“One of the most breathtaking instances of my life.” (God’s Great Dance Floor)

If you follow me on Twitter, chances are you have seen a tweet about a conference I attended this past Christmas break. I would write about Passion 2013, however words cannot accurately describe the mind-boggling, history-shaping events that occurred in the Georgia Dome. Today I want to share a 7 minute, 11 second snippet of not only the climax of my week but of my entire fall semester. Through this experience with Chris Tomlin and 60,000 of my brothers and sisters, I began to experience God’s love in a way I was never able to before. I want to share with you the incomprehensible joy I discovered on God’s Great Dance Floor.

Fall semester of my sophomore year was incredibly difficult. For the first time in my life, I collectively struggled in every probable area; academically, athletically, and even spiritually. Do I really want to be a journalist? Am I supposed to be at Michigan State? I quickly became confused about the direction my life was heading.On top of everything, the Lord revealed it was time to address significant emotional and generational wounds that I had neglected throughout my adolescence. He used everything, from testimonies to even the feelings I had for a girl, to reveal it was time to experience healing like I never have before.

I began to lose confidence. Like a startled sheep, I took my eyes off the shepherd. Did I make a mistake in the college process? Is God mad at me? Is He truly enough for me?

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My (Heavenly) Father’s Birthday Present

During the last week of 2012, I celebrated the birthday of both my earthly and Heavenly fathers. For those who know me well, you know that my relationship with my father has shaped me more than any other relationship in my life. It has been far from perfect, but the word of God has reconciled our relationship

I have decided to share the letter I wrote to my dad for his 47th birthday. Some may ask why I am sharing something so personal. My response is simple. Galatians 5:1 says that Christ has set us free to set others free. I firmly believe that everything we experience is not only for our benefit, but also for the benefit of others (Philippians 2:4). I have my dad’s permission to share this, all for the sole purpose of magnifying Christ and his faithfulness to his children.

No other relationship will influence your view of the Heavenly Father as much as your relationship with your earthly father. I pray that through my father’s birthday present, you would grow closer to your Heavenly father.

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The Greatest Illustration on Earth

It takes a lot to make me cry. But anything that draws a personal connection always makes me to tear up.

I have always been a sucker for stories of military families being reunited with their loved ones. I just can’t imagine the jubilee I would feel after seeing someone I thought I might never see again. The good news is you don’t have to know someone in the military to experience this kind of joy.

It’s hard for me to not cry when I watch these videos. Mainly because they are an incredible illustration of the promise we hold to as Christ Followers: the promise that one-day, after we have fought the good fight, we will go home and be reunited with our Heavenly Father.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
– The Apostle Paul

At the end of my life, I want nothing more than to hear the words,

“Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant”

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Dark Horses

This past Tuesday was further assurance to me that I am supposed to be in East Lansing.  My brother Connor Smith successfully walked-on to the Michigan State baseball team.  Ecstatic, jubilee, gratefulness were some of the emotions I felt as I read his text message while sitting in the International Center.  This is an incredible act of God’s faithfulness.  Without blabbing on too much, I want to share 3 reasons why this is so encouraging to me.

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Update! 9-6-2012

Happy Thursdays everyone!  I wanted to give everyone an update on what has been going on in my life!

It’s been a little over a week and a half now since I have returned to East Lansing.  MSU has been such an incredible experience so far.  However it really does feel like I’m living in two different worlds.  Once I arrived back on campus, it was like nothing changed since 4 months ago when I left!  I started seeing my old friends, teammates, and it was like picking up right where I left off!  I had an amazing summer with all my brothers and sisters back in Novi.  Anytime I am back at home it is like I never left.  I miss all my brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers back home.  I’m praying for you guys!  With a church family like Oak Pointe, it’s always hard to leave.  Talk about being blessed.

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It’s Time For Finals!

It is about that time of the semester!  Finals week is next week so I will be taking a break from blogging for a bit.  When I return, I am excited to share with you guys all the things God has taught me in my freshman year of college!

The Lord has been so faithful and I am so BLESSED to be a part of what he is doing at Michigan State.  I’ll give you guys a general overview for what my next week looks like.

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April 10

April 10.  Another day that will forever be tattooed on my soul.  On this day 2 years ago, I had to say goodbye to a country that changed my life.  Today was the day I left Montego Bay, Jamaica after a week of doing God’s work.  It was the day I had to come “home.”

Even though I technically made it back “home” to Detroit, I still felt homesick.  In fact, I am still homesick to this day.  The trip was just another reminder of Jesus’ words in John 18:36 where he said

“My Kingdom is not of this world.”

This world is not our home.  For those of us who follow Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior may we be reminded that our residency is in Heaven.  Let’s make sure that we never get too comfortable here on Earth.   

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