Thursday, December 31, 2009
The main thing I did was deactivate my iPhone Cell service. I got a simple Japanese Cell phone now that works just fine. I have many reasons why I decided to get rid of it, but mainly it's just because it was beginning to become and idol in my life. I just really feel like I need to get back to the basics.
So I still need to get rid of the iPhone itself, and I have some ideas about how to do that.
Anyways...I'm very excited about what God has been doing in my life lately, and I look forward to seeing what else He has in store for me.
Finally I would just like to close this post with song lyrics that I think are appropriate for my situation right now...
God's Refining Fire
by Mac Lynch
Oh Lord we pray thy will be done, or Master here am I.
We pray you'd do a mighty work, that to the flesh we die.
And when the answer comes to us in form of trial and test,
We fail to see your loving hand, refining fire is best.
God's refining fire, God's refining fire.
May it purge me now and make of me what you require.
Oh Lord feed the fire, your refining fire.
Now as gold and silver must be tried, Lord may my heart be purified.
Lord send your great refining fire.
That I may stand when you appear, abide till your return.
Oh place the fire perfectly that all my dross be burned.
Whether furnace of affliction Lord, or unfulfilled desire,
Bring forth a vessel pure and tried, by your refining fire.
God's refining fire, God's refining fire.
May it purge me now and make of me what you require.
Oh Lord feed the fire, your refining fire.
Now as gold and silver must be tried, Lord may my heart be purified.
Lord send your great refining fire.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I'm pretty excited also because Hannah's family sent me "My Utmost for His Highest" for Christmas, and I'm excited about getting into that this year. I also realized how much I need to start getting back into memorizing scripture...that has always been one of my weak points, ever since I was back in AWANA's.
So anyways...if any of you want to share your new years resolutions, I would be glad to hear them! May God bless you all this year!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Come, come unto me, all you who are weary, all who are weak, tired and lonely.
Come, come unto me. Strong arms will enfold you, and lift you up. Oh, Come unto me.
Come, come unto me. Bring me all your burdens. Show me your wounds and I'll soothe them.
Come come unto me. Drink now of My goodness and rest your soul. Oh come unto me.
All are invited there's none who aren't welcome to know of my comfort and peace.
My arms are opened and My voice is calling to come, simply trust and believe.
Oh, come, come unto me. Live with Me forever. All those who seek Me will find Me!
Oh, come, come unto me. Strong arms will enfold you, and lift you up. Oh, come unto me.
I'll lift you up. Oh, come unto Me!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Please be praying for Hannah and I both as we pick up the pieces and try to move on...
Monday, December 7, 2009
And as you can probably tell from my countdown on the sidebar...the days are getting really close till when I'll be able to finally meet Hannah in person...I can't wait...God has blessed me so much by bringing her into my life, and I will finally be able to see her face to face...
Please be praying that I have a safe trip!
Friday, November 13, 2009
I need to...
1. Say thanks and link to the person who gave you the award.
2. Share ten "honest" things about myself (in some of these cases, I have discovered that the word "honest" is synonymous with "embarrassing").
3. Award this to seven people who's blog design/content I admire or who have encouraged me, and inform them of their win and of the rules of this award.
Now I will list my ten honesties: ;)
1. I really want to go to New Albany, Indiana!
2. My Mom’s nickname for me is “Bubba Stinky.”
3. I took about three lessons on the violin when I was probably 8 years old…but lost interest.
4. I have a love-hate relationship with my deployments. I love them because off all the cool places I’m able to go to, but I hate them because I’m away from my church family in Japan, and communication with Hannah is so hard.
5. I have a terrible fear of sleeping in too late…so I set 5 alarms on my phone to make sure I get up.
6. I really miss High School sometimes. I miss how all I had to do was get up each morning and go to school…it was so much simpler back then…growing up is not easy!
7. I can’t wait till I get out of the Navy and can to go college!
8. I really like spinach…I know it’s weird…
9. When I was little I wanted to be a sheep farmer…
10. I can’t wait till Christmas…for many reasons that most of you already know…
I award the "Honest Scrap" award to:
Bug just because…well, you know!
Kylo, because I have to award at least one guy…I can’t be too biased towards the ladies.
Rosebud, because she’s always been a good friend.
Ana, because her blog has always been a huge encouragement to me.
