It’s Official I’m Finishing My Bachelors

Not going to lie; I’m pretty excited. It’s official: I’m finishing my Bachelor of Interior Design starting this Fall through Yorkville University. For those of you that don’t know, I’ll catch you up to speed. In 2014, I was accepted into Lakeland College’s Interior Design program. So I moved out to Vermilion, Alberta for two years to complete my Interior Design Diploma. It was fabulous – I absolutely LOVED it. Since graduating from Lakeland in 2016, I have been working as an Interior Design consultant at Floors by Design here in Regina, Saskatchewan. The thing that I’ve grown to love about being in this industry is that you are always learning and ideas should always be evolving, whether you’re in school or in a career. As awesome as it’s been working with SO many incredibly talented trades people, designers, contractors, suppliers, etc. I will definitely admit that I have missed the life of school. An opportunity was established a couple months ago between Lakeland College and Yorkville University for all Interior Design graduates to complete their Bachelors through Yorkville; receiving a complete transfer of all their credits previously earned from Lakeland. The beautiful thing about this opportunity is that they are offering the program online – So I can both work and study while earning my degree. Hats off to those with no life… I will soon be joining you 😉

I had already been exploring the idea of continuing my education and finishing what I started. About a year ago I began praying that God would open the door for me to get my degree if that is where He needed me. I knew I wanted it, but I only wanted to pursue it if I knew God would bless my path. I believe in the balance of education and experience. I also believe that God gives us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4). A person shouldn’t gain all their knowledge from textbooks nor from the streets – I think the smartest people learn from both and learn to apply written knowledge and lived knowledge. I’m excited to learn more in the field of Interior Design from Yorkville. I had two years to learn from Lakeland, two more years to learn in the field and I’m looking forward to another two years of learning at school!

There are many things we can learn about ourselves when we change our place of learning.

Ultimately, I love interior design because it is an outlet to help others while expressing my creativity. I look forward to projects that allow me to help make homes more functional, solve problems often not seen until solved and alter spaces to be their highest potential. I enjoy collaborating with clients and other professionals in the industry because collaboration and teamwork is how a design goes from good to amazing and how ideas transform into reality. I am excited by what I have learned and look forward to ongoing learning. I don’t know where life will take me – But I’m just going to keep walking where I know God is making the ground dry ahead of me!

Thanks again to all of you guys that have been cheering me on – I can’t wait to share this journey with you!

– Stay Satisfied

 

We are all Josephs

We all know the story of Joseph and his famous coat of many colours. It’s a classic in any Children’s Story Bible. If you don’t know the story of Joseph, it’s found in the first Old Testament book of Bible: Genesis, chapter 35 (birth) to chapter 50 (death). To give you a Spark Notes version: (spoiler alert) At a young age, Joseph is treated unfairly by his brothers and wrongly sold into slavery. As Joseph works as a slave in Egypt, he excels due to his trust in God. We are told in Genesis 39: 2, “The Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man.” As Joseph moves up the status ladder, once again he is wrongly accused (verses 19-21), “Now when his [Joseph’s] master heard the words of his wife… ‘This is what your slave did to me,’ his anger burned. So Joseph’s master took him and put him in jail…” Joseph stayed in prison for 2 years for something he didn’t do.

Genesis 39: 2, “The Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man.

I want to hone in on how Joseph seemed to get the butt end over and over when he didn’t deserve it. Joseph’s brothers hated him so much they planned a way to get rid of him. PLANNED A WAY TO GET RID OF HIM. After being a slave, he is wrongly accused by his master’s wife and he is thrown into prison for years. IN PRISON FOR YEARS. Now, I know that not all of us have it has bad as Joseph had it. In fact most of us probably don’t have it anywhere close to as bad as he did, but we all have our own challenges. “But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him…” Genesis 39:21. As we read the story of Joseph, we see that he acted with integrity no matter what situation he was in: as a young boy tending his father’s flock, as a young man a slave in a foreign country and even as an innocent prisoner. That is what God has been laying on my heart. Am I acting with integrity no matter what situation I am in? Joseph knew that the Lord was with always him, and he clung to that. Even when his situation improved later in chapter 41, “Joseph then answered Pharaoh, “It is not me; God will give Pharaoh a favourable answer…

