Posts tagged ‘friends’

October 11, 2010


I celebrated my Birthday yesterday.  It was numerically a really cool day to have my birthday on.  I went to Church, had lunch with my Mom and Heather at Pappasitos(love this place) and watched football all day.  I did exactly what I wanted to do and enjoyed it all completely. 

We also celebrated at a buddies house(Kevin H.) on Saturday evening with a bunch of close friends.  Ate well and enjoyed the jacuzzi all evening.  So many wonderful people to encourage me and help me celebrate my day.

Friday, Heather and I went shopping, ate dinner at Fuddrucker’s(another great burger joint) and saw the movie “The Town.”  Great pre-bday celebration and the movie was GREAT!!

Thank God for so many wonderful people in my life. 

August 16, 2010

This past weekend

Was a fun one.  Heather and I went Scuba diving in a 9ft pool for the first time as an introductory course from a Groupon purchase.  Cool experience.  30 mts under water breathing through a tube in my mouth is weird, but cool!!  We will probably get certified before the end of the year and take some great trips next year together and at least one of them will be focused on diving.

Then went to some cool friends(Rick and Heather) after wedding celebration to celebrate with them and then finally went to The Bernhardt Winery in Plantersville, for a beautiful wedding between Lisa Hammond and Drew Solomon.  It was a great time and joy to see them get married.  The grounds were gorgeous and the unbearable heat was expected in the month of August in Texas(even at 7:30pm!!).  Good times with a bunch of wonderful people who were there!

Spent some great time with wonderful people who I love to spend time with.  I’m realizing quickly that the time I have is so important that spending time with people I don’t want to spend time with is not an option anymore.

Thank God for wonderful friends and times with some great people.  I’m Blessed!

August 5, 2010


“Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands…and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.”  Exodus 17:12

I do believe in strength in numbers.  Scripture discusses how 2 cords are easily broken, but 3 can withstand much.  So it was with Moses.  Aaron and Hur helped hold Moses’ arms up when he was in need.  As we do, when we are in need.  We need friends to help us.  This world is not meant to live in a bubble.  It’s meant to live in the world, but not to be of it.  We need to influence our world in a positive light and when we fall and need help, that’s when our friends are there to help us out.

Thank You to all my Awesome and Wonderful friends out there who have helped me out when I have needed you. I have had a rough few years and I know that without you wonderful friends of mine, I would be in a real tough place.

‘Thank you Father for wonderful friends in my life and in our lives, who make life worth living. Amen.’

February 16, 2010


You shall find me, when you shall search me with all your heart – Jeremiah 29:13

I had lunch with a brother in Christ today. It was real nice, because we spoke of God and faith and Emmaus and wonderful times we have been experiencing.  He told me how he went to Church recently and experienced a wonderful Saturday Service.  As he shared this with me I was inspired by his story and made me want to go to Church everyday.  It’s just wonderful to be with people who love the Lord and want to spend time with him and focus on things in life that really matter like Jesus, Faith and Fellowship.

I also wanted to share about a buddy of mine that’s headed to Iraq today.  His name is Tony and I wanted to ask for your prayers for him.  It will only be a short trip of 4 months for him, but it does concern me as he will be stationed in Baghdad.  And even though it’s in a secure zone, it’s still dangerous.  I know for myself, as I pondered the thought of leaving for a 4 month trip to Iraq, that I really don’t think I would do it.  So, just asking for prayers for him and that he has a quick return back from there as well and stays safe.  We had a nice dinner with him and friends at Pei-Wei and enjoyed wonderful fellowship. I hated to see him leave, but hope that this will be a blessing for him.

Father, thank for wonderful people that you have put into my life to bless me.  May I return in some sort of way those same blessings back to them and others as well.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

June 11, 2009

The present

Many people will walk in and out of your life,

but only true friends leave footprints in your heart.

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

Anger is only one letter short of danger.

If someone betrays you once, it is his fault;

if he betrays you twice, it is your fault.

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events;

small minds discuss people. He who loses money, loses much;

he who loses a friend, loses much more; he who loses faith, loses all.

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,

but beautiful old people are works of art.

Learn from the mistakes of others.

You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.

Friends, you and me. . . you brought another friend. . .

and then there were three. . .

we started our group. . .

our circle of friends. . .

and like that circle. . .

there is no beginning or end. . .

yesterday is history.

Tomorrow is a mystery.

Today is a gift.

That is why they call it the present.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

May 21, 2009


I just wanted to say to all of my friends out there, that I am grateful and thankful to every one of you.  Thanks for being my friend and sharing your life with me.  For me, without all of you, my life wouldn’t be anything close to what it is because of YOU!

Too many names to count or give shout outs to, but I wanted to say I LOVE ALL OF YOU!

Thanks for your support in the good times and the rough ones!  May God Bless each and every one of you with good health, financial freedom and love!

Your Friend Always, Sam.

