Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Just stop and think (repost)


Shane, our lead pastor at fuelchurch, had posted this video on his blog about a month or so ago and I just remembered how impactful it was. How we get so busy and sometimes we just need to slow down and think, and realize what an awesome GOD we have and what a wonderful world we live in. Don't get so caught up in doing life that you miss all of its beauty that God created for us.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Incredible and moving story

At fuelchurch this week, Shane's message was about suffering. It was such a timely message for me in relating to the passing of Rod's mom Sharon. The following video was so moving and sums up so perfectly what Shane was talking about Sunday. The video is divided into 3 sections, sorry it is so long, but it is something that is worth the time. It is a story about a couple named Todd and Angie and their baby girl, Audrey.

Here is your warning though, this video will cause you to live differently. You will hug your kids differently. You will love your spouse differently. You will trust GOD differently.


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Capturing those moments


Even after writing my previous post I found myself just out of habit going home and being somewhat selfish with my time. Brennen had gotten in trouble at school the day before and he was excited today because the teacher sent him home with a note about how good of a day he had had. He had been punished and was not allowed to watch tv or play on the computer or video games so he wanted all my attention. At first I gave it to him then I just wanted to relax and watch a few shows I had recorded. He in turn wanted to watch a movie with me that I was not all that interested in. After much negotiation, he got his way and the end result was a good one.
It just made me think about what this picture represents and how it seems like that was taken just a short time ago. He was 2 then, now he is 10. Those 8 years I can never get back with him and I cannot make up for all the moments that I let slip away.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Reflections


With the passing of Rod's mother Sharon, it has made me think and reflect on all the small moments in life that I am so bad about taking for granted. I think about how often I work for that extra hour or don't spend that 30 minutes playing with my son and tell him I have had a long day and just need to rest for a little bit. I am so blessed to still have both of my parents living and one of my grandparents. As I look at myself and examine all the things around me, I realize that the one person that I have really been unfair to is my incredible wife that I have been married to for soon to be 20 years in August. My parents did what I think was an amazing job of raising me and teaching me what I needed to know growing up and making sure that Godly principals and values were established in my life from a very early age. But, you reach a point in your life to where the influence they have on you is released and that is past on to the person you spend the rest of your life with.

I have been so blessed to have Denise there with me as I have grown and attempted to mature in my adult life, from running a construction company with my brother and my dad to venturing out into the unknown in opening up a motorcycle dealership. She has been there propping me up and helping me to have the confidence I needed to be able to do it. In that growth process though for me, she has made many sacrifices and I have cheated her out of those moments that are so simple but yet so important to her.

I know that right now Rod is searching and trying to find God in the passing of his mother and that huge loss that he is feeling right now. I will miss her dearly because she was a very special lady. What it has done in my life is made me realize how important that simple little phone call to my parents can be, something that seems like no big deal to me could be a huge deal to them. That I need to grab on to those small moments with my son, right now I am still pretty cool in his eyes but I know those days are numbered as he gets closer to his teenage years, I realize I need to treasure these times. And for my wife, how blest I am to have someone that still loves me, even after knowing all my flaws and imperfections, because there are many, has helped me become a better person because of all the many values she has, have wore off on me in my areas of weekness. These things are what I grab onto in this time and this is what Sharon going to heaven has done in my life.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

One of those moments in life that I don't understand


I normally don't use my blog for things like this but this family is so dear to me and my family. God has chosen for reasons I don't fully understand or comprehend not to heal this wonderful lady. Her name is Sharon and she is the mother of Rod Brooks, one of my very close friends. The family got some very sad news yesterday telling them there was nothing more they could do for her. This is so close to me emotionally because my mother and my family went through a similar situation and God chose a different path for the resolution of it. Sharon reminds me so much of my mom too, and I think that is another reason why I hurt so much for them right now. I know God has his reasons for how he works things out but that still doesn't make it easy to understand. This is one of the many questions that I have on a list to ask him when I finally meet him one day. Until that day though, I just have to put my faith and strength in him and know that he is in control and he works all things for good, it is just extremely hard in these difficult times to see that good, which forces me to lean on him even more for that strength.

