I must admit…this new daddy role has taken some getting used to but it is sinking in more and more with each passing day. There are many things I knew would change and others I didn’t know exactly how they would change. I guess that just goes with the territory. I keep learning and keep adjusting. Eventually I will develop the illusion that I know what I am doing
One of the big things I have been trying to get use to is working from home. The congregation gave me the gift of working from home during the month of May so I could spend more time bonding with Mayah. A couple days a week (when my wife is home) I do go into the office.
When this schedule first started I got a little frustrated because I didn’t anticipate how difficult this working from home would be. I had big plans on how much I was going to get done while Mayah was sleeping.
The biggest problem was that I didn’t plan very well; so the first couple days at home not much work got done. Now…I have planned my week out better and have set more realistic expectations for myself. I have also adjusted my hours so I can get done everything that is expected of me by others and myself.
Wednesday was worship prep and sermon prep day from home. I planned worship for Sunday and did some sermon prep reading and research. Today (Thursday) I am home again but this time I will be fully ready to write the sermon while Mayah is sleeping…despite the fact I didn’t get much sleep last night. Oh well…that’s what coffee is for.
So here we go…another day at home bonding with my little girl and doing ministry here in Jackson. The best of both worlds.
The pastor/new daddy -|—
Happy Pentecost Sunday!
May the Holy Spirit rush into your life and lead you to boldly speak the name of Jesus without holding back.
May the Holy Spirit give you courage to face the world as the world is so much stronger.
May the Holy Spirit remind you what Jesus taught that you may teach others.
May the Holy Spirit lead you to places that you would never dream of going.
May the Holy Spirit be your guide as it did for those first disciples.
Let us pray…
Holy and Mighty God, it is difficult to admit that we are powerless and weak. It is scary to think we are nothing but sheep in the midst of ravenous wolves. Oh God, restore our hope in you through Jesus. Strengthen our faith that we may know your peace. Open our eyes that we may see your power. And send us forth in your name. May we not rely on our ingenuity, creativity or intelligence but may we seek your wisdom in order to bring your peace into this world. Loving God, you are the restorer of creation, not us. May we be your instruments and give glory to your name. Now may the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, Oh God, our Rock, Redeemer and Restorer, Amen.
God bless you this day and always
The pastor -|—
A mother’s heart is:
Lost without you
Reflective (referring to God’s love)
And…I could go on…but you get my point.
I have always known these qualities about my own mother but I think I have taken these qualities for granted. Not anymore…not since I have seen a brand new mother in my life (my wife) reflect these qualities to our new little girl. I have now gained a whole new appreciation for mothers as I see my wife in action in a brand new role; a role that just seems natural for her.
Thank you, God!
Thank you Mom
And thank you to all moms out there.
God…what can I say but thank you for my mom, my grandmothers, my wife and all mothers. Thank you for using them to shower us with your love; to keep us safe; to raise us to know you. Bless all mothers this day and always. May they continue to be faithful to their calling and may your love continue to shine forth through them. In Jesus name, Amen!
The pastor (and new daddy) -|—
Wow, it has been a while since I have posted here but believe me ~ I have a good reason:
I’m a daddy!
On April 26 my wife and I adopted the cutest little baby girl you will ever see. We received a call on the 23rd that this baby was born on April 18 and that the birth mother has selected us to raise her daughter. We were overjoyed, scared, nervous, thankful and a host of other emotions. My wife and I packed up and left for Houston on Wednesday, April 24 at 10:30 p.m. We drove through the night and arrived in Houston on Thursday afternoon. Our daughter was placed in our arms on Friday night.
Her name is Mayah Jo. Mayah is a Hebrew name meaning “close to God“. And considering the ups and downs and ups we have been on, Mayah’s name is very appropriate and meaningful to us. Our prayer is that Mayah grows up to realize this for herself; that God is close to her.
