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The Power of Passionate Prayer

This blog past has credits by Melanie Holiday.  Why?  Well, unbeknownst to her, God was using her to bring cheer and joy to my downcast heart.  Mel has had a rough journey this past year in her battle with cancer (cancer sucks BTW) and God was using her to help me realize that God still has my journey in His very capable hands.  Now, what does all of this mean?  Well, time for some back story and then some really old backstory. 

Backstory on why I needed cheering up.  This journey of Sabbatical does not date back to October when I resigned.  No, it is a 2 year old journey, with God doing the most stuff since July.  The journey started December 2016 when God started doing something in my life that He does in the lives of people who He is preparing for change.  He makes them restless and the status quo is no longer acceptable and will never be acceptable.  Sometimes He is going to move them, sometimes He is going to use them as a catalyst for change.  I was not sure what He was going t…
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On the Right Path

I am on the right path.  This is something that I can say with great certainty at this point.  How can I say this with assurance?   Well, people having been speaking truth into my life over the past couple of weeks.  I am not going to lie.  On Monday, October 15th, I woke up and said, “What am I doing?  I just quit my job of 11 years... with no prospect of a job!”  I spent some time on the road that day going to recover my camper from Talladega and had time to think and pray in the truck.  God flooded my heart with peace.  Peace that this was a call from him, not my flesh.   Still, I was wondering... Wondering what I was supposed to do now.  I knew that God was calling me to something that goes beyond just an impact on youth, and instead something that impacts the family as a whole.  I was feeling deep in my heart that this was a call to pastorate or a teaching/preaching/next steps ministry.   How did this come on my heart?  Well, lets take a step back in time.

In July this year, I …

I'm Blocking you from my Life!!!???

Ok, so I hope that title really grabbed your attention.  I want to talk about something that God has really hit me hard on last night.  I was scrolling through facebook and I saw a post that really bothered me.  So, I hit hide on the post and then facebook asked me another question... Do you want to block this person?  NO!!!  I don't want to block them!  Then I started thinking about this question... When did we become so cynical as a society that we felt the need to start blocking real flesh and blood human beings?  When did we decide that we no longer need to "deal" with other humans?  Then the question came to my heart... What would Jesus say about this blocking mentality?

Well, He did speak to it in Matthew 25:40-45
40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,[a] you were doing it to me!’
41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the etern…