Category Archives: Vulnerable

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

Poetry/Speak Words

Hey everyone, I hope you’re having a good week so far.

In today’s post I’m gonna talk about…poetry??? huh??

Yes, for a long time ever since 7th grade I started songwriting, I started learning to play guitar around 5th grade ,but then due to my lack of perseverance ,and the “fact” that I “started too late” I ended up quitting.

But then by 7th grade, I met a friend of mine ,and we both had similar music interests and musical styles, and that’s how I got back into learning to play guitar, and songwriting. My friend and I wrote TONS of songs together.

Over the years I wrote songs playing guitar and singing, I’ve never really learned another instrument, nothing really stuck with me the way the guitar did.

The past couple years I would say between 2017 into this year I became distant towards the instrument I once fell deeply in love with as a middle school teenager.

I don’t know, I guess I just haven’t been inspired as of late or something like that. Anyways, my love for music and words has never died ,but its difficult when one isn’t as inspired as one would like to be.

Writing is difficult I will admit, and its something I’ve always struggled with ever since birth really and that became very clear in terms of school papers or writing assignments but when it came to songs I would just write like a machine, some days it feels like I’m back in school trying to write for those stupid school assignments.

Anyways, last year I saw one of my favorite poets perform spoken word poetry and it inspired the crap out of me so much that I decided to try to write poetry and speak words to people. The video you see at the top is me speaking a poem I wrote called “A Love Letter About Holding the Sunshine”

Ever since seeing the poet, I’ve kept on writing my own poetry and its been amazing yet also vulnerable at the same time, and its been such a blessing to do. Now I’ve been writing rap songs of late and that’s a little of a challenge for me but I’m will to conquer it.

Thanks to all you who read this, it means a lot, your support means the world

Stay Awesome

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Austin Jenkins

Hey everyone..its been awhile

Hey, I’m back and its been awhile, I’ve missed writing for y’all, I hope everyone is doing well.

So where to start, well quite a few things have happened, a collection of things. In April I went and saw one of my favorite worship bands Kings Kaleidoscope along with Propaganda. That show blessed my socks off, it was incredible.

The second picture from the last was after the show, I GOT TO MEET THE KEYBOARD PLAYER OF KINGS KALEIDOSCOPE!! πŸ˜€πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™πŸ½

They played at a venue in DC called the ‘Rock n Roll Hotel.’ It had a bar, and a second floor with graffitied restrooms. Anyways there were a lot of people at this venue and it was sold out! Crazy!

I got to meet a couple people, it was a fun night.

I’ve been writing a lot quite a bit as of late, been writing a lot of poetry, and also have been getting into spoken word/rap. Its a challenge, but I’m willing to take it on, I’m also trying to write a story, and its beating the crap out of me cuz I’ve come up with NOTHING!!!

…yay…πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½

I’ve never really been much of a storyteller but I’m not giving up yet. Keep y’all updated on that.

On a much different note, my spiritual life could be a better if I’m honest, my relationship with the Lord could be better, I’m still thankful for Him, and His amazing mercy, grace and ultimately His love- His unconditional, transcendent love. ❀️❀️

That’s basically been my life, hope this reaches you all, I missed writing for y’all, I hope you all finish this week off strong, thank you to those who take the time to my blogs, you know who you are and you are the best! I mean that.

Stay awesome, love you

Austin Jenkins

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//Write Authentically//

Hi beautiful people, hope everyone had a great Palm Sunday.

Okay lets get to it, this post is for writers

If you are a writer or an aspiring writer I want to encourage you to write authentically.

//Write Authentically//

What do I mean? Glad you asked

I mean write honestly, write what’s on your mind, just be real, its okay to not be okay. If you feel sad, write about it, if you are angry, write about it, if you feel alone, write about it.

I think its hard to be real because we are afraid we’ll be judged by people that we know/don’t know. If you struggle with something, SPEAK UP, SAY SOMETHING!!!

Write your heart out til you can’t write no more.

Be YOU when you write..

Be AUTHENTICALLY YOU when you are writing…

Stay Awesome, love you ❀️❀️❀️πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Austin Jenkins

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1 John 3:18

Hey everyone, its been a minute since I last posted anything.

Lets get to it shall we..

This post is about this particular verse from 1 John 3:18

“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth”

I’m gonna be 200% honest and say that I don’t understand this verse entirely, but I will say its that its saying lets not love just by our words alone but also by our actions and in truth.

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS!!

Its a bit convicting if I’m honest, I find at least for myself that I say the words “I love you” a lot to my friends and family, but how much do I really SHOW that I love them rather than just speaking the words.

This verse is also a call to be intentional, something I’ve been lacking as of late in my spiritual walk, and when it comes to being in community, and to be consistent.

To keep pressing in, to preserve…

I do ask you all keep me in prayer that my Actions would speak so much more louder than my words, that I would be intentional, be consistent and preserve.

Whether that be in my time with the Lord, family time, and even time with friends.

Thanks everyone

Stay awesome, love y’all ❀️πŸ”₯

Austin Jenkins

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Music Heals

Hey beautiful people, hope you all are doing well, and hope you are having a rested weekend.

*Side note this will be posted this week by the time y’all read this.*

Okay lets do this, today’s topic is going to be about how music can heal.

Interesting huh?

Music is powerful, its beautiful, and it can heal, unfortunately it doesn’t heal every scar, but it helps heal some parts of you.

I’ve had many moments where music has touched my soul in a way where it feels I’ve been healed, I know for certain God has used certain songs to help me get through some rough times.

For example when I was going through my depression back in middle school and high school, there was a song called “The Adventure” by Angels and Airwaves, I felt so alive listening to that song.

Music can carry you through some rough storms people.

Music is so damn powerful!!

For me music has always been a passion of mine and I’ve always wanted to try and be real when it came to my music or at least the type of art I wanted to create.

Music is truly art when its honest, real, and flat out in your face. Yet its also art when its filled with hope, filled with praise, its filled with truth, and its honorable.

Music has a way of bringing you back to certain memories in life or takes you back to a certain time, place or season.

I thank God for the gift of music, its such a beautiful gift, an overwhelming gift, and its such a blessing I get to sing, play guitar, and write songs. I can’t believe I get to do this not only for myself and others but my audience of one and that would be God Himself, because He gave me the ability to do it and wants me to impact the world with the gifts He’s given me.πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯❀️❀️🎢🎢🎸🎸🎀

Stay awesome y’all

Love y’all ❀️❀️

Austin Jenkins

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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

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