Friday, December 28, 2007

New New Year's Resolutions

Long time no post!

I'm sure you have kept up with all the happenings around the Stacy household over the past few months on Stacy's blog...so I won't bore you with all the details.

This has been a relaxing trip to my parent's house in Oklahoma, I say trip because we have kids with us. It is only a vacation when you don't have any kids with you :) It has been good to come home for the first time in 2 years. It doesn't seem like it has been that long since I have been back here, my wife has seen my parents more than I have in the last 2 years. It has been interesting just to see how much this town has changed in the 11 years since I left here for the metropolis of Searcy, AR. There have been a flood of memories, good and not so good. All in all it has been a good trip yet I am looking forward to returning to a little normalcy and getting to sleep in my own king size bed so that Stacy is barking at me to scoot closer to the edge of the bed in the queen-size we are sleeping in here. But back to the business at hand...

The new year is approaching and last year I took on quite a monster of a resolution to eat no sweets or fried foods and drink only water......yeah... that lasted till about the middle of Feb. So this year I have some new changes to make. I will turn 29 this Feb and would like to be about 65 - 75 pounds lighter by the time I reach my 30th. So instead of placing such extreme restrictions on myself this year I am going with...

1) No pop/coke/soda
2) Sweets only at celebrations (weddings/b-days/anniversaries) and only one serving.
3) Work-out 4-5 days a week.

For family/spiritual changes...
1) Pray with Stacy at least 5 times a week.
2) Read the corresponding Proverbs chapter for the day of the month - No more than 31 days in a month and 31 chapters in Proverbs?!
3) Focus on kids from time I get home from work till they go to bed. Right now I get home between 5:30 and 6 and the kids go to bed between 8:30 and 9 that's only 3 hours.
4) Leave work between 4:30 and 5.


Well, there you have it....

Any takers on the food/work out resolutions....Jason?

Sunday, August 05, 2007

61, 73, 7??

All of these numbers should have an * next to them in the record books.

61 should have an asterisk next to it simply to denote that Maris hit 61 homers in more games than it took Ruth to hit.


73 and 7?? should have asterisks next to them to denote that the baseball records have for ever been tainted as well as the dignity of the game.

* - used performance enhancing products.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

You Know You Grew Up In the 80's if:

So since it's been over a month since my last post, I had a good reason, I though I would help you take a trip down memory lane. Enjoy!

1. You've ever ended a sentence with the word SIKE.










2. You can sing the rap to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and can do the Carlton





3. You know that "WOAH" comes from Joey on Blossom













4. If you ever watched "Fraggle Rock"


5. It was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.
6. You wore a ponytail on the side of your head.








7. You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school.














8. You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side.



9. You played the game "MASH"(Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House)















10. You wore stonewashed Jordache jean jackets and were proud of it.

















11. You know the profound meaning of " WAX ON , WAX OFF"














12. You wanted to be a Goonie.




13. You ever wore fluorescent clothing. (some of us...head-to-toe)
















14. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off and his cheeks shifted.















15. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.















16. You took lunch boxes to school...and traded Garbage Pailkids in the schoolyard.













17. You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets.















18. You still get the urge to say "NOT" after every sentence.



19. You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged handmade friendship bracelets.



21. You ever owned a pair of Jelly-Shoes.



















22. After you saw Pee-Wee's Big Adventure you kept saying "I know you are, but what am I?"
















23. You remember "I've fallen and I can't get up"






24. You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates.


















25. You have ever played with a Skip-It.















26. You remember boom boxes and walking around with one on your shoulder like you were all that.






27. You remember watching both Gremlins movies.




28. You thought Doogie Howser/Samantha Micelli was hot.















29. You remember Alf, the lil furry brown alien from Melmac.


30. You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool...and don't even flinch when people refer to them as "NKOTB"
















31. You knew all the characters names and their life stories on "Saved By The Bell," The ORIGINAL class.

32. You know all the words to Bon Jovi - SHOT THROUGH THE HEART.



33. You just sang those words to yourself.



34. You still sing "We are the World"
















35. You tight rolled your jeans.

















36. You owned a bannana clip.



37. You remember "Where's the Beef?"





38. You used to (and probably still do) say "What you talkin' 'bout Willis?"
















39. You're still singing shot through the heart in your head, aren't you!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Apathocracy

Evidently 3 people account for 150+ hits in 3 days and I am sure they are tired of reading about me, I will move on.



An Apathocracy! This is what America has become. Everyone is apathetic to the plight of those around them. Don't believe me? Just look at the news.



Chicago, Ill: An off-duty police officer became enraged when the bartender refused to keeping serving him alcohol and he subsequently beat her while everyone in the bar looked on.



Detroit, Mi: A 72 year-old WWII veteran was beaten in the head 30+ times by a would-be carjacker while a crowd formed around the scene and stood there and watched. He was left paralyzed from the neck down and passed away 10 days later from injuries he sustained.



Wichita, KS: A young female was stabbed in a robbery at a local convenience store and 5 shoppers continued to peruse the aislses. One even had the audacity to stop and take a picture with a cell phone. She later died at the hospital.



WHAT IS WRONG WITH EVERYONE!!!!

Friday, June 29, 2007

60+ things about me you never knew you didn't want to know...

1. I am more than a foot taller than my wife.

2. My high school football record was 5-25.

3. I can handle gross stuff on other people but almost passed out watching the nurse put the needle in my arm to give blood.

4. People have always told me when I was younger that I would be a great father....the verdict is still out on that one.

5. I could eat Mexican 365 days a year.

6. I can fix just about anything.

7. I am good at building things.

8. Ummm.....

9. I had to write an essay so that I could graduate from college.

10.I get emotional at just about everything that has to do with some family dealing with ailments with their kids.

