30 Days of Thanks :: Trials

It’s not that I wake up in the morning and think to myself…

“Wow, today I would love a new trial” or “It’s been a while since I have had a trial, maybe today is my lucky day.”

Trials are hard, burdensome, and they really take a lot out of a person. However, here lately the more I read God’s Word I find that trials help strengthen a believers life and can be used to direct ones attention and trust in the one who can bring them out of the trial. I think it only appropriate to say, “I am truly thankful for the trials I have went through in life.” They have helped strengthen my faith in a God that loves and cares for His creation. My trials have helped me commit my way to His desire for my life. Have I screwed up from time to time…YES! Have I given in under the weight of some of my trials…YES! One of the main reasons I have is due to the fact I have taken my eyes off God and put the focus on my trials. Out of all of the mistakes and sin, I have come to know God’s forgiveness more and more. It’s not that I want to fall under the weight of the trials because I don’t. I want to strive everyday to live a consecrated holy life for God and His purposes. However, my victories and failures while going through my trials have become a testimony to the goodness, faithfulness, and grace of God. I encourage you, rejoice in your trials and be thankful for them. Read James 1

Now that you’ve read something I am thankful for, it’s your turn. What are you thankful for? Ready, Set, Go!

30 Days of Thanks :: Work

I am thankful for work, my job, etc is kind of a cliché thing to be thankful for right? I mean especially in this economy when so many are looking for jobs. If I can be honest, I really don’t like the company I work for but that doesn’t stop me from being thankful everyday for the crew I get to work with. Some people get up every morning and would rather work for another company and be part of another team. Even though I don’t like the company I work for my distaste for them is counter balanced by getting to work alongside some of the best co-workers an individual could have. Seriously! If I may describe the team a little bit.

“We are a ragtag group of individuals who come from very…very different backgrounds with a wealth of issues, mainly mental, j/k. Well, mostly!”

In our crew there is a wealth of knowledge, a team focus, and a real genuine care about making sure the job is completed and done right, no matter what it takes. We work hard and laugh a lot. There isn’t a day that goes by where at some point, whether it be 7:00AM at the start of the work day or 3:30PM when we are leaving the shop, that our sides aren’t hurting due to the laughter from something that is said or done by one of our other comrades. I really believe we are the face of what a team looks like and should be.

Now that you’ve read something I am thankful for, it’s your turn…Ready, Set, Go!

What are you thankful for?

30 Days of Thanks :: Marriage

I Just spent the past few hours preparing the rough draft of a Wedding Ceremony I will be officiating in December. While reading through and prepping I drew illustrations and examples from many places and my mind kept going back to my own wedding ceremony in 2005. March 26, 2005 Chanelle and I had a simple ceremony in the living room of my Grandparents house dressed in blue jeans and t-shirts. Then three months later we had the ceremony for family and friends on June 25. I couldn’t help but think how thankful I am of Marriage. Not just marriage, but my marriage to Chanelle. The past five years have not been an easy road but we have made some awesome memories along the way. I don’t know what the next 5 or fifty years might bring but I am sure we will make some memories on the way. I am thankful that God instituted marriage in general but more specific I feel extremely blessed that he had Chanelle for me to share the rest of my life with.

In today’s society marriage is seen as nothing more than a returnable item. Marriages are being attacked in every way. Society focus more on what a marriage can give an individual rather than what the individual can give inside the marriage. A lasting marriage is not the norm in a lot of cases. Even among Christians and that is a shame. Marriage is more than a contract but a commitment and I am extremely thankful that I am on a journey with a wonderful wife. A journey that isn’t filled with smooth roads and clean pit stops. Sometimes this road is messy. Sometimes we find ourselves off of the route and have to ask for directions by other people who are farther along in the journey than we are. If there is any advice that I can give a couple on their wedding day it would be this…

“You have spent a lot of time and energy preparing for the ceremony that ends in a matter of minutes. When the ceremony is over your marriage begins. Have the same zeal and determination to make your marriage work as you did to make the ceremony happen.” – George Tallmage, Nov2010

Needless to say I am thankful for being able to share my life with the woman who has my heart, Chanelle!

Now that you’ve read something I am thankful for, it’s your turn…

What are you thankful for? Ready, Set, Go!

30 Days of Thanks :: Sloppy Joes

I am trying something that I hope will get me into habit of blogging a little more regular. I am pretty sure after I am finished with this project I won’t be blogging everyday but this is my attempt to at least get me in the cycle of being regular at it. So, for the next thirty days I am going to attempt to get something out on the blog each day. It may come out in the mornings, on my lunch break, or in the evening. Whenever I post I will answer the following question. I am thankful for?

I am calling this little blogging adventure 30 Days of Thanks (only fitting that it is November) and each day will be something I am thankful for. You may want to join in and post to your blog each day along with me. So after you finish reading, give it a try. Also, after you post to your blog shoot out a tweet with the hashtag #30DaysofThanks. Here we Go…

I am thankful for Sloppy Joes. If you have ever had one you know why they are called that. The messier the better. I have been eating Sloppy Joes (as we called them as a child) since, well, before I can remember. It is seriously my favorite meal, with fries of course. My wife made some tonight for dinner. I often wonder, what would my life be like without the messiness of a Sloppy Joe. It surely wouldn’t be as good…at least dinner time wouldn’t be. Here is a little bit of fact for you from my life. My wife was inquiring about what I would want for a birthday dinner a few years ago, yep…you guessed it. I voted for Sloppy Joes. Maybe Chanelle will post a recipe on her blog so you can make ‘em…

Now that you’ve read one of the random things I am thankful for, it’s your turn…Ready, Set, Go!

What are you thankful for?