The month of February has certainly been a very busy and impactful month in my life, no matter which way you attempt to define it: work, faith, family, finances. Our family spent two separate three day periods away from home while I had to travel for work (we call these “mini-vacations”). I also logged over 2000 work miles on my car. These are certainly some tangible measures of a busy month. Beyond the tangible, God was doing intangible work as he delivered on his promises while I committed at the beginning of the month to seek Him more intentially.
1. Work can become a consuming force in my life, if left unchecked.
This year has marked quite a few changes for me in my workload. I have accepted some new roles within my office, while transitioning out of some of my past roles. All of which is very exciting and fulfilling to me, as I truly love the work that I do. In general, I would classify myself as a driven person. Growing up, this trait fleshed itself out as academic and athletic success. Now in the workplace, it becomes a zeal to serve our clients better in our relationship based business. God has simply taught me that my zeal for him must be above all other zeals (i.e. work, sports, family, etc.). Or simply, no other gods before Him! I believe that God is delivering on His promises. As I seek Him, He is directing my zeal towards the heavenly things that truly matter.
2. God is forever faithful to His promises.
This one is definitely not a “news flash”. I have known this to be true for a long time, but it never ceases to amaze me when and how God delivers on his promises. This month, his provision for our daily needs and financial provision have been at the forefront of my mind. Just days ago, my wife and I scheduled my last student loan payments and my family is now debt free (except for our home). It’s a freeing feeling. The bondage is gone as God provided the path to freedom.
That’s two for now. I hope to outline some more in the coming days!
~Thanksgiving~ Such a wonderful holiday. Families around the nation gather to share a meal and fellowship. Contrary to what most kids in the nation are taught growing up, the holiday of Thanksgiving is rooted in God’s Word. My prayer is that the heartbeat of my family on a daily basis would reflect the truth of the Word of God.
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High” (Psalm 92:1)
“We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater.” (2 Thess. 1:3)
Thanksgiving day often causes much reflection on the goodness of God and His provision for my life. In fact, my wife, spent an entire week at her blog, Eternal Outlook [with Angela] espousing differing aspects of God’s provision in our family’s life. But ultimately, it is my prayer for myself, and all those who may read this blog, that we will be known as people of thanksgiving, because of how indebted we are to our Creator and Savior.
I want the heartbeat of my life (and my family’s) to be one that praises God with a heart of thanksgiving on a daily basis.
I love being a father, I love being called “daddy”. I love that my son calls me his best friend. I love the fact that my two year old daughter wants to crawl up on my lap on rock with me. I love holding my twin daughters and that they lock eyes with me and smile. I know there are many more things in store when it comes to parenting, but I love that I can confidently affirm the words of the Lord in Psalm 127:3 – “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward”. I feel so blessed that God has entrusted us with four beautiful children on this earth. I never felt worthy of the reward of our first child (let alone all four).
I am so thankful for all of the friends and family who have helped my wife and I out during these past two stressful weeks (see here, here, here, and here). It been amazing to see how our family, friends and church has responded to us in our time of need.
My mind has just been reflecting on the events of the past few weeks and I realized that I am so grateful / thankful:
- that last week when we were in the hospital the “kiddos” were at my parents house
- a Pastor who cared to come visit us in the hospital (and other friends who offered)
- for the friends and neighbors who have sacrificed their time and groceries to prepare us a meal
- for Melissa for organizing to arrange for help and making a “grocery run”
- for fellow believers who have offered to pray for us on the hour during waking hours
- for our Lighthouse group at First Family Church at how we are able to encourage and humbly serve one another
- for the flexibility of my employer and the ability to work remotely (thank you technology)
- for the Lord’s financial blessing on our lives
- for friends who drop off extra carpet for our unfinished basement
- for my wife’s patience with me as I try to pick up some slack around the home
- for my wife’s mother coming to stay with us this week to help out with Angela and the kids
- for all of those who have offered to help and pray for us, so simply being the “body of Christ” to us and sharing in our joys and suffering
- for the blessing of children as a gift from the Lord
- for Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and that Salvation is freely offered to all who believe upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
I’m sure that I’m forgetting some things, but these things that I have “listed” have given me a dose of grace in this time of need!
My family and I were able to enjoy a little rest and relaxation this past weekend, as we extended a business trip of mine a few extra days for a mini-vacation. It was nice to have a little break from the normal routine.
On the trip I was simply reminded of God’s goodness to me and my family. Especially as the weeks close in on my wife’s due date, I am extremely grateful for the Lord’s blessing and provision for my family. The Lord continually meets all of our needs.
I just pray that I will continually see the blessing of the Lord as simply the “blessing of the Lord” and not something that I earn or deserve.
Proverbs 10:22 – “It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it.”
I love the holiday of Thanksgiving! Lots of family, food, and football. I am hoping and praying that I will take opportunity this Thanksgiving to truly be thankful for the greatest gift of all: my faith and salvation through Jesus Christ. God has so richly blessed my family, my wife and I just want to be an example of thankful hearts of gratidude toward God in how we interact with our family members today. May God bless you all and remind you to be thankful and receive the greatest gift offered to man / woman! Blessings!
I am usually not a person who is at a loss for words, but the last few days have left me speechless. At an ultrasound yesterday, my wife and I found out that we are expecting twins (A Double Blessing). I would say that I am still processing everything that entails, but am extremely escatic knowing that God has blessed my wife and I greatly. I believe the Bible to be the Word of God, and that God’s Word is true and relevant today. Therefore, I must make a decision.
Despite what the world may say about expecting twins (with two young children already), I have chosen to believe God’s word in Psalm 127:3-5 that says “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.” Henceforth, if children are a blessing (some translations translate gift as blessing or heritage), then I also must chose to believe God’s Word in Proverbs 10:22- “It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it.”
Yes, raising children is hard work. Yes, raising twins will be extremely hard work. But I must not view this blessing of the Lord with a human, temporal perspective. I choose to believe God as His very word, especially these very personal, scriptural promises, and because of that choice I can now live my life with an eternal outlook on this situation. I can humbly and confidently accept the blessing of the Lord because it is truly a gift from Him!