Christmas Gophers!!!

gopher-family-shot1This moment was kind of scary…The Cains have a serious gopher problem in their yard. Kevin is running with the gopher’s egg from the largest gopher behind the big oak tree in the background. Michael was attacked and pulled through the gopher’s tunnel. Tony (red) is trying to get to Michael before the gopher pulls him all the way through the hole. I am running after the third gopher in order to save the children.  Evan (#7) and Justin (white)….have no clue that we have been invaded by gophers and that explains why they are doing nothing. Don’t worry…Michael was fine. Tony stomped on the gopher hole and the the gopher shot out of one of the knot holes in the oak tree…he was deader than a hammer. The other gophers took one look at Seth’s fashion statement and his GGBL(Got Gophers Break Legs) t-shirt and ran off.

So…. we went inside to open Christmas presents. Another great family Christmas!!!

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Who pushed the PAUSE button?

j0432687Ever felt like someone pushed the pause button?  That’s sort of the way I am feeling lately.  I’m not complaining or whining, just making an observation.  Have you ever just stopped and thought, wow, how did this all come to be?

We had a great Christmas and my wife, Dana said that she thinks it’s the best one in a good while.  Christmas is a great time to reflect all the blessings and memories of the past year, but it’s also a good time to evaluate and sum up all that has transpired over the year.

I don’t know…I just feel like this year someone pushed the PAUSE button and I’m ready to move forward.

Happy New Year to all!!!

Wow…!!!!

I can’t put it into words.  If you get a chance later on this week, go to the following site and see the December 21st service at North Point.

http://www.northpoint.org/messages

I’ve never experienced Christmas this way and I’ve been a Christian nearly 25 years.  Just….no words.

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A Great Gift – Continued

You will have to read the post prior to this one for all of this to make since.

So, today we go into the training room for our devotional and prayer time and the person who normally leads the time is out for the day.  A guy says to me, “I’ll read the verse and the comment on the devotion card…will you pray for us?”  Of course I said, “Yes.”

Here is the verse and I wish I had the commentary to share with you as well.  The lump in my throat got gi-normous.  Here it is:

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17

I was blown away, but I talked to God like there was no one in the room but the two of us.  They may not know who I am at this job I have, but they know whose I am.

JESUS RULES!!!

A Great Gift

I had a change in my job situation back in August.  I went from having one, to not having one.  Basically, there was a difference in opinion of leadership and direction issues that I felt was totally the opposite for what God made me.  When the time presented itself, I resigned.  It’s been an adventure, but it was the right decision.

OK.  As many Americans, I had no idea that our country was quite in the financial turmoil that it’s in, but it is.  Obviously, that has slowed down the job search, but I have found one and it looks like I will be starting in January.  Thanks to so many of you for your prayers. 

Now, I’ll get to the real story.  Due to the time that I have had available while interviewing, I decided to take an hourly job at a services company near the Gwinnett Civic Center.  The company has been very accommodating and flexible.  I have worked there for three weeks. 

Basically, the job is mailing, packaging of HR, marketing materials and other odds and ends services.  Our day starts at 7:30am and ends at 4:00pm.  We have two fifteen minute breaks and a thirty minute lunch.  You know, like Fred Flintstone and the gang.  I have to admit, my pride was a little bruised the first few days, but I have come to realize that I have been given a GREAT GIFT by having this job. 

After the first break, these people have a prayer and quick devotion time before getting back on the clock.  I have kept quiet and most of them have no idea of my background, but I love this God time together.  It is such a blessing and so real.  I have become friends with many of these people and I have done it in my own quirky way and it’s been good.  I’ve been able to help a few of these people a little, but they have helped me more than they know.

If anyone reading this is going through some uncertain times, can I remind you that there may be a GREAT GIFT right there in front of you and it may be the presence of God, the father, waiting for you to acknowledge Him. 

For me, I have been given a GREAT GIFT and now I go start each day with a watchful heart to see what God is going to do next. 

 JESUS RULES!!!

“For I know the plans I have for you,”  declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.” 

Jeremiah 29: 11-13

Fly Like An Eagle

FLY LIKE AN EAGLE is one of my favorite Steve Miller Band songs.  He had some cool stuff and wasn’t a bad guitar player.

On another note, I think I flew more like a sack of potatoes Tuesday.  I had to fly to Boston and back for an interview and the airline that I flew was not flying like an eagle either.

My original flight was at 8:40am.  After we waited 30 minutes on the plane they replaced two parts and still had issues.  They had us come off the plane and get in line to get our reassignments.  Next, we walked quite a distance to another gate and boarded that plane for a 9:45am flight.  The plane left at 10:55.  Nough said.

I arrived in Boston at 1:00pm and called my contact.  We met for an hour and a half at the Hilton at Boston’s Logan airport due to the lack of time I now had in my schedule.

At Logan airport I received my boarding pass and the gate, flight, and seat number were all changed.  I waited at the gate until 4:30pm for my 4:40pm flight and they told us that we would have to go to another gate to catch a different flight to Atlanta.  It was on the other side of the terminal.  Everyone booked it and we stood in line to get our new flight and seat numbers.  We boarded the plane and waited 20 minutes.

The pilots for both flights actually did well to try and make up some of the time, but when we landed in Atlanta and made it to the assigned gate there was no walk way for us.  There were no employees at that gate to get it done, so we had to wait for about 20 minutes (the time the pilot had made up).

All in all, my interview went well and I got home at 8:30pm.  What a day!

FLY LIKE AN EAGLE

By the way, the airline is huge and it’s hub is in Atlanta.  Guess who?