Turn! Turn! Turn!

…(To Everything There Is a Season)

The 60’s folk rock band, The Byrds, sang a popular song which quoted the Book of Ecclesiastes:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

My life has experienced the reality of seasons, most notably the recent decision to step away from being the owner operator of a coffee shop on Pensacola Beach.

The last 4 years have been amazing and difficult, extremely satisfying, and extremely exhausting. Business ownership proved to be the greatest challenge of my life, as it tested and tried every part of me.

But, here I am, still standing and moving forward. I believe only the years to come will truly show all that I learned, what kind of impact we had on others’ lives, and the level of growth, wisdom, and understanding I gained through this chapter in my life journey.

I was impressed to return to my blog and overhaul it. There will be a redesign and then a relaunch. This will accompany my desire to get beck into the reading that I grew to love over the years, and renew my book review blogger status. So, stay tuned for blogs to re-emrge, and I hope you will join me in the next chapter. 🙂

Steve

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New Year’s Day

2012.

It is here.
(I already changed my ringtone to New Year’s Day by U2 — the original music video is below of your viewing pleasure.)

We’ll find out if the Mayans were right.
We’ll find out if God will send His Son Jesus back this year.
We’ll find out if the economy will improve, or fall further.
We’ll find out who the next president of the United States of America is (unless the Mayans were right or Jesus comes back before November 4th, or both).
There will be a new team that is crowned NFL Super Bowl Champion, a new MLB World Series Champion, NBA Champion (which almost didn’t happen), and new Stanley Cup Champion (hopefully it is Boston, again! They’re looking good).
We could go on and on…

What will 2012 bring for you?

Whether you are ready or not, it’s here… the new year. You could always look at it as just another day in your life. But for many it symbolizes another chapter, stepping stone, or an opportunity to make changes, do something new, or a chance to improve on something already present… turning over a new leaf. How ever you choose to view a new year, let’s agree on one thing: Let’s make it the best year of our lives!

I am so excited for this new year. It will bring many challenges, many areas of growth, and hopefully many victories. We will be launching our new church, moving across town, making slight changes in our jobs, become a better blogger, read more books in one year than I ever have before, etc… and there will probably be some unexpected/unplanned announcements that will come throughout the year. But, whatever comes our way, we will continue to put our trust in the Lord, seek Him more than ever, and walk in obedience with all that He directs us to do.

I pray that 2012 will be the best year of your life!

Looking ahead with hope and anticipation…

Steve

And now, what you have been waiting for since the first sentence…