Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas with the Ferrells



Once again I must apologize for this late entry. But considering I spent the time off with family enjoying Christmas, I think you'll let me slide. Anyway, that's what this blog entry is about. I wanted to share with you all not only what I received for Christmas, but what I gave. So let's start off from the beginning. First off you should know that as a family, we decided to open Christmas presents early on Christmas Eve. This was to get it out of the way because we had an important and busy day ahead of us on Christmas Day. I got my mom a season of one of her favorite TV shows growing up: I Love Lucy. It also happens to be one of my favorites as well, but I caught it in syndication on cable. For my dad, I got a set of cologne. Apparently he was wanting some (I asked my mom). For my sister I knew just what would please her fancy. When she was with us for Thanksgiving she mentioned that her favorite movie was Sabrina. No, not the classic with Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, but the new version with Harrison Ford, Greg Kinnear, and Julia Ormond. So I got her both versions at a nearby MovieStop. For my brother, I got Wall * E and we watched it that night. My dad fell asleep. But my brother and sister enjoyed it. For those of you who haven't seen it, it's a 4-star movie and one of the best films of the year. Christmas morning I also fed the homeless, which is what I would consider the best gift I gave because it follows the example of Jesus. And what better way to celebrate His birth than by doing what he would want. Now on to what I got, which is less important but pretty cool.

Here's the list:

1. Star Wars: Force Unleashed
2. Mario Kart (Wii)
3. Call of Duty : World at War (with Wii Zapper)
4. The Case for the Real Jesus by Lee Strobel (I'm a big fan of his work. I love apologetics)
5. Season 3 of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (Yes, I have the first 2)
6. Season 5 of Monk
7. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (movie)
8. The Right Stuff (1983 movie that one 4 Oscars)
9. It's A Wonderful Life
10. A Dennis Swanberg video
11. A shirt from my Grandfather
12. A stocking full of candy
13. Flyleaf's self-titled album with bonus DVD
14. A set of cologne (the same as my dad's)
15. A $10 gift card to Regal Cinema (from a co-worker)

So as you can see, I got a lot, but it wasn't really what my Christmas was all about. The most important thing was remembering Christ's birth and showing his love to those less fortunate. That's what Christmas is all about.

Love you guys. I'll be back soon with a new post in the near future.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Daring to Dream


My fellow blog readers, I have come today to apologize for not being more faithful with my blog. So I decided that not only would I enter my blog, but I would share some photos with you as well.

So last night I was in VA Beach at my friend Travis' house (pictured on the left foreground). I go there periodically to just hang out, eat, and eventually we have a serious discussion on some spiritually related issue. Herbert, Travis' roommate asked us "If you could do anything for Christ right now, no holds bar, what would it be?" I didn't even have to think about this one. I have 2 big dreams.

1. That the college age generation would be set on fire for Christ.

2. That the name of Christ would be restored in America. I feel like a false representation of Christ is dominating in America today and it's up to the Church and myself to restore the correct image of Christ.

So we had some prayer time and then Herbert challenged us. He challenged us to begin fasting and praying.

For those of you who may not know what fasting is, it's basically giving up something really, really valuable up to the Lord for a set period of time that you may grow closer to him. In the Bible times, the typical thing people fasted from was food. However, I have personally participated in other types of fasts such as a 30-day digital fast where the computer, TV, video games, and music (except for Praise and Worship) were excluded. It was hard at first, but once I started getting into a routine, I realized what I'd been missing with God.

Okay, so back to today. I've committed to stick to this thing. I don't know where I'm going to start other than praying about it. But I know God will give me opportunities to fulfill these dreams, I just pray my eyes can see it and take hold of it.

Also, I would like to challenge you to take hold of the dreams God has placed in your heart. It's time to come out of the box and start taking hold of what God has in store for us. Just like these leaves decided they didn't want to be green anymore.

Monday, December 01, 2008

One person I'm thankful for

Well,

I don't normally do this, but here goes. I was thinking today about 1 person I could be thankful for this year. It's hard to narrow it down since I have so many people in my life who are a positive influence to me. I thought about my best friend and I thought about other people, but they really don't distinctly fit this year. So it came down to this person.

And the person I'd like to thank this year is ... Scott. If you're reading this, you know who you are.