Leah, because she takes amazing pictures, and also writes some amazing stuff like her sister.
Rebekah, because she’s always commenting on my blog, and I feel badly that I don’t comment on hers more…
And Ashley Greenfield, because I miss hearing from her!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Thank you doesn't seem like saying enough to all of you wonderful men and women of the United States Navy. I’m sure you’re wondering what motivated us to contact you, so please let me explain. Over the past few months here in our hometown we have noticed a change in peoples attitude toward Military Service. We don’t see the Yellow Ribbons and American Flags like we used to and it seems that the idea of another Terrorist attack is farther and farther from people’s minds. Some have gone as far as to forget that we truly do live in a dangerous world and there are indeed certain groups of people who wish us harm for simply being American. It seems a far cry from a few short years ago when everyone knew the quality of those that serve our country and were deeply committed to supporting their efforts.
I think that what is most often missed now days is the defense of Freedom, and with that, those who have committed their lives to do so. At a time when we, the ordinary citizens, are consumed with Carbon Emissions and Universal Health Care, we find it all too easy to forget those that truly make a difference in the lives of people around the world, the United States Armed Forces. Unfortunately, some of our fellow citizens ignore the amazing accomplishments of our Military over the past 8 years, and focus on issues that sound really good but in the long run don’t accomplish very much. I won’t pretend to understand the nuances of International Diplomacy or Domestic Policy, however I do know that there are tens of thousands of people in war torn areas who greet even a rumor of the arrival of the United States Military with gratitude and relief. They do this because they know that with these Men and Women comes a chance for peace, security, and the hope for a better tomorrow. I am not sure why we don’t see more of these facts on the Evening News.
Our family simply believes that your efforts are just, and they are having an impact far beyond the security of our beloved country. In these chaotic times we as parents often lament the lack of someone our children can look up to and aspire to follow. Faced with this, we begin to think there are no more Heroes left in the world that embody the qualities that we hope for in future generations. We want to believe in someone who will every day demonstrate the Respect, Self Sacrifice, and Moral Character that is so scarce in our society today even in some of our most trusted elected officials. If only we could open our eyes and see that there are those that still embrace these qualities and realize that they are what we have been hoping for. It is you, the Men and Women of the United States Navy, who are the HEROES that this nation so desperately depends on.
These are not merely empty words of praise, but are heartfelt and sincere due to our own personal experiences. The Sailors it has been our pleasure to know have been a source of strength and joy to my family and I through good times and bad. They have served as an inspiration to my children who view them not as the poor Sailor who is stuck on a Ship somewhere but rather as the Sailor who, as my youngest daughter puts it, “helps keep the bad people away and helps people when they can’t help themselves”. This selfless Dedication to others is what sets the United States Navy apart from the rest of us, and it truly does give, at least our family, peace of mind knowing that you are always there. I have often asked myself, how do you tell someone that is willing to endure untold hardships, danger on and unimaginable scale, and possibly sacrifice their very lives to defend us, how much you appreciate them? I truly wish that I could come up with something that would be an inspiration to you but all I can offer is the voice of one American family to simply say “Thank You”. I hope with this you will understand why you all mean so much to us and why that I felt I had to do something to let you know. If I was to ever ask you for anything it would be this, always remember that you are not forgotten and our only wish is that we could do more to support you.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
O, my soul is worn and weary, I'm goin' home.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
He said "keep driving."
Cars began to pull over to the side, the storm was getting worse.
"What should I do?" The young lady asked.
"Keep driving," her father replied.
On up a few feet, she noticed that eighteen wheelers were also pulling over.
She told her dad, "I must pull over, I can barely see ahead. It is terrible, and everyone is pulling over!"
Her father told her, "Don't give up, just keep driving!"
Now the storm was terrible, but she never stopped driving, and soon she could see a little more clearly. After a couple of miles she was again on dry land, and the sun came out.
Her father said, "Now you can pull over and get out."
She said "But why now?"
He said "When you get out, look back at all the people that gave up and are still in the storm, because you never gave up your storm is now over."
This is a testimony for anyone who is going through "hard times". Just because everyone else, even the strongest, gives up. You don't have to...if you keep going, soon your storm will be over and the sun will shine upon your face again.
