Monthly Archives: August 2017

2017: Life is sometimes like a Fiery Furnace (Courage Devotion)


Hey everyone, hope you all are having an awesome weekend, I pray all is well. 

In Daniel chapter 3 we see this scene where Nebuchadnezzar sets up the golden image and tells everyone to bow down and worship the image and if they don’t, he would toss them in the furnace. 

“Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual”

‭‭Daniel‬ ‭3:15-19‬ ‭NIV‬‬

So lets be honest my friends, life is sometimes like a fiery furnace, life can be hard as hell sometimes but it can also be like fire. 

I’ll be honest this year has been a bit trying, my first car accident, had friends pass away but then seeing the stuff in the news has been the least to say…not so good. 

Life can be difficult ,but its worth going through the hard things in life. Grief is a gift and it comes at different times and different seasons. Jesus says here while we are on this earth we will all have trouble, but to take heart because HE has overcome the world. 

With Jesus we can overcome any situation that seems impossible to us. I firmly believe that. Jesus overcame the most impossible situation life had for him which was…

Death itself…

Death wasn’t the end though, He came back three days later, talk about insane right?!

Anyways all of that to say is let the Lord be Lord over the fire rather than get burned by it. 

Hope you all have an amazing week til next time.

Austin Jenkins over and out

Joyandpassionlifestyle 

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The Idiocy in Me

Hey everyone, hope you all are having an amazing night/morning. 😀❤️

So lets dive right into this shall we..

God revealed something about me a couple days ago and convicted me yet again today.

I was walking and just listening to my music when God told me that I call myself an idiot because I have been labeled that and that I had chosen to accept that label. 

So let me back up..

For as long as I can remember calling myself an idiot, either because of the mistakes I have made in the past or because I always joke around and call myself that. 

Let’s be clear, its not a good word to call yourself. In fact its probably just as bad as any other cuss word, its a word that carries a sense of devalue (in my honest opinion).

So anyway… I’m walking one day, listening to some Christian rap or rock, whatever it was. I had this thought that I knew wasn’t mine and I knew it was from somewhere else cuz the thought was so specific and on point. 

Another reason was because I believed it to be part of my identity…”being an idiot.” Even though God never saw me that way at all, I saw myself that way and felt discouraged a lot of the time. 

I think the most important thing to understand is how God views us, what human beings see is the exterior, but God views us from the interior, who we were made to be in Him.


I viewed myself as an idiot for so long mostly because of stuff I had done to people. People may see me as an idiot but God doesn’t see me or anyone that believes in Jesus that way. 
God doesn’t call you an idiot, He is in love with you.

Stay awesome, I love you all

Be kind to yourself

Austin Jenkins

Joyandpassionlifestyle 

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God-Dreams Pt. 2


Hey everyone, hope everyone is having a good week. 😀

As promised, I’m writing a blog series called “God dreams.”

It has to do with dreams that I believe God gave to me and yes I mean literal dreams like when you are asleep, (not like ambition type dreams)

Anyways, lets do this..

So another God dream I had had to do with me being located in a little town. In this particular dream, its just me walking down, and then the Lord told me to go talk to this guy who looked about my age.

So I walk up to this guy and talk with him and he had a german accent when he talked with me. I remember asking him if he had any pain, and told me he had pain in his left shoulder. 

I also remember I couldn’t pronounce his name for a bit… #soundslikemylife

So I commanded the pain to go away in Jesus name, then told the gentleman to move his shoulder, he then looked at me, smiled and kept moving his shoulder. I asked him if it had gone away, and he just kept smiling and moving his arm around. 

He finally looked at me, smiling joyfully and said “Yes.”

I told him Jesus loved him so much, and that he was awesome. I asked him if I could hug him, and we hugged it out.

Lets go be the hands and feet of Jesus to someone yall. 

He loves us, so in turn let’s go and love someone. He shows no favoritism.

I love you all, stay awesome,

Austin Jenkins over and out

Joyandpassionlifestyle 

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Dear Friend…

Hey everyone

So this post is gonna be a different post, I’ve said in my past posts I work with elderly people.

This post is just me writing out all this stuff that I’ve kept in me. 

Feel free to skip this particular post cuz its more for me, or you can read it…


Dear Friend..

Its been four months now since you passed on and you have been on my mind more than once now…
It’s still hard to process that you aren’t here anymore, its more saddening than terrifying. I used to believe it was terrifying as a child, now I don’t believe that. 

Two days after you passed I came into your room and saw you weren’t there anymore, the pain and heartache was there but I couldn’t tell the difference between if it was about you being gone or if it was about the wait.

I took off work early that day, I was listening to a song that kind of reminded me of you and when I parked my car, I broke down and cried hard, very hard…

I’m glad I got to be a part of your life and I’m glad you got to be part of mine. 

I know one day, I will see you with Our Lord and Savior Jesus. The One who made both of us and loves us the same. 
Thank you for being a light and being my friend.

Austin Jenkins

Joyandpassionlifestyle 

God-dreams Pt.1

Hey everyone, hope everyone is having a great day.

So this post will only be in three parts.


Alrighty lets get right to it.

For as long as I can remember even before I was a Christian, I would have dreams that terrified me or they were very confusing. 

I believe dreams do have some type of spiritual significance, or some kind of spiritual communication. 

Its very hard to describe…

Anyway as I was saying, growing up I had a lot of dreams that were pretty much well they were pretty terrifying. I had one dream where I was fighting the same guy over and over again, and finally I beat him in my third dream.

Weird right??
So I had one dream I believe God gave me, it was a healing dream. I remember being inside a church near a beach (technically it was on the beach don’t know why, don’t ask cuz I don’t know)

So I’m inside this church and worship is going on, like its gettin’ on and poppin’ I could feel the Spirit move within the room, there was so much love in the room, God was setting people free.

I don’t remember any of the songs that were played, I just remember seeing one guy in a wheelchair, so I went over to him and asked him how he was and just enjoying being with him. 

After the service was over I asked the man if I could pray for him to get healed, and he said yes, so I kneeled down and prayed for him, and both his legs grew out and he was able to stand and walk. 

It was so crazy and awesome!

When I woke it was just unbelievable that I even let alone had the dream, Jesus used me to heal someone.

I know dreams are weird, and talking about them, but we all have them, some are weird, some make sense, some don’t make sense. I will say that whatever you behold, whatever you look at is what you will become.

Stay awesome and love y’all 

Austin Jenkins

Joy & Passion