I am a NEW creation

The Apostle Paul tells us in the 2ND book to Corinth that, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  2 Corinthians 5:17

After 6 months living on the Island of Kauai, in beautiful Kapa’a, my heart is resting in His Glory. I am a new creation IN Christ.  “The old has gone, the new is here”.

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Kealia Beach, Kaua’i, Hawaii 2016 – 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

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All things work together for good…

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28 NASB

http://bible.com/100/rom.8.28.NASB

Photo from Tunnels Beach, Kaua’i by Aaron Villa – AV

Pursue Righteousness

Fight the good fight. Paul was an amazing example of fighter, a grandmaster of holding fast to the Word of God and using it to His glory.His charge for my life: Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness and gentleness.

1 Timothy 6:11‭-‬12 ESV

http://bible.com/59/1ti.6.11-12.ESV

Obedience ~ Spiritual Social Experiment

What a beautiful sunrise in Anahola Kaua’i. Living on the east side of the island these last few months have been an incredible season to hear, see and live with God. 

I decided around the second day of my time on the island to submit fully to God and everything He asked of me however small. Buy I decided to take it one step further and try to do a smidge better than anything asked of me.  If I was asked to wash the dishes, I would wash them perfectly and then organize all of them. If I was asked to put the groceries away I would spend some extra time reorganizing the entire pantry. I do not say this to show off but simply to explain the rules of engagement.  This was my spiritual social experiment. 

As I engaged and dug in, long days trying to be as diligent as possible I began to see the blessings trickle down on me like the morning fog. 

Blessing 1: The pantry key.  I was given the only key anyone can get while in this ministry other than the Pastors. This meant more responsibility yes, but it meant I controlled the food. An odd blessing but when you are hankering for that special snack or the last ice cream, you are stoked. But more to the point, when you are faithful and diligent with the little things the Lord blesses you.

Blessing 2. The bus driver.  I have become the driver for most of our team outings. It is also a very random blessing but when you are proving you can manage these tasks you are asked to handle the larger tasks.  Trust is built. When there is trust, good and mighty things come. 

Blessing 3. Team Mom.  I have basically assumed the roll of the half time cheerleader who drives kids to and fro and provides snacks for the whole team.  How is this a blessing? Well it allows me to love and serve my fellow brothers in a the most covert way.  They think I’m just doing my chore but little do they know I am being blessed.  Hospitality is a gift and it is a gift that’s puts me in the covering of my King.

To be continued….

A new hope.

​Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

I have been privately journaling now for two months during my time here in Kauai and what I cannot wait to share in more detail is all that the Lord has done for me.  I don’t feel any different but it is like I just grew two feet taller and am 20 years older. I am still me, but there is a new creation living inside of me.  I want to boast or perhaps brag about it as though it is something I have done but ultimately it is all the Lord’s doing.  I simply showed up and yielded my life to Him.  He has done the miracle work, I now have to continue to put in the time to guard my heart, my mind and my walk and continue to give Him everything I have. 

Biggest lesson I have learned during this season in Kauai….Obedience.  I will wrote more tomorrow only on this topic. 

Today is a new day in Him

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Save us, we pray, O Lord ! O Lord , we pray, give us success!
Psalms 118:24‭-‬25 ESV

Starting a new season in Kauai. I am so scared and so excited all in one.

Going Dark for a month or two, will update when I can.

Until I find you again, please pray for healing, forgiveness, peace, and most of all to live and seek the Word of God.

Old Santa Ynez Day ~ Ranch Church

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What a day! The men’s ministry at the Ranch Church blessed the Santa Ynez Valley with snow cones and laughter. A bunch of knuckleheads got together to put ourselves out there and serve our community in a very simple way and what a blast it was!

I love serving alongside these men…see you kids at Danish Days!