Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The wonders of wireless

Well, I'm sitting in the front seat of the ambulance parked in front of our bay door posting. "How is he doing this?" You may ask yourself. Well, I was sitting in my room, and my little wireless signal thingy at the bottom of my screen started flashing a little, so I clicked on it curiously. Turns out, there is a wireless router somewhere within range of our station (station 3 that is), and I can hook up into it. Not sure who's it is, but I appreciate them sharing. Maybe that's bad, but I'm not charging them anything extra, and I'm not looking at anything inappropriate or nothing, just checking email, looking at blogs, updating my fantasy football, and buying a book or two off of Ebay. So, I don't necesarilly feel bad about borrowing their signal. However, it doesn't work in the station, so I have to sit out in the ambulance so I don't freeze my little hiny off. Yes, it's very cold here. For those of you in AZ and FL, it snowed here yesterday. Not the 6 feet that they got in western KS, but about 1/2". Just enough to stick. It was kinda nice, but very cold.

Kathleen. Lets see...out of the last 5 days, that would be (24x5)=120 hours, I have had 35 hours off. That means I've worked (120-35)=85 hours. And you wonder why I haven't updated. My life has consisted of work and nothing more. Unless you want to hear gross stories??? Not really, they were fun to tell at first, but not really anymore. Oh, I guess I could be making my mom a blog now...hmmm....she would probably like that. OK...Oh, one nice thing...It is now 2:30, and we haven't had one emergency call in the entire county! Not even a hospital transfer! Crazy...we'll see how long it lasts.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Thanksgiving

Psalm 100:4-5

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
and into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
and His truth endures to all generations.




*This was copyposted from Angie's blog which was copyposted from Da Book*

But very well put and a great expression of God's goodness written a LONG time ago, and guess what, it's still true today.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

JC'sghost

 
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Leadership is Servanthood

James 5:1-4

"And now, a word to you who are elders in the curch. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share his glory and his honor when he returns. As a fellow elder, this is my appeal to you: Care for the flock of God entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly---not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don't lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them BY YOUR GOOD EXAMPLE. And when the head Shepherd comes, your reward will be a never-ending share in his glory and honor."

One passage that speaks of my favorite quote ever

Bill Hudson "Leadership is Servanthood"

Sunday, November 20, 2005

This is too funny

You have to check this out.

We had a guy go to our youth blog and start commenting odd things I at first assumed to be him simply having fun, so I just deleted his comments...Well, he kept comming back, so I responded (you can check out the whole, or at least what I didn't delete on our youth blog (XF)). Well, I clicked on his comment to check out his blog, as I have done occasionally, and he copied and pasted my entire repsonse. He did this thinking he would be victorious and get a good laugh, but what he unknowingly did was present the gospel to everyone of his friends unknowingly! It's awesome. I'm not sure if God will do anything with it or not, but that's not my responsibility. One thing I learned from our conference from a passage in Acts was to simply make ourselves available, listen, and then preach Jesus. From there, it's not our responsibility how they will respond. It's between them and God at that point. You'll have to check this out. Here's the link.

HOWEVER, I DO NOT ADVISE EVERYONE TO CHECK INTO THIS AS HE HAS SOME NOT SO WHOLESOME THINGS THERE (as is his right). THAT'S MY DISCLAIMER, CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED.

http://weddingparty05.blogspot.com/

You can also simply check out the youth blog for the conversation, and just know that he copied the whole thing (prior to "he rose again? Holy crap?!?...) to his blog, and unbelievers will inevitably read it.

Lord I know you work in mysterious ways. Things far beyond our comprehension.
I ask that you would use this mans fun to slap the devil in the face, and work in a mighty way. I ask father that you would give me wisdom in the things to say, and open his heart, as well as every other person who reads his post, and convict them of their need for you. Let it be.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Foozball

We played football with all the boys today. It was fun, but it's been WAY too long, and now that I've stuffed my face with porkchops that I made (yes, I cooked, and it was pretty good too. Ask Chris, he had some...alright, it was alright. I marinaded (sp) them in a zesty herb marinade, then I cooked them in a skillet and covered it so it kept the moisture in, then I added a little country bob's all purpose sauce, and then a added parmesian cheese (that was only on one of them though, and it was the best)(that was a lot of parentheses inside of parentheses, but I'm done with them now) I'm way tired. Thus, the short post. I'm kinda stoked that I get to lead worship again tomorrow, and Jubilee is going to be singing with me...she's got some majorly phat harmonies...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Ezekiels Love

