Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Something's In The Air
When I lived in Illinois and Kentucky it was quite obvious when the season was going to change, visually you would see the coloring transformation of the trees and other plant life, there would be a cooling of the atmosphere, and then it would happen...snow. Here is Florida is cools down, but leaves and trees don't change much...and thank God...it never snows. Without trying to sound too spiritual, I believe that in the prophetic realm of things, God is up to something. There is a sense in my spirit that the things that are aren't the things that will be. Talk to a few pastors or spiritual friends and they will tell you that there is a restlessness about them, a feeling that things are changing and that it is time to move forward. Recently I read about some scientists in the Antartic that have heard the ice singing and was reminded of the scripture in Romans that says that the whole creation is groaning while waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God in the earth. God is calling us, He is challenging us to rise up in these finals moments of human history and to reach people with the message of Jesus Christ. The best is yet to come!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Thanksgiving Day my family and took advantage of our season passes to Busch Gardens, road the roller coasters and enjoyed a beautiful day together. Friday was another story!
We took off for Orlando to stay in the beautiful Florida Mall Hotel-one of a kind, awesome place, we absolutely adored it. It is connected to this huge mall with dozens of stores, places I've never heard of and prices I certainly cannot afford.
The people were wall to wall, to the place I considered just laying down and letting them run over and squish me...but then it might be considered suicide and I couldn't get into heaven and my wife couldn't draw on my insurance...so I bore the shopping pain.
Then it happened, we went into Aeropostle, my 13 year olds favorite store, the Aeropostle model was there and my baby, my little girl, my firstborn was telling me how hot he was and trying to take his picture...thankfully there were too many people and when we returned he was gone...I'm simply not ready for teenhood...but it's here!
I am thankful for my children, both of our daughters are beautiful girls that love the Lord, Julie and I are truly blessed!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

This week has been a frustrating week for me, just a lot of things on my mind...sometimes I wish you could push a button and either rewind your mind or simply erase it. Yesterday I was thrust back into reality when a friend of mine in Kenya was in a wreck in which a couple of people died. All of a sudden my thoughts weren't quite as important and my issues weren't all that bad after all. Just two weeks ago I was in Eldoret, Kenya, stood on the stage of this huge church with this friend, and now he's laying in a hospital and others are walking the streets of gold. Meshach will be ok, the others will survive...but all of a sudden I realize my need to be thankful and to let those I care about know how much I appreciate them. Thanksgiving time reminds us of how much we have been given, of all that God and others have done in our lives, and of our need to express our appreciate to God and others for those things. I am thankful for my family, My Mom and sister were here recently, what a blessing, for my wife and children, for family and friends, for my church and pastor, for the ministry God has given me, for the freedoms I enjoy, and even for the struggles I endure...God is setting me up for blessing, He is strengthening and developing me, causing me to mature, getting rid of the junk, and teaching me to rely upon Him rather than myself or others...I am thankful!