Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Yes, down time has been good

Sorry it's been a while, but I just haven't been that motivated to update. I blame it on the inherent evils of Halo2. Yes that's right...Halo2. You see for a good chunk of time here, I have been video game free. Yes, that means not playing that many video games. For me, that's a good thing. Ask Chris. He's known me my entire life. The problem is that when I really get into a game, I sometimes have trouble setting it down. Then there's things like REAL LIFE, that get pushed to the side. Well, a little while ago, a friend from AZ called and asked me to get online with his son (a good friend of mine) sometime and play Halo2. I thought, well, this is almost ministry related. Then sean getting xbox live got me playing a little more. Well, now over the past couple of days I've had off (which mind you have been most excellent), I have played way too much Halo2. I've gotten REALLY good, but still it has very little value in the end. The other problem is that video games leave me in a fog. Like when I'm done, my brain doesn't quite function properly (like it ever has). So, after talking to Jason today (who has a NFL Madden issue), we will be fasting video games for 3 days if not longer. And fasting meaning not just not playing, but substituting that time with Bible reading and prayer. I think it will be good. For me 3 days isn't that long, cause I can go three days just trying to catch up with life and responsibility, but I think if I go 3 days, then a week won't be that hard either, than from there back to the occasional playing.

So, there you have it. An update and a reason for lack of updates. Halo2.

Seriously though. As far as REAL LIFE goes.

Things are well. I'm enjoying my break, getting a lot of things I need to accomplished, and resting a bit. It's been great. I'm looking forward to my first day with the fire dept. on Thurs. (even though it will be filling out paperwork all day), and finding out what my schedule will be so I can keep putting things on the calendar. God is good as he always is (yeah, being unchanging and all), but His faithfulness and patience are very evident to me.

I hope all is well for everyone else...I haven't really been on the blogging world at all since my last update, so I have some catching up to do.

Love you all.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Yes 10 days of freedom

I finished my very last day at EMS yesterday. It was a slightly busy day, but still good. We all joked around quite a bit, and one of the women cooked a monster breakfast and dinner. IT WAS SWEET. It's funny, she has this idea that I never get a home cooked meal, cause I'm a single guy living with 3 other guys. I tried telling her a couple times that awesome families I love from the church feed me seemingly at least 2 times a week, if not more, but it's no use. She feels the need to feed me...sigh...what's a guy to do? So, I just keep eating. Oh it's great.

Anyway, I will have 10 days of freedom between jobs...sorta. I don't start work for the Fire Dept. unitl Feb. 2nd, however in that time I have my Fire Instructor 1 class over at the city, for 4 of those days and 8 hrs. a day, youth, tons of stuff to do for youth still. Traveling to OP for a gym permission slip, and trying to catch up on all the things that have slipped. However, I will have a little more free time in the next 10 days than I've had in a long time. It'll be nice.

That's a short update for now. I'll probably post again tonight after I run errands and get a chance to sit down and read.

Love yall.

Luke.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

No excuses

I got a new cell phone, and I have great signal at the house now. It wasn't cheap, but all of you know how tired I was of dropping calls 5-10 x's per conversation. Now, I don't have to do that.

Sorry I haven't been able to really post anything of interest or inspiration lately...Things just been real busy, and I honestly aniticipate them being that way for the next two years (not that I won't post anything good for the next 2 years).

Here's the real quick on some big commitments I have

Still the Youth Pastor
Still vol. Fire Fighting
New - Fire Fighting instead of EMS (I'll actually gain 12 hours a month by switching...you don't know how important that is to me!)
New - Back on the Church board again
New - With our current worship pastor leaving, I will be taking over that as well
New - Resident Pastor Internship Program in conjunction with VLI
---Starts in May (hopefully). Will be a HUGE financial blessing to me, and allow me to be at the church more often, and get more done. Only problem is VLI requires about 20 hours a week! I have no idea where I'm going to get that time???!!!???

Hmmm...I guess it will work out somehow. For now, I'm young and making it (actually, God is giving me the strength miraculously), and doing this for 2 more years won't kill me. I think eventually though, I'll have to slow down.

So, don't get too upset when I don't post quality posts. It's probably because I'm taking the little free time I have and spending it with people I enjoy (like U ya skank! LOL)

Cyall.