11.My Wish on ESPN almost makes me cry every time.

12.I dread the day my dad dies because I will have no one to go to with life's questions.

13.I wear a size 8 in fitted hats...and that is comfortable only when I have my hair cut.

14.When I was younger I was always told that how funny it would be if I married a girl with the first name Stacy. Ha, if they could only see me now!!!

15.I have been between jobs for 2 1/2 months and have gotten to see Jordan and Lawson grow up more everyday and have loved every moment of it!

16.I don't get wound up about much.

17.I can have all the patience in the world with people except people in my family...and I am trying to change that.

18.I am the biggest critic of anything that I do.

19.I never feel that I have done all I can do.

20.The middle half of both my front teeth are fake...before that people never knew whether to smile at me or kick a field goal.

21.If I could do it over again I would have enlisted with the Marines after 9/11.

22.I can grill like no ones business.

23.I make some mean pancakes.

24.I really do love to camp....no showers needed.

25.I have climbed to the tallest point in the 48 contiguous states.(Bonus points if you know where that is)

26.I have been to every state except Hawaii, Alaska, and the New England states.

27.My dad won a performance award from work and I got $100 bucks to spend on whatever I wanted.

28.The above mentioned prize was $10,000.

29.My left foot is 1/2 size bigger than my right.

30.My only 'tic' is that I bounce my legs when I am sitting down.

31.The right side of my face is always pruned because my wife has an obsession with pulling hairs while I am driving.

32.I don't like for people I don't know well to touch my prized possessions.

33.I pull for the Chiefs year after heartbreaking year.

34.My mom is from Canada.

35.My dad is from Michigan.

36.My wife is from Michigan.

37. I call it POP!!!

38.This is getting easier as it goes on.

39.I love to be outdoors.

40.I love to hunt.

41.I love to fish.

42.With 2 kids I don't get to do much of either right now.

43.With 2 kids I can't wait to share with them my love of the outdoors.

44.I love NASCAR.

45.I have met the other Jonathan Edward Stacy.

46.My son is the first male in my family not to have Edward as a middle name.

47.I married my best friend.

48.My wife makes me want to be a better person.

49.I am obsessed with history.

50.I look exactly like my dad and I like that.

51.I am ticklish.

52.I don't talk much on road trips and my wife thinks I am mad at her.

53.Spiders give me the heeby geebies.

54.I jump at scary movies.

55.I always laugh at bodily noises, especially my kids'

56.I move that #38 be stricken from the record.

57.I am not PC and don't care to hear PC stuff from other people...just shoot me straight.

58.I don't like sitting on warm toilet seats...it means some other rearend was just on it...BLAH!!!

59.I am a big softy.

60.I was the world's biggest jerk in college my sophomore and junior years and I try to tell the kids in our huddles about it so they won't have to live with the same mistakes.

61.I won the state science fair when I was in the 10th grade.

62.I set the deadlift record in high school my senior year at 580 lbs.

63.I wasn't an accountant I would be a history teacher.

64.I hate shopping...and require a minimum of 3 days notice to psych myself up for the abuse.

65.I can get into any sport that is on TV. Especially during the Olympics...Go USA!!!

66.If I meet someone and tell them I am from Oklahoma 99.9% of the time they start to sing...."OOOOOOklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plains....." If not out loud then in their head....you just did!

67.My all time favorite band, and arguably one of the best from the early '90s is STP.

68.I give my wife 3 kisses everynight before bed.

69.Somewhere in my family tree I am related to Al Gore....shhhh don't tell him that.

70.Women in my family outlive the men by an average of 20 years.

71.That sucks.

72.I don't like to shave. EVER

73.I mix up the syllables in words, mainly when I am speaking in class or in front of a crowd. My all time greats are "Would you prease play with me?" and "We will be studying Neha and Ezramiah."

74.My number in high school

75.It is hard for me to sleep much past 7 a.m.

76.I am not good at Boggle or Scrabble.

77.I was born in Kansas City, MO. on George Washington's birthday.

78.This is way more than 60 things.

79.I was born in '79 so I will stop here!

Well, there you have it.

Leave me a comment so I can know who reads my blog...and tell me which fact you liked the best.

Scrushy, Siegleman, The Office, and Amazing Developments

Okay, so I have started to try and watch The Office. Everyone just raves about what a funny show it is. It is very funny when, WAFF 48 isn't breaking in every 5 minutes to tell me that Siegleman and Scrushy have been sentenced. Honestly, why do you deem it important to break in and tell me the same thing that has been scrolling across the bottom of the screen? Isn't that what the 10 o'clock news is for. You know on ESPN they scroll info across the bottom and because of some of that information that is on there my interest is piqued and I want to see what it is about. But when you keep sssssssssccccccccrrrrrrrrrooooooooolllllliiiiiiinnnnnnggggggg the SAME thing and it is pretty self explanatory...DON'T CUT IN!!! Nobody cares to see a picture of the courthouse in Montgomery with some random people walking out of it.

Ok now on to more important information...

People are taking notice to the improvements in the grades and attitudes of the children that are involved in the Huntsville Inner City Learning Center.

Habitat for Humanity has approached the center with some extremely exciting news. They are going to choose the 5 most deserving families whose kids are attending the Learning Center and build those families homes to get them out of the projects. I am pumped about this. What a way for these families to break the cycle!!!

The Huntsville Housing Authority has also seen the improvements of these students as productive citizens and classmates and has come to this...For a certain amount of improvement in their grades they will reduce the rent for their family and for an even greater improvement in grades they will completely ELIMINATE their rent. What a blessing that will be!!!

