Made new

Exactly one year ago my journey with exploring God's heart began. Saying my goodbyes and stepping onto the United flight to Kona, Hawaii has been the best decision, I've ever made. Honestly a huge thank you to my girl Morgan Wright for saying yes to God, the countability of our friendship, and for making the journey with me.

It’s always like springtime with you, making all things new
— Matt Stinton

Reflecting on the person I was a year ago... is a night and day difference. 

God fully restored my old 'dead' life into a new creation, a new me. I had to up-wrap the insecurities I put on myself. I put up walls between Jesus and I. From hurt's and wrong I didn't even know affected me, and affected my walk. Breaking walls down and letting God heal my hurts gave me f r e e d o m. "I'm no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God". This song became my anthem during DTS. 

YWAM Kona was my next stop to complete a discipleship training school (DTS). "To know God, and to make Him known". From my experience saying yes to God has been so rewarding. Laying down 6 months of my life to ministry has changed the course and direction of my life.

Knowing about God is one thing...but drawing close to His heart is another. I can write for years about my experience and how God was in work for the past 6 months and now! I filled out a brand new journal front + back of all the promises of God. I'm now on a new journal symbolizing all the new things God has done and is doing here in my hometown. #comeon

To you dreamers don't give up. Pursue the calling on your life. For me stepping out of my comfort of home has been the best decision. When God opens doors its a direct access of the Father, and his will for your life. "His will, His bill". I encourage you to say yes to him. It may change the way you look at life, people, and so much more and maybe just maybe you could be a planet shaker, nation wrecker for Jesus. It all starts by saying yes. 

First time

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations
— Jeremiah 1:5

My brother in law Jake has been away from home for a  s e v e n month deployment. During his time away his daughter was born.  So on December 22nd he met his daughter (my niece) Mackenzie Maree Vargas for the first time! After almost 5 months he got to hold his little girl for the first time. This sweet precious moment was captured by me!! 

The Mrs. eagerly waiting for the return of her love! 

Family and friends greeting Jake.

Oh the sweet reunion between my sister and her husband. To see the Vargas family complete makes my heart happy. There's nothing like having a loved one home for Christmas. Jake's homecoming is a Christmas miracle.

God loves to see his children happy

Jake meeting his daughter for the first time. 

The love Rick has for his son. This photo gives me chills from all the emotions behind it. 

It's the little things in life that bring much joy. Happiness comes and goes like the seasons, but to find joy and to live it out makes the days easier. In order to fully understand we must look to the Father for guidance. To surrendered each day and say "This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad". 

Mackenzie is a courageous lover. A lover of people and of life. Kenzie is a extrovert and is comfortable in large groups. Wherever she goes, whatever she does, Mackenzie will make each person feel special!  A true gift from God!  Mackenzie, be prepared to lead your generation into a boldness of Christ, like the missionaries. The world needs more missionaries to be the hands and feet of Christ!  

Big blue eyes, smooth flawless skin, and kissable chubby cheeks. Can you tell I love my niece?! 

First photo together as a family. 

My prayer to the Vargas family. I pray for God's protection, I pray for strength, and an abundance of energy.  Most of all God, I pray that when the trials get hard and going gets tough, that faith and love becomes the foundation for this family. Amen. 

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love
— 1 John 4:8