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Virgil Boggs Freestyle in the Studio
James Virgil Boggs speaks publicly in this freestyle rap video about the struggles he has gone through since 2014. From his time putting out Mixtapes to He and Sydney Dianne Boggs loosing their first child to a Miscarriage and the loss of Drexel Lee Boggs to #potterssyndrome.
I hope everyone has had a blessed Christmas this year! I am looking forward to 2017, but 2016 has been pretty good to me. I worked 2 jobs most of the year, but finally was able to knock it down to one. Boomerang CarWash has blessed me with a MIT Position and I am loving it. It has been awhile since I have written a blog post. This one is going to be short, but I just wanted to encourage you to count your blessings, and not to stress too much. Life can be difficult and full of worries, but sometimes it is okay to take a step back and look at our lives. Where we were, and where we are now, can often be so different. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. I have seen both, but even in both, I have always been taken care of. I give credit to God and the people He has put in my life. This Christmas, once again, I owe it all to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What a wonderful Season to Celebrate Jesus! My complete trust continues to be on Him, because I am aware that I cannot make it on my own. I fail at every attempt. Praise God my Salvation is not dependant upon James Virgil Boggs. Praise God that Jesus dwelt among us, lived a perfect sinless life, died the death we deserve and rose again in victory!
“The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 1:14 HCSB
Until next time,
James Virgil Boggs
This is a significant week in the life of Sydney and I. We celebrate 3 years of marriage on Wednesday, July 6th. As I reflect back on those three years, I am reminded of God’s Grace and Mercy upon us. We have been through so much together. We have learned to love each other more every day. We have faced so many hardships together, and have had to rely on God to bring us through, because He is much bigger than any trial we could ever face and so our hope has been on Him through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that brought salvation to us both. Where could I start in reflecting back in our 3 years? Well, I can say I thought we would have a normal first year of marriage. You know, the we are in love, everything is beautiful and amazing at all times kind of marriage? It started out that way. We had a beautiful wedding ceremony, the best honeymoon in Branson, Mo I could ask for. I took a week vacation. We did things that were normal for a new married couple. We unpacked our new house together, we got a puppy, we mowed our yard together, she cooked some really great meals. Much of what I needed. I am a very skinny guy, but I was even skinnier then and I packed on some much needed weight early on. We both worked our jobs and came home in the evenings to spend time together. The first few months, I was working until 1 am, so that was difficult, but we adjusted. She would cook meals for me and my fellow coworkers. We did life normally and it was pretty awesome. I was 25 and enjoying life more than I ever had.
Then we came to a point where we wanted to discuss having children. I remember being scared at the thought. I remember saying “let’s wait” and “let’s pray”. I was focused on my music, and by that I mean being a “bedroom rapper”, it was nothing as glorious as going to a big recording studio, but I could tell my story and promote my testimony. I did that pretty much as often as I could from 2011-2013 and then early 2014, I decided maybe it was time to slow down. I started reading the Bible through the year, was involved in small groups, and in early 2014, I went to a men’s retreat with my church. I remember sensing God’s direction to start having children and I came home after much prayer and said its time to slow down with the music and focus on my family. We did just that and a few months later found out we were pregnant. I was very excited. I was nervous but I had no choice but to pray and trust that things would be okay. At 10 weeks, we found out things were not okay. I have written about this several times, and it’s in the book we are working on, so I won’t go into too much detail on this blog post, but the pregnancy ended in a Miscarriage. We were faced with our first real trial as a couple. We had some choices to make. We chose to allow nature to take its course and let the child pass naturally instead of having a DNC surgery. We wanted to have a second opinion ultrasound to make sure that the baby did it fact pass away. We knew it was still early and didn’t want to solely rely on a machine to tell us whether there really was a heartbeat or not.