The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps himself in Light, and darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Collision Course Redux

First let me express my deep appreciation for all of those who have been in prayer on my family's behalf. I have yet to go through what I would call a 'traumatic time' but this was definitely a stressful time. I always hear from those who have had stressful times remark how wonderful it felt to know that others were concerned and were praying for them. To those who sent the encouraging text messages or called just to see how things were going. Thanks! Now I can say how wonderful it felt to get those messages and phone calls to let me know that you were concerned and were praying about it.

So....I start next Friday, yeah I know what a long work week, at Southern Stone Design. It is a small company at the moment, but keep track of this one. It has empire written all over it. I am excited, pumped-up, giddy ( no, what scratch that last description), about starting with this company. The potential with them is endless and I will get to have more of an impact on the business, which is what I missed about being in management. But as time drew near for my faith to collide with my fear I started pondering the real meaning of God's promises to us.

Do we make God's promises fit our lifestyle? Dr. Lavendar from Lipscomb spoke on facing our giants in Praise & Prayer last Wednesday night and it only reaffirmed my question. God says "... do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear." If we had come to a point where the money ran out and we lost our house or we had to sell our clothes to pay bills....or, well, let's just use real examples. How about Kathy Darby, Kay Zorn, or Jim Osco. All of these people lost things in Katrina. Kay lost here entire house. Everything. Total loss. But she could move in with her sister in Chattanooga and start over. She didn't have any food but the brothers and sisters at Ocean Springs C o C provided meals for her. God took care of her. He held up to his end of the bargain. But I have heard of people that lost their house because of job situations and couldn't afford the same clothing that they had become accustomed too. And they wondered where God was in keeping his promise about them not worrying about what they would wear. They completely missed the point. This point was one that was hard to realize in our situation. We prayed for a job to provide for us, but the promise isn't that we will eat anything we want from any restaurant we want or the we will wear clothes bought from any store we wanted. If we lost our home and our belongings and had to move in with parents or friends or a shelter and eat from a soup kitchen. What part of that life would not be what God said he would do. We would have shelter and we would have food and we would have the clothes on our backs.

I think that we try to make God fit our lifestyle and we try to make His promises fit the standard of living that He has blessed us with. I think that this thinking is entirely false and set us up for a big slap in the face and huge test of just how real our faith is....

Am I wrong here?

Are there other promises that we twist to fit our lifestyles?

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Just a few things...

One thing/phrase I am beyond tired of hearing is...."they [illegals] are doing the jobs that Americans won't do." Give me a break....why don't you tell the truth. 'They' aren't doing jobs that Americans won't do they are doing jobs for pay that Americans can't take. Don't blame illegals for taking American's jobs; blame the construction companies for violating federal laws and paying under minimum wage and paying cash at that.


On another note these Conn. kids have it soooo hard. To all the parents complaining....Shut up! You see approx 2000 kids will have to repeat the grade they just completed because they have over 19 unexcused absences. The decision was made by the School Board to make kids repeat the grade if they have excessive absences. For the 05-06 school year on avg. 1500 kids missed school each day in the Waterbury, CN school district. It's about time the school boards to matters into their own hands and started punishing truancy. If you want to advance then come to class.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Those who need prayers...

Corey & Alisha --- have some extremely sad news

Ryan & Katrina & Abigail Grace --- born at 24 weeks

Friday, June 01, 2007

A Collision Course


So right now I am, oh how do you say, 'Between opportunities'.


This has definitely been a lesson in patience. A lesson in waiting. It was easy in the beginning but now it has gotten down to crunch time. The time when my fear is going to collide with my faith is drawing near. The time has come to take real stock of my faith. To not just recite promises or verses, but to really trust them. Not a time to just rattle off 'cliches' but to take real hope in them. To lean not on my own understanding. To rest on the promises. But what are these. What comfort is there in scripture. This is what I want to look at.


The promise of a constant companion.


Deut 31:6,8, Joshua 1:5. These are familiar verses but they have taken on new meaning. I don't challenge God that His word is true, but I challenge myself to really believe these words spoken to Joshua thousands of years ago. It is easy to recite and say 'We'll you know (name) things are tight, but God has said that He will never leave or forsake us.' Easy to say/type (I just did it) but much harder to actually say 'God, my way obviously doesn't work, you have said it now it's time to believe it.'


Psalms 9:10. A psalm written in the aftermath of the death of a son, yet David pens these words with the conviction that no matter what the trial or tragedy God WILL be there for His people. If I stick to my guns then the Lord will stick to His. But to me the real pick-me up is in verse 11. Sing praises to the LORD, enthroned in Zion; Proclaim among the nations what He has done. Tell those around you what God has done in your life. How has God guided you through trials. Proclaim it. In the words of Luigi (from my son's favorite movie 'Cars') "I must scream it from the top of some place very high; my excitement." Let the world know just how great God is. My faith is colliding with my fear and that excites me to see what God will do.


The promise of being provided for.


Matthew 6:25-34. These verses are the easiest to quote or remember but the hardest to really trust in. As a man you what to provide for your family. You want to make sure there is food on the table and clothes on their backs and a roof over their head. You want to do that and sometimes we can't. Our plans fail. Our plans leave us wanting. But God's plan don't. When we follow God's will and adhere to His commands then we can truly rely on His words, because, well let's face it at the end of the day that is all that there really is. Again my fear is on collision course with my faith and I couldn't be more excited.


