11:27am; What is Worship? 


Hey everyone, hope you all are doing well.

So I’m gonna take on a rough topic today, I wanted to write it sooner but never really knew what to say. So here goes nothing, or maybe everything…

So I want to ask the question, What is Worship? 

Seems sort of broad I know, in the context in which I ask this question I mean 

what is it that we worship, what holds our affection the most, what or who is our first love? What do you desire the most?

I’m not asking to make anyone feel guilty, I constantly ask this question of myself. I think we ought do “spiritual check ups” and make sure our hearts are set, fixed, locked and loaded on Jesus. 

I believe we all worship something.. whether that be a person, a career, a hobby, etc.

All those aren’t bad, but they can become an idol if its not put in its proper place. Jesus says whereever your treasure is, that’s where your heart will be also.

Some of my idols would be:

Music, friendships, having fun, acceptance..

You might think those aren’t that bad, but the fear of man can cripple someone if you are a people pleaser. Been there, done that..

In Deuteronomy 6:5 its to LOVE the Lord your God with ALL your HEART, SOUL, MIGHT & STRENGTH.

Let Jesus be your first love, cuz He LOVES YOU, forgives you, wants to be with you, He made you for His own.

Stay awesome y’all, love y’all 

Austin Jenkins

Joyandpassionlifestyle 

11:00pm Last Night; Why Our Words Matter..


Hey everyone

So I’ve been wanting to write something on this topic for awhile and its something I’ve been pondering and am still working on. 

Work in progress anyone?…. 🙌🏽

*Crickets*

Anyways, so yes your words matter, what you say to others, what you say about others when they aren’t around, and also what you say to and about yourself matters as well. 

Your words hold power, you can either speak life into a situation or you can speak death into a situation, I would even argue and say that your words are more than just words.

What you say to people matters as well, you can either build people up or tear people down with your words. 

The words we speak often reflect what we believe about ourselves and others. Our words matter more than we think. 

So together, lets be kind with our words, lets speak life rather than death into someone’s life and into each other’s lives, families, friends etc.

Stay awesome, love y’all 

Austin Jenkins

Joyandpassionlifestyle 

I Don’t Know Where I Would Be Without Him


Hey everyone, I hope you all have had an amazing, restful weekend.

I’m going to take you all back a little bit to sometime around I wanna say after 12th grade. I was volunteering at a retirement home my grandfather was living at the time. 

It was around 9am in the morning, it was a cool morning, and I took a woman outside to enjoy the weather because it was nice out. Her and I talked for a little bit, then I asked her out of nowhere “do you believe in God?”

She then tells me the following..

“That’s such a weird question of you to ask, of course I believe in God, I don’t know where I would be without Him.”

That put a smile on my face. 

I honestly don’t know where I would be without Jesus, I had plenty of days without Him in the past, and those days I felt depressed, those days were dark.

Now I have Him in my life, and He’s so good, although when life gets hard I still have a hard time going to Him, trusting Him. 

Yeah..I’m not perfect.. but He is

He’s beautiful, and I honestly don’t know where I would be without Him. Let Jesus love you and get to know you.

Stay awesome yall, love you

Austin Jenkins

Joyandpassionlifestyle 

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 

My Instagram Life

Hey everyone, its been awhile since I last posted something. 😀

Well lets get to it…

I feel a lot of my life has been consumed by Instagram as of recently. Mostly I post guitar videos, my song lyrics, biblical or even inspirational posts. I even have posted about some of my hard times and try to be real to some extent.

I believe if you are going to share the good stuff in your life, you should be willing to share the bad as well.

If we are honest, when on any social media all you see are people’s high points, people’s highlight reels or sometimes we feel we “need” to post-just to post something, or it could be just flat out bordem.

I’m not saying Instagram is bad, but it does get bad where if you don’t control  your posting habits, it tends to control YOU!

In Soviet Russia, Instagram controls you…<<<<<<
s after that stupid attempt of making a joke, my point is I know I need to make a change, do something different other just be on my phone, cuz in all actuality, your Instagram is not REAL life, its just like 1% of your life.

I’m not just writing this for you, I’m writing this for me too.

Love y’all, stay awesome ❤️🙌🏽🔥

Austin Jenkins

Joyandpassionlifestyle 

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