Keith White
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  • I'm a 40+ year old living in what once was small town America. I've been married to my best friend Stephanie for over 9 years now and we have been a team together in ministry since not long after we were married. Recently we have become foster parents of two really great boys and we are looking to see how God uses us in the next chapter of our lives.

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    “Mama always said there’s an awful lot you can tell about a person by their shoes. Where they’re going, where they’ve been. I’ve worn lots of shoes. I bet if I think about it real hard, I could remember my first pair of shoes. Mama said they’d take me anywhere….

    Yesterday was a huge day for me and Stephanie. Yesterday the boys had their first day of school. One started third grade while the other started second. For the past week leading up to this day, we have bought school clothes, new shoes, school supplies, lunch boxes, backpacks, etc. We…

    The world as I knew it nine weeks ago, has completely changed. Nine weeks ago the life that Stephanie and I were living was much simpler that it is today. After all, it was just the two of us. She was able to do what she wanted and I was…

    It amazes me every time that I go to some of my older posts on this blog, this journal of my life, and I can go back to some of the very first posts that I made over a decade ago. Through various links I can go back to the…

    Yesterday was Memorial Day 2015. Not to take light of the sacrifices of so many who served and are serving our country, but yesterday took on an entirely different meaning for me and Stephanie. Since almost day 2 of our marriage, we have been trying to grow our family. We…

    This past weekend, Steph and I got to go back to “Bama” and spend the weekend with my mom. While I am there each time, I always make a list of what I can help her with and look around for things that need to be done. I needed to go…

    Looking back, then pressing on…. 2014 came and went. It seems like only yesterday we were watching the ball drop at the end of 2013 and now another year has vanished. Each year it seems like the days, weeks and months continue to go by at a record pace. As…

    Most mornings at our home start early. My alarm clock is set 15 minutes fast and is set to go off at 4:30 AM. My fitbit that I wear each night also has an alarm on it set to go off at 5 AM. Usually I hear my alarm clock…

    It’s so hard to go back to work after a few days off for vacation. Steph and I just got back on Sunday from our yearly trip to our Pigeon Forge home away from home,  with her family and as usual, it was incredible. The leaves were starting to turn….

    ancora imparo Michelangelo: Still I am learning. (Age 87) A reminder that mistakes are a learning curve, that every first, second, third….time provides oppotunity for improvement, that you are always ancora imparo When Lee asked me to consider being the Associate Pastor, my mind went in to overdrive. I have taken in…

    On July 20, 1969, just a little more than 2 weeks after I took my first breath, Neil Armstrong became the first man to ever step foot on the surface of the moon. This may be one of the greatest achievements that man has ever accomplished. To send a team…

    I have been helping out at Gracepointe with Vacation Bible School. Our Children’s Director Wendy, put together such an amazing program based on the show “Duck Dynasty.” She even got me and Stephanie to wear camo. Not an easy task. Not the only difficult task that I’m sure she had…

    As part of the ‘How I do, What I do” posts: Mobile Apps that I use daily I am a power mobile user. I have an iPhone and an iPad both of which I use for work and for ministry. Because both of my devices are Mac OS, both of…

    I am a very detailed person. I have to know the plan from beginning to end, left to right, point A to point B. It’s just the way that I am wired. I don’t do well with the uncertainty of chaos and disorganization. So I used to do lists, online…

    As part of the ‘How I do, What I do” posts: Personal Documents to ebook format. Steph has a talent for writing. She is writing an amazing Christian fiction series that is just simply amazing. Regardless of what her mom and dad think, I am so her biggest fan. They…

    In the company that I work for, there are a lot of promises made to customers. We tell them “I’ll get someone on the way…”  or “Once we have the parts that we need, we will be there…”  We make……commitments. As hard as we try, not all of the commitments…

    As part of the ‘How I do, What I do” posts: Slow computer issues:   The one thing that I get asked to look at on a computer, more than any other thing, is to figure out “Why is my computer running so slow?” Before we get in to this,…

    In my life, I wear numerous hats, have numerous responsibilities, numerous hobbies and passions. First and foremost, I am a believer and child of God. Secondly, I am husband to Stephanie. Then I am a son to Frank and Jackie, brother to Chris and so on and so on. These…

    Back in 2013, when we left SMBC. We had no clue of the events that would soon come to pass but we were without a church home during one of the darkest points in my life. We had no church family to comfort us. Sure we had friends and family that…

    I have a terrible memory. It’s not a “convenient memory” its a horrible memory. I can remember somethings, like dates, times, combination lock numbers, but for me to remember to pick up something at the grocery store, I need Steph to text me a list. So many times have I…

    The year 2013 was not a good year for phone calls: Dad called early one morning on my way to work and Aunt Mavis passed away…. A few weeks later, mom called and my cousin Pam was gone… Just a few days later, mom called again and my cousin Bill was…

    26

    Oct

    A few weeks ago, Steph had the opportunity to go visit her sister in Nashville the weekend before we would spend a few days with her family on vacation in Pigeon Forge. Her job had taken a difficult turn and it was taking a huge toll on her. She needed…

