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2008 Review in Photos

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Wow.
I really have no clue where to begin.
2008 brought so many ups and downs that just the thought of going through and rehashing all of it freaks me out.
Regardless, 2008 was amazing for many reasons, and one in particular.

Thankful fors in 2008 in no particular order:
(clicking each photo will enable you to leave a comment and to enlarge a specific photo)

There are many more photo’s I could place up there; blog party, etc. However I have limited space and time.
Perhaps if I feel it, I’ll do a 2008 in Review part II.
I will say this, Twitpic made this a whole lot easier.

Anyhow….
I truly never will forget 2008.
Each memory will be tattooed on mind and heart forever.
From the moment of 01/01/08, to the moment of all the tears I cried, to the moment I first laid my lips on Allison’s, to the moments soon awaiting me in the next few days.
2008 will be a defining moment of my life to come.

I could truly never be more blessed.

Here’s to 2009!

We’re All In This Together

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Found this video via our worship leader Ashlee’s facebook…

I don’t know about you, but this broke me.

It convicted me.

How much we take for granted.

How much we throw away.

How much we ignore.

What we are doing IS NOT ENOUGH.

It can’t be.

What will you do to make a difference?

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December 19, 2008 at 4:46 pm

Prayer of Intercession for…me?

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So recently I’ve really been battling with prayer.
Not the idea of prayer or if prayer is something as a christian I should do.
But more so, how to connect during prayer when you’re mind seems to take you everywhere but where you desire to go. Which in this case would be in a deep connection with Him for hope, peace, assurance, healing, etc, and for the opportunity to intercede for those in need.

It seems that every time in the past four months or so that I go into a session of prayer that I can’t seem to “connect”. I close my eyes, I feel the desire and the need to talk to God, so I go.
I close my eyes.
I tell Him my thanks.
I tell Him I need Him.
Then it hits, or it doesn’t it. All it seems I am doing is speaking to air and looking like a fool.
I don’t feel any of that sensation that God is shaking his head in agreement to what I’m saying or asking.
I don’t feel as if He’s exciting about the things I say to Him, or that what I am currently being broken for is something even worth being broken for.

This non-feeling movement lasted for way too long.
It wasn’t until seven days ago at Dialogue while we were praying for the service and the people that were going to walk through the doors of the building that day, that that feeling went away.
I started praying, and as usual in the past four months, my feelings were the same.
Bland.
Empty.
Distracted.
However, this prayer was different, while I was praying for the people that were going to be attending that day, God spoke to me.
It was so clear that literally I could hear His words that said,

Kyle, something is going to happen here today. Someone’s life is going to be changed. Be ready.

I kept praying, asking him, who, and what, and why.
I received nothing back.
However, in those next 10 minutes that I sat there, God broke my heart for whoever it was that was going to be change.
I cried. (not saying that you don’t really feel God until you cry)
I felt pain for that person.
I was able to pray specifics without knowing what they were.
Then something happened that scared me.
It didn’t just scare me though.
It changed me.
I realized while I was praying that that person God was sending me into intercession for was myself.
The person who was going to be changed that morning was me.
My heart.
My life.
My desires.
They were all changing, and God was changing them for me.
He knows my heart and was filling it with passions that will make me fight for the injustice’s of the world.
These passions, that will excite me in sadness that I cannot stop.
That I cannot wait for these injustices to change from evil to good.
The only way they will change, is if I change them.

Lord,
Thank you for changing me.
Thank-you for making me seek you constantly and having the strength to do so.
Thank-you for not allowing me to give up on that connection.
Thank-you for placing the perfect people in my life to help deliver me from myself.
For Your plan and will is perfect.
I pray that you will continue to change my life.
That I will allow you to form my heart into your passions and not my own.
Amen

Don’t wait for something to change. Be the change.

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August 31, 2008 at 8:39 pm

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Making a Tangible Difference

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David Crowder:

To carry the story of God in a way that makes a real, tangible difference to those we live among can be really frustrating at times. I think the only way to not become paralyzed by the task, is, to get close enough to these issues for them to turn into names and faces that walk up to your fence on a Saturday; who lean in and yell your name and give you something that leaves you smiling and tearful and repentant and a little more in love with the people God has made.

Thoughts??

[Complete Article of above quote]

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June 20, 2008 at 11:41 am

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I want to love like this

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If you haven’t seen the story on this lady yet, here ya go:

(RSS readers, there is an embedded video)

How would you have reacted??

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June 13, 2008 at 9:03 am

Posted in Humbled, Life, Relationships

The Power of Influence

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My little stat counter reached a milestone this afternoon:

Stats don’t matter, I know this. However, 12,000 hits in a span of three and a half months means that a lot of people are stopping by, which gives me ultimate influence. It makes me think about the influence that I have in my daily walk, and some of the bloggers that have majorly influenced me:

Most of these people don’t realize the influence they have had on me. Whether the influence has been through the realness they live their lives, the vunerability/honesty they allow themselves to reach daily, their heart and passion for God and the things he breaks them for, each one of the ones listed above have had deep impact in my life through their blog or in person(many more of you have, yet if I were to list all of you, it would be never ending).

Today, as I have reached 12 thousand, and tomorrow as I meet more of you; I want to say thanks, to everyone.
New readers.
Old time regulars.
You each matter and have influence through your walk and through your blog.
I hope this blog will grow, and I hope that somehow God will use me for the same type of positive influence that the bloggers in the list above have had on me

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June 11, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Posted in Blog, Humbled, Link Love

We Are One

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One of the blogs that I read every day is Jamie Tworkowski’s blog over at TWLOHA. Today while reading a post from May 15th he hit on something that made my chest cave in.

Before I continue read an excerpt from his entry:

“With TWLOHA, we often say that every story matters, that every life matters. We say that pain is real and that it deserves our attention. We say that people need other people. We would be following an awful trend if we bought into the idea that these things somehow only apply to people who live where we live, or speak the language we speak. There is distance in the borders and the barriers. Distance more with all the seas. The danger in the distance is that a great lie gets whispered. i don’t hear it, but i feel it when i see the pictures on the news. The lie i’m talking about says something like this: “It’s okay. This is happening far away. Those people are different. This doesn’t affect you. It doesn’t matter that much.””

So often I am so quickly to look at me, my close friends, my family, and how they are doing.
I ignore the person on the street.
At the grocery.
At the mall.
The patient at my work.
I do this because their lives I believe DO NOT effect my life.
In that thinking is where I am wrong.
The truth is, our lives should overlap in some form if we have the chance/opportunity to have contact with one another. We should choose to not be silent in our love, in our faith, in our walk.
Instead we should seek ways that we can share that love and faith. Not just with the people directly tied to us, but also with the people who don’t know us at all.

I appreciate Jamie for his honesty, boldness, and willingness to share the tug in his heart every time he blogs.

[To read the rest of Jamie’s post, please GO HERE]

[This is in participant with WaterCooler Wednesday at Randy Elrod’s blog]

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May 28, 2008 at 11:31 am