Scott is a really great person. I've only known him for about a year and a half, maybe 2 years and he's become one of my good friends. Even after he got married to his lovely wife Jessie he still takes time to hang out with me, which means a lot. Recently, we watched the Redskins lose to the Cowboys together. Yes, it was a disappointing game, but we had fun watching it together. He also had people over at his place later, we cried over spilled beer in the parking lot, played games and had fun together. But it really was cool that I was on the small list of people he invited.

We've also had several philosophical, political, and spiritual conversations together. It's really cool to see how he's grown spiritually and emotionally over the short amount of time I've known him.

So Scott, from one friend to another, thanks for being you.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

--David Ferrell

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Undignified

For those of you who have known me for any extended period of time, you know that I go a little nuts when I worship. I have known some people who think that I'm being crazy and doing things that are abnormal such as raising my hands, jumping, shouting, and sometimes even dancing. I know there are people out there who wonder why and I thought I'd use this blog post to answer them.

The reality is I wasn't the first David to go crazy for the Lord. In the Old Testament, the Ark of the Covenant was being brought back to Jerusalem and when it arrived, there was a huge celebration and for good reason. During the time of Moses, the Ark of the Covenant housed the presence of God. Now, finally, the Ark had returned to Jerusalem after it had been taken away from Israel and of course there was a huge celebration. King David decided he would join in and started dancing and dancing like a wild man. His wife was chillin at the palace and saw David dancing and of course she didn't approve and she asked David what the deal was.

David said "I'll become even more undignified than this." and David cursed his wife, Mikal for being upset that he was dancing before the Lord and she bore no children for David.

Fast forward to 33A.D. Jesus dies on the cross, pays for the sins of the world and the veil at the temple that separated the rest of the temple from the Holy of Holies, which housed the ark, was torn in two. Three days later he rises from the dead. The presence of God was now available to all and I think that's worth celebrating. That's why I go crazy for God every Sunday at church. That's why I get excited when the band sings at Waters Edge. That's why I raise my hands, that's why I jump up and down. And I will become even more undignified than this!

I hope this will challenge you to be more free when you worship and realize that it's not for anyone else that you should be praising God, but to give glory to Him.

-David

Saturday, November 08, 2008

A Modern Day Parable

Hello again everyone. Enjoy this cool video. I hope it makes you think about how your church is reaching others.
There's something about being around family that shows our true colors. This is the topic of a new movie showing at Norfolk's The Naro, Rachel Getting Married. It is the story of Kym (Anne Hathaway), a recovering drug addict who returns home from rehab for her sister Rachel's wedding. Upon her return, Kym is confronted with her past as the recalling of family memories brings up one that has never left Kym's mind.

Much can be said of Hathaway's performance. Her role is flawless as she shows Kym simultaneously struggling with her past while trying to live in the present.

Needless to say, I enjoyed this film and would highly recommend it.

Go see it!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Day After

Well, everyone, it's the day after election day and I have to say it turned out to be an historic night. Also, I wanted to say that despite whether it turned out the way you wanted or not, we should respect the authority that God has placed in the upcoming president, Barack Obama. We should also pray for Him that he will do what God wants. Negative chatter about the way the election turned out is not the Christian thing to do. We should set ourselves apart from the bashing that others may do. Let us show those around us that we honor God by honoring authority.


-David

Sunday, November 02, 2008

25 years ago

On this day, 25 years ago, I was born and 25 years later I realize that I have accomplished a lot and have been blessed with much.

Here's a few things I could come up with:

1. I have been to another country (Zimbabwe)
2. I've seen some amazing wonders of the world (The Grand Canyon, Victoria Falls, Niagara Falls, Foamhenge)
3. I graduated from a university (ODU), go Monarchs!
4. I have had friends whom I've known for a very long time. You know who you are.
5. I've known my best friend for 15 years.
6. I have a job.
7. I play a musical instrument
8. I've seen many Broadway productions (Les Miserables, Oliver!, The Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music, Annie)

But all of these things fade in comparison to the fact that I know and have a personal relationship with the God who created me through the blood of His son Jesus Christ. Words cannot express my sheer gratefulness (which oddly enough we're talking about in Kid Kraze this month) to God for coming and invading my soul despite my sinfulness.

It's been quite a ride and I am so thankful for everyone who has been a part of it thus far. Even if you just interacted with me for just a short time, you may have impacted a huge part of my life and I thank you for that.

