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December 30, 2012 — 2 Comments


This Christmas break has been incredible for me physically and spiritually. I’ve taken time to turn my brain off and just be. That has been refreshing. Over the last several weeks, I have taken our garage from the first 5 minutes of a Hoarders episode to a workshop with space for Jen’s Expedition. I built cleaned out, threw away, swept, organized, constructed shelves, organized some more, built a massive workbench and spent way too much money at Home Depot. But, it’s done and I’m enjoying this new workspace. Sometimes you need a change of scenery to get a new perspective.

I felt like I should be taking time away in intense prayer and seeking God for 2013. But, I have to admit that I’ve been pretty worn out. More than anything else, I needed rest. I needed to pull back and just… be. I did spend time talking with God as I worked in the garage. It was not so much intercession and pressing in to God. I did not seek anything from God. It was more just walking with Him and relaxing.

Then it happened. As I was working on one of my garage projects, God began to show me His heart for ROCK Church in 2013. It’s big. Really big. It’s a new perspective. It may get a little chaotic. That’s ok. I believe it will be freeing for many. I know it will be for me. My heart has been turned upside down and I am filled with anticipation.

I have not even had the chance to share it with Jen. I’m going to tell her what’s in my heart tonight. I can’t wait to hear from her. I’m looking forward to sharing with my staff and I can’t wait to share it with my church family.

I’m thinking the garage may be my new favorite place to hear God speak.


January 24, 2012 — Leave a comment

The last couple of months have been a whirlwind of stuff around here. Let me take a minute to summarize briefly a few of the events since Thanksgiving.

  • On December 8th, I had surgery #5 on my sinuses at UNC-Chapel Hill. I’m doing great!
  • Christmas was amazing!
  • We had some more staff changes at ROCK Church.
  • Gabriel and I spent 5 days in New York City visiting museums, the symphony and basically conquering Gotham in a matter of days.
  • We began another 21 days of fasting and prayer at ROCK Church. Today marks day 9. Only 12 more to go!
  • Jennifer is coming to the end of a 15 battle with migraines that landed her at the doctor’s office, the emergency room and then 5 nights at Duke University Hospital. Although she is not completely free of it, she is doing much better.

Also, somewhere in the midst of all this chaos, my blog became infected with a virus that destroyed almost 6 years of posts. Yes, I lost everything. Somehow it became infected in the weeks leading up to my surgery. Because I was giving everything I had to staying focused until surgery, I did not catch it in time. By the time I contacted my hosting provider, all of their backups were also infected.

So, today I press reset. I could cry over all of the lost posts. I could complain about how it’s not fair. I could find someone to blame. All of these options are lame and do nothing to move forward. Instead, I will press reset and move forward.

I hope you will enjoy me on this adventure as the slate has been wiped clean and we begin again.

13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13–14 (ESV)

What do you need to press reset on in your life?