My Confident Hope

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It’s Been a Year….

Today, exactly one year ago, I began the blogging adventure. I wasn’t sure what I find when I embarked upon this journey but I have to say that I am glad I was along for the ride. I have gotten to know some really awesome people and even had a chance to go to a blog party in November in Atlant. I really enjoyed meeting people face to face. I have laughed and cried, been encouraged, and challenged by this adventure called blogging. Anyway, I decided to link some of my favorite posts over the past year.

You Know You Are In A Pentecostal Church When-This is a funny story about something that happened to me at church

Adventures in Residential Treatment-The night we waited out a tropical storm at work

Bull In A China Shop-The time I fell off the fence

Don’t Just Live There….Do Something-This was part of a month of posts for making a difference in our part of the world…this was my contribution

I Love Jesus but I Drink A Little-Hysterical video from Ellen

The Simplicity of the Gospel-How we make things harder than it is

Mess Up to Step Up-My favorite quote from Grey’s Anatomy


Adventures in Residential Treatment

I have been working in residential treatment for about 8 1/2 years. To say there is never a dull moment is an understatement. I have been on hiking trips from Hades, I have fallen over fences chasing kids in an animal pen. I have had restrained a child in an open field in the middle of a thunderstorm, I have chased a kid down a street in the middle of the night, I have visited my share of psychiatric hospitals, I have tromped through the woods and the marsh in every weather condition imaginable. I have chased a snake out of a cabin, I followed a kid down a busy road and crossed the overpass of I-95, and the list could go on and on. The one experience that I have yet to have was evacuating for a hurricane. So far I have managed to escape this experience but I came close last week with Tropical Storm Fay. There is nothing like a storm to get your anxiety level up. Especially when it looked like the storm was going to go back into the ocean and then hit land as a hurricane. Luckily it did not do that, but here in South Georgia the threat of tornadoes is very real. That was what we more concerned about. So, last Thursday night 4 of us decided to stay and spend the night on campus just in case we were needed. Luckily during the night it went a little more south than they thought so we escaped the tornadoes. We did have lots of rain and wind but we counted ourselves lucky.

My office during TS Fay

My office during TS Fay

My office before TS Fay

My office before TS FayMy office during TS Fay


The Heart of Worship

Tonight while we were singing the song”Heart of Worship”, my friend’s four year old walked to the front with her Precious Memories Bible in one hand and her teddy bear in the other. She opened her Bible and placed it on the platform. She just stood there for a minute. Her grandaddy, who is also the pastor of our church, walked over to her and talked to her for a minute and then she picked up her Bible and went and sat down. I realized that this display by a four year old, was really the heart of worship. It wasn’t our singing or praying or anything else, it was a child. That is why Jesus had a special place in His heart for children. There was something so innocent and pure about this simple display of worship. That is what God desires from us. He desires that we come to Him with the heart of a child.


Never Let Go

Sunday night I had a rare night home from church and decided to watch a movie. I watched The Guardian with Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Costner. It was a really good movie. I do not want to give away the plot of the movie but at the end, the Senior Chief dies and they never found his body. The very end of this movie really caught my attention. Here is what is said, “There is a legend of a man who lives beneath the sea. He is a fisher of men. The last hope for all those who have been left behind.” I sat there stunned for a moment. Would somebody say that about us? Are we as focused on saving those who are drowning in the sea of sin and despair, like those Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers are about saving those who are drowning. They may not save them all and we may save all those we come in contact with, but have we tried? Have we given it our best try? I was challenged to focus more on being a witness to those around me. The closing song of this movie was “Never Let Go” by Bryan Adams

Can you lay your life down, so a stranger can live?
Can you take what you need, but take less than you give?
Could you close every day, without the glory and fame?
Could you hold your head high, when no one knows your name?
That’s how legends are made, at least that’s what they say.

We say goodbye, but never let go.
We live, we die, cause you can’t save every soul.
Gotta take every chance to, show that you’re the kinda man who;
Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

Can you lose everything, you ever had planned?
Can you sit down again, and play another hand?
Could you risk everything, for the chance of being alone?
Under pressure find the grace, or would you come undone?
That’s how legends are made, at least that’s what they say?

We say goodbye, but never let go.
We live, we die, cause you can’t save every soul.
Gotta take every chance to, show that you’re the kinda man who;
Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

Never let go, Never let go, Never let go

Gotta take every chance to, show that you’re the kinda man who;
Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

We say goodbye, but never let go.
We live, we die, ‘but you can’t save every soul.
Gotta take every chance to, show that you’re the kinda man who;
Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

Never let go, Never let go, Never let go