The Big 50…
August 27, 2008, 10:30 am
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No I am not turning 50.  This is my 50th post on here.  I think it is sad that it is that low.  Hopefully now that I am in the office more I can get some blogs out.  Right now I just want to share what has been going on in my life.

1.  Right now Hannah and I are in the middle of a Daniel Fast.  We are just seeking God with everything in our life.  The Fostering deal is getting frustrating because we have been licensed for several weeks now with no phones at all about children.  We know that God wanted us to do this but it sucks waiting!  I am a very positive person and it has been hard to stay positive with this.  I am not that patient of a person.  I am a got to have it now kind of guy.  Right now though we are just seeking God’s will and asking him to put the right child with us.  We need your prayers.

2.  The youth room is done and we worship in there sunday night.  I am really excited because my brother in law Josh is going to be leading worship.  He is a very gifted person and is excited to get to lead again.  I know you have probably been wondering when I am going to post some pictures.  I plan on posted some next week.  Be ready!

3.  God has been calling me out on a lot of things lately.  I love the book of John (which is what I am reading during the fast) because it is pretty much written in red.  Jesus words have been speaking right into my heart.  

4.  I am speaking sunday at church. Please pray that it goes well and that God will move through the church and into the community.  I believe spiritual break through can happen if people jump on board with what I speak on.

5.  I have been planning what the youth are going to be doing this fall and winter.  I am really excited about some of the series that I am going to be speaking.  We have some really cool events too.  One that I am really excited about is the TOMS Party.  It is going to be really cool.

6.  Fuel is coming up and we may have one of the biggest groups that SC has ever had.  (I really am not sure of that so don’t hold me to that.)  We have 10 people coming so far.  Several of them are ministry students.  2 of them are ones that I am bringing.  I believe these students are going to do some amazing things.  Be ready CHURCH!


Fostering Update
August 5, 2008, 2:04 pm
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We received an email today about our Fostering process.  We are now certified Foster Parents!  Now we are just waiting on the phone call from DSS with a child.  They could call at anytime (Could be 3 in the morning and they will still call).  

Please pray that God will send us the child that he wants us to adopt. His will be done.

We are finished!
July 9, 2008, 9:47 am
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The lead test yesterday came back negative.  Thanks so much for your prayers.  So now what is next?

They are sending our stuff off to the state office.  Once the state has received that it takes about a week for us to becoming licensed foster parents.  Now the wait for a baby begins!

Conversation with one of my students
April 22, 2008, 9:17 am
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Yesterday I was having a text messaging conversation with one of my teens about Fostering.  They were really excited about it.  I was telling them about what was going on in my head then and how I was really excited and scared at the same time.  Their response was amazing. Check it out…

Me:  I’m excited/scared/thinking this is the craziest thing I’ve ever done in my life.

Student: It is said that the greatest things in life are those that are scary.  No great moments in a person’s life can take place without fear for if it is not scary then it is not great.

Me:  That is pretty profound.

Student: Thanks but it is not me who is performing the profound thing it is you.  Through this act of life the child and yourself will be changed for the better.  That is the most profound noble act that a human being can embark upon. The life and soul of one of God’s beautiful creatures lies in your hands,that not my words are profound.

I don’t know about you but those words really impacted my life.  It was so cool to see a student that I minister to every week ministering me and lifting me up.  Like I said I am really excited but also a little scared but the excitement makes up for me being scared.

To Pastors.  Are you letting others minister to you????

Fostering to Adopt?…What?
April 21, 2008, 10:16 am
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Here lately I have been in the book of James studying and God has been challenging me.  Several weeks ago, I was reading James 1.  Then God jumped off the page at me when I read James 1:27.  I showed it to Hannah and she was like yeah ok.  She understood it but it didn’t jump out to her the same way.  Then Hannah and I went up to Summit Church for a ministry conference.  It was really good.  Dwight Smith straight up brought it. In the middle of him talking about the Church’s need to reset it’s default and become missional, he started talking about James 1 and how he and his wife have adopted kids.  I was like what the crap!  What are you up to God???  As soon as Hannah and I got into the car I asked her the question?  What did God say to you today?  She said “We need to Adopt.”  My response was “I was afraid you would say that because God told me the same thing.”

We went to visit our parents up in North Carolina that day and we told my mom.  She was really supportive.  She said “have you thought about Fostering to Adopt.”  We were like ????????  We have never thought about that.  Plus Hannah and I had always planned on having our biological children first then adopting later.  I guess God laughed at us when we told him our plans.

Got a phone call from Austin Porter and I told him the news so he would pray for us.  He said “have you thought about Fostering to Adopt?”  Again we were like ok what is happening here because 5 mins. before that my mom said the same thing.  So he gave me a number of a friend that works for DSS that he went to High School with and said just give her a call and see.

Later that night we were playing wii with both of our parents and we told Hannah’s parents.  What did they say?  “Have you ever thought about Fostering to Adopt.”  WOW!  God is up to something so we decided that monday we would look into it.

Our prayer through all of this is God open and close doors if this isn’t your will.  Monday the door was wide open and it has been wide open ever since. Everyone we have told has been all for it. (I personally think it is one of the crazy things ever.) So Hannah and I are now in the process to be Foster parents.  We will see what God does next.  Please pray for us though.