Do you have a dream in your heart, a calling on your life, or an aspiration for your future?
Are you there yet?
If you answered yes to the first question, and no to the second, welcome to the club!
I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that there is a big dream, deep in my heart, and while I can see God is guiding me gradually towards it, opening doors and windows to lead the way, I’m not quite there yet.
And that’s OK!
What I’m learning is that the time between dream and reality is actually part of God’s plan!
These “in-between” seasons have become a recurring theme in my time spent with God this year. We have even explored them here on Salt & Grace in the story of Joseph in Genesis; a young boy with a big dream that took 20-years…
Abiding in Christ is one of my favorite subjects. Jordan at “God Gold of the Day” has done a great job at covering what abiding in Christ looks like.
God Gold of the Day
““I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”/John 15:5-8
My lesson in class today was on “Abiding in Christ.” This is some really cool stuff and I’m jacked to share it with ya. As much as this lesson helped me out, I pray it can be of some service to you too.
If you are not following this new blog, I encourage you to read this post where JayWill introduces himself and what God is doing in the life of him and his family. He and I are both in the same state doing similar work for the Lord. I know God will use JayWill’s posts to be a blessing.
“When you walk up to opportunities door, don’t knock…… Kick it in, smile and introduce yourself.” -Dwayne Johnson
So after five blogs and multiple conversations started I’ve realized I never took the time to introduce myself. So allow me a moment of your time to do so. My name is Jarrian Wilson but all of my friends call me JayWill (one word, two capital letters) and I consider you guys my friends 😃. I’m a Christian if you haven’t realized that from my blog post so far lol. A huge theology nerd and book lover. A local Urban Gospel Artist in South Carolina. I have been living as an urban missionary in the 29203 area of Columbia since 2012. Featured in a few short films. Also served on multiple podcasts as host and co-host (Freethinkers Radio) (Urban City Radio) (Columbia Metro…
If you haven’t come across this new blog, this post shares how it all began. Jordan is a passionate writer whose love for Jesus is extremely evident. Before this ever became a blog, I was one of those who received this in text form on my phone every day. This proves that God’s plans are bigger than ours.
God Gold of the Day
Instead of the usual Son-day Surprise, I felt the need to share the story behind these messages. Just in case you ever wonder why I write these long, sometimes “too long”, wild messages everyday I wanted to share my heart and intentions behind these words. This is the background and foundation to the messages about the One who has changed my life forever.
The “God Gold of the Day” got it’s start when a close friend asked me to help him stay accountable in the Word and life. Being new in my faith, I had no idea what I was doing but it didn’t take long and the pure Gold God revealed to me turned my world upside down. I was coming into these messages and His Word for the first true time in my life. I had grown up in church throughout my younger…
Before I go further, I must clarify that I did not hallucinate nor did I see a man of Hispanic origin whose name is spelled like our Lord when I went to the grocery store tonight. My wife sent me to the grocery store to pay someone for essential oils (and all the essential oil-using women coo😀). I didn’t realize that a group was having an oil party. I know two of these ladies well, and the host invited me to sit down with them because this grocery store also has a coffee shop inside. I sensed the Lord wanted me to stay, so I did.
God’s word to me for the night was how much more my wife and I need Christian community. Yes, we attend church services. Our current hectic lives leave little room for interaction outside that. I am personally craving the fellowship. Two of the ladies and their husbands have been friends of ours for a few years now. One lady gave me some confirmation I needed.
My automatic response is to avoid grocery stores. I despise them. I am, however, glad I stayed and experienced this divine appointment. For those of you who hate stores as much as I do, slow down enough because God may be telling you to linger so He may speak into your life.
When I am not ministering somewhere, my wife and I typically arrive to the worship service right on time or a few minutes late. With that said, we most often have to get seats in the back because of the size of our family and the fact that most people at our church want to sit closer to the front. It is not your typical church.
After spending over 20 years in church ministry, I can tell you a lot about a church by its singing. I have been in places where funerals have been more lively in comparison. I have attended some places where the “worship” is nothing more than a glorified rock concert where thousands of spectators fill the seats. At our church, I noticed something different. A few weeks ago, I sat on the front row just a few seats down from our pastor. He’s more into it than everyone else (and that really is saying a lot).
As I sat on the front row that day, I could hear voices loudly singing the praises of our God. I enjoyed stopping for a minute just to listen. This is a sign of a worshiping church. The atmosphere was one of bringing an offering of praise and also an expectancy to hear from Heaven. We did both.
Want to test the spiritual temperature of the believers in your church? Measure it by their praise. I’m not necessarily speaking of the quality of the music but the passion of the praise. That may make some people mad, but it is just my observation. You might want to check out and see how the Scripture confirms this. I promise that you will find something.
Many of you know I am in transition once again as I stepped away from the church plant. We returned to our previous place of worship until God sees fit to reassign. Meanwhile, we take open doors to minister as God opens them.
Today, we were at our home church. We walk into the worship center to see long tables with our regular chairs around them. My first thought was, “Pastor Josh is getting ready to fund raise.” Then I saw the communion elements on the table and began to realize what was happening. We were going to partake of the Lord’s Supper around a table in a similar fashion to the way it was done the first time. We sang, we prayed, we partook. It was a beautiful experience. I hugged the pastor and thanked him for the most unconventional service I have ever attended.
I would share the message he preached, but it has not yet been posted. It is so on point that I will share it within the next few days. For now, I will close with a couple of songs that played through my mind as he wrapped up the message.
“For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.” – Ecclesiastes 1:18
Over 15 years ago when I used drugs, I was oblivious to what was going on in my life. Events were moving rapidly before my eyes. I traveled Monday through Friday, often set up for vending events, once I arrived back in town, and headed out on a flight on Sundays or Mondays.
In the midst of this stressful life, blinded by the money I that made, I didn’t realize that I was slowly killing myself. I was under constant stress, not eating, or sleeping properly. I did not realize that my friends may not have had my best interest in mind. I was only interested in fitting in and not seeming snobbish because I was clearly better off financially than they were.
I did not follow the news at all. Today, I only follow…
This blogger’s post resonated with me because of times in my life when God graciously provided people I needed. I encourage you to stop by her blog and read several of her posts. I believe her story and presentation will be a blessing.
For many years, I asked the Lord to give me a family and a place of belonging. A place to call home and hang my heart. The cry of my spirit was for the Lord to take me places my feet would never wonder.
41 years, never married. No children. No siblings. Loneliness, I was highly acquainted with. I recall many times, praying like Hannah. (1 Samuel 9-16). Prayers that cannot be articulated in words. Only tears. Hannah longed for a son. I longed for a husband and…
Our identity in Christ. Eternal. Forever. Everlasting. By the decree of Almighty God and Father. Adopted in Christ through faith in Christ. It is finished. Written in the book of Life for all eternity.
This song is about freedom. Free from the tyranny of self, free from the opinion of doubters, set free from the chains of our past and the hopelessness of life without God. Gods kindness has brought us in from the outside and made us royalty. Gods truth over us is final. Sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves what God says over us.
(I am)You are chosen – 1 Thess 1:4.
(I am)You are called of God – 2 Tim 1:9.
(I am)You are being changed into His image – 2 Cor3:18.