Just a personal post. Some have said they enjoy this, some will never read it, and has no interest. That is cool. I am good with either.
Took time this morning to thank God for his presence in my life and for my wife and family, Wendy and the kids. I have so much to be thankful to Christ for. For without him, it is all futile. He is the giver of all good gifts. The Holy Spirit is reminding me in different ways lately to develop a deeper heart of gratitude.
Last week we moved my father from our home in Morenci to Temperance. He had been there for 49 years. I grew up knowing no other home. It was a little nostalgic for myself and my sister as we packed him up. I know Pam will miss him, as will his grandsons, as they were close to Morenci. I believe it was tough for him to say goodbye to the place, but he is now a mile from me and I have seen him daily. I had lunch with him yesterday. Today we will take a ride around Toledo. Wendy has him eating good, and he is getting settled. One thing is for sure about life, is that it is ever-changing.
I went a couple weeks ago to my first professional woodcarving lesson. It was about 6 hours. Wendy gave it to me for my birthday. It was amazing. I learned under an incredible young man and wood sculpturer from Rochester Hills. His name is Alec Lacasse. He is crazy-talented and a great teacher and brother in Christ. He is only 21 years old and is carving such stunning works. Check out his stuff if you are interested. Click here to go to Alec’s site.
I have been trying to carve more since the lesson so I don’t forget. I love woodcarving. I really sense the Lord’s presence as I carve and an undeniable peace. The lesson helped so much. I plan on another one in December. There are many genres in woodcarving. I am focusing in on realistic face carving.
God put a strong word of encouragement on my heart for the weekend message. If you missed it, and you are in need of a little strength from the Lord, please take a listen and let the Holy Spirit breath faith into your spirit. Click here
Gabe and Levi won their football game on Friday. They are both on Bedford’s Varsity team and doing great. I love going to watch them. One more week and wrestling season is upon us! Hooray!!!
Abby and Justin are busy in Grand Rapids, working, interning, full-time students and all. We miss them and look forward to their visits. I am proud of them.
Looking forward to the rest of this day. Praying about November Series and trying to tune into the will of the Lord for us. I have a million thoughts sometimes so I have to really focus.
Walk with the Lord today. Stand strong in the face of adversity. Don’t compromise your calling to Jesus. I leave you with some of my favorite verses.
12:1-3 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Heb 12:1–3). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.