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2012 Election, Social Media, Football and Other Random Thoughts

Some random thoughts about life over the past few weeks:

I really am amazed at the lack of civility among adults. People who, under normal circumstances would demand respect, seem to not feel others should be afforded the same courtesy.  This has never been so evident to me than in the past few months regarding the 2012 presidential elections. People seem to think social media is an open opportunity to spew their bias, hate and arrogance towards anyone who will read it – maybe that is what its for, but I doubt it.

President Obama appears to have won the popular vote and enough electoral college votes to be reelected as President of the United States.  As such, I believe we have a responsibility to pray for him and support him.

I really wanted someone to question the magic, marriage underwear during the presidential debates!

College football continues to be one of the most sacred activities in the South.  Confession:  I have season ticket to FSU football and am a graduate of Auburn University, so I am just as guilty as those I write about.  Even with one of the worst seasons in university history, tens of thousands of people fill Jordan Hare Stadium each home game – win or lose, it’s tradition!

Some of the most beautiful, unfiltered views of the Apalachicola Bay can be found driving along Highway 98. And who knew you could get a great seafood lunch of fish, crab, clams, hush puppies, cole slaw and cheese grits for under $7.00?

While I didn’t think I wanted to ever get back in the business of workforce development, I’m thankful some friends of mine gave me an opportunity to return.  Helping others with employment and training opportunities has helped me remember how blessed I am.  Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board has some dedicated staff who truly care for people!

While I’m not much for tradition, I do like the tradition of family at holidays.  Looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas and the opportunity to spend time with our kids!  If you’ve read some of my ramblings before you know that we don’t spend much money on ourselves during the holidays, instead, we choose to spend it on those less fortunate than us.  It starts now with some food drives.  Skip a dinner out this week and buy some food to donate to a family in need or the very least your local food pantry!

Christmas Challenge:  Spend Less. Give More.  Check out Advent Conspiracy for ways to turn your holidays upside down!

Not a big fan of Daylight Savings Time right now.  By the time I get home from work, it’s too late to enjoy the sunsets along the coast at Mexico Beach.  Can’t wait until it’s a regular activity for us again!

 

 

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September Thoughts

It has been more than a month since I have written here.  No excuse other than lack of internet during the evenings!  It’s amazing how dependent we can become on something as simple as internet access!

Random thoughts from the past month:

1.  Moving 30 years of belongings from a 3500 square foot home is daunting.  Little did we realize how many Uhaul trucks and how many days it would actually take.  But it is done!

2.  Moving back to an area you have lived before has its pros and cons.  Not sure which outweigh which yet!

3.  Living a few blocks from the Gulf of Mexico is a plus.  Almost daily walks on beautiful beaches with my bride of 30 years is a huge plus.  The opportunity to take hundreds of photographs is nice.  Sunsets, birds, water, boats, moon rise, etc.

4.  Having full-time employment for the first time in almost two years is nice.  Missed the interaction.  Grateful for the opportunity and enjoy the faith my employer has in me.  Having group health insurance is awesome!  I welcome the opportunity to pay for Cyndi’s simply because it’s group and there are no pre-existing conditions!

5.  Driving through an U.S. Air Force base each day is daunting.  Having F-22 fighter jets fly over as they prepare to land can be both exciting and kinda scary.

6.  Despite what some people would have you believe, there are thousands of people who are unemployed that would like to work.  I see people every day that would rather have a paycheck than receive any type of public assistance – whether that is unemployment compensation, food stamps, social security disability, etc. – they want a job.  Problem – there are not enough jobs for them to have in today’s economy.

7.  I get the opportunity to serve beside some of the best people.  Each Sunday I’m amazed at the dedication and genuine concern for others these people display.  City Church Tallahassee.

8.  Catalyst 2012 will take place in three days and Cyndi and I won’t have the opportunity to be in Atlanta for it this year.  Catalyst 2010 was one of the most amazing experiences we’ve had and was certainly a defining point in our spiritual journey.  Not the event itself, but the opportunity we took advantage of while there.

9.  My wife is amazing!  She is my number one supporter and fan.  30 years ago I married so far out of my class!  Thankful for who she is, what she stands for and what she is willing to do to make our lives better together!

