A little over a year ago I was in Dali, Yunnan China. We stated at a really cool Inn called The Sleepy Fish Inn http://ow.ly/i/5n6CO While there, a work crew was working on the garden area. These Chinese men would show up about 8am. Wearing some of their finest clothes. They would work hard all day carrying bricks, gravel, working in the dirt laying pavers and mixing concrete. It was about 60 degrees and we were at 9,000 feet elevation. Their work ethic was impeccable. This morning, as I work at my house, enjoying the spring air and sun, I find myself thankful for such a life. When I ponder the life of those guys in Dali, China, I have no doubt that they “had” very little. BUT they were thankful for the opportunity to work and make a wage. Take a moment today and reflect on what you are thankful for.

For many months I have been considering writing more. It has often been my own lock of follow through that has prevented me from writing. Now that I have found a source that allows me to keep track of several social media sites at once, I am excited by the prospect of furthering my passion of a Scribe. If you a re interested in the site I am using, you can take a look http://ow.ly/wb62v More to come soon.

Today my family and I are in Chicago. We are awaiting our return flight to Fairbanks. None of us are overly excited about being tourists. If we could change our flights we would leave today.

Click below for a link to one of my favorite Christmas Traditions.  The Innkeeper by John Piper.

http://burning4eternity.wordpress.com/2008/12/17/the-innkeeper-a-christmas-tradition/

This was my birthday dinner 2009. I shot a moose and we had a moose roast cooked over a fire.

Over the past several weeks many people, myself included have expressed interest in fasting.  the International House of Prayer has some excellent resources beginning with the book Rewards of Fasting.  Below you will find links to this information.  I believe now, more than ever it is important for Christians to fast.  Fasting is a discipline we as Christians MUST do regularly.  It is a lifestyle and not an option.  Period.

Rewards of Fasting
http://ihop.org/Publisher/File.aspx?ID=1000010083

Statement of Fasting
http://ihop.org/Publisher/File.aspx?ID=1000011224

Fasting Guidelines

http://ihop.org/Publisher/File.aspx?ID=1000011223

Lovesick Heart of the Fasted Lifestyle Msg.

http://media.ihop.org.s3.amazonaws.com/14469e85-e587-4e1c-bcab-381613151a73.mp3

Here is a poem that was read this Sunday at church.  May the Lord speak to and provoke you through it.  Author unknown:

I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit’s power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made…I’m a disciple of His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean in His presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer, and I labor with power.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the enemy, pander at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me. And, when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me….my banner will be clear!

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