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December 16, 2013

The Call

So, Heather and I just finished up serving 2 weekends ago at ‘The Call’. It is a weekend long, student focused & spirit filled, event. I worked with my 12th Grade Boys and Heather hosted our 12th Grade Girls at our home. The weekend was great. I really enjoyed my time with them.

The focus was on ‘Spiritual Gifts’ and learning what ours are and how to use them. We had a great speaker on Fri/Sat night. He gave great insight to familiar scriptures we have heard many times. The first one was on Job, when he wrestled with God. His point was that God, made himself weak in order to make Job strong. Job finally proved himself to NOT be a coward as well and held on until God blessed him. His analogies were spot on as well. His example for this was when you allow yourself to be pinned by a younger, weaker sibling and you allow them to pin you down. It’s not that you can’t throw them off, you just became weak so they could be strong. That’s what God does for us all the time. Powerful.

The second story was about Jonah. We all know this story. The biggest point that hit me was when he stated how Jonah ran and ran and ran from God until he realized God wouldn’t relent, then reluctantly Jonah answered. It took Jonah only 8…8 words to speak to Tarshish, for them to repent and turn to God. That was pretty amazing. The other point was, you never know what God has been doing and working in others lives so that when you have an opportunity to talk to them about Jesus, they are ready for you to share the good news with them. Powerful stuff!!!

I pray that the students learned a lot from the weekend, like I did, and grow significantly from an epic weekend.

March 12, 2012

New Job

Well Chevron, looks like I’M BACK!!

I was blessed to be offered the job I was supposed to get before I was laid off almost a year and a half ago. Ironically I started a new job at chevron about a month ago that I believe I was meant to have BUT God had other plans…

I had to go through a rough patch in order to be in a better place and be ready for this position God all along had for me. I just had to take the long road to get here. Fortunately, I have learned a lot in the last year and a half and I am more appreciative of the job I have now and am better off for it.

It’s truly amazing how God works. You fight, kick & scream when you go through those “insert adage here” times and when you get to the other side of it hopefully you realize that your better off and hopefully you learned something. I KNOW I have.

My faith has grown in God and he just reassured me that no matter what – He always takes care of me & Always, Always has my back.

Thank you Abba Father, for always taking care of me – even in going through the midst of what seems to be the hardest time. You love me and you show that to me everyday. I love you Lord & thank you again. Amen.

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November 1, 2010

November 1st, 2010

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year and the weather is in the 80’s still…and I’m stuck wondering where the Fall weather is?

I’m still looking for a job and have yet to go on an interview, but I’m completely hopeful and know that something will turn up soon.  It all takes time and it’s definitely in His time for sure!

Foundry had the annual Fall Festival yesterday and Heather and I helped out with the ‘bean bag toss’  That was fun and thinking about it, this is my 10th year in a row of helping out. Real fun and it always feels good to give back and help kids have a good time and have a place that’s safe and fun.

I appreciate all of the prayers from all of you out there and ask for your continued support of prayers as I definitely need them.  You know it’s all about God getting the glory and when I post on here about finding a great job and thanking all of you for the prayers He will be glorified.  I know that it’s all about Him and Him working through me as well.

Blessings!

O Lord, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer – Psalm 17:1

September 13, 2010

Praise God

While there is breath in your lungs, Praise Him everyday.  Time flies by so fast.  I realize that more and more everyday.  My memory gets longer and not all the days are so vivid like they once were when my memory was shorter.

It’s funny to look back at old pictures and be blown away at what you look like now compared to then.

Life is fun. I try to enjoy it as much as possible.  But for me, life without God is no life at all.  He is my everything first and foremost!

I went to a fun football game yesterday between the Texans and Colts as this was the first game of the 2010 season and my Texans won 34-24. Great game.  Heather, Kevin, Heather and myself all went. Good times spending it with family too!

My days at work are long currently. I’m going through a reorg here at work and it really sucks! Good thing is I have a few short weeks before this is all over and I can get back to doing my old job before I started this one which is IT Analyst(software/hardware support)  My job isn’t guaranteed, but my faith and hope are in God and I trust that as He has taken care of me all my life so far, He will continue to do so through this time.

The scripture that comes to mind from all this rambling is:

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “Be thankful in all circumstances”   Not necessarily FOR the circumstances but in them.

GOD LOVES YOU!

March 4, 2010

Suffering

8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

 9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”  – Job 1:8-10

I was led by the Holy Spirit to write on the subject of suffering and on why ‘bad things happen to good people.’  I was recently questioned by a friend about it and now this article has brought it to light once more.  Read the article here.  This man’s personal story is powerful and hits home.

You must read the entire book of Job to really understand what goes on.  It’s a good read, but will take a good sitting to get through it.  Ultimately, everyone in Job’s life turns on him.  He is plagued and cursed it seems by God(not true) but seems that way to us humans.  He loses his whole family and money and everything that matters to him, yet he is still found blameless in God’s sight.  He even says, “Naked I come from my mother’s womb and naked I shall return, Blessed be the name of the Lord!”  Even his own wife says, curse God and die!  God ultimately blesses Job, 10 and a 100 fold with more than he ever had.  OK, so this won’t happen to everyone in both extremes that the book takes you in(whether in curses or pain or in blessings-spiritual/physical/monetary)

To make things abundantly clear, SIN is in this world and will ever be until Jesus returns from Heaven, PERIOD!

