I’m here for you!

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying: Who should I send? Who will go for Us? And, I said: Here I am. Send me.”

Isaiah 6:8

I show up;
everyday
for You!
I am here
for You!
I am ready
to be used
by You!

But now,
I realize that,
it’s not enough,
to just show up,
because
You have so much more
on offer for me.
You want so much more
than just my yes.

You want
me to show up.
And,
you want to be
there for me
everyday too!
To live life WITH me!
To give me hope
and purpose
in my yes
to You.

When I show up
everyday
to live life with You
I notice that something is different.
You want to be
my Father
and friend.
To love me.
To laugh with me.
To cry with me.
And, just simply
be there for me.

So now,
instead of me,
always saying:
“I’m here for You.”
I will know that
when I say it
You are echoing it
right back to me,
with so much love.

“I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you.”

Isaiah 41:10

I used to only read the top quote, and I believed that’s all it took to say: “I believe; I’m a christian.”. But, lately I’ve been learning more about the meaning behind the second quote, and realized that God wants to live life fully WITH us.
And, when we realize that He wants more than just our yes; He wants our lives; that’s when we can truly start living out our true purpose!

Thanks for reading!
P.S. Here’s a song that inspired this poem!

Be blessed & encouraged by this!

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! 🙂

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! 🙂

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! 🙂

P.S. If you want even more encouragements like this during this next year, subscribe below:

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!

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! 🙂

Cafe Saturday

Sitting here
Starring out

Into the city
From this cafe
I can’t help

But think
How God
Did I
Get here?

Just a random
Saturday in winter
Here in Australia
With
So many visions
So many dreams
So many plans
Just chasing God
With my life
And so far
He has never
Let me down
And
Here I am
Just sitting here
In His presence
In the comfort
In the love
In the protection
Of my Father

He has
Always been
Holding me
Protecting me
Fighting battles
All so
I would
Never worry

I know a God
That worries for me
He takes my burdens
And frees me from
EVERYTHING
And –
He gives me
A Saturday filled
With His love


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post reminded you that God is always with you (even on a random Saturday in a foreign city in a random cafe). He is everywhere, ready to protect & comfort you!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Home…

Home
is not a place
it’s not a bed
what is home?

Home
is the people
the people you love
the people you trust

Home
is in the heart
the feeling of nostalgia
the place of belonging

Home
is individual
and safety
for the body

Home
is collective
and joy
for the heart

Home
is a quest
and a treasure hunt
of the heart

Home
is only found
in others
and self confidence

Home
is coming out of hiding
and seeking wholeheartedly
for that place

Home
is the place
of love, comfort
and belonging

Home
makes the heart
truly filled
with pure joy


Thanks for reading!
I hope that this post inspired you to keep seeking for that place you can call home!
It won’t be easy, but it will definitely be worth it!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

A message of hope for the lonely

Loneliness
Comes and goes
But
God remains

Pain
Becomes a trigger
But
God remains

Happiness
Feels out of reach
But
God remains

Belonging
Seems impossible
But
God remains


Through all the loneliness, remember that God remains the same through it all. He is always there within reach inviting you into His house. He wants you to join His family more than anything because He loves you!


Thanks for reading!
I hope this reminded you that through your loneliness:

God always remains!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

“Peoplesick”

So, a few days ago, I had this revelation about home. I was feeling sad, and I couldn’t figure out why because I didn’t really feel homesick, but I couldn’t put it into words. Until I came up with the word “peoplesick”.
You see, I’ve been living in a dorm with 11 other girls for the past 6 months, and these people have truly become like family, and I have felt comfort (like you would at home) with them.
I moved to Australia 6 months ago without knowing anyone, and at first I didn’t know how to feel about living in a 12 girl dorm. But, a few months later, I realized that these girls had become my home here in Australia.
But, here’s where the “peoplesick” part comes in.. A few weeks ago, our school graduated, and everyone had to go back home. And, that took away all the comforts I had built here in Australia (yes, I am still here). I’m still living in the same place, but I am starting a new school, with different people. And, I kept feeling homesick (even though I’m in the same place).
And, that’s when I came up with “peoplesick” because even though I am still living in the same place, all the people I have come to trust and find comfort in have gone home, and I am left with this empty feeling.
So, here’s a poem I wrote to describe this empty feeling:


