Thursday, June 09, 2005

Musings and Missings

As I sit here, almost 11:00pm on this Thursday of June 9th, I realize after reading some other blogs that I dearly miss my place of origin.

To my dismay, I find that I am going to miss so much back home in the next year since I have moved to South Dakota. My brother is going to be a senior in high school (side note: I feel old) and I will not get to be around to see most of it. My sister is going to be a junior in college (side note: still feeling old) and she has a wonderful guy who I approve of and think is quite funny. Then there are my parents whom I love dearly and know that I will miss no matter where I am at, at any given time. My friends, Mark and Katy and their newly married life, Paul and the movie/sports banter, Craig and Thomas graduating (side note: Now Paul, Mark and I feel old). Papa Bear, Ransomed Heart, Poker, Applebees, and IHOP at forsaken hours.

But despite all these things and many more that I could go on and on about, I know that God's plan is perfect in every way and I will trust that what is happening is the way things ought to be and for the best.

Above all my longing to be in HIS service grows each day and I want so badly to be on the path that leads to full time.

Praise Him for His awesome power and thank God for the changes in our lives that only seem to make us stronger and prepare us for what lies ahead.

At this point in time in my melancholy state (how about that big word usage Paul??!!) I will reflect upon the words of Jars of Clay:

Rescue me from hanging on this line
I want to give up on giving you the chance to blow my mind
Let the eleventh hour quickly pass my by
I'll find you when I think I'm out of time

May God be with you all back home and those who may read. Blessings!

Luke - the Dynamo Kid

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Faith - and the phone call of an Angel

Sometimes you wonder why you have faith. Well, let me tell you, the reason is clear: COMMON SENSE!!
We all struggle from time to time with faith, but in the end, when we trust in our faith to guide us we find ourselves coming out on top of any given situation whether it started and ended good or bad. Makes me really trust in God's promises of a hope for a future!
This time in my life is driven by my faith. I was to be married on the 14th of May, but God had other plans and the wedding has been postponed. My fiancee is in the Air Force and stationed in South Dakota at Ellsworth AFB near Rapid City. I just returned from a trip up there to find a job and an apartment so that I might move to be near her till we decide the time is right for our marriage. Why does this take faith you may ask...well...I went up there not having any idea about a job, an apartment, or what God may decide to do. Since He told us to postpone the wedding, who knew what He had in mind.
Needless to say, I have a job at the local Christian Bookstore and an apartment as of the morning of the 19th. HURRAY!!!
But the amazing part is the phone call that I believe got me the job so that I would have income to live off of...
As I walked into the bookstore, I approached the music section and was greeted by the owner. I asked if he was hiring and he said yes...for a full time position...then he stopped and asked if my girlfriend had called not but a couple of hours earlier to let him know I was coming. I asked my fiancee and she said she never called him. He said that a girl called and told him that her boyfriend who was moving to Rapid City was in need of a job. The girl told him that her boyfriend had bookstore experience, was ministry minded and was crazy about music. Well, for those of you who know me...the description was right up my alley! The owner was intrigued and asked me to fill out the applications and then asked me to return in the morning to meet his wife and have an interview with the two of them. I did so and that afternoon recieved a phone call telling me I had the job. The owner in the past two days had no one else enter the store referring to the phone call. My faith is strengthened, for I believe that the phone call the owner recieved was the call of an angel and the power of God at work. Thank you Jesus!!
With each of these new insights and experiences, this squirrel becomes more and more aware of the truth of God...was blind but now I see!!
May your faith be strengthened also!!
JEREMIAH 29:11

Monday, April 18, 2005

The Three MUSTS!!!

COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY!
Now for an "in all seriousness" post:
When it comes to relationships, especially that of a husband and wife, three forms of communication must be established in order that happiness may abound - okay, so they really just need to be there so it will work!
1. You MUST talk to each other!
This is what communication is all about! If you can't sit down and talk to them, then you probably shouldn't be with them. You must be able to have a conversation.
2. You MUST be honest!
Your communication must always be honest. You should always be able to be 100% truthful with each other. If you can't, then where is the trust?
3. You MUST pray together!
If you communicate with God by yourself, then he should be involved with what happens with the two of you also. You should be able to approach him together as a couple too. If you are uncomfortable with going before the Lord with them, then you might have a bigger problem on your hands.
These three (though not everything you need) are essential ingredients to making your spouse, fiancee, girlfriend, boyfriend, etc. feel like they are involved with you and vice versa. When you talk to each other, are honest in that communication and together allow for God to be a part of it, you find peace, understanding, and love. Use these principles and see what happens!

Saturday, April 16, 2005

007 and the wedding

Here's a quick thought for all of you - I am singing in a wedding today as a favor to a friend. I don't even know the people who are getting married, but I have a good idea about their personalities after the rehearsal last night.

The bride is very laid back, fun, and just goes with the flow.

The groom is a total goofball...and that is being nice.

Oh, the title of this post...

well, lets just say that the groom walks down the aisle to get to the front too and he chose his own music to walk by!!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

As the week comes to a close

As the week comes to a close
I have my joy and I have my woes
And now that I have found the time
I post like mad this blog of mine

Type, color, italic, bold
My published works do unfold
These priceless works can't be sold
I think my head is about to explode

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The colorful ideals of one on the run

I feel the need to warn those gentlemen out there about the necessary arrangements of preparations for a wedding. Though it may seem exciting and painless...

THAT IS DEAD WRONG!!!!!

When you are ready to begin preparing for your own wedding keep in mind these six simple rules:

1) The traditional groom role no longer exists...You will have to be a part of planning.
2) NEVER, NEVER, EVER try to be helpful before you are asked to be.
3) Make sure you are prepared to have an opinion on everything the bride asks.
4) Know that this is you and your brides wedding, not the parents.
5) NEVER, NEVER, EVER tell anyone who asks that you "don't know," or "don't care."
6) It is okay if you come to a point of tears and the need to cry.

Now, have fun, don't worry, enjoy the days of freedom that you will have remaining, and don't forget to have plenty of extra money saved to help pay for things...it will happen!!

-- signed -- the stressed out kid

Why is it...

Why is it that after you have seen a clock with identical repeating digits (such as 2:22, 12:12, 1:11) that forever you are cursed with seeing them at all times of the day?? WHY IS IT??