    7

    Oct

    Well…

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    Since June, Steph and I have been going wide open. We are doing everything that we can to move into the next chapter of life that we both feel God is moving us toward. We are selling our home and moving closer to my mom to be able to help…

    I love it when God just speaks. I love it when He talks so clearly that you almost hear Him audibly. Often I put too many things between God and myself that I make the world a very noisy place, but there are times that I put on my headphones…

    One of my favorite movies is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. One of the quotes from that movie is a statement that has never been more true or more realized in my life than the past year. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you…

    24

    Jul

    As my family adjusts to life without my dad, every where that I look in their house and in my life, there is evidence, or “fingerprints” of him there. The basement at mom and dad’s is full of his stuff. The garage has his “tools and toys” in every direction….

    In the past couple of posts, I shared the difficult decision that Steph and made to leave the youth ministry that God was doing through us over the past year. It was not an easy decision, it was probably one of the hardest decisions that I have ever had to…

    My previous post was difficult for me. You see I am not a fan of realizing my mistakes and part of that post was doing exactly that, seeing and acknowledging where I was wrong. There are a lot of things that I would have done differently but many things that…

    We resign. That’s the not so positive phrase that I had to tell our Pastor several weeks ago. There really aren’t any good phrases or words for leaving a position, ministry or otherwise, but it was something that we had to do. Our lives at that time were nothing like…

    18

    Mar

    A missed post

    Comments off  2013

    Two for one This past weekend was not high on my list of great weekends of all time. We got the news late last week that my cousin Pam had a pretty severe stroke and that they would be honoring her request to not maintain her life on machines and…

    28

    Feb

    Since the day that I sat down with Steph and told her of the call that I felt that God had put on my life, doors have opened, and doors have closed. The church we were first serving at when we talked with Pastor Blake was incredible. The youth there…

    29

    Oct

    I have had many jobs in my life. Some I’ve enjoyed tremendously to the point it was hard to leave. Some not so much. I’ve worked at KMart during my first summer working and at Walmart in the toy department DURING CHRISTMAS. I’ve made burgers and fries at a McDonalds…

    I just hung up the phone with a close friend of mine. The sound of his voice was heartbreaking. For the past few months he had been dealing with health issues of his own and others have had to care for him. Now he was facing serious health issues with…

    26

    Jun

    This Sunday will be a milestone for me. This Sunday I will have been on staff at Sewell Mill Baptist Church as Youth Pastor for 2 months. It seems like it was only yesterday that I sent an email to a great friend of mine asking if she could help…

    4

    Jun

    Yesterday started out as just a normal every week Sunday morning. Steph and I were up early like normal and headed to church. We were tag team teaching the SMBC Thrive youth on reading their bible, taking the verses apart. We had talked it over together and we were ready…

    27

    May

    The plan

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    Today was a great day in our ministry. The past few weeks have been unbelievably bad, but today was a great day. You see, a few weeks ago, right after we found out we were pregnant once again, and a few weeks after Steph and I were named the youth…

    16

    Apr

    April 15, a day normally known to be Tax day, yesterday came to be known as something else for me and Steph. It may not be the #1 day in my life, but guaranteed it will be in the top three for some time to come and very hard to…

    27

    Jan

    I am a Bama fan. I am a Bama fan to the core. Just a few weeks ago, the Tide won their 14th National Championship in a totally dominating fashion. LSU only crossed the 50 yard line one time the entire game and was shut out for the first time…

    I am guilty. This year it seems like, Christmas has not only come faster than ever before, but it also seems like it has been totally missed. This time last year I had seen A Christmas Story at least 8 times, Elf at least 4 or times and various other…

    Today is Thanksgiving, 2011. As usual, we spent it in Douglasville with Steph’s family and will as usual, spend Christmas with my family. There are a lot of people talking about what they are thankful for. Steph even asked me on the way home tonight what I am thankful for…

    16

    Aug

    This morning, I woke up sometime after 6.  There was a light around our bedroom door which was unusually closed. That meant Stephanie was up which also was unusual but the past24 hours had been anything close to usual or even remotely closed to what we expected. Yesterday started with…

    1

    Aug

    Lately I have been challenged at work to once again set up mobile technicians. Techs would go out, do their work,  log in to our system using iPads, get the customer to sign the tablet and print out their receipt.  Sounds easy but technology isn’t quite there yet to make…

    25

    Jul

    You make…..

