its been over a year since my last update. so many things have happened in my life and in our world in my absence from this blog; however, i won't bore you trying to recap all of those things in any depth, but here's a brief recap.
it was a great year though in a number of ways:
-began dating my best friend (Brittany Watts) and eventually moved her back home to Louisiana where she belongs :) we've now been dating over 11 months!
-volunteered in Joplin, MO cleaning up from the devastating tornados.. definitely a humbling experience.
-participated in tons of events with the youth @ Live Oak (remix, vbs, camp fuego, guys retreat, q&a panel for girls' retreat, serve n ski)
-graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary on Dec. 17th, 2011, with a Master of Divinity.
-starting Jan. 1st, 2012, i went on staff full-time at Live Oak United Methodist Church in Watson, LA as the Associate Minister/Worship Leader, leading worship for 4 services throughout the week (plus special services like Good Friday, etc.), assisting with the youth and helping with pastoral care/visitations as needed. its definitely been a growing experience so far.
i could go into so much depth on all of those topics listed above, but i'll spare each of you the in-depth play-by-play details. if you'd like to know more about anything above, hit me up and i'd be glad to give ya the whole scoop.
obviously, i haven't done the best job (to say the least) at keeping this blog updated. it always proved difficult to find the time to update while i was in school/serving at the church, etc., then when i did have the time, i was so far behind in updating that there was so much to cover.. so we'll consider this a(nother) reset.
i've been reading a bunch of books lately, many of which i had been waiting to read for quite a while, so i'll post those book reviews soon.
to make sure this blog isn't just another boring recap, i'll fill y'all in on my current thoughts. i'm really happy with where my life is currently. i've got great friends and an amazing girlfriend who are all passionate about God and serving Him wherever He leads and whatever that means. its exciting to see what God is doing in each of us and the ways in which He continually draws us to Him, while also giving us the opportunities to grow closer together as we serve Him. even when we're just hanging out on the weekends or whatever, our conversations constantly shift back to talking about church, our youth, exciting ideas, etc. clearly this is a passion God has placed in all of our hearts and lives. it is super encouraging to see and helps keep me on track and motivated to continue doing His work.
i'll do a better job of updating this blog now that my schedule is more (or less) structured (as far as free time/time "off" goes). stay tuned for updates soon and very soon.