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! 🙂

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!

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!

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! 🙂

At the centre of it all…

When we keep God
At the centre
Good things happen

Feeling far away
Is the result
Of imbalance

The balance of life
Will inevitably tip
If we take God off centre

Life becomes a game
A balancing act
Of keeping God centered

It’s a confusing game
We think it’s difficult
But it doesn’t even take much effort

Life with God
At the centre
Is the simplest life

It’s the easiest
And best
Way to live

When the balance
Is even & steady
Life feels perfect

Keeping it that way
Might take effort
And feel difficult
But…
The centering game
Is the most rewarding
Gift from God


Thanks for reading!
I hope this reminded you to keep God at the centre of your life because where He is at the centre, He will do amazing things in & with your life!
Click the picture below to listen to an inspiring song about keeping Him at the centre!

This post was inspired by this song!

-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! 🙂

Hide n’ Seek with Myself

Who am I?
What’s my talent?
Where do I belong?
When is it gonna be my time?
How will I find it?

All these questions
Remain unanswered
Leaving me lost
And confused
Searching for more

I can’t seem to see
Nothing gets better
I feel stuck
In this endless cycle
Of this identity crisis

All my life
I’ve searched
And tried to get out
But life always catches me
And I fall backwards

But I don’t give up
I continue
I press on
Moving forward
Must be better

. . .

Because I still believe
That my time
Is coming
So I hold on
To the Hope

I no longer fear
I am held
I have hope
I must be patient
I will make it

I will find me
I can’t hide forever
I must continue to seek
I will end
This game


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to never stop searching because one day you will find yourself & everything will fall into perfect place.
This post was inspired by: I Still Believe

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

ABC’S of Love…

A
acceptance
authority
abundant
affection
B
belonging
C
character
confidence
communication
D
dignity
doing
E
endless
F
familiar
feeling
freedom
G
giving
H
hope
healing
heart
help
I
identity
intimate
J
just
joy
K
knowing
knowledge
L
learning
M
morality
N
new
nice
needed
O
open
P
peace
perfect
presence
protection
provision
performance
presence
powerful
Q
quiet
quality
qualifying
R
respect
responsibilities
S
safety
security
T
taking
trust
U
understanding
unconditional
V
value
vulnerable
W
whole
worth
X*
(comment below if you know a loving word that starts with X)

Y*
(comment below if you know a loving word that starts with Y)
Z*
(comment below if you know a loving word that starts with Z)


It’s an alphabet-long process, but when you find your true identity & worth, you will be able to receive & give true love in the best way possible.


Thank for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Is this networking??

So, I have a confession…
I love blogging!

I love the wordpress community. I love reading other blogs. I love commenting and interacting with other bloggers. I love writing on my blog.
Even though some days I don’t feel like writing; I know that if I just sign into wordpress and read a few posts, I will have the inspiration to write something.

And, sometimes I can come up with an easy 500 word post.
But, other times I struggle to write even 50 words.
However, after reading a few other posts, and just re-reading some of my old posts, I think of a new idea.


For example, the title of this post came to my mind when I ordered a new phone case online.
I know it’s random, but it’s true.
I was looking for a new phone case because mine is super old & a completely different colour than when I first bought it. So, after searching through a lot of different website, I found one that had the perfect case that I was hoping to find.

And, at first glance, it was already perfect. But, when I clicked order, it prompted me to customise it by adding my name.
But, I didn’t want to add my name to a phone case (that just seems weird to me). But, I also couldn’t order it without adding something.
So, I thought about it for while. I tried to think of a nickname or a random word that I could write on this phone case that I loved the look of.
And, as I kept thinking, I thought of my blog, and wrote “nowboarding” on the customisation page. And, I loved what I saw (it didn’t interfere with the design and looked pretty cool). So, I clicked order.

And, I finally received the case a few days ago, and I can see that I totally made the right decision of not putting my name on it.
And, after looking it for a while, I even thought about something.
“This might even be a great conversation starter to advertise my blog?”

And, that leads me to the reason I’m sharing this story.
If you’re looking for a small, simple way to talk about your blog to strangers, check out the website linked below:

^ Or, even if you’re just looking for a great new phone case! ^

Thanks for reading this random story about a phone case.
I hope it was at least a little bit interesting!