May 18, 2009

the older I get

I found out that an old friend of mine Joel Sykes passed this last Friday.  He had a massive stroke at the young age of 40.  I couldn’t believe it when I heard it.  He was on life support for about a day or so and they realized he wasn’t going to make it and they pulled the plug.  This is unbelievable because you are not supposed to die from a stroke at the age of 40!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

I wish I had more another opportunity to speak with him, it’s been several years since I had.  He had left our church under not so good circumstances and the last time I spoke with him was at Texadelphia where we all used to meet for lunch once a week.

He remarried and moved away with his new woman.  This was unfortunate that we never had another opportunity to speak.  He was such a good guy, with a big heart for God and a big passionate person for music and for life.  He had a memory like an elephant and always remembered things I never could.

His funeral is Wednesday and this just makes me sad.  I realize how short life is and how ‘when it’s your time, it’s your time’ & ‘there really is nothing you can do about it!’

I know he was saved and know that none of us are perfect and at least what he went through was seemingly quick and painless.  He will be missed.  Miss ya Joel.  Sorry we never had another chance to reconnect man.  I wish things didn’t turn out the way did and wish we had continued our wonderful friendship and memories we were building with our families at the time.  Love you man and you will be missed!

The longer I live, I guess the more I will see people pass around me….how sad….I don’t want to live this life forever that’s for sure….

April 7, 2009

dooms day?

I enjoy reading these and sharing them with y’all!


It’s The End! Never mind.

Go Back to What You were Doing.

Anxiety added to the chill of the winter of 999 AD as the new millennium drew near. Prophecies and superstition led to the widely held belief that the world was going to end on 1/1/1000.  As doomsday approached, the “end-time epidemic” broke out. That is when the usual course of everyday life detours into primal spiritual instincts.  Christian behavior back then is noteworthy.

Men began confessing their sins and infidelities. Churches were overflowing.
People began forgiving debts they were owed. Many inmates were freed from prison, yet some refused to leave desiring to remain and make amends for their crimes before the end. Enemies were reconciled. Stores gave away food, and many businesses refused to accept payment for their merchandise. (One might believe
that there had been a widespread outbreak of Christianity.)

Finally “the dreaded” night arrived. (Jesus was about to return!?!) On December 31st, 999 AD, a standing-room-only crowd gathered for mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, but no one stood, because everyone was on their knees! When the clock struck midnight, there was silence…………….then………….

……..sounds of men and women weeping and laughing in relief. (“We didn’t die!“) Husbands embraced their wives. Friends gave each other the “kiss of peace”.
The clock kept moving. The world didn’t end.

And then…and then…life soon returned to normal. Stores stopped giving away merchandise. Prisoners that had been set free, were hunted down and thrown back in jail. People remembered their debts and demanded re-payment. Reconciled relationships were reconsidered. And the churches emptied.

This “before and after” behavior says something we already know…
Almost everyone acts righteous, when they think they are about to die“. If so, then the normal state of most people is denial & unrighteousness. They are in denial about the fact that they are only a breath away from facing the Lord, and unrighteous because they aren’t doing “what they know is right” on a regular basis.

But acting like you are in right standing with the Lord, (“righteous”) doesn’t make you righteous. Righteousness comes from faith in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and is shown by obedience to Him. The Christians of 999 did not obey in faith, but from fear. Why were they afraid? Because on some level, they believed judgment awaited them. Otherwise they would have been facing the possible return of the Lord and the end of the world with a sense of divine peace.

(I John 4:17, 18) By this love is perfected in us that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

The 999 AD story is a perfect example of what these two scriptures mean. When we come to know and believe the love the Father has for us, we will have perfect confidence and peace about Judgment Day. We only fear when we believe there is going to be punishment.

It is not the Lord’s will for us to base our relationship with Him on fear, doing what is right only because we fear we will be punished if we don’t. Rather, He desires that we fellowship with Him based on the knowledge of the great love He has for us, and that we do what is right (His will), because we love Him, and because those are the acts of His children, who we are!



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March 31, 2009

thank you LORD

For my job, for my family, for my friends, for the roof over my head, for the clothes on my back, for allowing me to breathe the next breath, for all of my extremities, for your grace, love and mercy, for my salvationthat is found ONLY in your son JESUS, for your bible that you have revealed to us and given us, for my church family, for your abundant blessings, for the crazy times, for the good times, for the bad times, THANK YOU LORD!

March 9, 2009

my trip

I just got back from a fabulous trip in California.  I had too much fun with my pops, my bro and the rest of my family and friends!  I saw some cousins and my 2 Aunts, Ghassana and Najah, whom I haven’t seen in 12+ years.  I missed them soo much and it was so great to see them and spend some really good quality time with them.  I also my some of the best arabic food in the entire world that my aunt Najah cooks.  She is soo good that she should open her own arabic restaurant…it’s that good.  She asked me what I wanted for dinner when I got there on Thursday and I told her, of course, it’s grape leaves.  NO ONE can make them as good or like how she does them, MAD DELICIOUS!!

I am silver elite on Continental and I got upgraded for FREE, to First Class.  That was WAYYY sweet!!  I have been in first class seating before, but it’s always nice to be there and get waited on and feel very comfortable for a few hours flying.

Anyway, I just got back in tonight and I’m extremely tired, but I must wash some clothes and order things up cuz I’m a neat and clean freak like that.

I love California, my original home!

Good Night!