Rod, Juleah, Luke, Ava, we love you guys so very much and wish there was some way we could remove some of the hurt you are feeling in these times you are in right now and the times ahead, we just continue to pray that God gives you the strength you need and the comfort that comes from knowing he will never leave you or forsake you. It is in times like this that Phillipians 4:13 has to be used over and over and over.

And for anyone else that follows my blog, please be in prayer for them. They are an incredible family that loves God and serves God and are facing a very difficult time right now.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

My little man at his 4th grade track meet



Wow, was nice and warm watching these guys have there track meet. Unfortunately for my son, he is not the most athletic little guy, probably alot of that is thanks to me. One thing about it though is that he always has a great spirit about it. I think he gets to thinking he is one of his video game characters when he is running too.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Reasons why so many casualties on the bike ride


Thought I would post up a picture of just some of the stuff we are riding through on these rides. Yep, that looks nice and casual, according to Josh anyways. Awesome exercise though but man, killer trails. I guess if I keep going with them, I have to get me one of those cool red shirts and fancy bike shorts.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The latest Fuelchurch mountain bike ride (casual??)


Heres a picture of the gang that went on this ride. This one was anything but casual. It was a 3 hour ride and we had plenty of wrecks and casualties along the way. It was a great time of fellowship and giving each other a hard time. I got mine out of the way right off the bat. As soon as we got off the pavement and hit the trails, I wiped out on the first creek crossing. I am going to feel it tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

fuelchurch.tv podcast is finally live in itunes


Finally got the fuelchurch.tv podcast for the audio of the sermons live and working inside of itunes. This is where each weekly sermon will be posted up and you will be able to subscribe to it within itunes. That way, each time a new one goes up, if you subscribe, it will automatically download it into itunes for you and it will be there waiting.

Here is the link

Just click the above link if you have itunes installed on the computer you are viewing this with

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Short video of the pace lap and the infield Texas 2008 race


April 2008 Texas Spring Cup race from Brent on Vimeo.
This was just a short video I took with my Canon G9 camera. Quality wasn't that great but I wanted to catch the very first pace lap and get a shot of the infield and the stands.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Texas Sprint cup race April 2008


Took a few picture of the Sunday race, mainly the crowd and the other rv's and fans. Jeff had the worst race I have ever seen him have. He finished 43rd out of 43. Can't get much worse than that. The weather for this race ended up being nice also. Was a really pretty day. Carl Edwards ended up running away with it and Jimmy Johnson ended up coming in 2nd. Jeff and his team need to figure out what Jimmy and his team did, they were complete opposites for this race. Jr. ended up fading towards the end of the race also.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Texas Nationwide Race April 2008


Took a few pictures of the race Saturday at Texas. The weather was super nice, just enough breeze to keep it from being really hot. Only had 3 or 4 cautions so it went by really fast. Kyle Bush ended up winning it and Jr. finished 7th. Wasn't as crowded as it usually is.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Thought this was a great interview with Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Church


Mark is one of the pastors that I follow and listen to his podcast all the time. His church is in Seattle, Washington which is far far away from the Bible Belt. It's very enlightening to me to get to listen to pastors from areas outside of where I live to hear how they have to approach sin in a different way than we are used to in our part of the world where christianity is more popular.

Fuelchurch first "casual" mountain bike ride


We had our first Fuelchurch mountain bike ride and this is just one of the casualties from it. Josh sent out an email to everyone inviting them to a "casual" mountain bike ride. It was anything but casual. Josh ended up braking his derailer and Matt(seen here being pushed) broke his chain. It was however a great time of fellowship and fun with other men that enjoy mountain biking. There were 9 guys that showed up for it. We rode back back in the ABM addition on some old horse trails and motorcycle trails, it was pretty hard core.