Tag - life

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Walking In Your Passion While Still Being Useful
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Life in Muizenberg – Turning Visitors into Locals
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Never Go Back to Vanilla Ice Cream
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Change the Resistance in Your Life
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In Praise of Brokenness – From Dead to Alive in The School of Biblical Studies
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LIFE as a Worship Experience
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Where Are You Home? The Journey to “Become Home”
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Travelling Snapshots

Walking In Your Passion While Still Being Useful

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This post was originally published on the Chris Lautsbaugh’s blog at http://www.nosuperheroes.com/walking-in-your-passion/ and is re-posted with permission.

“May I never lose the wonder, oh the wonder of your mercy.”

This line from Matt Redman’s song “Mercy” has the power to bring tears to my eyes.

Grace is my passion.

It is my One Big Thing.
It is what brings tears to my eyes when I see its absence.
It truly is the truth, which gets me out of bed in the morning.

As Andy Stanley said at the recent Catalyst Conference, “It is what I want people to line up to thank me for at the end of my life.”

I am looking for a larger portion of the opportunities I say “yes” for, to flow through the lens of grace.

“Can I make an impact (in my passion) in this area?”

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Life in Muizenberg – Turning Visitors into Locals

Photo Credit: Kenny Hall via instagram @lovemuiz

There are many facets to being a part of Youth With A Mission in Muizenberg, South Africa, a beautiful, southern suburb of Cape Town. As students in our schools or on staff with local ministries here, we may study and minister A Lot of the time. But another important aspect to living and making home is for family and friendships, rest and rejuvenation; so let’s rejoice in Muizenberg as a blessing and displaying God’s beauty in so many ways. Here’s to a little taste of Muizenberg, which Kenny brings so well in this post. You may become a local too. (Check out more breathtaking photos of Muizenberg on instagram @lovemuiz.)

Muizenberg, perhaps more than any other place I’ve been in the world, is known for turning visitors into locals. With its rich history dating back to the 1740’s, the streets and walls of Muizenberg are filled with stories, and they have a way of captivating. There’s also no doubt that Muizenberg attracts a very diverse crowd of people.

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Never Go Back to Vanilla Ice Cream

Photo Credit: Mike Barkema, a graduate of YWAM Muizenberg’s School of Biblical Studies & Titus Project

The below post is by Cayla Bertelsen, a recent Titus Project graduate with YWAM Muizenberg. Titus Project, South Africa is a three month program, which includes training on how to teach to the Bible and cross-cultural communication skills, followed by practical ministry to rural and urban African communities. YWAM’s 9 month School of Biblical Studies graduates have the opportunity to follow up with this school and outreach. This post was originally published on Cayla’s blog at http://caylabertelsen.blogspot.com/2014/11/vanilla-ice-cream.html and is re-posted with permission.

Vanilla ice cream. I like vanilla ice cream. I think that most people do. My favorite flavor though is coffee or a good, rich chocolate flavor. I like the fudge on top, maybe with some banana and nuts to make a real Sunday and to spice things up a little!

Once my youth pastor talked about vanilla ice cream. He spent some time asking our youth group which ice cream flavors we liked and what kinds of toppings we would choose. There were lots of varied answers, and I think the winner was mint chocolate chip (I guess that’s pretty popular around here!). Out of our group, not a single person chose plain vanilla ice cream.

He then said something that I pondered for a long time after that because it meant a lot more to me than just ice cream flavors. It went something like this…

“If you are a beginner, you might start with vanilla, but once you have tasted all the other flavors and toppings and experienced all the exciting delicious variety, you will never want to go back to plain vanilla ice cream ever again.”

“This is how life with Jesus can be.”

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Change the Resistance in Your Life

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While I was at university in Aberystwyth, Wales, I would go to a weekly spin cycle class. There were about 15 exercise bikes in a room, all facing an instructor who had her own bike. We would then proceed to cycle for around forty minutes on this stationary bike. My instructor would describe a local route for us, so that we could imagine what resistance we needed to use, if we were on proper bikes.

