Count The Cost…

I remember sitting at a bench when I took this picture. Just in complete awe of the amazing talent that helped build this place. The incredible amount of talent that God gave each & every person who built such beautiful architecture.

How from the very beginning they counted the cost, did all the blue prints, put a team together & executed the plan.

Often times I think we need to do this in our lives. We need to sit down & let the creativity of God flow from our hearts into the plans He gives us. We need to pray through what it costs to make the dream a reality. We need to outline our goals & figure out how God needs us to get there. We need to pray for God to surround us with people to help execute His plan and finally… We need to execute.

God has given us all desires deep down in our hearts. Things that truly light our hearts on fire. An idea or vision of something AMAZING that seems way toooo good to be true. Many of us have experienced it, but very few take the next steps in the process…

For me. I’m learning how to count the costs & allow God to remove things from my life that don’t truly matter. I’ve allowed God to continue to make me get out of my comfort zone & I am going through the process of being obedient regardless of my feelings… it’s incredible.

We are all saved by our faith in Jesus, but one day we will present an offering to His Kingdom for what we’ve done on earth. I want to give it all. I want to take the 10 “talents” God gives me & return back to Him 20.

What about you?

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Who Are You?

This is a huge question I’ve been asking myself so far this year. As I traveled to Seattle a big part of me was looking to take the time to recharge, talk with God & truly start to dig into the deeper truths that God has for me.

I think it’s a very critical question we all need to think about. Who we are? What are we allowing to define us? Does “who we are” line up with who we want to be?

If it doesn’t, what are you & I doing to change it. For years, I did the yo-yo dieting. Wanting to be a healthier individual, but never changing anything.

For years, I wanted to make the time to travel & explore. Wanting to get exposed to other cultures, but never changing anything.

For years, I felt myself yearning to TRULY look myself in the mirror and NOT want to look away. To be able to look myself in the eyes & know that I am valued and I made changes.

Regardless of where you are at right now. If you can figure out who you are & who you want to be then you can start heading in the right direction.

Before any goals & plans can be set in motion we have to take the time to find out who we are…

Would You Be Satisfied?

It starts with you…

Something interesting happened to me today in Church. I was in Seattle, so I decided to join ChurchHome while I was in downtown.

Judah Smith was kicking off their 6-week study on the book of James & it was incredibly encouraging to see what God is doing in Seattle!

This post realistically has nothing to do with what Judah spoke on, but during a portion of his message he painted a picture of the reunion of James & Jesus. The joy & beauty of that union and how Jesus will be so very proud of all that we did.

My heart broke. I sat there & for some reason I quickly became flooded with the realization that we do not have much time on earth. Within this limited span of time it is my hearts desire to bring all that I can to God. To bring forth everything I did on earth as an offering. Not as a way to “get” a better place into to heaven but to simply say THANK YOU for it all. I want to utilize every possible resource, moment, talent & passion as leverage for building His kingdom!

What broke my heart is the idea of ALL the opportunities I may have missed when I wasn’t focused. All the moments that passed me by when I was so focused on my own hurts that I didn’t take the time to look for others who are hurting. I sat there thinking, “If Jesus took me home right now, would I be ready.”

And the answer was NO! There is no way I’m ready to go home yet. There is an abundance of young men & woman walking around in this world desperately seeking love, acceptance, community, etc… in all of the wrong places. Whether that be jobs, relationships, hobbies, Crossfit, drugs, alcohol or whatever! And when I say “this world” I AM talking about believers as well.

As a Church, we should be different in all the best ways. Sadly, we aren’t. If anything, it is the complete opposite. As a church we have done a TERRIBLE job of creating a safe space for people… The Church should be known for our crazy radical love, our incredible generosity, living with complete abandonment for those around us.

The big question would be trying to figure it where to start! But realistically that is simple… it starts with ourselves. The simple choice of living & loving everyone in the best way we can. Tipping a little extra for the waitress or waiter after you eat. Holding the door open for someone, waving & smiling at strangers, asking how someone’s day is going in a LEGIT manner instead of as a bridge to start conversation, etc… it’s simple.

The church doesn’t need some 10 step plan on how to bring our best to God. We should be so incredibly in love with God & His grace that we can’t help but offer the same love and grace to all of those around us!

It starts with you…

What a day!

Today was a big day! As a 26 year old it always caught people off guard when I would tell them I have never flown on a plane & that I’ve never been outside of CA by myself… today, that changed.

I took the leap and decided to take a trip up to Seattle & do all of the things a “tourist” could do! Throughout the course of the day I walked about 12 miles & did everything I could find.

First was the space needle! Unfortunately I couldn’t go out on the observation deck because of the weather, but that’s okay because it opened up more time for me to try other things!

On my way to the aquarium I came across a mix of awesome sculptures & this sweet little passage through the different art pieces. Was able to pause and take a little selfie! Even though I hate them!

I moved onto the aquarium, wings over Washington, pike place market, internal-district, random bus ride, the underground tour & then finished off with eating some French toast at the 5 point cafe before calling it a night! I forced myself to take tons of pictures to remember all that God allowed me to do today.

There was a ton of awesome conversation & it was such a blessing to walk around the city and interact with everyone I could! I’m excited to get to bed and wake up so I can get to church tomorrow! ChurchHome has been on my list of places I wanted to check out for a long while now!

Although my trip was short, it was worth it. It’s a beautiful thing that God has created such a wonderful world for us to explore…