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I HAVE THE BEST FRIENDS IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK, I have been heart broken the past week and last night I came to the realization GOD has blessed me with the best friends in the world! Everyone was so awesome and I can't believe how much everyone did to help us move out of town. I am awe struck still, Ronnie, Jeanette, Jeff, Rob, Linda, Lisa, Ronnie Sr., Connie, Stacy, Mark, Jim, Jennifer, Marlita, Craig, Barb, Freddie, Joel and EVERYONE the list goes on and on you all rock my socks off and I love you all so stinkin much I miss you all incredibley already and dd want to fly you all down to visit. My first priority is to buy a huge house so I can put everyone up. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You just don't know! LOVE ABE

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WOW!!!

I am so amazed at GOD. I can screw the pooch over and over and he is constantly there to help me out of it. I miss plan A for my life and he put plan B in my way. Well, suffice it to say I have made many mistakes in my life, that said I don't regret my life a bit cause it has made me who I am in Christ! Well I don't do this type of thing ever, but I am going to say I am reading the most incredible book about being a Christian it is by Craig Gross of XXXChurch a ministry I totally support. Knowing him makes the book even better, cause I know everything he has written to be true. Well it is one of those books were you expect one thing yet get another. If ANYONE is wondering about being a Christian I URGE you to buy it. Here is the link


I have to say this book is stinkin awesome!
I as I am sure you have heard the verse in Psalm 23:4 a million times, you know, Yea though I may walk through the valley of death, I fear no evil, You are with me;
Well this book showed me that as my children do to me at night when given the choice of having the light off and me with them or having a light on and me not with them, the always choose to have me be with them in the dark. Just as I would rather be in the dark with GOD than in the light without Him. I believe this is the place we have to strive to be. I the dark He is with us and intends for us to be there, showing others that He is there with us, His rod and staff comforting us!

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A Rude Awakening



Some of us like to live with our heads in the sand, I know I woke up from the couch the other day and realized my life was about to change dramatically for the better. I have moved my whole life and no I am not a military brat my Dad was a gypsy. Anyway I have moved over 40 times in my life and am a pro at it for the most part. I have not moved out of state in twelve years so I am a little rusty, but like riding a bike it should not be that bad. I am excited to be moving to what I call my home, Tampa, Florida. It as all cities has its good points and bad, but it has been my experience the good far outweighs the bad. I have been apprehensive cause my employer is assuming cause they say I can't leave that I won't? Anyway that is a whole other issue, but the funny thing is that because of this, it was causing me some anxiety then I realized through the help of my loving wife that there is nothing they can do, so enjoy it while it lasts and move on. So as I put myself on the the book cases and fell from a height, I realized I am the one who put the couch up there. Kind of dumb huh. Everyone needs a preacher and someone to hold them in check. I am glad I have my wonderful wife to do that for me! She Rocks! Peace!

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When you have it all?

I was asked this weekend what I wanted for Fathers Day and My Birthday which are close to each other. It is funny, but I don't want anything. I have everything I could ever want from a material standpoint, I am completely content. So, I thought that was weird to feel that way and I was praying to God asking why do I feel this way? He revealed it to me. It is my Wife, Kids, Family and Friends. Yes, that is right, I am so blessed with the BEST Wife in the World who would do anything for me, I have the most awesome boys who I adore and they in return. I have incredible family who would go so far as allowing their life to be disrupted immensely and allow my family to stay with them and not show a hint of complaint. Friends, well if you are reading this and not part of the top three then you know who you are and what I am talking about. It is funny cause now that I am moving away in two weeks I am amazed at the number of people who should be like, "Well he is leaving so what," but they are, "How can I help? Do you need anything?" Why? I ask and God says the one word answer LOVE. That's what it is and I am a believer! Thank all of you for being a part of me!

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Could GOD be more real?

Man God has been so real in our lives, we have been so blessed and I am so thankful that he is such an awesome God. He is really allowing us to live the life He has planned us to and He is also allowing us to make a difference in others lives as well. I just ask as we are going through this time of HUGE transition you pray for my incredible wife. I know she is really feeling a great deal of stress and worry right now I know God is going to give her peace and patience I just want you all to pray He brings it now before the move as well as during and after. I know I ask for alot, but you have not cause you ask not. Love you all THANKS!

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One Decision Away?

Proverbs 5:23 (The Message)
23Death is the reward of an undisciplined life; your foolish decisions trap you in a dead end.

Everyday we make decisions, some big some small, some with consequence some without. Funny thing is the everyday decisions we make are usually made without a lot of thought, yet the big decisions we fret, cry to God, and often anguish over. Well I read this passage and thought, so I am destined to a dead end if I make a foolish decision? Well no, there are two parts to this verse. The first sets up the second, If death is the reward for an undisciplined life than Life must be the reward for a disciplined life. Therefore if you live a disciplined life and make a foolish decision I believe God opens a detour for you in most cases. Example: Look at Jesus, isn't he just a Great Detour back to God?

I look at all the decisions I have made in my life and the one that had the greatest impact in my life that I really don't think I did a great deal of thinking about was my decision 10 years ago today to get married. The best thing is that I made this decision and the even better thing is that my wife made the same decision. I was on the beach two days ago and I was walking alone thinking to myself how beautiful it was, then it hit me, just as God created us to share His Beauty, God has created my Bride to share her beauty and the beauty of life with her. I can't say enough about my wife, to know her, is to know she is amazing. She is the truest thing to God to me and I could have God work a million miracles in my life, yet none of them would surpass the miracle of My Wife in my Life.

I am including a prayer that may help you, I know it helps me, "Dear
Lord, so far today I haven't gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy,
grumpy, nasty, selfish or self-indulgent. But in a few minutes I'm going
to have to get out of bed, then I'll need all the help I can get."

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Fear and Loathing in the Lord?

OK, so I am sitting in an undisclosed location and on wifi. Doubt is a funny thing-doubt vt
1. to feel unconvinced or uncertain about something, or think that something is unlikely
2. to suspect that something is not true, likely, or genuine, or that somebody is not sincere or trustworthy.
You have to experience it from time to time to know for certain. I had someone who had been completly uncontent with being single tell me they were content with being single and I said that was great. What I felt was yeah right you are just trying to convince yourself. Well then I had an instance where I should have felt bummed and had a blow to my Ego, yet I didn't. It was more an affirmation of what I was doing and where I should be. I then had breakfast with someone who validated everything. Funny how the Lord works. After all the experiences I have had both good and bad I am sure of one thing, God is Genuine. I realize it to be like this God = Certain, World = Doubt.

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