Genesis 39:21, “But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him…

As Joseph’s life went on, the Lord continued to bless him. In the end Joseph became the second most important person in Egypt just under Pharaoh himself! God wants us to live with integrity, every situation in our life – Not just when things are good. How do I live my life when I’m content with where I am? How do I live my life when I want what I do not have? Being satisfied with where God has you at every stage of your life should be the goal for all of us. If we have trusted Jesus Christ as our Saviour, God is with us just like he was with Joseph. At the very end of the book of Genesis, before Joseph died he said to the same brothers who sold him into slavery, “God will surely take care of you.” After all that is said and done I want to live my life the way Joseph lived his – Trusting in God at every point in his life knowing that his story was not yet finished. Knowing, “What was meant for evil, God used for good.” Genesis 50:20. My story is not yet done and neither is yours! We are all “Joseph’s” in the sense that we are treated unfairly at times. However, we need to strive to have the same attitude and focus on God like Joseph did despite everything that happened.

 

 

– Stay Satisfied

Actions beat Words.

I have always been a person that pays more attention to someone’s actions more than their words. A couple weeks ago, I got to attend the Christian Youth Workers Conference (CYWC) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with a couple other youth volunteer workers along with our church Youth Pastor. It was an eye opening weekend to say the least.

This year I made several New Years Resolutions as I’m sure you’ve heard me tell you over and over. One of the many was that I would be more intentional with my time with Jesus and cultivate growth in my Faith. I want to be used by God. I want to trust God in every aspect of my life. One of the speakers at CYWC said, “You have to take steps of faith in the real world to allow your faith to grow! You have to trust that He has a plan for you, your future, and His mission for you in His Kingdom!” It is SO flipping easy to stay where we are comfortable. But we were challenged by this speaker to ask ourselves often:

AM I BECOMING MORE LIKE JESUS?

He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.” – Colossians 1:15-23 (NASB)

Focus on that last part: “… He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation…” I know this can be such a “feel good passage” but I truly believe this is God showing us with both His actions and His words how seriously He wants us to take our faith. Yes, we can TALK the “good Christian” talk, but it means nothing if you aren’t representing Jesus with your ACTIONS. If you can’t prove what you profess, your words are empty.

“A disciple validates commitment to Jesus by persevering, continuing and nurturing a growing and sustainable faith.”

I want to encourage you to step up in your faith. Do not allow sin to fester in your life. Lay it at the feet of Jesus and establish yourself in Him. TALK to the Lord about it, and then ASK for His help to ACT on it. We need to focus on becoming more like Jesus everyday and that will not happen if we hold onto sin in our life or chose to not deal with sin. If we are entertaining wrong and thinking that Christ will take you deeper in your relationship with Him – You are tricking yourself. God WANTS to help us ACT. We just read in Colossians that God has already done the work and reconciled us to Him. Jesus has given us the power to overcome any sin in our lives and be free from it. Take hold of that promise from Christ that He is with you and wants to help you. Those thoughts have given me so much peace and hope right now, and I’m clinging to it.

 

 

– Stay Satidfied

 

 

My Never Ending Bucket List

My Bucket List is like a bottomless cup of coffee. I’m always checking things off my list and I’m always adding things to my list. I don’t have any specific requirements that decide whether or not something makes the cut. I have a lot of things on my Bucket List that I’ll only complete by total chance! Like witnessing a wedding proposal in public, watching a flash mob or winning a trophy!