During this time I went to Ecuador for 2 weeks to serve by doing a Vacation Bible School. This was during our first anniversary. I had quite a scare for Sydney to hear about as I was nearly “Swallowed up” by the Jungle. Thank God for the backpack and walking stick that kept me from falling to my death. God is merciful. I thank God for men who wear hearing aids as well. Roger Reid finally did hear me hollering “Roger! , Help!”, it’s kind of comical to tell the story but it was life or death at the time and I just wasn’t ready to go. I did make it back on U.S soil and was welcomed home by my bride. We went straight to the doctor as soon as she picked me up from the airport to get her checked out since it had been about a month since the miscarriage. We also went to counseling the next day. I was convinced everything would be okay and that we would mend those wounds. I wasn’t prepared for the next year. I wasn’t prepared to find out that we were pregnant again, and that the baby, who we thought was developing normally, was not. In fact we were told little Drexel Lee, had no kidneys, and that he wouldn’t develop lungs, and without either he would pass away. This story alone, went on for months and to save time and information that I am putting into the book, I will keep it short. I was not prepared to give up our son. I was not prepared to be completely broken. I thought everything was okay. It had been for 20 weeks, minus an early scare, but I wasn’t prepared to fall on my knees, begging for God’s intervention. Begging for God to do something that I couldn’t do. I wasn’t prepared to be faced with the biggest heartache of my life, but I had to. There was no other choice. We could either be mad at God, or trust Him. We chose to trust. We chose to carry, when we had the option of abortion. We chose to deliver Drexel at 37 weeks, via C-Section, and that the outcome, would be up to God, that we would be okay with Drexel either living or passing. Drexel was born, I held him close. Family held him close. Friends visited. After 10 hours, he took his last breath. Drexel passed away due to a condition known as “Potter’s Syndrome”. We witnessed every breath he took, every little cry he could produce and his final breath. We were not alone and I believe God perfected his little life on this earth. We went through every grieving process and funeral service for him.
Like our wedding, the funeral was beautiful, and Jesus was made famous. Like our wedding day, Jesus was made famous. Our marriage has been focused on making Jesus famous. Do we fail? Yes everyday. Are we perfect? Far from it. We have been told that we are an inspiration to many. I am humbled by that. I can only say that God is good, He is merciful and full of grace. I could have continued a life of sin and separation from God, but He sought me out. He wanted me, he wanted ALL of me, not the part that tried to look good on Sunday. He desires a relationship with all of us, and I am reminded in Scripture, that He loves us, in our filth. He loves us when we are disgusting and ugly. He loves us when we are obedient. He loves us because He gave His only Son and while we were yet Sinners, Christ died for the ungodly. Jesus died for those who reject Him. Marriage is a beautiful description of The Gospel. Men, love your wives and be willing to give up your lives for her, as Christ gave up His life for the Church. Stop treating her like she owes you something. Be gentle, kind, selfless. It’s easy to say these things, but we are called to do them. Be Men of Grace, Mercy and Love as our God is. If you don’t know Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, then I challenge you to search the scriptures to find out who He is. One day you will become like Him, through a constant growing in Him and His word.
So here we are, 3 years this week. What does the future hold? I have no clue, but I do know that I am not going back to the old me. I am not going to be afraid. I am going to proclaim Jesus more. Our marriage is going to proclaim Jesus more. Will you proclaim Jesus more? Will you stop playing games with the Gospel, if that’s what you have been doing? Will you be willing to die for His names sake? I made that decision years ago when I surrendered to the ministry though missions. I am not afraid. I am unashamed. I will be hated, but not because they hate me, but because they hate WHO I represent. They hate WHO my marriage represents. I am undeserving of such Grace, but I will gladly take it and be obedient to the calling on my life. Will you?
Until next time,
James Virgil Boggs
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I am sitting in Chick-fil-a, drinking coffee and I just finished hosting my first “Twitter Chat”. It was a Q&A with Author Jase Rosenburg. I am really pleased with how it went, but how did it actually go? I was very busy while this was going on and I had to multitask to the max! I was actually trying to eat breakfast, send out tweets that I had already loaded into Hootsuite, and had an open browser on TweetChat.com. Every time a tweet was responded to, I had to Retweet it, send out a new tweet and keep my Facebook refreshed so that my Facebook audience could see or respond to what they were seeing. They were not seeing my tweets, they could only see the responses from Jase. I was also getting followers and likes on my Twitter account. Prior to this morning, I gave Jase a chance to go ahead and get his responses ready, because he could only respond in 140 Characters. Part of the 140 included “@jboggs222 A1. #amwriting” so he had to be very precise on how he would respond. I was very pleased with his responses. We had a pretty big audience inside TweetChat who were using Hashtag Amwriting. I am happy that we had a chance to reach other writers. Once the Twitter Chat was finished, I took all of the links to each tweet and copied the html into my blog, so that readers could see the conversation as if it were in real time. This also made it available for those who are not on Twitter, because I promoted heavily on Facebook as well.
Last night the blog post was created and was ready to go live. I also linked the content back to http://www.communitshare.com and that Twitter account @seoblogs1. I also shared via Instagram as well. My brain is pretty much fried and I am ready for a nap lol, but I thought I would write a quick blog post to let everyone know about the behind the scenes things that happen. This was literally put into the works yesterday afternoon and was finished before 10 am today. I love social media marketing and content creation/ marketing. This gave me a chance to really use new ideas in order to reach a new audience in real time. If you checked in on the Twitter Chat, I want to say, Thank you! I had fun doing it and hope to have more in the future. Also thank you for reading my Saturday morning ramble. I think I may go home and get some rest lol 🙂
Until next time,
James Virgil Boggs