Josh Lambert

I Broke Down Weeping

forbiocorner Few artists wield the pen of writing, and skill in musical delivery that Chris Rice does. His ability to take the listener on a journey of vibrant emotions and thoughts is simply unprecedented among musicians in the CCM genre. On the way home last night from an open house, I turned on his album Short Term Memories. My wife and I listened through popular favorites such as Deep Enough to Dream and Smellin’ Coffee, and these were good as they always are. But then we got to Mama Prays. I’d heard this song before, but never before did it have the impact on me that it did last night. It starts like this:

“My memories of my brothers and me
Make me marvel at the way the years went by
Here we are, how’d we ever get this far?
I wonder how, and I wonder why”

So this is a new emotion for me. I recently moved out on my own right before getting married, and have been in my own place for just over a year now. I’ve wondered the same things he sings about here. These lyrics got my attention, but this was only the beginning. He continues:

“Then I recall what these boys often saw
When we would stop to look at mom and daddy’s door
They’d bow their heads while they knelt beside their bed
And we could hear them lift our names before the Lord”

So now I’m really “awake” if you will, and listening intently. Why? Because I experienced this myself growing up. My parents were faithful in praying for us, and I’m confident this shaped our path in a positive direction in a way that nothing else could. One such example I recall was every New Years Eve as we’d wait for midnight to come. My parents would call us each individually to pray with them over our lives and goals for the coming year. This was simply incredible, and I didn’t realize until later the impact this would have on my thinking. Driving home last night, memories such as this one came to my mind, but Chris wasn’t done yet. He moves into the chorus:

“Mama prayed and Jesus stood beside us
Daddy prayed and the devil had to run
God looked down, and his angels guarded through the harder days
‘Cause mama prayed and daddy prayed”

Wow. Unbelievable. This hit me right in the heart, and I broke down weeping. So many emotions running over me of the love that my parents had, and the example they set so clearly of the love that God has for His children. A verse in Romans comes to mind that I read recently, explaining that the Spirit makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered:

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. – Romans 8:26 (KJV)

Perhaps for my parents, these prayers were more than just words. It’s a state of the heart. It’s, well, almost groanings which cannot be uttered. Perhaps it’s a feeling in the spirit, an emotion that’s so powerful, words are inadequate to define it. My parents made similar intercessions on my behalf, and modeled this love in a way that I didn’t deserve.

Thank you, Chris Rice, for painting a picture with your music so vivid, and bringing back sweet memories of a not-to-distant past. You’ve been a blessing in my life over the last year, and you don’t even know me. I’m looking forward to your next album. In the mean time, I’m purposing to pray earnestly, and often for my children as well. I want Jesus to stand beside them, and I want the devil to have to run. May the Lord’s will be done in all these things.

Go ahead, enjoy the song for yourself, then go follow Chris Rice on Twitter or checkout his website. It’ll be worth your time.

Night and Day

IMG_1325I’m thankful that God gave us both night and day. In them, He presented a metaphor that is quite lovely when you take a few steps back and really think about it. We all love the day, but as He has willed it, there is a time for both. Day soon ends, and the night begins. The night can be long, the darkness deep. The lack of light can be disheartening, and in it, one can find the deepest of despair. What’s beautiful though is that the sky, even in night, has little glimmers of the light to come. Tiny stars and the Moon remind us that even as the night carries on, the light (the hope for tomorrow) is still there, and will return soon in the most glorious of displays. Lord, preserve us in the night, that we may come to see the wonders of your glory when the light fully returns again on the morrow. May your name be praised in both night and day. Thank you for never leaving us. Thank you for showing yourself to us in creation, as the simplest things like a sunset and sunrise can bring the greatest of comforts. God is good.

Christian Work Culture

IMG_2445If Christians ever expect to make a dent in the reformation of culture and our nation, we’ve got to take our worldview, and apply it practically at every level of society in which we interact. The first of these levels is our personal life, the second level is our marriages and families. The third level is our churches. The fourth level, one which is too easy to overlook, is our workplace. It is here that our worldview has one of the largest impacts on the society around us. Even if we don’t have a worldview– lack of worldview is still a worldview, and will be reflected in the quality of the work we do while performing our duties in the workplace.

