Monday, May 31, 2010



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

last club

Tonight was our last YL club. We had over 1,300 water baloons. Just imagine how amazing it was! I can't wait to take these kids to camp.


Monday, May 17, 2010

A wall and some rain

You see that wall? I built that wall. Not the base of it, and a couple of the columns, but the majority of it I placed with my hands. Carefully setting each block one by one. I couldn't tell you how many bricks, stones, and river rock I personally moved over the weekend. It would be in the TON'S though. Seriously, that much. I was working at my bosses house. So many of his neighbors stopped by to say how good everything looked. It made me feel good. Today was the last official BSF meeting. Next week will be "share" week. Or something like that. I am looking forward to it for sure. BSF has been so good for me. To be in the Bible daily is such a good thing. I totally understand how it must be a daily discipline for any Christian. No if's ands or butt's to it. It is a life changing decision.

I love the Lord my God with all my strength, soul, and mind. BAM BABY! Bed time.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I have a right to be tired today.

I worked my butt off today. Not literally, because I still have a but (not much of one though). It was good though. I went into work today at 8:00AM, and didn't plan on working till much past noon or 1. I ended up working way past that time. lol, which is good because I can help out with bills and what not. I'm just saying. . . . it was a lot of work.

When I got home though, I had a little surprise waiting for me on FaceBook. . . it sort of blew my mind. So get this. Like 7 years ago, back when I was 16 years old, I went on this missions trip to Saltillo Mexico with my Youth Group. And my Youth Pastor told us not to fall in love with anyone. . . . well, I did not listen. lol, I fell in love with a local girl named Nohemi. Some drama happened, and I ended up kissing her. In reality it was all pretty innocent, but I was heart broken to leave her under those conditions. YEARS AND YEARS GO BY. I never really completely forgot about her. Definately didn't stay in love with her, but always wondered about her. BAM, today, she found me on FaceBook and wrote me a message. I was blown away. Pretty cool though. WAY TO GO TECHNOLOGY!!

going to bed. . . . working in the morning. . . . tis a good thing though. . .

Friday, May 14, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

post # 1,111

There comes a time in every mans life when he posts his 1,111 BLOG post. Right? Okay, maybe not. But, This is my 1,111th post. That is a whole lot. Dang. It seems like only yesterday when I was posting about parties and chillen with Chris. Wow how life has changed since October of 2006. I went out to dinner, excuse me, my parents took me out to dinner tonight. It was a good time. Now, they are not smiling in this picture, but they smiled most of the evening. I love my mom and dad. They are the reason I am who I am. I can say that with pride too. The the bad kind of pride, but the good kind of pride.

Today, it was really wet at work. Man, we have been getting a lot of rain lately. Spreading mulch in the rain gets really messy too, let me tell you.

G'Night ya'll

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

productive Tuesday

Today I got off work early because of the rain. I felt I proved myself by taking a little inituitive and fixing an irrigation leak. I knew how because of my internship @ Lost Canyon last summer. So. . . . I got a lot done today. I hung out with a two kids & was just productive. The day ended with me having a really difficult talk with someone who I didn't want to have it with. Sometimes being a leader sucks. BUT, God gives strength where we don't see it, and he is soo good.

p.s. Please say a prayer for a man named Mel. He is having some scarry health issues and it is impacting his family especially hard.


Monday, May 10, 2010

tilling anyone?

Today I worked with Larry. It was just me and Larry (that is him in the back of the picture), and we got a lot done. I did a whole lot of tilling, I noticed that while I tilled, I prayed and thought a lot. I liked that a lot. Larry is a good old guy. I enjoy him and super love it when he talks about his grandchildren. Also, he kept stroking my ego by telling me he wouldn't work with anyone else but me. It was a good day. long day, but a good day. It ended with me going to BSF, which is almost over!! My friend and fellow YL leader came to the start up class. I'm super excited to go through it with him next year.