As part of “Expanding My Skills” in my New Year’s Resolution, I wanted to accomplish at least one task on my Bucket List every month. Obviously I can’t plan in advance to check those random, in-the-moment things off my list, but I can be conscious of other goals and work towards checking those tasks off my list. Like learning the constellations, going cliff jumping or starting a slow clap in public. I have a lot of long term goals that will take a long time to check off also! Like celebrating my 100th birthday (I’m always working towards that one 😉 ) running a marathon or traveling to Egypt to see the pyramids! I would say that my list is balanced with tasks ranging from places I want to travel to, activities I want to try, life events I want to experience, foods I want to make and eat, as well as fluke chance tasks.

There’s no time to be bored in a world as wonderful and beautiful as this.

Right now, I save my Bucket List on Pinterest. I also have a “Crushed It” list where I’ll move all of the tasks I’ve completed off my Bucket List. My current count is 227 tasks completed from my Bucket List and I have 263 tasks yet to complete. Also, fun fact – One of the tasks on my Bucket List is to convince others to start a bucket list…. soooo you could help me with that one 😉 As this year goes on and I work towards my goal of checking things off my list, I’m looking forward to sharing my stories of completed tasks and sharing about new ones I think of!

Sometimes I think people believe that if they make a goal, it has to be dramatic and hard to achieve, but that’s not true! That, or they set the bar way to high right off the get-go and make it impossible to achieve. Which is so unfortunate. Start small guys. You will feel so much better about yourself if you can start with realistic and 100% achievable goals! As you start and slowly build strength and abilities you can move the bar a little higher and make the goals a little tougher. Maybe a long term goal of yours is to travel the world. Well, if that’s what you make your goal from the start, you’ll be disappointed in yourself when you only managed to get to one new place in a year instead of multiple continents!! Plan to travel your city first, then maybe your province! Learn about yourself: how do you like to travel and what do you like to do? You’ll build your travel skills and travel plans as you grow, and you’ll experience farther and father places one step at a time!

– Stay Satisfied

I’m flying to Rio tomorrow!

Tomorrow morning I fly to Rio de Janario for the 2016 Summer Olympics with my church. Four years ago I remember sitting and listening to the stories from the group that went to the London 2012 Games; it was then that God put it on my heart that I would be going to Rio. To think that after four years of praying into this trip is finally here, leaves my speechless. I don’t know what to say. I’m beyond excited. I’m incredibly nervous. I’ve surpassed “roller coaster” emotions at this point. Even though I knew I’d be going to Rio to share my faith in August 2012, God spoke to me more a couple years after that and I posted about it back in March, 2015 [ https://hersatisfiedsoul.com/2015/03/15/beyond-what-we-see-looks-awesome/ ] If you wanted to read that post to get a better idea of my call and desire for this mission, it might bring clarity to this post more. This post is a prayer request:

Payton + AndraMy sister and I will be flying with a group from Faith Baptist Church to Rio de Janario. We are there to do street ministry during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games! All of our funds have been raised and our flights have been booked – but we need your prayers. Please pray. Our team from our church will be meeting up with roughly 100 others in Rio. Together, we are working with the Rio 2016 Outreach to evangelize and distribute specially prepared Gospel literature. The booklets have been translated into English, Portuguese, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Arabic, French, Japanese, German, Chinese, Russian, and other languages for us to hand out while we are on the streets of Rio. At each Olympics this ministry [ http://rio16outreach.com/ ] has taken a very diverse group of people from the USA, Canada, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, and others to share God’s Word and be a light for Jesus on the streets. Missionaries, pastors, lawyers, medical people, professors, students, retired folks and others will work together towards one goal. We have been praying for Christ’s strength and becoming united as a team that will be a force for God on the streets of Rio.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” -Matthew 28:19.

