Theme
Psalms, in the key of life.
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When these words are found
Let it been known that God's penmanship has been signed with a language called love
That's why my breath is felt by the deaf
And why my words are heard and confined to the ears of the blind
I, too, dream in color and in rhyme
So I guess I'm one of a kind in a full house
Cuz whenever I open my heart, my soul, or my mouth
A touch of God reigns out

J.Ivy
He rode on a donkey -
a representation of peace. A peace that the people did not understand yet they acknowledged Him as King and triumphant by the laying down of their palms branches. Today more than 2000 years later, He is the peace that guards our hearts and the Prince of peace that holds all the intricate fabrics of our life together. He came riding with peace. This was the vehicle for the salvation of man - PEACE! And it is this peace that He leaves with us today no matter our entries into any season of life.
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I feel like life sometimes is going a million miles a second. One minute you’re a first year college student soaking up sun, backpacking through Eastern Europe and the next you’re waking up everyday to a 9-5 job in a classroom full of 13 years old kids as their teacher and mentor. It’s funny sometimes how life changes, I’m so far from yesteryear now. I’ve gotten to appreciate the smaller things in life - weekends, the sunrise, sleeping in, having breakfast, good movies, nostalgic music. So I guess this is growing up.


The world is heavy but your bone just a cubic inch) can hold 19,000 lbs ounce for ounce they are stronger than steel. Atom for atom - you are more precious than diamond. Stars have died so that you may live you need to remember these things when you say that you are weak and worthless.
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"To ask why a good God would allow suffering is to ask why a good doctor would put a needle in the backside of an infant to inoculate them. The infant doesn’t understand it, all he knows is that it is horribly painful. He can’t understand that in a way this inoculation is going to prepare him for something in the future that he is not even aware of. And in the same way, God is a God of intention. He is a God of meaning, of purpose. He is brimming with intention and meaning. So we can rest assured that although the purposes of suffering might be hidden from us in the present life, His reasons are always wise, they are always specific, and they are always good."

"To ask why a good God would allow suffering is to ask why a good doctor would put a needle in the backside of an infant to inoculate them. The infant doesn’t understand it, all he knows is that it is horribly painful. He can’t understand that in a way this inoculation is going to prepare him for something in the future that he is not even aware of. And in the same way, God is a God of intention. He is a God of meaning, of purpose. He is brimming with intention and meaning. So we can rest assured that although the purposes of suffering might be hidden from us in the present life, His reasons are always wise, they are always specific, and they are always good."

He’s the Master Builder and I’m a broken vessel in need of You. #reconstruction

He’s the Master Builder and I’m a broken vessel in need of You. #reconstruction

YDENGAGE | The Pursuit of God | Season One: The Shepherds Heart trailer is UP! Check it out! #YDENGAGEPursuit14

YDENGAGE | The Pursuit of God | Season One: The Shepherds Heart trailer is UP! Check it out! #YDENGAGEPursuit14

"I’ll watch your pretty life play out in pictures from afar"

Alive to give life - Camp Sermon

The following is a message I gave to my youth group at our ALIVE Summer Camp.

Alive to give LIFE.

Introduction


The revelations of God are of bi-fold purposes. One to speak to you, Two, to speak through you. He will touch your innermost being, often your deepest hurts so that you may be His extension in a world that needs Him so. The woman at the well’s deepest hurts and questions were exposed and answered by Jesus as well as dealt with, she then touched her community. Isaiah’s lips were unclean which meant he spoke words that brought death, God touched His lips literally, and His lips were used to bring life to many. Moses deepest fear was speaking before crowds due to his speech impediments, God touched Him, revealed His character and then used Him to deliver 2 million.

Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will often come out of your deepest hurts.

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I had entered 2009 with a broken and heavy heart - out of ministry and out of hope. As a result of this I escaped to, trekked, backpacked and gigged my way through Europe vowing to find answers to ‘how in the heck did life get like this?’ 3 months filled with God moments passed and I came home a different man, finishing my Bachelor in Music and having absolutely no idea what to do next since turning down the 6 digit contract from a recording label. Somehow I knew in my heart He had called me to be a light to this young generation. So I applied for my Dip.Ed and at the same time started handing out resumes hoping someone, anyone would hire me as a teacher in training. I didn’t know, that 4 years travelling the world, playing in some of it’s most prestigious renowned venues, 5 years of chasing recording contacts and almost 10 years of recording and writing songs  - would lead me to a small regional Christian school called, The Lakes Christian College. I still remember applying for atleast 10 other schools until finally crying out to God and saying, ‘Lord, if you don’t provide a position then I know I shouldn’t be a teacher.’ that was when Donna called two days later after I had applied. I remember meeting with her and me saying, ‘I’m really praying for this job.’ and her replying, ‘Me too.’ 

