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I’m not too into accomplishments, but it is nice to get things in the mail. I passed all three of my classes this semester and received my Level 1 certification in Biblical counseling, an A and a certification of completion in my Muslim class and I got an A in photography at CGCC. I am thankful to have learned some incredible material and skills this year that I can apply to life and thankful to God for providing these opportunities.

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So I’ve left the cool weather of Payson and I’m in town to enjoy the heat for a couple of days. Then I will be heading out to California to be a camp leader at Forest Home camp. I will be working with the 5th/6th grade program there. I’m pretty excited to be returning to Forest Home. I have good memories of going there with my young adult group a couple of years back. Cool thing is there is no cell phone reception and no internet access. I have conjured up some pratical jokes to play on the kids in my cabin/tent (whatever you call them). But at the same time I’m excited to be pouring into these kids lives for a week. My son Jake leaves for Hume San Diego for Jr. High camp the same week.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how difficult this past 6 months have been for me. Even though once again God pulled me through those tough moments, it took more than just relying on him. I had to meet him halfway and tell him that I couldn’t on my own power handle what I was dealing with. I had to surrender what I was going through to him. I seriously love this passage.

 To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.            2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NIV)

I’m glad I’m weak. I live a pretty tough life. Yet it brings me close to God. I’m blessed with so many amazing friends and support. My life has become an open book and I love sharing it to people. I know our natural tendency is to run and hide. Its how we are wired. Adam and Eve hid after committing the first sin. Yet there is something about opening up about your struggles to others and sharing how God pulled you through. There is no such thing as perfect people.This world needs more transparent people. They need to hear about the love of Christ and know its ok to make mistakes. Its all about how you pick yourself up. And God is always there to help us up when we need him.

I want to give a shout out to my friend Jamin. Last night he shared his experiences in Sudan on stage at Camber. I love this guy. Just a real, down to earth guy who just loves Jesus. I met him over a year ago and had invited him to join my men’s group. He felt like he didn’t measure up to us ‘Godly men’ to join. In my head I laughed this off because I knew I no where near that. Then he struggled here and there through the summer with temptation. We had a class at Chandler Gilbert next to each other. We had some great conversations. He was so open to me about his past life with drugs, etc. It encouraged me so much.

Then Jamin left for Sudan to do missions work around Christmas. That’s also when my own personal life tanked it. Yet as far as he was, Jamin called me from Sudan on a monthly basis. I can’t tell you what those phone calls meant. He then came back a few weeks ago. I tell you.. what a changed man. I see someone who saw the love of Christ being shared in a tough country dominated by the Islamic culture. I see someone who has let Christ fully take control of his past life and is letting he mold the man he was meant to be. I’m grateful to God for blessing me with his friendship.

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