Making Sound Decisions

       I am currently reading in 1 Samuel, and as I was reading through chapter ten, I read something very interesting.  After pouring oil on Saul's head to anoint him king over Israel, Samuel informs Saul of several events that will take place.  Then, Samuel makes the following statement in verse seven-"And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee."

       This really struck me!  So often, we think that we must pray before we make ANY decision, but that's not what the Bible says here.  Rather, it teaches us an important lesson-If we live our lives constantly seeking God through prayer and through His Word, and if we live completely surrendered to Him, then we will be able to make decisions that will honor and glorify Him!  I am not suggesting that we never need to pray before making decisions-sometimes we do need to.  But many times, a Spirit-filled Christian will be able to make the right decision, simply because He knows the heart of his Father.  God created us with minds that are way more powerful and brilliant than any device ever made by man-so let's use our brains!

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever."  Psalm 111:10

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."  2 Timothy 1:7



       So, last night we sang in Chassel, Michigan.  I was really enjoying the evening, and everything was going great, until three songs near the end.  As I approached the stairs to make my ascent to the stage, someone else was coming down the stairs; so I did the logical thing, skipping the stairs and jumping onto the stage.  The only problem was, I did not execute the jump very well, resulting in my leg colliding with the steel on the edge of the stage!  Let me tell you- it hurt!  But, after I got over my embarrassment (failing to properly execute such a simple jump is very lame) and the first wave of pain, I decided that my leg really didn't hurt too badly- so I went right into the next song.  
       Well, a bit later I looked down- and saw blood on my shoe and a wet spot on my pant-leg! 
Here are some pictures-

So, it turns out that singing CAN be dangerous!


       So, I have decided to break the silence on this blog!  Thank-you so much to all of you who have been praying for us; we are having a great trip, and we have really seen God move in great ways!  One of the memories I will never forget was our hike at Jasper Park in Alberta.  The hike was about five miles one way, and since we don't like doing things the normal way, my brothers and I got off the trail and did the most grueling leg-muscle workout I have ever done, climbing the last part of the mountain on a slope of loose rock!  It was really awesome, especially because I was with all of my brothers!  However, after watching Hudson complete that climb, I couldn't help but think back to the time when my dad took me to a football game (I was maybe seven at the time)- and I was asking him to carry me on the walk from the vehicle to the stadium!  (I would guess it was a mile at the MOST!) Simply put, growing up with big brothers has made Hudson the toughest nine-year old I know!  Anyway, that is just a bit of what I have been doing with my family this summer (really, we have been doing a lot of singing and that was the only hike); I will try to post again before we get home!