

It’s the rowdy roundup that echoes goodbye to the pure, good, and lovely

And the heart pounding, mind racing welcome to your self- acclaimed high and mighty

The door to life has been closed, sealed and painted black,

It blends in with the world, guess you don’t know you’re under attack.

So scramble for those seeds of the earth, the smoke of the soul, and the drops of addiction

You will settle for the lost and think you’re found, for lies will be your conviction

Laugh and play, pretend you’re okay,

“Finally I’m free, that’s what you say.”

Cry and weep, into the shadows of the deep,

Numb away the pride, the pain, and even the control.

But hey, who needs control?

Perhaps Lord it’s time to come back into my soul.

Heavenly seeds

Sometimes I daydream about how divinely perfect heaven is going to be and how worth the wait it will be. But in the meantime we must live absolutely on fire for God with Him as our focus. We must treasure what we have, make the most of it, grow it in to something beautiful. If we are a seed, surely God will water us until someday we become the grand oak tree. The Lord is our shepherd and we shall not be in want; only He knows how long the seed must be watered before it begins to grow, become a tree, produce fruit. 

God does not seek perfection from us, but provides His own perfection. He created us with purpose, and simply asks that we follow Him with eager hearts and faithful spirits. He will surely transform that simple seed in your life into something heavenly.

What is love?

Valentines day is coming up, so here’s a poem about love that I wrote about a year ago 🙂

Love is an awfully big word to say

When things aren’t going your way

Everyone is smiling

But inside your heart is falling

So turn to Jesus, now look around

Is the world spinning upside down?

Is the day brand new?

The sky a new shade of blue?

Grab Jesus’ hand and grab life

It’s time to reach such great heights

Take in the beauty of what really matters

 And let selfishness fall into the shadows

Love is an awfully big word to say

So say it, mean it, show it, apply it

Once, twice, and forevermore

Forget the bad, we’re not perfect

But we’re all children of God

We are beautiful, so beautiful

Love is an awfully big word to say

And it’s more than a word, it’s how we live

Love’s an awfully big word to do.


So you’re going to tackle the world, huh? Make a difference and make an impact? 

But how often do we enter into the realm of possibility and opportunity with the mentality that we can do anything and everything, without really focusing on one specific task? It’s been said that if you try to do everything you will end up accomplishing nothing. 

While reading the book Talent is Never Enough by John Maxwell I came across a story where Maxwell went to Argentina on a business trip and found out the city he was going to be in was renown for hunting. Being one that was willing to try new things, he decided to try hunting, even though he was beyond amateur status. He got to the site and was overwhelmed with the fact that there was a massive amount of doves in the sky, around 50,000! Yet after awhile he had not even shot a single dove. The guide, embarrassed,  came over finally and told him, “You know what your problem is? You are trying to hit every single dove. Just focus on one. Don’t even worry about the ones you miss.” After that Maxwell hit 3 doves, still not a lot, but better than none.

It’s so important to focus on something specific. As Maxwell pointed out, it’s so important that one knows the difference between motion and direction. Tony Robbins,  an American self-help author and motivational speaker, said, “One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.

Romans 12:6-8 says, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” 

So perhaps the first step to success is figuring out who you are and where your talents lie. Combine those with where you want to make a difference, and then focus on doing what you can to fix that situation. 

Sometimes it’s easy to look at others and say “Hey, I think I’d like to be like them” and forget how unique God has made you. I’m in charge of an 8th grade leadership group at Youth for Christ where I volunteer, and I had them do this activity where I gave each kid a dirty penny and told them they have two minutes to clean it up the best they can and the winner gets some candy. So they all ran out into the kitchen to begin polishing them up. Except for one girl, who came back and sat back down saying, “We’re never going to be able to clean these pennies.” Most of the other kids came back with little luck in shinning the pennies up.  Two girls, though, had found some sort of polishing cleaner that they used to brighten the penny up just a bit. 

The point of this activity was to show that it’s so easy to take something like copper and try to shine it into gold. Which of course, is not possible. So if you’re going to change the world, pick out the gold and work with that instead of spreading yourself thin with an abundance of copper pennies. Now I’m not saying that you cannot take something bad and transform it, but merely that God has created you so wonderfully specifically that he wants you to develop the traits that He has installed in you. He wants you to focus on who He’s made you and called you to be. 

What if you thought about your potential like a piece of gold? Gold is the most malleable of all metals, meaning it can be deformed under stress. So perhaps God gives us each our own unique piece of gold, and it is then up to us to focus on unfolding the vision of where it’s potential is, and then begin molding. Little by little it is transformed into something unique, something only you can create. 

So if your life is like a crazy hunting adventure, with thousands of doves in the sky, and find that you aren’t hitting any at all, perhaps the problem is that you are simply trying to hit them all. Friends, narrow your focus and clarify your vision! Like the guide in the story earlier, God will bring us to the site, but we must choose how to exert our energy in the right place, at the right target. 

John 16:13 says, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” If the Spirit is speaking, are you listening? Without knowing where you are going, you will surely never reach the destination. 

Wake Up

Here’s one of my poems! Sorry that the third line only applies to the ladies. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

Wake up, you, it’s time for today

Don’t let the world keep wasting away

Jump out of bed, slip on those heels

Smile at life, forget the ideals

Start to live, before it’s too late

Go after love and chase your fate


Wake up, you, it’s time for today

Don’t let your dreams get too far away

Run out that door, it’s never too late

Move on from regret, and forget the hate

Start to love, the time is now

Just jump in and you’ll figure out how


Wake up, you, it’s time for today

Don’t let temptation sweep you away

Step into life, you pave the way

Forget the mistakes, today’s a new day

Start to believe, the world’s at your grasp

Before you know it, you’ll be living at last.


Ephesians 5:14 says, “Wake up sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

In the literal sense, Christ wants to be the one that you wake up to. In the figurative sense, Christ wants to be the one that you wake up to when you are drowning in a sea of sin and suddenly decide to pull yourself to a higher standard. The standard in which you are reaching your God- given potential. Waking up can be voluntary or involuntary. After a Sunday afternoon snooze you might leisurely awaken and on a workday you might be yanked from sleep by the drone of an alarm. God might whisper in your ear that it’s time to make a change, to step out, to wake up. And it’s your choice what you do with that whisper. Or perhaps He might send some situation, opportunity, or relationship that is His way of saying it’s time to come with me, time to start living, time to wake up. But of course, it’s easy to take things the wrong way, and blame things on the inevitability of circumstance and chance. 

Yet perhaps circumstance and chance is simply an excuse we tell ourselves to believe when our eyes are fluttering with the calamity of luke- warm spirituality. What about the inevitability of Jesus speaking to us in unexpected ways? Our Lord cannot be limited. He can wake us up in so many ways.

Look for Him, listen for Him. Don’t blame Him, but seek Him. Seek to understand, but realize that we are not meant to have full understanding. For as Christians we are children of faith. I have faith that God will reveal Himself, do you? So friends, let us experience an awakening in which our pitfalls, fears, and addictions are left behind in a distant dreary dream. Let us not be a people that merely wake up to the light that the sun emits, but to the light that our Lord Jesus Christ expels. 

In John 8:12 Jesus said, “I am the light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”