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Friday, November 25, 2005

Not Everyone at Once Now...

I don't know how many people even bother to read this anymore because I hardly get a comment anymore. Maybe this is a dying fad or something, but I still enjoy bloggin' it up every now and then. I have met some pretty cool people on here because of some of the comments I've made. I've met another youth pastor from a few states away, someone who lives close to my home town, and some who've shared with me because of something said that ministered to their hearts. I guess I'm glad I still do this eventhough I don't get a ton of comments anymore. You never know how God is going to use you.

I'm at my parent's house right now enjoying the time I get to have with them. I haven't seen my parent's in quite some time, so it's great when I get the chance. I even got to see my real dad, step mom, and siblings last night. I didn't know I was going to, but I'm glad the opportunity presented itself. It's a cold and snowy day after Thanksgiving, and a perfect day to set up the Christmas tree and begin thinking about presents for my family. I don't know what I'm going to do this year, but I'll come up with something. I try to do something creative every year so that it's more creative. I'm a little lost at the moment, but something will present itself.

Tomorrow, I have to go back to Cedar and get a lot of work done. I brought some of my church work with me so that I'm at least a little ahead of the game. Tomorrow I will have a lot of practice to do for Christmas Carol Sunday. That's what we're calling this coming Sunday Service, and hopefully everyone gets into it. I've heard so many people say that they think the snow came too early this year, but that's just crazy! It's almost the end of November, and technically, because of all the hurricanes, the snow is late for Michigan. All I know is that I'm glad we finally got the snow we've been waiting for...well, at least the snow I've been waiting for.

I know it seems that I'm just kind of rambling now, but I know I have something profound to say, I just haven't got to it yet. :o) One thing's for sure, I'm so glad I had the opportunity to go to the Nashville YS Youth Leader Conference this year. I probably won't be able to next year, but that's ok. I really needed the encouragement and the comforting hand of the Lord to come upon me at that particular time. That usually happens when I least expect it to. I'm so glad that the Lord knows what we need better than what we discern. I couldn't possibly know everything that I need. He's got it all under His control, and I'm glad because I'd just mess everything up. I couldn't believe how many similar stories I heard at that conference. I know I said that in my last entry, but I still can't get over it. God is awesome, and I love him so much.

Any who, that's good for now. I pray that you find His peace today. God bless and hopefully I hear from you soon!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Hot Pink Cowgirl

I know it's been a little while since the last time I did this, so hang on to your cowboy hats and listen up!!! I just got back from a 5 day trip to Nashville TN for a Youth Specialties Youth Leader Conference. It was a phenominal trip and experience to say the least. I heard so many familiar stories that I related to, got great advice and ministry ideas, had an awesome time in worship and praise with 7500 of my contemporaries, and was filled with a new refreshing spirit. God is amazing and if you don't know Him yet, I pray you make that decision to know Him now! God is so good, and I needed this past week to happen. I went down with 2 other youth pastors from my church conference and one of their wives. I don't think we stopped laughing the entire trip. It was great. David Crowder and Chris Tomlin led us in worship every day, I saw Third Day, Jars of Clay, Lost and Found, The Skit Guys, and many more. There wasn't much time for touring Nashville, but that's ok. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of being there, and I didn't need to see the Country Music Hall of Fame. I will get there someday, but this just wasn't the time. The sad thing is that before this trip, I really didn't want to go. I mean, I knew it was going to be a great time, but I didn't want the church to spend the money on me. This whole country is in a bit of a pinch as far as that goes, and I didn't want to burden the church with it. Everyone, including my pastor, told me to go and gain the knowledge they knew I would from the conference. I'm so glad they made me go. At times, the conference was a bit overwelming, but I knew God was in it all, and I was to gain from it what He would have me to. I hope that makes some sense.

Something else that's pretty wonderful is that I'm at my parent's house right now. It took me 2 1/2 hours to get here because of the snow and slick roads (normally it only takes about an hour and a half), but I'm so glad I got to come home. It's the Thanksgiving holiday, and I needed it to come so I could have this time with my family. Lately, family time has come up to be kind of sparse. I don't like that. I'm trying to find a way to change that, but I know it will come slowly. Hopefully, things will change soon.

Well, that's about it for now. I can't think of anything else to type right now, so if there was anything else I had to say, I guess I'll just have to save it for another day. God blesss and happy Thanksgiving! Spend time with your families!!!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Love Thicker than Peanutbutter

I can't believe it, but the radio stations are playing Christmas music already! Wow, I tell ya what, wow. I'm actually happy about it. I love Christmas...yeah, everybody give Christmas a hand! Any who, about my entry before this one, I really needed to vent, but I'm all better now. God is good, and I have not one reason to complain. I need to let myself get upset, however. Things weren't as bad as I thought they were going to be. In fact, the meeting wasn't even about me or the pastor, which made both of us sigh with relief. Instead, it was another person completely, but we as the leadership need to help this person out. **Wipes forehead** All is well in the house of Shannon. God gave me amazing peace last night that I wasn't expecting, but am ever so greatful. I was reading 'Purpose Driven Youth Ministry' by Doug Fields, and it shocked, humbled, and comforted me at the same time. To sit and read about a very accomplished man of faith having had the same troubles this 2 year vetran of a youth leader has experienced was awesome! I've read that book once before, but decided recently to open it once again. It makes so much more sense to me now than what it possibly could have in college. I felt the hand of God on my shoulder as he spoke to my heart saying, 'it's ok, i'm always here'. How amazing is God and His workmanship!! I had to share this with you and journal it so I would remember always what has happened to me. God is good, and I pray you are experiencing His goodness, too. Sanctification means giving God more of you. He already gave all he could to you, now you have to open yourself up to him every day and give more of yourself to Him. It's not easy, but it's so very worth every moment. God's peace be on you today!!!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

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I didn't even know what to call this post. I'm not feeling quite like myself tonight because I feel there's some people at my church who really don't like it when I have a good day, so they do something immediately to make sure I feel worse than they do. Maybe I'm just being moody, but I'm getting so sick and tired of being attacked by everyone. I know I shouldn't take anything personal in ministry, but sometimes it's extremely hard to remember that. Someone came up to me about something tonight while I was running sound for a kid's function at the church. All they said was that they needed to talk to me and the pastor tomorrow about some issue that was brought to their attention. Later on that evening, they told me that it had more to do with me, and we could probably talk it out ourselves without the pastor. The whole time they're telling me this I'm thinking "great, what did I do this time?". I'm getting so sick of people thinking I'm constantly doing something wrong in my job...according to the way they do things, and according to their standards. Why won't anyone just trust me and trust that God is leading me? I just want the people of my church to let me do my job and pray for me so that I do my job according to Christ. I just want to be loved and not treated like a hired hand. Sometimes that's what I feel like. Many professors back in college told me that I would go through times just like these where I would feel really low, and I wouldn't learn it by anything else but my experiences. Well, I'm learning, and my back is guarded. I love where I'm at, but I'm sick to death of people treating me bad. Ok, now that I've got all that out, maybe I'll sleep through the night. Not everything is terrible, but sometimes I just need to vent and get things out. I needed to do that tonight. Any who, please pray for me. I really could use a hug.