 

 


Timing and Other Thoughts

We have been a transitional phase of our lives for about 19 months.  Wanting to leave the area but tethered to a home here like thousands of Floridians.  The housing market is great if you’re looking to buy a home.  Not as great if you are looking to sell a home!  We listed our home with a friend who is a realtor – nice gesture but no action!  When the listing expired we decided to try to sell it ourselves.  While we were a little discouraged, we were convinced there was/is a family out there that will be perfect for our home – God just hadn’t shown it to them yet!  Long story short, it appears we will have a contract to sell our house in a few days!  God’s timing is certainly not my timing but I have got to be convinced it is so much better!  Of course, now the other part of the mystery equation is what I will do as gainful employment and where!  We have devoted a large part of our lives during this phase to serving at City Church Tallahassee and want to continue to be where God wants us to be.  City Church has been able to provide me some part-time income and will soon begin providing us health insurance – both we are very grateful for!  I still need to find something to supplement that and I’m convinced that God will either show me where in Tallahassee or provide for me where He wants us to be!

While my housing comments seem to be about good timing, I received a text yesterday from a friend that wasn’t good at all.  My friend shared with me he was now counted in the ranks of the unemployed.  Terminated with no cause given.  The day before a holiday.  That just sucks.  No nice way to describe it.  But I’ve got to believe that God has something better planned for my friend.  And I hope he will believe that soon.  Our timing is never God’s timing, even though we like to think we have some control over things.

Today is the 4th of July – Independence Day in the United States of America.  I’m grateful for the people who decided to do what they did to make this nation.  I don’t worship them or this nation.  There are some great things about being an American.  There are some great things about other countries as well.  If we’re not careful we can make our patriotism an idol in our lives.  I’m more excited about the freedom I have in Christ!

Galatians 5:1

New International Version (NIV)

Freedom in Christ

5 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm,  then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.


Another Random Wednesday

Just some random thoughts and happenings of late:

A dear friend texted me today and asked if I would like to pray for her upcoming trip to Malaysia!  My answer could never be anything other than of course!  Lisa has spent the last few summers traveling to Malaysia and leading a team in sharing the gospel of Jesus through basketball and developing relationships while there.  Here is a pic of Lisa from last year with some of the folks she was with:

Constantly reminded of the good friends we have and the relationships that have been developed over the past few years. Here are a few examples:

1.  Thankful for friends who are still helping me look for full-time employment.  Ryan over at  Florida Fowler is a great friend and has begun writing again.  He has been on the lookout for me even though it might not always be easy!

2.  Thankful for friends who care about our finances.  This past week I had some car trouble – thought it was going to cost me a lot of $$ to get it running.  Josh and Brandi Hignight offered to drive to Inverness on their anniversary weekend so Josh could fix my car.  Unselfish friends wanting to help us.

3.  I’ve shared before about our friend Matthew who has opened up his home to us for a place to stay as needed as we commute each week to Tallahassee.  Having a houseguest each weekend for about 18 months can’t be easy – even if I am the guest!  Trying to give him a break for a month or so during the summer as we stay in our son’s apartment as needed.

Father’s Day was a blast for me.  I always enjoy spending time with Cyndi, Meghan and Ethan.  This past weekend was no exception.  I have the best wife and children a husband and father could ask for!  Meghan even posted a picture of us from many years ago on one of her own blogs, The Life of Mugs!

Reminded this week of the value in investing in others.  You may never know how much impact you can have on those around you!  And the impact others will have on you!

 


Challenging Day But Tomorrow’s Going to Be Amazing!!

Some days are just better than others!

It has been a long time since I’ve held a paying job.  While God is beyond good to us, there are times when my faith wavers and I’ve got to admit I become concerned about things.

We are in the process of distributing/selling some furniture left to me by my mom.  Part of the estate contained several chests/trunks that were filled with letters and such from the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Imagine my shock today as I opened those chests/trunks only to find the items gone and replaced with letters that I cared nothing about!  My immediate thoughts were not good ones.  I got mad and angry that the only things that my children wanted from their grandmother weren’t there.  I have a good idea what happened to them since only one other person had access to the items.

God continually puts me in positions to be faced with offering forgiveness.  It is easier now.  I have to be reminded the example of forgiveness He provides is so much bigger than any I could offer.  Forgiveness doesn’t always come easy for me.  I’ve got to admit, I would like to be resentful and bitter at times.  But I know that I can’t be the Christ follower I want to be if I let those emotions get the best of me.

If it wasn’t for the grace and mercy and love that God provides, it would be hard to face days when things don’t go my way.  I thank God that Cyndi is the best partner in life anyone could have.  She helps me remember and realize that God has a bigger plan than any we could ever imagine.  His ways are not my ways.  His time is not my time.

But my future is His future and it’s going to be amazing – I just don’t know what it is yet!  I wonder what God really wants me to be when I grow up?