Monthly Archives: August 2009

He is with you

A few months ago I noticed a friend was talking about twitting and reading twitter feeds and I was quickly intriueqed to find out more. I wondered what this thing was that he was reading and wondered how I could be apart of it. Now a few months and 582 tweets later I have found it to be a lot of fun. Not because I like to detail every moment of my life for others to read or because I am extremely well known and I get to have a ton of followers. Rather I have come to enjoy Twitter because of who I get to follow and get a glimpse into their life. No I am not a stalker! It would be better to say that you get to get a glimpse of their mind.  Many of those I follow have similar interest and passions and as a result as I read their tweets I gain great resources and find myself encouraged by the things they say and share. In some ways you begin to be mentored by people that you may never have had a chance to interact with before. To me that is really cool!

Just the other day someone tweeted saying that the reason people tweet when they are with a group of people is that they are lonely. I would imagine that this is true.  They really are lonely or they are bored. When I read that I was struck and found myself wondering if I tweet sometimes because I am lonely even though I am surrounded by a group of people whom I know love me. I must say that if this is true it is sad that I can not find companionship with those I love. Secondly it is sad that instead of finding comfort and peace in Christ I am searching for it on a phone with people who honestly give a rip about me.

“I will never leave you nor forsake you” is a promise from God in regards to contentment. Yes the context is talking immediately about money and possessions but the application is for every area of our lives where we may find ourselves wanting. For those of us who have found forgiveness and grace in the arms of our savior we must recognize that Christ alone will fill any void we find.  Until we realize this and live this we will continue to be brought to great lows of loneliness and discontentment. We are promised that He will not leave us because in Him alone we will find the cure for the lack of peace and loneliness we have.

Twitter has a lot of good for us to take advantage of but we must also be careful to not allow it to be a comfort to us. Christ alone is our comfort. Perhaps I am preaching to the choir, but for each of us, what is that thing that we find comfort in that is not our Saviour? What do you turn to when you are hurting, discontented and lonely. Our savior alone will bring the lasting comfort that we all long for! Seek Him and Him alone!

Have to run to the cross and our Savior today?

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We are shepherds- Please respond!

The kidsLike arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.

Psalm 127:4

Friends and Readers,

I am always curious what others do to riase up their children in the Lord. Moses told the children of Israel to make sure that they pass things onto their kids and it is the desire of my heart that I do that with our three children. I find it easy to think that as long as I have our kids in church and Sunday School that they will learn the Bible and grow up following the Lord. I know that is not the case but rather as Amy and I live lives of faith in Christ our kids will pick up the truth.

Would you please respond with comments and share what other ways you shepherd your children. What is it you do to pass on your faith to your children? How do you implement the things of God into your everyday life so that your children see?

Again please take a few minutes to comment.

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God: a better parent

This taken from “Think Orange” written by Reggie Joiner. He reminds us that God is God and that we need to trust Him with our kids.

“I am not trying to make them happy;
I want them to really live.

In the middle of their pain,
I can be a better friend than anyone,
even you.

I am the only one who can really
love them unconditionally,
forgive them forever,
and be a perfect Father.

So maybe you just need to trust Me
enough so they can see Me.

Besides…
with all your issues,
I think it’s probably better
for them to trust Me more
than they trust you.

Isn’t it more important for them
to love Me more
than they love you?

I can heal their hearts;
you can’t.

I can give them eternal life;
You can’t.

I am God;
you’re not.”

Pg 56 “Think Orange”

May each of us realize the truth of this as we seek to raise our kids to love and know God! Parenting can be scary, in those times we need to trust God more!

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Not Mine, but His…

Over the last few months God has allowed us to be on a crazy journey as we have sought His will for our lives.  I always use to think that God’s will was supposed to be revealed in some magnificent way so that we could be sure that we were in the center of it. Then I came to realize that it was not the case but practically I still lived that way.  As we would come to new junctures in life I kept waiting for God to speak but always in the end He never spoke that clearly.

The pattern that I have seen in my life has been a continuous battle to remain patient as I wait for God’s will to unfold. When I am in those waiting stages I find that anything sounds like it would be a lot of fun and as long as God is included I begin to think that it might be His will for me. Therefore I begin to pursue different things with passion that overwhelms me and possesses me until I find the answer. In those times when things don’t work out I am reminded that those pursuits became my idol. Once they began to possess me I should have realized that it probably wasn’t what God wanted, but rather what I wanted as I sought for significance and meaning. After those times of waiting where I allowed myself to be possessed, God then steps in and moves us to what he had originally planed. Then when I look back with 20/20 vision I see how God’s sovereign hand has been involved and that because I could not be patient I missed out on enjoying Him and His peace.

Recently we hit a new intersection in life and had some major decisions to make but by God’s grace I handled it much differently. God calls us to be faithful and because of that I knew that I needed to proceed with caution.  I also knew that I longed to be used by God and didn’t want to wait any longer to pour my heart and life into people. Instead of pursuing a position I simply realized that the best thing to do was to be faithful where God had placed us because I knew there was much to be done.

As a result we have been led to a place where we have been desperate for God to provide. We have been in a place that does not give us luxury or opportunity for advancement but rather it has been a place where I am continually humbled. The place my family and I found is one that is seeking first the kingdom of God in our most imperfect ways. I find myself daily looking at the promises of God and asking do I really believe this. At least a few times a week I find that I want to jump ship and pursue something that has more earthly benefits. In those times God gently rebukes me and pulls me closer to Him.

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification” (1 Thess. 4:3). This summer as we have sought the kingdom, God has been sanctifying us. In times when I felt like I needed encouragement from God, I found Him revealing in greater ways the depth of my sin and how it repels people from Him. In those times by revealing my sin, He also revealed how amazing His grace is and that apart from it I am hopeless. In this process He has been sanctifying me. I pray that the lessons that God has been teaching me this summer will stay deeply planted within my heart.

God has also taught me much about trusting His promises. He has taught me that often times the hardest thing about trusting God’s promises is dying to my own desires. Jesus taught that, the first must become last in His kingdom and so when He teaches us those lessons it is painful because we have to die to our desires.  The thing is that often times our wants can sound very godly, so when we are asked to die to them it seems wrong. I know I have found myself saying to God, “I want this so I can serve you more or so I can give more to you.” The truth is in those things there is a hint of selfishness that is repulsive to God and also makes it so difficult to die to those things. The great thing is that God keeps showing me that the results from trusting His promises are so much greater than what my desires would have produced.

God’s provision has been amazing as we have surrendered to Him and sought to do His will by seeking first the kingdom of God. Yes it has been hard and I have often found myself in a panic and moping around waiting for God to respond. Then He rebukes me through the Scriptures, my amazing wife, a life situation of a friend or a close friend and I come back to reality that my purpose in life is to know Jesus and to lead others to know and experience Him. That is my mission. I am convinced more than ever that I do not need a position or title to ever fulfill the mission that God has clearly called me to.

May I encourage you be faithful to what God calls us to in the scriptures and He will reveal His will to you only when it is necessary. Pray over the scriptures for what God is calling you to do as His disciple and start doing it.  Don’t wait, do it now. When you do this it will not be easy and at times it will be scary but you will come alive and experience life more fully than ever.

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