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Nice Saturday

Saturday, August 28, 2010

After a great run this morning, the family and I went to a nearby city to take our oldest to her favorite restaurant for her birthday dinner. Then we took a road trip to a community where I had served as interim pastor for about six months. It was a relaxing day on the road and simply an enjoyable afternoon together.

Hopefully, you are having a great Saturday, and spending it with those people who are most important to you.

  
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THREEE 8/29/2010 7:58PM

    nice... emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/29/2010 9:09AM

    While the drywalling wasn't necessarily relaxing, it was a good day together.

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SANDYSLAND 8/28/2010 9:42PM

    Sounds like just a nice simple day with the family. Great times!

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GEORGE7551 8/28/2010 6:26PM

    Sounds like a lovely day! Being with family is good for the soul!

Hope you had a great day!

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A Very Special Day

Friday, August 27, 2010

As you may have heard me say, I am abundantly blessed. Not only am I married to my high school sweetheart and soulmate, but we are also blessed with two amazing and healthy daughters.

Today is our oldest daughter, Savannah's, twentieth birthday. My wife and I have spent some time reminiscing about what took place twenty years ago today. It is difficult for us to imagine that it has already been twenty years.

Our oldest daughter is a sophomore at Lincoln University here in town and is actually enjoying herself and learning lots. She still enjoys spending time with us, which we consider a tremendous blessing. Our hope is that we have helped to build a foundation in her life that will serve her well for years to come. Of course, that foundation is Jesus Christ.

We are so thankful that God has allowed us to be parents, and will continue to pray that He does whatever He desires with this amazing person whose life He has allowed us to share.

Blessing upon each of you today.

  
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SHARON19553 8/27/2010 1:08PM

    Children are a true blessing and as you may find out in the future grandchildren are special blessings too! It is wonderful that you know you have a truly blessed life. I to amy blessed with a fantastic husband, three children and three grandchildren. What more could a girl ask for. Wishing you many more years of God's blessings.

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TRIGFROST 8/27/2010 12:09PM

    So "Happy" both of you are Blessed.....great Day Today...

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PAMAPPLE 8/27/2010 10:59AM

    Happy Birthday to Savannah, and may she continue to enjoy her relationship with her parents, and build on her foundation in Christ! emoticon emoticon

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Two Different Leadership Styles

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I've been reading through 1 Samuel lately and have been looking at the lives of David and Saul. Though Saul started out quite well as king, he became distracted and later delusional with respect to his role as the first king of Israel.

Obviously, there are many things we can learn from Saul that I don't have the space to put in this blog. However, one of the key differences between him and David was that he was unwilling to surround himself with people he could trust.

On the other hand, the Scriptures tell us a great deal about David's relationship with Jonathan, Saul's son and his band of "Mighty Men" who were loyal to him throughout his life. Perhaps, one key lesson for me to take away from these two leaders is the importance of surrounding oneself with people you can trust.

If we choose Saul's path of isolation, it will make some of the issues of life difficult to overcome. However, if we choose to share our lives with others and invest in lives in those who are closest to us, we will not only have the strength to endure difficult times, but we will have a greater reason to celebrate the joys and adventure that life brings our way.

So who are those people in your life who give you the courage to be more than you think you can be?

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/5/2010 7:49PM

    Definitely something I didn't consider. I may have to go back and revisit the Samuels.

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THREEE 8/29/2010 7:55PM

    SPARK fills that void for MANY people...and many of us use it to supplement those who we have to support us...because OFTEN we can get "whiny" and think silly things like 'no one is here for me' eventho we know better--but then here is SPARK with open arms--a community that's here at 3a.m. in the morning because, like they say, 'it's 5p.m. somewhere!' thanks for the reminder... emoticon

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LISAALLGIER 8/26/2010 1:28PM

  Great blog, thanks for sharing, and making me think.
God Bless.

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DEREKCSIMMONS 8/26/2010 11:47AM

    I personally struggle with letting anybody into my circle and that's my challenge. It's clear that more minds produce better results, especially when the people you trust are willing to trust you enough to hear constructive criticism. To be strong we must acknowledge our weakness. That's the challenge for me. thanks for the reminder Coop!

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STEELKICKIN 8/26/2010 11:39AM

    And that's not always an easy question to ask of yourself, is it? Think about it....you may have known people your entire life, even family members, that you absolutely love and adore but do they make you feel good about yourself when you are around them? Do you trust yourself to make the GOOD decisions while you are in their presence? We ALL need those individuals who encourage and motivate us; it is key if our goals are to take care of our bodies, our health. And then there is our spiritual well-being...who do we trust to make us want to be better in the eyes of our Lord? God encourages us to surround ourselves with our brothers and sisters in Christ. I think that in itself is a good place to start.