So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Do I really believe this? Do you really believe that God will provide the necessities of life? Does God really care?
Psalms 55:22, Nahum 1:7, 1 Peter 5:7 convey to me that God is waiting there for me. He wants me to unload the stress and pain of worry onto Him. He wants me to know that He cares for me. He wants me to know that He is my 'ever-present help in trouble' Psalms 46:1.
There is a song that we sang Wednesday night in the Rock and it's words really challenge me.
When the sun's shining down on me.
When the world's all as it should be.
Blessed be your name.
That's easy enough but the real challenge to me is in the following lyrics:
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say...Blessed be the name of the Lord
Just like in the movie 'Facing the Giants' the question is posed to the wife if she will still love the Lord even if they never have children.
Will I still love the Lord even when time are rough?
My fear and faith are colliding ....Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Friday, May 18, 2007

The Joy of Uncertainty?!

When I first heard this phrase, I was, well, I was skeptical. I attended a YBL Breakfast at Adtran this morning and Dr. Marvin Carroll of Tec-Masters, Inc spoke.


The more I thought about this phrase the more I realized that this needs to be a reflection of my own situation. Can I really have joy in my uncertainty. Uncertainty of money, job, health, even life? My mind tried to find some verse to back this phrase up. I quickly came to James. Consider it pure joy when you have trials he says. Have joy in uncertainty? Why? How can the fact that I don't know when the money will run out or when I will find a new career bring me joy? Faith.


I have to learn to have faith. My faith-life (as the Message refers to it) needs to be open. The doors to this secret compartment of my heart must be flung open. Not just open but taken off the hinges never to be closed again! I admit that on the outside I can seem cool and collected while inwardly I am a scrambled mess. A scrambled mess because of uncertainty and, what I perceive at the time, failure. I need to rejoice that my faith is being tested. I need to have joy that even though there are so many balls in the air that I can't juggle them all there is someone there to juggle them for me. Joy that I have a hope and a future. Joy that God knows my every need. Joy that I have not gone hungry in the past, although I could stand to skip a couple of meals, and I won't go hungry in the future. Joy that my life is a mosaic.

What happens today does not define Jon Stacy. What happens today does not define tomorrow because tomorrow has yet to happen. The events of today are mere a piece of the mosaic that is my life. Have you ever seen a mosaic? There is a museum in my hometown that has a huge mosaic on the entrance to it. Up close the mosaic looks jumbled. A big mess. Some pieces don't fit where they are placed. Some look all wrong. Yet when you back up and look at the big picture, they all come together to make a beautiful portrait. My problem is that I tend to have a very myopic, point-in-time view of my life.

Sometimes I can't see the forest through the trees. I lose sight of the fact that I am only 28 years old. I know that my days are numbered, and I pray that I have many, many left, but the point remains the same...I cannot change the past and I can't create the future. Tomorrow has yet to be written and I control my reaction to the events of today. And it is in that that I can have joy. The events of today do not define my life. They are just a piece of the mosaic that God is putting together. And this fact is one that I tend to forget.

I forget to pray for things that should be in my every prayer. When I was a manager I don't think I ever prayed for guidance on how to handle situations or that I would meet sales goals or that I would be successful. And really it is ridiculous to not do so. I mean, correct me if I'm wrong here, but God has a pretty good track record of making the right decision on how to handle any and every situation. Looking back I was naive and thought I could do it on my own. I was the reason I was successful. But being successful is all relative. I was successful in terms of meeting sales goals. In the first full year of business I lead the store to over $1 million dollars in sales. It was a new store in a market where 2 competitors had split the market share and I took all the market share away from one of those competitors, so much market share that the owners shut it down. Business was booming and I was the one responsible for it. Ha, how naive of me to assume that I did this all on my own. That I was that good. Well, I thought that and looking back on those years, I realize just how segregated my life was. My spiritual life had no influence on my business life. I was good at one, as I described above, but was completely lacking in the other. And this is where I find myself now.

I must work on my spiritual life, because it is in it that I must find joy. I must find myself making my spiritual life...successful, if one could ever consider it successful.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Conscience or Commitment

There was a 'fund raiser' at church about 2 weeks ago for the Inner City. All told, the church exceeded expectations and almost $50,000 was raised to address much needed upkeep at the building. It is fantastic news that the money was raised and several issues will be corrected but for me this event brings several questions to mind.

Why was the building allowed to fall into such disrepair that it will take all 50k and then some to get this building up to date let alone a place that people feel comfortable being in? How was this ministry started and then left to its own success or failure?

In regard to the first question, the roof there leaked worse than a sieve and has been for several years. Had this been the Mayfair building that would have been addressed within the hour the leak was first spotted. Now I know that people can't address a need if they don't about it, but why don't 'we'(Mayfair) know about these types of needs? Why was this not addressed? Why are we not more involved in a ministry that 'we' started?

My answer to these questions lie in the title - Conscience or Commitment. Do 'we' meet the need because it weighs on our conscience? Do we not get involved and address the issues because we fail to make the commitment to the ministry? I have expressed my opinion before that people fly thousands of miles to the Baja or Belize or Honduras, Ghana, Cuba, etc.(which are all very important works and ones that I want to be a part of) yet won't make the commitment to go 2-10 miles to the inner city. Mayfair is a very, very "Mission-minded" church, but there is a difference between being 'mission-minded' and 'missional'. There is really quite a big difference.

A 'mission - minded' church will attend to the needs of others outside of its immediate realm of influence (it should because we are commanded to do) but a 'missional' church addresses those needs and is a light and leader to the needs in it's immediate realm of influence. There is no 'missions' department or minister of a 'missional' church - it's people are it's department and it's ministers. You cannot separate the two from each other - missions is such an integral part of the church that it is the church. But back to the issue of commitment.

