Posted in General Posted in November 22, 2008
While I am currently enjoying a long family vacation, I thought it would only be appropriate to let you know about a brand new article of mine on HitchedMag.com. The article is entitled, “The Holiday Shuffle,” and it explores several ways to survive the holiday season with your happiness still intact. I hope you enjoy “The Holiday Shuffle.” We leave on the Disney Wonder cruise ship, tomorrow, and are really looking forward to a relaxing cruise.
(The picture on the article is of the Sneed family at their yearly family gathering. We love meeting up with them every year.)
Posted in Churches, Corporate Speaking Posted in November 18, 2008
This past weekend, my dad and I hit the road on Saturday to travel first to West Monroe, LA. We spoke on Sunday morning to the White’s Ferry Rd Church of Christ. The worship service was amazing. What a joyous people! I could feel the joy from the moment we walked in, throughout the worship service (which I had the privilege to lead), and all the way until we left. I really enjoyed working with their praise team, and we heard from so many afterwards about how much they enjoyed our presentation.
On Sunday evening, we headed to Vicksburg, MS, to speak to the Bypass Church of Christ. This church has a very unique history as it is a merger between a predominantly white Church of Christ and a predominantly black Church of Christ. I truly admire them as they have learned to put diversity aside and worship God side-by-side. They are reaching the lost, and we had a great time presenting our story as they were a very enthusiastic audience.
After two presentations on Sunday, we drove to Jackson, MS, for a Monday morning keynote to kick off the annual Mississippi Head Start Association meeting. We got to present to over 200 difference-makers who work with and inspire children, ages 0-5, every day. They work with children with all different kinds of needs to prepare them for elementary school. I really admire their work, and felt it a privilege to “inspire those who inspire.” Even at 8:30AM, they were a GREAT crowd, and they clapped so loud while I was singing, “Standing Outside the Fire” that I thought the roof was going to lift right off the building.
The weekend was truly inspiring and motivational, but not just for those who heard us…my dad and I came away uplifted, and we have great admiration for all three groups and the work they are doing.
Now…it is time for a vacation. Joni, Hannah and I leave tomorrow for Disney World…a welcomed break!
Posted in Events, General Posted in November 10, 2008
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Posted in Pro-Life Speaking Posted in November 6, 2008
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Posted in Thoughts and Beliefs Posted in November 5, 2008
The election is over. America has decided on its next president. Are you sad? Are you happy? Did your candidate win or lose? These are all important questions, but here is the most important one:
Are you allowing it to ruin you day, week, month…or the next 4 years?
LET IT GO!
I have already heard and seen many comments expressing concern for the nation, and I believe concern and a close watch on the future of our country are important. But, I’ve also seen people who are mad about the election and are allowing the results to really affect their attitude today. There are mad workers, mad drivers, mad customers, and mad clients today all over the nation. And for what? Can they go back in time and change the outcome of the election? What is the point of being angry?
It is time that we, as a nation, learn to let go. Let go of grudges, let go of anger, and let go of the “me, me, me” attitude that is plaguing our nation. Both candidates spoke of unity in their speeches last night. They both seek a unified nation, peace and harmony. Now, it is time to follow our leaders and make our own effort to let go of the past. It is time to live life to the fullest. And, you can’t live a truly happy life without first letting go of the hurt and anger you may hold today.
Starting today, I will live life not by what happened yesterday, but by what can happen today!
Posted in Churches Posted in November 3, 2008
This weekend, Joni, Hannah, my mom, my dad and I drove to Shreveport, LA where we were to speak at two different churches. We got in a great visit with Nan and Pops (my adopted grandparents), and early Sunday morning, we rose to visit our first church of the day, Church of Christ – North.
North has a wonderfully laid back attitude, and it was wonderful to see some friends from the past. To give you an idea of their relaxed atmosphere, the announcement maker gave a “farm report” about his cattle, to which the church responded in laughter. I loved the casual feel of the service, and my dad and I taught Bible Class and did our All He Needs for Heaven presentation during the worship hour. We had a wonderful time, and had a great reaction from the crowd.
We spent the afternoon having lunch with a member from North and then we drove about an hour to spend time with a relative that had just moved into the area.
An hour’s drive back to Shreveport found us at the University Church of Christ. Many friends from our days in Bossier City (1980-1991) were there, and it felt like a family reunion of sorts. In fact, after our presentation, we were asked if we would come back on an annual basis for a “McDoniel Reunion Day!” I love it! Several youth groups came as well, which made the singing that much better. So many people came out saying what a difference we had made in their lives, and we’re so thankful the opportunity to present our story.
All in all, the weekend was wonderful. Well, until we started the 4 hour drive back home and didn’t get to bed until 2AM. Even if our story only touched one person, it was worth it!