Blogging again

I have not done this in a while. The first attempt at blogging found me with 3 followers – me, my son, and a guy who made a mistake. The second came out of an attempt to communicate with friends and family about our middle son Jacob and his “Journey Through Fire“. That blog grew to be a community that surrounded our family and carried us to the feet of Jesus. The blog was started by my oldest son who is an amazing writer and together we shared our hearts, our struggles and our victories.

Jacob’s “Journey Through Fire” came as the peak of a deep, dark desert time for me – a true “Dark Night of the Soul”. 5 years of wandering and trying to understand the direction that God was leading me.

Beginning January 1st I became the Lead Pastor at Cedar Grove Community Church. It is not what I was expecting…not what I was seeking. I thought that God had moved me out of being a pastor in fact I really did not want to be one. I was fed up and wounded. And yet God knew the plan that he had for me…

This blog is intended to focus on things to come as a pastor, leader, father, husband, friend and a broken yet restored child of God. While what I am is a result of what has been, so much more it is a result of who God has made me to be. So it seems right to go back to what I called the first blog as I seek to come to this journey with open hands, on bended knee. Hoping that both hardship and blessing will be open to the presence of Jesus on journey.

“For what great nation is there that has a God so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?” Deut 4:7