Thursday, October 21, 2010

Never Stop Learning

I have a few sticky notes on my wall at work.

One of them says, "Never Stop Learning".

In life it's important to always remember that:
1. You're not the only one that knows stuff. Lots of people older and younger than you know a lot, and you can learn a lot from them
2. When you mess up, you should take it as a learning experience. Don't do the same thing again.
3. When we stop learning, our brains start slowing down, thus producing memory loss, increased stupidity, and many other random problems. (I have all these even though I keep learning, so there may be other causes as well.)
4. I don't have a 4th point. You just wasted 5 seconds by reading what you thought was going to be a 4th point :P

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Set Up.

Sometimes it seems like this world is going to pot. It can seem like U can't see God at work. But I think we're being set up for something amazing.

With my eyes I don't see it. But with my heart I absolutely know it. God is getting ready to do something. The question is, do I want to be a part? Am I willing to sacrifice to be a part? Am I ready to be a part?

Jesus give me a greater desire to love you, and walk in your ways. Reveal yourself to me so I can trust you more from my heart, and less with my natural mind.

Lead me and change me, preparing me for what you want me to do for you.

Friday, July 02, 2010

AE Deals

I just placed an order from American Eagle online.

ae.com

They have some awesome deals if you go to the clearance section, plus 30% off, plus free shipping if you buy 3 things or more.

Sweet!

Monday, June 28, 2010

God Has a Way

God has a way of working it out,
Everything that you're worried about...

Not always how we think it should be worked out, nor in the timing we would like. Sometimes it's our fault entirely and He still works it out. Sometimes it seems it will never work out. Sometimes I get impatient and try to work it out myself.

But if I let Him, in His time, He'll work it out.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

To Focus on God like Batting at Softball

I should have had a 1.000 batting softball Monday. That would mean I got on base everytime.

But... As I'm batting, and afterwards, I only focus on one thing - batting the ball far enough, and getting to 1st base.

And ... after I bat, I tend to sling my bat behind me, in the general direction of the catcher and/or umpire..... Which is dangerous, and can really make the umpire mad.

So after one warning, where I slung it behind me, the next time the umpire called it an out, even though I got to 1st base. It was my fault. What I did was dangerous.

Every time before I go up to bat, I think, "I've got to drop the bat. DON'T THROW IT!!!" But when I bat, that never even comes to mind.

I will somehow figure this out, but as I was thinking, I was like "Man if only I could get that kind of focus on God."

At church, to be so into Jesus that the stuff around is just background noise. When I pray, my mind is focused on God and doesn't wander off into what I plan to do tomorrow. When reading the Bible, that the Word becomes alive, and I don't think about some movie.

To focus on God like a laser beam.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Path I Am On aka. The Light

I've made mistakes in this life. Things I should've done, said. Other things I shouldn't have.

Sometimes I haven't learned from my mistakes. Sometimes I've learned too late.

But I'm on a path. I'm not sure where it will lead. Sometimes it seems it's not going anywhere, sometimes it seems its a roller coaster. There is pain on this path. Sometimes I want to get off this path.

But I know better. I have a Light for my path, One that will guide me though this life, into something beautiful. Not always into what I have planned, but always into that which is best.

I don't always understand the plans this Light has for me. Sometimes the darkness tries to grab me, and pull me off this path. Sometimes the darkness tries to convince me that the area nearby the path looks good. Tells me I can get off this path for a bit, then get back on where I left off.

For years I often depended on my parents belief in this Light, knowing it as a friends Friend, but not as my own. I would seek the Light for a bit, but become distracted.

But all this time, the Light sought me. Even when I failed miserably, the Light called me back. I'm not sure exactly at what point, but the Light has become more real to me than ever before.

More like a Forgiver, less like a someone just wanting to condemn me to Hell.

More like a Friend, less like an untouchable entity.

More like Someone Who makes rules to protect me, less like a god who makes rules to tie me down.

My God, not another.

Lover of my heart, Lily of my valley, Savior of my soul, Friend, Guide.

Light.

Jesus Christ, the First and the Last. And everything in between.

p.s.

Sorry if this sounds weird. It was my thoughts, and so that's that!

