Biblical Living, Leadership

Jif or Peter Pan?

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I get so paralyzed when I’m up against options. I’m not talking about big dynamic ones, I’m talking about the everyday ones you find in the grocery store. When my wife sends me to the store to get 5 things, I get stuck in the bread aisle wondering what the best option, Jif or Peter Pan! What that girl does with 20 minutes in a grocery store would be half a day for this poor boy.
I just get overwhelmed!
What if I make the wrong choice? My biggest plague is trying to save 15¢ so I’m always calculating options to see which is the best price!

And that brings up another huge ordeal. Why is it that we feel that the will of God must be cheap or free!? Tell me I’m wrong!

Biblical Living, Experience, Family, Lessons for my crew

Time to say goodbye

Typically, I’m not much of an emotional guy, but I’m finding, as I grow older, that there are many things that are so close to my heart. When it becomes time for those things to move on, there’s something of a piece of you that leaves along with it.

Over the past year, Crystal and I have contemplated selling our home. I was always against it, she was never consistent 😏. For a long time now we’ve prayed about owning a piece of property that was secluded, reserved, raw and a blank slate where we could continue to grow our family. There is nothing inherently wrong with the house we own on any level. It has been a wonderful home, that is, after we worked so so hard to get it in a livable condition again. When we first bought this place, it was a complete disaster. But years later, we’ve transformed it into a tremendous home that will bless any family that will own it from this point forward.

I think the thing that becomes so emotional to us is two things. First, the fact that we are leaving here with no defined timeline as to when our next property will be ready.

Second, that this place is something of a Bethel location for us for all the moves of God he has accomplished through us. I’m not sure if that fully translates, but it’s a Biblical relatable found in Genesis 35. We’ve seen the Lord work in so many situations, and not that this location had anything to do with it, it’s just that this location now bears the memorial marks of that movement. We can sit here around our firepit or on the back patio, or around the kitchen table and remember the greatness of our God as he answered prayer after prayer after prayer and added blessing on top of blessing.

But here’s the important thing…

There is more!

Don’t get hung up on the physical idea of more. I’m not specifically speaking of more in terms of tangible resources you can put in your hand. I think so many times that’s where we digress and become overly selfish. This more I’m speaking of relates to the experiences and adventure the Lord wants to carry us through. More for our family resonates around how much more we can see the Lord work through us and into the lives of those around us, including and especially our kids. We want to be able to lead them into places of unique tension.

What’s that mean?

Movements of faith are always faced with elements of uncertainty!

If we neglect to lead our kids into what faith feels like in this season of their lives, how will they know what to look for when faith rests on their shoulders alone?

I can point back to so many situations in my past where I literally felt the tension of faith.

Hebrews 11:1, such a familiar passage. Quotable by so many people. Lived and fleshed out by painful few.

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

Hebrews 11:1 NIV

What we are certain of is that the Lord is miraculous and full of wonder. What we are filled with faith for is that the future is as bright as the promises of God as seen as experienced in the past!

Experience, Grand Point - Ship, Lessons for my crew

My boss comes into my office and tells me This!? And what comes next blows my mind

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It was going to be a brief week. Being that school was going to start soon, I had some plans I wanted to do with the kids, namely get the boat back on the water, just me and them. We also had Austin’s orientation that was at a very strange time, Thursday morning for 2 hours. Because he’s making the entrance into middle school, we wanted to really take some time with him and make this transition thinking it was going to be rough/tough for him.

I was surprised when my boss texted me early on Monday saying that he needed to meet with me about something that day. Those kinds of texts always send my mind reeling with possible content.

Am I in trouble?

Purpose

¿Còmo Amaneciò?

In Spanish they have a phrase that I have loved since I learned it. It’s interesting because we don’t really use this phrase in English, even though it translates well. You all know enough Spanish to get yourselves in trouble I’m sure. Like you would be okay asking someone “¿Hey, Dònde està el baño?” Yes, Hey still translates across languages.

Lessons for my crew, Purpose

We’re gonna be okay

I know today seems so hard. Forgive me, but it might get worse. We really have no clue, but what I do know and understand is that the Light of the Church shines brightest when the problems of the entire world seem darkest. I think I can speak for both of us when I say that, It looks pretty dark outside right now.

What are we supposed to do?

Biblical Living, Random

Your ask is too SMALL

Hey what are you praying for right now?

What’s on your list of consistent requests to the God of all comfort and the Lord of creation?

It’s shocking to me how many people don’t have a consistent prayer for which they are petitioning the Lord. We have grown too small in our asks and I’m not sure why.

I have a theory about why.

Are you interested?

It’s because we can’t so we don’t think God can either.

I’m going to mess with your head a bit here in this post, but I believe there is a part of our theology that places ourselves on God’s level. Without even realizing it we have pulled up a throne next to God’s and are governing our own world’s as if we had His power.

