So in case you haven’t noticed I have been kinda MIA from the site for a few weeks.

It has been almost a forced time of refocus. I did not plan on getting to busy to even blog. Something I really haven’t done before.

But I did kinda just put it out of reach for a few weeks.

God has been doing some things in our church. We have replanted ourselves. We moved and we are having a grand opening in 3 weeks. This has made me quite busy.

I am revamping my design site and attempting to be able to refocus on getting more work.

Last week my wife and I were pretty concerned about money and praying about it. My mens group was praying as well and I got a call out of the blue with 2 design jobs. God is Good. Why do we always forget that?

Last sunday I drove to CT to lead worship and teach at a church. Yes I said teach. This was really out of  my comfort zone to be the sunday AM preacher. I spoke on being a dangerous Christian and it was a fantastic morning. God is continually taking me into areas that I’m not comfortable with so I can see Him move.

My wife and I have had some scary things come up with the new baby due in Sept. Everything “seems” good, but there are no guarantees. I can’t really go into that on the blog, but we really could use your prayer for faith, patience, and peace.

My youth ministry in the church is in a scary spot. The kids here are reading the word and coming to events but they are not ingesting the word and showing fruit of it. This has been very discouraging and while I know to leave these things in God’s hands I am human. I want to see these kids really have the presence of God in thier lives.

I want to join up with the “our creative community” crew, but some reason I haven’t. Why haven’t I? Fear, lazy. what the heck.

I need to get in shape
I need to be a better husband
I need to be a better father
I need to be seeking God more
I need to write more music
I need to finish the 3 childrensbooks I started
I need to finish the coffee table book
I need to….

It’s seems there is so much flying in my brain that I am asking God to declutter. Not trim down the creative but help me get a handle on managing the unmanagable.

So with that said..Im back on the blog. I am excited about THE JOINT reviews. I am stoked beyond belief with my friends on the internet who pray for me when I need it (and if your a blog friend hater…shut up!)

I heard it again this week. people online are not being real…That’s a cop out. There are people online who are and some who are not. But I can say the same for those I meet in real life.

God has been faithful with me and my family and I am praying for the reassurance of that all the time. This blog is just a reminder of how much God works in me and around me.

Cya guys on the next post….






  1. Conner Byrd Avatar

    Rae and I have been praying man! It’s so great to hear from you. It seems this year, God’s put us in contact with many a friend who’s going through some crazy shenanigans like us. Awkward church situations, tough family situations, tight money situations, changes, travel, travel, travel, and sometimes it just seems so far from God’s hand and other times its so obvious that the only way we’re able to make it through from one day to the next is because we are in His hand and that it’s still not out of His control. Thanks for this reminder brother.
    You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

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  2. Joel Klampert Avatar

    Seriously…dude…MOVE TO RI…im getting kinda tired of telling you…I love you and Rae…you need to move. cus God knows I can’t move there. 🙂

  3. alece Avatar

    rootin’ for you.

    aleces last blog post..something is stirring

  4. Mike Mahoney Avatar

    I can tell you for one, I’m real! But you know that.

    Glad to see you back. I’ve been wondering. Maybe you and I can find a few minutes when I’m there to talk and pray… “Maybe?” What am I, nuts? We WILL!!

    Mike Mahoneys last blog post..The List

  5. Bridget Willard Avatar

    Amen and Amen.

    I’m feeling the stress, too.
    I’ll trade prayers with you.


    Bridget Willards last blog post..The Internet and the Christian Life

  6. Alastair Avatar

    Great post Joel…

    I was actually pricing flights the other day to RI just out of interest. I think I need to pay you a visit sometime this year…

    Alastairs last blog post..The Bible Trumps Creativity

  7. Wisdom Moon Avatar

    Yes,I’ve been wondering where you were.

    Praying for you, man.

    Glad to see you’re back.

    Wisdom Moons last blog post..Darrell Evans May 2009 :: Show Notes

  8. Adam Avatar

    “help me get a handle on managing the unmanagable.”


  9. Fred McKinnon Avatar

    From one of those online friends who they say doesn’t exist … dude, thanks for updating us, and I’ll be praying.

    I don’t like the fact of waiting another year to hang out w/ you guys.

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