Lie down on your side for 390 days. Then flip to the other side for 40 days. Demonstrate play seiges in the dirt with bricks and your hair, and let everyone see you as a fool. Cook your food using human dung...ok, only animal dung. You may not leave your home unless I say, and you will be unable to speak lest I loose your tongue to speak my words. If you fail to repeat what told, you will be held accountable for the blood of many wicked men. (and that's just the beginning)

You know, that doesn't exactly sound like a great time to me. Especially the part about not talking...I know, you all thought I was going to say the dung...lol. Anyway, that was no party that Ezekiel was going through, but at the same time, look at the benefit he received. He was in direct contact with the Heavenly Father. I think that's the only way he could possibly complete what God required of him. The fact that it wasn't him, but God in Him allowing Him to make it through and maintain sanity and peace through it all.

We all have moments in our lives, where we can feel God's presence and peace in us, and around our circumstances. It's in those times, that it makes no difference what's happening, just to feel God that near means that everything is alright. The world as we know it could come crashing down around us, or even worse girls, you could break a nail, or a boy could ignore you or something ( I know those things are just devastating and it's only by the grace of God that you ever make it through...Oh boy, I'm in deep dung now!), and if we know and feel God right there by our side, it makes no difference. I've been in that place, and it really brings to light what you live for.

Ever been in love? You know what that feels like...you would quit your job and move across the world to be right next to the one you love. You would climb the highest mountain etc...You all know what I'm talking about. Cause when you're right next to that person, holding them tight as the cold winds blow against you, nothing else matters. Nothing could shake you cause you have everything you've ever needed in life. To love and be loved in return.

It's the same with God only a billion times better. It's his love, his presence that allowed Ezekiel to endure physically unbearable things, plus the mocking of foolish, wicked people (talk about adding insult to injury). It's his love that allows us to hold it together when everything seems to be falling apart.

When you're in that place. When for some unthinkable reason, the maker of the universe decides to pour his favor and presence out on a nobody sinner like you and I, that the world is made complete. You see, we only experience a slight sliver of his presence, even in the greatest spiritual high, otherwise we'd surely die. But even that miniscual dose, we realize that His love is all that matters.

It finally puts heaven into perspective. It makes it slightly possible to understand how we can't understand heaven. Because we can't fathom what it would be like to experience God's love and presence in its fullness, so thus we can't fathom how good heaven truly is.

I know when we're in that place, experiencing God's love and presence on us, that it's truly euphoric. And even to lose just a slight feeling of that leaves us desperately reaching, searching, scraping to find anything we can do to feel His presence, His goodness once again. It's like watching your spouse or the love of your life get on an airplane and fly away to a distant land. You would do whatever it takes to keep her with you, to feel her warmth by your side, but there's nothing you can do. In the end it's her decision. We're hopeless. There is nothing we can really do. If God chooses to bless us and draw near, he will. There is no secret spiritual activity, there is no magic prayer. All we can do is obey, do what we always do in drawing as near as we can (prayer, worship, and reading his love letter to us), and then wait for the Father to sneak up behind us and wrap us in his arms. And in his loving embrace, we melt and all the world fades away...
Yeah, it's kinda like that

Last Post

After re-reading that post, I realize it came across pretty somber. That's not the way I feel about it...In fact, I'm extremely excited to hear what God is going to do, I just worry a little. That's all...

Great, now they're (being my family) going to read this, and think..."oh that Luke. He's just a big softy." Geez...I can hear it now...

Remember mom, "I worked in housewares...the manly section...you know the George Foreman Grills..."


LOL! The rest of you don't know how funny that really is...

