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Catching Up

I know I said I would try and be better about posting. I have just been wordpress lazy. We have been pretty busy playing when we are not working. Here is a little update.

I have been working on Rig 3 for Southwestern Energy (Desoto Drilling) for the past few weeks. We have had a really high employ turnover rate so each week I am working with someone new. This last hitch was the first one without a change. I am now seeing a chiropractor twice a week on my off week and that is helping my body heal quicker. I have lost 27 pounds since I started this job. I weigh less now than when Kristin and I first got married.

We have had several family outings since I have some time off of work now. That’s what makes it all worth it. I get to spend quality time with Abby and Kristin. Oh ya, and Grace. I went hunting in Reader, AR with Kristins dad this last days off. I scored an 8 point. This days off I am going to hunt in Oklahoma with my dad.

I finished the book “The Shack” I think it is called this last week. It’s a pretty good read. I have a favorite breath prayer now. It has really been good for me so I will share it with you. In fact, try saying this through out the day for a couple of days . Jesus, please lead me in my every word, thought, action, and especially my attitude. Mom you are probally the only one still looking at this so I love you and may not post on here anymore. I will probally just call you.

November 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Job 2

I just finished my second hitch and things are alot better. I am still sore but my body is getting use to it. I found ways to actually enjoy being at work this past week. Out at the rig location it is very noisy. There are alot of engines and generators running so while I am working I sing at the top of my voice songs like, Jesus is Lord, Holy Spirit Dwell in Me, How I love you child, and any others that pop into my head. It’s a very neat experience, I’m not sure why. Maybe because I can sing as loud as I want and no one can hear how bad it is except for God and I’m pretty sure he don’t mind. This last week was the last week that I will work with rig 10. By the way, the guy that urinated on my tools actually asked me to go golfing with him some time. When we got off work he said he wished I could stay with them on rig 10. It’s amazing how showing a little grace can change things. I was assigned to Rig 3 on the next hitch back.  I am hopeful that I will be working with a good crew since this is my permanent rig at least for a while. I’ll try be better about posting on my weeks off.

September 24, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

New Job

Sorry it has been a while since my last post. I have started a new job. It started out extremely rough. Now it is just rough.  I went from sitting behind a desk every day to working in the elements while doing all sorts of physical labor. I work with a couple of nice guys but most of my co-workers are very crude. I guess I am having to go through some sort of initiation. For example, one of the workers decided to urinate on the tools I was using and then pulled his pants down to moon me. It was a tough decision, do I knock him out or pray for him. I went back and forth till I decided I would pray for him.  My body is tired. We work 7-12hr days and then get seven days off. I have bruises and scrapes and blisters all over my body. I get up at 2:30 in the morning and drive to Damascus to meet at camp. We leave at 4:00 AM to go to the Rig.  I usually get home around 7:00 PM. Last week we had alotof rain. My boots filled withwater all day so my feet were a wrinkly mess at the end of most days. At first I was struggling to remember to say my breath prayer throughout the day. When I worked behind my desk I had a cross by the computer that would remind me. Now, Every time I hear a cussword I say my prayer. This last week I walked around saying, “Jesus, please lead me” all day. I suppose He led me to prayer instead of knocking that great man out that urinated on my tools.

I imagine you are wondering why I would ever take a job like this. I am wondering the same thing. Actually, if I can get through this I have a chance to move up rather quickly. I get two weeks off every month to spend with my family. So it is not all bad. Please pray for me. Please pray that my body will heal and get used to the abuse it is taking.

September 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Joseph

The life of Joseph is one of my favorite in the bible. I imagine every man would like to have the power to rule over a country. Can you imagine the pride that would overcome most of us if we were put in that position. We would probably look back at the journey of making it to that point and marvel at the awesome things “we did” to get there.  Joseph recognized that his success came from God. Joseph had the heart of a servant and was not self-seeking.

What I like most about this story is Joseph’s ability to see Gods plan in his life after a series of bad stuff happening in his life. Can you imagine your brothers selling you into slavery after almost killing you and then put in prison because a woman said you tried to take advantage of her even when you didn’t. Most of us would grow bitter. At least I know I would. I might even start to question how God could allow such a thing to happen to me.

Joseph’s response is so awesome to his brothers when they go to Egypt.

Genesis 45:5  And now, do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.