Thursday, May 06, 2010


This is really something. So, if you remember my friend Brooks (if you don't, look at my 10/1/09,2/8/10 posts) , you will probably remember his wife. Her name is Mi Mi (not her actual name, and that's not her actual hair). They are both Liberian refugees out of Africa. They have 5 beautiful children. 3 little girls, and 2 boys (elementary). I love this family. God has placed me in their lives to help and do what I can for them. It is so cool because Mi Mi has never really opened up to me before. Well, today, she opened up big time. I was over at their apartment helping to hook up a computer, and this thing called Magic Jack (phone that works through your computer). After I got done hooking it up, Mi Mi and I started talking. She has so many stories. This woman is not only strong, she has wisdom that goes far beyond my comprehension. The atrocities this woman has seen is hard for me to even wrap my mind around. I am so blessed that she respects me enough to divulge all that information to. She told me things that I physically had my mouth open while I listened, literally. She spoke with passion, and I could tell she needed to get some things off her chest. I need to get her and Brooks out to eat dinner on their own. I wanna try and get them a gift card to somewhere like Applebee's and offer to babysit for them for an evening. I am very blessed by this couple. She said some things that blew me away, things I didn't really understand. Like how her grandmother is from the Liberian royal blood line. Yes, like the queen. Again, my mouth is just hanging open. But, she also told me many personal, extremely sad stories. She shared directly from her heart. Again, I was extremely blessed.

Ohhhh, check this out. While I was at Walgreen's picking up some things for Brooks computer, I got a phone call from my old boss Mark Nolot. He called me to see if I wanted a summer position back at Vision Scapes!! WHOOP WHOOP, I GOT A SUMMER JOB!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Bible study & cereal club

Right after Snider got out of school, I went over and picked up the three amigos. It twas some solid time. We learned a great lesson. I think the lesson we learned was a bit of, "All for one, and one for all." When one is struggling, it should never be internalized and kept out of the light. We have to bring forward these "issues" so that they can be dealt with. It is so good when things are dealt with. God heals the deepest of issues. Today was also our second to last CLUB. Simply put, "CEREAL CLUB!" It was so awesome, a whole bunch of high school kids, and like 15'ish boxes of cereal. Dig in, mix and match different types to find your favorite combination. It was so much fun!

I love the CLUB atmosphere because it provides a super safe place for the kids to hang out and just be themselves. It is a place for kids to experience Christ. The awesome thing is this, most of the time, they don't even know that they are experiencing Christ. They love the way they feel, they love being able to do things they don't get to do any place else, but they don't even know it is Christ that is providing them the peace they so desire. Ryan gave the talk tonight, and he incorporated some guitar playing into the message. It was truly amazing to see God's hand doing so many different things in so many different kids. I'm not kidding, God is powerful, I want to submit to him more and more. In my life, I ask, What can possibly be more important than spreading His love?

Monday, May 03, 2010

joyful noise

Honestly, I should totally be studying right now. I have my final in COM 318 in 1.5 hours, but this is really important to me. Last night, Bryson and I hung out at this dudes house. The dude was Christ Lee. And it was a RESPONSE session at his house. Blew my socks off. It was a powerful time of worship with people from all different walks of life.

While I was worshiping, God just put it on my heart to do a little journal time. So, mid-worship, I grabbed my journal and went to my knees and started to write. This is what I came up with.

"When confronted by the presence of the Holy Spirit, I see joy. Dancing comes naturally. There is no age limit. There are no boundaries, there is only love. Doubt does not reign here in this place. Grace comes through the veins of strings and vocals seeking only to make a joyful noise and usher in a satisfaction that only God Almighty himself can bring. This is where I want to live. This is where I want to build my home. I belong here, I am satisfied. This joy, this worship, finds parts of me I've not uncovered before. God brought me here. At last, I know what it means to have Heaven on Earth. Thank you Father! There is no understanding or comprehension to worship. It stems from a deep place, a place that man sometimes appreciates, but God always smiles at. A completely proud and beautiful smile, like when a father smiles at his new born baby for the first time. It brings joy and untainted discovery of the true being of Christ and His majesty. Warmth in a cold world."

That is what I have to say. Wait, one more thing. I PASSED SPANISH!!! I passed with at least a C, but maybe a B-. Just depends on the outcome of the FINAL. I was so excited about that.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

running anyone?

