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i’ll pray for you (that is, if i remember)

Last night, Libby told me something that I didn’t know about her…


She said that if she tells someone she will pray for them, she prays for them RIGHT AWAY – because she knows herself and she might not think of it later. I though that was brilliant.

I get so annoyed with myself when I tell someone I’ll pray for them and then forget. How lame?

I’ve realized lately that it can be so refreshing to pray aloud with friends. Why are we so hesitant to pray with and for each other in the everyday circumstance of life?


monday prayer

may i not lose sight of your coming glory

                among the mundane tasks of this monday

one clear choice

Here is the prayer God gave me today…

God, give me one clear choice – that is awesome.  And help me to follow.  Amen.

This was spurred on by two things:

  1.  A breakfast meeting with Jon (who totally spurs me on, & maybe instigates a bit too).
  2. And by the lyrics of James Blunt.  (God can work mysteriously, right?)

On Blunt’s new album there’s a song called “Same Mistake“.  I don’t completely understand the song, and I don’t necessarily think it’s theological.  But the lyrics do capture my prayer to God right now…

I’m not calling for a second chance,
I’m screaming at the top of my voice.
Give me reason but don’t give me choice.
‘Cause I’ll just make the same mistake again.

brothers of influence

In reflecting on this past year, I realized that some of my brothers have really helped me along on my journey of life and faith.

My friend Jimmy encouraged me yesterday that things will happen for me in God’s time, and that I don’t need to worry about my resume looking good because that’s not what it’s about. He’s a good friend. He is always there for me and has so much compassion.

I was sharing some fears to my friend Ben the other day, about how I have this fear that I lack some technical abilities in leading worship, and that I have some doubts about going after that as a vision for my life. I loved his response – he said that what I lack in technical skill I make up for in awesomeness. That really encouraged me. Ben has a way of inspiring me to do odd things, like taking homeless guys out for lunch. He’s a source of light for people.

Rick has been a great listener to my ideas this past year. We’ve spent hours sharing with each other, and he is awesome at listening and giving good advise. One of the things he said awhile back was to start taking small steps of action, testing the waters so I can hang some of these thoughts on something tangible. That has proven to be good advise. I feel like I can tell him anything, and he’s my pastor – that’s just pretty cool.

Jon just generally fires me up whenever we meet, I can’t get enough of that. He’s an amazing story teller and visionary. It’s been fun to get each other fired up with Frank Sinatra playing in the background at Fa So Latte. And he also got me back into the Beatles, added bonus.

Brett has taught me not to be afraid to be open about my faith at work, and reminded me that if you ask them, they will come. He also reminded me that brothers are really important. REAL brothers are awesome because you don’t have to prove anything to each other, and you can always count on your brother. I’m glad Eli has a little bro too.

Ryan has reminded me that believing in God is a journey, and that families can grow together. He also has some amazing ideas on how to reach those who don’t believe – like meeting them @ a British Pub for darts and drafts. He has also shown me how to serve unselfishly.

Bryan has reminded me to go after the Kingdom work, and he has never doubted me. That’s been a huge source of encouragement for me to keep pushing. He also taught me that we can recover from the hard things.

Vinnie has reminded me that running a business can be a Godly accomplishment. And that the inner faith in God is more important than looking like a good Christian to those in the church.

Who has influenced you this past year?

prayer & devotion from 2 respected elders

I attend a Christian business man’s breakfast sponsored by Friendship Ministries.  It’s led by Dr. Russ Cadle.  Russ is a gifted teacher and he has a way to inspire men to live for God.  He’s honest, which I respect.

Today after breakfast I shared my journey and asked him to pray for me.  He layed hands on my and said a prayer that really encouraged my spirit.

He prayed that God would surprise me with an answer relating to what I feel God is asking me to be (or do or chase after).  He also prayed that I would stay strong and focused in my current job and that I would have courage to make a change when the time comes.

I definitely need help in staying focused on where God has me now.

I also read something in a devotional written by Billy Graham yesterday.  I connected with his idea of not being bound by fear any longer.

 If we are believers in Jesus Christ, we have already come through the storm  of judgment.  It happened at the Cross.  Don’t be bound by your guilt or your fear any longer, but realize that sin’s penalty has already been paid by Christ-completely and fully.

I like the idea of not being bound by fear, especially as it relates to the journey in front of me.

a turn around, and two “jersey” cantaloupe

how big is the gospel?, how revolutionary is it…in my life?

i have to say – it’s pretty revolutionary

A revolution (from Late Latin revolutio which means “a turn around”) is a significant change that usually occurs in a relatively short period of time.

a turn around is exactly what i’ve experienced in the last 6 months. “Salvation is here, and He lives in me.”

in other news…

I got two “jersey” cantaloupe yesterday, and one is already gone. And Lib doesn’t even like cantaloupe or watermelon, or ANY type of melon, crazy! But Eli and Eden helped me finish one huge “jersey” cantaloupe in one day. That’s pretty impressive, we were like a team. I’m proud of them. It was great, Eden kept calling it pinealoupe – she’s used to having pineapple.

Oh – if you happen to be reading this blog, and you’re not me…(then that’s cool), but these below dates and words are not really meant to make much sense to anyone but me. OAO

August 28 – i handed someone a really nice Alvarez guitar, with some beautiful tone woods that were dark and satin

July 26 – August 4 – in Winnipeg – it’s OK not to be safe

July 26 – there’s more to come

July 25 – a year of reflection

July 19 through July 24 – praying for the combination of courage, wisdom and love

July 18 – nada, i stayed in bed while praying – guess i’m not that good at learning from my mistakes, there’s always tomorrow (God willing)

July 17 – time, or it’s time

July 16 – nada, i stayed in bed while praying – that was a mistake. i need to learn from my mistakes

July 15 – blessing & honor, worship, prepare for worship

July 14 – stay (i wasn’t real happy with this word, i’m not exactly sure how to take it)

July 13 – no word/idea

July 12 – idle

July 11 – rest

July 10 – towel (later revealed as “don’t throw in the”)

July earlier – “Turn up the Silence”

author – Terry Foester

I'm a family man at heart. I admit my world revolves around my wife Libby and our 3 hooligans...Eli, Eden and Silas. They are easy to love. I'm trying to learn to love the rest of you. I also like to ask questions.

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