What are YOU waiting for?

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I swear this song is haunting me. Then again, it might not be the song, it might be the waiting that is actually haunting me. The song is just incredibly appropriate. I first heard it well over a year and a half ago and have somewhat forgotten about it until recently. The song is “While I’m Waiting” by one of my personal favorites, John Waller. It was also featured in the film “Fireproof” at a very appropriate part of the movie.

All of that to say that I almost titled this post “Charlotte Update”. As to not set the world and grapevine into motion, I decided to go with a different title. Our home is not for sale and as of this moment, we have no plans to even visit North Carolina anytime soon. God really shook up our basket a few months ago and yet Heather and I continue to wait. We both know that God was and is up to something in our lives. It was so crystal clear at the time of the call. It was almost audible. In the same breathe I would say that we are confident that not moving was the right thing to do. So we wait.

I know so many people that are also “waiting”. Jobs, homes for sale, ministries, relationships, futures, health, wealth, debt, fears and expectations. My prayer list is full of people that are “waiting”. If you know me at all, you know that my weakness is…well…waiting. I am blessed with no attention span and no patience. So the Lord making me wait is a prime example of refining in my life. He went right to the place that I am the weakest and we are pretty well camped out there. So we wait.

I think the point of this entire post is that while we are all “waiting” there is work to do. For so long I sat on the sidelines and “waited” for God to make that move. I waited for the sign, the time, the crystal clear moment. That may or may not come but we can, as John Waller says, worship, serve and run the race while we’re waiting. If you’re like me and “waiting” on God to bring clairty to something in your life, take a few minutes and listen to this song by John Waller. If nothing else, know that we are waiting together.

Something Big

 

In March of this year, we began a journey that took a BIG turn yesterday. Huge. In reviewing that post tonight. I recalled quoting the lyrics of John Waller when he sang:

“Something so big, it’s destined to fail without you Lord”

Friends, readers and those that may be visiting for the first time, I have an announcement to make….

In a little over two weeks, the Conrad family will become official residence of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Yes, you read that correctly. TWO WEEKS! I told you it was big. As late as Tuesday evening, I was just telling Heather that “if God wants us in Charlotte, He is going to make it pretty obvious”. In the category of “Be careful what you wish for” I got a call from our Realtor and friend Steve this morning to inform me that there was an offer on the table. Never expected that. While the offer was less than we were asking (common practice), it was in no way insulting and certainly within bargaining room. It also had a qualifier. Our potential buyer wanted to close by September 19th. They also wanted an answer by 8pm today.

We met at 6pm and prepared our counter offer knowing we might only get one shot at it. Knowing we might need to be house shopping in Charlotte this weekend, we requested their response by 10am. 30 minutes after leaving our home, our Realtor called and said:

“I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is Missy and I are going to really miss you guys. The good news is that you just sold your home.”

Just like that, in the matter of 8 hours the kite has officially been launched in the hurricane (Hannah to be exact). We’re headed to Charlotte tomorrow afternoon and will be barnstorm house shopping on Saturday and Church visiting on Sunday. There is much more to come on this story, but if I could ask your prayers for direction, discernment and wisdom this weekend they would sure be appreciated. We’re excited about chasing daylight while placing our trust in much greater hands.

I’m sure I’ll post some updates to Twitter and Facebook throughout the weekend. Thank you all for your prayers and sharing the journey so far. Buckle up friends…it’s going to be a wild ride!

“Something Big” by John Waller

"Black Friday"

cart.pngIf you’re like me, you are probably just about to go crazy after all of the “Black Friday” ads on TV today. The parade this morning was out of control. It was like a 3 hour commercial with a little parade mixed in occasionally. If you’re headed out in the morning or just making your own list and checking it twice, below are my recommendations for Christmas gifts this year. I’ve personally tested each one. They are lead free and will make great gifts. I highly recommend them all. Happy hunting!

1. “Iris to Iris” by Building 429. Might be my favorite CD this year. Can’t get enough of it.

2. “Remedy” by David Crowder Band. Ranks right next to “Iris to Iris”.

3. “Quiet Strength” by Tony Dungy. Best book I have ever read.

4. “When the Game is Over” by John Ortberg. Classic Ortberg book.

5. “All That is Within Me” by Mercyme. Not their best, but it’s Mercyme!

6. “Glory Revealed” by Various Artists. Another one of the best this year.

7. “The Pursuit of Happyness” with Will Smith on DVD. Incredible movie.

8. “Father Knows Best” by Wendell Jamison. A very entertaining book for dads with kids who have questions.

9. “Daughtry” by Daughtry. Excellent debut album from the former American Idol star.

10. “3:16” by Max Lucado. Had to sneak Max in here somewhere.

Other recommendations -“Ultimate Hits” by Garth Brooks, “The Altar & the Door” by Casting Crowns, “The Blessing” by John Waller, “This Moment” by Steven Curtis Chapman, “Sex God” by Rob Bell, “Facing Your Giants” by Max Lucado, “Portable Sounds” by Tobymac and “See the Morning” by Chris Tomlin.

Required Listening

I have been on a CD listening frenzy lately! I’ll have to do another one of those review posts sometime soon with some of the good (Steven Curtis Chapman’s “This Moment”) and the not so good (Carrie Underwood’s “Carnival Ride”). There are two that I have listened to this week that I consider to be required listening! They are as follows:

johnwaller.jpgJohn Waller – “The Blessing“. I’m not sure where he came from, but this CD is incredible. I posted the video to “Still Calls Me Son” earlier this week and used the song “While I’m Waiting” for Heathers slide show. This is a great CD. If you are looking to download tracks, the two I just mentioned and “The Blessing” are three songs that can’t miss. The entire CD is great though. 5 out of 5!

building_429_iris.jpgAs good as that CD is, I am absolutely wearing out the new Building 429 CD “Iris to Iris“. this week. I cannot get enough of it. It is just that good. Below is one song that has just crushed me all week. Maybe it’s the weight of some prayer requests I have for friends, or the on going refining in my own life. Whatever the reason, this song has been on constant repeat this week. 5 out of 5!

I know the scripture, I’ve known the songs
I sang the words from my hollowed heart
But You’ve spoken softly through the storm
I’ve heard Your voice and I’ve felt the calm
I stand only because You’ve given me faith to walk

You Carried Me” by Building 429 from the CD “Iris to Iris

She Ran the Race

My wife completed her goal of running the Columbus Marathon yesterday. Her final time was 4:10! The weather was perfect and she completed the race which God called her to run. In case you’re wondering, my arm’s a little sore this morning from holding the camera and my back is stiff from standing, but I think I will pull through :)

Congratulations Heather! You ran the race. I love you.

New Music Monday

I heard this song a few weeks ago and thought it was great. Especially given the theme of my blog and my love for Luke 15:11-31. I did some looking around and realized that John Waller was also the artist who sings the song “The Blessing“. I am checking out his entire CD today, but below is the second song from his CD “The Blessing” called “Still Calls Me Son“. John is currently touring with Casting Crowns. Given the success of his first two releases, I bet we hear much more from him.