I also want to put a shout-out to all my blog followers. Love ya guys!

So what have I done for my birthday? I'm glad you asked.

My mom made a great meal last night for me and my brother came down to eat it with us. My sister is at Tech, so obviously she couldn't make it. I opened presents and we just chatted about life which was pretty sweet.

Today, the day of, I went to church and a lot of people wished Happy Birthday to me and I got to teach the 2nd graders today in Kid Kraze, which was great! I think the best part, though, was when the band played "From the Inside Out" That's my new favorite worship song that the band plays. There's just something about it that makes my heart soar. Tonight, I will be doing something crazy awesome with my bff, Josh and probably hit up Starbucks, especially since I missed last week.

Well, I will return in the near future, but until then this is David Ferrell ... out.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Shine

So, I'm just sitting around at home and I thought to myself: self, you should update the blog. So this is the result.

I think about life a lot. My mind is all over the place nearly all the time. Lately I've been thinking a lot about how my life can impact others. I had been praying that God would give me an opportunity to share my faith with others. Now when I say "others" I don't mean just your everyday person who doesn't know Jesus. See, cuz for me, I want to reach people who are in the darkness, the people who haven't seen the Light in a long time, or ever. It's been something God's been constantly pushing me to do. So anyway, I was praying, right, like I always do and I wasn't really expecting much from God. I mean, I knew he'd answer my prayers, but I thought, you know, it would be the normal "talk to someone you don't know" kind of deal. Boy was I shocked, but extremely honored, to receive what He gave me, cuz it was awesome! Recently, I was invited to a Halloween Party. Now, when I think of "party" I think of a time where people gather around, talk, have some food, maybe play some games, rock out to music, that sort of thing. But there are other people who think the word "party" is another excuse to zap some brain cells by getting drunk and throw up. I was invited to the latter.

What really disappoints me sometimes looking at the Church is the fact that we are afraid to take a risk of stepping into the places where sinners are. I've been to churches, had Christian friends, and know that there are pastors out there who would discourage Christians from attending such an event. The way I see it, we can't expect the lost, the sinners, the world to come to us. We have to take the gospel to the streets. In fact, the more I look at the gospels, the more I see Jesus going to places like that. Heck, he talked to a Samaritan woman who had 5 husbands. Mary Magdalene, a woman who was demon possessed, became a very important figure in the gospels and was one of the first to see the risen Lord. Matthew, one of the 12, was a despised tax collector. He healed lepers, outcasts of society. The list goes on and on and on and on. The point is we as Christians need to go to the places of darkness and shine our lights. What's interesting about light is that when a light enters a dark place, it lights up the entire room.

So I'm going to this Halloween party, knowing that there's going to be people drunk, knowing that there will be people there far from Christ, but I go with the Lord, and that's all I need to know.

My prayer for you is that you would step up and reach out to someone who doesn't know Jesus and share your story with him or her. And if you're reading this and don't know Jesus, let me say this: You have a savior who loves you more than any person on this earth and He died on an old rugged cross so that you may be set free from the things that tie you down. But He didn't just die. He rose again 3 days later to show that His power can conquer even death. May you know Him. His love was so deep in that while we were still sinners, He died for us. May you know that truth in your heart.

I love you guys.

-David

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sanctity

Today I got to hold a newborn baby in my arms.

A couple that I know recently had a little girl and I had the privilege of looking at a miracle that came to fruition.

Staring at her, eyes closed, squirming, with such small fingers and toes, I began to ponder about the beauty of God's craftsmanship in a human being.

Just think about it. Before the foundation of the world, God knew me!

"You knit me together in my mother's womb."

God made us in His image. What that fully means, I don't think I'll understand anytime soon, but I do know that it means God set us apart from every other living thing. He breathed life into us. He created us like a potter molds clay to create a pot.

The sheer complexity of the human genome, the hair on our heads, the formation of eyelids, the fingerprints that uniquely identify each of us, the heart that beats inside of us, and probably most unique about us, our souls, God specially crafted and designed. Wow!

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank you God!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

My favorite new Waters Edge worship song. This is the Passion version. I was there. It was AMAZING!!!!!