This was in an email I got from Hannah's Mom today. It was very encouraging to me, especially right now. It's been hard for me, especially being on deployment, not being able to be with Hannah. I mean I know that in a little over a month I will finally be able to see her, but even after that...I still have to come back to Japan when my leave is over. There is a little less than two years till I'll be able to spend as much time with Hannah as I want. It's a little overwhelming at times to think about. Hannah's mom has said in the past, that if Hannah and I can make it through this, we can handle anything that life could throw at us in the future. If we push through this storm using the strength the Lord gives us, we will come through on the other side of this storm stronger because we didn't give up, we kept chugging along.
I hope and pray that this was encouragement to you.
Monday, October 19, 2009
So my Division Officer told me who to go talk to about my leave...so I went and talked to him, and it turns out my name is on the matrix. It actually turns out that the leave matrix is on the ships network, and I could have looked at it at any time! So, I'm going on leave, it's official!
I will depart from Narita Airport in Tokyo, at 5:10 PM, and will arrive in Houston 1:50 PM for my two hour layover. I depart Houston Airport at 3:45 PM, and arrive in Cleveland at 7:34 PM.
I will be going back and forth between Indiana and Ohio, visiting My family, Hannah, and Hannah's family. I can't wait! By the time I see Hannah (Bug) in person, I will have known her almost 6 months. Believe me, by then I will be so ready to see the girl who has blessed my life so much!
Thank you everyone for all your prayers...they were greatly appreciated, and of course they were answered!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I would like to quote a passage of scripture from Matthew 23:
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear to be righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Just like the Pharisees in their day, we make the same mistake today! We go to church, because we know the people at church will wonder where we were, and they might question our spirituality...we pray overly wordy and long prayers, because it makes us appear to be spiritual...and the list goes on. I think you get the point I'm trying to make. The question we must ask ourselves, is..."what is my motivation for what I am doing?" or "do I have the right heart attitude about doing it." So often we allow our Christianity to become so much of a rote "religion" that we forget about the relationship that we are to have in our hearts with the Lord.
I would urge everyone to examine their lives. Look at what you do carefully, and make sure that you have the right God honoring motivation for your actions. Make sure you are doing what you are doing because you know it pleases the Lord, and you want to serve the Lord who died on the cross for your sins! What greater motivation can we have for our actions than that?
Monday, September 21, 2009
The main reason why I wanted to post is because I wanted to make sure to let you know why it's been so long since I blogged. I plan on blogging soon...at least as soon as I can think of something to blog about.
Please pray for the safety of my ship, and also continue to pray for my leave request which has yet to come back. I think my patience and Hannah's patience...are beginning to run a little thin. So please pray that I get the request back soon, and that it approved of course!
Take care everyone!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Some days it seemed like it just happened yesterday. I remember that day pretty vividly...I was in the 7th grade. I remember when they made the announcement at my school...they came on the school PA during my Art class, and said that an attack had been made on the United States...I had no idea what they were talking about to be honest. I went through out the day hearing bits and pieces of what had gone on. They were saying that attacks had been made on the World Trade Centers, and the Pentagon. They said that planes had flown into them. I remember thinking..."Don't they have air traffic controllers to make sure things like this don't happen?"
I didn't fully understand the gravity of what had happened until I went home. I turned on the TV so that I could see what happened. I saw footage of planes flying into the World Trade Centers...I was completely horrified. If I remember correctly, originally I thought I was home alone, but it turns out Sara was home, but she was in her room taking a nap...I guess she had been watching so much of it, she couldn't take watching it anymore. I remember just sitting there in shock!
Unlike attacks like Pearl Harbor which we often compare it to...this event was much different. In regards to Pearl Harbor, almost everyone who was killed was in the Military...these were people who joined the military, understanding that they ultimately could end up giving their lives to save the country they loved. Sure it was still a horrible tragedy that we will not forget...but it was almost expected for a military base like it to be a target. The World Trade Centers on the other hand were civilian installations. They were your regular "Average Joes" going to work...not having any idea that they were risking their lives by going into work...they were just going to work like every other civilian was doing that day. Little did they know what would happen that day...
