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This was REVOLUTION’s introduction to Jordan (my son) on Wednesday, August 24, 2011. I had this planned for months. So fun!
Tags: Faith, Family, Life, Ministry, NORTHchurch, People, Spirituality
This Sunday I had the privilege of speaking in all 3 services at NORTHchurch. If you have an extra 25 minutes, you should check it out. You can listen to more messages, get message notes, and more by CLICKING HERE.
Tags: Family, Life, Mother's Day, People
I thought you deserved your own personal post on the blog (If you are reading this and you are not my mom, that’s ok, but the intention is for my mom.) You may have heard these words before, but they are still 100% true.
I just wanted to thank you for being such an incredible mom. Your unconditional love and support means more than you will ever know. There are a few things in this world that I have never been able to doubt and my mom loving me was one of those things I could never doubt.
And I am so excited for you to become a grandma. There is no doubt in my mind that you are going to spoil Jordan and be the best grandma on the planet.
Before I end this letter, I want to thank you for…
- Changing my diapers when I was a baby.
- Tucking me in at night.
- Leaving the door cracked or the nightlight on when I was scared.
- Buying me Dinosaur and baseball sheets.
- Reading Bible stories to me before bed.
- Letting Dad buy all those baseball cards.
- Letting me get my big sister in trouble.
- Watching all those soap operas so that I had to go outside, play sports, and be active.
- Making incredible fruit salad and sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving.
- Christmas stockings!!!
- Cleaning up my messes.
- Letting me use you as the reason I couldn’t do something when I really didn’t want to anyways but didn’t have the guts to say that. You never minded taking blame in that situation.
- Letting me read to you after taking Lesley to SSMS.
- Letting me go on my first date even after the Cutlas was wrecked and we had a rental.
- Not letting me have a TV in my room.
- Our Thanksgiving trip to Ensenada.
- Always getting me what I needed and most of what I wanted.
- Not making church optional growing up.
- Loving and accepting my wife as your own daughter.
- Showing me what it is like to be a hardcore baseball fan.
- Letting Kate live with you & Dad so she could stay in the family.
- Being an awesome grandma to Gaby and Stella (and soon to be Jordan too).
- Thanks for already buying us all the important baby stuff.
- Supporting Heather and I in our move to OKC.
- Most importantly, thanks for leading and pushing me towards to God. By far the most important thing you have done for me is laying the foundation of faith that has completely transformed my life.
I love you, Mom. Happy Mother’s Day.
Tags: Faith, Family, Funny, Life, Ministry, NORTHchurch, People, Prayer, Spirituality
I’ve got to be honest…
With this whole “going to be a dad” thing quickly approaching, I have been battling a lot of insecurity. From time-to-time I have found myself struggling with doubt.
Will I be a good dad? Am I prepared to be a dad? Will I be able to take care of a baby?
I have really been battling insecure thoughts, fear, and doubt.
Well…God has a great sense of humor.
Every Sunday during the NORTHchurch worship experiences, Heather and I make ourselves available to pray with people. We position ourselves in the same spot every week and every week people come to pray with us. Sometimes we pray for that individual; sometimes we pray for a family member; sometimes we pray for healing; and sometimes we pray for another loved one.
This past Sunday, we positioned ourselves in our normal spot, prepared ourselves to pray with some amazing NORTHchurch people, and waited. And waited. And waited. For the first time in a long time, nobody was coming to pray with us. The other prayer team members strategically positioned around the room were all praying with people.
I literally had this thought…”God, I guess you do not have anybody for us to pray with this week. That’s cool. I am about to take my 23-week pregnant wife back to our seats.”
As soon as I had this thought, I saw a mom and her young child get up from their seat on the other side of the auditorium. They walked past two other prayer team members, walked across the auditorium to Heather and I, and asked us to pray for the young child.
I listened to the mom’s prayer request, got on my knees, held the young child in my arms, and prayed for him. I prayed passionately. I prayed a “child-understandable” prayer – which I did not know I could do. I said “Amen”, gave the child a hug, and looked into his eyes. As I did that a big smile came across his face.
Through that moment and that smile, God spoke to me. In my heart, I heard God as clear as day remind me, “I am in control. I have got your back. I will prepare you. When you are weak, I am strong. You are going to be a great dad. Trust me.”
At that point, I could not control the tears. I was overwhelmed with gratitude.
Of all the people that mom and young child could have prayed with, they walked across the auditorium to pray with the one person in that room that is terrified of children. The one person who was struggling with insecurity, fear, and doubt of becoming a father. The one person who doesn’t know how to speak “child” language.
Yep…God has a sense of humor.