New Friends, Same Jesus

So this is a shout-out to all my amazing friends from Virginia Beach. For those of you who don't know, I've been spending some time each week in Virginia Beach with some great friends. On Thursday nights I've been attending this college ministry that they're a part of and rocking out and just sharing in the same vision that Christ is gonna rock the world with His presence. I felt like I needed to be around Christians who aren't passive but are seeking His heart and constantly trying to be in tune with Him, cuz frankly, I had felt like my Christian friends just wanted to talk about what was going on in the world and small talk and boring stuff. I can't stand small talk. It irritates me after about 5 minutes. I want to know people's hearts, what they're passionate about. And these friends show me that. They love Jesus just like I do and we've had some amazing experiences. So, to all you crazy people, you know who you are, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for letting me be a part of sharing life together with you. It's awesome. I love it.

-David Ferrell

Friday, October 10, 2008

Before you were formed...

In Jeremiah Chapter 1, God calls Jeremiah as a prophet and says

"Before you were formed in your mother's womb, I knew you."

But this doesn't just apply to Jeremiah. What's interesting here is that God goes on to say that before Jeremiah was born He had him set aside to be a prophet.

God has a plan for your life, isn't it time we start trying to follow our own selfish desires and seek after His heart?

This amazes me, that a God so powerful and Holy would choose a path for us long before we were created and the path wouldn't be one of wrath and judgment, but would be a path to grow His kingdom and bring an abundant joyful life to you with meaning and purpose all for His glory.

I'm reminded of a verse in the book of Psalms that states,

"You knit me together in my mother's womb"

Elsewhere the Bible says that before the foundation of the world He knew us. Not only does God know us, but what is even more interesting is that Jesus, His Son, created us.

"He is the firstborn of all creation and by Him all things that have been made were made."

Such love, such care, such trust. It makes you think.

May each of you be reminded of how well God knows you today.

--David

Saturday, October 04, 2008

The Two Shall Become One

So today I went to a wedding. The couple happens to be two good friends of mine who I spent a couple of years getting to know and I can say I'm glad the two finally tied the knot. It's been great seeing them grow in the knowledge and love they have not only for one another, but for their savior, Jesus.

This was an outdoor wedding and the weather was great for such an event. It was sunny with blue skies and white clouds. The ceremony was short and sweet and the reception was fun. Great music was played and it looked like everyone there was having fun. I know I was.

What surprised me the most was how unconventional the wedding was. The wedding reception was at the bride's house, which doesn't happen that often and instead of a cake, they had a wedding pie. These were just a few examples of thinking outside of the box.

What I really enjoyed though was the reminder of the beauty of marriage and the fact that God instituted it as a reflection of His love for His bride, the church.

"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh."

Genesis 2:24

Have a good day. Jesus loves you.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Jesus is a friend of mine

A friend showed me this video and about 5 seconds into it myself and all of my friends who were watching it with me died laughing.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ghosts, friends, and frisbee in the wind

So on Tuesdays I go play Ultimate Frisbee with some friends in a baseball field behind a church. I've gotten in the habit of doing this every week and expect to have a fairly good time. This week was no exception. However, here in Hampton Roads, the wind was blowing pretty steadily and hard while we were playing Frisbee as well as being quite cold. If you've ever played Ultimate Frisbee in the wind, you know what I'm talking about. The predictability of where the Frisbee will go is basically zero. Needless to say, it was a frustrating game because nearly every throw would go somewhere other than what I or any of my teammates intended. But it was also really fun to watch as well.

Today, I went out to see Ghost Town starring Ricky Gervaise and Greg Kinnear. The movie was pretty funny and very well acted, especially by Gervaise. Gervaise dentist Bertram Pincas who dies for 7 minutes and then when he returns to life can see ghosts, including one named Frank (Kinnear) who persuades Pincus to woo his ex-wife in order to break her up from her fiance. What follows is a journey of human emotions that Pincus has not experienced before and ultimately ends in realizing that there's something more to life than doing everything for yourself. I would highly recommend this movie and give it 3.5 out of 4 stars. I saw it with my friend Bryan.

Well, that's all for now.

Check y'all later.

Monday, September 22, 2008

You say goodbye and I say hello

Today I said farewell to my current Community Group. It has been a long ride and I have learned a lot about the people and have grown spiritually. But I am also looking forward to joining another group, meeting new people, and developing new friendships with the goal of connecting to each other and to Jesus Christ.


-David

Monday, September 15, 2008

An Amazing weekend

So three things happened this weekend which were amazing.