It is an easy thing to do, in terms of commitment, to focus for 4 - 10 days on working as hard as you can and then returning home. No doubt about it and you can ask anyone that has been on these trips that you will be changed, in some way, for ever. But it is harder, unfortunately, in terms of commitment to get involved in a ministry that, fortunately, is always just a few miles away. No need to take vacation time, you could though and devote that week to the inner city needs. No need to raise $500+ to pay for a trip, you could though and spend that money to address needs of the church or simply attend services there and place the money in the offering plate. No need to have to struggle with the language barrier, although you will have a much tougher barrier to cross. The socio-economic barrier. You will have to step into a world much much different than the one you live in. You will have to interact with people that you drive pass everyday. These are the people that I have judged in my mind. People that make me wonder and ask "Why don't you just go get a job, McDonald's is hiring!?" These are the people that will haunt your thoughts after you have been touched by their stories and plight. These are people that really aren't all that different from you.

Take away the clothes that smell and are probably tattered. Take away their plight or unusual circumstance, and you will find someone created in the image of God. You will find someone who struggles with temptations. Someone searching for some hope in this world.

As far as the second question goes I have just one thing to say. Go ahead and make a commitment to visit the church or the Learning Center. I guarantee you that you will see a need that you can fill. And I guarantee that it will weigh on your conscience to address the needs that need to be met.

So really, what is it that is holding you back? You can be apart of great ministries that are already going on there. You (if you're a woman) can get involved in Wonderful Wednesdays for Women and spend time in a bible study with the women of the congregation. You can get involved in the Tuesday night bus ministry. You could devote time on Sundays to worshipping with the congregation there. They start at 11:00. That gives you time to worship at Mayfair and attend class, but leave a little early to drive the 3 miles to the church building. Again, try it. I dare you to. After all Jesus didn't come to sit and eat and minister to those who needed nothing but to those who needed everything.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Why doesn't this surprise me

Time magazine is publishing it's list of the 100 people who shape the world. On the list:
Oprah Winfrey - ok I'll go with this, she uses her influence to make much needed changes.
Brad Pitt - ?
George Clooney - again ?
Justin Timberlake - ???
and numerous other actors and actresses, but the real kicker is this

Rosie O'Donnell - can someone please explain to me how this list of talking heads shapes the world.

I don't have the full list yet but I wouldn't be surprised to see:
George Bush - excluded
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - excluded
Osama Bin Laden - excluded
Bill Clinton - maybe included because he is a Dem - but should be since he left us weak and vulnerable so the person preceding him on this list could carry out the Sept. 11 attacks and the first twin towers bombing - but his wife/partner/what ever she is Hilary Clinton did make the list

Maybe I just don't get out much but could someone please explain how my life is different because Rosie, Timberlake, Hilary Clinton, Pitt, or anyother windbag from Hollywood ever existed or uttered a useless bit of info, like how "It defies physics for fire to melt steel" - Rosie on the View -Ummm, how do you think you melt steel then...

They should have -
Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Edison
Henry Ford
Marie Currie
Louis Pasteur
Winston Churchill
Stalin
Lenin
Mussolini
Hitler
Columbus
Magellan
Cortez
Lincoln
Eisenhower
Franklin Roosevelt
Truman
Kennedy
Castro
Carter
Iatolla Komeni
Margret Thatcher
George Washington
George Bush
Bill Clinton
Bill Gates
Orville Wright
Wilbur Wright
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Osama Bin Laden
Ghandi
Mother Theresa

Well, there's 30 and some change, took me all of 5 minutes to fart that out. Think of anymore?

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Why I am going to get rid of Direct TV!

One simple reason. They drilled a HOLE in the floor. Now I have hole, not only in the carpet but in my HARDWOOD FLOORS!

Below is my email to Direct TV customer service.

We have been pleased with the service that we have received from Direct TV until we recently moved into our current home. The installer drilled a hole through our carpet and wood floors to install the cable for the receiver. I now will have to leave the TV where it is or when/if we sell the house replace the carpet or possibly replace the wood flooring. I am extremely displeased at the idea that your company would be so careless and disrespectful of your clients property as to drill a hole in the floor. There is an existing cable outlet where the TV sits and it would have seemed obvious to me to run the cable through the wall like it should be, but instead the installer drilled a hole in my carpet and through the wood floor. The receiver was installed several months ago and I was not aware of this shoddy workmanship until I moved the TV to wire in a new component. I want to know what Direct TV plans to do to remedy this gross misconduct and clear disregard for my property.

Is that your final answer?!

- Quick note: My wife has finally given into the powers that be and created a blog -


Just a couple of questions for you to consider:

1) What is the non-monetary value of your job to other people?

2) If God were your 'boss', would He hire you to do your job?

Friday, April 20, 2007

O' David where art thou?

Are you amongst the children that attend the inner city right now? Is your name Jay Jordan? Thomas Cole? Evaughna Ammons? Jasmine Richetts? Perhaps it's Theresa Fletcher who had 3 failing grades in the first semester but has improved to have 2 C's and 1 A in her classes. Just dream with these children. Hope with them. Love them. You see they aren't any different than my own children. Than your children. Than your grandchildren. They have hopes. Dreams. Aspirations.

Is there a 'David' among these children? Where is the inner city's 'shepherd boy' that will lead others to follow their dreams? Is there one amongst these that will break the cycle? Go on to college and a career that is merely a far off dream for most of these?

Will one of these children come back and 'preach' to the others and say emphatically..."You CAN do it! You can dream and you can achieve those dreams! I know that the mountain in front of you is tall and rugged but I made it and so can you!" I believe there is, but this begs the question be asked...

Who will teach them? Who will lead them? Who will help them dream? Is this person already here? It is it Art Leslie? Lee Nipper? Diane Petty? Erin McAllister? Emily McRight? Doug Driskill? Jan Peakinson? Or the many others who devote just 4 hours a week? The answer...it is all of the above. You see, each one of these people have made the sacrifice to invest themselves in the lives of young children because they can see their own children's faces on each of the students faces. Because success isn't an issue of ABILITY it is an issue of AVAILABILITY!

