1. May 2013 08:41
This weekend I was able to be part of a men's retreat led by Brian Hardin of the Daily Audio Bible. It was a great chance to get away for a day and enjoy God's presence with some other men - some who I share life with, and some that I had never met before. That sounds like the cliche description of a men's retreat, but it really was a great piece of the weekend.
During the retreat we shared a few discussions about the importance of having the Bible in our lives. Not as a ritual or something we check off our list every day, but as a true companion through life. I've come to love the time I spend in the word through the Daily Audio Bible, but have been wanting to find a way to step back and dig in a bit more lately beyond my daily chunk of the Word and a weekly visit to church to hear a sermon.
Brian shared a model with us known as Lectio Divina. It's an ancient method of diving into God's word in a way that, to me, is much more "whole" than the simply reading or listening to of a pa... [More]
28. February 2011 07:13
THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE; I WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT.
Today, not tomorrow. I do not need to worry about any of them, and that includes today. I may focus freely on what God has place ahead of me in the next 24 hours, one moment at a time.
Not "was." Not "will be." IS. Right here and now. All planning for today has led me to this moment. What will I do with it now? Every moment that goes by is either lost or gained ground for the rest of my life, and eternity.
Today is no ordinary day. It will never be repeated, and is not just one out of thousands that I will live.
24 hours. 1,440 minutes. 86,400 seconds. Tick tock, tick tock. I thank God for the daily "reset" he gives us.
That the Lord
The one with authority over all the universe is the one bringing me this day, this sunrise, this rain, and these moments. He has authority to determine its outocome and its contents, and I can TRUST Him.
So much of life seems random, disconnecte... [More]
2. September 2010 22:47
I'm in one of those seasons of life where tiredness, and even exhaustion, is more than something felt more than at certain points of the day... it's more of a permanent state of mind. A big part of it, I'm sure, is the "role" I've taken on as "family-member-with-the-1AM-to-6AM-feeding-shift." Add to that some significant focus on planning and changing my business model, a coaching role that can easily take up 1-2 hours a day, and then all the other stuff that comes with being a man, husband, and father. Oh, and then all those things that tug at my heart with signifance beyond my own little world.
But that's not what's captured my attention.
What's captured my attention is that even though I'm averaging 4-6 hours of sleep a night, almost guaranteed to be interupted at some point... when that moment of interuption comes, I'm up, awake, and ready to go. But a few months ago, before the baby was born and my sleep was only stopped by an alarm clock or a body finally rested enough to wak... [More]
11. August 2010 13:38
Tonight I'm once again leading the youth group at our church. Tonight we're going to talk about Affirmations. An affirmation is telling yourself, in times of doubt, that which you know to be true at other times. This takes some forethought, of course, because that time of doubt when you need that nugget of truth is not the time to go discovering it. Tonight I'm going to talk with the youth about some of the affirmations we may already hold (positive and negative) and work with them to develop a couple on a note card they can take home and put on their bathroom mirror or something.
I love this popular youtube video about the young girl who knows all about these statements of truth. Even if this is prepared for video, the fact that this girl has these statements memorized and can recite them with passion and emotion makes me say "Bravo, parents. You're doing well."
I'm not a big fan of making statements about who you want to be and feeling that just because you say it s... [More]
28. June 2010 08:16
As I push mowed my lawn this weekend, I had a song stuck in my head. It's called "The Voice of Truth" by a group called Casting Crowns. The first verse goes like this:
Oh what I would do to haveThe kind of faith it takesTo climb out of this boat I'm inOnto the crashing wavesTo step out of my comfort zoneInto the realm of the unknown where Jesus isAnd He's holding out His handBut the waves are calling out my nameAnd they laugh at meReminding me of all the timesI've tried before and failedThe waves they keep on telling meTime and time again. "Boy, you'll never win!""You'll never win!"But the voice of truth tells me a different storyThe voice of truth says, "Do not be afraid!"The voice of truth says, "This is for My glory"Out of all the voices calling out to meI will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth.
This song, in case you're wondering, is referring back to the story of Jesus' follower named Peter who was invited to step out of a boat in the middle of a sea and walk on ... [More]