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Was that you God, or just me?

One of the things I have struggled the most throughout my life is knowing when the plan that pops in my head is God’s and when it is mine.

I’m the guy who looks for signs to lead me. Not literal sign posts or where everything is a sign, but if something out of the ordinary happens, is God trying to tell me something type of thing.

Let me give you an example. Today I was driving to my mom’s house and saw a bunch or rabbits which isn’t completely normal and then when I got home there was a rabbit in the neighbors yard. This isn’t super unusual, but what pops in my head? Are you trying to tell me something, God? Maybe He is, but I doubt rabbits would be His best plan to get my attention.

I have always said that I would prefer God to whisper something to me and I would understand, but in reality I know that too often I need a holy 2×4 to the head. Maybe if God sent Hacksaw Jim Duggan to my house with his 2×4 then I would know what God is wanting me to do more often.

Then there is the other issue I have where I jump into an idea full-force and then after I have planned it all or maybe even initiated it I pray, asking God to bless the plans. I think I have that backwards. Not everything I do is that way, but sometimes I find myself doing that.

Two things that I am doing right now I am confident God has placed in front of me. One is going to Germany as a missionary and the other is the project I launched on indiegogo. I prayed about them both and asked for prayer for them before doing anything about it. Now I just need that to be the norm instead of the rarity.

Anybody else in the same boat as me?

Don’t forget to check out my indiegogo project, share it and recive my thanks, donate to it and receive a perk!

New ministry timeframe

I thought I would take a few minutes and share with you my new ministry goal. There are several goals I have for when I get over to Germany but right now my priority is to get there as soon as possible. So what does that mean? Well, in order to get to Germany I have to be 100% financially supported of which I am about 65% of the way there. In addition to that I have to attend a training in either Colorado or North Carolina for five weeks. I need to be at 80% supported in order to register for the training. Here is what I am praying will happen and I hope that you will join me in this prayer.

Training:

September 16- October 26th in Union Mills, NC

Final Visits: All of these times below are estimates since I really don’t know when I will get to 100% funded, but my goal is to be completely funded by the time I am going to the training.

October 27th-November 10th – Toledo area

November 11th-November 18th – DC area

November 19th(ish) – depart for Germany

 

Originally I had hoped to be in Germany much sooner, but I am living every day in God’s plan. I am working towards the goal and am waiting for those people He has called to join my ministry partner team. Please join me in prayer for my current and future ministry partners.

Resolutions, shmesolutions!

So I’ve been debating writing a resolution blog since Sunday. I thought, well maybe it would be good to talk about the desire to change, the want for a better you or world. Then I thought maybe I would write about my specific resolutions to maybe inspire others in a new fashion. Then I did a complete 180 and said I wouldn’t write one at all because everyone is writing one. Now, here I am, writing one. So which thought process did I follow? I chose option D, most of the above.

This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace. Colossians 1:6

Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spiritfrom me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.
Psalm 51:10-12

Whenever the New Year happens, people start talking about all of the grand plans they have for themselves in the New Year, as if by some magical changing of the digits we write for the year will allow them to have the drive, desire and fortitude to do something they have wanted to do for who knows how long. Does that even make sense? All of a sudden are you going to like food less, or like working out more? Are you going to love your family more or hate your job less because it is 2012 instead of 2011? Somehow I doubt it. No offense, but there is a reason that gyms have their highest attendance in January for the whole year. I have been going to the gym for a few years and every January it is a pain to go to the gym, but by February all is normal again.

Alone we have no strength and yet most of our resolutions start with the word I. Like we can do any of this on our own. I only have one resolution this year and that is to lean on God to constantly change in the way He wants me to change. There is nothing in me or you that is perfect so why limit ourselves. God has a plan for our lives and trying to make our own plan, just leads to disappointment when we fail.

I want to seek God daily to find out what His plans are for me each day, each week and throughout the rest of my life. I cannot hope to predict His plans for me, but I can seek His wisdom to know what next step to take. That is my only resolution, but not for 2012. This resolution is for the rest of my life, however long that is.

I wish you all the best this year and I hope that you are listening to the creator who changed you so much already and is the source of strength for us all.