I myself can thank the Lord that he preserved my friends and family that day. I have a great uncle who works at the Pentagon, and he was going to be working in the area of the building where it was attacked, but he ended up having a doctors appointment that morning, and wasn't scheduled to come in until late...so he was spared. I also have a friend that I met while here in Japan named Ann Jackson...she was working in the Pentagon that day...but was in a different section of the building at the time of the attack. If the Lord hadn't seen fit to spare her...I would have missed out on the blessing of meeting her, and making a very good friend!
In closing I would just like to say that we should never forget the events of that day! To forget would be to allow it to possibly happen again. We must never forget so that we can ensure an event such as this never happens again...that we never look the other way when terrorism runs rampant. We must be careful to assure that countries that harbor terrorist's have a proper fear of our country, and that we ensure that no organization ever thinks that we have let our guard down enough that they can attack us again. We must never forget...
Monday, September 7, 2009
Many people have heard the expression above before, probably. Never has this expression become more real to me, than since I joined the Navy. You've probably all heard the expression..."to swear like a sailor"...well let me tell you...it is very true! People in the Navy, are some of the most dirty mouthed people I have ever met in my life. They talk about very inappropriate things almost all the time!
Well, one thing that has bothered me since I joined the Navy, is that you meet these "Christians" in the Navy...who swear just as bad as the other sailors. I've always been very critical toward them, and wondering how they can claim to be committed Christians, and say the things they do? But I came to a realization, that I want to present to you...
So, this is very hard for me to admit...but on two occasions, since I joined the Navy...I have slipped out with swear words. They came out so fast, that I didn't have time to pull them back. Of course each time I felt terrible, and apologized to the Lord profusely after each time...but it make me realize something...it's easier than I thought to slip into this "dirty mouthed sailor mentality." You hear it so much on the job in the Navy...that if you are not extremely careful, and relying on the Lord at all times...garbage can get in very easily.
So this made me reevaluate my Christian Shipmates...if I have slipped up these two times...how can I be so judgemental toward these other Christians? God created me as a very stubborn individual...I don't give into peer pressure very easily! I think I got the stubbornness from my mom...but anyways...if I'm so stubborn, and willfully trying my best to live my life right for God...and I slipped up those two times...what's to say that other Christians might slip up even more? I mean, I was raised in a Christian home...where many words that would not be considered that bad in today's society were considered swear words...so what's to say these new Believers, aren't going to struggle more than me?
Am I trying to justify my slip ups, or trying to excuse the actions of my Christian Shipmates? No! If anything this realization has made me more determined to live everyday, moment by moment with the Lord...so I can guard myself from slipping up like this. But this has helped me to understand them a little better. One thing I've realized is that the Navy is preparing me sooo well for the Ministry...because of my time in the Navy. The Navy has helped me understand sooo much more of the world, and so many new different kinds of people! He is broadening my horizons, so that I can better minister to a wider variety of people.
If I had gone right from High School, to College, and then on to be a Pastor...I would have had such a small range of people that I would understand, and be able to interact with. But now since the Navy...I honestly believe that the Lord could send me to almost anywhere in the world...and I would be comfortable with it!
I just want to close by saying that God knows what He's doing in your life. You may see the times you slip up, and see the mistakes you make, and allow that sin to eat you alive, but I believe that is the wrong approach. God has forgiven us of every sin we have committed, and He can use those trials, and tests to shape us into the Christians He wants us to be!
Friday, September 4, 2009
In the Navy we get 30 days leave each year. The last time I went on leave was last year for Christmas. This year the plan is for me to come home on the 2nd of December through the 26th. "Bug" and I have made so many plans for when I'm home, and we are praying so hard that it all works out!
I put in my request to take leave, and hopefully should know by the end of this month if it is approved! So if you think of me, or "bug" please pray! She has been such a huge blessing to me, and I want so badly to meet her in person!
The prayers are greatly appreciated!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
When I was in Hich School my choir teacher was always talking about passion. She said that "No matter what you do, you put everything into it. You be passionate about everything you do!" I have adopted this as my own. I believe that this would be God's will for our life as well.
Col. 3:23 says: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.
I believe this word heartily can be substituted for passionatelely. We must do everything in our lives as if we are doing it for the Lord, and not for men. You see men in the world, will disapoint us. They will say things that make us want to give up, will make us want to allow ourselves to become apathetic. But God is always faithful to us, he will never fail us. I don't know about you, but that makes me feel passionate about doing things for the Lord!