Luke

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

As of Feb. 2nd

I will be a City of Leavenworth Fire Fighter. I can't tell you how extatic I am about this. Thank you all for your prayers and support, and most of all praise to our wonderful mighty God, who has plans to prosper and not to harm those who seek His will. I can remember almost 2 years ago, still working in the heating factory here in town with the prison inmates being very confused as to why I didn't get a job with a good company that paid well, when my references and interview, and everything went well. I knew then that God had something good for me still, but wasn't sure what. Well, then I got the job with Leavenworth County EMS, and from there, this job with the LVFD. It's my dream job with one of only two Fire Departments I'd really like to work for.

So,

Thank You Father for You sovereign will. I completely put my life into your hands, because you are good, and your plans are better than mine. I love you Lord.

Cyall. Luke

2nd Interview

I'm heading over to Fire St. 1 again for my 2nd interview. I hope to know by the end of today whether I got it or not. If not, I will continue to be patient.

Thanks for all the prayers. Love You guys,

Luke

Friday, January 06, 2006

Interview

I think it went pretty good. I felt comfortable talking with the people there, even though they asked a LOT of questions. I'm satisfied in how I relayed my life story and strengths through the answers, and I guess I'll find out next week if I got the job or not. I'm going to call around and try and find out sooner though.
Probably not fair, but I gotta know!

Thanks everyone for your prayers.

Lord, Thank You so much for your wonderful kindness. For your many blessings on your humble servant. To You be all the glory, honor, and praise. I ask if You give me this job, that You will help me to continue to work hard and please my employers as if I were working for You. Allow me to be a light to anyone searching, and to be Jesus through my actions, not just words. You amaze me. All good things come from you. Be exalted in my life. I love You Lord.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

A Call To Holy Living

1 Peter 1 13-20

So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the special blessings that will come to you at the return of Jesus Christ. Obey God because you are his children. Don't slip back into you rold ways of doing evil; you didn't know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God-who chose you to be his children-is holy. For he himself said, "You must be holy because I am holy." And remember tha the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites when he judges. he will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as foreigners here on earth. For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless lamb of God. God chose him for this purpose long before the world began, but now in these final days, he was sent to the earth for all to see. And he did this for you.

Long Time No Post

Been a little while. Things here have been busy, but since I've taken so much time off work, it really hasn't been that bad. Honestly the things I've been busy with for the past two weeks have been pure social activities, so you can't beat that. I think I went over to the Gilberts something like 8 times or so for lots of great food and cards. Always a good time! So, thank you Gilberts for your food, your love, and your hospitality. You guys Rock!

Update on recent events...

I WAS WRONG. USC GOT BEAT. R U ALL SATISFIED??? No huh?...
TEXAS WON. THEY'RE THE BOMB. How bou't now...yeah, I figured that would do it.

Other things...

I have my interview with the LV Fire Dept. tomorrow morning at 8:15, so you all can be praying for that to go well. I'm pretty stoked about it. If all goes well, and God is agreeing, I would probably start there in the next 3-4 weeks.

hmmm...other things.

God is amazingly wonderful and kind, but that's nothing new. Been that way forever, and always will be.

We've taken a couple of weeks off our regular youth stuff for holiday breaks, and so the kids could spend some time with their families, but I think we're all ready to get back to our regular youth stuff. I know I am at least. I haven't taught a regular lesson in like a month, and I'm ready to jump back in. Preparing for youth is sometimes one of the most beneficial things for my walk during the week. So taking this break has somewhat taken it's toll on me, unfortunatly, but God is always faithful. He never changes. He's always there waiting for us to get our senses straight and figure out why things get so blah! Oh YEAH! It's cause life without God is EMPTY! DUH!!! That's why it's so important to put 1st things 1st, to have your priorities straight. To put things with eternal value, and your eternal relationship with the father first, and then let everything else come 2nd. Cause otherwise, it just feels like your a chicken running around in circles with your head cut off accomplishing absolutely nothing. So yeah, God deserves to be #1, and life just makes more sense that way.

Well, I need to prep a bit for my interview tomorrow, so that's all for now.

Adios Amigos, and Buenos Nachos!