imagesAt the beginning of 2008, I never dreamed…

  • I would walk the streets of Krakow, Poland.
  • See Auschwitz.
  • Baptize Taylor James.
  • Preach in a Polish Baptist church.
  • Get published in a book for childrens charity.
  • Attend the Arkansas Baptist State Convention voluntarily.
  • I’d own a flat screen TV.
  • Carolyn would be diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • My family would receive sooo much love and prayer support.
  • Journey would gain so many new families and friends.
  • Journey would also lose a few more folks.
  • I’d reconnect with Tim Smith at Exponential in Orlando.
  • Olympics in China!?
  • Attend another Passion event in Dallas with Carolyn – and have to stay in the hotel with the flu.
  • Help develop an informal church planters network in Arkansas
  • See Sam go to his first week-long kids camp – by himself
  • Teach a seminar on using the internet for godly influence at Glorieta, NM
  • Watch Adelyn place first in just about every race she swam in.
  • See the UAM BCM building begin construction!
  • Attend the last worship service for the BCM in their old building (built in 1954).
  • Meet Ed Stetzer.
  • Become a Twaddict.
  • Get beat in the first round of the fantasy football playoffs.
  • Shop unsuccessfully for a Kia Rondo.
  • Get a moped stolen from me and have money provided to purchase a new one.
  • Fall more in love with my wife than ever.
  • Resurrect the old joke about seeing the fortune teller (don’t ask; you have to present to fall for it.)
  • See gas go over $4 and under $1.50 in one year. That’s retarded.
  • Be prayed for consistently and dramatically and intensely by so many folks from all over the world. (That’s a blog post forthcoming in and of itself.)
  • Witness “The Catch” in Superbowl 2008.
  • Have some strong aversion to words like bailout, change, and pork.
  • See such radical change in national leadership and history made at the same time.
  • Live in our house without power for five days due to a hurricane
  • Watch Carolyn get her own iPhone and become one of those users she used to lash out at.
  • Witness a near-worship service on one of the last shows of American Idol ’08.
  • Get to play in foot-deep snow in the middle of March in Arkansas!
  • Find a new home for Fancy the chihuahua, get a new dog… have a cat run over… and get a kitten for Christmas… whew. Pet Replacement Year.
  • Learn so much about Christ, life and intimacy with God through hardship.
  • Preach in Newark, Arkansas.
  • See dozens of college students coming to our church.
  • Marry one of my former students… (I was the officiating pastor… I’m not from Texas…)
  • Admit that PCs are better than Macs… then I woke up in a cold sweat. What a nightmare.

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Jeff Noble

Jeff is the pastor of Northstar Church in Blacksburg, Virginia. He grew up in Arkansas, loves fantasy football and is an Apple fan boy. Follow him on Twitter or Instagram @journeyguy.
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