    Comments off  2010

    This past Sunday, I went to Westridge for the first time in a long time. Steph had spent the night at her parents to be able to spend time with her sister so it gave me an opportunity to go hear really great praise and worship. The worship band was…

    5

    Apr

    Enough…

    Comments off  2010

    Definition of EXALT….\ig-ˈzolt\…: to raise in rank, power, or character; to elevate by praise or in estimation. I’ll come back to this. Lately, life has been somewhat of a desert for me. I get up, get ready for work, drive an hour to work, drive an hour and a half…

    24

    Jan

    In all of my life, I cannot ever remember a year more exciting and yet went by so fast. It seems like only yesterday we were with Greg and Emily watching the ball drop as 2010 came in and now 2011 is already here. The year started with the possibility…

    So today is “Black Friday.” The one day out of the year where some people will brave the weather, get up a lot earlier than normal, stand in line for hours in hopes that they can get that one item that they want before the rest of mankind gets there…

    19

    Nov

    The Ride

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    The past 2 weeks have been extremely difficult. Exactly two weeks ago yesterday, my Aunt Judy passed away and went home to be with Christ. She had suffered for a long time in her battle with cancer and now she was not suffering any longer. We left Friday morning for…

    8

    Nov

    The saying that “Time flies when you are having fun” should also apply when life gets busy. A lot has happened since my last post. Some good and some not so good. On the good side, after a lot of prayer and a lot of time seeking God’s will, Lost…

    Last night was a very long, and very hot night at the White House (yes, I call our house the White House as its our house, and we’re the Whites). You see, yesterday when we got home from church and after some Mexican lunch with great friends of ours, we…

    Life in our world came back to a screeching halt today. You see, today was my first day back at work after Steph and I spent all last week in Sedona, Arizona helping her parents celebrate their 50th anniversary. We flew out last Friday and came back about midnight this…

    I read a lot of webpages and a lot of blogs from youth pastors, youth workers and leaders so that I can learn from their successes, their failures and their experiences. Today, one of the Youth Pastors that I follow, Brad Cooper, he Anderson Campus Student Pastor at NewSpring Church…

    For the record, I am not a patient person. Those of you who know me, know how true this is. I want it my way, right away. I have the Burger King mentality when it comes to things that I am passionate about. I know what I want and like…

    12

    Apr

    Last night, I had the opportunity to teach the youth at Focus. We are in the middle of a study on book of Acts and I was going to teach on chapters 8 & 9. These are 2 really powerful chapters in a power packed book of the Bible. All…

    “The white flag is out….only one more lap to go. This will be the final lap of the race.” That phrase is heard almost every weekend from February until November. It means that time is running out in the race. You only have a very short time to go to…

    12

    Feb

    Famous last words….words to remember and learn from…. Normal is boring. Thats what Steph and I said after what we thought would be then end of a whirlwind couple of months. After all, my last update here was December 19,2009. Thats just about when the excitement started and what an…

    Disciple Now 2009 has come and gone and what a weekend it was. Steph and I hosted the Jr. And Sr. High School girls and I ran the technical end of the worship services. I have not been this tired doing something I enjoyed this much in a long time……

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    Nov

    Focus

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    Recently, I have become a fan of “Glory Revealed”. Its a compilation of Christian artists that have come together. These artists have written songs for worship straight out of scripture. As I am looking for some of their music online, I came across 2 of their songs, “By His Wounds”…

    Last week was definately in my top 25 weeks of all time. It started off with a long weekend in Pigeon Forge with Steph’s family and ended up with the launch of a new ministry opportunity that God is starting through some of us at LMBC. In the middle of…

    This week has really been difficult. First, a friend of mine from high school finally lost her battle with cancer and passed away. Then, my friend and coworker for over 7 years, Ron, retired from ATR. He retired not because he wanted to but because he had no other alternative….

    Today is September 4th, 2009. This weekend is the unofficial end to Summer ’09. The question that I have is: “Where the heck did July and August go?” It seemed like we had summer entirely in the month of June. We didnt have any 100+ temps except in June and…

    It’s now a little past 4 AM following One Night. We got to the church around 2 PM yesterday and left around 8 PM last night. Once we were home, I crashed. I was exhausted but it was an exhaustion well worth it. In the past week, I had laid…

    LMBC Focus 6:30 – Music, drama, video,

    Today was an Easter to remember. Being an incredibly busy day as it was, we planned to go to the early service at LMBC since Steph was working with the children’s choir during the service. This mean getting up and leaving home around 7 AM. Before the sun rise around…

    Growing up in Alabama, it was very hard to be a guy and not love NASCAR. After all, we had the Alabama Gang that was Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Neil Bonnett and Red Farmer. This group of drivers took NASCAR by storm and is still talked about today. I grew…

    It’s a little past 7 and I am up way too early after a couple of days like we’ve had. We got home from Student life around 5 PM yesterday and all that I wanted to do was crash on the couch. I haven’t been that exhausted from something that…

    It’s 5:46 AM and I am sitting in the hotel lobby the morning after the first session of Student Life. Yes, Student Life. No I didnt go back to college and definately did not go back to high school. I tried. The do not take 39 year old freshmen at…

    Lately, something has been out of place. Something has been missing. I havent been able to put my finger on it but life just hasnt been right. Life at home has been great as usual. I could not have asked for a better partner in life than Steph. Still something…

    Life baffles me. For example, this week alone, 2 kids were arrested for bringing guns to a school nearby. Today, a pastor was shot dead during an early morning service. You have to wonder, what is going on. Gone are the days of staying outside late listening to the crickets….