Time went on and I knew in my heart that God called me to be a teacher. And now after four wonderful years of working at The Lakes Christian College, it’s time to say goodbye as I start my new full time position at Bethel Christian Academy tomorrow. #humblebeginnings

I had entered 2009 with a broken and heavy heart - out of ministry and out of hope. As a result of this I escaped to, trekked, backpacked and gigged my way through Europe vowing to find answers to ‘how in the heck did life get like this?’ 3 months filled with God moments passed and I came home a different man, finishing my Bachelor in Music and having absolutely no idea what to do next since turning down the 6 digit contract from a recording label. Somehow I knew in my heart He had called me to be a light to this young generation. So I applied for my Dip.Ed and at the same time started handing out resumes hoping someone, anyone would hire me as a teacher in training. I didn’t know, that 4 years travelling the world, playing in some of it’s most prestigious renowned venues, 5 years of chasing recording contacts and almost 10 years of recording and writing songs - would lead me to a small regional Christian school called, The Lakes Christian College. I still remember applying for atleast 10 other schools until finally crying out to God and saying, ‘Lord, if you don’t provide a position then I know I shouldn’t be a teacher.’ that was when Donna called two days later after I had applied. I remember meeting with her and me saying, ‘I’m really praying for this job.’ and her replying, ‘Me too.’

Time went on and I knew in my heart that God called me to be a teacher. And now after four wonderful years of working at The Lakes Christian College, it’s time to say goodbye as I start my new full time position at Bethel Christian Academy tomorrow. #humblebeginnings

New season, new haircut, new bike, new job, new transitions, new feelings. Thanks for the welcome, 2014. #whenmyheartis #overwhelmed #leadmetoTheRock #thatishigherthanI #imlatchingontoYou (at The Boulevarde)

New season, new haircut, new bike, new job, new transitions, new feelings. Thanks for the welcome, 2014. #whenmyheartis #overwhelmed #leadmetoTheRock #thatishigherthanI #imlatchingontoYou (at The Boulevarde)

The Boy Grew Up - Will De los Santos feat. Sarah Kay

I wrote this song when I was 17 years old and had completely forgotten about it until I opened up an email with the lyrics of this song. I decided to record it almost 10 years later. I also included words of one of my favourite poets, Sarah Kay from her poem, If I should have a daughter.

This is a draft version of this song and isnt complete yet. Check it out.

The Boy Grew up Ma

Ma if you could see how much your little boy has really grown
Wouldn’t you be proud of him? Wouldn’t you be happy for him?
Coz ever since the day you left and walked out on your family,
I was only 12 years old but I was old enough to see that,
1) Life was gonna get a bit harder
2) LIfe was gonna get no easier
3) I was gonna be scarred all my life and carry this pain inside me
Mama picked up the mic, put down the drugs
I’m trying so hard to not stuff it up
Coz Mama I go to church now, Ma I finally got a job now.
Ma now I finished college - they’re all the things you wanted for me
If only you could see me now, If only you could see me now

Mama your little boys grown up now
All alone on his own - he’s alright
The boy grew up ma, the boy grew up ma

You know what I really miss the most Mama’s the time when Christmas comes
The Christmas tree, the love, the presents everyone just having some fun
Truth of the matter is I’ll never see that again
So I gotta live with the simple fact that Christmas ain’t the same
without your love, your love, your love to see me through the New Year
Your love, your love, your love to see me through my fears
If only you could see me now
If only you could see me now

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I wrote this song when I was 17 years old and had long forgotten about it til I saw the lyrics hidden away under all the clutter in my room. Here I am recording the song almost 10 years later, a song about my mom - the first love of my life as a little kid. With the help of Sarah Kay, I present a draft version of a song called, ‘The Boy Grew Up’ #12amsessions (at Sony BMG Recording Studio)

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When I was only 17 years old He gave me a vision of one day leading people into His presence on this very stage. Last night, almost 10 years later, that vision came into fulfillment. I stand in awe of a God who is faithful to finish what He started despite my failings and shortcomings. He is the strength of my heart and my portion evermore. #foursquareyouth #audienceofOne

When I was only 17 years old He gave me a vision of one day leading people into His presence on this very stage. Last night, almost 10 years later, that vision came into fulfillment. I stand in awe of a God who is faithful to finish what He started despite my failings and shortcomings. He is the strength of my heart and my portion evermore. #foursquareyouth #audienceofOne

#Heisstronger

#Heisstronger