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another year gone by… December 2, 2008

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“Take my fret, take my fear, all I have, I’m leaving here. Be all my hopes, be all my dreams, be all my delights, be my everything…”

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. ~W.J. Cameron November 27, 2008

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Happy Thanksgiving… I am not sure what the day will look like for time. I have lots of friends coming my way… so I am just going to say that I hope you all have an amazing blessed day!!

The Cost of Discipleship November 9, 2008

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Today is the “International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church”.  We have an “International Day of” for just about everything, but this one is such a reminder for me of just how complacent Americans can be.  Most people don’t even consider the fact that many people around the world are being jailed, tortured and/or killed for believing something that many (myself included) take for granted. I need to continue to remind myself of the realities around the world. It’s so easy to not think about it and just get stuck in the daily grind and not be reminded about those who’s daily grind could mean their life. A great way to become aware of what’s currently happening around the world is the Voice of the Martyr and a great book with stories from the past is Fox’s Book of Martyrs. We shared some of the stories with the youth group a couple years back while learning about the cost of discipleship. I think it’s important to remember these brave souls and to continue to pray that I have the same faith and courage.

“Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. ” ~Hebrews 11:35-40

don’t vote… October 3, 2008

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Where You are going is where I want to be… June 28, 2008

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Many of you are aware of what has transpired for me over the past month due to circumstances four years ago. Many may know that I have felt quite stagnant and hopeless in many ways… probably brought on by my blinders or possible denial of reality and definitely my lack of faith. But I have decided to step out and trust. The week leading up to that moment was brutal… I was a bawling idiot most of Sunday the 15th, those of you I saw Sunday morning knew something was up, those of you at Tara Leigh’s show may have heard her mention it… but I was brought to a point of no return… the point of wanting to just flee. Of course that would solve nothing, so here I am.

So, I put it all out on the table… wrote a letter that tore me to pieces as I admitted by defeat. Once I truly came to terms with my inadequacy and self-reliance, the moment I brought the letters to the mailbox a weight was lifted. I no longer had this burden on my shoulders… I gave it up… through no doing of my own. I knew that God would take care of it… I knew that even though all of my issues are not solved… He has them… and they are dissapating one by one. Ever since that Wednesday I have had this smile that I can not wipe off my face. I have noticed it there and thought about people I pass and wonder what they are thinking looking at me. And the coolest part… is that provisions have been made, and I have felt more alive than I have in years. cliche… maybe…

cardboard testimonies… June 5, 2008

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so worth the time…

Let your will be done Lord… May 4, 2008

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Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” ~Hebrews 13:5-6

fine… here goes… April 17, 2008

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man, they’ve completely changed the posting page since my last post… alrighty then…

So, the friends of mine that I know usually read this thing have requested that I elaboate my last statement… I am going to try and do the “short & sweet” version… yea, you guys know me too well… let’s see how it goes.

I have been discovering much about myself more recently… God has been quite faithful to bring people into my life to help me discover.  I met quite a few new friends in February and I have come to realize that we are all living with similar situations… losses, struggles, annoyances, likes, ect… it’s been pretty wild realizing the parallels.  ANYWAY… I was having a conversation with my friend Claudia… I have to go on a bit of a tangent… this girl is amazing… she gets me… she challenges me and I challenge her… we can speak truth into one another’s lives and we can tell one another anything… and there is no fear of judgement or fear when the other one realizes how crazy we both are… 😉 but the coolest part is that God has truly pre-ordained our friendship… we are only friends because of His hands in our lives.  So, all I can say about that is He truly has something amazing planned for each of us… end tangent…  The two of us were in the middle of one of our long conversations about life and God and… and… (that’s how our conversations go) For some reason, I can not recall how it started, I needed to mention how I started living where I am currently living.  The words that came out of my mouth were “I moved in the day that I died”… and I immediately thought ugh… that explains the past four years… and I immediately covered it up with “the day my mom died” (Claudia didn’t point it out for another 10 minutes, but she was thinking the same as I was). 

So, basically my realization was that I haven’t been living… I have been on autopilot for the past four years.  In many ways I have been doing a pretty good job of hiding it, but my passions have been doused, my creativity has been squashed… So, I’ve decided I need to figure out how to live again. 

The day I died… April 2, 2008

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it’s crazy how a slip of the tongue reveals so much about the past 4 years…

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” ~Psalm 139:14 March 16, 2008

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Sometimes the embedded video disappears… if it’s not below view it here

Taken from an interview with Nick on the “Hour of Power” 

“You know what? A lot of people say, “Nick, I can never imagine what you’ve gone through,” or, “You’re the most inspirational story,” or something like that. And I take that to heart. I praise God for the inspiration that I am to the world. But it is not to say that there’s someone else out there going through pain. See, we all are denying ourselves and taking up our cross. We all know how it feels to be lonely or broken and the thing is that I could look at you and I say you know what; maybe the things that you’ve gone through are maybe worse than I have. And you’re thinking, “No, no, no I could never imagine myself without arms or legs.” You see, we can’t and we should not compare sufferings but this is what we do as a family of God. Come together…”

“And the greatest thing that God has given me is His love. To know that He does love me when there are things that happen in my life that I don’t understand, and when things happen in your life and you don’t understand the purpose. The question is this: is God worthy of your thanks? Is God still worthy of your praises? A lot of people say that verse, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” What does that mean? What is your joy? Why can you rejoice always? Because the joy of having Jesus Christ loving me so much that He died for my sin, He’s given me salvation. This life here is temporary, but you know what? I love the fact that that is the greatest joy of all is having Jesus Christ in my life and living the godly purpose He has for me. And I can be thankful. I thank God. I thank God the He said no when I asked Him for arms and legs.”

 “When I read such a tangible wave of faith and peace came into my life. And that’s when I felt God saying “Nick, everything is going to be okay.” And that’s where I decided to let God be God. I said, “Lord, here I am. Use me. Mold me. Make me into the man of God wants me to be.” So I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I asked forgiveness of my sins and I had peace. Every sin of mine, because the Bible says every sin of mine is forgiven when I confess it with my mouth. And then I realized something beautiful. At school so many people would put me down and maybe a lot of people in your life put you down or those negative thoughts saying you’re not good enough. You should never give up. Get a second opinion.  Get a second opinion. You know what? People might call me names when I was a child. You know what the Word of God says? “I’m a child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” That’s who I am. I have a purpose, which is hope, and I see it and I love it. And no one can argue with my smile. No one can argue with my joy. No one can argue with my strength. And you know it’s not my strength. You know that His strength is made perfect in weakness, and that’s why we give all glory to God. Because without this, I couldn’t get through this on my own. It’s only by the grace of God that I’m still here.”