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Random Views

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Just the view behind us while walking along Mexico Beach.

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One of the larger pieces of coral we’ve seen while walking along the beach.

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A sand crab who decided to watch us along the way.

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Just Another Evening

A few photos from the past week:

 

 

 

 

 

Late evening at Mexico Beach, Florida.  Fall and Winter sunsets can be so crisp and interesting!


Some Random Midweek Thoughts

Although we were in Mexico Beach the past weekend, no photographs were taken!  That may be a first for this family!  Mostly rain during the day but there were some interesting lightning shows at night that would have been great to capture!

Espresso – our current morning drink because we don’t have a regular coffee maker right now.  We first drank espresso in Key West 30 years ago.  Most mornings we’d wake up and walk to the corner laundry which also included a small bodega and get some espresso and warm, buttered cuban bread – breakfast of champions!

City Church celebrates a five-year anniversary this week!  I really didn’t know how young it really was when we became friends with Dean Inserra.  Thankful that our daughter Meghan introduced us to this ministry!  Who would have known that we would devote more than a year and a half to sharing the gospel in Tallahassee with these friends?

Love that we have met some really good friends while spending time in Tallahassee.  Josh and Brandi Hignight are two of those!  Couldn’t have completed Ethan’s move into a different house over the course of eight days without them!  But more than that help, they genuinely understand us and are friends.

All Tide Up is up and running.  Still needs some additions and fine tuning but proud of my kids for making it happen!  Check out there site as you get a chance!

Proud of our friend Ryan Hachenberger also.  His writings at Florida Fowler are good.  Check out what he has to say about some life goals and life!

My wife, Cyndi, is unbelievable!  She has almost packed up our entire house in just a few weeks.  We will have been married 30 years the end of August.  We’ve lived in Inverness for almost 20 years and in this house for 15 years.  You can accumulate a lot of memories and a lot of things over 30 years.  Reducing it to moving boxes can be difficult but she has accomplished that!  Trying to determine where to move it is difficult also.  Sometimes the decisions you make can’t just be made with your heart.

While I do believe God is sovereign and He has a plan, there are times when we just don’t know what to do next!  Curious to see how the next season of our life goes and excited to see where it will be!


More Random Friday Thoughts

Here are some random thoughts from this week:

I love the honesty and real talk that takes place in our community group each week!  As we talked about City Church Tallahassee Vision, Mission and Values this week, one statement stood out more than any other from one of our group members.  As we talked about reaching our community, he said (paraphrase) “Look at the text messages on your phone.  How many of them are from/to people who are not Christ Followers?  Maybe that tells us something about who we really care about.”  His intent was we need to be involved in the lives of others, especially those who don’t know Christ.  I appreciate his straight forward approach to life!

Continued to have good conversations about prayer with my wife, Cyndi this week.  As she reads The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, it has opened up new dialogue about prayer and specific prayers we both are praying!  Although we have always had a very good line of communication with each other, this has been a fresh approach to something dear to each of our hearts.  Praying specific prayers together is a good thing!  God will honor them I know!

We spent some time doing yard work this week.  With our frequent commute to Tallahassee each weekend, our yard is sometimes not the first to be attended when we get home each week.  As we were in the front, several cars slowly drove by – looking.  Some drove by more than once.  As we came inside our realtor called to see if someone could show our house in an hour.  Talk about some quick straightening on the inside!  I’m convinced this is going to be the answer to a specific prayer of ours!

Watched a leadership lesson play out this week.  One about delegation and being prepared.  While it turned out not so good, it will still be a good lesson for those involved.  Fortunately it was an issue far down on the list of “importance”.  Sometimes you have to let people fail in order for them to lead – it’s all part of learning!

Easter At The Civic Center is going to be a big deal!  Not for City Church Tallahassee but for God!  I’m excited about the thousands of people who will attend and hear the gospel.  Some for the very first time.  It’s going to take hundreds of volunteers to make this worship event work like it should and I’m thankful for the many people who are stepping up to fill a needed spot.  I can’t wait to write some about the neat things that happen that day!

Tomorrow is my wife’s birthday!  I can’t wait to celebrate it with her!  Part of the celebration will be seeing The Hunger Games.  That will be a treat as the family will be watching together!  We both love the time we get to spend with our kids!  Hoping this year will be one of the best my wife has ever experienced!

 


End of The Week Thoughts and Photos

A few random thoughts as Friday nears: (edited post – previous title was way too long!)

We have some great friends!  I won’t go into detail but we love the support friends provide us – both emotionally and physically!

A local pastor wants to talk about a church he is starting in nearby Ocala – this is the second time he has asked me to talk with him about playing a role in its startup and development – I won’t lie, I’m flattered.

Excited about the growth of our community group – six new attendees in the past four weeks!

My wife is amazing – she has not let up in her massage therapy business – despite the travelling we do each week!  It could grow if we were in town more!

FSU men’s basketball has been fun to watch this year – ESPN quote:  FSU has made Tobacco Road its own personal driveway!

This sunset on St. Joe Bay in the Florida panhandle is one of our favorites:


Mexico Beach Sunsets

Pictures from one of our favorite places – Mexico Beach, Florida!


More Random Friday Stuff

Random thoughts about life today – some of these could be blog entries, but I don’t have the time right now!

We have received an offer to buy our house!  This is good but the downside is I don’t really know where we will live when we sell it!  We have options – which is always a great thing!  In fact another set of friends told us this week we could move in with them for a while if we need to/want to/need a change of scenery!  Now if I could only secure that “job”!

Christ followers are not the same as “Christians”.  This explanation will take a long time so I won’t write here but will leave the thought out there that one requires ongoing action while the other somehow has only implied an action.

My wife is amazing!  She has continually worked while being less than 100% since January 2, 2012!  Her massage therapy business can be hard on her physically but she has been determined to work through this.  I am lucky she chose me!

We had two neat desserts this week!  Cyndi made individual apple cobblers one night that were amazing!  Last night we had fresh strawberries with whipped cream on fresh cake!  Again, I am one lucky man!

Looking for work is not as easy as it seems – even with internet job boards.  I would love to find a way to make the job search more meaningful for people and make the search more responsive.

Knowing we won’t be at our next community group meeting has me already feeling a little blue.  I really enjoy the opportunity to experience life with our small group!  Preparing for that group each weed has been a good outlet for me!

What has been on your mind this week?