It’s Not What We Do, It’s How We Do It

It's Not What We Do, But How We Do It

Have you ever been in a season where there seems like there’s a million things to do? To the point where your surroundings seem to be blurry? Where at times the biggest challenge of the day is to simply look forward to what is right in front of you?

This has been one of the most challenging seasons for me personally since becoming a believer. I’m thankful as I’m going through it because I can see more and more what God is doing, how He is growing me and sanctifying me, and at the same time it’s incredibly painful, vulnerable, and continues to reveal to me how often I really don’t trust The Lord.

Not too long ago I was going about my day pretty overwhelmed with all the things we had to do from selling our house, finding a new home, getting ready to leave to a new city, etc. and that night let’s just say our kids weren’t being the most obedient of kids, and I found myself almost treating them like “they were in the way.” I know that sounds terrible, but it’s true. I probably should have called this post my sinful confession, but I’ve already done that multiple times here and here. :)

That night I was at a loss for words because I realized how I went about my day. I was doing all of these things, but I was neglecting HOW I was doing all of them. I quickly threw character out of the window because it was “in the way” of my performance to get everything I needed to get done. That same night, I had a friend share with me some great wisdom on this.

The Life of Jesus Reading Plan Now Available on YouVersion

The Life of Jesus Reading Plan

As the year end approaches and we look towards the new year, it’s a great time to evaluate how our time with The Lord has been and how often we have been reading the Bible.

I know for me personally in this season with so many things going on, the temptation to be “too busy” to read the Word has been growing more and more. It’s such a daily battle to sit down and really read the Bible. The fact that it’s such a battle itself almost proves just how important it really is when you think about it.

At the end of the day, everything comes down to Jesus. That’s why we made this reading plan available for you on YouVersion:

The Life of Jesus 80 Day Bible Reading Plan

This plan takes you through the four Gospels, in chronological order, walking through the life of Jesus from His birth to His ascension into Heaven.

We can’t emphasis anymore just how crucial it is for us to be reading the Bible, spending time with God, and growing in our relationship with Christ each day. There is power and the Word as it is living and active (Hebrews 4:12) and it’s our only offensive weapon against the enemy (Ephesians 6:10-20).

If you aren’t sure where to get started in reading the Bible, we’d encourage you to give this plan a try and walk through the life of Jesus as He walked. Jesus is the main point all throughout Scripture and this plan will help show you why and how that is.

Let us know if you decide to start reading this plan, we’d love to hear from you!

Click Here to starting reading the plan.

We Have An Announcement

We Have An Announcement

We are very excited to announce something with all of you! Please watch the video here on this post!

To say the least, this has been a long season. Joelle and I have been seeking out The Lord and His plans for us after sensing something was stirring within us that was different. We couldn’t quite put our finger on it so we just decided to take a long season of praying and reading the Bible, believing the Holy Spirit will speak clearly to us to reveal what was going on.

Not only did God reveal answers, but such specific answers to both of us when we didn’t even talk about it. After all of this time we decided that this could only be God clearly giving us direction and that’s how we landed at the decision to move to Austin to help plant and build Austin Life Church.

I’ll be joining the staff as one of the pastors at Austin Life and our family will be teaming up with Apartment Life at an apartment community in the central Austin area soon to help minister to and love our neighbors, learn more about the city, and invite people into a relationship with Christ and into the Church.

It’s been an exciting and terrifying season all at the same time which we believe is exactly where God wants us. He wants us completely dependent on Him and honestly, that is just normal behavior for the follower of Jesus. While this is a transition, it’s no different than any other day of following Jesus where His power is made perfect in our weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Would you please consider doing 2 things for us?

Would You Consider Praying For Us?

Please pray for wisdom, pray for guidance, pray that all the funds are raised for Austin Life Church, pray for us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus through all of this and to not be distracted on the cares of this world or the unknowns ahead for us. We’ve never been in this position before and while we are excited for what’s ahead, we know prayer is the work and we need Jesus every step of the way.

Would You Consider Financially Supporting Austin Life Church?

We would love to talk to you more on what this looks like, and share the mission and strategy of ALC. Most importantly, we would just love to share what God is already doing in Austin. People are already showing up in community, people are expressing interest to follow Jesus, to get baptized, to join the Church, to start serving, etc. It’s amazing with everything that’s happening and things are just now barely getting started! You can actually view more information on this and even give online at AustinLifeChurch.com.

We know for a fact God is doing amazing things in Austin and we are honored that we get to play a role in His mission going forward to lead people to life in Jesus. This is our next step.

He Can Do Far More Abundantly

He Can Do Far More Abundantly

Have you ever been overwhelmed? To the point where you felt paralyzed and you didn’t know what to do next? Are you going through something like that right now perhaps? Is your anxiety increasing? Keep reading…

The other day this happened to me. With what felt literally like a million things to do quickly overwhelmed me, I could tell my body and mind was shutting down, and things were starting to get really bad.

I kept replaying in my head all the things that needed to get done over and over again where my mind would just not stop going crazy, when all of a sudden I realized I was being attacked. We have a real enemy in our midst…one who at all times wants to steal, kill, destroy. I realized I needed to respond because he was not going to stop pressing into me.

Have you ever felt this way? Maybe you’re dealing with this right now? Let me encourage you.

I decided to call an audible on my day. I stopped everything I was doing, put my phone on do not disturb, put on my headphones, turned on some music, parked my car, got out, and just started walking while listening and reading Scripture. At the same time my friend texted me the exact Scripture that was needed for this moment…

Resources For Spending Time With Jesus

Resources For Spending Time With Jesus

Whether it’s the beginning of a new year or a new season in your life, one thing is for sure…spending time with Jesus must be crucial for you. Really, spending time with Jesus is crucial for all of us because He is everything.

I’m convinced that’s where the real battle is for all of us and for good reason. If it’s such a battle to spend time with Jesus on a daily basis, don’t you think there’s a reason for this? There’s a reason that we get so easily distracted every single day and oftentimes forget to spend time with God. I know that happens to me over and over again.

For followers of Jesus, everything is centered around our time with Him. It’s time with Him that will remind us we are forgiven, forever. It’s time with Him that will remind us what our purpose is. It’s time with Him that will comfort us, give us strength, show us truth, and more.

Regardless of wherever you are and whatever you’re going through, you can just start today. Make a commitment today before God to spend time with him on a daily basis. Here are some great resources and what I’m using for spending time with Jesus: