Saturday, January 24, 2009

Neighborhood Market...............

I have realized recently since God has reminded me to Breath, that I am much more aware of Him using my "day to day" experiences to teach me things or reitterate if you will thing to me. I think it was yesterday. My wifey and I were checking out at Wally World, actually it's the "Neighborhood Market" They call it that so that it seems less intrusive and that they (WalMart) are not actually trying to take over the world................................ ok.. thats a blog for another day. j/k

ANYWAY, my wifey and I are checking out at the Neighborhood Market, and I strike up a conversation with the clerk. If you know me, you know that this is not terribly out of the ordinary, I do suffer from diarrhea of the mouth sometimes. Moving along now....... so the clerk and I were talking. All of the registers behind us were those stupid self checkout thingys. I dont know if you have ever noticed but they are insanely loud! So I told the clerk that surely I would lose me mind if I had to stand there all day and listen to the same friendly robotic voice repeat the same thing over and over and over and over (you get the point right)
SO, she's like "huh" and then I pointed to the self checkouts, indicating that as being the source of the racket. and she was like "oh yeah", "when I first started here they used to bother me really bad, but I dont even hear it anymore."
And I was like holy moly you must be deaf lady!!! (well I didnt say that of course)
I told her that it reminded me of a time, years ago that my wife (pregnant with Courtney at the time), Kaitlyn and I lived in a house directly across from the railroad tracks in MidTown.
Our first night there we all three literally came out of the bed when the train came by at like 2:30 am. It was truly one of the LOUDEST things I've ever heard. Within a few days or weeks, I guess, I would barely role over when the train would come by. 

I guess sin is kinda like that, in some ways. The first time it comes into your life, your like"Whoa"  that really bothered me, but then  the more that your exposed to it, the more "used to it" you get and the next thing you know that sin that once really bothered me, doesnt really even bleep on my radar anymore.

So I guess what I took from that was to not grow complacent and comfortable. That sin, if left unchecked will eventually become normalcy, and that my friend is just not cool.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Ok, so Let me tell you what God taught me this past weekend. We (Youth Group at Christ UMC) went on a Winter Retreat last weekend. It was AMAZING. Well let me back up a couple days before. The days proceeding the Winter Retreat were nutsy crazy. Just super busy, getting everything ready. So by Friday, I was kinda all balled up in a big ol' ball o stress. (been there done that....right) So anyway, I drove a bus load of middleschoolers over to Winter Retreat. Traffic was insane, we got a late start, so that put us coming into downtown Mobile at about 5pm. (not a pretty site) Anyway......... for some random reason, as we were approaching the tunnel, I instructed my whole bus load of middle schoolers to see who could hold there breath while going thru the tunnel. (dont forget about the aforementioned traffic) So as we entered the tunnel there was this giant enhale, pretty much sucked all of the oxygen from the bus. On we went, about half way thru I glanced back, to see how they were holding out. A couple of 6th grade girls caught my eye, I mean they were about to hurt them selves! Well eventually we made it out of the tunnel. About that time, it was like God came and sat on my shoulder as we were crossing the BayWay. He said, " You know how those kids were hurting from holding there breath while we were going thru the tunnel?" and I'm like "yeah" and then God said "thats kinda how your Spirit is when you dont spend time with me and breath in my Love" and I said "Whoa, that's heavy" well I drove on for a bit........................................................... about 2/3 away across the causeway, (beautiful watercolored sky and all) God says "Bill,...... How long have you been holding your breath? " I thought about that the rest of the way there, and I committed from then on that I will fully breath in God's love and enjoy his presence everyday. 

In The Beginnin

Ok, So I havent blogged in forever and ever. I'm going to try to put this in my daily or at least sorta daily routine.
Check back soon.