God bless...great blog. And a great reminder of what we need to do to be the best in our own eyes and in the eyes of our Father.
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FATROCKSTAR 8/26/2010 11:11AM

    I think alot of these people are here on spark people-great blog-it makes you think! Normandy

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Seeking His Will

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sometimes I wish that God would simply make an appearance and tell me what to do. Determining His will can be a challenging activity at times. Our family is being faced with an important decsion over the next few days.

My hope and prayer is that we are faithful in following His leading, and not being guided by our own emotions, concerns or fears.

Please pray for our family this week as we seek to ascertain the Father's desires.

  
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YROB118 8/27/2010 12:44PM

    Try to remember that it's all about FAITH. We serve a very sovereign God and if you make the wrong turn, He'll come find you! He is your Father and He loves you and knows your heart! Don't be afraid walk confidently knowing He's right there with you!

(Heb 11:8) By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

God told Him to go, didn't tell him where, just to go. As Abraham walked, the Lord lead. Abraham didn't say "Well if you tell me, I'll go" he was just obedient.

Step and the Lord will lead you in whatever you are struggling with! He will set you back on the right path if you make a mistake! Don't be afraid, take that leap of faith!!!

My greatest source of peace and laughter has always been;
Psalm 103:14 - For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.

I'm no surprise, He's not expecting perfection just a little FAITH!

Good Bless and keep us informed!



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YROB118 8/27/2010 12:44PM

    Try to remember that it's all about FAITH. We serve a very sovereign God and if you make the wrong turn, He'll come find you! He is your Father and He loves you and knows your heart! Don't be afraid walk confidently knowing He's right there with you!

(Heb 11:8) By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

God told Him to go, didn't tell him where, just to go. As Abraham walked, the Lord lead. Abraham didn't say "Well if you tell me, I'll go" he was just obedient.

Step and the Lord will lead you in whatever you are struggling with! He will set you back on the right path if you make a mistake! Don't be afraid, take that leap of faith!!!

My greatest source of peace and laughter has always been;
Psalm 103:14 - For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.

I'm no surprise, He's not expecting perfection just a little FAITH!

Good Bless and keep us informed!



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YROB118 8/27/2010 12:42PM

    Try to remember that it's all about FAITH. We serve a very sovereign God and if you make the wrong turn, He'll come find you! He is your Father and He loves you and knows your heart! Don't be afraid walk confidently knowing He's right there with you!

(Heb 11:8) By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

God told Him to go, didn't tell him where, just to go. As Abraham walked, the Lord lead. Abraham didn't say "Well if you tell me, I'll go" he was just obedient.

Step and the Lord will lead you in whatever you are struggling with! He will set you back on the right path if you make a mistake! Don't be afraid, take that leap of faith!!!

My greatest source of peace and laughter has always been;
Psalm 103:14 - For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.

I'm no surprise, He's not expecting perfection just a little FAITH!

Good Bless and keep us informed!



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TRIGFROST 8/25/2010 2:27PM

    Your Family will be in my prayers for God's will be done in your lifes...

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JOYSONG50 8/25/2010 1:29PM

    Praying for you and your family.
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CHRISTYD921 8/25/2010 1:24PM

    prayers being sent!!

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LESLIES537 8/25/2010 12:41PM

    Lifting you and your family in prayer! emoticon emoticon

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VELVETCATT 8/25/2010 12:29PM

    I sometimes wish (and pray) for the same thing because I know my discernment of His will is not the greatest. I will be praying for you. Blessings!

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JULIEO100 8/25/2010 12:29PM

    Father God, I pray for this family, Your will be done, Amen!

God Bless you and your family today~Amen!

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This is August?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What a morning for a run, or any outdoor activity for that matter. After all of our mornings in the 80's with humidity to match the temperature, it was nice to be outside in weather that wasn't so oppressive. In fact, it actually felt really good this morning.

My wife is beginning a new running plan to help increase her distance. She is already up to two miles on most days, but would really like to get where she can run 35 to 40 minutes without stopping.

Of course, weather like today makes being outside a much more enjoyable experience. Hopefully, the weather is nice where you are as well.

Have a great Tuesday!!!

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/27/2010 10:02AM

    This week has been absolutely wonderful. I would take this all year long.

Of course, then there would be something else to grumble about . . .

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WHOVIANPRINCESS 8/24/2010 3:32PM

    It has been amazing weather thus far this week. I am hoping it holds out for the weekend-cross your fingers!

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