1. A birthday party with friends
2. I attended my first baby shower
3. SWITCHFOOT!!!!


So let's start with number 1. First off, it was my good friend Alicia's birthday. We had some great food, and a great time of fellowship and I ended up having a very in depth conversation with another friend, Josh, not my best friend, but another Josh, about unity, the need to not be judgmental, and God's grace. Yeah, it was a long conversation, but a great one. After we all ate, a number of people had left and we ended up watching a Science channel special called "Volcanoes of the Deep". It was about underwater steam vents. It was fascinating to watch and what's more is that the volume was turned down so we couldn't here it and we tried to describe what we were seeing. That was pretty funny.

2. The baby shower was quite funny. We played "Guess the Baby Food". Numbered jars of baby food with numbers on them and we tried to guess what each number was. We also played a game where we tried not to say the word "baby" for the entire duration of lunch and we also played baby trivia. I think a good time was had by all.

3. Switchfoot was freaking AMAZING as always. This is my 3rd time seeing them this year and they never fail to please. I was really glad that they switched up there set a little bit for this tour and I didn't hear the same stuff as the last two shows. They also put on the best performance in my opinion and were the main reason I went. That being said, none of the other bands were bad. "Red" opened up before the "official" time started. They were alright. For a Christian Rock group, they were better than some bands I've heard live, like Pillar, which has great CDs but sings off key in concert. But that's another story. Jars of Clay opened up at 6 and I must say they did quite well. They busted out some old school too. Love Song For A Savior was probably my fave that they played although I wasn't disappointed with any of there songs. Robert Randolph came on next and let me just this: that man can play a pedal guitar. Just youtube him. He's freaking amazing on that instrument. Switchfoot came after RR, and gave the best performance of the night. Third Day came afterwards. Although I'm not a big fan of Third Day, mainly cuz they're too country for me, they do put on quite a production and there were a couple of songs that I enjoyed thoroughly such as Thief and "God of Wonders".

All in all, this weekend is one of the best I've had in a while, thanks mostly to great friends and a God who continually blesses my life.

Catch y'all later. This is D-Ferr out.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Steadfast Love

If there's one thing about God that continually amazes me, it's the fact that God never gives up on me, but continues to love me despite my failures and transgressions.

And every time I read the Bible, even in the darkest times of Israel's history, there was a glimmer of hope, a remnant of a people still committed to God, a second chance for those who would commit to Him.

Recently I was reminded of an old song I used to sing growing up in church.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.
His mercies never come to an end
They are new every morning
New every morning
Great is thy faithfulness, oh Lord.
Great is thy faithfulness.

Even in the midst of your greatest trial
Even in times of temptation
Even when darkness seems like it will drown you
Even when death's shadow seems to be darkening your life,

God is there.

I have to continually remind myself of that fact. In fact, God loved me so much that He inhabited human flesh, which is another crazy idea. Man, what a mighty God we Christians serve.

This is David Ferrell, signing off.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Here am I

So my pastor Stu was talking about risk this Sunday, about how God often calls us to do things that are risky and that we should respond with obedience and be willing to trust Him enough to carry us through.

Well, I've been reading through Isaiah recently and on the same day that Stu preached, I read the passage in chapter 6 where Isaiah has his vision and he sees seraphim crying out "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!" At this Isaiah is frightened and thinks in serious trouble because he is unclean and in the presence of the Lord. A live coal is then placed on his tongue by one of the seraphim and he is made clean. Then a remarkable thing happened. Isaiah heard the voice of God. He said,

"Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?"

and Isaiah replied, "Here am I! Send me."

Oh how my heart rejoices at that response. Without question, without hesitation, without reservation, Isaiah boldly steps up to the plate without any worry in His heart and willing to take whatever risk should come his way because he knows the One who called Him.

What's more interesting is what God had Isaiah do. Basically he told Isaiah to go tell the people that they're hearing and seeing God, but not understanding. He also told Isaiah to make the people turn away lest they should repent and turn back to God.

This was no easy task, but before God even told Him what was in store, Isaiah showed his faith and riskiness by stepping out for what God wanted to be done.


Ok, so now for some funny stuff. I was browsing YouTube, looking for some Jetsons stuff and I came across this video and the title just made me laugh so hard Here's the link.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGRFbYv5KCg&feature=related

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Answer to a Paradox: Love

Have you ever thought of the paradox of God?

