Saturday, June 19, 2010
My beautiful wife of 13 years had her 30th and none of your business birthday on wednesday. Part of our celebration was having dinner at Texas De Brazil, which we did today. It was excellent. Not only was the food good, but so was our one month old foster son EJ. That was especially good considering he has had several bad days in a row. Thank God he seems to be better now. I hope it stays that way.
In my opinion downtown Fort Worth, Tx is absolutely fabulous. So, I got to enjoy a great time with my wife at a great restaurant in a great city. Today could not have been better. Life is good today!
Monday, June 7, 2010
It's 5:45 am on Air Tran flight 623, from DFW to BMI, when a group of school kids on a history trip to Washington D.C. board the plane. One of the young ladies is seated next to me; I am in the middle seat in the row, and she is seated next to the window. Early on I became aware that this was her first time flying. She is approximately 13 years old, and very nervous. She is holding a pink elephant of the stuffed animal variety very tightly.
As we take off and get in the air, every time the plane banks for a turn she becomes visibly afraid. It was in one of those turns that I look at her and said, "just wait till they do the flips." With wide eyes and fearful heart she replies, "they're gonna do flips?" Then with remorseful heart and a giggle in my voice informed her that I was only joking.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
My wife and I took in a one month old baby boy this morning around 11:30 am. We have fallen in love with him already and its only 5:23 pm. He has been abused by someone, not sure who or how. He has fractured ribs, and two broken legs. It is amazing how a 1 month old with broken legs can walk into your heart. While we don't know what the outcome of his case will be, so far as adoption is concerned, we feel blessed to have the opportunity to love and nurse him back to health.
We have had three little girls, and still have the first one that was placed with us, but this is our first boy and we are excited about having him. It was especially exciting to have my parents in town when we got him. They are also taken by his story and have fallen in love with him.
He is a chunk. At a month old he is wearing the same size diapers that our 17 month old foster daughter is wearing. At this rate, in a couple weeks or so we will be sharing suits. He has a prophet's name, so maybe if I let him wear my suits I will get a prophet's reward. I don't mind though because he has some really cool pj's that I can't wait to wear!
Friday, June 4, 2010
John 13:1-4 ESV
1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him,
3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God,
4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist.
Jesus nearing his passion, having loved his own until the end and ready to ascend to the Father, is seated at supper with his disciples. Judas, his betrayer, is also at the table. Jesus knew that the devil had already put it in his heart to betray him, and that Judas would carry out the will of the devil. Jesus response was most incredible. Instead of being distracted by the betrayal of Judas, he pushed forward toward his mission of redemption.
Jesus keeps three things in mind that empowers him to keep a proper perspective on his mission with his betrayer in his midst. Verse 3 says that Jesus knew: The Father had given all things into his hands. He had come from God. He was going back to God.
These three revelations will keep you through betrayal. If you can keep in mind that your betrayer, like Jesus' betrayer, can only betray your trust, but never what the Father has given you, where you have come from or where you are going, you will get victory over betrayal.