Monday, June 02, 2008

Purpose Driven Thoughts: Day Three

* Gods purpose is not limited by your past

* Without a purpose, life is trivial, petty, and pointless

* Knowing your purpose give meaning to your life.

* Philippians 3:13 - "I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead."

* Knowing your purpose motivates your life.

* Living to create an earthly legacy is a short-sighted goal.

What would my family and friends say is the driving force of my life? What do I want to be?

Music has always been a big part of my life. As a child there are home movies of me singing. There is something about music that just drives me. Im always listening to music. If Im not listening to it Im singing. God willing I want to always do something with music. I hope to have my own worship band in my local church some day. I love nothing more than worshipping God through music...

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Purpose Driven Thoughts: Day Two

* God never does anything accidentally, and he never makes mistakes.

* If there was no God, we would all be "accidents", the result of astronomical random chance in the universe. (We would have no purpose in life)

I know that God uniquely created me. What areas of my personality, background, and physical appearance am I struggling to accept?

I have always struggled to be positive about who I am. Sometimes I get so down on myself when I make a mistake it can bother me for days. Even if I dont express it, it still bothers me. With my physical appearance Ive always hate how short I am! As silly as it sounds I struggle with that a lot, and the fact that I am not physically strong like most people in the Army. But I praise God because I am fearfully and wonderfully made! God created me to worship him, and with all my strength, I will do so. Whats even more amazing, is that when I am stubborn and dont recognize God or deny him, HE STILL LOVES ME!

In this second chapter Rick Warren talks about how important we are as creatures of God. Everything was made because God willed it. If you read Psalm 139 the psalmist praises God that he is "fearfully and wonderfully made". No matter where we go God will always be there. In the dark just as much as he is in the light.
God knows each and every one of us so well to the point that before a word is even on our tongue, God knows it! Gods grace is never ending, and I am very thankful for that.
"How precious to me are your thoughts Oh God, how vast are the sum of them! Were I to number them they would out number the grains of the sand."

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Purpose Driven Thoughts: Day One

Ive started reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Im going to try my hardest for the next 40 days, as in time with the book plans, to give you my personal incite in every chapter. At the beginning I will state the important parts of the book that caught my eye then answer the thought of the chapter as well.


* You exist only because God wills that you exist. You were made by God and for God - and until you understand that, life will never make sense.

* Every other path leads to a dead end.

* Without God life makes no sense.

In spite of all the advertising around me, how can I remind myself that life is really all about living for God, not myself?

"Every other path leads to a dead end." That quote within its self sum it up. In my life I've discovered that nothing else but Gods grace and love has made me more happy. Any time I stray away from God I find myself in that same lonely and dark place that seems so desolate. Living my life without God would be impossible. So, how can I remind myself that life is all about living for God? Read His word daily, and remember that no matter what Jesus loves me.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Journal of Iraq: 110 Degrees and Rising...

So I haven't even updated my blog since Ive been to Iraq. Things here have been going great since we got into country. I'm all settled in in my trailer for the next 14 long months, and myself and the Chaplain and starting to get into our flow of work as well.
It's so hard to believe that I am in Iraq! As we've gone to a few different places here I look around and see things that I've heard about or seen in the news and its weird to know that I am actually here! Last week I went to the Al Faw palace, which is one of Saddams palaces.
The weather is another experience here that is crazy in itself. Today was probably the hottest day we have had so far since we've been here. It was about 110 degrees. Thank God we have airconditioning because I dont know what Id do without it LOL.
I have a good feeling about these upcoming months that we spend here. I know God is going to use this as a time for me to draw near to Him and become closer to Him than I have ever been.

and i promise i will try and keep this updated more often...really... i promise

Friday, May 02, 2008

Journal of Iraq: Kuwait

I've been in Kuwait a little over two weeks now. So far I've experience.... nothing. The only thing that really sucks most about being here in Kuwait is its a hurry up and wait process. Myself, I did very little training. Out of the two weeks I have been here I've done maybe 3 days of actually training. Most of my time was spent watching movies or walking around doing anything and everything with my buddies Jacob and Bucky. The weather here has been fairly warm. Most days its atleast 100 degrees.
One of the coolest things that happend though, was when we were in the middle of the desert doing some IED training and a herd of camels walked up to us. It was probably a herd of atleast 6 camels. It was pretty cool because if full-filled my two things I wanted to see while I was here in Kuwait; vast wasteland desert and camels. So it was pretty neat. Then a few days ago I got to experience my first sandstorm here. It was really neat because the sand was so thick and dense you couldnt even see any more then 10 meters in front of you!
In a few days I will be in Iraq. Please continue to pray for myself and my unit as we prepare to roll into combat. Until later... pro deo et patria, facta cum honore!

wilcox out

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

EnErGy DrInKs!1!1

i JuSt ThOuGhT tHaT i WoUlD pOsT aNd SaY tHaT i ReAlLy LoVe EnErGy DrInKs!1!1

back to work...

So today is the first full day back to work after being on block leave for two weeks. I had the greatest time being back home in Iowa just relaxing with family. As the date for us to leave for Iraq comes closer and closer the reality seems to seep in even more and more.
Lastnight it was really hard for me to sleep because I had one stupid thing on my mind and it really bothered me. It kept me up for 2 hours! I was seaching all weekend for the packing list I need to have for the rest of my clothes that we taking to Iraq and I couldnt find it. So I wake up at 12:30 and thats on my mind wondering where its at. I easily could have waited til I got to work in the morning but I was bound and determined to find it. About an hour later I couldnt find it so I gave up and went back to sleep.
I talk to Michelle about being nervious and scared about going to Iraq. Which was really the main reason in the first place that I was up anyway. I know God would never send me somewhere where he didnt want me to go. But that doesnt make it any easier, ya know?
I've been trying so hard not to stress out about all of this. I just want to enjoy all of the time I can with Michelle and Addyson before I leave. I know once I get settled in in Kuwait and Iraq things will be okay. Because by then I just need to accept the fact that I'm not going anywhere for 15 months...

Friday, March 28, 2008

quick back home update

It's been great being back home again to see how much things have changed, and at the same time the things that have remained the same. Michelle, Addy and I have had a blast seeing family and spending time with everyone. When we flew in to Cedar Rapids we were all so tired from spending the night in the Chicago Airport at the USO there. We spent Easter dinner with my parents then we went to Victor to spend time with Michelle's family until Thursday. It's almost time to go back to Germany... *sigh* I miss home. I really do...