IMG_2334If we believe that nobody holds us accountable, we are not given incentive to produce a good product and perform at our best, unless it benefits us in some sort of self-gratifying way through financial or power gains. Christians however are supposed to believe that God is holding them accountable, and calls their work to a higher standard than the world around them has set. We’re told in Colossians 3:23 that we are to work as unto the Lord: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men”.  The word “heartily” means to do something in an open, cheerful, and energetic way. We ought to give our employers the very best work we can, with a cheerful and energetic spirit, working as if the Lord is our employer. Christians can find a standard by which to do their work in the Bible. When Christians begin making a personal covenant to turn back to that standard in their work life, it will mark the beginning of true national economic reformation, and the return of God’s blessing on our economy. If we want things to get better, we have to stop making excuses by blaming President Obama, or some other far-off “problem”, and take real action in the levels of society which we CAN impact. (Proverbs 26:13) Remember again the primary levels of influence: you, your family, your church, and your workplace. This is where change starts. When Christians begin to think along the lines of applying a biblical standard to their lives on these levels, change will come to the land via the Lord’s blessing. (Deuteronomy 28)

Saturday Blessings

torchThe Lord is faithful, and shows himself great in our community all the time.

Every Saturday morning at 7:00am, the Bibb County, AL Gideon camp meets to pray over our local Gideon camp, Gideon’s international, friends in need, local government, national government, our military, churches, local businesses, etc. Each Gideon has an opportunity to bring a care in reverence to the group, and it’ll be prayed over a few minutes later. After all the requests have been shared, the Gideons split off into groups of two, where they’ll all lift up the requests mentioned. It’s amazing to hear so many voices all lift up prayers at the same time. This is usually one of those moments when I find myself feeling closest to God.

When I first learned of the Gideons, it was through a speaker at our church. He shared about the ways that the organization works to spread the Word of God into areas that may not have heard the good news yet. It wouldn’t be too long after this that the Lord would lay it on my heart to become a part of this ministry. I’m thankful that God chose in His good providence to do this, as it’s been a major encouragement to me.

The Gideons have helped me develop a greater drive to spread the Word of God, and I would strongly encourage you to support and take part in your local camp. Men and women alike can get involved in praying, supporting, and volunteering time. It’s been a blessing to me, and it Lord willing, will be for you too.

Christmas Tree Judging

10474433_10205621683326238_5061103746458976106_nI was given the wonderful opportunity to be one of the judges in the Centreville Historic Preservation Committee’s Christmas tree contest held on the town square in front of the county courthouse.

Businesses and organizations alike decorated Christmas trees, and displayed them for review by a panel of four judges. I took pictures of some of these, and figured I’d share them here. Everyone did a great job, and I look forward to taking part in this event next year!

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The Great Internet Quandry – Part 1

I’ve been spending quite a bit of mental energy trying to determine how we might as a nation do a better job getting decent internet access into the rural portions of our country, while at the same time, boosting the capabilities of existing infrastructure in our downtown urban areas.

If you’ve ever spent any time living in the country, you know first-hand how difficult it can be to get a decent internet connection at your residence. In my case, my small country town Centreville, AL has two non-wireless options for internet. These options are cable-based and DSL-based internet services.

Sky Cablevision LogoFirst, we’ll address the local cable company. In Bibb County, AL, we are served by Sky Cablevision, a cable company based in Meredian, MS. (This is the company I’m currently with right now for my internet needs.) They offer TV, internet, and VOIP telephone service to subscribers in their coverage area. As of this time, I understand this to include the more developed areas of Brent and Centreville, the cities in the southern portion of our county. They offer download speeds ranging from 3mbps at the low-end to 12mbps at the high-end. During my ping tests on this network using the 12mbps tier, I tend to average anywhere between 20ms and 40ms ping– a pretty solid number when compared to tests I’ve done in other localities. In theory, this should be a decent, albeit a little on the slow side connection. When the service is up, it works pretty well. Games such as Minecraft and Counterstrike run nicely. VOIP calls have no lag or static, downloads are fast, and the speed is consistent– even during peak-use hours. The trouble is, the reliability of this provider has been shaky at best. I’ve found the need to call customer support quite a few times over the duration of my service for issues with the modem syncing, or issues with the network node causing internet to drop completely for hours, sometimes days, at a time. To make matters worse, the customer support for this company is outsourced to a 3rd party, one which does not always have the most up-to-date information for what is causing the most recent outage. This can be quite troublesome when you depend on internet for your work, and has left me wondering if it’s time to reconsider using them as the internet provider at my house. As of right now while writing this article, my internet is down again, and I’m relying on a Verizon MiFi to stay connected while their staff restores connectivity for my location.

