Monthly Archives: January 2009

25 RANDOM THINGS…

So there is this little thing flying through my world of Facebook lately that has a lot of my friends caught up in telling everyone 25 random things about themselves. At first, I was annoyed at getting all of these random notes, but as some of my close friends caught on to it, I realized it is a pretty fun way to learn more about some of the people I thought I knew really well.  So here are my 25 random (and not so random) facts about me…enjoy….

Rules (for Facebook only):
Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

1. I am a hypochondriac – self-induced though.
2. I don’t regularly wash my hands, even though I freak out by people who are sick.
3. I am afraid to die…deathly afraid – is that weird to say?
4. All of my cars have been a maroon red – Honda Civic, Ford Crown Vic, and Ford Explorer (I did have a car – I don’t even remember what it was for like 2 months that was blue – but that doesn’t count).
5. I love my wife. A lot. I am proud of her and am intimidated by her drive and passion.
6. I HATE video games. They bore me to death – unless it is a racing game OR shoots out tickets.
7. I am not a big fan of watching sports.
8. I met my wife by rear-ending the car she was riding in one day after school. Neither of us were doing what we were supposed to be – she wasn’t supposed to be riding in a car, I wasn’t supposed to have left school (was on the newspaper staff and had a “work-night”). Thank God we disobeyed our parents.
9. I am big fan of chocolate milk. So much that if I see a brand I have never tried, I will buy it. My favorite so far? Promised Land … it comes in a glass bottle!
10. My son was about a month and a half premature…I was too. Weird.
11. I have the songs I want sung at my funeral picked out…and the people I want to sing them…sucks to be you!
12. When I am home alone on a Saturday Night (rare occurrence) I watch the Lawrence Welk Show – reminds me of my grandma. I have tried to convince Owen to like it – but he is just not that into it.
13. I actually believed that Jesus was coming back in high school – like the date and time was picked out. I was weird.
14. salt water makes my nipples burn. ask joe skillen.
15. I was a Children’s Pastor for 5 years. It was a ton of fun. God stretched me and taught me so much and I found out that I simply loved kids. I loved building relationships with families, and I absolutely got a high from seeing kids come to know and understand who Jesus was in their life. God called me out of that area of ministry and now I work with adults. I love every minute of it…and I am coming to find out that I – SIMPLY – love being in ministry and I can never stop telling people about Jesus – even if I work at McDonald’s…
16. I enjoyed working at McDonald’s and occasionally think about getting a second job there.
17. I think I embarrass Rachel … a lot. I am sorry.
18. I have never shot a gun or killed an animal…except a mole I found in my backyard…I felt bad after doing it though so I gave it a proper burial. And I ran over a few baby bunnies with the lawn mower – felt terrible and gave them a proper burial as well.
19. Thinking of dead animals, I tend to start thinking about the animal while I am eating meat. Then I am grossed out and can’t finish it.
20. My dream job would be to pick out the music that is played on TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy.
21. I have a few reoccurring dreams – one is that I discover that my house has a basement, and it is freakin rad. The other is that I am a child (I have had this dream since I was a child) and I am in the back “bed” of an old station wagon. My parents and I are on vacation and Skeletor from He-man is in the sky and wants to kill me. I start crying and then I wake up.
22. I had an idea for a restaurant that was an airport hangar that looked like a control tower and would have the sounds from the air control radio. I was pissed when I saw Hangar Steakhouse open up on Kellogg. I get upset everyday when I see it to. I wasn’t this mad when the clapper lamp came on.
23. I drive up on car accidents…A LOT…I sometimes think that superheroes are real, and I haven’t really focused my super-power enough. My super hero is to help avoid accidents.
24. I remember sleeping in a crib (just to clarify – I was out of the crib by age 2). I actually remember a lot before the age of 4. It is weird, but kind of cool.
25. In high school, on a mission trip to Idaho, I experienced the power of God. I was clueless that there was such a thing, but God showed up in my life so real and in such a specific way that I can never deny that there is a God. There are times in my life I begin to doubt the existence of God, but I am quickly reminded of that specific experience. If you want to know about it – I will tell you…just ask.

