Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
Monday, July 20, 2015
We took a long weekend vacation to the Hill Country to relax and splash in the Frio river. Its been 14 years since we were here last.
On Friday, we were playing in the river, and I started working on building a little dam to divert more flow into a little set of rapids and improve the rapids for a tube ride. Beau jumped in to help me, and we had a great time hauling rocks. I moved one big rock that probably weighed a couple hundred pounds, and Beau was very impressed.
We were having such a great time that we didnt notice that the rocks had a surface like very fine sandpaper, and unfortunately most of Beau's fingertips were bleeding before we noticed.
I was so impressed with his love for me and his enjoyment of our collaborative work. It was challenging to me as I considered the spiritual analogy of how Jesus loves His Father and enjoyed working with Him. Jesus said that He did what He saw His Father doing. Jesus loves His Father so much that He was even willing to allow His hands to be bloodied to accomplish His Father's work.
I want to join my Father in His work, enjoying fellowship and colaboring with Him.
Heavenly Father, help me see your work. Jesus, thank you for your example of working with the Father. Holy Spirit, please show me how to join in the Father's work. I love you, and I pray in the name of Jesus.
On Saturday, we floated a section of the Frio river. I was thinking about the analogy of floating down the river of life, and I thought of two seperate analogies.
During the first hour, I spent so much effort trying to keep Brandi's tube on the right, and the boys' tube on the left, and all of us facing downstream. I spent so much time managing our configuration that I was missing the peace of just going with the flow and trusting the current to take us downstream. I think I do this in life. I spent too much time trying to figure out how to keep everything the way I want it to that I miss the beauty of the scenery around me.
Near the end of the float, the stream was wide, and we were moving very slowly. A mild headwind came through and started blowing us back upstream. I had to paddle a little bit, and then I jumped into the river to tow my family downstream. I was thinking about how, as a husband and a father, I need to be seeking the Lord to know which direction to go, and when the winds of adversity come against us, I need to work to keep us moving in the right direction.
Heavenly Father, I want to be moving with you. Holy Spirit, I want to be in your flow, and I don't want to be overly concerned about how you are moving me, as long as I am going forward with you. Help me to trust you. Please give me wisdom as I lead my family, and please give me discernment to know when I am fighting a headwind. I love you, and I pray in the name of Jesus.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
John 7:37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, "Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, 'Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.'" 39 (When he said "living water," he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
I think God might be testing me. You can choose to control your attitude and emotions to remain joyful, in spite of your circumstances. In the midst of a lot of work pressure and 16 month old who still doesn't sleep through the night, I have a perfect opportunity to demonstrate maturity and to be joyful in spite of difficult circumstances.
I think He wants me to see that I am stronger and more resilient than I think I am.
I am reminded of strain hardening metals.
Ultimately, I am responsible for my own attitude, avoiding bitterness, and choosing to be joyful in spite of inefficient support services at work and chronic sleep deprivation at home.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ... May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Heavenly Father, please help me be mature. I love you, and I pray in the name of Jesus.
Monday, July 6, 2015
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
It is encouraging to me that Jesus said that we are serving with Him. And later, He said that He would send the Holy Spirt to empower us.
I want to serve with Christ today, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Heavenly Father, please help me join you in your work. Lord Jesus, help me stay with you. Holy Spirit, please empower me today to serve. I love you, and I pray in the name of Jesus.