Living According to the guy who created it
From sunrise to sunset I will not forget all that you’ve done for me

From sunrise to sunset I will not forget all that you’ve done for me

What do you live for?

People talk to much about what they are against and not enough about what they are for. I’m not against abortion I am FOR life, I’m not against drugs and alcohol I’m FOR having a good time without a substance, I’m not against sex before marriage I’m FOR waiting for my wife, I’m not against atheist, gays, nonchristians,etc. I’m FOR loving all people that live on this beautiful earth. Let’s be for things not against.

The earth is undeniably breathtaking, what’s even better is thinking that heaven will only be more beautiful. Our reward for being followers of Christ is that we will inherit heaven a place of more, not of less. Heaven is not a place floating on clouds, it’s not a literally gold city, it’s a “new earth” which is 
Going to be more beautiful, more wonderful, more amazing, more incredible than this earth. 
     Heaven will be a place we praise God ever moment of the rest of our lives. We won’t just be bowing down to God all day long, we’ll be doing things and praising God in those things we do, which is exactly what we as Christians should be doing here on this earth now in order to gain our eternity with our father. His reward for Isis heaven. Heaven will be MORE not less.

The earth is undeniably breathtaking, what’s even better is thinking that heaven will only be more beautiful. Our reward for being followers of Christ is that we will inherit heaven a place of more, not of less. Heaven is not a place floating on clouds, it’s not a literally gold city, it’s a “new earth” which is
Going to be more beautiful, more wonderful, more amazing, more incredible than this earth.
Heaven will be a place we praise God ever moment of the rest of our lives. We won’t just be bowing down to God all day long, we’ll be doing things and praising God in those things we do, which is exactly what we as Christians should be doing here on this earth now in order to gain our eternity with our father. His reward for Isis heaven. Heaven will be MORE not less.

Because when we are joyful in our troubles through God there is not a thing that can bring us down no sadness=pretty awesome life

Because when we are joyful in our troubles through God there is not a thing that can bring us down no sadness=pretty awesome life

God and your dreams

Everybody has dreams for their lives or some place they see themselves in the future. The incredible thing is that God has given us everything we need to accomplish those dreams.

"Now all glory to God, who is able through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think"
Ephesians 3:20

Trust

Trusting in God can be hard, it can be exhausting, but as I’ve seen lately its when you one hundred percent give it all too God that incredible things start happening

My heart goes out to the children and families of the shooting, I hope they find hope and strength in God.

My heart goes out to the children and families of the shooting, I hope they find hope and strength in God.

     But how? God says this countless times in the bible. He tells us to “fear not.” looking at that picture above, and being the people in those photos how are we to fear not. There is so much going wrong in the world today, so much to be afraid of, so many ways to die, so many ways to lose faith in God. There is not a person in the world who doesn’t have a fear of something, but God straight up says do not be afraid, do not fear, do not worry.
     Being alone, hurting, dying these are all some common fears, but God tells us we no longer have to fear because we have him, we have Jesus, death has lost its sting, and we will never be alone because every last human on this planet has a great God. An all powerful loving God who is watching over you every second of every day. A God who wants to know you and wants you to know him. And death, it can’t even phase you if you know God. God gave us this earth to enjoy, and to thrive on. Its his beautiful gift to us. And God doesn’t want you to live in fear while you’re here. So give it all to God today and “Fear Not.”

     But how? God says this countless times in the bible. He tells us to “fear not.” looking at that picture above, and being the people in those photos how are we to fear not. There is so much going wrong in the world today, so much to be afraid of, so many ways to die, so many ways to lose faith in God. There is not a person in the world who doesn’t have a fear of something, but God straight up says do not be afraid, do not fear, do not worry.

     Being alone, hurting, dying these are all some common fears, but God tells us we no longer have to fear because we have him, we have Jesus, death has lost its sting, and we will never be alone because every last human on this planet has a great God. An all powerful loving God who is watching over you every second of every day. A God who wants to know you and wants you to know him. And death, it can’t even phase you if you know God. God gave us this earth to enjoy, and to thrive on. Its his beautiful gift to us. And God doesn’t want you to live in fear while you’re here. So give it all to God today and “Fear Not.”

God is so beautiful

God is so beautiful

Man plans and God laughs

     A saying I heard while watching a show the other day and it struck some thoughts. Now I definitely don’t think God laughs at our plans, but things don’t always go the way we plan. I’m sure we have all done this. Planned for days, weeks, or even months and then the day comes and everything is a complete disaster. Sometimes I think this is just God reminding all of us hes in control and we are not. When you look at disastrous day this way, everything seems a little bit brighter. It’s gives me that feeling like when I was a kid and had a bad day and my mom would get me icecream. The whole day still went the way it did, but I still got that bit of happiness at the end of the day. The only difference is bad day or good day, God can be our bit of happiness not just at the end of the day but throughout the whole day, we just gotta work to keep him in our minds every second.

Why pursue happiness when its right in front of us, in God.

Grow a pair

     Grow a pair, something me and my guy friends are always yelling at each other when we don’t have the guts to do something. Sometimes I wish God would yell this at me. What I’m getting at is I pass up to many opportunities every day and I am so mad at myself later for not mustering up the courage to do something, or coming up with some excuse to spread God’s Love. 

