Where For Art Thou Significance?

Where do we find our significance? Without God in the mix we find significance in this world, because it is all we have. If I was to ask you if you feel significant at this very moment what would your response be and what would that feeling be based upon. I know from personal experience that is easy to complain about my significance in terms of the paycheck I get or the work I do being under appreciated, but are those really things that I should be expecting more from. God gives me each of those things and since I am His child my significance should be based on how He sees me.

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The Well of Our Faith

When you speak from the heart what are you speaking about is it love and compassion, or something worse? I used to think that when I spoke from the heart I was speaking with a compassionate heart. However, as the years passed I've come to realize that the tragic conclusion is that my heart is desperately selfish and wicked. In Jeremiah, the nature of the heart is called “deceitful” and “desperately sick” (Jeremiah 17:9) and warns us not to trust the heart for this reason. In Matthew 15, Jesus likens the heart to the organ that can "defile a person" and out of a heart that where some of the darkest evils are brought forth.

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Finding Solace in the Here and Now

How do we understand the differences between our needs and wants? It can be difficult to differentiate them and even harder to wade through them when our emotional state is high. Personally, I’ve been reminded constantly about the need for safety and significance within my life. For years I tried hard to keep my home and work lives balanced by not bringing home things that were affecting me at work and by not taking what was happening at home to work. Over the course of the last few months that has been exceedingly harder. The unbalance in both areas of my life started to give my manager and co-workers cause for alarm as my habits started to become irrational. Even my wife started to think that maybe it was time for a job change because of the undue stress it was inflicting.

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Walking Through and Meandering Around

The unfamiliar sounds of the wind between the buildings and cars bustling to office spaces I have only, but briefly known are drowned by the early morning sunlight. That rush of traveling to an unfamiliar place has diminished in recent years as my life has settled around my wife and daughter. They are where I never want to leave and that is where I feel most at home. On a recent trip to Portland, Oregon I was awakened to the rush of what I used to love about traveling to new places. The air, the sounds, and the feel of the pavement against my feet as I traveled along foreign avenues.

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Trials Produce a Steadfast Faith

Enduring trials is one of the hardest and most enriching parts of the Christian faith. Though the triumph of those trials is often misconstrued or misdirected until that one brief moment when we realize the intent and true victor of our trial. The strength to both endure and overcome a trial doesn't come from an inner, hidden strength to see us through. Honestly we don't have that kind of strength hidden away for a rainy day; it simply isn't within us. When we attempt to fight against our inadequacies in the midst of a trial we find ourselves frustrated, tired, down right angry, and so on. We cannot struggle alone and hope to overcome.

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Four Years and Counting

Each year I tend to write a post about marriage and this year was going to be no exception, however, in the midst of writing I didn't feel the urge to write. So instead I started writing about how much I admire my wife. Four years ago I married the love of my life. I would say that is where the story began, but that is where we stepped on the gas.

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DNS Prefetching

Increasing page load speed is essential to get users to your content quickly. For the past few months I have been utilizing compression tools for my JavaScripts and CSS files, but I know that this only goes so far. In a way to make my pages load faster I opted to move all my images to a different server and thus set up a private CDN (Content Delivery Network) for this site.

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Conquer a Fear with God

When I start working on something new it begins by filling a need. Though as I look back on the course of my life I wonder if perhaps if this has been the driving force behind all my decisions. Does this fill a need? If not, then it is quickly discarded and forgotten. If yes, then I find a place on the shelf for it in clear view. How often do we all do this? Some people hold onto items for sentimental value at the cost of their own lives, while others quickly discard the unnecessary things even if they had sentimental value at some point. I would classify myself as the latter.

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Automatic Deployments with Bitbucket/Github and Dreamhost

I have always liked working with Git because it has saved my bacon on several occasions. However, the more I started actively developing with Git and using servers to host different websites I wondered if perhaps there was a better way to get my development and remote servers to stay in continuous sync. I would at times edit code on my local machine then have to FTP my changes to the remote server and test. It was tedious but at times when I was away from my machine I didn’t have the time to setup a local environment, or would need to make a change for a client quickly so I would edit files on the server itself. (I can hear the screams). So in order to alleviate this issue I started using Git on my remote servers in order to skip this scary issue of having to edit code on a production server with no way to rollback.

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Books and Community

It has been a long two months and sadly my site again has become neglected with updates. Though I have been working behind the scenes more these last few weeks updating code and preparing for some new things in the coming year. Though as I take some time now to write down my thoughts two months is a long time to be away from the one thing that brings me calm besides my family, by that I mean 'writing'. The tragedy often is that sites made by those that develop sites for a living are the first ones to get neglected. Seems that the same truth holds up for any profession, which reminds me of an old neighbor who so happened to be a gardener. He did some extremely intricate and beautiful work but his own house appeared as if no one had lived there for years. My own site for a solid two months I poured my heart and soul into making it relevant, modern, and beautiful all at the same time so I definitely don't want weeds to start growing around the edges.

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