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Today is my Anniversary...

blogimage I did it! We've been together for seven years! Of course I'm not talking about my wedding anniversary...

I'm talking about my blogging anniversary.

Wordpress dutifully informed me this morning that today is my seven year anniversary of blogging at Wordpress—I actually start blogging two years before that on Blogger.com, but eventually moved over to the Wordpress blogging platform.

Why am I telling you all this, well because I can. Plus, blogging is has become part of who I am and what I do. While I don't pretend to be the best writer/blogger or even that interesting—blogging has become a way for me to grow as a person, husband, dad, and especially as a follower of Jesus—I've discovered many of my strengths and equally my weaknesses through blogging...

Here are seven things I have discovered and experienced in my nine years of blogging:

1. My creativity and knowledge have grown through blogging. My creativity has grown because when I blog; I am forced to think beyond my capabilities—I've had to think outside of the box on many occasions in regards to the topics that I write about. Additionally, blogging has forced me to research and dig deeper on the subjects I am blogging about.

2. I've discovered that I am an introvert more so than I'm an extrovert.

3. Blogging has taught me that I struggle with consistency (I don't always keep to my self-imposed blogging deadlines).

4. I am an out-loud thinker and processor. Which many of my readers have discovered—I agree with you that I don't always know what I'm talking about.

5. I have discovered my passions through blogging and I have discovered what I'm not passionate about.

6. In blogging, I have learned more times than not that I fear man more than I fear God... I don't always write what I want to say—out of fear people will judge me.

7. More importantly, blogging has helped me grow in Christ. I wrestle with the big issues and the small issues of faith in my writing, and the end result is that I have been stretched and my walk with Jesus has become more authentic—it's not always pretty and it is very much a messy spirituality.

These are the reasons why I blog and will keep blogging.

Who Doesn't Love A Good Piece Of Wedding Cake?

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This past week has been a whirledwind. One of my very close friends from college got married this past Saturday and I was in the wedding as one of his groomsmen. So all the stuff that leads up to weddings, such as friends coming into town (One of our close family friends is staying at our house), pre-parties, and etc; has kept me from following my blogging routine. Hence my last blog post was last Monday.

We still have friends in town, so it will be difficult for me to blog consistantly this week; however I did want to share a little thought that I had while the wedding reception was going on... Yes. My mind does tend to wander, no matter my circumstances, and I have a tendency to contemplate many things... Anyways...

wedding-19131_1280I love weddings! Weddings never get old for me. Since I am a pastor, I have had the privilege of officiating several weddings, and I have also been a groomsmen for my cousin, my dad (I was his bestman), and a groomsmen for a couple of my friends. Additionally, I have also been invited to and have attended many weddings, and I have crashed a couple of weddings back in the day.

One of the things I love about weddings, besides the sacredness that weddings cultivate and elicit in our imaginations and in practice is the seeing of old friends and meeting new friends (I also look forward to the food at wedding receptions and a good piece of wedding cake).

I love reconnecting with long-lost family members, friends from my bygone years, and I love meeting new people from different areas of the nation and world. It's funny, as much as I am an introvert, I enjoy meeting new people and learning all I can about them and their lives.

Here is what I was thinking at the wedding this past Saturday...

I wonder if the Marriage Supper of the Lamb will be like what I'm experiencing here at the wedding ceremony and reception?

Phils wedding1That's it. Nothing earth-shattering, no profound words of wisdom, and nothing life-changing. Just that I wonder if at the "Marriage Supper of the Lamb" we will be hangingout with old friends and meeting new friends, and of course eating a good piece of wedding cake.