Genesis 45:8 So then, it was not you who sent me here. but God.

God allowed bad things to happen in Joseph’s life so he could use him to save lives. This story encourages me to ask myself this when things are tough: What is God preparing me for?

August 15, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

In His Timing

God is working even when we are not. God answers prayers in His own timing. God knows what’s best for me. God works for the good.

These are statements that run through my mind when I start to think “I” need to do something, to make something happen quicker because it is not happening fast enough. When I look back over my life I see God connecting the dots. There are times that I have made choices not yielding to what He wanted but He still worked to bring the best out of it. I imagine God saying, “when are you going listen to me, things would be so much easier.” I am glad He has a plan, because I sure don’t!

The dots:

  • Church split in Muskogee, OK to make Muskogee Church of Christ
  • Church needed Youth Minister and hired Derek
  • Youth minister talked me into going to Harding instead of Tulsa Welding School
  • Grew closer to God and made friends with a girl at Harding named Kristin Davis from Conway, AR
  • Moved back to OK to work for dad building cell phone towers (traveled alot)
  • Working around Little Rock area a couple of years later. Lonely
  • Called Kristin Davis to say hello since I was in the area.
  • Three months later she became Kristin Bunch
  • Three years later had Abigail Elise Bunch (Abby)
  • This Saturday, August 9th, 5 year anniversary
  • Today, closer to God than I ever have been
  • Blessed         

I am where I am at because this is where God wants me to be and if it’s not He is working to get me there. It’s neat to think of all the dots God connects in all of our lives. This is a very short version of mine.

WHAT IF THE CHURCH NEVER SPLIT?

August 7, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Solatex

I am excited see the work of God going on all around us. Sometimes I feel like I am just standing in the audience of a great show. I want to be apart of the show! Don’t get me wrong, I like to witness Gods work but I also like to be in the middle of it. Will you be in the middle of it with me?

I have a friend, a special friend that is immersed in Gods work all of the time. He has been a mentor for me and many others over the years. First, he was my youth minister guiding me through the pressures that come at that age. I have seen him guide groups to Mexico and various places. He has baptised many and prayed for many. He even prayed over my grandfather as he was about to die. His name is Derek Pfeifer.

Derek is the managing director for a nonprofit organization called Solatex. They install solar powered water wells in third world countries. How awesome is that. Can you imagine drilling a well and watching a village of people stand around and watch the gift of ever flowing water come out of the ground.

I want to ask you for a favor! As with most non-profit’s, money is limited because they rely on donations. If you feel led to send a donation please send it to: Solatex, 1610 N. County Line Rd. Fort Gibson, Ok 74434. You can send any amount you want. 10.00, 20.00, 1000.00, whatever you feel led to do. It takes about 7500.00 us dollars to complete a well. How awesome it would be to know that the money you send will change and save lives. You can also use PayPal on the website listed below.

You can also visit the website by clicking this link: http://solatex.com Please check it out.

August 2, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Written Prayer

I am warning you this will be a little long. But please read it. I am reading a book right now called Living Gods Love. In reading this book I have adopted the words of a daily prayer and made them my own. I want to give it to you to read. Think about making it a daily practice to pray this prayer. I give you warning though, it will be easy to read through this prayer quickly and not give it’s words much thought as it becomes part of your daily routine. It’s important to slowly pray this prayer and let the words sink in. This is not meant to take place of your other prayers. Doing this first thing in the morning helps me gear up for my daily walk with God. I hope it can do the same for you.

Father, I begin this day with the recognition that it is a gift from you. It is another day that you have provided, and I will rejoice and be glad in it. I accept it with a spirit of thanksgiving, remembering that each moment is irreplaceable and holy, and must not be wasted on bitterness or self-seeking.

Dear God, this privilege I have of speaking to you as a son/daughter to a father is also a gift from you-a gift made possible because of the sacrifice of Jesus. Just the thought of this causes me to shout your praise. You are holy God, the only God, God almighty, and I pray that your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I ask that you give me food for my table and forgive me of my sins as I forgive those who sin against me. I also ask for help in my continuing battle with satan.

May I this day find peace without want. I pray that I will overcome my craving for things-knowing that such demands are never ending and that life cannot be established on such a false foundation.

I will work toward treating everyone well. I will love them with no thought of reward. I will weap with those who weap and rejoice with those who rejoice.