Did you even realize that Huntsville has an Inner City? It does, and 10's of thousands of people drive past them everyday. Yes, it is not centrally located as it might be in Montgomery or Atlanta or L.A., but it is here none-the-less.

Did you know that Huntsville's graduation rate is less than that of the National Average? 59% compared to 68%. The reverse is true as well...The drop-out rate is higher than the national average 41% to 32%. The problem with realizing the need is in the way that I presented the first statistic.

We focus on the positive growth so much in Huntsville that we don't look at the inverse of the successes. It is not that we need to dim the light on the success of those that graduate but we never focus the light on the fact that 4 out of 10 children will not graduate. Are our lives so busy that we can't give up 4 hours a week to make a difference in the lives of one person? Perhaps they are when we have trouble fitting in 15 minutes a day to have some alone time with our own mentor and creator.

Friday, April 13, 2007

It's about time!!!

That I posted something. And it's about time that America took notice to the racist words that are used in everyday conversation. Some crusty old white guy blurts out a phrase commonly used by blacks and it's on like donkey kong. Here's what I don't understand. Imus has been crude and disrespectful for decades, why all of a sudden is this a big deal. It's a big deal because someone finally had the cohones to stand up and say "That's not right, you shouldn't say that about those girls". And they are right because when you get down to the basics they are made in the image of God just like you and me. The main problem that I have with this issue is that Al Sharpton, who somehow got elected to represent the entire black population, takes issue with these racist comments because, really, lets get honest here...a white guy said it. It is just like the 'n' word is okay for blacks to say to blacks but a white honkey like me says it and 'oh baby' look out. Don't misunderstand me here...NO one should use that word to describe any human being but Al, why have you never taken offense to blacks using offensive language in lyrics of songs and everyday language. And by the way, Al, haven't you been documented as refering to the Greeks as 'homos'.. uh, I believe so. And don't try to get the 'slogan' 'don't strip scholarship' Jackson, or should I say... Jesse "Himeytown" Jackson involved here. Where is the outcry against these racial slurs? And while we're looking at inconsistencies what about Hilary "I'm having trouble controlling the VOLUME OF MY VOICE" Clinton who has publicly expressed here disdain for the comments and yet has no problem taking $800,000.00 from a record producer who puts out his own albums in which one 3 minute song contains the 'n' word 24 times. Double standard or does money cover a multitude of sins....

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Happy Birthday!!!

To ME!!!!


28. 2 more and I'll be old like Jason!!! Man...


Unfortunately I don't feel any wiser, maybe a few more aches (probably because I ran yesterday) but not much wiser. Why? Probably because I haven't placed a huge emphasis on pursuing wisdom as the Proverb says "Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding"

But is gaining wisdom really worth costing all that I have?

I think that this verse answers that question...

"Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. "

So wisdom demands that it be sought no matter what the cost because the value of it is worth far more than what it cost to get it. How do you get it?

"If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind."

Sure we can ask God and I think people only quote the first verse and leave out the qualifying verse about asking for wisdom - one must not doubt, one must believe.

What does it mean "must believe and not doubt..."?

Must believe in God? Must believe God will answer the request? Any ideas?

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Just sit down and think about it...

We read the following passage all the time and (at least for me) only apply it to just being a Christian rather than realizing just how far reaching these qualities need to be. Have you, either as the father or as the mother, really just looked at these as being qualities that you, the father, need to have, and you, the mother, need to see exemplified in your spouse's life.

"fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."

Have you ever really read this verse from Galatians with the perspective of having all of these qualities as a father?

Sure some of these come easily...Love, of course we love our family - do they see us love live out this love?

Peace? Maybe not so easy. How about patience? Got this one down pat! Yeah right.

We might live these out in day-to-day activities with those we have little contact with but do we live them around our families?

How about another list of qualities we should have as a man of God...

"Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect."

Sure this list is from Paul's letter to Timothy concerning the qualities that leaders in the church should have, but this is another list we skim over because it is prefaced with "Now the overseer..." Overseer. I am not an Overseer - of a church, but I am called by God to be the leader of my home. To do that in (warning: standard C of C phrase coming) a manner pleasing to God then I cannot simply 'skim' these qualities and write them off as only pertaining to being an overseer or elder.

These two lists are not all that different from one another - in fact one cannot have the qualities of the fruit of the Spirit and not have the other. But can on have the qualities of the overseer and not the bear the fruits of the Spirit? I think so.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Signs that I am a REDNECK



Happy Valentine's Day to ME!!!



What I got for Valentine's Day...

Monday, February 12, 2007

Biblical Command or Societal Acceptance?

"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

The question arose in bible class yesterday about what exactly determines marriage in differnt cultures. At one of the churches in Baja, the minister is encountering the issue of couples being 'legally' married. Many of the members of the church are 'living' together but have not been officially married by the government. Some have been together a short time, others have been together for 10, 15, even 20 years. They have lived their lives devoted to one another and been faithful to each other. The issue is whether or not they are livng in sin by not being offically married by the government. Many are not married because of the money (which they don't have) required to pay for all the tests and forms to record them as married...so the question in class came about as how to address this.

Even here in America a couple can have a 'common law' marriage and be recognized as having been offically married for all legal intents and purposes. This got me thinking about what we as the church determine as being married. When do you become married in the eyes of the church? Is there a biblical command that it must be done before a state recognized authority and have witnesses? If there isn't then when do people determine that they are married? When is premarital sex committed?

If indeed we are governed by the laws of the land and it states that you must be married in front of a state approved authority or that you are considered married after "X" amount of time, then what do you tell these couples? You are living in sin because the church in America has adopted the 'theology' that if you aren't 'legally' (keep in mind common law marriages) then you are living in sin.