Rom. 8:7

Yeah, so I was talking with my brothers the other day, and got pretty sad. Micah and Chrissy leave for Ecuador on Dec. 1st for 3 months, and then they come back for six months to have the baby and sell everything, and then they go back to Manta to stay and live and to plant a church. Then, I was talking to David, and he was again sharing his desire for missions, and how the only thing really holding him back is insurance so he can get his medication and stuff. And although this may be holding him back for now (which is no doubt God waiting on the perfect timing), I have no doubt that God will grant his wish to preach the gospel in foreign lands. He was saying how he really has a burden for the people in Indonesia, and how needed the Gospel is there, and how Christians are being persecuted there and killed, but he's not worried cause God will take care of him, and how he wants to go there and see the dead brought back to life, and thousands of people saved because this girl they just beheaded for being a christian is walking around again preaching about Jesus and all. I thought it was a great desire and all, but really, I don't want any of my family to go anywhere. I remember when my parents went to Iraq...I was pretty worried about them. Yeah, I trusted God to take care of them, and He did, but it's still kinda freaky. They will continue to do short term missions like Iraq and Afghanistan and other places, and my other brothers will be off doing their things and preaching the Gospel and all. And yes, I'm glad for them and excited to see God use this whole family for his kingdom and his purpose, I just worry something might happen to them.
See, for me, I really wouldn't care if I went off somewhere and got killed for preaching about Jesus, but that's cause I'm not scared to die, and I know exactly what God has waiting for me on the other side, but it's just not that simple when it's your family instead. Well, I guess it is though. They have the same things waiting for them, if not better. I was reading Romans 8, and had been thinking about the snow the other day. You see, the snow is very pretty. Beautiful in fact! It's soft and pure and not one flake is or ever will be just like another. In all that beauty and amazement though, I was reminded of how cold it was too. It's the same thing with God. "And since we are his children, we will share his treasures---for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering."
If my parents and brothers and sisters are to go off and die for the sake of the Cross, that simply means that they will share in an even greater amount of God's glory. But yes, in sharing Christs' glory, we must also share in his suffering.

Take into consideration what that might look like in your life. It doesn't always mean we have to become martyrs. Sometimes it's harder to live for Jesus than it would be to die. Phil. 1:21 "For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

X-Night Dreams

I went to talk with Zach Daddy, the youth pastor of Wallula, today about this vision for X-Night. I wasn't sure if he would be as excited about it as I, but figured I'd talk to him...He was totally stoked! Not only to see it done, but to come along side and be part of the doing. He also understands this as not our thing, but God's thing to reach the youth of this community. Zach also has some connections with other churches that I don't, so he will start working around as well.

I have already checked into the price of the community center. It's very reasonable...we can get the whole thing for probably like $600 or so. I have also sent out an email to Jared Hall, the christian illusionist (www.JaredHall.com), to see if he is available to come in August...His calendar looks clear right now. Zach and I figured this would be an awesome way to kick off the school year, plus we won't be missing kids on vacation as well. So waiting on that response, plus cost.

Things that need to be done...
-Find bands (possibly Die to Self again...as one of the openers...)
I am going to check on Seventh Day Slumber, and some other awesome even bigger name bands...Kutless, TFK, whatever...I'm not sure (IF YOU HAVE IDEAS LET ME KNOW)
-Figure out cost for them
-Start getting the word out to the churches now!

Then---Have a planning meeting with all of the youth pastors saying this is what we want to do, this is the cost, these are how many volunteers we need etc...Get everyone on board, active and involved, and get rolling!


LORD, LET YOUR WILL BE DONE IN THIS. I KNOW THAT I AM NOT CAPABLE OF SOMETHING OF THIS MAGNITUDE, NOR ALL THE YOUTH PASTORS OF THIS AREA COMBINED. YOU ARE THE ONLY WHO CAN CHANGE THESE KIDS AND THIS CITY. LET YOUR WILL BE DONE. LAY OUT THE FOUNDATION OF THIS PROJECT, GUIDE THE FOOTWORK, AND EXCITE THE YOUTH.

Please pray that God would totally Rock Leavenworth!

ouhgaa...

Why me?
What have I done to deserve Your love?
Am I not a sinner? Do I not break Your heart daily?
Yet You reveal Yourself to me. Yet You pour out love on me, You pour out Your favor on me
I am so unworthy, so undeserving. But that's according to Your plan, that You might be glorified.
How great are You Lord? How great are You Lord?
Words are not enough. Not enough to describe Your greatness, Your faithfullness.
We cannot even fathom it. We receive just a glimpse, and rejoice like heaven has come unto us, but it isn't even a speck of Your glory, of Your majesty.
How great are You Lord? How great are You Lord?
Your plan is worked out in our lives, and we strain so hard to understand. We question You. We second guess Your will, Your sovereignity, and then look back and understand Your faithfulness. The awesomeness of Your will, the complexity that we are uncapable of grasping. We look in retrospect and see, yet only in part, the mangificance of Your plans.
Why me? Why me?
I love You Father. All Your ways are perfect and good.
I fully trust in You, and offer my life, all I have into Your hands. To do with as You will, to take me where You will.
Thank You my God!

