Re-rooting : Identity

2 simple words
that changed my entire view of
who God is
and how He looks at me

2 simple adjectives
that flipped my self worth
within just a few seconds
of fully knowing Him

9 simple letters
that broke something in my roots
of what I thought I already knew
and understood of Him

3 simple syllables
that cut deep into my heart
and broke everything I used to build
my foundation about this Father I”ve heard so much about

Why are these 2 words so difficult for me to comprehend?
How can I begin to live my life knowing that I am fully known?
What does that even truly mean?
Where do I begin this search?
When do I start building this new identity?


I’m fully known and loved by You
You won’t let go, no matter what I do
And it’s not one or the other
It’s hard truth and ridiculous grace
To be known, fully known, and loved by You
I’m fully known and loved by You

Known by Tauren Wells

I guess it’s time
I start re-planting my roots
and learning what it means to be known
and fully loved
by the Father

I don’t know where or how to start
but I know that
if I trust my Father
He will teach me
and show me the way

So I start with believing
these 2 simple words
that I am fully seen and truly loved
by a Father who will never leave me
who always keeps His promises

Although the true meanings of these words
are foreign to me
I trust in my Father to show me the way
to re-rooting myself
in His truth over me


To be love, is to be loved by You
To be love, is to loved by You
So I won’t worry about tomorrow
‘Cause all I wanna do, all I wanna do
Is know You

Abide by Kingdom Culture Worship

If you haven’t figured it out yet
the 2 words I’m referring to, are :
SEEN & LOVED

These words have defined my year so far
I’ve heard them spoken over me almost every day
And God has been telling me that this is my year of breaking old roots
To grow new, stronger ones in His truth

And so I share this poem in order to encourage and allow you
to start to understand these truths in your life,
and be able to begin to step into them
because it truly is the best way to change your life!

NO SELF-HELP BOOK CAN TEACH YOU WHAT GOD CAN SHOW YOU IN 2 WORDS!

Thanks for reading!

Be blessed & encouraged by this post!

Childlike Simplicity

Forget performance.
Such a beautiful concept
of true love from God!

It’s so amazing
to fully experience
this simplicity.

How can it be real
to display hope, care, and trust
with one simple word?

The simplest form of
true vulnerability
in one simple word.

Just one simple word
is all it takes to display
His deepest nature.

That’s the simple form
of this true love that remains
uncomplicated.

Don’t overthink it.
Childlike simplicity.
That is all it takes.


This poem was inspired by events from my past week at a camp I volunteered at…

Quick backstory:
This camp I’m referring to is for children in the foster care system / from broken homes.
It’s a week for these kids to come as they are, where they can forget their worries / tough lives, and just have fun, while experiencing and being surrounded by this true Love.
So, while getting ready to go to this camp, I was advised to remain strong because these kids could be violent / rude / closed-off from others (especially authority figures).
So, I started the first day with this expectation that I would get hit or yelled at by children

(maybe a little harsh; but I had no idea what to expect).
And, although that did happened a few times (it happened a lot less than I was expecting),
I actually started to see so much love in these kids.
And, I quickly realized that if I operated out of fear / uncertainty around these kids,
they could sense it, and wouldn’t be able to fully trust me.
So, as soon as I just simply started operating with God’s love,
I started seeing so much love in these kids.
A love that was there all along, but was hiding behind brokenness and fear.

And, in that moment, when I saw so much simple love come out of such little people, with so much brokenness and fear, I fully experienced Love in it’s simplest form.
I truly realized that, if these kids (with all they’ve been through) can still have so much love to give; then how much more can I give?


Thanks for reading!

Alternate title : “Love Uncomplicated”
inspired by this song

Love, Abba (a letter)

Dear wonderful child,

Oh, how I love you!
How I love waking you up in the morning.
How I love tucking you in at night.
You’re my most prized creation.
You will always be enough for me.
You never have to earn my love.
My grace is enough for you.
You are always perfect in my eyes.

Your identity is in Me, and
it will always remain pure.
“I will pick you up, and
point you in the right direction,
knowing full well that
you’ll never reach perfection.
And, when you wonder to yourself,
“will I ever be enough?”,
Just know, you’ve already been given
My authentic love!”