    At WVU i attend a campus ministry called CRU every Thursday night. It’s such an awesome place to worship God with a bunch of other college Christians. At the begging of every service we do a meet and greet where we just walk around and introduce ourselves to new people. I recognized a guy that I hadn’t met, but I had seen him on the bus one day and he was hard to forget because of his sweet looking mo-hawk. I also remember ease dropping into a conversation he was having about partying. He was sitting by himself during the whole service and I told myself that I would introduce myself to him. During meet and greet I didn,t have the guts to say anything to him and I’m so pissed at my lack of courage in this moment. But I then told myself at the end of Cru I would go talk to him. He sat arms folded all service and didn’t stand up for the music. I new I had to say something to him. The end of service came, I looked over to where he was sitting ready to make my move. Gone, the kid ditched out early. I lost my chance at showing somebody God’s Love. It kills me because I haven’t seen the guy since. That could have been my only chance to save that kids life for real. And I didn’t have the kahunas to just introduce myself

    I have made this mistake so many times and I am so in regret every single time. I pray God gives me true courage to reach out to kids like this in the future. That is what God calls us to do. Spread his word and his love. Don’t ever pass up opportunities like this. So have courage,have strength, grow a pair(sorry ladies no offense to you), you may be somebodies last hope at an eternal God driven life. 

"Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the father son and holy spirit." Mathew 28:19

Talk to God today he wants to hear from you

#nationalsiblingday

215 photos, that is how many photos I have on my iphone. #nationalsiblingday is a trending tag on instagram today which is something I use quite often on my iphone. Eager to participate, I started looking through my phone to find a picture with me and my older sister or me and my little brother. Not one, not a single picture of me and my siblings, not even a picture of me and my dad or mom. I have more pictures  of myself with complete strangers on my phone. I have my phone on me 24/7 and I’ve had it since beginning of summer, and I take pictures all the time. 

    I’m so completely disappointed in myself for this. At how far I am from my family and how close I am to my iphone. I have drifted so unbelievable far from my family it’s ridiculous. It makes me really sad too. Especially at how far I am from my dad. Over summer my dad was so excited to go kayaking with me, and I was home for 3 and a half months and never once went with him. I take my family for granted way to much. I love my family,and there are people who don’t get the privaleage of having a family like mine. I am so blessed and I thank God for that and I pray that he helps me to become closer with them in the future.

    Another thing that hits me hard is how much I idolize my phone. God calls us not to have any idols, to just worship him. And here I am with my face in my phone all day long. It’s really making me take a look at myself. What I do with my life, and with my time reflects who I live for. I wanna live for God. So keep me in your prayers everybody, Help me learn to live for God. 

"you must not have not have any other god but me. You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind." Deuteronomy 5:7

My parents Testimony

My Parents gave there testimony this week and I thought it’d be an awesome thing to share with everyone. enjoy

     Our Journey to Chesapeake Church has been the answer to many prayers.  We had been praying that our children would find a strong youth group so that they would have Christian teenagers to fellowship with and grow in their faith as well as for other Christian couples that would help Elizabeth and me to grow in our faith.  It didn’t take long for God to answer our prayers in ways we couldn’t have even imagined. 

     It started in the fall of 2010 when a friend of our son, Thomas, invited him to Journey at Chesapeake Church.  It wasn’t long before he was hooked.  He wasn’t only coming on Wednesdays, but was also attending home groups on Mondays.  It was definitely the answer to our prayers, but to our shock, Thomas came to us in January of 2011 and asked us if he could go to Honduras with the Peake Youth.  Wow, God certainly does answer prayers beyond anything we can imagine.  It wasn’t long before we were coming to Chesapeake once a month to attend the parent meetings for the teens going to Honduras.  Coming from a small church, we were a little hesitant about coming to such a large church, and we were a little lost at first.  We didn’t know anyone, and felt a bit overwhelmed; however, we were inspired by the fully devoted teens that we were getting to know through the parent meetings.  Seeing their faith and desire to serve Christ was encouraging. 

     After seeing Thomas’ faith grow through Journey, Home groups, and his trip to Honduras, we decided that maybe God was calling us as a family to Chesapeake Church.  In September 2011 we decided to start attending Chesapeake on a regular basis.  At that point our lives at Chesapeake Church went into overdrive.  Jumping right in, we began volunteering for Journey on Wednesday nights, the food pantry, and for the Summit Men’s group with the Oil change Day and free firewood program as well as taking the “Marriage”  and  “Financial Peace” classes as part of Chesapeake’s Lifestudy classes.  Once again  God answered our prayers with some amazing new friends who have helped and encouraged us to grow in our faith as well as strengthening our marriage in the process.    

     Growing tired of the 30-minute commute to Chesapeake Church and the desire to be a bigger part of the “all in” church, we put our house on the market in February.  As God would have it, after 5 weeks our house sold, and to our amazement a house came on the market that day only 2.5 miles from church.  Needless to say, don’t ask God for anything that you’re not willing to act on.  We are now moved into our new home and are excited to see what God has in store for us. 

     Becoming a member of Chesapeake Church wasn’t a difficult decision for us.  Observing the lives transformed, including ours, and desiring to reach the unchurched people and help them grow into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, made us desire to be a part of the “all in” church.