Saturday, July 10, 2010

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Today marked the second day of my new bible reading plan. Two things stood out to me as I read today.

The first was the rest that God took on the seventh day when he created the heavens and the earth. This is spoken of in Genesis 2:2. God has put the subject of rest on my heart over the past two years. If I don't take time out of my week to rest then I get tired. If I continue to do this, then I get exhausted. Whe I am exhausted then I am more prone to sin. The reason I am more prone to sin is because I adopt an "'I deserve _____attitude.' (Fill in the blank with whatever you will. It is different for everybody)". The things that I fill in the blank with are typically distractions to my walk with the Lord.

The other things I took out of my reading today was in Psalm 2:12b. This verse says "Blessed are all who take refuge in him.". Sometimes I forget that Lord is my refuge. When I am feeling down or going through a tough time, I tend to take refuge in material things like food, tv, friends, or clothes. I have to constantly remind myself that the Lord is my refuge and my strength.


Saturday, December 26, 2009


Not gonna lie, 2009 was a rough year. In fact, the last two years have been tough. The reason they have been tough is because I have tried to find happiness in empty relationships and materialism.
Happiness that has any source other than God isn't true happiness, it's pain medication and I have become immune to these "medicines".

My prayer for 2010 is that I would be overflowing with true joy. Joy that comes by simply following Jesus. I want that Joy of the Lord to be my stregth.


Monday, December 14, 2009

Stop. Reflect. Worship.

These words should justly define my actions during the Christmas season, but they don't. Usually during the first week of Christmas, I get ridiculously busy. I do all but stop think about the meaning of the holiday.

Christ birth and death are the essence of our faith. Without these two things we would not be Christians.

This Christmas I am going to stop, reflect and worship God for who he is and what he has done for me by giving his son Jesus to be the ultimate sacrifice for my sin.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Enjoying People.

In the town I live in, there is really not that much to do. Really, there are only three options: Starbucks in Birkdale, the movies or Waffle House. Because I have so few options, I tend to see people I know everywhere I go.

Usually when I see somebody I know, I wave to them and then immediately put my head down and jam to my destination. Other times I will start a conversation and then end it awkwardly and prematurely by waving good-bye or saying "Well, have a great day. I will see you later" in the middle of their sentence. My anti-social nature conquers my social nature 9 times out of ten. I don't think I really realized this until today.

This second scenario I described took place in Starbucks about an hour ago. After I awkwardly exited my conversation with an acquaintance, I sat down and thought "Why can I just learn to enjoy people?".

People tell me that relationship is the spice of life. I guess I just like life black; without cream or conversation.

This is something that I really want to work on. I know that my life would be so much more interesting and effective if I can just learn to enjoy people.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Busy Times.

These last couple weeks have been really busy. Between lessons, teaching at Carmel, leading worship at Ridge Church and playing with Jacob I have been completely slammed.

I am very thankful that I am busy doing what I love.

Jacob's show to raise money for his album went really well. Here are some pictures from it:

Jacob is a really gifted songwriter and I really enjoy playing with him. If you have never heard his stuff then check it out here.

2010 is going to be a great year.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Outlook. Growth.

Just woke up. It's 9:27 am.

I needed to sleep in a little bit. I took my guitars over to Andy Elliott's yesterday for some repairs and setups. What I thought was going to take three hours ended up taking nine hours. So naturally. I got nothing done yesterday.

I hate days like that. I had to reschedule my lessons and missed out on a lot of opportunities to get things done. I feel really crappy about myself when things like that happen. I don't want other people to think that I am a flake.

I guess I just feel like it is always something. Something is always going to go wrong. But what I am learning is that how I look at it totally changes the outcome of the situation in a lot of respects. I can either have a crappy attitude or I can chose to stand on the truth of scripture and believe that what Romans 8:28 says: "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose." Every situation in life can teach me something. I just have to take the time to stop and ask God what it is that he is trying to teach me.

"God, May our hearts long to be more like Christ every day. When less than ideal situations come our way, help us to stop and ask you what it is that you are trying to teach us. May we count it joy when we meet trials of various kinds lord because we know that you are growing us Lord. Amen"