(“Authentic Love by Ryan Drendel”)
I will always be here,
providing, caring, and protecting,
ready for you to run into my arms.

Love, Abba




Thanks for reading! I hope this letter and these songs speak to you, and help you discover, and experience this true, authentic love that can change your life, and fill you with so much purpose!

P.S. Here’s a song that really helped me experience & accept this true, authentic love:

Your thoughts define me
You’re inside me
You’re my reality
Abba, I belong to you!”
-“Abba by Jonathan David Helser

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Australian Food & Candy Review!

The following pictures are just a few traditional candies / snacks & street foods that I tried
during the past year of living in Australia, and I just wanted to share them here to encourage
you to try new foods in a different country.
And, if you’re planning a trip to the land down under soon,
here’s a list to get you started!
So, here are some of the things I think you should definitely try in Australia:

Flat White :
Basically a latte, with less foam (invented in Australia).
P.S. that’s my latte art! 😀
Musk Sticks :
Soft sugar stick with a fragrant taste (like perfume).

(these a good, in moderation, if you eat too many the perfume taste becomes really strong)
Anzac Biscuits :
They were invented in Australia, during WWI because the ingredients were easy to get,

and didn’t spoil.
Delicious oatmeal coconut cookies with a hint of honey, perfect for tea and coffee.
Meat Pies :
There are many different varieties.

They are sold at many bakeries around Australia, and some even have unique flavours.
This is just a few from a popular bakery near where I live.
Tim Tams :
Malted cookies coated with chocolate, with different types of filling,
(these are one of my favorite Australian snacks!
!)
Lamingtons :
An Australian cake bar made from butter cake or sponge cake,

coated in an outer layer of chocolate sauce and rolled in shredded coconut.
Fairy Bread :
Sliced white bread with butter,
covered with “Hundreds and Thousands” (sprinkles),
served at children’s parties in Australia and New Zealand.
Vegemite :
A thick, dark brown Australian food spread made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract with various vegetable, vitamins, and spice additives.
(it does not taste as bad as it’s seems)
“Australian” Milo :
Milo in Australia is an iconic crunchy milk drink,

(first introduced in 1934).
It’s made from malted barley, dried milk, and cocoa.

(not to be confused with hot chocolate powder)

Thanks for reading!
I hope this list encourages you to try new foods wherever you are;
and helps you on your next trip to Australia – to know what to try!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Living Vulnerably

1 year ago…

To go back
To the moment
Where it was simple
When trust was easy
Oh, to get closer to that


Now…

To live
A life of vulnerability
In communion
In the garden

To abide
In your presence
Everyday
Where nothing
Must be proven

To live
In your love
In daily communion
In a life of vulnerability
With you

That’s what I strive for
Everyday
To be vulnerable
And live fully
As myself
With my best friend —
My Abba Father


Thanks for reading!
This poem was inspired by:

my word of the month:
“vulnerability” – noun: vulnerability; plural noun: vulnerabilities – the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.
&
this song!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Growing Pains…

Painful
hurt
surfaces

Broken
pieces
fall

Brick
walls
crumble

Soft
hearts
shatter

Deep
tears
fade

Growth
is
happening


Sometimes growth is painful, and difficult.. but, that’s how we know we are growing properly!
Growing pain is the result of muscles being stretched and pulled in new and different ways;
and when we realize how good it is, we can start to want this beautiful pain because
it is making us stronger and better!


Thanks for reading!
I hope this encourages you to keep stretching and growing these new muscles because you are changing, and that’s a beautiful thing!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Wednesdays Across TimeZones

So, me and my sister both have YouTube channels, and a few days ago, we were talking and we decided it would be cool to document our typical Wednesdays, to see the differences between Wednesday, February 3 in Canada v.s. Australia.
Also, keep in mind that we live very different lives. So, while being a typical Wednesday for us; it looks very different for both of us, in general.