My wife and I will be sharing more about this amazing experience on our adoption blog ~ Adopted as an Heir. We haven’t updated there for a while but it is coming. And because of some privacy issues with adoption I will not be posting pictures of Mayah online (but like I said, she is cute). I may sound over-protective but I am O.K. with that. So I hope you understand.
Wow ~ daddy ~ it just boggles my mind that I can be referred as that.
God is so good!
God is so awesome!
God is so faithful (even when I’m not)!
Let all people praise and worship Him.
Let’s prayer together…
Loving God…you are so good. You are so awesome. Even when times are tough and the road looks bleak, you are there. Even when the valley is dark and long, even when the storms rage oh so strong, you are there. Even when the hurt hurts so bad and the outlook looks so dim, you are there. On the highest mountain top and lowest valley, you are there. Satan would have us forget your goodness in the midst of despair; trying to convince us that you are some cosmic bully. Satan would have us forget you in the good times; trying to convince us that we don’t need You. But the Good News is that you reign supreme and you have chosen us. We belong to you and Satan has no claim on us. Help us to see you near us in the dark and tough times. Help us to see you near in the bright and joyous times. You are close to us always and forever. God, Oh God, you are so, so good and we praise your holy name. Through Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.
The Pastor a.k.a. Daddy -|—
Feed us O God as you have called us to feed others with your Word.
Comfort us O God as you have called us to comfort others with the Good News. Speak to us O God as you have called us to speak words of hope.
Heal us O God as you have called us to heal others with your amazing grace.
As we enter this time of worship may our praises be pleasing to your ears and may our hearts be filled to overflowing. May we leave our worries behind and be strengthened with your promises. We enter this place to praise you and may we leave this place doing the same. All glory and honor to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
This whole thing about feeding others has been on my heart this week as I reflect on the bombing at the Boston Marathon and the massive fertilizer plant explosion in Texas. So many questions but only one answer will suffice…God. I don’t know many of the “whys” of this world but I do know the Good News of God through Jesus Christ. And sometimes, like a newborn baby, we simply need something as simple as “milk” ~ that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son that all who believe in him may not perish but have eternal life.” So let’s not theologize (Yes…I know that is not a word but I like it) too much but rather let’s remember the basics.
God loves you!
Have a great and blessed day
The pastor -|—
I continue to cry out to you for those injured in yesterday’s bombing in Boston.
I continue to cry out to you for those mourning the death of loved ones.
I continue to cry out to you for the emergency workers, law enforcement personnel, doctors, nurses and all involved in providing care and security.
But through my prayers I have realized that I forgot to cry out for the person(s) responsible for this tragedy. Even though I don’t understand what was going through their minds or what is in their hearts, it seems clear to me they need some understanding of your love through Jesus Christ. Please bring healing to them. Convict their hearts. Turn them to you that they may seek to do the right thing. It is easy to be angry with them and even harbor feelings of hate towards them, but please do not let Satan gain a foothold in the midst of this tragedy. I am not relieving them of responsibly but desiring them to come to faith in Jesus Christ. Satan may have caused some damage yesterday but you O God have won THE victory through Jesus Christ.
Healing God, please continue to working healing in anyway you see that we need and may you be glorified through this.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen
The pastor -|—
In this time of confusion, fear, sadness, anger, uncertainty please make your love known to us.
Comfort those who have been directly effected by the tragedy in Boston.
Bless the emergency personnel on the scene and elsewhere helping victims.
Grant peace to those who witnessed the explosions.
For loved ones far away, wrap them in your love as they wait for news on their loved ones; struggling to be so far away during a time like this.
For those with no personal connection, we still shutter at the sight and thought of what has happened; trying to make sense of the chaos. And even though there are no answers to the “Why” question, may we find comfort and peace in the “Where” question ~ that you are with your hurting people.
Loving God, during a time where it is difficult to find the words to say please receive the groanings of our hearts and souls. May your Spirit intercede with ours. And may we rest in your love.
Bring healing in anyway you see that we need and may we have the faith to receive that healing.
In the name of Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord and Savior I pray.
The pastor -|—