Hello again
Trust issues
Welcome back

People come
People go
That’s life

It’s difficult
To restart
Every time

But occasionally
With time
People stay

Good things
Take time
And effort

Never let
Some people
Steal joy

Always continue
Building trust
With them

Those people
Will stay
Through everything

They will
Be there
Breaking walls

“People sick”
Equals progress
And growth

Continue growing
And building
With them

People leave
People stay
God remains


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post helped you realize that sometimes homesickness isn’t missing a place, but rather missing the people that gave you comfort and love.
And, when you feel “peoplesick”, it’s actually a good sign because it means that those people have made an impact on you, and they will probably be in your heart & ife for a while.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

A poem about evangelism

Just tell them!

One smile
Instead of words
Is enough
And, so simple

Just tell them!

One word
More than enough
To speak
Life over someone

Just tell them!

One sentence
All it takes
To explain
The good news

Just tell them!

One truth
Of unfailing love
Is greater
Than the world


Thanks for reading!
I hope this poem encouraged you, & reminded you that telling others about the truth & love is as simple as a smile!

– LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Poem inspired by this video, & this song!

Abba Father!

A child for life
Living in His presence
Because
He always treats His children well
And takes care of them everyday

No need to grow up
Just be in awe of Him everyday
Stay curious
Have a joy like a child
Depend on Him
Never try to understand all things

That’s His job
As Abba Father

Because…

He is:
More real than the ground we stand on, & the air we breathe.
He is:
Closer than the skin on our bones, the songs we sing, & the thoughts in our minds.
He:
Welcomes home the prodigal,
Leaves the 99,
And, chases after His children!

And, He does it all for love because He is the perfect Abba Father!


Thanks for reading! I hope this reminds you that you are so loved and you matter so much to the one person that truly cares!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

You have no idea… (a poem)

Ouch
that hurt
that was triggering
that made me feel sad
But…
then again
you have no idea
how much pain I feel
Because…
it’s concealed
hidden away
pushed deep down
out of sight
out of reach
no one can know
about this pain
inside me
But…
only one has an idea
only God knows

You have no idea

And you never will
even if I explain
myself
and tell you my
life story
you will never
truly understand
what I battle with
on the inside
everyday
without fail
it’s always there
a constant battle

You have no idea

I live
I laugh
I smile
I joke
I act like it’s all okay
But…
deep down
it’s not
at all
I want to die
some days
I have no more strength
to fight another day
But…
somehow I find it
God gives it to me
enough strength
to make it through
another day

And that’s why
You have no idea


I started this battle alone, and I will continue to fight it alone with God because:

I went on this journey of
comparison,
hating myself,
not seeing or feeling God’s love,
feeling defeated,
and unworthy.

But, when I finally realized
how much God truly loves me,
and cares for me (Matthew 6:26-34);

I started to see the world through His eyes,
the beauty around me in nature helped me
realize how much God loves His creations.
And, if He loves the trees, & animals;
How much more could He love me?

And, when I discovered that God loves me more than the trees He created,
I truly understood His amazing love for me!


Thanks for reading! I hope this reminded you that God is always with you, & He cares for all His creations equally (your past does not & will never change His love for you).

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Lessons from the mountain top…


A moment to remember who God is & who I am
A moment of total surrender
A moment of ultimate love
A moment of perfect peace
A moment of complete freedom
A moment of finding hope
A moment of unfailing grace
A moment of uplifting truth

God is…

Love
Peace
Freedom
Hope
Grace
Truth
And the ultimate hiding place
The one I kneel at the feet of
The one that caries me through everything

I am…

His child
His human vessel
Dwelling in His house
Called to do great things
Spreading His glory
Living my best life with Him

And…

Through it all
He continues to love
To encourage
To reveal
To redeem
To forgive
To restart
This amazing journey with me


Thanks for reading!

