Category Archives: Family

The Path of Faith Requires This…

I had a dream Sunday night. It was exactly what I needed to understand. Not what I needed to know…what I needed to understand.

In my dream I was at my house with my family. There was a cat walking around. After a while the cat was bigger. Then it was bigger. All of a sudden it was a full size tiger walking around my house.

I was seized with fear. My family was in danger. I was in danger. Something had to be done.

I did the one thing I knew to do, I went to a gun safe and started doing the combination. I tried and tried and tried but the combination I knew wouldn’t open it.

Then I woke up.

I woke up to a day that had a meeting that would change my perspective on prayer, leadership and most importantly faith and decision making. I won’t get into all of that now but here is what was going on.

God was telling me that I was leaning into my own strength instead of Him and that it doesn’t work. The consequences can be huge. I was trying all the combinations I knew but nothing worked. This is how I have been operating for some time – doing things my way. Operating outside of faith rather than inside faith. I am speaking rather generally here but you get the idea.

There are things we are going to encounter – situations, people, decisions where we MUST rely on God 100% if we are going to make it through. We can try all the things we know but they aren’t going to work. They won’t be effective. We will only be effective when we turn to God.

How do you operate out of your own strength rather than trust God?

Identify The Hats Only You Can Wear

There are too many distractions in life. It is so easy to shift our time and energy to things that we don’t need to be engaged in. Often the things that get neglected are the things that only we can do. One of the things I ask myself from time to time when considering tacklingContinue Reading

Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me By Ian Morgan Cron

Reading is one of my passions in life. I usually have half a dozen books going at the same time, each one getting a little space in various corners of my mind at the same time. Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me was an exception. For one book to knock the rest to theContinue Reading

Imitating Christ Doesn’t Mean We Do it Perfectly

One of the joys and horrors of having kids is to see them imitate you. There are times when kid’s imitation is the cutest thing ever and there are times their imitation teaches you a lot about yourself and things you need to change. I love seeing my boys play with their tools. They getContinue Reading

God, Superheros and Kids

Last week, Missy was in Walgreens with the boys. Jonah had on a superman cape and caught the attention of several of the shoppers. One guy walked up and said, “He has a superman cape on” as if Missy would have been unaware of this until pointed out by a total stranger. When you haveContinue Reading

Disney World and Longing for Heaven

As a parent of a two year old and a four year old, I can’t exactly say that everything about the last few days we spent at Disney reminded me of heaven. The heat, aggravated people, and cost of it all might just call to mind another place quite opposite of heaven. But in allContinue Reading

The Joy of Kids

Yesterday Jonah told me he wanted to be a pirate. He brought his red cape to me and asked if I would tie it around his head. He then made a makeshift sword and started saying “Arrrrr…” Then Elijah got in on the act. He put on a Santa Claus hat and told me heContinue Reading

Elijah and His Accessories

Our two year old son Elijah is all about standing out in the crowd. He knows how to get a smile and he will do whatever it takes to get one. Going out in public with him is always an experience. A few months ago Jonah, Elijah and I were going to Best Buy. AsContinue Reading

Two Posts You Should Read by Dan Bouchelle & Ben Witherington

The first is by Dan Bouchelle about ministers and how they “Willingly Walk into a World of Pain“. The stories he tells are honest, touching and will give you a whole new appreciation for your minister. The second is by Ben Witheringon, “Family First – Not a Biblical Viewpoint“. I wrestled with this post. IContinue Reading

Do You Tell Your Kids The Gifts Come From Santa Claus?

Missy and I have been talking about what to tell our boys about Santa Claus. So far the consensus has been that we would rather them know that their parents are the ones giving them the gifts rather than a mysterious stranger named Santa. What is more, we would like more of a focus onContinue Reading

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