The first snow of the year

It's hear...right now...I was just looking out our sliding glass door window, at our deck and over into the backyard, and then all of a sudden, it was there. And it didn't come very slowly either. It was like BAM! Instantly my view is clouded with a parade of large white flakes spinning around in every which direction. Then it hurried, and more and more fell, then it slowed to a soft peacefull downpour, then it rushed again in an effort to dominate all that is known as the ground, to cover, to attack, and then it eased it's rage. It goes on like this back and forth back and forth. And now I have to run the like 20 errands I have to do today.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

The bad thing about public forums

Sometimes there's things you want to vent, things you have questions about, but would not be wise to post. That's one great thing about the Father.

Lord thank you for listening. Give me wisdom and conviction in this.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Ugh...

I've had the priveledge of having 3 days straight off since I took yesterday off...then, I go back to work Fri...then have 4 more days off! Isn't that sweet. This morning's been great. I've had the priveledge of relaying God's love through his word on some blogs, and getting some awesome stuff out of it myself (IE...Titus 3:4-5 "But then God our Savioor showed us his kindness and love. He saved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit" and 2Cor. 5:16-21 (THIS IS POWERFUL!) "So we have stopped evaluating others by what the world thinks about them. Once I mistakenly thought of Christ that way, as though he were merely a human being. How differently I think about him now! What this means is that those who beomce Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life begins! All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to himself through what Christ did. And God has given us the task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ's ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, "Be reconciled to God!" For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.")
I've also sat around and dreamed of great youth nights in Leavenworth with a thousand kids at the community center! That being all the youth of this whole area, and hundreds getting saved, and this town turning around while the youth revolt against Satan and the spirit of depression he has on this place, and the Spirit enciting revolution. It would be the event of the year...YOU CAN'T MISS IT!!!

Well, now that I'm done with that...Ugh...I've got to clean my room seriously badly (if that's incorrect grammer or english or whatever...Ben, I'm sorry), and do laundry like there's no tomorrow...But serioulsy, if there was no tomorrow, would I really do my laundry???

PipeDreams...

Next X-Night...

Community Center...
Live Bands...
Movie Room...
Pool...
Jerod Hall magician guy...

Wallulla-ZachDaddy
LV Baptist-KentMeister
Fort LV-KevdaDemonKilla
Easton Methodist-DandaMan
more...

Lord let this vision be more than just pipe dreams. I ask that you would lay the foundation, and work out all the bugs...


R U excited??? I know I am!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Treason

In regards to the last post...This is Treason by Kutless

It all starts here with my disgrace
I give You my life then I run in haste
In this false life something needs to give

CHORUS:
Tell me a reason why this isn't treason
Tell me, tell me I'm wrong
I swear I'm back but then it turns out it's only a season
So tell me, tell me I’m wrong

With my two lips I will praise You name
Then I turn around and only curse and blame
I give in strength is thin adding to my shame

Your blood it covered all of my sins
You changed a traitor into kin

In this false life something needs to give

Brand New Day

I guess this will be one of those posts where I'm not sure what to write...I will probably describe some of the things that happened at Oasis over the weekend, but since I've told that story like 20 times already, I'm kinda weary of it...although it's still good. However, I did get some news last night from a friend that completely broke my heart...it involved some of our youth saying some things (jokingly in their mind), but they hurt someone pretty bad anyway...I was told this person would no longer come back because of the things said...

It wasn't even more than a week ago that our verse of the day came from James 1:26
"If you claim to be religious but don't control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless."

And James 3:2-11
"We all make mistakes, but those who control their tongues can also control themselves in every other way. We can make a large horse turn around and go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a tiny rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot wants it to go, even though the winds are strong. So also, the tongue is a small thing, but what enourmous damage it can do. A tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is full of wickedness that can ruin your whole life. It can turn the entire course of your life into a blazing flame of destruction, for it is set on fire by hell itself.
People can tame all kinds of animals and brids and reptiles and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it breaks out into curses against those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely my brothers and sisters, this is not right!"

