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A long, good year [Oct. 21st, 2007|12:20 pm]
[Current Location |In my comfy home]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Well, it has been just shy of a year since I last wrote anything in my blog, and I know there are still people out there who check it from time to time. I want to apologize to you. You have cared enough about me to check this blog, but I have not been kind enough to let you know what has been going on.

As you would expect, enough has happened in the past year that I really can’t tell you all of it. But I know a brief update is better than none at all.

First, I can tell you things are going much, much better for me. 2006 was a miserable year, full of misfortune and struggles. This year has been easier and much brighter as well. After searching for a church for a long time, and praying about a few good ones, I found my home at Colorado Community Church. I joined a newly formed group of young people there, which has blossomed into a growing community of friends. I am now leading one of the discussion groups for this community, on The Journey of Desire, by John Eldredge. It is strange to be back leading others, but I really feel God wants me to grow in my leadership abilities right now, so I am excited to see where he takes me.

It has been so wonderful to be a part of a thriving community again. I am excited to see where God will take this group, and we continue to grow both in numbers, activity, faith, and love. I have made several close friends there, and I’m sure you can expect to hear more about those people and this church in the blogs to come, even if it takes another year.

I also feel I have grown in ways I never expected to grow this past year. I have seen my own insecurities and anxieties that I never knew I had. I have learned to let go of those anxieties by embracing God’s love, friendship, and strength, in ways I never knew how to do before. I have learned a new patience with myself and others, and live more in grace and trust than I ever have before. I continue to look to the future with hope. For example, over the past two months I have often asked myself the question, “What would your life look like if you truly believed that God would give you all you need for a truly abundant and joyful life every day, ever hour, every minute?" As I realize that God truly does give me all I need for such a life, a peace that goes beyond understand surrounds me, and it has dramatically changed my life.

There are other changes as well. My brother Kevin bought a house recently, and I moved in with him. We both enjoy the new house, and can’t wait for the basement to be finished. Here is a picture from our back porch today:

If you would like to pray for me, here is how you can do it:

First, praise God for all the wonderful things he has done in my life!
Next, pray that God would help me to grow as a leader, and to lead the people in my group well, constantly relying on the Spirit as my guide.

Thanks to all of you who read this, and care enough about me to want to know what’s going on.

God bless you all!

From: (Anonymous)
2007-10-26 12:30 am (UTC)

Good to hear from you!

What a pleasant surprise, to see your blog pop back up in my RSS feeder after all this time! Thanks for the update, Shawn. I'm glad to hear that 2007 has been a good year for you...

Eric Asp
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-11-22 06:54 pm (UTC)

testing this one...

Very interesting... as always! Cheers from Switzerland.
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