You see, people from roughly 207 countries will be gathering in Rio to celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, so it’s the perfect opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people from all the nations! And that is why my sister and I have joined the team. While Christians are out on the streets talking with people who are there, we will have backpacks full of these booklets in many different languages. The Olympics is the only time a country is completely open for people to come and share their faith freely. As we share the gospel and hand out the booklets to the people we encounter, there is a special follow-up program that has been set up to help new believers to find Churches, contact other Christians from where they live and receive Bibles, etc. I am excited that this ministry does not leave new believers hanging – but continues to help them grow in their new faith. When someone comes to know Christ at the Olympics, their contact information can be sent forward to a missionary that lives from what ever country they are originally from. Those missionaries will contact these new Christians and help them grow to know Jesus more.

We are asking you to pray with us and for us as our team prepares and goes to Rio. Pray specifically that God will prepare hearts from people all over the world to receive the message of Christ and salvation. Our world has been preparing for these games for 4 years but God has been planning for these hearts for so much longer! Pray with us that God would go ahead to soften hearts and open ears. Please pray for our team that our hearts would be ready and willing to be bold for Christ and that we would be willing to do whatever Christ may ask us to do while we are there for Him. Cover the Olympic Games in your prayers for safety. Specifically,

Prayer for Payton:

  • To be relaxed and not stressed out by lack of schedule(s) + trusting that God will work out the days perfectly
  • To be bold about approaching strangers + to be transparent about my faith and all that Jesus has done for me
  • Remember that I am the vessel Christ is using; it isn’t my words or works – whatever happens will be God’s plan
  • Praise the Lord with me for this amazing opportunity to share the gospel with others, and to grow in my own faith!

Prayer for Andra:

  • To be bold about approaching strangers + to not be afraid of knowing what to say or do
  • For good health: I often feel sick when I am in new places + I don’t want that to hold me back from sharing my faith
  • To be calm in mind and spirit + not overthink and make situations more complicated than they actually are

“God wants to use us when we are not ready, that way we are forced to trust Him and for God to empower us to do what we need to do to tell the world about Him. Trust that God knows what He is able and will do through us” – Pastor Bryce

Thank you for praying with me for Rio. For the people. For our missions team. For travels. For the Holy Spirit to move swiftly through the nations and that people would see Jesus in the next couple weeks.

 

 

– Stay Satisfied

Some people told me not to go to college… look at me now…

If you would have told me two years ago that I’d move to a tiny little town, to live with a family I had never met before to jump into a program I wasn’t even sure I was good at – I probably would have looked at you, said nothing and turned on my heel to walk away. There would have been a whole lotta “nopes” from me. I’ll be the first one to admit that change and I are not BFF’s – I literally buy the identical toothbrush from Walmart every time I need a new one. However, God made it clear that I was supposed to take Him up on His offer and move to Alberta for school. At one point I had already been accepted into a design school in Vancouver; I was going to be moving back out to the coast where my girl friends are and we’d have so much fun *Happy Dance* But God was the one who had a whole lotta nopes for that plan. He made Alberta so clear – until I had people telling me that I shouldn’t be attending a “secular” college. It was weird to have this feedback from people I talked to a lot. I heard almost all of the excuses, “You’re not strong enough in your faith to attend a secular school…” “You’re going to get caught up in the drugs and party life out there.” “You don’t even know anyone going with you!” “You’re not going to have any Christian friends to keep you accountable at a secular college.”

“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”

– Jeremiah 32:27

Trust me, the list goes on. But I knew that God had already made it clear that I was to go. I remember when I first moved out to this town; it was not easy. I had to learn a new place, meet new people, understand a new program and try to make friends. But God showed me that He was with me right from the beginning: I literally had hiking trails in the backyard, I moved in with a phenomenal, God fearing family, my class was hilarious and my teachers were fabulous. Despite all of these awesome things, my heart was still longing for something familiar’ I was running through the trails and talking to God about all of these mixed emotions, “God I don’t know how I am going to get through two years of this.” Immediately He gave me a verse.

