Four Years and Counting
October 1, 2008 I started this blog with little clue of what I wanted to do or what the real focus would be. Like a lot of blogs, I opened to deafening silence and kept up that trend for nearly six months before I got a few people to regularly comment and be willing to carry on a conversation.
Since I’ve started, the blog has been through a lot of change. I started on the Blogger platform and I’ve been through many redesigns. Some people have come and gone, while others have been with the conversation for years. Some aren’t frequent commenters, but they remain good friends. In both cases, I’m grateful for the inspiration, encouragement, and challenges I have received from those who have been a part of this site.
I’ve also been through plenty of changes in my life. I became lead pastor of our church body shortly after I started and helped to relaunch it as Breakthrough Church later in 2008/2009. I celebrated my 10-year anniversary with my wife in 2009. My mom went through major heart surgery. People from this blog prayer, supported, and helped to send me and my family to Japan to adopt our son and see us through to completion.
I don’t know all that the future holds, but I’m excited to take the journey with those already in my life and whoever else God places in my life along the way. If we stop growing, we stop living. If we stop living, we have to lose our connection with the Vine because in Him everything is alive (John 15:2).
Knowing God means the privilege and responsibility to move forward.
…But my righteous one will live by faith.
And I take no pleasure
in the one who shrinks back.”
But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. –Hebrews 10:38-39
Throughout the years, my heart has been not to shrink back but express whatever God laid on my heart. I want to live by faith and challenge others. I want to live, love, laugh, and grow as I continue to rely on Him.
Thank you for being part of my life. I trust our God is providing a blessed hope and a beautiful future.
In honor of this milestone, I want to do something special. Since I love books and music, I figured it made sense to offer you a contest to win a $15 iTunes gift card. All you have to do is enter below and next week I’ll announce a winner. Enter as often as you like.
Whether you’re a longtime part of the community or just stopped by for the first time, I hope you find (or continue to find) honesty and inspiration here. You are appreciated!
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What is the biggest change you’ve been through in the last four years?