Nick Evans


I had a meeting with God at 6:00a.
March 5, 2009, 12:16 pm
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I had a meeting with God at 6:00 this morning. I was outside on our back patio praying about the day and the different meetings and stuff going on, when I met with the God of creation.
A slight cool breeze blew across my face at the precise time I was taking a breath. The coolness and scents of the morning drew me instantly into a time of silent worship of breathing. The scent was damp, cool, earthy, organic my senses were overwhelmed the damp feeling of dawn cooled my face, and in my ears echoed the songs of birds, which had gone unnoticed until this very moment.
I turned to position myself to absorb more of the coolness. I turned my face to the wind so as to inhale more purely the smells of nature. I stood there inhaling and exhaling slowly trying to pick out the smells. I thought as I stood there how many times do we miss the smells and experience of nature due to the strength of our colognes or the artificial “organic” smells of our hair product.
My mind silenced again as the breeze picked up. I utilized every breath to try and experience God even more through this simple excercise of breathing, until I broke. My lungs fail, I cannot breathe any deeper. Tears filled my eyes as I longed for one unending breath to satisfy the desires of my heart.
I love you Lord, not just for Your work in creation, not just for the matchless sacrifice of Your Son, but because You alone can satisfy. All else, even this experience, pales in comparison. You alone can satisfy.

Nature is not the only means by which God arrests our hearts. It may be a worship song, a prayer, the Word, or a conversation with a friend. The challenge is there for us to slow down and look for God, He’ll show up. You may just have a meeting with God at 6:00a.



So this is the new year…
January 6, 2009, 5:51 pm
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Hello everyone, I just want to bless you for your obedience to God and your faithfulness to myself and my family. When I started my internship, I was nervous about how God would provide and supply for our needs financially, that was something that I have struggled with and probablly will again, but He did come through and through your giving I have been able to pay bills, take care of other necessities, and even take my wife out a couple of times. I receive around $200.00 a month, that’s right… a month, and still I am able to do those things. It really is a testimony of our loving Father and again of many of your acts of obedience on my behalf. I cannot express my gratitude enough to you all for this. I was able to bless my family at Christmas and still pay bills for December and most of January. Thank you!

On another note, I meet with a couple guys on tuesday mornings, we talk about what is going on, what God is doing, and then we pray for each other and our ministries. Well, this morning while Mike was praying I kept hearing this phrase in my mind, “For His Glory!” We had talked this morning about our futures and what God was going to do and about what God was doing in our lives that week. I felt like this was kind of a purpose statement for my week. That whatever happens, whatever I do, whatever I don’t do, my comings and my goings needs to be “For His Glory”.

Ephesians 1:11,12 “In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory.”

I recently heard a sermon from Pastor John Piper in which he says that our purpose is, “to magnify the worth of the scream of the Damned!” Jesus becoming the damned for us, taking that penalty and screaming “It is finished!” His glory is the end we are working for, many may not understand that thinking, but it is what guides our lives. Be encouraged and be blessed.

Thank you all very much, peace and grace to you,

Nick



I think sometimes…
December 18, 2008, 2:43 pm
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that I don’t rely on the grace of God, near enough, to sustain me through out my day.

I was talking with my dad the other day and he said, “You know, I have been doing this(referencing worry) everyday for over twenty years. You think that I would have learned by now, to trust the Lord”. We went on to talk about the fall of man and how Pride was the key factor at work in the fall. How, we have the illusion that we can control things. And, why we haven’t learned to put faith in our Lord.
I get so upset when things don’t go my way, I’m like a little baby that cries when he doesn’t get what he wants. ethan has taught me so much about who I am over the last year and a half. I see so much of myself in him, and I’m not talking about how he looks, I’m talking about how he acts. When he wants to climb up the stairs, pull decorations off the tree, or drink dads soda and he doesn’t get to…he loses it…just like me.

God’s sovereignty is over all, the fulness of His riches are beyond all, and His love reaches all. It’s there for the taking, it’s there for me and for you, and if we humble ourselves and take it at regular intervals throughout our day, I believe that our lives would be characterized by revival, compassion, love, and humility, instead of with fear, worry, doubt, and pride. sounds good to me.

