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!

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