If you want to reading something more captivating, & interesting, check out my new series: https://nowboarding.ca/live-for-adventure/

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Perfection…

Your flaws make you, YOU!
They give you your personality!
They make you amazing!

Your flaws are perfect!

Look at nature.
The mountains, trees, ocean, are not perfect.

But, they are beautiful!
We look at them in awe, of their natural beauty!
Nature’s simplicity, is awesome, and, perfect!

We don’t ask much of it, we don’t complain about it, and, yet we stare at it, in awe of it’s perfection.
Even if we notice it’s faults, we choose to look at it’s perfect simplicity and peacefulness instead.

So, why can’t we do that with people (especially ourselves)?

We are always hating on ourselves and all our flaws, and, we can’t stop judging others, but, when we look at nature, we see beauty, and, perfection.
I think it’s time we start noticing our flaws as perfect personality traits that make us amazing!

If we can find beauty in nature, we can definitely find beauty in people!


Thanks for reading!

Click here to see what inspired this post!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Plot twist…

Well, that was unexpected!
Why did that happen?
I feel so disconnected!

. . .

Life throws plenty of plot twists.
They are always confusing.
And, they seem to always persist.

There’s no perfect reaction.
But, that’s the point.
They give you a new fascination.

It’s like reading a good book –
Everything the characters do is surprising,
but you keep reading, and don’t overthink or overlook.

You know, the author had a point.
They were purposely plot twisting,
to try to be interesting, and not disappoint.

That should always be our reaction –
To unexpected moments in life.
Instead of being confused, let’s learn from it, and take action.

Life is filled with the unexpected.
Plot twists change the story of our lives,
And, make us feel more connected.


Thanks for reading!
I hope this inspired you to embrace the plot twists in your life! They are forming you into a better, stronger and even smarter person. The way you react to plot twists will guide your life!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Earth + 7.6 billion people = Small world?

“It’s a big world out there!”
.
“Wow, what a small world!”
.
^ Two very different sayings that, somehow, both make sense!
Here’s a “poem” that I wrote, trying to explain that fact:


The world is huge
There’s only ONE world
But, it’s a BIG world

7.6 billion people
On ONE “small” planet
And you haven’t even met half of them!

Think about that!

7.6 billion!
And you’re here..
In your “small” town,
With MUCH less than a half a tenth of 7.6 billion!

The world is NOT small!
In fact,
It’s the complete opposite!
It’s GIGANTIC!

So, TRAVEL!
At least once!
In your entire lifetime!

Take a plane,
To a foreign country –
Meet new people,
Experience a different culture,
Smell different fresh air,
Feel different heat,
Experience a different way of life!

The other side of the world –
Does not need to be scary.
It can be interesting,
And super exciting!

So, TRAVEL!
And, then –
You’ll finally realize –
The real size of the world!

7.6 billion people!
In this “small” –
But, GIGANTIC world!

How is that possible?
That 7.6 billion people can –
Make this world feel small?

The only way to understand this –
Is to go to a foreign country,
And, meet some of those 7.6 billion people!


Thanks for reading!

If 7.6 billion people can live on this planet in “perfect” harmony, I think the world is pretty big! And, all I want to do is travel and meet as many of them as possible, to find out how similar we all really are on this planet we all call earth.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

 

One sky…

The sky…
The clouds…
The sun…
Everything up there…

Just take a second,
Go outside,
And look up!

Looking up,
At the sky,
Always makes me feel happy,
And rejuvenated.

Seeing planes, birds, jets…
It all gives me hope!
That there’s so much more out there –
And, I want to explore it all!

I love the sky!
I love to just look at it!
I love just BEING up there,
And looking down at everything,
With a different perspective!

From up there,
I can see everything!
But,
From down here,
I only see as far as my eyes let me.

From up there,
I can see things
I never notice down here.

From up there,
My problems seem to fade away –
For a while.
And I forget my life –
Down here…

From up there,
Everything seems in its’ perfect place.
My mind is at ease –
Thinking of my next destination!
Looking down at my last destination!
Knowing that great adventures are ahead!

From up there,
I eagerly wait –
To land again –
In a new exciting country –
Ready to explore a new culture!

From down here,
I am constantly looking up,
Thinking about when I will be up there again,
Because I know – and hope, that it’s soon.
So, I continue to look up!

