Ok. So the title makes it seem like I do all the laundry in the house. Truth be told.. Nope I don’t (I know..big surprise) but what I hate is that somehow our dryer doesn’t work. It worked just fine before we moved. But now.. No dice. The landlord put in a plug for 240 (ie old 220) and we’ve got juice to the back of the dryer, but it won’t turn on. I drives me crazy. Not as much as my wife who has been hanging almost all the clothes up around the house. With three kids and cloth diapers, it’s an every day job.
My wife called an appliance repair man that’s like a block away but he doesn’t make house calls…which makes no sense. I would have to borrow a truck and get help to take it down from our upstairs apartment and then pay him 25 bucks to look at it..then buy a part and try to fix it, or pay him to.. Wait…hahahahahaha NO. So right now this all puts me sitting at the laundromat drying towels cause that’s the one thing of laundry that we can’t have crusty and crispy. Fun fun stuff. Oh and you only get 5 minutes per quarter in the dryers. And you can’t just put more than one in at a time. You still only get your five minutes. Ok so nothing about Jesus in this…well I went to church today..and I can’t think of how to tie this rant into something about Jesus. Sorry. I’ll writ another blog about what’s going on while I wait for this all to dry.
So..I haven’t posted in over 3 months now. What’s happened you ask? I had my third child, got a job as a wireless technician, spent two weeks doing that, moved to the web design department, moved to a new town closer to work and I’m now working on starting a venue and I’m in a band. All God’s doing of course. Couldn’t live a day without him.
We also juggled around some bills and I finally got my IPhone that I’ve been wanting for years now. There’s even a wordpress app which is how I’m typing this blog right now. Awesome..I know.
I also got a new bible. After 12 years with my good ol’ new king james, I’ve moves on to a NASB. It’s been great so far. I haven’t got to use the study end of it yet but I’m hoping to soon. We’ll see. Having 3 kids around can put a damper on things..unfortunately even reading the Word. I’ve been trying to get up before the kids and I didn’t even get there this morning cause my daughter woke up at 6:45! Oh well. Still read after getting her a toaster strudel and some OJ. So I will try again tomorrow and see what happens..
So I keep forgetting to post about a band that I’ve known about for a little while, but have never bought their album..TILL NOW. I’m so sorry that I waited. They have their newest album out called Breaker released on Facedown Records. Here’s the album cover:
You’ll have to really check it out for yourself, but you can see and feel the true Spirit of God just surrounding this album. The lyrics encourage us as Christians to stand up and fight for what we believe in. To show that we have been fully equipped by our Father and Savior Jesus Christ to battle, not against flesh, but against principalities and powers of the spiritual realm. Simply put..to put our foot up Satan’s rear-end so far that he’s chewing on our shoe laces. Here’s some of the lyrics to one of my favorites, Devastator:
Hell, fear me. I am the one that will bring you down. And when you fall, feel me. You’ll see my face on
Let my name be feared at the gates of hell as I exalt the Savior–the one that died to buy my victory, and
gave me a new name. Let my name be feared at the gates of hell as I exalt the Savior. In the name of
the Holy One of God, I will cast you down at the foot of the cross He hung from. I will stand behind my
Savior, as He burns your kingdom down. And I will see you on your knees before the King of Kings. You
will lose your throne to the chosen ones. The chosen ones will rise.
Tear it to the ground! This is the army we’ve been waiting for. Tear it to the ground! We will storm the
gates of hell and we will tear it to the ground! We stand behind the one that conquered death. Tear it to the
ground! And we will stand when there is nothing left. Tear it to the ground!
Justice! God, bring justice! Justice! We will come against the bondage of hell. Justice! And we will take
back what’s taken from us. Justice! This is our right as heirs to dominion.
This war will end.
I am the one that will bring you down. And when you fall, feel me. You’ll see my face on the battleground.
Hell, fear me. I am the one that will bring you down. And when you fall, feel me. You’ll see my face on
The entire album is just a phenomenal masterpiece (in my mind) and shows that it is still possible to speak Christ, pure and unedited, yes maybe in a growling voice, but still very straight-forward. I just hope that this type of sound can spread, like a virus, to not just the hardcore music industry, but to all Christians of all ages, sizes, generations. I get tired of hearing about “well that’s just THEIR generation”. I’ve even said that at times. We’re all CHRISTIANS. Let’s BE the church. So I’ve got a lebret piercing and 2ga. earrings in my ears and a few tattoos..does that make me less of a Christian than the 3-piece-suiters with the prim and proper hair cut? NO..but does it make me BETTER than them, because I’m different and they can’t “accept” me? NOPE. We all have differences, and we all have our ways to worship, but as long as we worship JESUS CHRIST and follow His Holy Word, then I don’t care.
My whole point with this is that yes the music may be aggressive, loud, fast and crazy, but it’s also very powerful and speaks volumes. We are to let others know that Satan is out there to seek, kill, and destroy our lives, our families, everything. If we FIRST submit ourselves to God, then we can resist the Devil and he will flee! We need to take back what God has blessed us with. Including His love, His grace, His mercy. Be reminded of that right now where you’re sitting reading this. God showed His mercy to us by giving us grace through love by sending His son Jesus, who died so that we can have eternal life. He just wants to help you. Let Him.