This post was inspired by this song!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Finding Freedom by Popping Bubbles


If you don’t know where I’ve been for the past 4 months,
check out this post before reading the following story.


Running
Chasing
Catching
Finding
Discovering
Learning
Building
Working
Crying
Smiling
Laughing
Hiding
Hurting
Thinking
Talking
Processing
Praying

But, ultimately

Popping
Breaking
Destroying
Tearing
Shattering

This is my story from the past 4 months
about how I discovered my true freedom by popping bubbles:

You see, before coming to YWAM (Youth with a Mission) to do a DTS (Discipleship Training School), I used to have these bubbles. They were safe places where I could go to hide, where I could go to just feel safe, and where I could go to get away from everything. And, I was content in my own little world surrounded by these bubbles. Or, so I thought…

“Please don’t pop my bubbles!”

I felt content with my bubbles because they gave me a sense of safety. I liked looking at their beauty because they made me feel loved. I enjoyed their peacefulness because they made me feel comforable.

But, these bubbles would also really hurt me. I wouldn’t be able to let people get too close because they would pop them. Letting people get close enough to pop them seemed like a good and productive idea, but it never was because they never knew which bubbles to pop at the right time. They just wanted to pop them all right away before I was ready, which led to me being hurt often.

“Some people have no self-control with bubbles.”

So, during the past 4 months, I’ve been slowly learning that I am the one that gets to decide when I’m ready to pop a bubble. When I know I’m ready to pop a bubble, that’s when I can let others in to help and encourage me in the process.
I’ve learned that I can’t just let people get close enough and expect them to not pop any bubbles. So, I need to know when the right time for me is to let people get close enough to avoid being hurt by them choosing which bubbbles to pop in their timing.

“Stop! That’s too much, too fast; slow down please!”

So, I’ve learned that in order to let people get close enough, I need to start popping these bubbles on my own (with help & support) because it’s the only way I will feel ready to pop each bubble.
I’ve discovered that only when I’m truly ready to pop a bubble / get rid of something will I feel complete freedom from it.

“It won’t hurt if you’re ready.”

Sometimes I might think I’m not ready, but that’s when I learn how much power fear has in my decisions. Sometimes it takes others to encourage the popping of bubbles.


Freedom won’t be comfortable at first; it takes courage to allow hurt to enter our lives. But, when we start seeing the process of popping bubbles as an exciting and joyful time, we forget about the hurt because we start to see our life in a new, clear way; without the distraction of bubbles.

“Freedom is right in from of you! But, will you choose it?”

Freedom is an interesting concept because they say it’s freely given to you, and you can take it when you want. But, they fail to mention how much it hurts to actually receive it because it costs’ your total comfort. But, that’s when you have to ask yourself:

“Is freedom worth your comfort?”


Well, during the past 4 months, I’ve learned that my answer is definitely YES.
I’ve decided that I am fully willing to step out of my comfort zone to gain freedom because it’s so worth it, and at the end of the day I can’t hold onto them forever anyway.
I’ve realized that if giving-up my self-made comforts is all I need to do to receive true freedom then, I am willing to pop any bubbles that stop me from receiving this amazing freedom.

And, that’s my story from the past 4 months.


Thanks for reading!
I hope this inpsired you to think about the things in your life that could be holding you back from receiving true freedom. If I’ve learned anything during this time, it’s that:
TRUE FREEDOM IS WORTH SO MUCH MORE THAN YOUR COMFORT!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

P.S.
Check out this page for more stories about my adventures here in Australia!
or
Follow me on instagram to follow me on my next journey (details to come soon)!

The Mustard Seed…

The smallest seed
In the whole garden
And even earth

Don’t just have
A mustard seed
SIzed faith

You must be
The mustard seed
Tree, Be a tree

It’s the smallest
Of the seeds
But, it becomes,

The tallest tree
Loved by all
A safe shadow for all


Thanks for reading!
I hope this reminded you that:

It’s never just
About faith

The mustard seed
Is the smallest

But it grows into
The tallest tree

Be the mustard seed
Focus on growing

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