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A Simple Prayer Request

Wow it’s been way too long for me to post an actual blog on my site..My apologies to whoever reads these posts. I don’t know about anybody else, but for me, it’s very difficult for me to go from typing a blog, saving it, and actually post it on the web. I have so many “saved” post that I could upload, but critiquing my own writings can be brutal!!


For the last several weeks, Christian & I have been in the process of searching for a car. We’ve praying and earnestly searching different websites for the “perfect” car. During this process, I felt in my heart that it was not in our “best interest” to finance for a car but rather pay for the car up right. With that thought in mind, it immediately changed our viewfrom looking at new cars, to used cars. The process has been tedious but yet exciting to be actually looking again. The cars that we have been looking at have been the Mazda 3’s or the 6’s so if you see one that is affordable, let us know.

The reason for this post is not simply to blog about our search for a car, but rather the way God has spoken to us in the midst of it. As I mentioned before, we felt in our heart that it wasn’t wise to go out and buy a new car since there are so many other things we could use that money for. Some many other needs that we can fill rather than having the simple “smell” of a new car.  That message was confirmed last Sunday at church during Altar Ministry. As I was headed to the front to pray for any person coming down with a prayer request, I immediately felt an impression on my heart that I was about to be “rocked”. This feeling is similar to what you might feel when you watch a dramatic movie that foreshadows anything that is about to happen.

As I was standing in the front with that gut wrenching feeling, I prayed silently to myself, “God, give me the words to say to whoever comes down in need.”…This is the same prayer I pray every single time I’m called down for Altar ministry. Usually after that simple prayer, I’m confident that my words will be edifying. I was uncertain this time.

As I peer into the crowd, I made eye contact with this little boy no older than a 4th or 5th grader. Immediately the little boy excuses himself from his row and walks down straight to me. I kneel down and I ask him, “Hey man, what can I pray for?” The little boy pauses for a second and then looks at me and this is our conversation:

Little Boy: “I want to pray for my dad”

Me: “Ok, what’s your dad going through?”

Little Boy: “I pray for my real dad all the time, but he hurt my mommy so they got a divorce. I want to pray for my future dad.”

Me: “Ok, are you saying that your mommy is about to get married again?”

Little Boy: “No, she’s still single, I just want a daddy..A new daddy. I want to pray for whoever he is, to be good to my mommy and me. My mommy is always sad and I think that would help….And I just want a new Dad.”

After I heard that, I had to take a moment before I could actually pray. Tears overflowed and immediately the Holy Spirit took over and reassured him that He was the little boy’s eternal Father. After that prayer,

After the boy left, I immediately felt the Holy Spirit ask me, “now what can I pray for?” (Romans 8:26) Funny how God can humble you & put your wants & needs into perspective. That question helped us weigh our options of do we really “need” a new car, or can a used one be sufficient right now?

My question to you is…..What are you praying for?


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They were weighed, measured, & found wanting

3n23m53p2ZZZZZZZZZ97fc08b395ba4191019Above is the Craigslist picture!!!

This day turned out to be an interesting day.  It started out normal, woke up, conference call, work, etc.  I went into the garage to get our GPS so that I could tell Brad the specifics on it.  While I was out there I noticed that Christian’s car looked a little different with the center console and glove compartment open with a couple of things on the seats.  I ignored it thinking that Christian was looking for something specifically and went about my typical day.  Later, while sitting in my office, my iTunes starting acting up on me for some reason so I went into Christian’s car to get my iPod.  That’s when I noticed my iPod and some CD’s were missing.  I searched my truck and realized my center console was up as well with CD’s missing also.  I double checked with Christian just to make sure she hadn’t been in the cars looking for something.  I told her, “Our cars were broken into.” I had to collect my thoughts to figure out what I was going to do next.  I double checked the house just to make sure I hadn’t brought it inside.  I didn’t want to call the police just for a few petty things.

After I collected my thoughts I had the idea to search craigslist just to see if the criminals were dumb enough to post it.  I went to the earliest postings on July 15th and found a picture of what I assumed was my iPod, posted at 4:58a.m.  The description read “I no longer use this ipod and need some quick cash please contact me.  Must meet in Lewisville.”  So out of curiosity I blocked my number and called just to see if it was my iPod.  An older male teenager answered and said, “yeah, I have to get rid of it pretty quick.”  I stayed calm and asked him about what type of songs were on there.  He waited awhile and couldn’t give me a clear answer.  I bargained with him and told him I would take it for $75.  He said he would take $75 and gave me an address which was less than a mile away from my house.  I told him I would be there in a few minutes but actually waited 30 minutes.

During that 30 minutes I got my serial number for my iPod and started getting non-emergency numbers for the police ready in my phone.  I went to the address he told me to meet him at, I parked down the street, went up to the house and a lady answered the door.  I told her I was there to look at an iPod.  She proceeded to tell me that there were no teenagers or iPods at that house.  She then asked about a car that was parked in front of her house that wasn’t mine.  I didn’t know at the time but it was the thief’s car.  He had given me the wrong address.  I called him back and he said he would meet me at a gas station around the corner instead.  He asked what I drove.  I lied and said a red Toyota Corolla.  I drove to the gas station and they pulled up after I did.  I saw 5 people in the car and I walked up to them.  They didn’t get out, they just showed me the iPod.  I asked if I could listen to it just to make sure it worked.  They obviously didn’t think things through because they so happened to play one of my personal friends, Aaron Ivey’s, song, “Found” and Kristian Stanfill’s “Faithful”!!!.  I said, “Ok, cool.  I accidently left my cash at home.  Could you just wait until my girl brings it?”  They agreed and two of the guys in the back seat got out of the car and the other 3 drove off.  I walked away pretending to give directions to Christian when in reality I was calling the police.  While I was waiting they revealed they just got out of jail for felony charges…I then got more ticked (not nervous) that they were out doing crimes again….

Twenty minutes passed and all of a sudden a swat of police cars surrounded us.  One cop came out and asked the two boys what they were doing.  They told him they were trying to sell me an iPod off of Craigslist.  He then asked me what I was doing.  I finally revealed what I was actually doing by saying, “I’m trying to buy my own iPod back.”  At that point, the boys knew they were caught. The police found a weapon and a few drugs in their possession.

After the long ordeal, the police talked to me and stated that they can’t officially charge them with burglary yet until they admit…since I didn’t report it soon enough but they can charge them with theft, & possession.

What a day, what a day. 1/2 the burglary ring was caught and the other half drove off. Cops told us to lock our windows and secure our house if we are going to be out of town b/c the other 1/2 was still out and about. Pray that they don’t try to retaliate at all..Thanks for listening.

Love God, Love People

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For some reason, all I can say in this post is, I love the faithfulness that our God has to His people. Even though we stray away, I love how He allows us to return to Him. Thank you for Your Love. Thank you, Thank You Thank You.

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