Category Archives: OffWorkDays

Create Your Own Better Place

Beautiful people, it has been a minute since I last wrote a blog post. I hope everyone is doing well.

So what’s this title “Create Your Own Better Place?”

Well its actually something my therapist said to me a couple days ago.

The statement was made in regards to the fact that I sometimes hear negative “voices”, thoughts, or even past memories that rear there ugly heads when they deem themselves necessary. She asked me what did I do when those thoughts or “voices” came up, and I told her that I tend to just keep thinking about those thoughts, and lets be honest, that never really ends well.

So I’m currently searching for what it means to “Create My Own Better Place.”

A couple days before my therapy session, I think I had found a piece of creating my own better place. I was in Starbucks, reading the Word (the CEB translation on my iphone), having a drink, writing out bible verses and trying to write poetry in my journal. Also I felt rejuvenated because I felt the Lord just be close to me in that moment. Let me remind you, I was tired from work, I was exhausted and yet the Lord just wanted to meet me where I was at (in a Starbucks I might add).

Its just like in the Psalm 139 when David asks the question “Where can I go from Your Spirit, Lord?

I’m still discovering what those better places will be. Honestly one of those not-so-better places is my room, I can’t stand being in my room, at least not for a long period of time, I know I’ll go bonkers if I stay in my room all day.

Another better place would be nature. I love going on nature walks and listening to music, sermons/podcast episodes etc. I find it very peaceful and good for my mental health.

Finally, I want to challenge you guys to create your own better place or places. To create spaces to meet with the Lord and just pour out your heart to Him.

Create Your Own Better Place my dear friends.

Stay awesome peeps

Apoetlearningtoforgive

Austin Jenkins

2017: A Reflection

Hey everyone, hope you all are doing well and ready for Christmas. (if you celebrate Christmas that is)

So I want to start out by saying thank you so much for reading my content, and thank you for the encouraging words you’ve commented, it has honestly been such a joy to be able to share life, and talk about what God has done in my life.

Now I wanna be real for a few minutes, this year has been rough, this year has been filled to the brim with trials, and that probably won’t stop, trials are going to come in this life. Jesus even talks about us (ALL of us, Christian and non-Christian) will have trouble.

This year has been painful, found out a friend of mine that I went to middle school, and high school passed away last year, I work with elderly people, and had two friends pass away this year, had to end a relationship earlier this year, had a car accident in June, and had a skateboarding accident in July. (On my birthday, my fault)

This year by far has been probably the suckiest year yet, but at the same time, its been filled with so much joy. I got to see and perform with a friend of mine’s band, I got to drive all the way out to Manchester, Maryland to go see my favorite poet at a garage show. (an almost 2 hour drive I might add) Friendships I destroyed due to careless words have been redeemed, and restored.

Yet throughout all the bad, and the good, the main thing is that God has still been with me.

every. step. of. the. way.

He’s been so patient, so merciful, and so good to me, its ridiculous. God can really redeem and restore what is broken. I don’t deserve it, but He does it any way out of His love for me.

He’s been my physical, and spiritual physician this year, and He will continue to be. I honestly will be looking forward to seeing what He does in me and through me this upcoming new year.

I just know it will be a new year this year, a year to try new things, to learn new things, to grow, to step out a little bit of my comfort zone, to get uncomfortable,

To live… and truly live

2018 I’m ready for you

Thanks again to everyone that reads my blog, I love y’all so much!! Stay awesome!!

Austin Jenkins

writingredemption

The Chris Bernstorf Experience 

Hey! Hi! Heeeeelllllllllloooooooo!!!!!

Hey everyone, hope you guys are doing well. 


So lets get this thing rollin’

So on Monday I had off of work that day, I went to go see this guy…

His name is Chris Bernstorf, he’s a spoken word poet, and he is pretty well known in the Christian underground scene

So here’s how all that happened, so the show was out in Manchester, Maryland.

Right…

So I had to drive almost two hours to get to the show, traffic was insane at some points during the journey, side note* I hate driving next to giant trucks, so for fun I decided as soon as a truck would pass me, I would scream at the top of my lungs, that was fun, but when I got to Manchester, it was slam country, I mean it was nice though. 

Getting to meet him was a dream come true if I’m honest, he just loves Jesus and loves people, I mean the dude is a joy machine, and I want my life to be like that, freakin joy unstoppable. He’s also humble cuz he just gives praise to God. He’s a very sweet dude


Stay awesome yall, love you

Joyandpassionlifestyle 

The Infamous Skateboarding Accident of 2017

Hey everyone, hope you all are doing well.


Yes I will be explaining what happened to my left thumb. 

Soooo…..yeah

I was riding my skateboard in the dark, in a not very well lit neighborhood, and I hit this pothole.

Let me tell you I went down… like I went down…

When you fall, your normal reaction is to hold your hands out in front of you, and I did just that…

Problem..

I went down and sorta rolled in a way that caused my thumb to fracture. 

Next thing I know, I’m on the ground, I’m in shock for a few mintues, then the pain rushes in like a rush of water. I see blood on my elbow, there was blood on my hands, I had some serious road burn on my shoulder and back. 

All those hurt, but what hurt the most was my thumb. I even cracked it, I was scared I broke it or something. That was on the 7th of Friday, on my birthday…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 🎉🎈 

#suckiestbirthdayever

On the 10th I went to an urgent care center and they told me I fractured it and recently just went to an orthopedist and they told me that I have a displaced fracture at the base of my thumb. Fun stuff.

So why in the world am I telling you all this??

Brokenness..

This injury is teaching me a lot about true brokenness, how our world is truly broken and I’m not talking just about corrupt justice systems, or sex trafficking and the like, although those are part of the brokenness we live in. 

I’m talking about not willing to forgive someone that did something horrible to someone, or even holding a grudge against someone. 

When things are broken, it takes time for it to heal, doesn’t matter what it is, brokenness always takes time to heal. 

I used to believe that forgiveness was a one time thing and that you had to feel forgiveness in order to forgive. 

Forgiveness is a choice, it’s possible, but sometimes it takes more than one time to forgive. 

Hard lesson to learn.

There is only One who can bind up our brokenness. One who can heal us from our brokenness, make us new and whole. 

Stay awesome people, love y’all

Austin Jenkins

Joy & Passion