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Today is my last day in Florida.  When I walked out of the hotel yesterday to go to my meeting, the hot, humid air hit me in the face and I said to myself, "I'm home!"  I love Florida with all its heat, hurricanes and humidity.  I love being near the water, the availability of fresh seafood and seeing palm trees as part of the natural landscape.  We lived in Orlando for four years when I was a pastor and I have great memories of my time there.

Today I finish up with Urban Youth Impact here in West Palm Beach and fly out tonight to New Jersey, where I will help Pastor Bill von Husen celebrate five years of church life at the church he founded in Maywood, New Jersey.  Our son is flying in from San Francisco for the weekend and our daughter already lives in the area, so it will be a family reunion of sorts.

My wife showed her jewelry to someone yesterday, but their shop already had similar stock.  She now has an appointment with a jeweler in New Jersey and we hope something will come of that visit.

I woke up this morning, thanking God for being able to do what I do.  I get asked all the time, "Are you tired of all the travel?"  My answer, "Heavens no.  Bring it on!"  Yesterday I finalized a visit to Zambia while I am in Africa to do some work with the management of DHL there.  The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe wants me to do some training.  My friends are waiting for me in Kenya.  I live for this stuff, and it energizes me just to think about it. 

As an added bonus, I've heard in the last week from three families with whom I had worked 20 years ago.  They all wrote me with such wonderful testimonies of our past involvement together and I was greatly encouraged, thinking about what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:58:

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Now I am really pumped up, seeing tangible evidence that God is faithful and watches over the work we do, even if we don't see immediate results.  And I am getting feedback from my article in Charisma entitled Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Leader.  I am honored that anyone would read the article and further honored that they would write me, even if they disagree with my conclusions.

So life is good right now and I am looking forward to my work today, my travels tonight and the opportunities that lie ahead in the coming days. How about you?  Can you say the same?

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Hey John~
I was going to email you today with an update, but when I read you're blog it ties in with what you said today. So I'll just post it here instead.
Praise God, I can say the same!! I'm so excited about what God is doing right now and what is coming up in the future! This weekend I will be presenting Chapter 1 to our Women's Ministries group! And I've been invited to speak at another Ladie's Event in a few short weeks.
We share a like passion for Paul, and the last few weeks I've been studing the confidance Paul had (because I feel as though I'm lacking!), and where it developed from. Paul's confidance was based on his righteousness in Christ through faith. And I'm realizing that when I allow myself to beleive that I am righteous because of Christ then I have the confidance to believe that He can work through me. The good news is, when we believe what God says about us and say to Him "Here I am" then the doors He opens for us are so much fun!!! And doing what He has purposed us to do becomes as easy as breathing.
Thanks for your encouragement. And for your example. I'm still jealous of your itinerary and travels, but I'm believing it will happen for me to!

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