Thursday, March 28, 2013

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Good things come to those who wait. Scripture, tale, story alike. This rings more than true for me for these past weeks.

Sometimes when you talk to God its not that you don't hear anything or that you are distant, but sometimes you only hear Him say one thing. This has been what's been happening with me for the past 3 or 4 weeks. I've heard one thing and one thing only. To wait. To wait for Him to work and put things together. So I waited. I felt weird for a while, because I was waiting and nothing happened. I tried to be patient. (not always easy for me) I prayed and prayed and kept giving my trust. He made me patient and made me wait. In reality I'm still waiting, but last night I heard something different. He offered me a new sentiment. He told me that its time. That He is starting His work in me.

I know a little bit of what its about, but only the beginning and ill ask you to wait for something good. God is doing a lot and we can all be hopeful because I can tell you that the kingdom lives. And its getting stronger.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Obedience matters

So, for these past couple of years I have been trying to dig into my spiritual listening ears. A lot of people say that they feel like God has been trying to say something. Me, I can hear Him. Yea. I know. That sounds pretty crazy and I am sure that there are people that woulda tell me that I have multiple personality disorder, but I would tell them that the sequence of my life would say otherwise. Especially since I have been following His voice. Trust me when I say that I don't always hear correctly and that my humanity gets in the way and I sometimes tell God no. The past 6 months have been a big growth period. God has really shown me a lot. When God first gave me this gift He spoke in music. I've played guitar for 10 years and I think in music a lot, but He would put songs in my head. Even specific parts that he made clear that spoke into the situation that I was in. When I told my friend about this he commented that I was the Christian equivalent of Bumble Bee, the camaro from Transformers. I laughed and agreed that his comment made perfect sense and was kind of true.

God has slowly developed me into a new kind of hearing and is still developing a trype of hearing where I can audibly hear him speak through my thoughts. "He thinks thoughts toward you". This has been interesting and has made listening to Him even more interesting and effective. His words have not only become a hideaway and a hiatus from work and school, but they have also brought life to my relationships with my girlfriend, my friends, and my family.

Lately I have been given a lot of direction. For future and for now. For the future God has called me away from my place in st.pete. as unfortunate and sad this is for what is here and what I have here in in the kingdom I am excited for what He is doing in my life. God has called me to a new school. Warner university will be my next school. This school is basically polar opposite from what is here in st.pete. It is literally in the middle of no where Lake Wales, Florida. Not exactly ideal in thought for someone who has been doing urbanized ministry for the past two years. All I know is that God has called people to many crazier situations. I don't know why God is calling me there, but I know what I have heard. I have been called to rise up a generation. How does warner fit in to all this? I'm not sure. I just know that the puzzle would look a lot different.

For now. God is telling me to wait. Wait for what specifically? I'm not sure, but he wants me to wait for Him to work. For now, you can find me doing ministry in st.pete and waiting for God's next move.

Ie. The kingdom lives.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The kingdom lives

So, this is a story all about how my life.....

Jk. That would be cool, but I don't think I can pull a Will Smith. (Not on this one anyway). To be honest, I kind of had to pick this name out of necessity. All the other "good" names had been taken. I am someone who is really interested in the Greek language. Especially because of the bible. Although I am part greek. My name is Drew. That is short for Andrew. (just in case you didn't know). Andrew comes from the greek word andros which is an island in Greece that was for training warriors which in turn means warrior. God has really given me a lot of purpose through this name and made me a kingdom warrior. So, for all of you that have that as your blog name. Thanks for crushing all of my dreams. Don't worry though. I will survive because God really gave me a new and better name for my blog. The Kingdom Lives. The kingdom lives is a big statement and it is so true. Every day God moves in different and new ways that sometimes we get to see and sometimes we don't. I want to write about the moments that I get to see and be a part of. And trust me. That is probably going to be a lot. I am very fortunate to have a great community of ministry friends around me and that God uses me in a lot of different places and ways. Some of them are still coming to be and some are getting ready to pass, but I can assure you that He is surely not done with me and He is not done growing His kingdom.

Just a bit more about me is that I am currently a student at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and I am a part of a couple of ministries. On campus I lead a bible study with and I am a part of the core group of Intervarsity Cristian Fellowship. Currently we have 3 bible studies all with 2-3 leaders and 2-3 people training to be a leader. None of the bible studies are the same. We all do things differently according to what we feel God wants us to say to our group. I am a sophmore and have lead since my freshmen year. This bible study that I am leading this semester is the 4th one that I have had the opportunity to lead. Our intervarsity chapter is a smaller part of our bigger community that is a group of people hooked into our church, the Underground Network ( The Underground is a giant network church out of Tampa that is comprised of around 80 house church ministries that are all over Tampa and St. Pete. Our community is comprised of about 20-30 people that all live in intentional house communities in south side St. Pete. There are 4 girls houses and one guys house. Within the houses we work a ministry that we started to tutor and mentor kids in the south side. So, in other words, I have a lot of ties to the kingdom in the greater Tampa bay area and God is doing a lot. Trust me.  And there is more. If you stick around I am sure that you will hear more. This is going to be a wild ride.

Gods peace and love.