This is one of the reasons why I decided to name my blog "My Life, My Passions, My God..." My idea with my blog is that it will be about things that go on in my life, it will be about my passions in life, and of course most imptortantly my God. My hope and prayer is that my blog would be a blessing to you all!
Monday, August 24, 2009
It's especially during the winter time. Over here in Japan they have no daylight savings time, so during the winter time, the sun sets by 4 in the afternoon. Many times, that is when I'm just getting off the ship. Not very cool... needless to say I get really pale.
Well anyways, getting to the point...today I actually got some sun! I was up on the main deck painting one of platforms, and I've got a little bit of color on my face, and on my arms. Pretty cool huh?
Alright so I know this is a really random post, and I usually don't post things that are this short, but I wanted to post something because it's been a while. This post was Hannah's idea actually. She told me that I should clarify that the title of this post says I "feel" like a mole, I don't look like a mole. That would be kind of weird if I looked like a mole...
Sunday, August 9, 2009
One verse specifically outlines the way of salvation in pretty plain English. I would like to go to Romans 10:8-10:
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
This passage of scripture, I believe very plainly lays out the way of salvation. We must come before God in a humble spirit, confessing to the Lord that we believe in Him, and believe in our hearts that He was raised from the dead. Only then can we have salvation.
You notice how this passage uses the word heart? It says we must believe in our heart. The bible itself says that just merely believing that God exists is not enough. In James 2:19 it says Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe and tremble. You see, even demons believe in God, but do we say that demons can have salvation? Of course not! This idea of believing in your heart is key!
So what does this whole heart thing mean? Well, I’d like to do a little bit of a side study on the heart. I think that examining this idea will help us better understand this idea of believing in our hearts.
It says in Matthew 6:20 & 21 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The bible uses heart as a way of signifying what our whole purpose is focused on. Whatever we put first in our lives, that is where our heart is. The very center of our being, our motivation for doing things, lies in our heart.
I would like to cite another bible verse that seems to point toward this “heart belief.” Matthew 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand in their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
This idea of “heart believing” I believe in my heart (pardon the pun) is where our salvation truly lies. It is that we realize deep down inside our very being that Christ died on the cross for us, and rose again on the third day. We realize that we did not deserve it, but He freely gave it.
One problem I know we as imperfect humans do, is we often like to add things to this. We like to say, well yes, you must believe in your heart, but you must also__________(insert action.). This I believe is where we get way off track!
I would like to examine scripture to support this belief. Galatians 2:16 says: Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Another verse I would like to cite is a more well known passage…Ephesians 2:8 & 9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. I think those verses speak for themselves.
Along these lines I have found that some people believe that Baptism is required to have salvation. In part I agree with this. I will explain…
In Matthew 3:11 it says I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.
Here you see what I mean by in a way I agree with this belief. When we accept Christ, He bestows upon us the Holy Spirit. We are then baptized by the Holy Ghost. This idea of physical baptism by emersion, being required in order to have salvation, I must take issue with. As I have stated before God’s word clearly states that there is no righteous work that we can do to earn salvation, how then can we argue that physical baptism is required to earn salvation? The bible often refers to salvation as “baptism by the Holy Ghost,” or similar like uses, as referred to in Matthew 3:11.
The Bible overwhelmingly points toward Baptism merely being a step of obedience for the Christian. For example, Saul after he is converted is baptized. Jesus, before he begins His ministry is baptized.
A verse that I found which seems to refer to baptism directly is I Peter 3:21. It says: The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answers of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I can’t get passed that word “save” in this verse. It seems to point to baptism being required for salvation, but it also says that baptism is the answer “of a good conscience toward God. This seems to point toward Baptism as a step of obedience. I must admit, at this point I could not reason an answer, so I referred to my Matthew Henry commentary for guidance. It states: "To prevent mistakes, the apostle declares what he means by saving baptism; not the outward ceremony of washing with water, which, in itself, does no more than put away the filth of the flesh, but that baptism of which the baptismal water formed the sign. Not the outward ordinance, but when a man, by the regeneration of the Spirit, was enabled to repent and profess faith, and purpose a new life, uprightly, and as in the presence of God. Let us beware that we rest not upon outward forms. Let us learn to look on the ordinances of God spiritually, and to inquire after the spiritual effect and working of them on our consciences. We would willingly have all religion reduced to outward things. But many who were baptized, and constantly attended the ordinances, have remained without Christ, died in their sins, and are now past recovery."