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” – James 1:2-3

When God put that verse on my heart, I knew it was His way of confirming that I had not started an easy path – it would be difficult and I would get hurt. But it will be great and I will walk out stronger after! Sometimes the Lord does not guide us down paths that are lined with daisies and full of sunshine. Quite often He’ll ask us to walk places that scare us and stress us out – but those are the paths that force us to seek Him. Those are the paths that strengthen you. I want to thank the people that discouraged me to take the path I did; the people that said I wouldn’t survive a college life. I knew the road would not be easy but what was meant to discourage me; God meant it for good. {Genesis 50:20}

Guys – as Children of God, we CANNOT stay in a Christian bubble. I don’t care how comfortable you are or how scary you may think it is to be out in the “big bad world”. The Lord did NOT give you grace so that you could keep it to yourself. As people that have been born again into God’s forgiveness, He commanded us in Mark 16:15, “”Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” When God reveals something to you, it is meant to be shared and passed on! Not kept to yourself where it won’t continue to encourage others! We cannot hide in a Christian bubble and expect to make an impact on the world for the Lord’s kingdom.While at a “secular”, “non-Christian” school, God has given me countless opportunities to be a witness for Him. There were times where God was able to use me and there were other times where God had to teach me. I did not hit the mark every time. But I do not want to meet God one day and be like the servant that did nothing with their talents. Matthew 25:15-27, “To one servant, the Master gave five talents, to another servant, two talents, to another servant a single talent; each according to his ability. Then the Master went away. The servant who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. The servant who had the two talents made two talents more. But the servant who had received the one talent, went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. The servant who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And the servant who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ The servant who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, “Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.” Guys, I don’t want to be that last servant – and neither do you!

Melting Forest

I believe that God will finish what He calls you to. I know this because me graduating from a “secular” college is proof of that. A lot of people told me that my faith was not strong enough to make it through college. I’ve got news for you: God’s strength is our measuring stick – not our own strength. If anything, having a “weak faith” and STILL coming out hand in hand with my savior Jesus, gives Him even more glory. Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength”. I believe that we don’t need to survive on our own strength. A lot of people questioned whether or not I’d have accountability. I believe that my accountability comes from everyone around me – not just from Christians. Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see Jesus in you and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” In fact, by being with people that don’t know about Jesus, I was kept more accountable because no one was correcting me. We have to keep our hearts in tune with Jesus to decipher between more than 50 shades of grey; to know what’s black and what’s white. Allow the Bible – God’s Word to be your accountability partner! Listen, Spring is a season of change (obviously my least favorite). I wanna ask you, is God giving you an opportunity to be a light for Him? Is there a crew of friends that don’t know the Lord that you could be spending time with and sharing Christ’s love? Are you praying for those around you? Are you diving into a new job or spring/ summer classes that you’ll be surrounded by people that might not know Jesus? I’m not suggesting that you run into these opportunities with New Testaments to shove down people’s throats – I’m saying be a light; be a witness. Let those people see by your actions who Christ is! And if they can’t see Jesus in you… then you’ve got bigger questions you need to ask yourself… Are you running away from opportunities to share God with others? Are you too scared to “stain” your “oh-so-pure-self”? A friend gave me a quote the other day, he said, “Light can only pass through what is transparent and what is cracked. God is the Light in us. We are to live our lives transparently and when we mess up and crack, people should be able to see Jesus shining through it.” Guys, we are not perfect. As Children of God, we are going to mess up because we are 100% human. But I want to encourage you to go. To go out and be a light for Christ. Don’t bury your talents and be like the third servant. I want Jesus to be able to say, “Well done – Good and FAITHFUL Servant” when we all get there. Last weekend I was praying with a friend; I was telling her some of my struggles and concerns about finishing school and she gave me a verse.

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” – James 1:2-3

God finished this journey exactly how He started it two years ago. That struck a chord with me. I think God was reminding me about how far He has brought me. Reminding me to remember the past because He has brought me where I currently am; but to look forward to the future knowing that He will meet me there and take me further.

