Friday, December 30, 2005

Mike K. joins the KSBJ morning show

I want to personally welcome Mike (I'm not even going to try to spell your last name) to the KSBJ morning show. You are an outstanding addition to the team and you and Susan sound great together. I listen to KSBJ every morning driving to work and every evening driving home. I couldn't live without you guys. Special "hello" goes out to Mike's wife and daughter, who I understand haven't arrived in Houston yet. I really believe you'll love this city once you get here...there is no place like it. Great people -- Lots to do -- Great churches -- Great Christian radio!


Thursday, December 29, 2005

It would be best for the Texans to lose this one

Ran over to Baba Yega with the Development team today for lunch. Had the club sandwich with the potato salad. Goodness, that potato salad is good! Anyway, we spent most of lunch discussing my marriage. I was surrounded by female coworkers, and they all had advice for me.

One said I should start posting pictures of rings here for feedback.

Another said at first that I should "guard my heart," but after I shared my thoughts quite openly regarding marriage and commitment at the table she later assured me with, "She's gonna snatch you up."

Gorgeous, we are going to have so much fun together! God has a plan for us...I believe there is something we are going to accomplish for Him together. It's going to be such an adventure watching it unfold. I look forward to it.

I'm thinking about you, and thinking about you, and thinking about you...

By the way, I promise I will never force you to endure a sporting event, if that's not your thing. However, I do love Houston sports teams...

Having said that, Go 49ers!

I know, I know, that's just not right. In all my years of being a fan, I have never, ever, never, ever, never rooted against a Houston team. NEVER. I get my first chance this weekend.

We all know it's unprofessional for the Texans to lose on purpose or not give it 100 percent. I trust they would never do that. So, with that in mind, I hope the 49ers get a better night's sleep and eat their Wheaties on game day. Does anyone else think Carr and Bush together would be an incredible foundation for what the Texans are going to do in the off season?

We shall see. John McClain explained in his recent column that even if the Texans win Sunday, we may still get Reggie Bush.

Oh, maybe so, but why take any chances? This is a unique game on Sunday. How many of the players, on both sides of the field, secretly -- in the deepest recesses of their heart -- would prefer to lose this one?

I'm know, I'm sorry I even typed those words. I should be ashamed I even pressed the keys in that order. Every member of both teams, above all, wants to go out and prove something by winning their third or fourth game, thereby forfeiting the chance to get their hands on a player that could possibly turn around a team completely in next couple years.

You're right. That's a silly thought and I'm very sorry I typed it.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Ephesians 3:20

Good evening! Christmas time was wonderful!

Tonight, I am able to wear shorts out on my patio. Winter this year in Houston lasted somewhere in the neighborhood of two weeks. It snowed on Christmas Eve last year. Today, I'm running the air conditioner!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. The family all got together over at my sister's house in Northwest Houston. We went to church the evening before and then came back to the house and hung out.

I was thinking about how good God is as I hung out with them. I have two sisters who are are now serving the Lord, and He has brought strong men of God into their lives. I couldn't have hand picked these guys any better for my sisters. Both are involved in their church and have a sincere love for God. These are the biggest blessings in life...when you watch God do an Ephesians 3:20 in those you love.

I was thinking at one point, I'm ready for some Ephesians 3:20 in my love life, O'Faithful God!

I'm just going to concentrate on doing my part -- that's delighting myself in the Lord. I know He's always faithful to do His part. Princess, the desire of my heart is to spend time with you!

But I realize God has to be the one to make this happen...

I was reading during my quiet time this morning in Psalm 127:1. It reads, "Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain."

I want Him calling the shots. I want Him bringing the right woman of God at the right time. I want Him to get all the glory, and only He knows when that right moment has arrived.

Having said all that, I still hope to see you soon, angel! You're on my heart and covered in prayer, wherever you are...

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Kirby's hospital visit brings Christmas cheer

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

Don't have much time to type here right now...LOTS to do today. Errands to run...hopefully catch a few minutes of the Texans...then I'm going to the Christmas Eve services at both Houston's 2nd Baptist (being held at the Toyota Center) and Lakewood tonight.

