Yes, this is me from back in 1994 with our Basset Hound, Blazer. We just got back from a week of travel from Virginia to North Carolina and all places in between. When we got back we found out that Blazer (who is 16 years old) had about reached his limit with life and after sharing that life with us for the past 16 years he will be very missed in our family. He traveled to every state in the continental U.S. and we have countless memories together. Our house feels empty but right now but God’s plan moves on ahead. More photos are over on Deb’s blog here.
We went up to Virginia to visit the campus of Liberty University where I am currently working on my MDiv (Master of Divinity) at Liberty Theological Seminary. I have the option to take a language track in Greek and Hebrew, which will take about a year or more to finish, but must be completed on campus. So we went up to Lynchburg to see what our living options might be when it comes time to take those classes.
Up to this point every class I have taken has been through their distance learning program and although that is the easiest path to take, it might not be the best path to take. The language track will open up some opportunities for post-graduate work, but more importantly I hope it will benefit whatever ministry I am a part of when I finish my masters.
As a follower of Christ I don’t ever want to get to the point in my walk where I am unwilling to get out of my comfort zone and take bold steps. I have found the older we get, the easier it is to live in a state of routine and forget that we are to live boldly for Christ, and sometimes that means giving up the easy path for a more challenging one. I think sometimes we can stay chained to our safe routines for so long that we don’t even know how to escape if we wanted to, and faith is supposed to be anything but routine.
A lot has changed in my family since 1994 when Deborah took this photo at our house in Homewood, Alabama, Blazer is not with us, neither is my hair, but some how I added a few pounds and our routine will change once again.