This look at this verse seems to be right in line with what the rest of God’s word says. I know that God’s word says we are to search his word for the truth, but it also says to seek Godly wisdom. I have not had an adequate education in this area, and therefore, feel I must appeal to someone more knowledgeable than me to better understand portions of God’s word.
So therefore in closing, I must conclude that salvation comes from a “heart belief” that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, and rose again on the third day. We come to God and acknowledge our lack of ability to save ourselves through physical actions, and bow before Him humbly taking the righteousness he allowed to be bestowed on us through His death on the cross. Baptism does not save us, except maybe the “baptism” of putting on of the Holy Spirit which Christ bestows on us when we accept Him.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
I struggled with this big time....I found myself spending a lot of time on the computer, and spending money on things I didn't need, to maybe make me feel less lonely. I tried to depend on the Lord, and it helped a great deal, but to be honest...I'm an imperfect human, I have a hard time learning lessons like this. I wanted so badly to have somebody with me. I found myself calling home more and more during the week to have some kind of feeling like there was somebody with me.
Finally the Lord brought my friend Luci into my life. Luci was just what I needed. She helped me feel less lonely, and I helped her by being a the Christian friend she needed. We spent so much time together. Every weekend it was me and Luci hanging out, whether going out into town, or just sitting on a park bench talking. There was nothing more than friendship between us...we just helped keep each other company because we had no one else to depend on but the Lord. Well, when May of this year came around, Luci went underway. Her ship was going to be leaving, and not coming back for a long time. In fact, by the time her ship was going to be coming back, my ship was going to be going on a long underway. So we both knew when she left, we weren't going to be seeing each other till the end of November. I didn't know what I was going to do. I knew that this was the ultimate test from God to see if I would depend on Him for strength. I think this is where it finally began to sink in. I was beginning to learn the lesson God was trying to teach me. I had resigned to the fact that I probably wouldn't find "someone" until college, and I was okay with that.
Well on June 16th I go to my shop to check my email like I always do, and I see I have a message in my inbox, from some random girl in Indiana, and the rest is History. It's been about a month and half now, and I feel like I have known her my entire life. We talk about anything, and everything! We've even decided that over Christmas, I'm going to meet her face to face, and see what happens then.
I said all this because I just wanted to express how much of a blessing she has been to me. As I've said, I'm terrible at finding contentment when I'm alone. I often become very unmotivated, and lazy when I'm lonely. Well I have found in the past month and half that I have become so much happier, and a much harder worker. It's like God put her into my life to help give me purpose. He knows my imperfections, and he knows that I need to have someone in my life. So he gave her to me. Oh, and I probably she should tell you her name...well at least her blogspot alias...her name is "Bug" (aka Hannah).
We've decided at this point that until we meet, and I get permission from her Dad, we're going to remain just friends.
Oh, and I probably should take this time to thank the one responsible for this little hookup. Thank you Rosebud, without you, this never would have happened. So...thanks!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
1. Copy the questions and then answer them (post it on your blog remember).
2. Tag 4 people and let them know you have tagged them.
3. Let the person [who tagged you] know that you have done a post for the tag.
-What are your nicknames? Bubba, Bubba Stinky (Mom's nickname), Bubby (Sister's Nickname for me), JJ (My nickname since I was little), Jay, Huns (Most common navy nickname), Hunsickey...those are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head.
-What was the first movie you bought in VHS or DVD? I have NO idea!
-What is your favorite scent? Freshly Baked Apple Pie.
-If you had one million dollars to spend only on yourself, what would you spend it on? Well, since I can't really do anything with it right now because I'm in the Navy and I don't want a car over in Japan, I'd probably throw in into a CD so I couldn't touch it until I get out of the Navy. After that I would probably use it to buy a house, and keep the rest in savings.
-What is one place you've visited, can't forget and want to go back to? Corregidor, Philippines.
-Do you trust easily? Well, I'm usually a pretty good judge of character, so if it seems like I can trust them, I will, but if they don't seem like I can trust them I won't. It's worked out pretty well so far.
