Humans Of The Kingdom

Kevin

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


"I grew up in a catholic home and went to catholic school every Sunday; but it was really more of a routine rather than something I actually wanted to do. Not having my parents with me anymore forced me to go to church of my own condition. My parents would encourage me to go to church on Sundays, but actually going to church was up to me. I could lie and say I went because they would never know if I actually went to church or not. It was really easy for me to do that. I had to make a decision for myself on whether I wanted to go or not.

"I actually missed out on a lot from living on my own. During my high school years I would cry because it was so hard to live by myself. Even though I knew I could call my parents, still, their presence was difficult not to have with me.  You know those teaching moments, where your mom or dad would teach you about life, skills you would need, academic school work? I never had that and I thought about myself as having a disadvantage because there were other people who were probably better equipped than I. Though, I also saw it as an advantage. There are parts in the bible where it says 'Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge' (Proverbs 1:7). There’s another one that says 'If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all' (James 1:5). God was my teacher and I built a habit of asking him for knowledge and wisdom."

Kevin // Hamilton

Devotionals

Deuteronomy 32:10

Sunday, November 27, 2016

"In a desert land he found him,
in a barren and howling waste.
He shielded him and cared for him;
he guarded him as the apple of his eye."
A friend of mine posted this scripture up on his Instagram not too long ago and the second I read it, my heart sighed. I'm always so amazed by the bits of encouragement that God gives me, us, in his Word.

I find a lot of comfort in this scripture.

In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste

Too many times have I allowed Satan to trick me into doing something that seems fine at first, but soon leaves me empty inside. Maybe you've felt that way too, or maybe I'm just the only one? Nonetheless, being lost in a barren and howling waste is a place I've been far too many times.

He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye

I remembering sitting in on a women's lesson when I was at a conference down in St. Louis, and one of the ladies who spoke upfront described what it meant to be the apple of someones eye. She mentioned that, if you stared deeply into someone's eye, like literally focusing solely on the other persons eyes, you will eventually be able to see your own reflection in them.

Staring deep into someone's eyes takes a lot of concentration, and it takes your full attention in order to see your self in their pupils.

That's exactly how God looks at us. There is nothing that distracts him from paying his full attention on us. Never, and I mean never does God ever look away.

But sometimes we do. The moment I get distracted from Satan, or my problems, or anything and look away from God, that's the moment I get lost and there I am, sitting once more in my desert land.

There have been days where my desert land was far worse than barren, and was shrieking rather than just howling. But God would keep me safe during those times. He would shield me, and remind me that he's right there, I only need to find my reflection in his eyes again.

I hope you guys have a great Sunday and that you could find some kind of encouragement from this scripture just as I have.

Humans Of The Kingdom

Mac

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Photo Credits to: Shannon Robbins Photography

“I was reading a book at the time called 'Not a Fan', and it talked about being a complete follower of Jesus. I had been reading that book for a while even though I wasn’t much of a reader. When I really got into the book, I reached a part where it read: you could either be in the race running alongside Jesus, or you can be on the side cheering him on.  That’s something that really hit me hard because I didn’t want to be a fan, I wanted to be in the race with him and really make it to the end. I’m really not the kind of person who commits to things, but this was something I would commit my life to.

“But being the only disciple in my family is definitely one of the things that makes me struggle in my faith. I don’t have someone at home constantly asking me how my relationship with God is; or asking how my prayers have been; or keeping me accountable at home; or even just wanting to know more about my faith. It’s really hard because, at the same time, if I decided to walk away from the faith, they wouldn’t mind.”

Mac // Newmarket

Lifestyle

CANON AV-1

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


I realized about myself that I love the idea of taking pictures, (I mean, I'm surrounded by so many photographers on the daily) but am unable to and, often forget to, take pictures. A big nice canon camera is expensive, and I, with no great passion for photography, would rather spend the money on other things. Though, one day, as I was exploring eBay, I came across a Canon AV-1 camera. It was a film camera and it was only $20! I bought it immediately.

Now, I was (and still am) very unfamiliar with film camera's, and using my camera first hand was a brand new experience. Number one lesson of film camera's that I learnt the hard way: never open the back and expose the film to light!! (I lost too many good photos for being so silly).

Anyway, enjoy a few of my film pictures. The first roll (which I got for free) was a test roll, so a lot of the pictures I took were too dark, or my shutter speed was not at the right ... speed? Though, I'm exited for my next roll!

I love this camera because, I only get one shot to take a good picture. With only 24 pictures per roll, I can't waste it (especially since it costs a thousand dollars).