I'll be "churched up" going into Christmas morning!

Sorry about not posting much this past week. It's been crazy. We had a nice week at work -- we adopted an underprivileged family and everyone pooled their resources to buy them gifts and a Christmas tree, then we dressed Denny up like Santa and delivered everything to them. Fun! I wish I had some photos to post here...they're back at the office. Rhonda was a little disappointed in my photographic efforts (HA!) but we sure had fun blessing them.

Nancy Holland of Houston's KHOU Channel 11 came out to the hospital I work at (The Methodist Hospital in Houston) this week and did a great story about the PAWS program, which provides pet visits to patients sick during the holidays (or any time of the year, really).

To my princess, wherever you are today...have an incredible Christmas...the last one we will will be separated for, I'm convinced! Great days are right up ahead of us...Keep looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith!

I'll try to post again tomorrow, but have a Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Doing something I've never done

Good evening everyone.

Hi angel!!! :) I know you're reading all this by now, right???? I have this strange feeling that the right set of beautiful eyes (like doves, remember?) are scanning these posts by now. ;) I really am looking forward to meeting you.

Not a whole lot new to report today.

Pastors Joel and Victoria, we love you dearly! Have a wonderful, well-deserved vacation and a very Merry Christmas. See you when you get back. I know Marcus will take good care of us while you're out of town!

I turned Michelle on to my blog tonight. Michelle is my fellow Lakewood person at work. She's a constant source of encouragement in the office. She was a bit amazed that I would put such personal thoughts online for the world to see.

Someone told me once that if I want to see what I've never seen, I've got to step out and do something I've never done.

Well, I've never done this. And knowing me, I may just get another idea or two.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Proverbs 18:22

I'm thinking about my angel this evening!! I've got Proverbs 18:22 written on an index card taped to the monitor I'm looking at right now...I'm believing for you!! I'm about to go to bed, and I wanted to say goodnight to my angel, wherever you are. I always encourage myself when I hit the rack that I'm one day closer to you! Goodnight, sweetie.

Did I mention that I love the Houston Chronicle, Houston's leading information source?

Nice coverage of our ball club today. Great photography! :)

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Houston Texans loses 'weird'

Hey, Texans fans, check out John McClain's article this morning on the "weirdness" factor of the recent Texans losses....hysterical! I should have gone to the early service this morning...what time does that game start? I'm going to be rushing down the SW Freeway after church to find a TV set.

Grande cafe mocha and Lakewood's move to Compaq Center

I'm a little worked up from a grande cafe mocha I just had a few minutes ago at the Starbucks across from the JSC, so I'll take a couple minutes to pound something out here.

Why doesn't "grande" mean "large" at Starbucks? Am I missing something? "Grande" at Starbucks actually means medium. It's strange. Everywhere else around here, grande means large. And "tall" is actually the shortest. The coffee is pretty good but they seem to be a bit confused...

There is a radio DJ here in town who says she can read your personality by knowing what you order at the coffee shop. If I order a grande cafe mocha with whipped cream and extra chocolate some of the time and a regular coffee black the rest of the time, I wonder what it says about me? That I'm a complex individual that teeters on the edge of being sickening sweet and amazingly bland, and I can't decide what I want?

That, of course, doesn't describe me but it sure sounds like a good reading.

Christmas and New Year's is upon us again. Amazing. I'm excited about 2006. There is such a sense (at least I'm feeling it) that God is doing a new thing and this is going to be a great year coming up. Looking back, 2005 seemed like a time of preparation.

One highlight: moving Lakewood into the former Compaq Center.

If you didn't experience it firsthand, there is no way to adequately describe that opening weekend. I'll never forget the first service. It was Saturday evening, and the place was so packed that the best seat I could get was on the top level, almost behind the platform. I watched most of the service on the video screens. I remember being so excited about what God was doing, but at the same time feeling a sense of loss about the old building.

The moment I walked into that old building, I knew instantly there was something special going on at Lakewood Church. I went because I saw the place on TV and thought I might be able to meet my beautiful wife there.