-Do you generally think before your act, or act before you think? Generally I have a tendency to where I over think things, and then act, but once in while, I'll act before I think.
-Is there anything that had made you unhappy these days? Well something that happened today made me a little frustrated, but I prayed about it, and felt better.
-What is your favorite fruit? Probably strawberries, or maybe Apples...
-What websites do you visit daily? Facebook, Blogspot, Navy Federal Credit Union, My Yahoo Email...
-What have you been seriously addicted to lately? My computer, especially around 1130AM - 1245PM. Oh, and also to my iPhone.
-What's the last song that got stuck in you head? I have had "Have Thine Own Way" going through my head for the last couple of days!
-What is your favorite thing to wear? A nice collared shirt, some comfortable shorts, and my converse shoes.
-Do you think Rice Krispies are yummy? Yeah, they're pretty good. I wouldn't say I'm a huge fan though.
-What items couldn't you be without during the day? My iPhone, a Computer...
-What should you be doing right now? Cleaning up my workspace...
-I now tag: Whoever wants to fill this out...
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
Help me then in every tribulation
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Anyways, afterwards Sister Ann and I practiced out duet that we're going to sing on the 19th (The Secret Place by Ron Hamilton.) After that Ann asked if I wanted a ride back onto the base and back to my ship, so I of course accepted her offer. So she drops me off on the ship and I head to my rack.
Well I get there and I open my book bag so I can take out my dirty gym clothes because I had worked out earlier in the day, and I'm pulling stuff out and noticing that there is this slimy light green colored substance on the stuff I'm pulling out. Upon further inspection I discover that it is shampoo. I realize the culprit is my bottle of shampoo that I had in my book bag from taking a shower after working out. I find the bottle, and it is almost completely empty, when I had just bought it a few days before. I thought, "Well, I guess this would be a good time to throw away a lot of junk that I have stowed away in my book bag!" So of course I had to sort through it all, and clean off a lot of electrical cords and such. I even had my old prepaid cell phone that had taken a bath in the shampoo. Funny thing is, is it still worked, even if it hadn't, I just recently bought and iPhone, so it was no big deal.
Anyways, so that was my adventure last night. After I pulled out everything that was in my bag and threw away a bunch of junk, I then took my book bag and rinsed it out in the sink in the bathroom. Now I have a nice clean book bag that smells like pert-plus shampoo! Fun times, fun times!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
-My Sister (Sara Hunsicker)
Some of you might know this...but I used to struggle big time with stuttering. Well my sister posted this on my wall on facebook, and it had me rolling. I hope that this one gave you a little bit of a laugh.
Friday, June 19, 2009
It was about an hour and a half train ride with one transfer half of the way through the trip. The ticket was only about $10. So when I got to Odawara I found the Castle and below are the pictures I took while there. As I said they are kind of out of order, so please bear with me.
This was on a Saturday, and just like in the States, Japanese do lots of sight seeing on the weekends. So needless to say, there were a lot of people there!
This was the gate to the Castle-grounds. I think the big doors were used for carriages, and carts, while the smaller door is for people on foot.
Gate to the Castle-grounds.
Bridge to the Castle-grounds.
Japanese people love flowers. They had flowers everywhere! You can also see the bridge up above. Going to Odawara was a wonderful experience. I hope to take my friend Luci with me to go see it again when we see each other again.
I also discovered while there that Odawara is really close to Hakone. Hakone is at the base of Mt. Fuji. If the day had been clear I probably would have been able to take pictures of the Mountain, but it was really overcast. I'm hoping to go to Hakone next weekend, so I'll hopefully be posting pictures from that pretty soon!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Romans 8:14 & 15
You know how when you are reading through the Bible, and one verse or passage just really jumps out to you as a very powerful passage? Well this verse really hit me hard when I was reading it the other day.
"For you have not received the spirit of slavery leading to fear again..." Wow! God did not and does not force us to serve Him. It is our choice. We make the decision to live our life for Him, or not. No one made us accept him. We came before the foot of the cross on our own.
"...but you have received the spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, 'Abba! Father!'" I like the fact that it says "...the spirit of adoption..." We weren't always the children of God. Christ provided us the way to have a fellowship with God, and we have been "adopted" into the family of God. We cried out to Him, "Abba! Father!" because He is our father! What a perfect example of what a father should be to us. All of us have earthly fathers, who did the best to raise us right, but they are imperfect men. We can look to our heavenly father, as the "perfect father!"
