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Uncle Ron   1 comment

in my life i think i saw Uncle Ron a TOTAL of 4 times, yet my heart still weeps. i remember on every trip to Oregon that my dad showed with pride the places Uncle Ron pastored. the churches at Swisshome, Newport, and The Dalles, just to name a few. i remember the stories of my Grandma of her little brother Ronnie told only the way grandma could tell a story.

i remember the stories of Uncle Ron and Aunt Shirley in Liberia, even in the midst of a civil war that threatened their lives from time to time, but it seemed that they both couldn’t wait to get back. and then they went over to Ethiopia and changed more lives there.

i can’t explain why this has hit me so hard. maybe it’s the fact that life has yet again showed it’s fragility to me. but it seems more like love that i had for a Great Uncle who fought continuously for his faith, who put others ahead of himself, and who loved God.

God Bless all those who have been affected by Uncle Ron’s passing. You have all been on my mind from time to time while everything has gone on.

Posted August 13, 2010 by mattiev9287 in Uncategorized

more lessons from jeremiah   Leave a comment

Jeremiah 29:10-14

10-11This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. 12“When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. 13-14“When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—God’s Decree—”bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it. (The Message)

i’ve been beating myself up recently. but that’s getting ahead of the story.

all my life has been like any other life. it’s had it’s ups and downs. times where the world was mine and times where the world had beaten me down. no matter what i knew that God was with me, but i didn’t seem to seek him unless i was down or at camp lol. and it always seemed like i was using God when i was down, which bothered me, but not enough to do anything about it. but this year has been different. i’ve been away from my family for almost a year now (1 week away) i’ve been through basic training, AIT and half a deployment.

through basic i really started to get back to God. it was one of those down times that i knew that i needed to get closer to Him or else i wasn’t going to make it. but it was the start of a personal revival that has taken place over the past year and has sort of culminated tonight. i made good christian friends in my platoon, people that i can still look to spiritually. i also read throuh the new testament in those  9 weeks.

AIT i strayed away a bit, i still read my bible and prayed, but not like i did in basic, then i graduated and moved to fort bliss and figured out i was leaving to go overseas. i was so shocked i didn’t know what to think. i was upset that i was being taken away from my family, but glad that my unescapable deployment was going to be out of the way, knowing that i would have a little more money to pay off some things that i knew that i needed to. but life threw me some curveballs that i had to read and deal with accordingly, but with God’s help i made it through in tact.

So i’m on the top of the world, at one of those times that i would normally not turn to God for help, but thank God that i’m not there. i’m at a place where even though everything seems all figured out i want to search for God. if you read my post Hunger you know that i have that desire to search for Him. but the desire hasn’t been a want. i know that sounds crazy but they seem to be two different things in my life.

today though i talked to someone about all this, a friend of mine here. and tonight my desire has turned into a want. then i came accross this post from the other day and i reread jeremiah 29:10-14 and was elated with what i read. we all look at jeremiah 29:11 as the pivotal verse “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” but the verses that followed popped out more tonight.

“When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—God’s Decree—”bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it. (The Message)

what a beautiful message to the israelites, yet it still took them 70 years to finally get it. hopefully it won’t take us as long, and we’ll recognize that God has our future planned and it’s a good one. and when we are serious about finding Him we will not be disappointed. a message then and still a message now.

Posted August 10, 2010 by mattiev9287 in about me, Bible study, jeremiah