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Good day, my friend.

My name is Matthew Wood and I am very excited to be apart of the Lanterns community. I have just relocated to Nampa, Idaho from Colorado Springs, Colorado. There are a few reasons that drove me out of Colorado other than the now legalized marijuana and the quickly declining political climate. For me, the job climate is poor if you are not in the military or you don’t have a college degree. My wife’s family also lives here in the area as well

What you will be reading from me from time to time is posts about the Christian walk, posts about sports (Blackhawks are down 3-0 to the Nashville Predators, but will they come back? I am not so sure) and some on politics.

Chicago and Nashville in Game 3

Even throughout the whole move, I have seen God work through the details. From the sale of the house (we received an offer $15,000 more than we were asking for!) to the moving truck and the purchase of new current house, God has blessed us despite my stuborness along the way.

One thing I know is that God has blessed me with a skill of writing, even though it is still in the process of being sharpened. My desire is to let him speak in whatever means necessary through my posts. With that said, I will leave you with my first ever poem written in 2005:

From the moment I was born

The Thief tried to ruin my life

He tried to shut me up

But God made a way out of my strife.

He provided a miracle

They rejoiced hysterically.

Then came a time for a change

It had to be made

whether I liked it or not.

But yet I refused

I was confused with why

they chose to do this.

But a Turning Point was coming

It was more than just a name but

An actual event.

Oh God you have been my fortress.

From the very start

I pray that I may from

your ways never depart.

My life has been from

that moment changed.

God opened the

flood gate so His love

could rain

down on me.

From the suicidal thoughts I almost reacted to

The rebellious actions …

You have remained strong and faithful.

Hudson Reed Showers