Can these people be convicted after reading the word that they aren't married and are living in sin and need to get married? If they are, then are they convicted that it must be legal, even thought there is no scripture (that I have found) that commands this? Our are they living in sin because they have not followed the laws of the land? I am interested if this is a new topic or I am just late in getting around to it? Thoughts?

Thursday, February 08, 2007

A new path...

Thanks to a good friend for pointing out inconsistencies in the subject matter of the posts on my blog. I have gone back and forth on whether or not to delete the posts that are obviously contridictory to the theme of the blog, I have decided to leave them only to serve as a reminder to myself that this blog needs to have the content that is "only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Hence the new name and different template.

What you will now be able to find on this blog is a repository of my thoughts on scriptures and themes from the Bible and how they affect my life. You will find what I struggle with in the scriptures as I try to discern what it means to be a "Man of God" and what exactly it means to be "spiritually mature". Can these be obtained? How does one obtain them? Not every post will be of a spiritual nature but most will have some thoughts that are provoked from a passage that either I have recently read or one that has come back to the front of my mind as I try to live out my faith daily. I will also continue to bring to the forefront the good work that is carried on at the Inner City Church of Christ as I continue to develop my love for this ministry.

So as the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth about the transformation that takes place when one becomes a "new creation" in Christ so this blog has taken on a new form as I seek to express my thoughts as I go through this life. May you be blessed as you read this as much I am blessed by writing this.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Prayer Request

Stacy got a call last night that her cousin, Kristi, was in a serious car accident with her 1 1/2 year old son, Logan. They had to be med-flighted 2 1/2 hours to Memphis. Logan, fortunately, seems to only have cuts, bruises, and a swollen black eye. Kristi, however, is in quite serious condition. She is in ICU on a ventilator and listed as critical. They are still assessing her for her injuries, but so far know she has a broken back, a broken collar bone, a lacerated liver, and severe cuts on the left side of her face and body. This is the second time a car accident has caused her to have a broken back. 4-5 years ago she was involved in another wreck so her health and body condition were already compromised. Logan & Kristi are in different hospitals right now. She is a single mom just about to finish her nursing degree this year. Please pray for Logan's continued good prognosis and for Kristi's status to improve so she can continue to be a mom for her little boy.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

I'll take that wager!

If they are going to keep this up then we should let the illegals stay and send the tree-hugging hippie homos over to the Middle East.


The homos have a proposal that if a heterosexual couple gets married they have to have kids in 3 years or have their marriage annuled. We'll queer eye I'll take that wager - on one condition - you have to prove the same thing!! My guess is that it will not work - EXIT ONLY!!!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Weekend Checklist:

Stacy is going to the Ladies' Retreat for Friday night and Saturday morning.

Let me go over the checklist to make sure I have everything I need to handle the kids on my own.


Hmmm....


Dropper ---- CHECK

Benadryl -----CHECK

Well, that about covers it!!!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Subtitles?!

Just too funny!!!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Black Hole

that is the blogging world.


It has sucked another into its snare.


Thomas Busby

Friday, January 19, 2007

Signs California...

should be disowned by the rest of the country.


There is legislation to make it illegal to spank your kids.

You could get a year in prison.

Well, I tell you what you tree hugging, hippies.

Come and get me, lock me up. And if it is a year per instance I should be up for 10+ years.

Retards.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Where were the parents?

Is this story terrible? Absolutely

Should the perps be put away never to see the light of day? Si

But my question is this.

Where were you at parents? What kind of monitoring were you doing of your child's activity on the internet? Perhaps you haven't set the best example of what to look at on the internet?

I mean what is a 15 year old girl doing on the internet talking to older men and then being "lurred" into a meeting.

Let me guess the conversation:

15 year old " Mom, I'm going to meet this guy from the internet. I have never met him but he says he is 18 (probably a senior in HS and she would be 9th maybe 10th grade).

Mom " Okay honey!!! Be careful"

This just flabbergasts me that parents have little more interaction than to know that their kids are in the house or not.

To the parents - Do you care now about what you children are doing on the internet? Guess it wasn't such a hassle after all to "pry" into their online escapades.

I don't know maybe I am insensitive.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Trunk Monkey

Think I am going to put an order in for Jordan!!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Help me understand this...

Here is the link to the story.

To sum it up if you don't want to read it. Two border patrol agents stopped a suspected drug smuggler after he entered the United States illegally. The man resisted arrest, fled the two agents. They allege that he had a gun and they fired on him hitting him the back. The man did not die from the gunshot wound.

Now here is where I need a little help understanding the idiocy of this. Our own government, offers the drug smuggler a deal. If he will testify against these two agents they will not prosecute him for smuggling in 750 pounds of marajuana that has a street value of $1 million dollars. He testifies, drug charges are dropped, he goes free.

1. He entered in here ILLEGALLY!!!
2. He has ILLEGAL DRUGS!!!
3. He FLED police!!!

Is it just me or is there a pattern evolving here that everything this man did was illegal? How can the man come into America illegally, resist arrest, have drugs on him, recieve the consquences for his actions, and then go free. Oh wait he is a minority. Oops forgot about that PART!!!

Why do people jump on stories of injustice for people that are breaking the law but never, ever, ever, ever, ever (get the point) do we hear about the sucesses of minorities in this country.

Quick call Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson - some minority has been treated unfairly for breaking the law.

Just a side note but the two men ( and I use the term men only in the sense of refering to their gender) are a disgrace to the black Americans and to Dr. King and everything he stood for but that is another blog to follow tomorrow.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Why, Why, Why?

Why, Why, Why?

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?

Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they know there is not enough money?

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle?

Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose idea was it to put an "S" in the word "lisp"?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?

How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?

