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


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