Bless You!



Funny Story…
December 6, 2008, 7:14 am
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     abby and i had our first doctors appointment today…i will put up pictures this weekend (i hope)…anyways…

     as we were getting our ultrasound done, the technician told us this story of an an ultrasound she had done earlier this week. there was a woman and her 3 or 4 year old son and when the technician announced the gender of the child and said that the little boy was going to have a baby sister, he burst out into tears. his mother said to him, “we told you that this could happen.” he got even more upset and said to the technician, “are you telling me it’s not a dinosaur!?! check again!”, he said, “you’re mean, i’m going to tell my grandma on you!” 

     we laughed hysterically and told her she needed to have a tv show, she said she planned on writing a book. anyways just a funny story i thought you all would enjoy.

i will post again soon, thank you.



chosen specifically…
October 31, 2008, 2:47 pm
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I was reading in my Bible this morning in John chapter 1. Of-course, this first chapter is packed with life giving verses and theology, but the thing that hit me this morning was in verses 43 – 45. 

43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

     So I was reading this passage and I thought, “Oh, isn’t that lucky for Philip that Jesus happened to pick him. That’s what I call being in the right place at the right time!” As I read further I noticed in verse 45 that somebody else was found. The thing that caught my eye was that in the 45th verse Philip went to find Nathanael. He was like, “This is awesome I have to find Nathanael and tell him!” I asked myself what is the difference between verse 45 and 43 it looks like the same word, at least it was the same thing two people were found, Philip and Nathanael. 

     I looked up the greek words for find/finding in those two verses and they were the same word. Now granted, the same word can be defined in many different ways but within the context of this passage and in Scripture the principle is the same.

     Philip, was found, just like Nathanael was found. Jesus had purposed to find Philip and latter even He found Nathanael. If you look at the verse again it says, ” The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee.” This doesn’t sound like, “Hmmm, where should I go today?” This was a calculated decision that Jesus made, exactly like the calculated, premeditated calling of Philip, and ultimately Nathanael.

     The truth that I pulled from this verse was that we are all chosen by God to follow Him. This is a calculated, premeditated decision. You are not a mistake, God loves you and chose you, and through Jesus Christ we are blessed. John 1:16-17 “16 From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another.17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

     I know that this was a long post but that is good news that I wanted to share with those of you who read my site. Thank you all very much!…nick



i’m doing great, how are you?
October 28, 2008, 4:47 pm
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     hey everybody, i want to remind you that you can post comments on my website, i have it set up so that i have to approve it so i will see every comment posted. you can post your encouragements, prayers, criticism, or anything…and if you have anything for abby or ethan i’ll be sure to pass it on. we want to hear from you.

     i am going to be sending out an update/newsletter soon, so be watching for it. we are in desperate need of prayer and financial support.

     PRAYER: we are trying to get on medicaid for the new baby that’s due in march.

                   we need some funds for insurance and plates for our cars.

                   health continues to be an issue for us.

                   long-term that God lays out the plan for us at the end of the internship.

                   continued wisdom and guidance for abby and i while we raise one baby and prepare for another, and as we try to stretch the finances to cover all necessities.

 

P.S. God has really blessed us this week with the funds to “catch up” with the bills. Praise God!

P.S.S. here is a video that i did one day with the youth department for the high school service. it worked out that i had some time so we did it. i’m the bad guy…go figure!



little ebenezer…
October 8, 2008, 2:38 pm
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1Sa 7:12 -
Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”
 Definition
Ebenezer = “stone of help”   

     1. memorial stone erected by Samuel to mark where God helped Israel to defeat the Philistines – north of Jerusalem

     A couple of weeks ago my wife Abby had to write a descriptive essay for her english class. She had written about our past and the storms that occurred in our marriage, which turned out to be a memorial, an ebenezer, in our lives. Something we can look back to and say God was here, God gave us victory.

    Here is the essay…the-storm




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