2010 was a BIG year…

13 12 2010

As I sit here looking at the Christmas tree and surrounded by folded laundry just begging to be put away, my mind wanders to the events of this year.  It has truly been a very challenging season for Sara and me, but when I think of all that has been accomplished, I realize how much God has been with us through every bit of it.

I just want to take a little time to give glory to God for some of the highlights of the year…

In the fall of 2009, I began to feel God leading me to further my education.  I began to research graduate schools online and had two schools to choose from.  After seeking counsel from my pastors, I decided to go with Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.  I completed all of the necessary paperwork and enrolled.  Classes started on January 18.  I had signed up for full-time status (2 classes per 8-week term).  Even though I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of reading and writing assignments, I loved every minute of it.  After receiving very positive feedback from my professors, I began to see that I was going to succeed and surpass my expectations.  Although I have had to have student loans to attend graduate school, I somehow know that God is going to provide.

I began seriously running at the beginning of the year.  My goal was to complete the Gusher Half-Marathon.  In the process, I went to Tyler, TX to run the Tyler Azalea 10k with a friend of mine that I met on Twitter, Caleb Canal.  It was a really great run, and I exceeded my time goal!  I made a great friend and found out that the hills of Tyler were rough on the hamstrings!!

Gusher – I still cannot believe that I completed the Gusher Half.  13.1 miles without stopping…  I would have never dreamed that I would have completed such an insane event.  I can remember that I trained all during the winter/spring for the event with great weather conditions.  We had a cool winter with relatively no humidity.  The morning of the Gusher, we had an unbelievable amount of humidity, and it was HOT!  My body was not happy, thus my time was not great.  Hopefully, I can beat my time next year.  Even though I was a little disappointed in my result, I still can’t believe that I ran the race!!

In May, Sara and I moved one step closer to adopting our boys.  I can’t discuss any details of the case, and we’re still in the middle of a long battle; but I just know that these are our little boys forever and ever.

The summer of 2010 was a great year in our music department.  In May, I sat down to plan the entire summer’s music selections and gave all of the material to our phenomenal band leader.  Martin took all of the stuff and got to work with the band.  The vocal team worked very hard, and the end result was a power-packed summer of fantastic music and intense worship experiences.  To cap it all off, in August, we introduced a song – “You Are Worthy”.  It really was an amazing moment and one that I will not soon forget!

Also in August, Sara and I were able to participate in Israel Houghton‘s worship conference, A Deeper Level 2010.  This was my third year to attend and second time at the One Church Worship Academy.  God always meets us in a special way at this conference, but this year somehow seemed different.  The weight of the deposit from the Holy Spirit was just unbelievable.  I am still gaining strength from what we experienced this year.  Thanks, Iz!!

In September, I decided to join Triumph Church Physical Training as a part of the “Challenge”.  It is an military-based exercise program that’s just insanity defined.  We met 5 days a week at 5:20am at that Nederland track for 10 weeks.  Our instructors led us through some really intense regimens that challenged me physically, mentally and spiritually.  I got hurt at some point in the process and thought I was out for good, but the instructors made some adjustments to the program to allow me to be a part and ultimately graduate.  Speaking of graduate, the final challenge was AMAZING!!!  I don’t know how long it lasted that night, but I really felt like they were going to kill us.  As much pain as I was in, the feeling of accomplishment at the end was worth every minute.  I can’t believe that I was able to do all of that at 35 years old.  Either I’m stronger than I realized or am just plain STUPID!!

That brings me to December…

Sara and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary.  I can’t believe it has been 6 years…  I have the most amazing, talented, strong, funny, interesting, beautiful wife on the planet.  Thank you, Sassy, for being my best friend and love of my life.  You are an incredible mommy, too!!

Last Saturday night, Sara and I went to Grace Church of Humble, TX to attend their Christmas Concert directed by Pastor Hector Soto.  Pastor Hector and his wife Roxann have become dear friends and mentors of Sara and me over the past year.  God placed them in our lives, and I will be FOREVER grateful.  Anyway, the concert was BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING, WONDERFUL, SPECTACULAR, etc…  The musicianship was unbelievable.  I’m still just amazed at what we saw.  That truly was a highlight of my year.

Tomorrow is my boys’ 4th birthday.  I wish I could talk more about them online, but privacy laws prohibit it.  Just know that I could not be more proud of them and all that they have accomplished this year.  They are still dealing with the effects of the events of their lives before they came to live with us, but they are doing so good and growing up so fast.  They’re my BOYS!!!

I know there must be more that I am missing, but these were the moments that really stand out.  Thanks for reading about some of my all-time favorite moments of 2010.

2011 is gonna be even better!!!!


Saturday’s run, Sunday’s Setlist, & other such stuff…

20 10 2009

What a full weekend!!!

It all started off with my very first 5k race Saturday morning. It was for our local CASA organization. There were over 200 racers at Parkdale Mall in Beaumont. It was wonderful to see so many folks come out and support such an amazing organization. CASA is made up of volunteers who look after foster kids in the system and see that they get the proper care that they need. I finished the race at around 26:15. I didn’t place, but I sure was proud of myself. I have another run on Oct 31 at Kelly HS. Can’t wait!

Just a side note about that day – CASA gave away door prizes. Well, Sara and I won a two-night stay at Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans! Can’t wait to get away! Boy, do we need it!

Sunday morning was amazing at Triumph!! Pastor Mike Hayes preached at our Sugar Land location and simulcasted to our Beaumont and MidCounty campuses. Technology is AMAZING, and history has been made at Triumph once again. The word that Pastor Mike released over our church was life-changing. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in us!

