so jacinda and i just heard this horror story about myspace and flickr. some good friends of ours had the flickr account and the whole myspace thing. his younger sister had a myspace. some dude that she apparently turned down in high school created this porn site with pictures of her from all of the above mentioned sites infused with real porn pictures that he must have found on the net. fact: she is not a porn star. fact: she didn't have any provocative pictures on the net. this guy infused her normal pics with porn to make it look as if all the pictures were her. pretty crazy hugh! so, needless to say, i will still put pictures on my posts, but as far as my flickr photo albums, they will be limited to private members (friends and family). if you need a password to my accounts, email me and i will send you an invite. thanks for understanding and i hope this protects us a little! also, i dumped myspace along time ago, and i know that it is fun, but there is a lot of crap out there on myspace and a lot of crap happening because of myspace.
here's the poster for the concert we went to the other night. okay, "nuke infusion" was the name of the band we went to go see. the lead singer/guitar player is phil harvey, which happens to be jacinda's uncle. we always think it is kind of weird that he is our uncle, when he is only a couple years older than us.
here is a great picture of mr. phil. please disregard jacinda's step-brother's hand in the background. i had never been to club fred before and let me tell, you...it was quality. it reminded me of vegas and it was so dark, the walls could've been painted bright green and i couldn't tell.
one more pic of phil rocking out. it was a fun show. phil was actually pretty rockin'. i really liked the songs that he sung on and kind of lead. i'd pay just to go see all of jacinda's family dancing again. i should post the picture of ty dancing, but, oh what the heck...
last night i led worship for the men's dinner at our church. i do this every month. sometimes it's really good, others i feel kind of out of place. it's a bunch of great guys, but i bring the average age down pretty significantly when i'm there. anyway, i skipped out early to tend to my pregnant wife and her tcby needs. tcby stands for "the country's best yogurt". it's a little frozen yogurt shop near our home and when my wife is pregnant, she craves it like no other. so i picked up the standard order, white chocolate mousse with reese's peanut butter cups and took it home. kiara, my daughter, was tearing into it, we were all just chillin on the couch listening to some rich mullins, when kiara just starts crying. we thought she bit her lip or something. she starts eating again all happy, then boom! crying again. she was eating the yogurt too fast and was getting a brain freeze. it was one of those times when you feel bad that your kid is hurting, but jacinda and i were cracking up!
by the way, major prayers needed today. i will be calling a guy who used to work here who for some reason feels wronged by me. because of this, my business deal is not going through. so, today i will call him, try to see how i offended him, and apologize. honestly, to get this deal to go through i would turn the other cheek twice!
here is something to brighten up your monday morning. my brother sent me this pic. it looks like it might be a t-shirt. i think i might have seen it before.
crazy, but good weekend. tgi friday's (lots of flare) and cold-stone creamery with jacinda's sister and boyfriend pete. it was a lot of fun. we actually had planned on going bowling, you know, something that you can do to pass the time and still feel like you're hanging out with someone, but when we got there it was an hour wait. for bowling! so, we decided we were actually enjoying each other's company so we hit cold stone and ate our ice cream outside with live music playing at the mexican restaurant a couple doors down.
saturday, no snowboarding. stayed home and glad i did. it dumped slush at a very speedy rate. heard it wasn't too good, so maybe next time. saturday night was emma's 26th birthday. we gave her a little birthday greeting from her native land, romania. yesht o persoana day notah zeh-chey. la mults ahn! don't ask, i don't remember.
sunday, I was sick with stomach issues, kissed the porcelain throne a couple times, missed church, went to a baby shower, ate alfredo, big mistake, spent the rest of the day on the couch.
oh, work update. nothing yet. all the important players are back in town, so hopefully we'll see something good happen this week. by the grace of god!
this is brennan manning's new book. manning has written several other great books including, "the ragamuffin gospel", "abba's child", and a devotional that i am currently using, "reflections for ragamuffins". i haven't read this book, but i'm putting it on my list. also, if you haven't noticed, i'm trying the whole, lower case lettering thing. it's so much easier and faster. plus, i think it looks cool. i found this quote from the book on church marketing sucks :
Heightened by what someone has called "the agnosticism of inattention"--the lack of personal discipline to overcome media bombardment, sterile conversation, and utilitarian relationships--our self-awareness grows dim, the presence of a loving God fades into the distance and the possibility of trust and intimacy seems less plausible.