Today I will strive to be humble in demeanor as well as in thought, for I know that pride can warp my life. Because I know myself, I confess that I have nothing about wich to be proud. My weakness and limitations cause me to face problems that often defeat me. Therefore, I confess my need for your help and the help of others-this help I will seek daily.

I will also work on developing patience. I will try to maintain a quiet mind in wich your spirit might work. I know there is value in silence in your presence and in the presence of others. May listening be my gift to those around me.

It is my goal to be less judgmental. This means I will be careful about the advice I give to others as well as any criticism I might make of them.

Because of my love and concern for my family and my friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, good works, and the world in general, I pray for the following. [This is followed by a period of petition for others by name].

I hope you will think about making this apart of your daily prayer if you don’t already have something similar.

July 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Vertical!!!

Every now and then a salesman will come in the store and try to sell me something, and others will stop in and ask for donations. Today was a first for me! First,  this man entered the store and pitched the Lions Club and wanted donations. As soon as he was finished, he said, I also own a funeral home and I would like to help you out if I could. Then he said come and see me if I can help you. Then laughingly said I do mean vertically of course. At first I thought he was just kidding with me but he pulled out a business card and gave it to me. Wow! You know the economy is in bad shape when a funeral home is having to sell door to door.

July 21, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Technology

Technology is amazing! It is unbelievable to think about where it has taken the medical practice. I have been watching the new show Hopkins. Last night, there was a boy that received a heart transplant. Not to long ago humans were dying from diarrhea and now with technology we are taking a heart from one person and giving it to another. 

Technology is everywhere. Video games, big screen TVs, computers and etc. How do we keep from being so immersed in the technology around us that we start to replace the eternal awesomeness of God with the temporary awesomeness of technology. The problem with being immersed in technology is we start to rely on it. (For Example) When we are having a bad day we might turn to the television to live our lives through someone else which is usually a fictional character and then we get depressed because our endings are never the fairy tell endings like they are on TV. That creates a whole new set of problems.

Technology can be so much fun! I love searching the web. I like watching tv and I love a good movie. It is easy to live in the comforts of technology. Here is the “however” part. However, these things that seem so reliable to fix our every problem and fill every void only last for a minute.

In a world filled with the distractions of technology, how do we stay focused on God? I’ve seen some church’s use awesome sound systems to aw the members because the old ones were dull and unimpressive. We are using video systems with big screens to try and keep peoples attention. I am glad I am not a preacher trying to come up with a sermon that can keep every ones attention this day in time. With today’s technology and it’s “awesomeness”, no wonder it’s so easy to find a man standing in front of a group of people “boring”. Our preacher is not boring by the way! Just thought I would state that since he may very well read this.

So, since we know that technology is making it more difficult to truly walk as Jesus would, the only way we can defeat this lie is immerse ourselves in His presence. When we immerse ourselves in His presence we find ourselves living in His awesomeness. When we see God as a God who is in some far off place, it is easy to turn to something close by like TV, Internet and whatever else to fill our needs. (Not that that is all God is here for.)

Think about this for a moment. Look directly to your left, God is right there. How awesome is that? When we start to see Him in our presence all of the time, we truly live. And I mean LIVE. Technology can’t compete with the awesomeness of God. So join me in taking our blinders off and immersing ourselves in His presence. I am slowly learning how to do this and believe me when I say there is nothing like it. I am finding myself to have peace in more areas of my life the more and more I immerse myself in His presence.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

July 18, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’m Impressed

On my way to work this morning I stopped at Walgreens behind my store to pickup some Coffee. They have Starbucks coffee already ground. I picked up some mild breakfast blend and made my way to the checkout. There was one checkout open and as I got closer I saw what was going on. A women was laying out all of her coupons. Use to, I would have been frustrated. As the checker went to work, this women and I stood there watching the dollars add up. My interest grew as we stood there. I wanted to see how much she would save. When she was done checking she said, “that will be two dollars and sixty-nine cents.” Then she said,” You saved a total of fifty two dollars and some odd cents. $52.00 The cashier and I looked at each other in disbelief. The woman started to leave so I threw my coffee up on the counter and asked her the obvious question, do you have anymore coupons? She laughed and said not for that! I walked out of there paying triple the amount for my coffee than she did for 4 bags of groceries. I was very impressed.

July 15, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments