Where I’m At

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Sorry I haven’t posted on a while. Life has been happening and haven’t really gotten a chance to write anything in a while. I just want to update you guys with where I’m at in life and in my ministry.

So recently I just moved out of my parents house. It has been a trip for sure. I have been learning how to budget my money better and also I’ve been having to trust God in a new area of my life: the area of finances. It has been really tight money wise and I have never really had to trust Jesus with the provision of the things that I need. I’ve always had my parents to provide for me. It’s something that is hard, but it is also something I need to learn. Being dependent on Jesus is something that I strive for and this is offering me an opportunity to give Him more of my trust. I moved in with some Christian bros that I go to church with and that has been great. Being able to fellowship and have conversations about Jesus whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Ministry wise: I know I have expressed to you guys that I have a passion for youth and youth ministry. I have been heavily involved as a youth leader at my church and that has been amazing. Being able to connect with the kids is a blessing and being able to be a part of their spiritual growth has been a gift from God. I am also going to be taking over discipleship groups for the boys in youth this coming fall. I know I will always have a passion for youth. I have also expressed to you that I was wanting to be a youth pastor. But things have come up in my life (that I don’t care to share with you at the present moment) and I feel like that involvement in youth ministry isn’t what I originally had planned for it to be. I feel like God is calling me to something else. I believe I will always be involved in youth ministry, just not the way I had originally intended.

I need prayer. Prayer to be able to trust Jesus in all things and prayer for ministry. Specifically in the areas concerning being a youth pastor or not and leading the discipleship groups for the young guys in youth. I need guidance of the Holy Spirit and for Him to guide my steps. Thanks for reading! Love you guys.

In God’s grip,
Alex

Random Ramblings of a Nineteen Year Old Guy

I turned nineteen today. I look back on the life that I have lived; the people I’ve met, the things I’ve experienced, and the places I’ve been. It seems like such a long time, but also short. Does that make sense? A good friend posted a quote by C. S. Lewis on Facebook. It says, “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.” Isn’t it crazy how true this is?

I remember that in seventh grade, I met one of my best friends at youth group. I remember thinking that we would be friends for ever. I continued to think this up until my senior year in high school. A few years previously he had gotten into smoking marijuana and after that he was never the same. We remained friends but then he got into some harder stuff and we grew apart.

My mom had me when she was just seventeen. The father didn’t want to have anything to do with me, so that was that. But then she met this amazing man and they got married and he adopted me. Even though the marriage didn’t work out, through the mess, I was blessed with a daddy.

I have been on multiple mission trips with my youth group. I have been to mexico twice, CSM trips to Denver and San Francisco, Ecuador, Haiti, and the Philippines. These places have have all had an impact on me in ways that I could never imagine possible. These trips are where Jesus got a hold of my heart, and I will never be the same.

This may just seem like the random ramblings of a nineteen your old guy, but I guess that what I’m trying to say is that no matter how much we place in this life, whether it be friends, status, money, relationships; it’s fleeting and will pass away. But there is someone who will not pass away, who isn’t fleeting, and his name is Jesus. Invest your time, your money, and relationships in Jesus Christ and he will take care of the rest.

In God’s grip,
Alex