Sunday, March 27, 2005

Yea I live for, little moments like that......

This weekend is Easter. The moment in time that Christ came for. His defining moment. Ironically, I’ve been listening to a message series that was done at Westridge at the end of January on Ester’s defining moment. How she risked her own life, to stand up for the Jewish people and saved thousands from extermination.
It made me look at my own life, and try to find out what has been my defining moment to this point in my life. What have I said I would do, and did. What events are worth remembering in my past that have defined who I am.
The top 10 defining moments in my life are:
10. – Running off of the field at my high school graduation – It was a tradition that many did not follow, but I was going to go out with a bang. I was on the front row, next to Terri Isbell. When a certain song was over, Philip was going to yell “Kick It” and off we went. As the song came to an end, I saw Terri taking off her shoes. The song ended, no one yelled, but we took off……Shannon was first off, then Philip, them me and then Terri. My brother made the comment he didn’t know I could run that fast…..For the record, several years later, he was the first one off at his graduation….
Definition – I sometimes do the unexpected
9 – Taking the phrase “Go Play in Traffic”, literally. I spent a few days in the hospital after being hit by a car in my front yard trying to cross the road on my bike. A friend of my brother had been hit a few weeks earlier and did not come out of it as well as I did.
Definition – God watches over me and I make it a full time job
8 – Winning first place at the Westover truck show – It was the first show that I won against another truck that I thought might have beaten me. I have a lot of trophies where I was Best in Class, but that was because I was the only one in class or the other trucks weren’t even close.
Definition –God made me a winner.
7 – Getting Married – Knowing that there is a girl in this world who wanted to spend the rest of her life with me is unlike anything you will have on this earth, ever. Someone willing to be there for you in good times and bad.
Definition – I am blessed by God
6 – Getting Divorced – Knowing that the one you had planned on spending your life with, the one who would stand up for me, the one who I thought would never leave, did. You receive a gift from God, take if for granted or let it come between you and Him, and He’ll take it away.
Definition – I am not perfect, I will make a lot of mistakes down the road of life.
5 – Buying my house – After coming through a diabetic coma, a relationship that I was miserable in, I bought the house that I currently live in. It was the first time in my life, that I totally depended on God for something HUGE to happen in my life. I was obedient and depended on Him to make it happen. And He did.
Definition – I am totally dependant on Him for everything that I have in my life.
4 – Trip back from Pigeon Forge – After being in Atlanta for about a year, I realized that I was alone in one of the biggest cities in the world. The friends that I had were people that I worked with and were not positive influences in my life. After spending a week with my family on vacation, after we split and went 2 directions home, I prayed probably harder than I ever have to this day in my entire life. It was quite simple, Send my Christian friends or send me home. A few weeks later I was involved at Mountain Lake with friends from home.
Definition – God hears me when I pray.
3 – Receiving Baptism of the Holy Spirit – After several attempts to prove that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is nuts, I realized that it was something I wanted. I called Derrick and he was going to the Rock church that night for a dress rehersal for a drama the church was doing. When I got there and watched the play, I was in tears. It was a reenactment of the crucifiction. Later the pastor came up and talked to me. He got several of the church elders that were there to lay hands on me. The birds didn’t stop chirping and the world didn’t stop spinning but from that moment on, my life has been totally different.
Definition – The Power of God is in me.
2 - Praying for my dad – This was probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life, but its one moment that I will never forget. Dad had been told he would have to have bypass surgery. God had told me that I would be praying for my dad. There was no way I was not going to do what God had told me to do. The morning of the surgery, we were there early. Just before they came for him, it was mom, Chris and me in the room with Dad. He was crying, and telling us that he loved us and that he didn’t want me to go through what he was going through. Then mom said, I want us to pray. I told her no, let me. We all took hands as I prayed over my dad. Next month he turns 60. Thank you God!!
1 – Getting Saved - Vacation Bible School many many years ago, I was sitting on the front pew at Calvary Baptist Church in Odenville. Pastor Tommy Banks was telling us about knowing right and wrong, and about what Jesus did for us. I knew at that moment that Jesus died for me and if something happened to me, I wouldn’t go to heaven. After struggling with it, I stood up and walked to the front with “Brother Banks”. After I looked around and a lot of my friends had come up also.
Definition – Without this moment…..the others don’t matter.

Thank you God, for who I am, for what You have done in my life, for what You have brought me through, for what You have blessed me with, and for what You are going to do in my life.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Its amazing what you can learn in 3 days....

Three days. Not an eternity. Seventy two hours. That's it. You can learn volumes in that amount of time. Lately, I havent felt very close to God. Actually not even in the same city, state, or region that God was in. In three days, you can learn to find your way back.....

What I mean, has a story behind it....

This past weekend, I went home to Bama for my brother's birthday. Upon leaving, I forgot my backpack with all of my papers for work. So, that meant a trip over and back AFTER working all day. So, I left the office at 3, was in bama by 5:30, had dinner with the folks, and started back around 6:30 WITH BACKPACK.
Around 7, I was half way home. It was quiet with no TV, no distractions, no internet, no phone calls. I popped in a christian CD and before long, it felt like God was sitting right beside me. I had an awesome trip home.
Monday came and went, busy as usual. Tuesday changed everything. A friend of mine called me and I told her about my trip home and she told me about a meeting with a pastor of hers. She told him that she, like myself, had not felt close to God. She was searching for the one God has for her and had found the wrong one every time. He encouraged her to stop looking, that God will bring the two together that she needed to earnestly seek God in everything she does. He told her to do this for three days and it would change her life.

I told her I would do it along with her...

Day 1 - I went in, with the armor of God on me, armed with christian cd's, message cd's and determination that I was going to find God. As soon as the first message cd was over I got hit from every direction. I was emailed porn, coworkers were throwing up conversation that wasnt what I needed to here. It was an obvious attack. I stayed strong and had an unbelievable night. I got to read some more in "Your best life now" and had a great quiet time. I learned if you seek Him, you will find Him, and I did!
Day 2 - I went in with the expectation that something big was going to happen. It didnt. The day went by busy as usual with me thinking about God off and on all day but nothing as serious as day 1. However, after reading more in the book I was reading, I learned that everything happens or doesnt happen for a reason. I still have God's favor, but nothing often happens to protect us or to open opportunities. So not a great day, but I still learned something.
Day 3 - I didnt seek Him, I didnt find Him. It was a day just like any other day. Nothing special, nothing good happened. As I look back now....I learned, that if you dont seek Him, you wont find Him. He is there, but we put so much between us that we cant see Him.

So, in three days, I learned that I have to go after God every minute of every day. I have to pray every day thanking God for what He has done, what He is going to do, and the blessings that He has given me. I have learned that today I might not receive what I have prayed about, but I am one day closer to it.