The Pictures No One Took

The Pictures No One Took

As I walked along the busy Boulevard of Kalakaua in Oahu, HI; my heart dropped as I seen an image that was in far contrast to the postcard scenery of beaches and luxury shops on every corner. What I seen before me was “homelessness”. No-matter where you go, there will be those among you who literally have nothing.  My mind immediately went to the thought of “In the midst of beauty there will be ashes”. I couldn’t help but think of what life must be like for the people that sleep on the streets in Kalakaua Blvd in Hawaii. They are in the midst of some of the most luxurious shops, such as Gucci, Prada, Cartier, just to name a few. But yet, in the midst of wealth all they have is what is seen. Anyone who knows me or even follows me on Social networks  would be able to tell that I absolutely love pictures. I believe that in many ways life can be captured better with an image than with words. And the opening picture to this week’s inspiration says a lot. I can assure you that not many, if any visitors of Hawaii, come and take pictures of the homeless that they had to walk over or ignore as they went about their day. However, I couldn’t help but capture what I seen. I couldn’t help in thinking that many people that walk by daily are just as empty as those without homes. Kalakaua Blvd in many ways captures life for much of our society. It represents a state of being, a state of attainment and...
Lessons Learned in 27 Years

Lessons Learned in 27 Years

As I prepare to celebrate my 27th birthday, I reflect upon my life and the many lessons learned. It is my hope and prayer that you are able to learn from these lessons as well! Life is about what you’ve done right and about the things done wrong that have created a sense of stability and awareness. We can either allow our lives to be  a billboard for others to see, or we can spend our lives doing a disservice to people by never showing them who we really are! May your life be lessons learned and lessons taught. Sometimes you will be the teacher in this life and at some points you will be the student. There will even be days when you function as both at the same time. However, the key is understanding who you are in every circumstance. May you be blessed and inspired by the shared lessons learned. Every lesson learned has been a step closer to my destiny and the bigger picture of God, life, and love! Lesson #1- You have two options in life: Sink or Swim. Sinking is the result of giving up and refusing to see that at bare minimum you have the ability to “float”. Your ability to swim is not based on what you’ve been given but based on the recognition of who you’ve been created to be. Lesson #2- Life is all about perception. What you think is who you become. Lesson #3-Anything worth having is always worth the pursuit, no matter what. Lesson #4- Never make excuses as a defense mechanism to avoid the truth. Lesson...
The Power of One

The Power of One

In this life, you can either  make excuses for the lack of opportunities or resources that you feel you did not have or you can take authority and ownership over every idea, dream, and aspiration that you were too afraid to pursue. That fear comes from the possibility or idea of failure, one that often cripples the growth and lives of many people. However, in order to overcome the fear that is often experienced, you must be wiling to move  forward and pursue that which has been placed on your heart. Recently, I attended a “27 hour” prayer and worship event called Common Ground. This event was held at our arena here in Prince George, CN Center. People from across our region came together and prayed for change to come to our region. Over 700 people were in attendance and words do not describe all that took place. However, if I were to tag a phrase of what it represented, it would possibly be “The Power of One”. This Common Ground vision came to one man, Geoff Quaedvlieg. He has been a Christian for 3-4 years. He had no idea of what he was doing in the beginning stages and even the final stages of this event. However, he was certain of two things: 1) He heard God clearly 2) He was willing and ready to obey. The amazing thing about this is that we often allow fear as mentioned to cripple us, because we do keep in mind that it is God who is leading, not us. If we could keep in mind that its God making the...
Dump the Load

Dump the Load

Have you ever felt like you were in overload? I know I sure have. In fact this past Friday I found myself at my office at midnight writing, which was not smart on my part.   So that you get the full picture, let me first say that I had been at the office since 9am. My usual Friday schedule includes counseling sessions and Youthgroup with the teens at 7pm.  The day had been well spent but because I decided to take my next writing project ( 40 Day Devotional) into my own hands, I had become exhausted and completely frustrated. I sat there and couldn’t figure out why I was pushing myself so hard. The day before I stayed up until 5 am writing and once I finally got into bed I was completely delirious. In that moment of frustration at midnight I heard God say, “Miracle, go home.  Do not type another word. In fact He said, you are going to give yourself a break and will not be permitted to write another word for this next book for at least a week.” I felt overwhelmed, crushed, and for the most part like a Big baby as I pouted my way to the car. I drove home convincing myself that I could still do some writing for the new project but just not devotional content. I pulled up to my house, walked in the door and began searching for a piece of paper that had notes that I had written for additional content outside of the devotional. I looked all over and it was no where to...