I woke up this morning, and had a strong sense from God saying "My mercies are new every morning" That comes straight out of Lamentations 3:23 "Great is His faithfulness; His mercies are new every morning" I thought this sorta strange cause I guess one would normally get this sense after a seemingly rough day, and that wasn't the case...then I realized this wasn't necessarily for me. I am upset about what happened, and dissapointed, and extremely saddened, so just think about how much more this is heartbreaking to God. Listen to this...YOUR WORDS ARE VERY POWERFUL! I have warned some of you about this before, but now you can see it first hand. I am not sure what will happen in this situation, but there are ETERNAL consequences to our actions...think about that. Your words could have consequences on someone else eternally...they don't just effect you.
So, as disheartening as this news was, to hear God speak "My mercies are new every day"...in essence...You goofed it up yesterday, but that day is gone. Live today right. That doesn't mean you won't see the consequences of yesterdays actions (and yes, we will discuss that once I get ALL the facts), but it means that God is giving you a fresh start. And it's a good thing for all of us that he does, but that is no excuse to just say who cares then...if I'm going to screw it up, and He'll forgive me anyway, why try? Paul says in Romans 6:15-23 "So since God's grace has set us free from the law, does this mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don't you realize that whatever you choose to obey becomes your master? You can choose sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God and receive his apporval. Thank God! ONCE YOU WERE SLAVES OF SIN, but now you have obeyed with all your heart the new teaching God has given you. Now you are free from sin, your old master, and you have become slaves to your new master, righteousness.
I speak this way, using the illustration of slaves and masters, because it is easy to understand. Before, you let yourselves be lsaves of impurity and lawlesness. NOW YOU MUST CHOOSE TO BE SLAVES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS so that you will become holy.
In those days, when you were slaves of sin, you weren't concerned with doing what was right. And what was the result? It was not good, since now you are ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord."


I hope you guys understand this. I think paul puts it pretty plainly.
Throughout all of this we are told to controll our tongues, and no, it won't be easy. However, the more you focus on God and the spirit (ROM 8:5-7 "Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those of you who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. If your sinful nature controlls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God's laws, and it never will."), the easier it becomes...and guess what...You have to make the choice to become a slave to righteousness, to the spirit, and to God. You can't be a slave to both. Our words can be used for God's purposes, to build eachother up and encourage one another and preach the good news, or they can be used for the Devils purposes, to steal, kill, and destroy. When you look at it like that, it makes you think much harder about what purpose your words are serving.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Your Grace is Enough

This has been one of my favorite songs since I first heard it, and it's so true.
As you know, I've been on one of my busy runs, to where I haven't even really been able to update on here. Earlier this morning though, I was able to go to breakfast with Bob, and we had a great time just talking and laying out some pipedreams. It's funny because we're both so incredibly busy, that we get tired and it becomes a struggle just to keep up with all the things that need to be done today, let alone the things you'd like to do today. So, we sat, talked, and ate...we even sat and ate inside, regardless of the countless things we had to still get done before time runs out. And I know for me, somehow, in that time, the things I had to get done could wait, and didn't need to be on my mind. We then went back to his room so I could print something off for youth, and had a very small time of worship and prayer, and then went back to the day.

It was awesome though. It was so refreshing, and provided the clarity in my mind actually needed to accomplish anything. So I had this list of things to do before 3 today, and got a late start because of breakfast, but amazingly, I went home, started working on things immediately (while listening to ten sheckel shirt on my ipod), and am now finished, and have a whole hour and 20 min. before I have to start picking kids up for the conference. So, here I am updating my blog shortly, and then I will have the next hour or more to read God's word, and let him refresh me even more than he already has. He knows I'm going to need it for this weekend! LOL!

Anyway, God's grace really is enough. And once again, I am reminded of the importance of rest and refreshment, especially the kind that only my Father can provide.

I love you Lord, more than I could ever begin to speak. Your truth resounds deep in my soul, and refreshes my spirit. And your spirit leads me throughout this mess called life. Your grace is enough. To overcome my shortcomings, to bring peace to my chaos, and to constantly bring me closer to you. I love you. You are good.
Please show yourself to these kids as we separate ourselves from our familiar surroundings, and committ three days to fun and knowing you. Show yourself so bright, that we become blind to the pressures and attractions of this world, and love nothing but you. By the power of Your son, and the authority you have given us, I ask knowing that you will give anything we desire according to your will, that You come even stronger than we've been seeing you. That you would break through in a mighty way in our lives, revealing and forgiving sin, destroying shame, and burning your mark upon our hearts. That we would burn with passion to live for you, and that nothing else could ever take the place of you in our hearts. I love you Lord. Answer my prayers and change your people. In the name and power of Jesus, we agree.

