Singing in the rain…I’m singing in the rain!

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Well, yes, you guessed it.  I really am singing in the rain.  It’s downpouring in Cumberland County today.  We needed the rain so bad.  But now it’s possible for flash flooding!

I love a good rain!  Just watching it come down and then if you get a good thunder/lightning show, it’s just cherry on top.  You see, I’m what they call part melancholy and part choleric.  The choleric is the leader side.  Make decisions.  Get it done.  The melancholy side says,  let me think deeply about life while singing in the rain.

I’m a HUGE Walt Disney World fan.  And without fail, every time my family goes, we always go thru The Great Movie Ride.  This ride takes you slowly thru the progression of how movies became.  One of them is a scene where Gene Kelly is literally singing in the rain.  Although I’ve never seen the movie.  Especially since it’s debut…

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Go Team

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I once considered myself a loner, and even an outcast. The  ridiculous thing is I hung out with a group of outcasts and loners. This was my gang, my posse, my squad or whatever the hip kids are calling it now a days. More importantly we were a team. We knew each others strengths and weaknesses and how to work around them. Were we saving the world or promoting a great cause? No, we were mainly just watching terrible movies and eating junk food, but we knew exactly how to make it happen.

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God vs. Aliens

Couldn’t of said it better myself

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I’ve been really puzzled by a recent theme here lately.

No, not our culture’s questionable obsession with unicorns, or the fact that our White House is turning over faster than a round of tequila shots on Cinco de Mayo.

I’m confused about society’s recent preoccupation with….aliens.

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And if you think that was out of left field, well, so did I.

I mean, I feel like in the last year, we’ve just collectively, as a society, adopted this fixation with aliens! – Just scroll through the Netflix Options, and I swear – 1/3 of the shows have to do with aliens! Stranger Things, Alien Invasion, The X Files, Continuum, Signs, I mean, the list goes on and on.

This stuff is crazy – Tall Greys, Reptilians, The Andromedan – I mean, I did one Google search after listening to a podcast, and daaaang there’s a lot of wild stuff out there.

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Shattered Dreams and God’s Vision

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I’ve always loved larger than life characters. I would read books and watch movies all the time, but my true obsession was pro wrestling (still is to a point).  All sorts of characters, your superheros like Hogan or Cena, business suit wearing rich bad guys like Flair or DiBiase, the crazy brawlers like Brody or Foley, and the Supernatural like Undertaker.

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Is Your Plan God’s plan?

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Much like this blog I am a work in progress. There is a constant state of learning, changing and growing in my life, especially since I’ve started my faith walk. I’ve noticed ones own personal definition of progress may differ not just person to person but also in themselves. Sometimes if a goal is missed or being worked towards they don’t see all the progress they’ve made to get where they currently are. Also sometimes your next goal isn’t the same goal as God’s next goal for you.
For the second week in a row this blog didn’t go as plan. I actually wrote a full blog Tuesday and when I hit the publish button it completely disappeared, save file and everything.  This was the second time as I had lost the first two paragraphs of the original blog that I wrote during my lunch break Tuesday before losing the full blog  later that night. As my usual Wednesday night deadline neared a few additional roadblocks appeared. Thursday morning I sat down to attempt to write for the third time and now not just was the save file gone, but my mind was wiped. The idea I had for this week was still there but the full concept and information I wrote couldn’t be recalled to rewrite.

 

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I’ve been writing in various forms for close to two decades so writer’s block isn’t a new thing. Sometimes its more than writer’s block. Last week we talked about God’s timing and that is always a factor. Are your goals and God’s goals for you the same? Even if they are often the priority order isn’t.
I’ve been running this blog for a little over a month, and also encouraging my pastor and his wife to do their own. This ppast Tuesday when I was planning the original blog for this week I started coming up with some ideas to take this blog thing to the next level.
I was planning big, a concept that was going to be bigger than Joel Osteen and Billy Graham put together. What happens next? I can’t even get a blog to post. I’m sitting here dreaming of being the Mark Zuckerberg of digital ministry and I can’t even get a weekly article up on time.
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Wednesday afternoon I had an epiphany. I realized that over the past few weeks I hadn’t been focusing on my online schooling at Christian Leadership Institute.  I also had not been keeping up with my Bible studies and prayer as much as I should. While my focus was in a good faith based project, I wasnt fully allowing for spiritual growth.
The class I was currently taking was called People Skills for Ministry. It wasn’t a class I was enjoying and wasn’t doing overly well in, I failed two of my first three quizzes. I often joke I don’t like people, but persons are OK. I was already thinking negatively about this class and put it off as much as possible. All kidding aside ask someone who knows me and they would say I’m probably more of a people person than most.
So God put it on my heart to refocus on this class and take it seriously. He has a plan for me and here I was slowfooting. Wednesday evening I read about a dozen chapters and took 3 quizzes finishing my People Skills for Ministry class with a B-, a full letter grade higher than I originally expected.
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He also refocused my spiritual growth plan. I needed to put more effort into praying regular and Bible reading while not falling behind on my studies. How could I do this? The answer was simple take two classes at once. You say JP3 you were putting off one now you want to do two, how does that make things easier? Simple my next two classes are on what I need most in spiritual growth, prayer and Jesus. I’ll be starting the Prayer course and New Testament courses soon.
So where does that leave my plans for being the Steve Jobs of faith blogging? It’s a work in progress. Just because my plan isn’t happening at a 100 miles an hour doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen, or that it isn’t God’s plan for me. It just means I’m not ready for that step and he’s getting me prepared.
There will be changes and advancements to this blog in weeks and months to come, and if the concept he is giving me grows and becomes what I believe it has the potential to become, I have to make sure I’m following his blueprints.
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His Timing Not Yours

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In the Summer of 2014 I’d been married less than a year, had a three year old son and we’d just moved into our first apartment together after previously living with Liz’s father. Also that Summer the company that I had worked for the past two years was bought out and by that Fall my office was shut down and I was laid off.  I would be unemployed for about a year and a lot would happen in that time.

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Break down the wall

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Recently I was reading an article about how my generation had been reclassified. Being born in the early 80s people my age don’t fully identify with Millennials or Generation X so we’ve been dubbed Xennials.  Generation X were mostly adults before the huge technology boom of almost everyone having internet and cell phones, and Millennials for the most part won’t remember a time when they didn’t have instant access to their favorite forms of entertainment. Xennials on the other hand grew up in the middle of the technology revolution.

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This Little Light…

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For the past few weeks I’ve been considering our options at my church Restoration House as we make plans to reorganize and rebuild our youth ministry. During my 35 years I’ve been to quite a few different churches and spent many years away from the faith, which is a story for another time. I started thinking back to my early years and my first memories of church.

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Routine

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Like most people, when I wake up in the morning my first thought is I don’t want to, instead of being grateful for the fact that I woke up. At some point after a couple snooze buttons I usually reach for my phone, just in case I missed something on Facebook in the few hours I was asleep. Then from the urging of my bladder I head to the bathroom, on most days this is either followed by getting ready for work or making breakfast for my kids, some days both. This is followed by thinking of all the things I need to do trying to figure out how I’m going to make it all happen.

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