Hello out there! Is this thing on? (tap, tap)

Some of you reading this already know me, or a little of me at least. But for those of you who do not, please allow me to tell you what this is and who I am.

Now, where to begin…..

This is my second attempt at blogging. My first blog was started over 2 years ago, but fizzled out as I just didn’t feel the inspiration to continue it. I loved some of the things that God showed me through it, and will probably link to it in this second edition, but I also feel the need for something fresh and new. Let me warn you now that I ramble, and I’m also a little lazy when it comes to blogging. I’m trying to do better, because I’m a writer and a thinker, so I always have something going on in my head that needs to come down onto paper. Lol.

I’m a new father of 3. I’ve been married for 9 years to the absolute love of my life. God could not have chosen any better for me. He saw what I needed and presented it to me on a platter. Sure, I had to work for it, but from the moment I saw her, I knew that she was mine to cherish forever. I’m often in awe of how she loves me. This is tangible proof of God’s grace. Grace will be a big theme in this blog, just because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I have been given gifts from God that I really, REALLY do not deserve.

Career-wise, I’m in the midst of a transition. Out of college I earned an MBA in HR Management. I wanted to do that because I wanted to help people- and also because the money was good. In the midst of being in the profession for about 7 years, I think God showed me that business was not my mission field. I became lethargic and even somewhat depressed going into work, and without fail, I believe God would always try to get my attention. Each of my 3 jobs would start out great, but end in a fiery blaze of complete destruction. It’s crazy the lengths that God would to, in order that we would be on the right path. At any rate, A year and a half ago, God simply told me AGAIN, that I needed to be teaching. So, I quit my job and went back to school. Now, I had my own ideas about how this transition was going to go. I thought that because I was stepping out in faith, God would provide a job immediately and there would be no hiccups in the financial aspects of my family. WRONG!!! Not only did I not have a teaching job, but I had to sub and work a second job at minimum wage. Still, that didn’t break me from my dreaming and hopes that my job was just around the corner. Before this school year started, I had 2 interviews that went so well, I knew the jobs were mine. WRONG!!! God has another plan. So, even as I’m not teaching, I’m comforted a little by knowing that God must be preparing me for something special. So, I wait. Now, this is a very abridged version of this story. I don’t have time, nor space to tell you about all of my emotional turmoil, temper tantrums, and other embarrassing aspects of this process. I gladly would if you all would like to see how big of a butt I can be at times. Sheesh!

Let’s see…10 years ago, I told God that I would accept his call to preach His word. Now, I didn’t know that word. I mean, I knew the word, I just didn’t KNOW the word. There is a difference. I hated gospel music. I thought it all sounded too hokey! Lol. 10 years later, despite my constant reminders to God, I’m not preaching..(well, I do, but it’s just through living), nor am I a pastor. (I also believe this to be a part of my calling). But in my wait time, I am beginning to see a little of the clean up that God is still doing in me. I can see my impatience. I can see my own short-sightedness. But I can also see the good things that God has implanted and is growing within me. That’s not to say that I’m not human. I’ve dealt with porn issues in my past. That was my thorn for a while. But God delivered me, and I only add that part because I know that there are many men out there who still deal with that issue. God is merciful and mighty to save us from all of our issues. As a matter of fact, He desperately desires to do just that! The fact that God has done so much rearranging and cleaning in my life only serves to make me more and more in awe of who He is. That’s where the name for this blog comes from. Micah means “Who is like the Lord“. It’s a beautifully worshipful statement, one that is constantly on my heart, even as it is the middle name of my newest son. There is nobody like Him in all of the earth, and I praise Him for that fact.

Now that that is out of the way, let’s move on. It is my prayer that any who read this blog will be challenged. I’m going to include lots of things here. There will be sermon notes from my Pastor’s sermons. There will be music that stirs my soul to worship. There will be poetry that expressed my heart to God. You may not agree with all of what I post, but I hope that what I post at least spurs you to find out for yourself who God is to you. Oh, and let me get this out of the way now…

I believe in heaven. I believe in hell. I believe that Jesus died so that all might have salvation and an eternity with Him. But I also believe that we must make a choice to accept what Jesus has offered us, and if we fail to do so, we will spend eternity away from Him. I believe that where there was no appropriate sacrifice to cover the black smoke of my sins from reaching God, Jesus died and shed His blood to clothe me in robes of white. I believe in Him I am pure and declared righteous. I believe that His love is perfect. I believe that every soul who condemns his or her life to an eternity without Him breaks His heart. It breaks my heart. He created us for His good pleasure.

Ok. So here we are at the end of the first post for a new blog. We are embarking on a fantastic voyage, and I pray that God will grow us all as a result. I’m not expecting any certain number of readers. I only pray that those who do read will be changed by Yahweh.

Until next time, be blessed.