I started blogging in August 2004 under the pseudonym "Joe Napalm" [link]. I started it as an outlet for pent-up frustration during my deployment to Kosovo. And it evolved into a wonderful opportunity to share my opinions and personal reflections with family and friends. And, ultimately, it became a tool to encourage and entertain.
In September 2006, BJ introduced me to the Steeple Media webmaster; and both asked if I would blog on Steeple Media. During the past year, together we have made "Joe Napalm" a household name in about two dozen homes. Many friends and family and extended family have read the blog off and on. Most of my faithful readers came on board during Vision Forum's Jamestown 400 treasure hunt. And a good acquaintance, Mark Rose [link], even picked me up as a link on his blog. I consider my link on Mark Rose's blog and seeing my blog banner on a t-shirt in Williamsburg the pinnacle of my blogging experience.
I write all of this only as an introduction to a farewell to my full-time blogging hobby. I will still hang around Steeple Media on a part-time basis. I even hope to encourage others to allow me to post occassionally on their blog or in the Reader Supported blog because I'll definitely still have stuff to say.
But before the weeping and wailing starts (yes, i'm kidding), let me share this: Last night as I was lying in bed before sleep, I told my wife that I want to make certain that I am doing what God wills. Over the past ten years or more, there have been some astounding circumstances and answered prayers that have humbled me, convicted me and convinced me. I don't say this lightly: I earnestly want God to find favor in me and choose me for service to Him. I wrote several weeks ago that it is time to "put on [our] gear" and get in the game. So, it's time that I quit talking and put it into action.
Beginning this weekend, I resolve to begin fasting, praying and studying God's Word in a way that I have never done before. I owe it to my family, my Sunday School class, my church assembly and to God. He has been faithful to see me through until now. Now, I get serious.
I hope you understand. And, like I said, I'm not saying goodbye. I'm just saying that I have devoted my time to other callings.
I am stoked that Fred Thompson is joining the presidential race on Thursday. For a time, I was concerned that I'd have to pull the lever for Rudy Guiliani, Ron Paul, or worse, Mitt Romney. If anything, I would have wasted a vote and voted for Dennis Kucinich just to see the reparations thing play out.
In honor of Thompson's upcoming announcement, I am reading everything I can about our beloved former senator. Today, I found more Fred Thompson facts at IMAO.us [link]. My favorite: "Fred Thompson promises that his foreign policy will be like a good action movie: Full of cool one-liners and explosions."