When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, "It's all right?" Well, it isn't all right, so why don't we say, "That hurt, you stupid idiot?"

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

And my FAVORITE...... The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends -- if they're okay, then it's you.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Implications

Have you read the verse of the day on my sidebar?

I mean really read it and digest what it is calling us to do?


", so be holy in all you do ." - 1 Peter 1:15-16

Be holy in everything? Surely not? I mean this is this meant to be a standard? Setting the bar kind of high here, aren't ya Peter?

All I do? That would mean:

How I talk to my wife.

How I talk to my kids.

How I think? Whoa, hold on a minute!!! Thinking? Be holy in my thinking. Not to call attention to the elephant in the room but we/I tend to look right past this section when talking about what parts of our lives are to be changed.

Look at what some other scriptures say about our thougthts and how they are judged and how they are to be handled.

"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." - Heb. 4:12

"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." - 2 Cor 10:5


How many times do we look back at the day and examine our actions but never look at our thoughts? Do we seem to think they don't count since others can't see them - or can they?

"The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks." - Luke 6:45

Friday, January 05, 2007

Stalkers!!!

Someone visited my blog 96 times yesterday.

I think I may go private.



Oh, wait that was me, my stat counter was logging my own visits!!!


(Yes, I am being sarcastic!!!)

On another note:

I have emailed you, whose email I know, with a powerpoint of our flip. If you didn't get it and want to see it just email me....jestacy@hotmail.com

Got it fixed:

Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page



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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Who's with me...?

Anyone here in Huntsville want a shot at $1,000?

I do.


The trick is getting enough people (5) to commit to seeing this thing through.

To read about it click here.

Update on the House

With only 2 weeks left I am feeling the 'squeeze' to get this house remodel done on time. I have often toyed with the idea of buying a house and fixing it up and flipping it (mainly because I am addicted to the house flipping shows). After working on this house everyday since closed on December 15, 2006 I now know why people say "I had fun, but I don't know if I would do another one." It is A LOT of work, especially when you are doing it on your own.

My parent's and sister and niece came in town for the Holidays. My mom watched all 3 kids while me, Stacy, my Dad, and Jenny(my sister) worked at the house. If they had not come there is no physical way we could have gotten the things done that we wanted to.

The old phrase, your eyes were bigger than your stomach, could apply here. We bought this house with the idea of doing a 'little' remodeling. I say little as in:

Strip cabinets and repaint
Tile counter tops
Paint: Kitchen, Dining Room, Laundry Room, Downstairs bathroom, downstairs bedroom, Lawson's room, Jordan's room, Our room, Our bathroom, upstairs bathroom.
Move downstairs bathroom door
Knock out wall inbetween dining room and living room
Knock out pass throught window between kitchen and kid's play room
Build island for new oven
Mud over '60's paneling in downstairs bedroom and laundry room, sand it all, and paint it.
Pour concrete pad to make driveway bigger and build carport/garage.
And last but not least....
Clean up the endless supply of pine needles in the yard.

Whew, I am tired just from writing it all down.

Well, since my parents came and the Bybee's are watching the kiddos tonight we will be able to finsih painting upstairs and concentrate on the kitchen/dining room.

What we have done so far..
Well nothing is completed per say but we have:
Painted: Jordan's Room, Lawson's room, downstairs bedroom, upstairs bathroom.
Knocked out walls in living room and kid's play room
mudded paneling in laundry and dwnstrs bedroom
moved door on downstairs bathroom
built island for new oven
stripped cabinets.

Left to do is:
Sand and paint cabinets
Tile cabinets
mud in new door ways/pass through windows
paint: our bedroom/bathroom, kitchen, dining room, downstairs bathroom, laundry room
pour concrete pad
pick up pine needles (UGH!!!)

So if you don't have anything better to do you could come slap me, I mean some paint on the walls.

Tomorrow I will try to post before/during/after pics. I might have to create a .pps file if there are too many.


12 DAYS AND COUNTING!!!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Deaths always come in 3's

First there was President Ford

Then Saddam Hussein


And with all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on an event that almost went unnoticed last week, the death of a very important person.

Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote "The Hokey Pokey", died peacefully at the age of 93.

The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin.
They put his left leg in... and then the trouble started.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Pray for Matt & Rebecca Hill

The following is an email sent by Rebecca, Matt's wife. Matt is a firefighter here in Huntsville.


Hello everyone,

I want to start by thanking everyone for your prayers, emails and phone calls. It has meant so much to us over the last 24 hours to know just how much we are being prayed for. What happened to Matt yesterday was nothing short of a miracle and the media did not even begin to explain how critical his condition was or just how much God protected him.

At about 12:30, Matt's station responded to a medical call in a bank parking lot. Matt was the first firefighter off of the truck and immediately began tending to the patient inside the car. An elderly lady steered her car into the line of the ATM and attempted to press her brake as she leaned out her window. She pressed the gas instead, sped through the parking lot, hit two firefighters and ran completely over Matt. He was hit in the chest by the car but rolled over so that when the car finally came to a rest, he was pinned underneath with his legs straight out in front of him, bent over double with his chest pressed to his knees. With his body bent he stopped breathing until the car was pulled off nearly 2 minutes later. One of his fellow firefighters resusitated him and he was sent immediately to the ER. After many hours, he was released in a great deal of pain with a broken ankle and a torn MCL for which he will require surgery later this week.

He is now at home and doing very well considering the circumstances. For the most part, we are able to control his pain with medication and he is resting well. We are so thankful that God was with him and that He kept Matt with us. We are also thankful to all of you who prayed for his safety and well being.

As I said before, the phone calls and emails have been so encouraging and we are so grateful for each of you. As the week progresses, we will inform you of any updates.

Rebecca