Thursday, December 31, 2009

Much Needed Spiritual Housecleaning...

So, I must admit that recently I have been struggling quite a bit with some personal sins. Starting today I have been purging many things from my life that have been causing me to stumble.

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

Bound for Japan...

So tomorrow morning my flight departs Cleveland at 7:30 AM, headed to New Jersey for a layover, and then on to Tokyo from there. I have learned a lot from this leave that I will be taking with me. If anything I have realized how much I am going to be needing to depend on the Lord constantly. Many of you know about my struggles I have been through since I was home. Going to New Albany, and all the heartache there with Hannah. One lesson I have learned is that I need to just surrender to the Lord...surrender my loneliness mostly. Like I've said, I thought I had, but it turns out I hadn't. This is one of my New Years resolutions, is to just start spending more time in God's word, and just relying on him more and more every day.

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

On an even lighter note...

So yesterday I took my mom and my sister Sara to Walmart to do some Christmas shopping, and Sara and I started fighting with these swords in the toy aisle. They were only $2, so mom bought them for us. Well when we got home we couldn't help but have an epic battle with them. My mom's voice is in the background giving the commentary. I hope it is entertaining for you!

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

"Come, Come Unto Me"

By: Ken Dosso

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

On a lighter note...

Well to brighten the mood, and help get us in the Christmas spirit, I'm posting this video. All the faces are of my brothers and sisters and I when we were little. I hope you enjoy it!

video

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tough decisions...

Certain times in our lives we have to make decisions. Some are easier than others, and some are so hard...they hurt more than any decision we have ever made. Well I recently had to make the hardest decision of my life. I finally met Hannah in person...and lets just say things did not go how I had pictured them. We finally met in person, and God revealed something to me. All along I had thought I was following God's will for my life, when in reality I had not been. I don't want to go into detail because some of it is just to painful...but lets just say things did not work out between "Bug" and I.

Please be praying for Hannah and I both as we pick up the pieces and try to move on...

Monday, December 7, 2009

Going Home...

As many of you know...tomorrow I will be heading home. It has been almost a year since I was home, and I am looking forward to it so much! God has been so good to work things out up till this point...providing me with the leave, and the money to pay for it all.

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!