What are we going to do today dad?

I must hear that question at least 12 times a day. I am a stay at home dad.

photo-1Since we launched Revive Church I work from home. I love it and to be honest at times I love it less. I am amazed on how my kids have to know what we are going to do today. I don’t know if it’s just mine or it’s like this all over, but man, if deviate from one thing I said we are going to do. You would think I kicked them both in the head…They hate it.

So in the morning when they wake up…”dad, what are we going to do today?” after breakfast…”So, ummmm dad. What are we going to do today?” After snack…”Soooooo, dad…We were wondering what we are going to do today?”

On and On…everyday. Then it occurred to me and maybe it’s because I am a “glass half full” kinda guy, but it hit me.

I think they are looking to see if what we do is actually what I said we were going to do. It’s like they are fact checking me, but also that reminder of “oh yeah, dad said we are going to do this and do that.”  Something in them that drives them to ask…”Dad, are you going to do what you said you are going to do.”

This reminds me so much of my personal walk with God…”Uh, God…are you going to do what you said you were going to do?”photo

I find my prayers have been drifting in that area. Doubt, fear, unease…it’s all there at times. Then God brings back reminders, confirmations through his word:

2 Peter 1:4

And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Matthew 11:28-29

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Isaiah 40:29-31

He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

Philippians 4:19

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:37-39

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Proverbs 1:33

But all who listen to me will live in peace,
untroubled by fear of harm.”

John 14:27

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

 

So when I put them to bed last night and gave them a kiss, without fail the boy asks…

“SO WHAT ARE WE DOING TOMORROW DAD?”

Monday is for music

90’s R&B music

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Yup, that was year ago…

Today I celebrate 36 years of being on this earth

In these 3 decades of life I have learned a little bit.

1) You are never too old to ask for help/directions

2) You will fall flat on your face in life, but that is ok because you are trying

3) You can not live life alone. Life is to be celebrated with awesome people

4) You need to learn how to laugh at yourself

5) You need to learn not to take yourself too seriously

6) Don’t waste your times on things that do not matter

7) Don’t try to please everyone.

8) Confession is good for the soul

9) You’re a fool if you don’t learn from other people’s mistakes

10) You’re double the fool if you don’t learn from your own mistakes

11) A good name  is far more important than you think

12) Don’t dwell on the past too much for you are more than your past

13) Never be afraid to ask question

14) Be quick to ask for forgiveness when you are wrong

15) Be quick to forgive

16) Insecure people will brag about everything

17) Quite people often have the wisest things to say…if you let them talk

18) Inspiration is everywhere if you stop looking for it

19)  When you stop living for “you” the world looks a whole lot different

20) Grace was freely given to me, I should then give grace freely

21) Being a parent is scary

22) Getting older is scary with the thought of “What will my legacy be”?

23) Just because “you can”, doesn’t me “you should”

24) The one who shouts the loudest is usually and idiot

25) Having kids will show you how selfish you really are

26) Being married will show you how selfish you really ara

27) There is always two sides to one coin…unless all you have is a dollar bill

28) We are not promised tomorrow <<< Think about that

29) Don’t take family, health and friends for granted, because in an instant it can be all gone

30) Beauty is fleeting, sexy is forever

31) “Find a good spouse, you find a good life— and even more: the favor of God!” – Proverbs 18:22 <<< Halle-lu-yer!!!

32) I am the product of the influences that I allow into my life…Good or bad it’s all on me

33) I should always act on behalf of the helpless/orphan/widow/homeless when I can

34) I don’t think I know as much as I think I do

35) Without Christ’s sacrifice, I would be a man with no hope

36) So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?

And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us?

There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.

None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. – Romans 8:31-30 (MSG)

 

 

 

another go around…

So there has been a long break since my last post…like since Nov. of 2012.

There are quite few excuses I can use for the long hiatus, but none of them are good enough. The purpose of this blog was to post thoughts of a church planter in the Austin, Texas Metro area. An area called the “grave yard” of failed church plants. Like an 80% failure rate.

Well to sum it up in short there are a 2 things why the long break:

1) Laziness: I usually pride my self on knocking stuff on my “to do” list, blogging always one of those on the list that “could wait”

2) Afraid: I have always tried to tow the line. Don’t wanna upset the group or that group. I’m a people pleaser. I got to stop doing that.

So I am going to give this another shot. What could it hurt right?

A Blessing…

May God bless you with a restless discomfort

about easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,

so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.

 

May God bless you with holy anger

at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,

so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

 

May God bless you with the gift of tears

to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, 

or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out 

your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.

 

May God bless you with enough foolishness

to believe that you really can make a difference in this world,

so that you are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.