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the takeover

My kid – OWEN – likes to climb on everything even dad…This is a brief recap of how he was able to hijack the computer … Continue reading

I get anxious…

I have to crawl under the house today, to shut a vent…I thought I was over my fear of small spaces, as I have been under there a few times in the past month and stayed there for a while. I laid in bed thinking about when I would do it today, then the thought of someone closing the door to the crawl space and moving the heavy freezer back in front of that freaked me out. I thought to myself, maybe I should wait until Rachel is home to go under the house, maybe I should take my cell phone. Then the thoughts of being stuck under there for hours consumed my thoughts .. I couldn’t go back to sleep.

I get anxious with things like that. I am a hypochondriac…AND…it sometimes freaks me out to think about death.

We have a close family friend who was told the other day that she can most likely expect to fall asleep and never wake up. It wasn’t a “you have 6 months” – she has already received that warning. This was the “anytime now” warning. When I was told the news, instead of my heart sinking and sadness overwhelming me, I began to get anxious for her. At the same time of this feeling, I was told that she was unable to relax, she was too nervous. So many uncertainties in her mind, so many thoughts flying through her head.

I began to think about what it would be like to hear those words. In one second I am excited that I would see Jesus…but much of that is overshadowed by the thought of death. I am confident in my faith in God – that doesn’t worry me really. It is just the process that freaks me out.

Pray for my friend. It seems like death is everywhere lately, many blog stories, friends of friends, and now it becomes a little more personal.

In the perspective of death … I am thankful for today. I am content with what I have been given. I feel blessed.

He Speaks…

I read a book early last year – called Pop Goes the Church. You might remember the number of devoted blog postings I wrote on it, I was so excited to read it and share with others about the book. I liked loved the book. I know it is a good book when I can remember key points from what the author said and I know it is GREAT book when I can actually apply some of the things the book was saying to my own life (sometimes I will read books on leadership, organization, and they bore me so much that I will never put the principles into practice).

Anyways, there is a chapter that Tim Stevens, the author of the book, writes on secular music and finding God’s truth everywhere. After reading that chapter I have started listening for God’s truth in the secular music I may listen to, or trying to find redemptive stories in the television shows I watch. When you can overcome the thought that even a Linkin Park song could hold God’s truth, you begin to realize that God is speaking to us everywhere.

I remember when I first realized that Jesus was my Savior and I desperately wanted to hear God’s voice. The pastor talked about hearing his voice, the books I read talked about it, and my friends did the same. I realized that for me, God’s voice probably sounded different (I had some closure with this struggling thought last Fall when I heard an amazing testimony of guy talk about how God talks to him. I will try to find it for you). I began to realize that God can speak to me through the music I hear, through the shows I watch, and I began to find some freedom there.

Recently I have been really digging a Leona Lewis song, Bleeding Love. There are some lines in it where it actually verbalizes what I feel like my relationship with God is like..

But something happened, For the very first time with you, My heart melted into the ground, Found something true, And everyone’s looking ’round , Thinking I’m going crazy …. But nothing’s greater, Than the rush that comes with your embrace, And in this world of loneliness, I see your face, Yet everyone around me, Thinks that I’m going crazy…

I could even include the chorus in that, but the other day when I really felt like I was understanding that this could be one of those “God moments” I felt like Jesus was talking back saying …

But I don’t care what they say, I’m in love with you, They try to pull me away, But they don’t know the truth, My heart’s crippled by the vein, That I keep on closing, You cut me open and I, Keep bleeding, Keep, keep bleeding love, I keep bleeding, I keep, keep bleeding love, Keep bleeding, Keep, keep bleeding love, You cut me open

Is it weird that through hearing this, I was beginning to realize – in a different way – how much pain I cause the guy that saved me from death goes through when he sees me disobey him, or hurt him, or ignore him? Is it weird that people say that God wants absolutely nothing to do with secular music, yet, I after listening to this song, I realized even more how much God loves me.

I think that sometimes we get caught up in the legalism, the things we have to do for God, and forget to realize that HE is all around us, living, moving, speaking.

So…how is God speaking to you this week?