This past Sunday, I was at the coffee maker in our church foyer grabbing a cup of Joe. My 2 1/2 year old daughter was with me at the time. After doctoring my coffee I was ready to head back into the church to survey where my seat was, what my other family members were doing and mingle a bit before the service started. I reached down to take my daughter’s hand to lead her with me. Instead of taking my hand, though she looked up at me reaching with both hands and said, “Daddy, carry me.”
Walking With (Following) God
God seems to speak to me a lot through my children lately, so here is a little parallel that I took away from this very small interaction. As Christians (children of God) we should strive to follow in His footsteps. We should walk with Christ. The bible says:
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
1 John 1:5-7
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
2 John 1:6
Carry Me, Daddy
Sometimes, just as my daughter felt, it is hard to walk. Perhaps life has beaten me up or I am just weary from the constant strain and struggle of walking on this Earth. It is comforting to know that we can reach up to the heavens and ask of our heavenly father, “Carry me.” Jesus said this in Matthew:
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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
You will find rest for your souls! Many times, I just need a rest. Just as I was all too happy to pick up my daughter and carry her, God is eager and willing to reach down and carry us. He still requires that we obey Him, but when we let God lead (carry) us He does all the heavy lifting. Isn’t that awesome? The Creator of this vast universe cares when I get tired and weary and He wants to help me so that I can have rest.
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Luke 2 :1-20
Traveling Without the Kids
Aubrey and I went up to Wisconsin this past weekend to visit with my sister and see their new baby get baptized. We left our three children with Aubrey’s parents and my parents helped some during the days. We had a really great time and it was the first time in many years that Aubrey and I were able to fly together. When we got back home on Monday evening, Aubrey’s dad picked us up from the airport while her mom and granny watched the kids back at our house. The kids were furiously trying to create welcome home cards to give to use when we got back.
When we did reach the house, my son had not finished his card. He is just like me and does not like it when things do not go according to plan. So he became extremely sad, angry and frustrated; he actually refused to come out of his room for a while. After both Aubrey and I spent time with him in his room, loving on him and reassuring him he finally came out. We both told him that the most important thing for us was just spending time with him, even if he didn’t finish his card. It took a long time until he finally smiled again and became his regular, jovial self again.
Relating to our Heavenly Father
Through all of this I started to think of how I (we) relate to our heavenly Father, God. Are there things in our life that we feel we need to finish before we can spend time with God? Do we ever feel like we haven’t measured up to being with God? Are we so disappointed in ourselves and our lack of achievment that we cannot go to Him?
I know that God feels (at least in some way) the way I did toward my son. He just wants to spend time with us! It’s you and me, the people that He created us to be, that God loves. I’m not really sure why sometimes, but that’s the way it is. So the next time I feel like I can’t pray or I can’t worship, I’m going to try and remember… God just wants us to come to Him and spend time with Him. He wants us to love Him and give Him our affections, just like I feel towards my children.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
On October 12, 2008 our oldest daughter, Ragan, and our son, Gavin, gave a public display of their faith in Jesus Christ by being baptized. Aubrey and I are so proud of them and excited to see that they are developing a strong love for Christ and a desire to act out that faith.
Yes, the time has finally come for Mr. Mom to get off his rumpus and start earning for the family again. I thank God for the new job. Where’s the new job? I’ll be working for Bsecure Technologies starting this Friday (July 27, 2007) located in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Yeah, I’m not looking forward to the long commute every day, but it’s a small price that I’m willing to pay for actually being able to work again. Plus the company has very good benefits and a family atmosphere. I also already know and have worked with several of the employees there.
Thank you so much to all the friends and family that have prayed for us during this hard transition. Also thank you so much for all of the ways that you have helped us out material or otherwise. We could not have made it with my sanity intact without you guys.
What about Aubrey’s job? Glad you asked. We don’t want her to bail on her job since they’ve been so nice and accommodating to her. Not only that but we could still use the extra income to try to get caught back up on a few financial loose ends. Hopefully we’ll be able to work it out that she is working nights and weekends while I’m not at work. We may need to juggle the kids around while I’m driving home, but we know God will provide a way.
This is a cool worship song by Glassbyrd. Coincidentally, it also happens to be on the worship song list for my worship team this coming Sunday. So guess what guys, you can click below to listen to it! Pretty cool, eh? I thought it was neat way to be able to share the song with you without distributing a copyrighted mp3 file. Enjoy!
Sydney Franks was in my son’s Pre-K class this year. They had an unusually small class so all of the kids were very close. She had a heart transplant at a very early age, but nothing got her down. She had a smile that lit up the room and a laugh that warmed your heart. My son was quoted as saying that, “she looks very pretty in pink.” Sydney has gone home to be with the Lord now and so while the heavens rejoice at her homecoming… we are all silent and speechless.
Our deepest condolences go to the Franks family. I have three children of my own, including two daughters and a son and I cannot fathom the depths of emotion that I would be feeling under those circumstances. Please know that there is an army of people who love and care for you and are praying around the clock for you.
It is always hard to know exactly what to say when there is a loss of loved ones. Especially the loss of one so young. So instead of saying anymore I will just let a few more pictures say the rest as we remember Sydney’s beautiful life.
|Hugging “Miss Lori”, Sydney’s teacher.
|Gavin (my son) and Sydney.
|Listening in class.
|You’re in Jesus’ hands now, Sydney. We will miss you.