From the Heart Update

Happy Saturday!

I’m writing this post to let you guys know that I’ve updated and posted my first story to the page Stories of the Heart. This will be my nonfiction section of the blog. As you’ll read, should you choose to read it, I’ve written about the first week of my missions experience this summer (in 3rd person). This summer was undoubtedly a life-changing experience. For 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for a full 62 days, God was shaping me into the man he wants me to be. It was exciting, thought provoking, challenging in every sense of the word, exhausting, and at times, traumatizing. There were plenty of days that I remember walking down my dirt road praying, “Lord, help me put my right foot in front of my left, now my left in front of my right.” I was completely dependent on God, I was completely out of my comfort zone, and I was completely exhausted. It was here, in this place, in these conditions, that I learned what it meant to depend on God for all things. Here, my faith was most active. I’ve taken this experience and try to apply it to my everyday life back here in the United States for my last year at college. As I said, during this time, as He is every day, God was shaping me into the man that He wants me to be. It is a truly beautiful, never-ending process.

If you choose to read this first part of my story, I hope it will encourage you to get out of your comfort zone– it is here that I have learned to trust God the most. You can learn to apply active faith to everyday situations, regardless of whether you’re in a mansion and driving a Bentley or living under a bridge.

As I said, during this time, as He is every day, God was shaping me into the man that He wants me to be. It is a truly beautiful, never-ending process. Coming to understand the power of Prayer and what an amazing thing it is will change your life. This is what I hope you see in my story- God working through a broken man for the furtherance of His will.

“To God be the glory, great things He hath done.”

Feel free to share your thoughts on my writing or ask any questions.

Cheers.

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Update for the Cars//Minicars Section

The title says it all– I have to post on here so it’s easier for people to find out about it, but I’ve posted the “final” result of my Datsun 240Z custom mini-car. It needs some touching up as it has been months since I’ve worked on it, but what you have in the pictures is essentially the finality of the product. Enjoy.

Cheers.

Here We Go, Again…

After this past summer and first half of the semester back at UT, I’ve decided to take a step in a different direction with this blog. I thought about deactivating it, but with a second thought and second-hand encouragement to get back into writing on this blog (Thank you, you know who you are), I’ve decided to have at it once again. Instead of talking about “my life in general,” I’ve decided to tell stories and document my thoughts. Some stories will be true, others will be fiction. I’ll make sure to make note of which is which. Some stories will simply involve characters that I’ve created in their own unique situations. Some stories will have multiple parts, being posted serially. Regardless of their make and model, all my stories will serve a purpose, whether they be philosophical, theological, or purely for the sake of telling a story with hopes to teach and inspire from my personal perspective.

I’ll keep the Cars//Minicars section of the blog open, as I still love all things automotive and will try to keep up with articles on car history/my cars and custom minicars, but the rest of it will be a new beginning, a way for me to start over with the way that I write and the subject of my writing. Whenever I do update the Cars//Minicars page, I’ll publish a post detailing the update so you guys know that it’s been updated and worth looking at (It is, I promise). But, from now on, expect stories that will challenge you, make you think, and hopefully evoke emotion. With any luck they will inspire you to take action as you see fit. Perhaps they will inspire you to be creative or get out of your comfort zone; perhaps you’ll learn a thing or two.

To the person who gave me the gentle push to get back to doing what I love so much, that being writing, I thank you again.

Keep reading and you’re going to learn a lot about me, my perspective on life, and the way in which I tell stories. Happy reading.

I’m back.

Cheers.