Saturday, May 06, 2006


Well, I haven't posted in a while, but life's been busy and full. I'm really pleased at how deep many of my relationships are going. I haven't been quite as active in Paradigm things as I was before, but I think it's just a season of my life thing. I've been dating Ingrid, my girlfriend, now for a little over 5 months, and things are awesome. There are so many facets to a relationship that to me it just never gets old. There's the emotional, the spiritual, the psychological, the friendship, the some times challenging growth spurts, and not to mention how cute she is. Anyway, apart from that, it seems God's placed me in the middle of a storm of change. Jason Bull's been staying with me, and he's getting married in 36! days (I get the daily countdown). Brian Johanneck's leaving Houston. More on that below. In my Sunday evening men's group, out of 8 guys, three are leaving Houston (Tom to North Carolina, Marq to Dallas, and Brian to ?), one just got engaged (congratulations Peter and Kelly), another married TODAY (congratulations, Tom!), another in a very serious relationship, and me selling my house and in a progressing relationship as well. It became pretty apparent that God placed us together at this crucial crossroad in our lives. 'Equip and Send' took on a very literal meaning. The class was a launch pad for the next step. Now I know and believe that God intends for men to go deep together, to ask tough questions, to be real and, yes, even emotional. Weakness is not a sin.
Brian's leaving, and he's been a major part of my life and growth for the past two years. I've actually known him now for almost 4 years exactly. Wow, time flies. We will definitely miss Brian, but all the memories will last a life time. Who knows, maybe he'll come back- they don't know how to make Mexican food up north (past I-20).
I'll be moving in with Bart and Jonathon to take Tom's place in a house around 610 and Stella Link, so I'm super excited about that change of environs. I've been down in either Clear Lake, Pasadena, or Southeast Houston since 1999, so getting up closer to the church and my guy friends will be awesome. I can't wait to get invited to something on a school night! and not have to drive an hour each way to have hang out time. Anyway, it's time to clean out my closet, literally. Bye, now.


At 11:12 PM, Blogger Eye Doctor Justin said...

hey brother/friend. Just wanted to let you know that I have been praying for your own transitions in life and location.

At 3:02 PM, Blogger Todd Richards said...

Transitions are so much a part of the abundant life (at least that is my perspective). If we stay as we are or where we are... we get bored and complacent.

At the same time, transitions (friends moving... getting married... etc) have always caused me to realize how stable my relationship with the Lord needs to be (because all other relationships have a very temporal aspect to them).

Anyway... those are my two cents.

At 1:58 PM, Blogger brian said...

What up hamma??? Doooonnn't hurt em! Todd good call...and what up jus? Josh I hope you're comp is faster now so you check this more. I miss you so dang much.

Mazzle...good things.


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