Woodstock part 1

I am currently on the road, taking a group of men from our church to Woodstock, GA. We will be attending the men’s conference at First Baptist Woodstock. I look forward to this every year.

It was rough going at first. I didn’t wake up to my alarm, so the guys had to wait for me. The devil likes to use things like disappointment to keep God from working in our lives. Satan loves to try to head God off at the pass.

Pray for our group. Our church (and our country) need more Godly men leading Godly families.

My devotional bookshelf

These are the books that I am currently using in my walk with Christ. I would recommend any of these. I receive a blessing daily in my study:

1. My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

2. Day Starters by Dr. Louis Arnold

3. The One Year Book of Personal Prayer (Tyndale)

4. The Finishing Touch by Charles Swindol

5. Open Windows magazine

6. My Daily Bread magazine

7. In Touch magazine by Dr. Charles Stanley

8. Turning Point magazine by Dr. David Jeremiah

Thanksgiving Tradition

We started a new Thanksgiving tradition this year. Since my wife and I have only been married just under four years, I guess all of our traditions could be considered ‘new.’

This year I read Psalm 100, and then we went around the table and each of us told for what we were thankful. Not too unusual, to be sure. Until it was my son’s turn. Without prompting or hesitation, he said he was thankful for getting saved.

That put my mind at ease about a lot of things. I got saved when I was 5 years old. But something happens when you get saved that young. There comes a time, when you get older, that you begin to wonder if you really meant it. In my case, I wondered if I got saved for the wrong reason. Our pastor preached about hell that night, and I got scared and decided I didn’t want to go there.

What I realized later in life is that there is NO WRONG REASON to get saved! I just didn’t want my son to go through that.

When he said he was thankful for his salvation, it told me that, even at 7, he knew what he was doing and decided to do it. So, if he has doubts and fears when he gets older, I can remind him of Thanksgiving Day in 2008. Praise God.

Saved!

One of the greatest joys I could imagine happened just a few days ago. My boy got saved, and I got to lead him to the Lord!

I have two kids. T is almost 7 years old, and just about as smart a little boy you’ll ever meet. But he is ALL boy, so I wondered if he would get saved young or if he would later in his childhood. My wife and I pray for our kids often, and the one thing we always pray is that they both will accept Christ early in life so they have a lifetime to serve Him (if He tarries). Our prayer was answered for T, and I rejoice in His goodness. May God use him for mighty things!

In Motion


Yesterday was a first for me. I have never led worship in motion before.

My church participated in the Catlettsburg Labor Day parade. Hundreds of people lined the streets of our little town. There were floats of every size under a hot September sun. We had a blast!

Our praise band was asked to play music as our group walked the parade route passing out bottles of water to parade-watchers. The trailer on which we had to set up was about 20 foot by 8 foot. Our praise band has 7 members, 6 of whom play instruments! Needless to say, we were a little crowded up there.

We managed to fit all of our gear and personnel on this thing. Then the challenge begins. Attempting to connect with the crowd, play my instrument, remember the words (didn’t get all of them, I confess), and not fall into our drummer’s lap with every stop and start was no small feat!

The payoff: I rejoice in the fact that we were able to minister to our community. I love the fact that we were able to give – we handed out 1,000 bottles of water to a thirsty crowd. I am proud of our praise band – not one complaint, nothing but joy in serving. And I am thrilled with the idea of hooking up some microphones, turning up the volume, and proclaiming the name of Jesus without shame. Singing “There’s no God BUT Jehovah” to whomever would hear. Can’t beat that.

Having God

I read an interesting statement during my quiet time today…

“O living God, I desire your presence this very day. Teach me to want the things You want for me, but to want You more than the things.”

This spoke to me on a lot of levels. If you are anything like me, our prayers are full of requests. Some are answered the way we like, some are not. But all are answered.

Ultimately, it isn’t important what we get from God, but that we have God! He’ll work out the rest, if we will just love and serve Him.

May it be true in my life that I will daily “cry out for the living God (Psalm 84:2).”


Pink Footie PJs

I sit in the emergency room with my daughter asleep on my lap. Cute little thing in pink footie pajamas. She’s had a hard day. Poked and prodded from every angle (literally). For now, she sleeps. She knows Da Da’s got this. She has no idea how hard it has been for him to “be anxious for nothing.”

She barely hears her daddy singing a song as she drifts in and out of dreams. “His strength is perfect when our strength is gone.” Her head is on his chest, so she can’t see the tears that well up in his eyes as he can’t get the words out. She doesn’t understand the love of God yet. For now, the love of Da Da soothes her.

God’s love soothes Daddy.

Welcome!

As this is my first post, I thought I would welcome all who read. In this space, I will be waxing poetic on whatever comes to mind at the time. My favorite topics are my faith, my family, my music, and my politics. Feel free to share your thoughts!

You won’t find much negativity or hurtful words here, because I have a peace that passes all understanding. Do you know the One who is our Refuge and Strength? Once this life is over, do you know where you will spend eternity? You can know now. Take a moment to call upon the Name of the Lord Jesus. He is mighty to save and loves you with an everlasting love…..JW