I hope and pray that this was an encouragement to you all!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
On the surface this seems a reasonable question, but when we dig deeper we find that it has problems. The answer has to do with the twin concepts of justice and holiness. Let's talk about justice first.
We have all fallen short of God's perfect standards. Since he is the moral ruler of the universe, he cannot look on violations of his perfect standards with indifference. We may be able to do this when we offend each other, but God cannot, because to tolerate anything less that perfection in his perfect universe would be an offense against perfect justice. There would be outrage if a judge failed to administer justice in his court. Imagine a judge who, upon hearing a case involving a brutal murder and rape, decided to let the guilty party go free because he wanted to act lovingly! What would the family of the victim think about his ignoring such an outrageous crime? Naturally, they would cry for justice. Letting the killer off would trivialize the brutal act and make light of the lost life of their loved one. What kind of world would we live in if every judge chose to "act lovingly and kindly" and forgive crimes instead of administering justice? We can assure you, you wouldn't like it.
God is the moral ruler of the world. He is the judge of the universe--he is the ultimate King. His laws are not arbitrary; they stem from his very character and nature, and they are given to us in order to make us more like him. Essentially all of God's laws are for our own good. He designed humans; he knows what makes us tick and how we can achieve the best performance and greatest happiness. His laws work like a manufacturers instruction and maintenance manual. If we follow them, we will come much nearer to being in what God intended us to be and reap the joy, satisfaction and fulfillment that come from it.
God is truth, and his laws are righteous. In his plea for God to save Sodom and Gomorrah from his planned destruction, Abraham cried out, "Surely you wouldn't do such a thing, destroying the righteous along with the wicked. Why, you would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same! Surely you wouldn't do that! Should not the judge of all the earth do what is right?" (Gen. 18:25)
Of course, Abraham misunderstood the situation in Sodom a bit. God knew that there were no righteous people in Sodom besides Lot and his family, whom he intended to save. But the point is, Abraham made a correct statement: God, as ruler and judge of all the earth, is bound by his own character to do what is right, and this means administering justice accurately.
Sin arouses God's wrath. It is not that he irrationally loses his temper because his plans for a perfect world were fouled up. There is nothing impulsive, random or capricious about God; he's not spiteful or malevolent. His anger is neither irrational nor mysterious. He is completely principled and controlled. His anger is always provoked by wickedness and the destruction of wickedness renders to the created beings he dearly loves.
The second reason God must respond to sin is because he is holy. In fact, the attribute of holiness is applied to God more than any other attribute in the Bible. Most people misunderstand the meaning of holiness. They tend to think of it as being overly religious to the point of being somewhat out of touch with everyday reality. Or more negatively, they think of holiness as being a little self-righteous and religiously elevated above ordinary folks. But the true meaning of holiness is nothing like that. God's holiness is simply incompatible with sin. God's eyes are too pure to look on evil, and because he is perfect, he cannot bear wrong-doing (see Hab. 1:13).
Because God is holy, he cannot look upon sin with indifference. He judges sinners because his perfect character demands it. The Bible uses a couple of phrases to indicate why God must do so: First, God is "provoked by sin." The Bible tells us that he was angered when idols or foreign gods were put before him in his people's lives (see Deut. 32:16, 21). This simply means that God's perfect nature causes him to react strongly to wrongdoing. He cannot tolerate idolatry, immorality or injustice. If he did, he could not be called good. He would not be holy.
Second, we are told that God "burns with anger" at the sins of mankind (see 2 Kings 13:3). Judges 3:8 says "The Lord burned with anger against Israel." Just as our eyes burn when we look at the sun, there is something within God's nature that causes him to burn with anger at the sight of evil. Because God is holy, he simply cannot respond to sin in any other way.
Because God is holy and just, he will always do what is right. He cannot overlook our wrongdoings, for he is obligated to do what is right. The British theologian Michael Green observed that "for God just to forgive without any cost to anyone would be sheer indifferentism. It would obliterate any distinction between right and wrong. It would say that right does not matter, and that evil is a matter of indifference."
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
How can it be? How can it be?
That God should love a soul like me,
O how can it be?