Here are the links to those videos:

My Sister’s – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MOQjREASB0

Mine – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05uNqa3oW_I


Thanks for reading and watching!
We hope you enjoy living in 2 timezones for a brief moment!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

An Overwhelmed Heart

“When my heart is overwhelmed,
lead me to the rock.”


it’s been
well
a month..
but
it’s felt
like
a year!

i’ve been searching
i’ve been learning
i’ve been leaning
i’ve been reaching

and
it has
exhausted me
but with you
i know
it was
all
so worth
it
because

although
i feel defeated
frustrated
confused
alone
lost
i look up
because
i know
that

you’ve waited
so long
for me
to come
to you
for me
to learn
to lean
on you

so
now
i come
with no expectations
into your home
i accept
your invitation
to perfect
love
to
break these
cycles

your invitation
and never-failing
love
steadies my feet
and
overwhelms my heart


Thanks for reading!
This poem was inspired by my favorite song from January (it’s been on repeat all month)!
Click here to listen to the song: Cycles

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Godly Expectations Released

What can I do?
How can I live rightly?
When will it be enough?


You’ve probably asked yourself these questions before (at least once).
Well, here’s a poem with the answer to how you can truly fulfill God’s expectations:


There’s nothing
you can do.
It will never
be enough.

Stop placing overwhelming
expectations on yourself
to please God
and others.

He never expects
anything – ever.
Just pure love and
mustard seed sized faith.

Don’t ruin
His perfection
by making Him
unattainable.

He loves you
simply because
that’s just
who He is.

No expectations
or other motives.
Just simple – perfect
fatherly love.

Stop putting Him
in a box
that’s out of reach and
start accepting His love!


Thanks for reading!
I hope this encouraged you to release your expectations of yourself, others, and God; and start living in perfect freedom with Him.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

This poem was inspired by THIS SONG!

New Year, Same God

good year
bad year
global pandemic
globally traveling
through it all
He remains

“what if I gave it all?” this year
“could I be a worthy sacrifice?” deserving of love

this year
i’m leaving it all behind
last year
i learned so much
i’m ready
to sit at the table
with you
i want to partake in your communion

“with bread as your body” the bread of life
“and wine as your blood” i will follow you

i was
a sinner
but He
welcomed me
i’ve entered
the gates
i’ve repented
kneeling down
i’ve discovered
redemptive grace

so, this year

“come trial or blood
because you, oh God
you’re the one my heart loves”

it will always be you


Thanks for reading my first post of 2021!
If you read this post to the end, and want even more encouragement for this new year, I highly recommend listening to the song that inspired this poem.
Click the link!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

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The Moon Keeps Shinning!

As I sit here
under the stars
starring at the moon
watching the clouds go by
listening to my best friend
I can’t help
but be intrigued
by the metaphor
in front of me
in the brightness
of the moon

It just keeps shinning
no matter how dark
the clouds get
or how many
clouds cover it
it never dims it’s light

That’s the metaphor

And that’s what
I’m learning
and striving to be
more like the moon

To never
let the darkness
dim my light


Thanks for reading! I hope this poem inspired you to keep shinning; even in the darkest of places & times because the Light of the world can live inside of you. And, when it does, your light will never fade!

This post was inspired by the picture on this post, this song, (and Christmas time)! 🙂

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S !

Simpler Times…

click the picture to listen to the song
that inspired the following post

wishing
dreaming
hoping
for
simpler times
to come back
when everything
was so much better
can we rewind
to those times
the memories are fading
I can’t remember
what it used to be like
I just wanna go back
to those moments
where no cares were had
and no pain was felt
the moments when everything
seemed perfect
what happened to that perfection
to that bliss
where did those moments go
when did the pain get real
when did this chaos begin
where did time go
what happened to the laughter
why did everyone leave
my heart aches
for simpler times

times
when
jumping
in a
pile
of
leaves
was the
highlight
of my
day

I miss the days
when I had no worries
and no doubts
when life was simpler
and happier
those simpler times
are just a distant
memory now
that I can’t get back
no matter what
those days
are gone

I guess
I just gotta embrace
the now
the times today
simple or not
this is the present
let’s make it a gift
live in the moment
hopeless or hopeful
these times are all I have
now is the time
to embrace this moment


embrace the now
miss the simpler times
that’s just life
it goes on
miss the simpler times
but keep moving
forward to better things
remaining hopeful
for better times


Thanks for reading! I hope this inspired you to remember the simpler times behind you, and to keep looking forward to create more good times.
Let’s go into 2021 with hopeful eyes, and big dreams that we can’t wait to conquer this new year!