I realized lately that when I have been posting on here, that it’s been more about business, and less about my FATHER’S business, which isn’t why I started this blog in the first place. Yes, I was writing blogs about bands and such, doing interviews and giveaways where 7 people signed up..but really this is about God and what He’s done in this drummer’s life (hence the title Drum By Faith).
I have come to realize more and more each day how much I need to just fully rely on God for the things that I need in this upside-down world. I need food, clothing, and shelter, plus all the little nit-picky things that are needed for day-to-day life. God has really done a work in my life to show me that He truly is Jehovah Jireh (God the Provider..to be simply put). He stripped most everything away to show me the bare necessities in life. I lost my job almost 2 years ago (1 year and 10 months to the day, today) and I have had everything I needed provided for me, almost just handed to me. I’ve even got to go on a few vacations and even go to a couple shows.
This is not a “prosperity” blog, this is saying that God has provided what I need to get through my daily life. I have fought with Him and argued and whined, only to realize that He was just making me rely more on Him. I didn’t realize that I wasn’t. I always “gave Him credit” for the different CAD jobs that I had and the money that I was making, but inside it was MY skills that were doing it. I never really gave Him credit for the abilities that I have…so he pulled it out from under me. It got real tough at times with bills and stuff. I had to humble myself, kill my pride at points so that I could ask for help. It was soooo hard to do, but so worth it in the end. It’s amazing to see what God will do when we allow Him to. Not that we by any means have control over God, but we have control over how much we let Him have of our lives.
What has God done for me now? I know you want to know. I now have a small business growing, slowly but surely, and I’m designing websites, and ENJOYING what I do. I work for myself, which can be good and bad. The good is that I’ve got to be near my wife and girls almost every day, seeing my girls grow up. The down side is that sometimes being that close can be crazy while trying to work..but when I want to take off..I’M GONE.
I pray that God just uses me in whatever avenue he needs me. I need to seek HIM out to see what HE wants and have less of ME involved. I will always be me, but every day I desire to be more like Christ.
So you may be wondering what “GO 4 24” means. I’m guessing that the it means to root for Jeff Gordon, but I believe that God is using it in a different way. Last night Jes and I were on the way home after visiting with some friends. We were about 20 min from home and this guy comes up behind me and has these blinding headlights, so I slowed down to let him pass. I sometimes just look at license plates (aka “tags” here in the south) to see what they say. Well it said “GO 4 24”. I didn’t really think anything of it, Nascar is huge down here (surprise..right?) So we keep going and we get down into Mt. Airy and I look in my rear view mirror again and another set of really bright headlights are behind me again (this is like 5 minutes later) I’m thinking..SERIOUSLY? Then the vehicle gets in the left turning lane, and I look and it’s the same guy! I kinda brushed it off, still didn’t think much about it. I go home, drop off Jes and the kids and went to go pick up my cousin so I could take him to work this morning. I get out on the main road and 2 miles into it realize I’M FOLLOWING THE SAME TRUCK!! There it is again GO 4 24!! I’m like “ok Lord, WHAT?” So I figure He wants me to look up a scripture. Well there’s no book that is abbreviated GO, so I guess it means go to 4:24, figure it out. So Jes and I looked through all the books of the bible, and here’s what we found. Some are funny, some are amazingly applicable to my life, and some I left out cause they didn’t mean anything unless in other context and were stories. So here you go:
Exodus 4:24 “And it came to pass on the way, at the encampment that the Lord met him and sought to kill him.” (Hoping this one doesn’t apply..)
Leviticus 4:24 “And he shall lay his hand on the head of the goat and kill it at the place where they kill the burnt offering before the Lord. It is a sin offering” (again..hoping this doesn’t apply)
Deuteronomy 4:24 “For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”
Joshua 4:24 “that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever”
1 Kings 4:24 “For he had dominion over all the region on this side of the River from Tiphsah even to Gaza, namely over all the kings on this side of the River; and he had PEACE on every side all around him” (emphasis added to peace)
Proverbs 4:24 “Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you” (Ouch..ouch..ouch..ouch)
Jeremiah 4:24 “I beheld the mountains, and indeed they trembled, and all the hills moved back and forth” (Amazing)
Matthew 4:24 “Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics and paralytics; and He healed them”
Mark 4:24 “The He said to them “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to who hear, more will be given”
Luke 4:24 “Then He said “Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country””
John 4:24 “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (Amen)
Acts 4:24 “So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said:”Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them””
Ephesians 4:20-24 (sorry, have to put it all) “But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, (vs24:) and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Amen and Amen)
Thanks for taking this journey with me. I really hope that you prospered from it as much as I have (and will) Leave comments as to how God has shown you things like this in your life.
Who knows..this could be something completely different..if it is, let’s all pray that God shows me 🙂