I saw three immediate family members get saved in that building. God changed me exponentially in the old sanctuary.

I even remember visiting years and years ago, just shortly after it was built, and seeing John Osteen preach there. It was the only time I ever saw him preach in person.

Change is sometimes difficult. But now the new Lakewood is such a reminder, every time I walk in it, that He is able to do more than we can ask or think.

So, what does God have in store for me in 2006? Change. I wish I could be more specific, but I'm just not sure. A very enduring remark I heard from the pulpit at Lakewood (at least, I can say it has really stuck with me) came from Dr. Paul Osteen on a Wednesday night, back before we moved. He said, "You don't have to know where you're going, as long as you trust the One who is leading."

Isn’t that true? We don’t have to have a perfectly clear picture of what is coming, as long as we know that His plans are to prosper us and not to harm us, to give us a hope and a future.

The scripture that is reverberating in my spirit is Proverbs 3: 5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."

I'm ready to have a bigger impact on those around me.

I’m ready for new experiences and opportunities.

I'm ready to walk in a greater anointing.

I'm ready to watch my incredible woman of God walk down an isle.

These are the dreams I’ll be placing before Him in 2006, watering them with prayer, and raising my level of faith and trust like never before.

Thank you in advance, Jesus!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Can a Christian play Survivor?

Friends, neighbors, and my gorgeous wife:

My gut feeling is that the last time I posted something here someone other than myself read it. I'm not sure exactly why I feel that way, but I do.

Therefore, I will make another entry.

God is good. Let's get the important stuff right up front. Jesus Christ is the passion of my life, and I am so excited to be able to hopefully encourage others by this means. If you haven't met him yet, you need to!! I’d love to talk with you more about that if you’d like:

To my beautiful wife. I want you to know I love you and I can’t wait to meet you. I realize, more than ever, the impact you will have (and actually already have) in my life. I thank you in advance for your unfailing love and encouragement. I’d sure like to take you to dinner soon:

Godly people (and wifey) I need feedback. Can a believer play Survivor? Can you play with integrity? Is anyone who has already played the game reading this?

Bobby John seems to think that you can't go out there "and just smile and be a nice guy" and do well. He went on to say that you have to "push on the gas to make the car go." Now, I'm not the sharpest guy in the world, and I'm not going to pretend to know exactly what he means by that, but can't you go be decent to others and still keep them from voting for you?

Didn't Ethan play a clean game? He won it all.

I've heard believers say it's putting a stamp of approval on unseemly behavior to play the game, and I've heard others say it's a great opportunity to let your light shine on national TV (as long as that's what you really do out there). And, if you went out there and did well, wouldn't it instantly give you an incredible platform to share the Gospel once the experience is over?

I'd love feedback from some Holy Ghost-filled, media savvy folks...soon. (

So Bob McNair hired Dan Reeves today as a consultant, and used the words "Super Bowl" in a quote roughly 24 hours after his team lost its 12th game of the season. I can tell this guy thinks like I do. Now, let me make myself perfectly clear...I DO NOT think the Texans are losing on purpose.

But that finish in Nashville was weird...

How about that Narnia movie? In general, I avoid movies in which animals talk. However, these animals really had something to say. And what about that Lucy? She was something else, wasn't she? I believed her crazy story from the very beginning, and we're a family here so we ought to start acting like one and believe right along with her. Turns out, she wasn't crazy after all.

Can't wait for the next film...when that silly professor threw the ball to the kids at the end and said "try me" I was thinking, "Sir, there's a frozen forest with talking animals and weird looking lady with icecycles in her hair, and they all live in your armoire in the empty room. This is a very crazy story."

I love those crazy kinds of stories...and I want to write one like that!

Go see this film if you haven’t, it is excellent.

It had me thanking Jesus for what He’s done in my life.

Well, it’s just about bedtime. Goodnight, gorgeous (Song of Solomon 1:15).

And good night to all of you who take the time to read this. Be blessed until next time.


Friday, December 9, 2005

Narnia and Dwight Silverman at the Texas Medical Center

It is cold outside in Houston, Texas! At least, it seems cold to me.