M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S & H A P P Y N E W Y E A R !

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

I See You…

Dear beautiful child,

I see you
You are worthy
I love you
You are perfect
I am for you
You are not alone

Child, you’re beautiful
You’re wonderfully made
And when I formed you
I made no mistakes
I’ve always adored you
And nothing has changed

I see you
Even when you can’t
Just look to me
Through my eyes
You will see
The world and you

Child, you’re beautiful
You’re wonderfully made
And when I formed you
I made no mistakes
I’ve always adored you
And nothing has changed

I see you
You are clean
I’ve redeemed you
You are free
I’ve formed you
You are not a mistake
I adore you

Please believe
This truth I tell you
Take courage
Hope in me
I will never leave you
Please hear my words

What you say
To yourself
Can hurt
But when I say
I see you
I mean it



Thanks for reading!
I hope this poem encourages you to never lose hope because you are always seen by the One who matters most.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

P.S. This poem was inspired by This Song!

Look! – A Poem (no strings attached)

Find a mirror
Take a selfie
Look
At your reflection
My perfect child
My beautiful creation
Can’t you see
The beauty within

In your eyes
It’s so evident
Look
At your worth
Use my eyes
Look
At your imperfections
Through my eyes
Look
At the beauty
That I see

Do you see it
Can you see
What I see
Look
I am perfect
In your eyes
But you still
Can’t see it
Look
At my spirit
Thriving within you
I’ve made you
So beautifully perfect
As I wanted

When I
Look
At you
I see
Only beauty
Immense perfection
Total worth
And
I remember
How much
I love you

My love
For you
Comes with
No strings attached
It will
Always remain
Even when
You don’t
see it
I will
Look
At you
And
See you
My beautiful
Perfect creation
My love
For you
Comes with
No strings attached

Now take a moment
Look
Find that mirror again
Take a different selfie
Look
At your perfect reflection
Through your creators’ eyes
Now
Do you see it

All your purpose
Your endless worth
The overwhelming love
I give you
Look
All those things
I’ve called you
To great things

Do you see it yet?
Look
When you can’t love yourself
I want to show you
My amazing love for you
For you to start and
Look

At your self
Through my eyes
You will see
Just how
Worthy
Perfect
And
Beautiful
You truly are
Look
At what I created
To do such great things
Look
At me
At others
And most importantly
Look
At yourself
Through my eyes


Thanks for reading!
I hope this poem inspired you to start looking at yourself & the world around you with the eyes of the creator of the universe!

This poem was inspired by this song!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

P.S. The picture above has a pretty deep story behind it that I was going to share in this post,
but then I decided to leave this poem as it is,
and make another post about the story behind that picture
(this is just a sneak peak into that story).
Check back next week for the full story behind that picture!

Growing Lungs & Changing Heart

I am
sculpting
strengthening
growing
your lungs
making them
perfect
strong
and bigger than ever
because
I need you
to
tell the world
about me
through your story

I am
changing
re-molding
re-shaping
your heart
making it
heavy and giving it
the desires
of my heart
because
I want you
to
follow my plan
for you
and
love others
as I love you


Thanks for reading!
I hope this reminded you that change is necessary for growth; but you can’t grow if you don’t embrace it!
When you embrace change, that’s when amazing things start to happen in your life!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

This post was inspired by this song!

A Flower Under Water

Drowning
Suffocating
But still
Beautiful

Flourishing
Under the weight
And pressure
Of the waves

In the darkness
Of the unknown
Remaining strong
And steadfast

Never giving up
Through all the battles
Always fighting
And standing tall

Learning to breathe
Again
Under the crushing
Waves

Rising up
Again and again
Attack after attack
Embracing authority


Thanks for reading!
I hope this inspired you to keep fighting, no matter how many battles come your way. Never stop standing tall in the midst of all the negativity!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

These Dry Bones Will Live!

His mighty hand
Brought me out
And His Spirit
Sit me down
In the middle
Of the valley

Surrounded by dry bones
He led me out
He breathed His life
And they came alive
He sent His Spirit
Revealed Himself as Yahweh
And won the battle

These dry bones
Have come alive
By His grace
He has risen
These dry bones


Thanks for reading!

