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A Gift Inside A Gift

I have been sitting here in the hospital for 18 hours waiting for my friends baby girl to be born. What an amazing gift from God! He has allowed us to witness this wonderful blessing that he has given my friends today. I start to wonder, looking at this small pink package of joy, about things much different. About a world where everyone knows God and loves Him. I start to think about how nice it would be if this beautiful little baby girl could come into a world where God was honored. A place where Christians knew and helped each other, and were the kind of saints that our Father has called us to be. What if, through everything, we were kind, compassionate, loving, and caring servants that we are supposed to be. Regardless of situation, regardless of circumstance, and regardless of someone else’s actions or attitude. What if we took it upon ourselves to treat others right? Even if no one else does. Follow the laws of the land. Even if no one seems to care if we do. What if we had integrity? What kind of difference would that make in this world? Would that change the way the collective world looks at our Father? Brothers and sisters. What if, for Jesus, we actually started doing the things that we know deep in our hearts we are supposed to do? What if we actually began to disciple to the world like we are called to do? Making a difference for Jesus in this cold dark world. What if, for baby Kayla, we began to set an example for the generations to come? Is it killing you my friend? To think of all the things you aren’t doing. Have you, like me, given some footing back to the darkness in your life. Filling your time with football, facebook, or planning your weekend. Hiking and dinner parties aren’t wicked, at least not until they start taking the place of your time with God. Has your lust for a new phone, car, house or whatever taken the place of God in your thoughts. Do you find yourself thinking of the things you would like to have or things you would like to be different while you are trying to pray? This has been my struggle friends. Has it been yours? Worry not! Jesus is not shaken by the world. Jesus is not surprised at our failures. He is there with open arms for us to repent and return to righteousness. Jesus is not hindered by the image that the world has given Him. He is as holy as he ever was! No amount of trash talking or faith bashing by some radio disk jockey is going to send God running. Our saviour, the only one who spoke creation into existence, is waiting for the day when He will gather us into that eternal kingdom. In those days the Richard Dawkins of this world will pay for their sins. I pray that they come to know Jesus Christ before that day and I make it my personal goal to show them His love. The ones who do not will face eternal separation from God and the eternal fires of Hell. Brothers and sisters don’t let your friends face this! The people you call friends should know God or should at the very least have heard about God from your very own lips! Can you really say you love someone if you haven’t given them the chance to know Christ Jesus? Think on these things my fellow saints. Remember the young ones growing up in this world. Are we teaching them the right way to walk with Jesus? Or are we teaching them that Jesus is fine on Sundays as long as He doesn’t interrupt the football game? Can you say with your whole heart that you have lived for Jesus today?


Life Struggles On

Another late night of homework. PoliSci, Intro to Lit., and ECON. You have to love college. Meanwhile my beautiful wife has gone to bed long ago. I don’t like having to miss my own wife when we live in the same house. It was different before. Before she came here to live with me we had it REAL hard. I was in the Army here on Fort Carson in Colorado. She was patiently awaiting our wedding in Garland, TX. (We were already married, but we decided to still have the big shindig in Texas.) So the first six months of our marriage we spent apart. It was the longest six months of my life. Worse than my final six months in Iraq after mid-tour leave! But, I guess life struggles on and then you get over it and get stronger. God is using each and every circumstance in our lives to teach us something. I’m pretty sure the time in Iraq and the six months away from my wife had something to do with me asking for patience. We’ll see if I ask for that one again! God is so Great and I wish that I were so much better at being a decent servant for Him. I’m not giving up though, and neither should the other saints! His cause is worth fighting whether we feel like it at the moment or not. All of the great Christians in history weren’t at their spiritual peak when they were examining their own lives. They did amazing, memorable things when they were focusing on Christ Jesus. By focusing on Jesus they opened up their lives for Him to examine, and were humble and repentant when convicted of something. This is what we must strive for. Not just a good life. A life lived close to HIM in spite of the circumstances. Struggle onward with me fellow saints. We shall reach that Jerusalem yet!

Day of Rest

What a wonderful day of rest the Lord has given me today! I got to sleep in, relax, and only think about homework a minimal amount today. People have to remember to take it easy every once in a while. In this fast paced world a person can lose their mind quick if they take some time to just be quiet. It’s nice to just get away and listen to the wind blowing through the trees or take a quiet drive out into the mountains. No music, no phone, just you and God. Talk to Him. Tell Him about all the things on your heart. It’s so much better than a shrink because God can actually do something about those things. Life is a struggle sometimes, believe me I know, but it makes things so much better when you make your time with God the priority of the day. Speak to him friends. He wants to hear from you. Read His word. He wants to speak to you. God bless all of my Christian brothers and sisters. I will be praying for the saints of Christ Jesus. If you have prayer requests please don’t hesitate to ask.

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