Our prayers got smaller, because we got larger.

Rather than dealing with our inability to move mountains, we decided that it would be best to leave the mountains where they stand.

So here’s the problem. Subconsciously we know we don’t yield the awesome power of God, but rather than submitting to that and humbly acknowledging His deity and authority, we would rather keep our self-positioned throne next to His and just deal with our lack.

Can you see what I am seeing? Pride is what keeps us from asking the Lord for the biggest and strongest of prayers in our lives. For when we submit to His unique ability to provide and answer, we are also acknowledging our inability to do the same.

So again I ask, what are you praying for right now?

Because the things you are seeking the Lord for are a direct reflection of your view of this amazing and almighty God who affirmed His own desire to see our prayer dependance on Him.

Stop asking the Lord for small things. Start praying mountain moving prayers that only God can accomplish. And put those prayers on repeat. Put yourself in a position to see the Lord himself move and act on your behalf and begin to see the Lord move.

I guarantee you, it will change your life

Experience

Experience Life

“Your life is defined by the experiences you allow” – PK.

Is it wrong to title your blog with one of your own quotes? While I’m unclear on blog etiquette, I’ll just go with it.
This truth has been becoming of the central themes of my life. When I look back of my few years, I see story after story that has defined my present and my present experiences that will, in turn, define my future.

The things that I allow into my life have stretched me and have shaped me. When placed together with my core beliefs in the person and work of Jesus Christ and His Word, I can take my experiences and see what He has formed and planned for me.

There are so many experiences that I’ve enjoyed and pictures that make my mind race. We could sit for hours and talk about backpacking across Mexico. Climbing 14,000-foot mountain peaks in Colorado, Longs Peak and Half Peak to see for hundreds of miles. We could talk about the faith-filled adventures of missions trip and our deputation experience or of one of my earliest memories with my family that I wrote about here.

We are a product of the things we allow ourselves and our kids to be a part of.

One of my favorite memories (that was not a very favorite at the time) was when my dad took us on an adventure down the Rio Grande River in Albuquerque, NM. What he thought would be a simple, relaxing day on the river in the canoe, turned out to be a rescue operation that ended in a helicopter ride late into the night. It was an experience we would never forget and certainly one that my mom hated being a part of not knowing what was happening or to expect.

Today we find ourselves trying to protect from anything that might harm, but is that really the best thing for us? What about for them? Our goal cannot be to guard them against every harm but to teach them to find joy and God in every experience.

“The good news is that through this experience Jacob’s guilt was taken away.” Isaiah 27:9MSG

I’ll purpose to write about more of my experiences as we go along here, but what have been some of your most life-defining experiences?

Purpose

It’s your Serve

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Have you ever received a gift that you just had no idea what it was for or how to use it only to find out later that it would have been the most wicked coolest thing you had?! It’s almost frustrating when you discover something you had access to all along but never figured out its intended use until it was too late.

In our relationship with Christ we receive this amazing gift in Salvation. The fact that God would look at us, in the condition we are in, and seek to Save is beyond the scope of our full comprehension! That alone is enough! But he doesn’t stop there.

It’s like insurance. The product you pay for, to insure your something, often times comes with other benefits you had no idea were there. That’s probably a really bad example.

The benefits that God give us go way beyond just that of salvation and that simply astounds me.

One of those gifts if the presence of the Spirit of God. Not really the focus of our conversation today but it’s there.

The Fruit of the Spirit is another such example. Qualities of life that are superhuman in some cases.

The part I want to focus on for this feature is the gifts God grants for us to be able to use to live, serve and bless people around us.

Peter wrote in 1 Peter 4:10- “Each of you has been blessed with one of God’s many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gift well.”

I encounter a lot of people today who painfully express a sense of emptiness. A vacancy in their lives that doesn’t seem to be filled by anything. They are sad, hurt, lost and wondering why they even exist. Inevitably, I ask them two questions every time:

1) What group of people are you connected to that is inspiring you to move ahead?

2) Where are you exercising your spiritual gift?

If you can’t come to clarity with those two questions than it’s not wonder that your life feels the way it does. You are feeling what your body feels when you don’t exercise it, move it, and stress it.
Your faith needs movement, tension and test to be fully activated.

Do you feel you are underdeveloped right now? Maybe it’s time to pursue some solutions to your Spiritual gifting and really finding out who God made you to be.

What’s your thought? Do you feel you have this figured out or could your faith and gifting use some help?

Biblical Living

Making God Happy

“I grew up in church most of my life but I feel I ‘missed something’. I have backslid for years and am scared. I know God exists and He sent His only Son to die for my sins, but I don’t know how to have a relationship with him” was the comment that jumped out me from the latest Facebook Message I had received.