We will never fully understand Him. We can't begin to comprehend the complexity of His creation, the richness of His love and the level of His power and yet it takes the faith of a child to be ushered into His presence.

It's the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that both baffles me and makes me rejoice.

Just think about this for a minute: why would a God who is pure, holy, righteous, and wanting nothing to do with sin, be wrapped in the very same flesh we're wrapped in, be tempted in the same way we're tempted, and live a human life?



For 2 reasons:
1. To show us that one man can be in right relationship with God and walk in power of the Holy Spirit. I may be in the minority in this but I don't think Jesus called upon His divinity to perform miracles, but rather God the Father performed miracles through Jesus. If you don't understand me still, sit down with me and I'll explain it.

2. God's unstoppable, unshakable love.

When I look at the heart of God our Father and His Son, Jesus, it makes sense that His way is simple to believe, but hard to live. Otherwise, we would rely on ourselves and not lean on Him. Our flesh and our Spirit are so intertwined and constantly at a struggle.

Perhaps this is why Paul said in Corinthians to put off the old man. It is a paradox not unlike the one Jesus had. We house the Holy Spirit inside a human body. The same Spirit that He walked in dwells within us.

So walk in that Spirit and remember that the skin you wear was the same skin that Christ wore.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Sunrise Came and the Lion Roared

There I was in the desert at night
I had no idea how I got there
Or how I would get back.
Lost, hopelessly lost
In a world where it was just me
And my demons.
It was odd because I always
Thought deserts were hot
But I was strangely cold.
I wandered through the desert
Searching for a path
Shivering and in fear that if
I didn't get warm soon
I would lose circulation
and die of hypothermia.
I was also tired and that didn't
help much.
I came to a fork in the road
One way was much clearer than the other
And you could see in the distance some water
The other was dry and showed no signs of life
or anything that could help me.
I took the first road and ran straight for the water.
When I got there, it was frozen.
Had it really gotten that cold?
Fortunately there was a cave nearby for shelter.
I fell asleep in that cave.
Near the middle of the night I heard a stirring
at the mouth of the cave.

I saw nothing and fell back to sleep.
I woke the next day. It was still dark and cold.
But I somehow survived the night and remembered it being
quite warm.

I heard a gentle growl coming from the inner part of the cave.
I turned around slowly, barely moving any other muscles
for fear of what I might see.
There before me was a lion.
The sun had started to rise.
At once the lion reared up and
chased me.
I ran as fast as my legs could carry me.

The lion chased and chased me.

Suddenly I began feeling deja vu.

I had seen these plants before.

I had walked this path.

The night before.

There was the old cactus

That pricked me

There was the branch that I tripped over.

As I continued, I began seeing more and more.

The tree that fell before my eyes.

Finally we reached the fork in the road.

Then I knew where I was to go.

It all made sense now.

The lion turned around and went back

From whence he came.

Sunrise came and the Lion roared.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Storm

There's just something about thunderstorms that simultaneously make me happy and sad all at once. They are strangely beautiful, but yet have the power to wreak havoc on the land beneath them. Storms can reshape land and even create caverns and beautiful places such as the grand canyon. But what's even more remarkable is the mystery of them. At any given time on this planet there is a storm brewing somewhere. And their duration is only determined by the God who created them. Sure, we can estimate the size and intensity of a storm, but we're only just giving our best guess. What's even more interesting is some of the most powerful storms only last minutes. Take a tornado for instance. Lasts mere moments, but has the potential to wipe out an entire city. Being a native of VA, I saw this recently. I'm sure everyone in the country has heard of the tornado that hit Suffolk. Living so close, it made me step back and think. Thoughts like life is short and we should take advantage of every moment we have or take care of the needy came rushing to my mind. However, the overwhelming thought kept coming back is that I serve a powerful God. Even the winds and the waves obey him. Did God destroy the houses in Suffolk? Personally, I don't think he did. But this gets into an argument on the problem of evil, and that's not what I intend to talk about. Instead, I wish to talk about the awe and majesty of our Creator who has control over every part of nature. But what amazes me even more is that a God who can do all that lives inside of me and desires to talk to me and be with me everyday. Well, I think that's enough to chew on for today. Drop me a line if you so desire. Peace!