...But so many of the things we do in our solitary moments have nothing to do with the Spirit or with the living will of God. Bothered by this dichotomy, we plunge into spiritual activities and get involved in church-related organizations and events in an effort to fill the empty space we know needs filling. Disciplined to renounce managerial control of our lives and unwilling to run the risk of living in union with Yahweh, we seek personal security and reassurance in rituals, devotions, liturgies, and prayer meetings. These structures provide a modicum of peace and promise that the comfortable piety and material possessions that constitute the sense of self will not be disturbed. But something is missing.
end of quote. it is so true. blake talked on thurday night about how jesus is not in the building. the church building is not christ, his people, us, we are the church. so why do so many people pride themselves on going to three different churches, bible studies, prayer nights, worship bonfires, christian hoe-downs, full-moon festivals...i think you get the reference. the body of christ, our local body, needs to be poured into, to be nourished, to be made whole. this might not be a problem in your town, but for fresno, the college and young adult population at large is church hopping to see which one feeds them the best, which one has cooler people, which one has better worship, it really ticks me off. sometimes i just want to yell at them: just commit to something! stop being tossed from here to there and plant your roots by one stream, and build up the church body that is there.
I will be testing the Lord's hedge of protection tomorrow. I'm hittin the slopes with a group of friends. One of the guys is renting those little trickster skis and the rest of us should be boarding. Is there an age or maturity level at which you shouldn't snowboard anymore?
I think it's going to come down to a physical thing I think. Have you ever just bit it flying down the mountain on a board? Guys, it hurts. Not just because you're losing skin from the sharp snow, but because your feet are locked in to this board that is flying out of control. It's really brutal on the knees and ankles. But, I barely ever really wipe out these days. This is due in large part to the avoidance of risk. Just cruisin down the slopes is what I love best.
Worship went awesome last night. Jacinda and I sang a new song by Charlie Hall called, "You". If you don't have this album already, go check it out. I got a link on the right. It's called, "flying into daybreak".
Today we are celebrating one of the sales assistants that I work with's birthday. I went and got some bread from our local Great Harvest Bread Company. It was fresh out of the oven at 6:45 and it is a cinnamon raisin swirl. But this isn't just some store bought bread, this stuff is gooey and mmm, good. I highly recommend it. See if there is one of these stores by you. Click HERE.
Well, no answers yet, but I am able to function now. When I heard that my business deal was halting, my heart sank. With the comments from my wife, brother, and other believers here at work, I am feeling the love. I was telling Jacinda last night how I was telling God, "just give me that joy". You know, that joy that even though things aren't the way you want them, you still can say, "praise God". So, I just talked to the Lord. We had a little pow-wow which was basically me just learning to stop moving and just shut up. God is amazing like that. I don't know what I would do with all of life's problems if I didn't have a counselor that resides in me. You could talk to friends or family, but still "He is closer than a brother". Thanks for all the emails and comments, keep praying for the situation, but just know, I'm taken care of.
Proverbs 19:23 - The Fear of the LORD leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied.
This is kind of a different post for me. The bomb got dropped on me yesterday. The big business deal I've been working on for the last month has hit a road block. It could still go through, and I am praying my heart out that it will, but this is a big hurdle we just hit. I am just trying to rest in the Lord right now, knowing that He will meet our needs no matter what. Jacinda called me this morning with some exhortation from Scripture. She told me God wants to be glorified in all this. I love my wife! My mind jumps through all the different scenarios, it wanders, it tries to figure it out. I believe that God is just trying to tell me to just rest in Him. rest...rest...rest. The Lord has always taken care of my family, why not now? I know, I know...you are God, not me. I'll rest. I pray that God gives me the strength to weather the storm, that He gives me the grace to overcome it, and the peace to rest in Him.
"God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him." - John Piper