Happy New Year: The Journey begins

Happy New Year everyone.

2023 is a new beginning and I’m excited for what’s to come. I know I haven’t been as active on here over the last year, but that changes now.

I want to thank all those who have been following and supporting me over the years. It means so much to me.

To start off the year, I want to share the first episode of Season 2 of the podcast “The Journey with Andrea.” The podcast will be the driving force of all the content I share, so if you can help support me by subscribing/following me on YouTube or your favorite podcast app, that would be amazing. The links are available below, but also will always be available on my website: http://www.andreajohn.com – my website is what houses and kicks off all of these journal entries to you. It’s our community center – and soon I hope to make it one where we can all dialogue together.

In this episode, I share how my journey to God began, as well as the main attributes of who God is that we will be diving into over the course of the year. While I can’t hear you, I truly hope that we can find a way to have a conversation. Whether it be through Spotify comments, emails, or social media.

May you have an amazing 2023 filled with love, hope, peace, and joy.

Created for War or Peace The Journey with Andrea

For those wanting to listen to the teaching I mention on Hebrews 12:1-2 about endurance, here is the link: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/5kuZMJCKsAb Facebook post I reference: God created us to live in Shalom (wholeness and peace).We all know that God’s creation took a detour by a poor decision by a human. Many of us know it as sin entered the world.God sent His son who became human and conquered sin and death through His life to restore what was broken – which means Jesus made it possible to live according to His original design of humans living in shalom. This is truth.Unfortunately, there are those who believe life is warfare. I understand why. Sometimes life can feel like a war. But remember a post I recently made? Reality and truth aren’t the same thing.“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬ This passage teaches us how to endure and reach the finish line – keep our eyes on Jesus.How did Jesus endure? He placed his eyes on the joy set before Him. What did Jesus not do? Complain, stress about his enemies, declare or tell others his struggles every day, act like a victim, constantly speak ill of those who opposed Him.Another thing Jesus didn’t do was live His life to destroy the enemy. Jesus lived His life to fulfill the will of the Father.There’s a huge difference between the two. One involves constant battles and the other beings fulfillment.If you believe life is war, then guess what you will face all the time – warIf you believe that God created you to live in shalom, and although it was lost at one point, Jesus restored that, then guess what you will experience- wholeness and peace (shalom)It’s not that life will be void of circumstance, but you won’t allow reality to overcome Truth. You will have peace that surpasses understanding. -JesusSince your focus is on the joy set before you and Jesus, you’ll always see the joy, even in the midst of struggle.But if your eye is set on war, you’ll struggle to feel the rest and peace Jesus has promised you because you’re set on fighting battles all the time. Not because you need to but because you think you have to. Again, it’s not that struggle won’t happen, but your mindset and belief will dictate whether you live a life of conflict or of peace.I choose to live the Jesus-promised life. Will you join me?
  1. Created for War or Peace
  2. Untangled by Love with Meliza Farndell
  3. Want revival? Seek Him.
  4. The Most Excellent Way
  5. Judgement of Forgiveness

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