* from 2011
Well as many of you already realize, yesterday was a new national holiday called Darrell day, August 31st, the day I entered the world. This was the 34th annual Darrell day celebration and tons of rootbeer, burritos and celebrations were had by all. I had a great day filled with things that characterize the joys that are a part of my everyday life: My girls (Tiffany, Rylie, Macee), friends, Chuy’s Mexican food, rootbeer(thanks for the rootbeer Sterling and Brittney), the students of Southmont Baptist Church and preaching. All of these are things I love dearly, not to mention being humbled by the 250 plus people who took the time to say happy birthday to me via text and Facebook. I feel very blessed to be a part of the life that God has given me.
It is milestones like birthdays that cause us to reflect, and cause us to count our blessings. As I look back over this last year of my life I realize I have experienced so many incredible blessings. There have been ups and downs, but God has been faithful to teach me the lesson of contentment.
Philippians 4:11-13 11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
I wanted to end this post with ten photos that speak to God’s faithfulness to bless me this year.
TOP TEN HIGHLIGHTS OF MY 33RD YEAR (No Particular Order)
1.) The Birth of my daughter Macee- We were told that it was a great possibility that we could not have any other children, but on January 13,2011, this beautiful little girl entered the world.
2.) God opened the door for one of the greatest dreams of my life to be fulfilled when my first book “No One Really Knows” was published by Lucid Books in February 2011. www.norkbook.com
3.) Southmont Youth Group- I have seen God do amazing things in the lives of these kids this year and I feel so blessed to be their youth pastor and call them my kids.
4.) Met one of my childhood heroes and got to sit down and hang out with him for 30 minutes: Spud Webb5.) Got asked by my friend, former Major League Baseball All-Star, Glenn Wilson, to co-author his biography with him.
7.) Splurged on the most expensive meal of my life on an awesome date with my wife Tiffany to Pappas Borthers Steakhouse for our anniversary. We try to go to really nice restaurants in Dallas twice a year for her birthday and our anniversary.
8.) Got the opportunity to join the program staff of Camp 220 and speak at both weeks as a Team Bible Study Leader. I love this ministry and I am glad I get to be a part of the behind the scenes of all that God is doing. www.twotwenty.org
10.) Saw the Texas Rangers go to the World Series and the Dallas Mavericks win the NBA Championship. Okay, this does not directly involve me, but it brought me lots of joy to see both of these events happen.
*Honorable Mention: Launched one of the worst webshows in the history of YouTube- Darandumb Moments: http://www.youtube.com/user/durkel777