 

 

– Stay Satisfied

 

 

Hey, I haven’t died yet…

I haven’t blogged in almost exactly a month. There is SO much weight in that. Not a day goes by when I’m not thinking about what’s going on in my life and how much I want to tell everyone about it. That actually sounds extremely cheesy but it’s SO true. I’ve literally been taking photos of things to remember to share them with you and my phone photo library is pretty much exploding. Not gunna lie, I’ve felt guilty about not blogging and sharing what God’s been putting on my heart but things kept coming up; whether I had to go home on the weekend, there was an exam at school I needed to study for or assignments that I was working late on – you name it. But it got me thinking, why on earth, was all of this stuff coming up so suddenly? So the other night I had a couple minutes to flip back to my last blog and it hit me. The last thing I shared with you was how I felt that God was calling me to missions. I totally believe that made the devil mad and he was obviously doing everything he could to stop me from continuing to share about Christ and all that He’s doing in me. SO. on that note. Pushing everything else aside. This is what God’s done this past month. I hope you have a hot coffee….pot… that is full because I do *wink*

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Recently I’ve felt a lot of guilt – not conviction – guilt. Like, I kept thinking to myself about how I felt the Lord putting missions on my heart – don’t get me wrong, I TOTALLY believe that is where God is calling me but I just felt like, why am I going to school for design? Why do I live in the prairies? Why…….etc….etc *yawn* I think we’ve all heard that super critical Christian sob story. Q the terrible violin screeching… But despite all that, I still felt like I wasn’t fulfilling what God was putting on my heart. I dunno, maybe it was because I wasn’t shoving the Bible down people’s throats. Maybe it’s cause I haven’t sold literally every possession I own under the sun and high tailed it to some foreign country. Or Maybe it’s cause I’m sitting in a class room learning how to construct a house instead of teaching others about the Lord. You know? But today in church, God came along side me and said, “It’s Ok”. Do you know how amazing those words feel when you literally, just don’t know? They felt incredible coming from God this morning. I kid you not. Right away, Pastor Bryce dove into his message talking about putting our trust in God in three major areas of our life. In our head, in our heart and our hands. He went on to explain that to truly live something out we have to first of all believe it, have a reason or need to believe it and then to act on it. Hence the head, heart, hand motion. But specifically speaking putting our full belief and trust in Jesus Christ. Sometimes, the shortest distances are the hardest journeys. Pastor Bryce focused on how God is great, so why should we worry. Worry = doubt of what God is fully capable of doing. “Because God is great – You don’t have to be in control. You don’t have to know what is coming down the pipe. Because God is in control, all you have to do is be willing.” Willing. That word smacked me right between the eyes.

“Nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” – 2 Chronicles 20:12

The second point was trusting God in our heart and the third point was putting our trust and belief into action with our hands. Not only do we have to put our trust completely in God but we also have to be willing to follow through. For example, in Matthew 14: 22-36 we read about Jesus walking on water. Peter’s heart was willing to trust Jesus by asking him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water!” (Verse 28) Jesus then answers Peter, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” but Peter still had the choice to act on his belief. Or, put the trust to his “hands”. Peter believed in his heart and knew in his head and still got out of the boat, in faith, to put his belief and trust to action. You see what I’m getting at here? Personally, with this whole missions thing, I feel like I know this is trust in my mind and I believe in my heart but the big opportunity to apply my faith and trust just hasn’t come yet. And that’s what I’m waiting for. After the service ended, our youth pastor announced that he was resigning. He is an amazing youth pastor, I know I haven’t gotten to know him very well but from what I do know of the man and what everyone has said about him he sounds like a quality man of God who is truly seeking to know the Lord. Anyways, him resigning wasn’t what made me nearly fall outta the pew. It’s what he said as he was telling the congregation, “I believe that the Lord is calling me to something else. Something new and something that will be exciting in my walk with Him. I have no idea what that is. But I know that God is leading me and and all I can simply do is make myself available and follow.” Excuse me while I pick myself up off the floor. I felt, that although he was explaining why he was resigning, God was completely speaking through him; to me. I have no idea what to do with this calling to missions. I know that I need to go to Rio in summer 2016 to share Christ with all the nations that will be there celebrating the Olympics but A) that’s only three weeks long and B) that’s still two years away! Other than that… I feel like I’m walking around with a blank look on my face wondering where the cross walk is… you know? Despite all that… God gave me an insane amount of peace after the service, I felt Him speaking to my heart softly, God knows the inner frustration I’m battling right now. “Payton, you don’t know and that’s ok. You aren’t supposed to know right now. Right now, you have heard my calling I have for you and you are excited for it! That’s exactly what I need of you. Continue with where I currently have you. Be My Light.