Okay, so check this out. Today, my day was jam packed. It was seriously non-stop till like 10'ish. I started out at this church called Envision Life Center. I really needed to go to this church for many reasons. I will say some of those reasons, but won't really go into explanation about the "why's" because this it's my party, and I can cry if I want to.

I went to Envision because I needed to let go of my pride. I needed to experience what I had heart so much about, and what I had created such strong feelings about without actually being a part of. So, I went. The message was amazing. I took a whole page of notes about it, and it was truly amazing. The worship was a little over the top for my personal taste, but I can see how people could really dig that. It was like a Christian rock concert. :-) Twas a good thing for me to experience. Changed a lot.

After that. . . . .
I went to school where they were doing this thing called the Mastodon Stomp. Young Life used it as a fund raiser to help kids make money for camp. It went so good. In the picture above, you can see we were doing our stretch thing. I made sure the kids worked out their butt muscles, and yes, I did show them how to stretch that out. I demonstrated in front of the giant circle. There was a lot of people there. I walked for 2 miles, and that was enough for me. It was 3 miles for the competitors, but I was just supporting the kids. Very cool to see all those kids out there trying to raise money for camp. SUPER AWESOME FOR A LEADER TO SEE THAT MUCH INTEREST BY HIGH SCHOOL KIDS!!!

At 3:00 I peaced out to go meet up with this girl named Lynn Altevogt. If you search this blog for Lynn, back in 2008 I went with Josh to Chipotle and talked about her. lol. It is crazy how life comes back at ya. Well, anyways, God put Lynn on my heart to help out with something BIG that he is using me in. BIG! It is a huge worship thing. BIG BIG BIG

Then me and the "front line" Young Life leaders went to Chipotle, and took the food back to someones house and we all had dinner. I got the chance to lead this meeting, and it was great. I got the chance to lift everyone up individually and God really used that. I love boosting people up in faith. Like I am a part of such an amazing ministry team. God is good. SO SO SO GOOD!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

it got brought!!

Wow, today was SOOO GOOD!! I mean seriously, when I don't think God is or can bring it anymore, I get my face blown off like WOOOOOWWWWWW! That happened, times ten today. Lemme start from the beginning. We had another fundraiser for Young Life kids to get them to camp. We mulched another house, and we mulched it real good. I love high school kids. I love watching God do things in their lives when they don't even recognize it. There is some kind of hidden and beautiful power in that. I get secret enjoyment by watching that little flame grown in them. It does something for me that words can't explain. So check it. . .

Those kids worked so hard, one of the Young Life leaders was like, "Hey, you guys worked so hard, i'm gonna take you out to eat at B'Dubs." And so off we went.

Okay, next thing. So I went home, spent some time with father and little doggy. Then off to a church. This church was kinda far away, I went to meet up with my friend Kyle, who plays on the worship team. It was a mellow service. But God was there. Then I went to go and experience my Saviour at this worship thing called RESPONSE. It was amazing. Totally amazing. Check this out.
> See that dude to the left? That is Chris Lee. Chris Lee loves the Lord a whole lot. He loves the Lord and knows how to show it. He is overflowing with the Grace God has lavished upon us all. Chris is just passionate because he has fully submersed himself in the Love of Christ. WOW! WOW! WOW! Tonight I experienced things in this worship time that blew me away. There was prophesying, there were tears/sobbing of joy, there was jumping, screaming, dancing, arm raising, and more tears of joy. There was heart felt songs of praise and worship coming from God's children. It was powerful. IT WAS CHRIST!!! It renewed something in me. Something I needed. Not something I lost, but something I needed a reminder of. Man I love the Lord. After the worship time, I went off to hang with some other friends. God gave me new eyes. I started seeing them the way Christ sees them. I started to see the honest, heart felt, expressions of LOVE that Christ expresses through all of us when we truly seek him. BUT, sometimes we cannot, or will not see it in others unless Christ has tuned our awareness a certain way. Well, I think he had me dialed in, because I kept feeling prompted to tell people what I saw. Maybe I was the crazy white boy, but maybe I was a gift from Christ that they needed.