Monday, May 03, 2010

3 Months Later - AKA Moved Out

Just thinking. It's been 3 months since I moved out. Here are my random thoughts:
  • I've learned a lot.
  • It's not been as boring as I was worried.
  • I trust myself more
  • Still haven't eaten a microwave meal at home : )
  • Should've gotten a place with a washer & dryer hookup
  • Trains will never bother me at night again (hardly)
  • It's nice to drive only 8 minutes to work.
  • I don't save any on gas because I go all over creation, mostly to Athens
  • I am blessed a lot by both of my churches
  • Still have only met one neighbor
  • I always have to go into my parking spot twice to get it right because it's so narrow
  • Blueberries go with all foods
  • Milk still goes with all foods
  • Celery doesn't keep long enough for one person to eat it all
  • Ditto with chips

So that's my thoughts on that. Overall, a good learning experience. Balancing a lot more things, and learning to take care of more.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Thought I Had It

When I was 7, I went to a campmeeting. There I got the Holy Ghost. Or at least I thought I did, and told my family so. But it was a little fuzzy at the time, with a lot of people standing around, laying hands on me, shaking me a bit, etc...

Anyways best I can guess, either I convinced myself that I had the Holy Ghost, or someone else there convinced me. Since then I've never spoken in tongues.

So basically... two possibilities.

A. I got the Holy Ghost, and I just can't remember the details. (Those that know me probably know that I remember almost nothing from my childhood. My memory has gotten better over time, but I'm not sure why most of my childhood is gone, even important details.)

B. I never really got the Holy Ghost, instead I wanted it but convinced myself / let other people convince me that I had it. This is almost certainly what happened, best I can tell.

So anyhow, now you know something you didn't know. And I feel better already about having said it.

BTW, I've never told anyone this before, and didn't quite want to admit it to myself or others, but hey, they say confession is good for the soul.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Forward Motion

In this life there is nothing wrong with looking back at the past, as long as it helps you keep moving forward, toward what God has for you.

As I look at my experiences in life, good and bad, I realize all the time Jesus is preparing me for what's ahead. So what's ahead?

... No clue, but since he planned it, if I follow it, everything will be fine. Not always easy but fine.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Joined the Devil

For the few who don't know, I've joined Facebook. Yeah, I know, I said I never would, but hey, gotta go on with the future sometime.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

TN Happiness Rating

Ah! Tennessee ranks 43rd in happiness among all states.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Who I Am

A long time ago, someone was preaching, and asked the question, "Who am I"?


It's kind of a complicated question with a million parts. Three word question, answer of which could be almost endless.


First there's the obvious: I am Nathaniel Libbey. But does a name explain who I am? Uh, nope..


In Looks: white (can't tan worth a flip, doesn't bother me), a tad short (which doesn't bother me in the least), neither thick nor thin (honestly I couldn't gain weight if I tried), light brown headed, brown eyed, size 10.5 feet.


In Personality: slightly too joking, sometimes too talkative, easily forgiving, occasionally moody, 99% trustworthy, 1% awful, overly protective, slightly shy (although often hidden), sometimes blunt, avoidful of confrontation, perfectionist in areas, slack in others, recovering from a lifetime of procrastination and disorganization (I've turned into a neat freak to avoid being a messy person).


In Things People Call Me: son, brother, uncle, friend, salesperson/marketer/webmaster/semi-manager/garbage person, Pentecostal/Apostolic/Christian/Buddhist(j/k).


In Things I Love: Jesus, people!, shoes (yeah I know), great websites, exciting sports (aka football), sweet cars, amazing drumsets, I Need a Savior, Firehouse Subs, Taco Bell, metal roofing (OK maybe love is too strong a word for it, but I enjoy the industry), Butterfingers, chocolate, MILK, chocolate milk, circus peanuts (although I still don't know why they are orange colored, banana flavored, marshmallow textured, and peanut shaped), A Walk to Remember, Google, snowboarding.


In Education: home schooled, Associates in Business at Cleveland State CC.


In Marital Status: secretly married (darn, did I give that away).


In Family: I have a large family, including 13 brothers and sisters, and a huge number of aunts uncles, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, and nephews. (I am the favorite uncle for 95% of my nieces and nephews) (or at least that is the plan).


In Associations: Church-Landmark Church, Church-Miracle Deliverance Tabernacle, Work-Best Buy Metals, Band-Relevant Noise aka PS66.

And yet after all that, I've probably not described 1% of who I am. And I reckon that's how God wanted it. After all, if you could really describe a person in just words, they would probably be a very simple person.