Today began with a Public Relations Advisory Council meeting of the Texas Medical Center. This meeting is monthly, and brings together PR and marketing folks from all the institutions in the TMC.

Dwight Silverman, technology columnist at the Houston Chronicle presented on blogging. Nice presentation...very insightful on the potential power of this technology.

In the case of a personal blog, such as this, it almost seems like an outlet for personal journaling -- but it's public. Just how open do I want to be here? I'll see as I get more comfortable... Stay tuned!

I unfortunately had to miss the Lakewood Church-Houston Symphony Christmas concert tonight. Was anyone there? How did it go? The Chronicle did a great story this morning.

Looking forward to the movie tomorrow evening (actually, it's past midnight now, so it's later tonight)...the C.S. Lewis film opens tomorrow. Go see it!!!

If you'll please excuse me, I have some things I need to talk with Him about before bed...and it's been bedtime for a while here!!

To the wifey, wherever you are: Goodnight beautiful.

Sunday, December 4, 2005

My first post

Well, here it is! I was checking out Amanda Carroll's baby blog
( ) and I thought to myself, "My, now there's an idea. A means to communicate my thoughts on a regular basis. How fun." I wonder if anyone will read this...

Since I'm not pregnant, I'm afraid this will have to take a different direction than Amanda's blog. However, I hope to say something here from time to time that will be of interest until I can share wonderful stories about my pregnant wife.

Last night was the Rockets game (versus Memphis). I went with a friend, and unfortunately the Rockets never led. In fact, they trailed by almost 15 points most of the game. However, one interesting thing happened....

My friend and I discussed marriage at length in the car on the way to the game. I assured him that God was working things out for both of us and our time was coming soon. But you know how it is...sometimes it's easier to encourage others than to really have the faith to believe it for ourselves. I spent three quarters of the game praying in the Spirit under my breath, trying to regain my peace that God truly does want to give me the desires of my heart. Then...

During the third quarter, I noticed some strange activity in the seat directly in front of me. A young woman and her boyfriend we doing a lot of hugging and the like. Not really inappropriate..they were just loving on each other. It was sweet. Well, the next thing I know she is in tears and and her boyfriend is on his knees, cramped between his seat and the seats in front of him in the Toyota Center, and he's holding a ring out to her.

Meanwhile, at least four of his buddies are on their cell phones yelling that she had accepted, and the seats around us are arrupting in applause. She jumped into his arms, stood up, and faced my direction. Tears were streaming down her face. I shook her hand, congratulating her. Practically the whole row cleared out. They were out of there to go celebrate.

Now, the Toyota Center seats a lot of people. How many people do you think got engaged at the Toyota Center Saturday night? Exactly. I thought it was cool that God arranged it that they would literally have the seats in front of me so I could watch it happen! If we just take the time to look and listen, God is constantly speaking to us, arrranging circumstances to help encourage us. There is no such thing as a coincidence in the kingdom of God. Everything happens for a reason. And if he knows the number of hairs on our head, and a sparrow doesn't fall without Him knowing about it, He certainly knows where everyone is going to sit at the Rockets game.

I left encouraged. Wherever you are tonight, sweetie, you're covered in prayer.

Today was a somewhat typical Sunday -- I went to the 11 a.m. service at Lakewood. Pastor Joel spoke. He talked about guarding what we allow to go in to us (i.e. TV, music, etc.), centered around Matt. 12:35 which states, "The good man out of his good treasure brings out good things, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings out evil things." We have to watch out about feeding our minds (and spirits) with backstabbing and scheming and the like on the television. Goodness, I'm sure going to miss Survivor! It's just a game, right? What am I supposed to tell them now if they read my application, watch my tape and call me?

I guess we'll cross that bridge when we come to it... Then, it was the Texans game. Can you believe what happened? You know, I understand they are just having a rough season, and that's understandable, but the last two weeks sure have looked Oiler-ish, if I can create a new term. They lose even when it appears they will win. We will believe for great things next year.

Chat with you again soon. Blessings, JT