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When we have no where to go but forward…

January 22, 2010 1 comment

I wouldn’t say that I’ve hit bottom, or even thought about hitting bottom. It’s been an interesting, growing, couple of weeks, but my resolve today is even greater than it was a few short weeks ago, and possibly has ever been before. I’ve been arguably busier over the past 3 weeks than I have been for months, and between the short struggles, I’ve seen more of the worlds color than I ever thought I’d get the opportunity to see. I love seeing what God’s doing in my life, and it’s been a much needed time for me to take a look at my current place in life and figure out exactly what He’s calling me to next. Between developing the ideas, materials, and systems for Media Procast, getting ready for a total blog makeover, contacting churches around the country, and reaching my own personal breaking point and driving through it in my personal studies, I’ve seen more of myself than I ever thought possible. There have been times that I feel like I’m in one of those crazy mirror houses you see at the fair, and can see every flaw I have, as well as some that I would have before distinguished as flaws that I now consider strengths. Then there are other times, where I feel like I’m standing on the top of a mountain, surrounded by clouds, where I can see nothing of myself or the world around me, and I’m almost in a haze from it. I’m excited about the possibilities I have in front of me, and I am at the point where I truly believe that HE is in control and not me. It’s been scary, but at the same time, it’s refreshing to know that He’s got a plan for all of this, and that I get to spend this time in crazy compassionate driven worship towards him, and learning more about his plan every single day. As I always seem to challenge you I want to challenge you today, to let down your guard, and trust Him to what His best and His plan for your life would be. I’d be willing to bet it’s even better than you could imagine!


Live By God

January 15, 2010 1 comment

When I began putting this post together I didn’t have a whole lot to say. To be quite frank, I still don’t. But I wanted to share with you the verses that I have been reading over and over all week, that have been echoing through my head and my heart and have been probably the biggest encouragement to my current predicament than anything I’ve come across thus far. Before I even give you a glimpse of them however I want you to know that I read practically every english translation that YouVersion had them in…after doing that I chose the translation that I use for my daily reading, the New Living Translation or NLT. Anyway, rather than go on about this or that I’d like you to just read these verses and let them speak to your heart, challenge you and encourage you.

Living by the Spirit’s Power

“15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Letter to my readers…

January 6, 2010 10 comments

Hey all! I wanted to take this time today to post something a little different than I usually post on my blog. I’ll continue ‘The Dysfunctional Team’ series tomorrow, I promise. Some of you may already know this, and for some this might be the first you’re hearing of it but here we go… Over the past 2 and a half years I have worked in the insurance industry, along with my constant ties with Lifepoint Church. This has to be quite frank, been a job for me rather than a career. I always had a feeling that God was pulling me in a different direction. I don’t know exactly what direction it is, but I know my passion is to help equip people in ministry to do what God commands us to do, to love God, and love people. Whether that means that I work with 1 specific church or many churches through out the country, I don’t know yet. Regardless, this past Monday God made sure he got my attention. Due to some unavoidable business circumstances, I was just a bit under 48 hours ago, laid off. This was not something personal, nor was it something that I, or my employer had any negativity toward. It was a business decision, and I will be the first to say that I respect the manner in which it happened. I have had certain people that I have tried to contact before this posts to let know of the situation, but for the most part there hasn’t been a lot of time to let you all know, so you might be hearing it here first. In the mean time I am currently working steadily toward employment and would appreciate your prayers and support as I begin this new journey in my life. God has awakened some passions in me over the past couple of days that I believe will be able to come alive, and I truly feel that through this he has gotten my attention and shown me that he has bigger plans for me then even I could have dreamed. I want to thank you all for your constant readership and tell you how much I appreciate seeing how many of you read my blog, as well as those of you that comment that I haven’t talked to in years. I look forward to this journey that God has put me on, and I pray that through it I will be able to learn, grow, and mature like never before. Finally I want to challenge you, as I constantly challenge myself, to do what Jesus told us to do. Love God, and love people!

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Getting Ready For 2010

December 27, 2009 Leave a comment

As this Christmas season comes to a close, and we take a look at this quickly on-coming year I can’t help but think of all the things I’d like to see happen this year. This is going to be a year of change in my life, and I hope it is in yours as well. I can already see the groundwork being laid for tremendous growth personally, as well as professionally. There is also the possibility of some things coming to life that I never even thought possible. As I work on formulating my ideas for this blog I can’t help but think that I may be able to communicate with people I never thought possible and how much I just want to be able to challenge you as readers as much as I try to challenge myself on a daily basis. I would love to see you take this journey with me over the next year as I build my abilities and try to, as much as possible, find new ways to challenge us all to grow, even if just a little, each time I connect with you. I want to challenge you to grow personally, as well as in the ways you communicate with those around you. I want to see us grow to become better communicators, story tellers, and in all this, ministers to those that God has placed in our lives. So today I just want to ask you this… Are you ready? Can we do this? Let’s take a deep breath and jump into 2010 with more passion and excitement than we have ever had before! Lets do this!

Over the next couple of days, as we get ready for this new year, I’ll let you in on a few of the things to look out for as we jump into 2010! Enjoy!

His Vision, His Plan

December 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Over the past few years my life has taken a lot of subtle but dramatic curves to lead me to where I am now as well as point me in the direction I will travel. I’ve spent the past 7 years going through school for business marketing, spending vast amounts of time working in production environments up and down the east coast. Working with large churches and small churches, and learning the way they operate. Some of the experiences have been wonderful, some of them have been…teaching experiences. But they’ve all lead me to where I am now. Standing at the foot of the cross and looking up saying “what’s next God?” Have you ever had a time like that in your life? Where through everything you’ve been through you’ve come to the place in your life where you are no longer held down by your own plans and aspirations… Yeah, we all have dreams and aspirations but I believe we don’t truly know what it means to live in HIS plan until we give those up and say “not my will but yours.”  I believe that as true followers of Christ we must put our faith not in our own little tiny view of the world but into His greater plan for our lives. I’ve had to learn this as much as anyone, I promise you that.

So where do I believe this has taken me? I feel more alive than ever before in Christ and although the stress of life gets to me, as it does to everyone, I truly believe that God has rocked my world and shown me that He has even bigger plans for my life then I thought I did. I’ve walked away from many of the wants I’ve had in the world to focus on HIS plan for my life, and in turn He has slowly begun to shape this totally radical view of life in it’s place. I’m beginning to see places of growth in my life that I never expected, and am beginning to find friends that I never thought I’d have. I can honestly say that over the past year I’ve made some life long friends that I never expected to, and I feel as though I’m beginning to fall into such a different “aim” for my life that could totally change everything for me as well as potentially thousands of people in the future. What He has planned, I don’t quite know yet, but as I begin walking more in sync with Him I am beginning to see signs of things I never thought in a million years might be possible. The future has a lot to offer… Are you trusting Him to show it to you?

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