I participate in Sunday Setlists, so here it is…

“Still Standing” by Israel Houghton – Led by Brittney McIntyre
“We Have Overcome” by Israel – Led by my beautiful wife, Sara Price
“Overcome w/ This Is My Story” by New Life Church – Led by yours truly
“How He Loves” by so many people, I can’t even name them here – Led by Sara and me

Powerful set. We hit all transitions and the congregation really was engaged. Can’t wait for next week’s set. I believe it’s going to be amazing!

Sunday night, we traveled to our Sugar Land location to participate in a special revival service. Pastor David Binion was there along with Pastor Mike Hayes. Pastor David always creates such an amazing atmosphere for God’s presence to invade the place. Pastor Mike continued his message from the morning service. I continue to be blown away by the level of excellence at the Sugar Land campus. Even though they meet in a school gymnasium, the people know how to make it feel like home. My hat goes off to each of them!!!

I was privileged to be a part of a luncheon with pastors from the Houston area Monday. Pastor Randy and Pastor Mike led the meeting. Just to be in the same room with so many pastors with so much anointing was very humbling.

Well, that’s all I’ve got to say about that for now…

Peace out!

It’s been too long…

9 10 2009

I can’t believe it has been almost 3 months since I posted a blog. Unacceptable!! I hereby declare that I will do my best to post at least 3 days a week. I don’t know if anybody even reads my stuff, but I’ll put it out there for my own purpose if for nothing else.

What all has happened since July…

Well, with our boys – The judge set a final hearing date for November 12th. That means, in essence that rights would be terminated on that date. The parents do have the right to appeal the decision, so it’s certainly not a done deal; however, we feel the peace of God all over the situation and know that He has it completely in control.

With our church… We are currently riding on the promise that something BIG is about to take place. We aren’t sure where it is coming from or what “it” will look like, but we are praying that we are ready when “it” does arrive. Sara and I are leading a small group on Wednesday nights – “When Heaven Invades Earth” by Bill Johnson. It’s fantastic!!! My faith is rising everyday! We are currently undergoing some renovations in our foyer and our stage. Very exciting stuff happening at TRIUMPH!!!!

With Sara & me… To put it plainly, we have been under attack in every area this year. I can honestly say that I have never been ill as I have this year. Not really major stuff, but one thing after another. I got the flu and bronchitis in February. Then, I got sick with the sinus stuff as soon as we got the boys. Then, I got the flu again. Now, I have poison ivy from head to foot. We won’t even get into how rough it has been with our finances. September will go down as the worst months for us since we have been married. Through all of this, I can say that we have never felt more confident about what we are doing – in our family and in our ministry.

In our family… I’m sad to say that my sister has moved back to Vicksburg, MS. She got a great job and decided to move back. I’m very proud of her, but I will miss her terribly. The boys miss their “Sissy”. In the middle of all of that, my mom and dad put their house up for sale. There are very good reasons for them moving back to Vicksburg, but it doesn’t make it any easier. I will miss them more than they know.

In our ministry lives… I was honored to be at the inaugural “OneChurch Worship Academy” hosted by Israel Houghton in September. There were only about 40 students at the academy, so we were able to interact with Israel and the rest of the team in a very intimate setting. The impartation was amazing!!!! I will never be the same after the final session! The Academy kicked off the Deeper Level conference. It blew me away!!! Sara was able to come over for the last day and a half. Our lives will never be the same! I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in and through us this year.

Other stuff… I turned 34 on Sept 18th. We finally got our house leveled. My washer and dryer broke, but God provided. I’m sure there is other stuff, but I just can’t remember it all right now.

Let me leave you with the scripture that Israel declared over us at the conference – “STRENGTH is for SERVICE not STATUS!” Rom 15:1 (MSG)

Have a good one!


17 07 2009

Sara and I have been on a rollercoaster of emotions since May 7th when our twin boys came to live with us. We have had countless meetings with our agency, CPS, our CASA worker, ECI, etc. It feels as though we have a revolving door in our house. I never dreamed that fostering would make us this busy and this crazy!!

First of all, we got conflicting information when we first got the boys. (I won’t bore you with the details, but if you want to know, just ask.) Then, our agency rep kind of just dropped us. We had no support. It feels like we are on an island by ourselves sometimes. Basically, we had had enough this week. I called our agency and made a bunch of noise to try to get some better representation. We also began making others aware of the trouble we are having with our case. Consequently, we will have our agency, CASA and CPS in our home this afternoon. I’m kinda nervous about it, but I look forward to some answers and for everyone to be on the same page.

The next 2 weeks is gonna be rough. We have permanency conferences, court hearings, family visits, ECI appointments, etc. Lord, help us and the boys. Ultimately, the boys suffer the most in the whole process. They can’t stand to constantly see someone new in their home. It freaks them out, as you could imagine.

On top of all of this, I had to put 2 new tires on the Monte Carlo. Then, the Santa Fe got a hole in one of its tires. Then, Nemo, the cat, got sick with an infected tooth. He had to go to the vet. As if that wasn’t enough, our house is going to be leveled next week. I’m totally excited about it, but we don’t have all of the money for it right now. How are we going to juggle all of this??!? My blood pressure rises just thinking about it!

However, in the midst of all of this, I can feel God’s peace. I remember P Deamon saying in his message this week, “To have the peace that passes all understanding, you have to give up the right to understand.” In other words, I have to let go. I need to stop thinking and worrying about it all and just ride the wave. The heat is getting turned up, and that’s a good thing. I want to come out of this situation as pure gold. Returned to its original state, but better than ever.

One of the only things that is keeping me sane right now is running. I have started a training program to get me to run 5k in 9 weeks. I have been going to the Nederland track 3 times a week for about an hour at a time. It’s wonderful to put on some worship music and just run until the program tells me to stop. I don’t have to think about anything but the heat.

Enough rambling for now. I think I’ll go get some Chick-Fil-A! 😀

Peace out!