Since we all had our own bikes and since we were only imagining that we were cycling, we could choose the resistance on our individual bikes. A low resistance makes it easier to cycle and a high resistance makes it harder. If you had enough energy and wanted a good work out, you could choose to cycle in a high resistance. On the other hand, if you were feeling more fatigued and a bit weak, you could choose to cycle in a lower resistance.

I am beginning to think that it is possible to draw imagery from this cycling class that is applicable to real life. There are times when we feel full of passion and motivation; we just want to “go for it.” There are other times in life where we find it mentally and emotionally challenging to just do ordinary, daily chores. Wherever possible, I believe, that we need to be willing to change the resistance in our lives.

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In Praise of Brokenness – From Dead to Alive in The School of Biblical Studies

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This post was originally published on the author Lindsey Lautsbaugh’s blog at http://www.thisisloveactually.com/praise-brokenness/ and is re-posted with permission.

The past felt hard, but the worst was yet to come. Thank God, I was oblivious to this fact. In the exact middle, between hurt and more hurt, I ventured off to a nine month, intensive, Biblical Studies program.

I wanted the learning for my future career in ministry but needed it for my own personal survival. In the wilderness of Montana I worked hard, day-in and day-out. Most days were between eight to nine hours with my nose in the Bible.

Many days, it was more.

The learning was mentally exhilarating. Emotionally, though, something new was digging in to me.

I remember the day clearly. In an effort to break up the monotony, a group of students decided to go to a local coffee shop to study. We all spread out to our own tables, ordered our bottomless coffee, and began to pound away at the work to be done. The book of Romans was our current task. This is no small feat to grasp if you are familiar with the Bible. I remember the exact table and the uncomfortable wooden chair I was sitting in. While classmates around me were doing a theological CrossFit routine in their minds… I was reading the same phrase over and over and over.

“so death spread to all”

“so death spread to all”

“so death spread to all”

Then, the tears just came.

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LIFE as a Worship Experience

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I couldn’t bring myself to sing a certain line in a worship song. The worship band settled on it, hovered over it – a melodic mantra. Hands were raised; eyes closed; voices intensified all around, and yet my mouth clamped shut.

“Nothing in this world can satisfy.”

Lately, I’ve noticed this particular phrase is popular in many worship songs. Israel Houghton likes it. Maranatha Music likes it… and we YWAMers seem to like it. So, I searched for it in the Bible. I couldn’t find it.

Now, I know the singer’s true intent of this lyric, and it’s good: Money, fame, ambition, etc. are not enough to satisfy. There is no replacement for or equivalent to Jesus. However, I found myself thinking how sad it is that nothing in this world can satisfy us, after all God created the entire world just to satisfy us, delight us, marvel us, and ultimately point us to Him.

So, there I was at worship… not even able to force a hum. What was wrong with me?

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Where Are You Home? The Journey to “Become Home”

Photo Credit: Shannon Mintz  Photographer: Felicity Davies

Sometimes as missionaries and expats we do not often express the sense of loss and separation one goes through when following the call of God that moves us across countries, cultures, and/or oceans. So I am thankful for Angharad’s post last week on the “pain of saying goodbye” to home for another country (if you missed it, you can read it here: The Pain of Saying “Goodbye”). I can also understand this on a personal level. And please don’t misunderstand me; as much of this is difficult, much is also a desired, exciting, and joy-filled experience.

But at the same time and maybe after going through stages of grief and journeying through transition to living somewhere else other than my “original home” (cultural, birthplace, family, etc.), I find myself in another place emotionally and maybe spiritually too – a place that surprises me today but in a good and thankful way. A place where I survey where I now live with more fondness, even with a love that continues to deepen. Where I claim the beauty, the diversity, the people, and with contentment my heart says, “Yes.”

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Travelling Snapshots

A recent DTS outreach team headed up to Mozambique and Malawi, along the way they met some incredible people and saw God do many amazing things. These are a few snapshots of the journey and people they met, thanks to Tim Kusel for the great photographs.

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