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ATL on God’s Dime!

Since I did such a horrible job of keeping up with my blog over the last six months (here’s the 411 about all that) I decided to go back and post about some things to took place or that I learned and would have wanted to share had I not been so LAME!

Did I ever tell you about the time I went to the ATL on God’s dime?? Continue reading

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Easter in the ATL & a whole lotta other stuff….

That’s right people – today at about 11 AM I will be heading over to PHF – Newport News airport and Lord willing, climbing on an Airtran flight bound for the ATL.  I’m finally getting the opportunity to stroll back down south to see all my wonderful friends & family with LifeBridge Church, where I worked for over 2.5 years.  I will be spending the Easter weekend and joining them for an awesome Easter Sunday experience!

Then on Monday Continue reading

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Trouble with Traditions??

While I might not be the most “sentimental” person you will ever meet (a collective gasp falls across the landscape of my readership) – I have been very fond of the memories I have from family Thanksgiving Traditions we had growing up.  The countless 2.5 hour car rides to my grandmother’s small simple brick house that sat just a short distance from the main road, right behind the old overgrown pecan tree.  The palpable air of excitement as my father turned the car from the pavement onto the gravel driveway that led down the side of her house.  Whether it was the old brown Matador, the light blue “tank” of a Dodge Aspen or either of our old 1988 Honda Accords – it didn’t really matter.  What mattered most Continue reading

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BILTMORE BOUND!!!

Hey Hey Hey People – it is THANKSGIVING WEEK and as you could have probably guess I am ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

That’s right, in less than 30 minutes the Bennett crew and myself will be loaded all up in the “barney mobile” (the Bennett’s purple old school minivan) and headed to the Western part of God’s Country (oh yeah back to North Carolina).  Our destination is Asheville, NC where we will meet up with Continue reading

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Home-life; Heavenly or Hectic?

As I was continuing in my “YEAR IN THE WORD” reading yesterday morning (by the way how is this going for you if you chose to participate?  I’m doing okay – I’m a few days behind in July, but I should catch up soon, so for basically 7 months I’ve stuck with it – I am pretty excited about that – now back to our story) – I encountered Psalm 128.

Here is some back story – This is a “song of ascents” written by an anonymous author, although some suggest Continue reading

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MERRY CHRISTMAS 2009!

Merry Christmas everyone from the Alligood/Bennett Crew – livin’ it up large in the ATL!  Hope everyone is having a GREAT CHRISTMAS DAY in grand celebration and joyful remembrance of the BIRTH OF JESUS!

Here is a family pic of the gang – Merry Christmas from our Family to Yours!

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Turn our Mourning into Dancing…

It is at this moment that a great number in our family are sharing in a time of mourning.  My cousins Eric & Kelly Woolard have experienced a truly difficult time in their lives.  Without going into too great of detail – Kelly was 28 weeks pregnant with twin babies – a little boy and a little girl.  Last week she went into early labor (she had been on bed rest for a couple weeks).  They babies were on their way and the doctors decided to take them by c-section to avoid as much trauma as possible.

Luke & Macey Woolard were born and seemed to be doing well, the family was full of joy and celebration.  The family was also full of cautious optimism as the babies were only a little over 2 pounds each.  Both babies were strong despite being so premature and the doctors were very positive about the situation.  But then the unexpected happened and Luke took a turn for the worse over the weekend.  He began to have bleeding on his brain and there was nothing really they could do.  Luke passed away about Midnight on Saturday night.

As one can imagine the family has dealt with the COMPLETE spectrum of emotions in a few short days.  Today it all culminates with a memorial service that is taking place right now to celebrate the few short hours of Luke’s life, while mourning the untimely passing to be at home with our Heavenly Father.  We also are lifting up in prayers continually that Macey will be strong and continue to be blessed by God to grow and progress so that she can eventually go home with her family and to be loved here for a long time to come by her earthly father and mother.

I was unable to be back in NC for the service but have spent some time this morning praying for our family and reading through the powerful truths of scripture.  I wanted to take a moment to share a couple passages that I desire to dwell upon and pray over our family in these tough times.

Zechariah 12:10 –  10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.

I am reminded by this passage, which is foretelling of what will happen in Jesus’ death.  That God can and will pour out a “Spirit of Grace and Supplication” and that we can “look on me, the ONE they have pierced” – who is JESUS, who knows what it is to experience a tragic death.  That our great God had to look down to watch His OWN FIRSTBORN SON die what many would deem a senseless death way before He should have died.

It is in this moment and from this memory we can take solace and encouragement that we DO have a Heavenly Father that knows our pain and wants us to feel His loving arms wrapping around us to provide peace when we can’t fathom why – to provide patience as we seek to understand – and to pour out compassion when our hearts feel like they are going to burst.

And it is with that understanding and firm belief in God’s goodness that I can rely on his promise that is found in Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 31:13b – I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.

God is truly the ONLY ONE that will be able to take our mourning and turn it into gladness – to provide comfort and joy instead of sorrow – the same way He took the horrific nature and circumstances of His own Son’s death and turned it into the beauty that brings us eternal life!  We cannot always grasp it or explain it but praise God that we will forever experience it!

While I know it will not happen immediately, and it is okay to mourn and grieve – I rest assured in the promises He has provided and will wait upon the Lord to renew all of our family’s and friend’s strength.

May Luke rest well in the arms of the very one who knit him together in his mother’s womb and may Macey have the almighty power of the GREAT PHYSICIAN poured out upon her to bring healing and strength for a long life of serving this fantastic Father for years to come!

AMEN

With heavy hearts and tear-filled eyes,

We turn to the One who knows this pain.

Of a child, too soon, taken beyond the skies.

So we rest and wait in the power of YOUR Name.

Now turn our mourning into dancing and our sorrow into Joy

As we celebrate the Victory, brought by the death of YOUR own lil boy!

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