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!!!!

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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!





Tomorrow’s my first race!!!

16 10 2009

So, tomorrow morning is my very first race. Well, not exactly my first. I competed in a 5k walk in 2004 in Vicksburg MS. It was the Over The River Run/Walk. I placed second in my age division. Kinda cool. Well, I set out in the morning to Hollywood Theater on Dowlen Rd in Beaumont for my first 5k run. I’ve done all the research on what to expect and gone out and bought some new running clothes. I’m SUPER pumped about it, but I got butterflies a few minutes ago.

What will it be like? How many people will be there? Will I be able to finish the race? Will I be able to run the whole time, or will I have to take some walking breaks? How will I place? Will I be cold? Will the boys behave for Mommy? Will we win the raffle for the playhouse? 😀 I guess we’ll find out…

I can say that I got so excited about the race that I signed up for the 5k race on Thanksgiving morning. There’s another race on New Years Day that I’ll sign up for. My hometown of Vicksburg, MS has an awesome 10k on March 6th. It’s a race through the Military Park. I CAN’T WAIT for that one! Bottom line, after 34 years, I think I have finally found my sport that I love!!

Here’s to a great run in the am!