Ok many of you may know me for those that don’t. I will share that I am not the kind of person you would count as full of joy. I’ve been told if I am standing in a room my default mode is simply scary. Not that I am an unhappy person by any means if you are willing to risk approaching me you will find my appearance is misleading. My devotion today has me asking to I have joy to share.
Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law. Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:9, 10 NIV)
Nehemiah said something profound on hearing the law. He told the people that the very law that was condemning the nation was cause for joy. He realized that the condemnation was leading to salvation. He wanted everyone to share the joy. He wanted them to be joyous so much so his instructions were to share with those that we’re not prepared. Are there people in my life that are not prepared to enjoy our salvation? Have I prepared enough joy to provide them with plenty and not be lacking myself. I think this wise king was on to something this might just be the very heart of the Gospel.
I am Ryan Faircloth, this is my family by wife Brandy, son Wesley, and daughter Bree. Together the “Faircloths”. I’m the hacker, my wife the teacher, my daughter the creative, my son the concrete. Its a pretty good mix in our house which is great but not without its challenges. We are a blended family our history could not be more diverse. I was raised by a single mom as my parents divorced early in my life. My wife was raised by two awesome parents. Our children are our blessing through adoption they have been our children now for over three years, following about four years within the Florida system.
My wife Brandy is a wonderful wife and mom. She is a teacher presently sixth grade math. Leader in our church working with our women’s program and anywhere there is a need. She enjoys meeting new people and cooking, even helping others enjoy it themselves as a Pampered Chef Consultant.
The kids are simply amazing considering what they have been through we could not be more pleased. God has blessed our family! I could write much more about the family and I will over time in the blog.
I am a life long hacker I will explain that over time in the blog. For now what is important is to know hacker is neither good nor bad. It simply a style of problem solving, combined with a set of skills that can be adapted to the challenge at hand. Unfortunately human tendencies and dramatic flare present a negative image the the world at large.
I am also an athlete, triathlete to be more specific, not that I have always been. I acquired an interest in sports later in life than most, I once found my self weighing 290 pounds and determined a change was required in my life. Yes this was me three years ago.