--David

Monday, May 05, 2008

Self Denial

So lately I've been hearing more and more of this one idea from God. And I know that some of you reading this may not believe in God, but I'm a Christian and sometimes I can't help but talk about what I'm learning in my life and how God is working in it.

But back to the topic at hand: Self denial. My pastor talked about the Israelites creating the golden calf to satisfy their desire to worship something while God was with Moses on Mount Sinai. And I think I do that too in my own life. It may not be a golden calf, but I substitute God for someone or something else for my own selfish desires.

So I'm admit that I fall victim of selfishness, but more and more God is revealing to me things that I do that are selfish and I'm in the process of doing the right thing and putting God back into the place He belongs in my life.

I challenge you all to take an inward look and examine your own life. I'm not trying to brow beat you. I'm trying to get you to know the God who loves you and draw closer to Him.

I love you guys, that's why I'm saying this. God Bless you all.

VerveEarth

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Beyond the wall of Small Talk

Have you ever sat back and realized that most, if not all conversations you have with friends are filled with meaningless fluff and have no impact on matters of the heart? This is an issue I've come across time and time again with my social network of friends. We talk about meaningless stuff that has no bearing on our lives. And as a curious person, I ask "Why?". So what do I want? I want an answer to "Why?".

Why is it that small talk has become the entirety of a conversation with friends you've known long enough to develop a meaningful friendship and yet have no more to talk about then funny gags, weather, television, movies, etc. While I'm not against small talk, I think there should come a point in a friendship where that's not all you want. At least that's my case. I've grown to hate small talk after a certain point in a conversation and wonder if that's all people want to talk about with their friends. So I have a question and a proposal. The question is for everyone, but the proposal is a personal commitment.

The question: Do you want more out of a conversation than just small talk?

The proposal: If the answer to the question was, "I want more". I propose seeking deeper conversations with your friend and ask probing questions. If they don't want to talk about it, that's cool, but the more I think about it, the more I realize I want more out of friendships than common everyday chat and catching up with the news, the cool trends, the pop culture, the funny gags and lines. How about being real? How about sharing hearts? I don't know about you, but I want conversations that explore emotions and passion. So I propose not a death to small talk, but an awakening to a new adventure of conversation. So ask the questions, see what happens.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Awake

This song is dedicated to all the single women out there on Valentine's Day. It comes from the point of view of a single woman's future husband and the chorus is when he marries her. I hope you enjoy it. It's called "Awake"


You're feeling alone
But I'm waiting for you
You're all alone
But I've been searching for you


You're asking "Is there anybody out there?"
I'm wondering "Will you wait for me?"
You're asking "Does anybody out there care?"
But you mean this whole world to me.

Bridge:
And I lose my breath when I see those eyes
And my knees get weak when I see you smile
One day you'll wake up to realize
You've dreamed a dream for the last time.

Chorus:
I've been waiting my whole lifetime for this moment
But these words can't describe how you make me feel
Awake from your sleep with eyes wide open
The dream that you dreamed now is real.

Verse 2:
You won't be alone
I'm waiting for you
You won't be alone
I've been longing for you

You're asking "When's it gonna happen?"
One day you'll be by my side.
You're asking "Am I really pretty?"
I say "It's what I see inside."

Bridge:


Chorus

Ending:

Awake
Awake from your sleep
I'm coming to you
Awake
Awake from your sleep
The dream that you dreamed has come true

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Awaiting my Bride

So I was reading Genesis 24 today and I come across the part where Abraham commands his servant to go and find a wife for his son, Isaac. What's interesting about this passage is the way in which the servant goes about looking for Rebekah, Isaac's bride. Basically it's a complete submission and supplication to God. The servant asks for a sign from God and before he can finish praying, Rebekah appears. And of course, I got to thinking.

Many times I find myself seeking the opposite sex for selfish reasons, for my own personal wants, my pleasures. Often I find myself trying in my own strength to find something that God wants to give me.

So today I'm trying something new. Today, I'm going to lay aside my selfish needs, my wants and try with all I can to submit to what God wants me to have in a bride. And frankly His opinion is all that matters to me. So I will pray for my bride to be the woman that God wants for my life, because after all, He's got my interests in mind as well and knows what's best for me and if I follow Him, He will give me the desires of my heart.

So here I stand O God, submitting to Your will, and eagerly awaiting my bride.