AT&TSecond, we’ll address the local telephone company. We’re served here by AT&T, and their U-verse highspeed product. This service is a hybrid between fiber and old-school copper lines setup in this area mostly in a fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) configuration. They provide download speeds ranging from 768kbps to 45mbps. I tend to average around 35ms ping on this network, also a respectable number in comparison to other localities in the surrounding area. Unfortunately, there are still large segments of our county market that are undeserved with this product. If your home or business is distributed internet from the central office (CO), or an old-school internet-ready access device (IRAD), your speeds will be limited to 6mbps– as is the case at my house, where this older technology is in place. U-verse TV offerings are also not available for this configuration.  That being said, where a video-ready access device (VRAD) is being used, such as the neighborhoods off Grey Hill Road in North Bibb County, you’ll enjoy much higher speeds, and the U-verse TV product. My speed test from my parent’s house on Grey Hill road showed low-ping (35ms) and download speeds OVER the tier originally purchased. (Around 20mbps on a tier advertised to deliver around 18mbps. Very impressive, AT&T.). This shows that while the service can be really awesome, lack of universal availability can leave customers with less than optimal choices, in an age where higher internet speeds are desired in many cases for an optimal online experience.

So there are my choices. Fast, but sometimes unreliable cable with poor customer support, or reliable but slow U-verse DSL service. What policy or personal choices could be made on the county-level to address the need of better internet access and availability for residents of this county, without resorting to plundering each other through taxes and bonds?

More to follow in part 2… Stay Tuned.

She Did Not Love Him Anymore

I found this article in the November 5th issue of the Centreville Press, a local newspaper here in Centreville, Alabama. The author, Mr. Bob Tribble, accurately stated one of the problems we face as a culture when it comes to defining love always as a feeling, rather than an action. I was encouraged to read this, and thought y’all might appreciate it also:

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Always remember that God demonstrated His love for us not because we were a warm lovable group of people whom He could not resist. Instead God demonstrates His love for us because “while we are still sinners Christ died for us” Bob Tribble, President of the Centreville Press

I definitely appreciate Mr. Tribble sharing this, and I look forward to additional thoughts he has on things in the future.

Why’s my laptop battery draining so fast? Oh yeah. I left that Java applet running. This happens to be day after day, which makes me wonder: Just why is Java so resource intensive?

A Hearty Hello

cropped-Josh-and-Kylie-28.jpgGreetings, and welcome to my new blog!

My name is Josh Lambert. I’m married to the beautiful Kylie Lambert, and live in the small country town of Centreville, Alabama. I’m a Christian, and the 2nd oldest of 13 kids. By trade, I’m a programmer. I work for BIS Computer Solutions, and also work part-time in freelance with my firm Centreville Tech.

You might call me a geek. And if you did, I wouldn’t be offended. I love all things technology, and especially things in the web stack. My interests range in everything from politics, to weather. About the weather thing– this has always been a passion of mine. If I wasn’t a programmer, I’d probably be a meteorologist. I run my own weather monitoring station, you can find that on WunderGround here:

This is one of a few different attempts over my life at keeping a blog. I’m going to try REALLY HARD this time to update this somewhat regularly. I’d like to have a log of what I’ve done over the years for my posterity, and this seems like the natural way to do just that.

Oh yeah, I recently found out I’m an INFJ type thanks to the Myers Briggs personality test. That, of course, makes me Obi-wan Kenobi on the Star Wars chart. I’m good with that, as you might have guessed.


Thanks for coming along for the ride. This should be fun. No really, it’ll be fun. 😉

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