Guys, even though I haven’t been keeping you up to date on all that’s happened this month, today was a mile stone for me in the journey that God is calling me. Right now, the distance isn’t long. It’s the waiting game that’s difficult and Satan is desperately trying to make sure that I die out and that my flame is reduced. It was interesting, the other week a friend shot me a text asking to pray for him because he was feeling really burdened by the devil. I responded immediately with words that were not my own. But I’m realizing right now that as much as God was able to encourage my friend through what He said through me, I’m able to be encouraged by them and I hope they can encourage you!

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I don’t know what’s going on in your mind or your heart or what you’re doing with your hands, but I want to challenge you to accept the adventure that God is inviting you to. The other day in my devotional book, it challenged me, “Give yourself FULLY to the adventure of today. Walk boldly along the path of life, relying on your ever present Companion {God} You have every reason to be confident because My presence accompanies you all the days of your life – and onward to eternity. Do not give into fear, or worry or doubt. They will only rob you from abundant living. Trust me enough to face problems as the come, rather than trying to anticipate them.”

“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you.” – Isaiah 41:13

It is ok for us to not know the next step in life. I was skyping a girlfriend of mine and she described her future like a fog. “I know that the fog is ahead of me, I can see the clearance. But I don’t know if beyond the fog leads to a death drop or a paradise peak.” It made me think a lot after I finished skying her. We don’t know what the future could hold. Yeah, my whole calling for missions could go completely down hill and I hit rock bottom wondering why I ever thought I had the calling to go. Orrrrrrr it could be amazing and God could completely open the doors and provide opportunities to share Christ with others and what He has done in my life. We. Don’t. Know. Today, I went gopher hunting for the first time with a couple friends and of the the guys teaching me how to shoot told me a quote he had heard, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” That can be applied to anything – not just hunting. I’ll miss 100% of the adventures that I’m to afraid to leave the house for. You’ll lose 100% of the battles you don’t fight for. Honestly, the list could go on and on.

One last note. I know, I know, “You haven’t written for a month and now you’re clobbering us with one big long one…” Weeeeeell, if it’s really that bad, read to a certain paragraph, refill you’re coffee and come back and finish it, grab something that’ll go straight to your thighs too…. that always help me *wink* Anyways,I’ve been pulling my hair out about not knowing exactly what God’s got up His sleeve for my life. I mean, not actually, I know that I have to finish school which will take me till June 2016 and then I have the Summer Olympic games in 2016 but what happens in between those events or even after that? God laughed at me. No actually. Listen, “Don’t take yourself so seriously. Lighten up and laugh with Me. You have Me on your side, so what are you worried about? I can equip you to do absolutely anything, as long as it is in My will. Anxiety wraps you up in yourself, trapping you in your own thoughts. When you look to Me, and whisper My name, you break free and receive My help. Focus on Me Payton. and you will find peace in My presence.” I have to trust Him and so you do you. I don’t know what you’re battling right now, just finished battling or maybe preparing for a battle but know that if you have trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour – He will never abandon you.

“Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come. ” – 2 Corinthians 5:5

 

 

– Stay Satisfied