Day after day!
Keeping the hope!
That something great is in store –
To land in a new country!
And, look up at the sky with a new perspective!


This “poem” was inspired by the fact that the world is under the same sky!
It’s crazy to think that wherever you are in the world, you are always looking at the same sky.
You can cross the entire world (from North America all the way down to New Zealand) & still be looking up at the same galaxy (same moon, stars, sun, clouds; same everything)! CRAZY!
The countries are vastly different, but one thing always stays consistent; the sky!
That’s one more reason why traveling is so exciting and interesting because you get to experience so many different cultures around the world while staying under the same sky! The world is small because we’re all under the same sky; but, it’s also huge because every country has it’s own culture.


Thanks for reading!
Now, get out there and explore the world; look at the sky from a different country and you’ll have a completely different perspective in life!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day!

I recently discovered this song & thought it was the perfect Mother’s Day song, so I wanted to share it for all the Mothers out there (especially mine)!

. . .

Here are the lyrics:
(if you want to listen to the song, the link to the video is below the lyrics).

I think you’re the prettiest girl
Probably in the whole wide world
Sometimes I watch you brush your hair
You don’t even know I’m there

And I hear, “Baby, you don’t wanna catch a cold”
As you’re kneeling down and zipping up my coat
You’re always looking out for me, but your kiss upon my cheek
Keeps me warmer than you know

I’ve never had to find out what it’s like to be alone
And as far as I know “mom” is just another word for home
They say I’m the spitting image of the one I look up to, and I just smile
‘Cause anyone can see it’s true
I’m becoming me because of you

Chocolate ice cream melting down my chin
Ferris wheel goes round and round again
Happy birthday, make a wish
Can it always stay like this

Finally kissed those training wheels goodbye
But you’ve always made me feel like I could fly
And when I fall and scrape my knee the first one running after me is you
Saying, “Give it one more try”

I’ve never had to find out what it’s like to be alone
And as far as I know “mom” is just another word for home
They say I’m the spitting image of the one I look up to, and I just smile
‘Cause anyone can see it’s true
I’m becoming me because of you

And every morning I can hear you talk to Jesus by your bed
Well, you pray for me and for the strength to face the day ahead
And more than anything in this whole world I wanna be like you
So, I talk to Jesus too

I smell cookies baking in the kitchen
And you’ll be calling me down any minute
So, I guess I’d better go, I just wanted you to know
Anyone can see it’s true
I’m becoming me because of you
Because of you
Because of you

To listen to the song, click HERE


Thanks for reading!

~ Have a Happy Mother’s Day! ~

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Life is all about the hustle!

We all want to leave some sort of legacy behind for people to remember us by.
We work so hard to make sure people remember us for something big.
We spend most of our lives trying to impress the “big boss” to get that big promotion, so we can start making a difference.

. . .

And, all that is great and all; we should have dreams and goals. Hustling for what you want is great. But, what if, after all that hard work you never get that promotion? Then, what?

…If it were me, I’d probably be a little sad and depressed, and I wouldn’t have any energy left to create another legacy.

So, instead of waiting for that perfect moment, why not just start creating your legacy today?

. . .

Legacies don’t need to be spectacular shows, like those of history (like Martin Luther king Jr and other historical figures).

You can start making a difference right now, just by being YOU!
That’s the best legacy you can ever create!

I mean, think about it. That’s the one thing that all those people have in common; they are all remembered because they believed in something, and made it change. And, they didn’t stop until people believed in what they were doing and joined in.

They believed in themselves until others started to as well!

That’s the best way to create a legacy; believe in yourself so much that others have no choice but to start believing in you too.
If you do that, you will be remembered for being you and encouraging others to be themselves.

. . .

Don’t just work your whole life away for that one promotion to start your life legacy; start creating it now!

The definition of legacy says: “A gift of some sort, handed down from one generation to the next.”.

So, what gift do you want to leave for the world? (Not just your family, but the entire world?!?)

Remember, it doesn’t have to be a tangible thing; it can be love, happiness, inclusion, peace, etc.
But, whatever it is, you need to live by it everyday! And, people will eventually start to catch on!

That’s all you need to do to create a legacy, perseverance and self-confidence!

 

Thanks for reading!
Now, go create your legacy!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