Faith Noelle

Faith Noelle

Such a precious life. To be given the opportunity to be Faith’s uncle is truly a blessing. So excited for her first birthday!

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Growing Pains

Growing up… The time where you leave the nest, spread your wings and venture out on your own. The moment when you are your own person and can finally decide when you want to go to bed, if you want to leave your house a mess or be a neat freak. I dreamed of that day when I was a child. I dreamed of a time where rules went out the window and I could eat my dessert before I ate dinner, I could play video games all day and no one would say anything about it,  and last but not least I could hang out with who I wanted whenever I wanted. The fantasy and the reality are 2 very different things though. The joys of growing up definitely outweigh the pains, but the fact remains growing up isn’t quite what I expected. Needless to say I wouldn’t change anything about it. The pains of growing up are a part of life and something that it seems fewer and fewer people are able to handle. It seems that when faced with adversity or struggles people typically revert to their childish ways of thinking instead of taking responsibility and managing the situation like an adult. You can still have good time but responsible thinking should be paramount in your life. It is true that you reap what you sow. If you invest in making a good decisions while you are young, your older self will thank you and benefit from those good decisions.

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I went to church today for the first time in what seemed like forever. For those of you who know me this is kind of a surprise because I am almost always talking about the things of God. I had lost my FOCUS. In fact, I had somewhat given in to my worldly desire of striving for “success” in the manner that the world sees it. Needless to say the art of focusing ON myself is one that I can do with ease. I have been thinking that I was completely unsatisfied with the current job I have and the location that GOD has placed me in. All this time, I never realized that it was my lack of intimacy and closeness with God that was the issue and NOT the current job I have (which is a major blessing). You see I am a big picture person I focus ON the larger portions in life and mostly miss out on the little details. This kind of mindset is great if you combine it with the short term details as well, but not on its own. Today in church, God allowed me to realize that all I had been doing was focusing on MYSELF. He wants an intimate relationship with us, not to just be who we pray to when there is a problem. So now I am in the process of regaining my focus, to be the man who God wants me to be, to be the husband my wife needs me to be, and the father someday who my children need me to be. Sometimes what is most important is right in front of you and you can’t see it through the chaos in your life. Sometimes all you can do is sit, pray, and focus on seeing the little brushstrokes that create the bigger picture.

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