What does that mean for you and me?  Well, my friends, we will cry, hurt, feel pain and grief and strife and ultimately physically die one day.  Are you shocked and surprised yet?  Yeah, I didn’t think so.  So now your asking, get to your point…what are you saying Sam???

Good question?!?!  OK, Job suffered and so will we.  Good things happen to bad people too!  Shocked again?  I didn’t think so.  But your asking, if good things happen to bad people, then what’s the difference if bad things happen to good people?  Great question again.  The fact is, the sun and the rain fall on both the good and the bad correct?  Same with blessings and curses.  If your blessed monetarily, for example, and you have a family member that is bad, but needs help financially, would you help them?  Maybe yes or maybe no, but the option is there for you to bless and thus this person could receive some of your blessings.  Same way when say, like the earthquake in Haiti hit, did it strike the believer and non-believer alike?  Of course it did, does that mean that the believer shouldn’t experience the struggle that the non-believer did just because they are a believer?  Didn’t think so.  So do bad things happen to good people?  Yes! 

Are we all human and share in this world the natural disasters or the break-down of our bodies?  Yes!  My ex-wife got cancer at 29!!  29!!!  Is that fair?  Is that right?  She is a believer, so does that exclude her from the ‘bad things?’ NOPE!  Did I suffer through it with her?  Yes. 

There are a million reasons for things that happen and there is no perfect answer to why these things happen, fact!  They do happen though and it’s our job to support, pray, help, guide and love through it!  I have had my share of problems in my life, believe me!!!  But through it all, God is good and has always been there for me, even when I didn’t know it or realize it!

Horrible things happen to all kinds of people, good and bad alike.  That’s the way it is. The GOOD NEWS and question is this.  When you die, where are you going?  Do you believe in Jesus?  We are all gonna die one day sooner or later and our souls will need a place to live. 

I’m sorry if you have experienced tragedy.  I’m sorry if a Christian has wronged you in the past.  Please don’t let life’s troubles stop you from believing in a Father that truly loves you, the God of all comfort, who wants a special relationship with you and who knows everything about you and a Father who welcomes you into His home.

Blessings!

December 28, 2009

WORK!

“For a worker is worth his keep”    Matthew 10:10b

Reading my devotional I came across this scripture.  It hit me today and then I was speaking with a co-worker about his 19-year-old as well on this topic.  WORK!  At anything and everything you do, WORK at it.  Don’t be lazy.  Don’t expect things to be given you.  There is no such thing as ‘OWED!’  Nothing comes free and all is given at a cost/price.  Even our Salvation cost Jesus His life. 

Learn the value of a dollar.  WORK for the things you desire and WORK hard.  Even a lazy, half-hearted effort will get you something, but you will also reap what you sow and half-hearted returns will be what you get.  Shortcuts and easy way outs and excuses are for the birds.  Don’t be stuck in the lack of caring, lack of responsibility crowd.  Own up to your faults, make things better for you and your family and WORK hard at everything you do.  WHY?…because a worker is worth his keep.

“Lord, help us to work hard and give us the strength and guidance and direction to do so. Amen.”

July 30, 2009

Keep praying

“My house shall be called the house of prayer”  Matthew 21:13

It’s important to keep praying all the time at any place.  You don’t have to be close eyed all the time or speak aloud either.  It should and can happen all the time at any place, anywhere!

I just found out that my best friend lost his job today.  He was a hard worker and gave so much of himself to the company.  Just to find out that your a casualty of the current economic downturn.  I pray he will find a job soon and I have prayed that for him several times since he told me just a short hour ago.  I also found out that another friend at their job is having mass lay-offs as well.  Crazy times we’re in.  I guess no one is ‘safe’ from being layed-off.  I am thankful everyday for my job that God has given me and blessed me with.  I pray for all of you that have been layed-off and pray that you will find a job real soon, Lord willing.

Pray for those who have lost their job.

Blessings!

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!

August 12, 2008

new job position

I have just accepted an internal job position offer in my company after being in this position for about 4 years.  I am very excited and happy about the move and the possibilities that the future has for me in my new job role.  Information Risk Management is the job I’m taking from being an IT Techy.  I think that the future holds a real need for IRM and the field in which it is in like Forensics and Information Protection.  Everything is digital these days and there is a real need for these types of jobs.  I’m trusting in God to continue to guide and direct me in the way I should go as I am not that wise and the only thing I count on is God’s direction in my life to lead and guide me.  One of my favorite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5-6, perhaps you know it?  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will lead your paths straight” 

That is always my prayer, hope and thought in this life.  When you know that you know and when man fails you, God will never leave you nor forsake you and He definately doesn’t dissappoint!  Amen!  Praise to you Abba Father!