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Feeling Fresh…

June 29, 2009

Wow! Im less than two weeks out from becoming a married man. So many different thoughts are racing through my mind.  Chelsie asked me last night if i was nervous about being married. I’ve been thinking about it a little bit lately and i feel like i should say yes but i’m just not. I’m not nervous. Instead of being nervous i am: anxious, excited, freaked out (in a good way), overjoyed, pumped and many other things.  I just keep picturing myself standing on the the alter waiting for those big double doors to open.  Maybe in that moment i’ll be nervous but not the kind of nerves that bring doubt but the kind that bring excitement. The kind that open my mind to all of the wonderful things that are about to take place.  12 days out from married life i feel very Fresh. I feel like a new person. I know that i am not, but for some reason i wake up each morning with somewhat of a smile on my face knowing that i’m so stinking close to being married to Chelsie.

I can tell you a few things i am nervous about: (haha)

1) Chelsie learning to cook (but we have renters insurance so anything we ruin will be paid for)

2) Sharing the bathroom with a girl

3) Using the bathroom (#2) knowing that she is right outside and can hear

4) Waking up with horrible stank breath

5) I’m not sure yet if she steals the covers

6) I hope she doesn’t make me turn football off to clean something or organize something

I guess what I am trying to say is that getting married doesn’t make me nervous. It’s the most exciting thing i have ever been apart of. I explained it like this the other day: Most of my new experiences have been great but i always knew what to expect. When i first started riding roller coasters i knew to expect flips and turns and gut wrenching drops. I have no idea what to expect on July 11th.  When i see her walk through those doors i can honestly say i don’t have any clue what kind of emotions i am going to be feeling. I kind of like that fact though. It makes this whole process that much more exciting…….

I’m assuming there will be tears and emotion. I’m ready for it though. I’m ready to soak it all in BABY!!!!
LETS DO THIS!!!!

Proverbs 27:19….

May 6, 2009

Proverbs 27:19

“As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man”

I love the simplicity of this statement.  When you look in the water you see a face. When you look at a heart you see the man.  This is almost too easy to read because to wrap your mind around the thought is a bit tougher.  I have iphoto on my computer and any picture that i have in the program can be edited to my liking.  Water doesn’t work the same way. It is what it is.  What you see is what you look like.  There’s no getting tanner or tightening up the facial features.  But when you see a heart you don’t just see the heart, you see the man.  What kinds of things are in the heart of man? Character, personality, Integrity (or lack there of), Vision, determination.  When we expose our hearts to people they see who we really are.  Exposing our hearts to others starts with us, but we have nothing to do with exposing our hearts to God.  He sees and knows our heart.  He know the man that i am.  Just something i cam across during my study time and thought i would share.  I think we need to remember that what’s in our face is physical and what is in our hearts is spiritual.

Zaxby’s or Chick-fil-a?

April 23, 2009

I couldn’t count on both my hands how many debates i have had in the past on this subject.  It may seem pathetic to some but lunch and dinner are two very important parts of my day. And i love chicken.  Lucky for me here in Charleston, SC we have a zaxby’s or a chick-fil-a on every corner.  Now this may sound good at first but really this makes my lunch and dinner decisions that much harder.  I can’t decide if i want a large chicken finger plate with no slaw and extra fries or if i want a number 1 with a Dr. Pepper. (side note: i was with someone a while back and they got a number 1 with no butter on the bread. I’m no longer friends with this person).

After putting some serious thought into it i realized that my dilemma is never between what chicken i want, but rather what kind of sauce i want. I don’t know what Chick-fil-a does to honey mustard to be able to change the name but i love it…… (GIVE ME MORE). But i’ve got to be honest with you, Zaxby’s sauce is the king of sauces (biblical reference: the Sauce of Sauces).  So what i’m trying to say is call me if you want to eat lunch?

Let me know which one you prefer more and why?

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We don’t pay much attention in art!!! :)

March 25, 2009

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Leading a small group (or should i say medium group)

March 24, 2009

Hey guys so here’s a question for you. I’m sure some of you might have some good insight.  This semester at Genesis I am leading a group of young adult men called Impact! The goal is to create inside of us a desire to impact this world like Christ did.  There are so many ways to do this. But first, we must become people that are moving towards Christ likeness. My question is this, what kinds of strategies do you use when leading a “small” group of about 15-18 guys.  I have had a great time this semester leading and facilitating the group. I have come at the group with several different approaches.

One being keeping the group together. Sometimes i find this to be very difficult. Sometimes the group turns into a big help session.  It’s kind of funny but not very productive.  I feel like we should seek wise council and spilling your guts to a group of guys who might possibly struggle with the same thing is not the best idea in my opinion. But i’ve got to tell you it is nice to get a good flow of discussion with a large group atmosphere.

The other strategy is to introduce our focus and then break the large group into smaller groups. I like this style much better. It allows the guys to open up and share a little bit more than they would if they were in a larger group. It just seems to be more effective this way.

If anyone has their own strategies for leading a rather LARGE small group please let me know. I’m always down for improvement.

Start the movie already….

March 20, 2009

So, a couple of days ago Chelsie and i went and got our engagement pictures taken. I’m not going to lie at first i was a little skeptical of the whole thing. I like pictures and all, but it’s different when you’re being followed around downtown and posing for different shots. Wednesday night we went over to our friends house (James/Rachel Riley) who took our pictures to give them a glance. Any skepticism i had was then put to rest.

James did an absolutely amazing job. The best way I can explain it is that he made us look way cooler than what we really are. I now have a new respect for photography.  Just looking at those pictures got me so pumped about spending my life with Chelsie.  It’s interesting because it seems like snapshots somehow play a major theme in our lives as a young dating/engaged couple.  All of our time together is taken in snapshots.  But, on July 11 the movie begins and i cannot wait…..Engagement Pic

Working Through The Kinks….

March 19, 2009

This is my first blog post as a wordpress member, and i’ve got to tell you. I feel like a new man.  You can probably tell by looking at my page that i am a true rookie to the site. So if anyone would like to comment some tips and tricks you might know that would be great. I hope that this blog is used for total and complete randomness. I say that because that is usually what goes through my head. Sometimes this randomness is something that actually makes sense, but don’t get your hopes up.  Alrighty, thanks for reading and i hope we get to have some good fun in the future. Also if you could send me your information so i can put you on my blog roll that would be great. Thanks guys (and girls)