-LiveFor adventure! 🙂

This post was inspired by this song!

I’ll be Everything!

So,
You feel like you’re drowning,
Can’t seem to surface,
Without fighting it,
Just try surrendering.

So,
Your heart is heavy, I know,
Everything is dark now,
But just know,
I am here now.

So,
Keep rising up,
You are surfacing,
Keep making it through,
You are getting closer.

So,
Listen to my voice,
Watch me move,
Unexpected things,
Start to happen when,
You trust me,
In the mystery.

Please know,
I am everything,
Forever and always,
I will never leave.
I am a place,
For you to lay your burdens,
I will be your peace,
I am all you need.


Thanks for reading! I hope this post reminded you that when you feel like something is missing in your life, all you have to do is LOOK UP!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

This post was inspired by this song!

Just Who He Is!

Loving
Compassionate
Gracious
Trusting
Caring
Perfect
Hope
Faithful
Sinless

. . .

That’s just who
He is
That’s why
We call Him
Abba Father

He came
Before us
And
He won’t
Leave us

Nothing we do
Could stop Him
From loving us

That is just
Who He is

. . .

We are
Broken
Hurt
Sinful
Lost
Faithless
Alone
Hopeless

But

He helps us
Become
Like Him

Entirely
Whole


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post reminded you that when you feel lost, alone, and broken; you can always count on the One who goes before you, who never leaves you, and who always holds you; the One that welcomes you home everyday, gives you a life full of joy and purpose, and makes you full of love and passion for life and those around you.

This post was inspired by This Song!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Start over…

I’m not afraid
of starting over
because I know
an amazing God
that always forgives
and always gives
unlimited second chances.

I don’t fear
the starting line
because I know
a perfect God
that deserves all
my fears, failures
and future anxieties.

I have joy
in new days
because I know
a joyful God
that makes plans
for all my
days before me.

I’m not afraid
to start again
because I know
a powerful God
that protects me
and moves mountains
just for me.

I live freely
in the chaos
because I know
a loving God
that always protects
comforts and loves
me every day.


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post reminded you that starting over doesn’t have to be a bad thing; sometimes it can lead to even greater things! It’s not always about starting over, sometimes it’s about starting again, and getting a fresh start!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

In Every Season

In your life…

God makes a place
of comfort and peace
where fear and anxiety are not welcome
and where trying your best
is always enough.

In your heart…

You just need to listen
feel and breathe deeply
wait for new opportunities, and
just be yourself.

In His presence…

You must let go of control
forget weaknesses and fears
and, just let it all go because
the Lord is near.

In every season…

You should look for His peace in the chaos
walk on the stormy waters with Him
take every day
step by step.

In every moment…

You must see Him as peace and a refuge
the perfect resting place
with a faithful promise, and
unbreakable loyalty.

In your life…

You need to embrace
the good and the bad seasons because
He is there, holding you
with arms wide open
making you new everyday
just to set you

FREE!


Thanks for reading!
I hope this poem reminded you of the hope you can have when you hold onto the truth above all truth in your everyday life!

Click this link to listen to the song that inspired this poem!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Hello October!

So, it’s been a month since I’ve made the commitment to stay in Australia for 2 years,
and I’ve already been learning so much!
A few weeks ago, I read this book called “With” by Skye Jethani,
and felt like it was really relevant for this new season I’m stepping into,
so I decided to write a poem about it in hopes to encourage anyone else stepping into a new season of life.


Trust
is a process.
Finding
a place to belong
takes time.
But
when we choose
life with God
and
we start to
trust the process
of His plan –
Bam! –
Trust becomes easier!

Battles are not
won alone
or with anyone,
but
with God.
That’s why we
live for His fame
and
die for our gain;
Because we
trust that HE knows best.
So we
ignore the haters
and
continue to live
life with Him!

Living life
WITH
God
is the key
to living life
to our fullest
potential!


Thanks for reading!
I hope this inspired you to live life to your fullest potential in this new season with the One who gives you all your gifts & abilities because that’s the way to find true joy in new seasons of life!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