Art

Who said the road would be easy?

Found this old painting I did a good few years at ‘Imagine’ when I was tidying up my bedroom yesterday.  I’d totally forgotten about it! Guess it was the first time I really painted or drew just for my own enjoyment.

Seems like a lifetime ago.

The painting is pretty explicit in its theme: it’s about how the road might be difficult, but we’ll get there in the end…

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A Letter from God…

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My child,

I love you.

You don’t need to compare yourself to other people.  You are unique, unique for a reason.  I made you.

Your worth is not found in what you do, who you’re with, where you are, or how much that person likes you: it is found in who you are, and who your Father is.

Don’t believe the lie that it’s good to never feel happy: that is not my purpose.  I am the joy-giver, the River of Life.  I am hope.

Give away more than you get.

Don’t forget about your family.  They love you, and you are together for a reason.

You don’t have to do this alone.  I am here.

Trust me.

Don’t believe the lies the enemy puts on you: they don’t even make sense anyway.  Listen to my voice.  I am leading you to green pastures and quiet waters.

You can do all things with me by your side.  Don’t put limits on what I can do.  I made the world.  I made the universe.

Be who I made you, not the imitation of someone else.  Be you.

I love you.

I.  Love.  You.

Art

‘September Ablaze’

“And in the last days, God declares, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. 

Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions. 

In those days, I will pour out my Spirit even on servants – men and women alike. 

And I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth – blood and fire and columns of smoke…” (Joel‬ ‭2:28-30‬)

Spirit of the living God, burn bright in me: like a fire in my soul.  May I burn bright for You… 🔥🔥🔥

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Soul Survivor Scotland

I’ve had such an awesome week down at Soul Survivor Scotland as a youth leader with WCC Youth.  They are such an incredible group of young people; it’s a constant privileged to get to hang out with them.

It was absolutely amazing to see 1,000+ young people meeting with God in a really powerful way, encountering his real love for them, and making brand new friendships with people from all across Scotland.

Really hope I can be a part of it all again next year!

Ps: here’s a wee lil’ sketch of our campsite… (:

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The ‘RARMSTAR’ Origin Story

Yesterday I got one of those ‘Your memories on Facebook’ messages, which was reminding me that it has been four years since I first posted this photo on Facebook, which signalled the start of my foray into the world of Pokémon YouTube videos:

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It seems so crazy to me that its been four years since I first started ‘RARMSTAR’.  To be honest, I’d totally forgotten that this was the very first logo I made for my channel (pretty incredible, right?!)

The name has a fairly boring backstory – it’s just my initials, with the word ‘star’ added to the end – but at the time I though it was pretty freaking cool!  I’m surprised that it has stood the test of time: even now I’m often referred to as Rarmstar by young people around my hometown of Westhill who know me from the youth events we put on through our church.

Looking back on my first video (you can see it at the top of this post), I think that I’ve come a long way since then.  I haven’t only made the obvious jump in age from 18 to 22, but I think that my life (and outlook on life) has changed a bunch.

But one thing’s for sure, I’m really glad that I took that leap of faith: to take one of my real passions in life (namely Pokémon) and turn it into something really creative.

Rarmstar lives…

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how will you grow?

This week I’ve been away at a worship leaders conference called ‘The Week’ down in Birmingham with Worship Central.  It’s been such an amazing time: incredible, incredible teaching, and such sweet times of worship.

One of the images that Ken Costa shared was about how the hopes and dreams each of us have are sort of like acorns.  These acorns can either die as young saplings, or grow into strong oak trees.

I don’t know about you, but I want all of my hopes and dreams to grow strong…