XF

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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Playin 'n the Dirt

Alright, so a little while ago, I commented back to Kathleen about busy schedules...it hasn't gotten any better since then. The past six days straight have been go, go, go, non-stop. It's been good though, and it makes me realize the importance of that day of rest. Unfortunately with Oasis this weekend, and then right back to work on Mon, I don't see that break coming for quite a while. So I guess by the time I actually get to stop and breathe, it'll be Tues., and that'll be 10 days no stopping. Oh well, God's grace is enough.

So I'm still exhausted, and have to leave soon, but I'll shortly update on what I've been up to.

In referrence to the title, I was able to participate with the Leavenworth City Fire Dept. on my days off on Tues. and Thurs. (today) during their trench rescue training. They invited Leavenworth EMS to come, however I was the only one to go. It was better that way though, cause there honestly isn't much that can be done EMS wise until the patient is fully out of the trench, so I got to learn and train on a firefighting basis. All in all, it was really good. I learned a ton of cool info, and also got to know the guys on the dept. better. The asst. chief (who also vol. at my fire dept.) was out there watching everything, and talked to me a bit and was glad I came out. It turns out they will be re-opening their hiring process very soon, so I will be able to test with them soon, and I know they would really like to see me get hired on. However, that does bring up questions of where I might be in 6 months if Tempe starts their testing over again, and if I would be doing harm to LV's fire dept. by accepting a job and possibly leaving.So I have to figure out really what I'd like to do, and also what I see God doing. So, lots of questions, not many answers...I have some vague ideas of what I would like to do, of which I won't share on here, cause they are just ideas at the moment...

BTW, the trenches were about 12 feet deep, and 3-4 feet wide. It was a blast!

I had a cool experience at work the other day. Jon will be familiar with this cause he was involved. Anyway, I was at work and it was around 6 'o clock, and Jon called me from the church asking about something or other...I can't remember what it was now, and he tells me he's been feeling a little "blah" and has a headache, and got pummeled by a tree earlier in the day and all, and I'm talking with him. And before he hung up, I just got this sense to pray for him over the phone. That's not anything really out of the ordinary for me, except I was sitting up in our day room at work with my partner at the kitchen table not more than 3 feet away! I told Jon I wanted to pray for him and he agreed, and then I thought..."oh, this might be a little awkward." And sure enough, it was. I prayed for him anyway though. I can't say it was my best prayer, and I was absolutely feeling a little wierd, but a couple words managed to stumble out of my mouth in a somewhat prayerful fashion. I kinda hurried through it and then told Jon bye and hung up, and sat there wondering what would happen next.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the public service fields, I will simply tell you that they hold strongly to the separation of church and state. Meaning that the station is not really a "God friendly" place. I guess I usually am able to hold to my own beliefs and standards without really torquing anybody else off, but this was a little out there. I'm not sure how I would've faired if the other crew was in house at the time also...that would've made it even tougher, but I'm sure God woulda carried me through anyway.
So I called Jon back later, and was talking with him, and he also recognized how awkward that must've been, and I told him it was. Listen to this though. When I hung up with Jon the first time, my partner starts to speak...I sat there in our broken down 20 yr old chair wondering what was about to come flying my way, and she says something along the lines of how she admires my faith and so on and so on. Totally not what I was expecting. We ended up having a very good conversation about faith and God, and then it somehow morphed into relationships, and how faith is involved there, but the point is that God used that moment for some good. It was pretty cool.
You have to completely believe me when I say that I'm not sharing this out of pride or boasting or anything, cause if it wasn't for God in that moment, I totally woulda stuttered and mumbled my way through the whole thing, and left totally ashamed. I really am sharing this though because I want it to be an encouragement to you guys. Especially you youth bloggers out there who keep up with me. God is good and faithful. And he took a moment of pure awkwardness, and a little bit of faith, and turned it into something really good. I'm not saying my partner is ready to get saved, that would be far from it (she's very much into wicka and many other crazy new age things...very nice girl though...she cooks for me all the time), but I think God at least gave her something positive to look at in a "religion" she's seen a lot of hypocrisy in.

So, that's that...it's time for me to go again...

OH! Two more things...I have some prayer requests. A friend of mine at work is having a very tough time in his marriage. Please pray for him that God would heal it, and bring them both back to a relationship with Him.

Also, a very good friend of mine has come down with some skin problems, and she could really use some healing from that, and a time of relief from physical ailments.

If you could pray for these two things, it would be very much appreciated. Love you Guys.