Ain’t no cure for the summertime blues…

I know it has been a while, but I had a really busy week last week.  This past Sunday I preached to the whole congregation.  It went really well.  The title of the sermon was “Are You Serving Leftovers to a Holy God?”  My text was Revelation 3:15-22.  I know, it was a bold text for my first sermon ever, but I wanted to share some things that God had been showing me recently.  Most of it was spurred on by the Crazy Love study that I have been doing with the youth.  God is worthy of the best we have to give Him, and yet so often we try to give Him our leftovers, spiritually, physically, and mentally.  This is an offense to God.  How arrogant of us to think that something on this earth is more important than the God of the universe.  It went really well though.  I was really nervous on Saturday, but on Sunday morning I was cool as a cucumber.  It was really neat, because it was like God was saying to me, “Hey I can get you through this.  Just trust in me and I will give you the words.”  I think that the message was received well.

I also write today to inform you few readers that it is now to the point that at any given moment S could be born.  Kim and I are really excited, and a little bit apprehensive.  I mean it is a huge step going from one kid to two kids.  I know that God will lead us through the adjustment process, though.  I am really looking forward to meeting the little girl that I am already madly in love with even though I have no idea what she looks like.

I am glad that it finally feels like summer, however, I really wish that I had a pool that I could go chill out in.  I don’t know why, but the past few days I have had an overwhelming desire to just go float in a pool and catch some sun rays.  I love swimming, and I really want to go play in the water with AG some time soon.  Alas, I do not know when that time will be.  I guess I will have to go cut the grass this afternoon, and then play in the water hose instead.

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Love is here. Love is now. Love is flowing from his hands from his brow.

Love is here.  Jesus is always knocking at the door and asking for you to let him in to eat with you and develop a relationship with you.  That is a great song lyric.  Tenth Avenue North is a great band, and their music is awesome.  I suggest that everyone go out and get their album.

So I sort of feel bad.  I don’t really have anything to talk about today.  Kim, AG, and I had a pretty good day yesterday.  I always like getting to spend the whole day with the family.  I am getting really excited about the arrival of our new little girl.  I cannot wait to meet her and see what she looks like.  I hope that everyone has a great day.

Published in: on May 19, 2009 at 10:48 am  Leave a Comment  
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Saturday, Saturday night’s alright for me…

I love it when we get a Saturday where we have nothing planned to do.  I love being able to just spend some time together as a family doing nothing really important other than being with each other.  Tomorrow is just precisely one of those days.  I am looking forward to it.  We will get up and make breakfast together, then we will probably chill and watch some TV.  We need to start getting some things ready for when we bring home S, so that will take up a good chunk of the day.  I cannot believe that she will be here so soon.  It is both exciting and terrifying at the same time.  I mean I knew that she was coming, but it feels like the actual time has sneaked up on us.  I am really looking forward to getting to meet her.

Well I just wanted to check in, and I hope that everyone has a great night of sleep.

Published in: on May 15, 2009 at 10:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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And I have found the answer is to love you and be loved by you alone.

I absolutely love that song by Shane and Shane.  It is called The Answer.  You should go find it and listen to it.  I am writing today to simply say that I am so proud of my wonderful wife.  Tomorrow she will turn in her thesis, and she will be finished with her masters degree in organic chemistry.  She has worked so incredibly hard, sacrificed so much, and put up with so much stuff so that she could get to this point in her life.  I am just so proud of her, and I am so happy for her.  It is a huge accomplishment, and I am amazed that she is so smart.  I love her with everything that is inside of me, and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for us in the years to come.  She is a great mother and a great wife.  I love her, and I love being loved by her in return. (Yeah so I know that the song is not about wives.  It is about God, but you know what I am saying.) I just wanted to say that I am so proud of her, and I love her with all of my heart.

I think about you in the summertime, oooohhhh…

I understand that it has been over a week since I last checked in with my two or three followers, but it was a busy week last week.  I was working like a Hebrew slave to get things done for the final week of school, and I did get done.  I am now officially done with school until the last week of July.  It feels so nice to know that I will have a day off during the week for a little while.  I know that there are plenty of other things that I need to do, but I am glad that I will have the extra time to work on them now.  I would never again do it nor would I recommend that anyone put themselves through a semester like I have just finished.  You have to understand that as an extension center student of NOBTS 9 credit hours is considered a full load.  However, I took on a semester of heroic proportions and took 23 credit hours this time around.  Yes, I do agree that it is absolutely crazy, but it was something that had to be done.  I hated taking time away from my family and from other things that needed my attention, but I am glad that I did it so that I can coast into graduation next Spring.

My attention is now turned to the youth summer calendar.  I want to make sure that they have the opportunity to have a great time this Summer while being encountered by God as well.  Pray that I can plan activities that they want to attend.  Also pray that they will attend activities that they have said they want to do.  I simply do not understand why the kids will be so excited about wanting to do things that they tell me about, but when I plan them activity no one shows up.

I am excited about this summer as well because S will be here.  It is coming up so soon.  Kim is so ready to have this baby, and I am ready to meet the little girl too.  I cannot wait to see S and AG together.  They are going to be so cute.  Sure I understand that there will probably be some jealousy at the beginning, but I think that AG will enjoy her new little sister.

I know this has become a long blog.  My bad!  I hope that everyone has a great day, and enjoy life a little.

This is the night. Such a beautiful night, and they call it bella noche.

I am so stoked that I get to take my wife out on a date tonight.  I mean it, a real date.  I love taking her out on the town with just me and her.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love AG and S, but when they are grown and gone it will only be me and Kim.  Therefore, I can’t neglect my relationship with her for the sake of the children.  I love Kim so much.  She is such a great wife and mother.  I wish that every man could have a wife as great as Kim.  She is a wonderful friend, she is compassionate toward me and the girls, and she smells pretty too.  🙂  We are going to eat dinner at Red Lobster. (Don’t worry we have gift certificates, so it will be free for us.)  After dinner we are going to go see a movie. (Again we have gift certificates, so free for us. YEA!) We have not completely decided what we are going to see yet.  She voted for “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” and I voted for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”  I think that I may be swaying her over to my side though.  I guess that her movie would be kinda funny, but mine sounds awesome.  I say all of this to simply exclaim that I am so excited about getting to spen some quality time with my wife.  I love her more than any words could ever express, and she is so much fun to be around.  I am so grateful that God has placed her and I together for the time that we are here on earth.