God is awesome. Imagine how boring life would be if we were like everyone else. In His infinite wisdom, He created us each incredibly unique.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Odd Artwork - Oops..

Was trying to work on an outline and accidentally made this outline.

I added a face to it.

Very odd, and non-me like.

but fun.

Kind of looks like a smurf face, except not the right color.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Lessons Learned - Boxes

1. I'm not a carpenter
2. 2 nails won't hold up 150 lbs alone
3. I'm not a carpenter.

Basically our box storage works, but not great. I had it designed wrong, and the bottom kinda fell out.

Still works alright.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Waiting on the Chicken


If only that chicken would finish cooking!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Baskin Robins aka Trashy People


I went to Baskin Robins after church tonight. It was good. But...
When I walked in I noticed 3 people digging in the trash can.
I was thinking, "Man someone lost something really important."
They were carefully looking items over and mostly putting them into another trash can as they went. Finally I realized they were taking out all the recyclables (which was like 95% of the stuff in the trash can) and putting them into another can to be recycled. I think at least one was a Baskin Robins employee, but I'm not sure about the other two.

Good Way to Eat Leftover Mashed Potatoes


That is Mashed Potatoes and Steak, from TGI Fridays.
Put them in a frying pan, and they taste great.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

If I...

I was listening to the book of Matthew today, when something yelled out at me:

paraphrasing:

If I do good only to those who do good to me, what better am I then anyone else?
(somewhere in Chap.5 I think)

Basically the whole chapter/section is about God's love, and how we aren't suppose to act/react the way the world does.

Good stuff. Harder lived than said.

Monday, February 08, 2010

I just saw the circus train

The Barnum and Bailey Circus train just went past my apartment.

Looks like they have a show in Chatt. this weekend.

(I never knew circuses took trains.)

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

A Good Home Cooked Meal


Link

http://www.joshharris.com/assets_c/2010/01/jiffy_lou_by%20Josh%20Harris-14.php

Good from the Bad (AKA the kid)

Yesterday a friend of mine (I don't know her super well so she's more like a friend of a friend) got news that after a long time waiting, she'll be able to adopt an orphan boy from Haiti.

She's been waiting on him to get a passport forever, and the Haitian government was taking forever. It looked like it wasn't going to happen.

After the earthquake hit, apparently the government had so many people without homes apparently they were much more willing to let people adopt.

I thought that was awesome. God does that sometimes. Out of all this tragedy, a kid gets a mom, and a woman a child. Almost made me cry. Sniff. Sniff.

Congratulations Jen!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Blizzard Food

video

Okay it's not quite a blizzard. But I can't leave the house so it has the same result.

Called Papa Johns, but they are wisely not delivering. Blast!

(p.s. I'll be fine. Tomorrow they should have the roads good enough to drive all over.)


**The roads cleared up about 10:30 and I went to the only place open (Walmart) and got food.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Home Church - And Explanation

As of last Sunday my home church is now Landmark Church in Cleveland.

I've mentioned this to a few people, but it's something best said to all:

The reason I'm going there has nothing to do with anything anyone at MDT did or said. I am leaving on good terms with everyone there (I hope). I talked to Bro. Anthony about it some Tuesday, and he understands and is cool about it.

It's not a decision I made suddenly (although since I really never talked to anyone about it it might appear so.)

It's not about me having any problems with MDT, which I love and will miss.

It's something I've been praying about for about a year, and really feeling that at some point I would be going there. I visited there a few times last year.

It's not because I moved to Cleveland. Although it is convenient, it's highly likely that if I had continued to live at home for a longer period I would have started going there and traveling from home.

It's because it's where I feel God wants me at. Not to say I'll be there forever, because I don't know.

It'll be weird. I've always went to church where my parents and siblings went. It'll be scary. I just moved out and now this at the same time. It'll be alright. I really believe God is in this.


This (hopefully) shouldn't affect any of my friendships at MDT. I still plan to visit sometimes, likely more often on Tuesdays, when Landmark doesn't have services. It's highly likely that I won't be able to hang out with MDT youth as often, but we'll see how it goes.

Love to all,

Nathaniel

p.s.
Don't hate me. This is nothing personal to anyone.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday, January 04, 2010

Two Birthdays - Same Response

Mark's Birthday


Mike's Birthday