I had a "Giant Cavernous Aneurysm" behind my left eye. I went to Dallas for surgery and it was killed...however post op my eye is unresponsive. It is if I am looking out of a steamy shower door. Some days it is better than others. Please pray that my sight will be restored. God has been putting words on my heart that I feel I must put on paper. The following thoughts are those I feel that the Lord is speaking to me lately. Enjoy.

September 16, 2005

An Eternity Awaits

We would all be better off if we realized how short this life truly is. Compared to our eternal dwelling, this life is fleeting. If we could see the eternal perspective of life, our world would change.

Consider David, who says,

“Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath.”

This is a picture of a man who raced after God’s own heart. He was also a man who realized the price of eternity bought. He understood the brevity of life on this tiny blue planet, and he longed to be in the presence of his Father…forever.

What if we were like David? How would things be different as we go through our days?

I would imagine our families would look radically different than they do now. I think it would be a lot easier to love your bride as Christ loves His. Those “unscheduled discussions” with your spouse would become more infrequent and resolution would come quicker. Life together would be sweeter and have a new meaning not yet realized. If we viewed this world as temporary there would be a longing and desire that would radically change our views.

Our children would be blessed. The goal of bringing your child into a relationship with a loving Father would be more intentional. Modeling the love of Christ to our children would become an urgency. I believe with an eternal perspective, we rear our children to know their forever Daddy better. Being a parent of a child who knows their true Father, brings contentment and joy, yet unfelt.

Imagine if an eagle had to walk everywhere unable to spread its wings and fly. He would be absolutely miserable. A largemouth bass wouldn’t fare too well on land because it’s made for the water. Because we were created for eternity, I don’t think we will ever be fully satisfied here on this Earth. This assignment is temporary and will never feel like home to those who follow Christ.

The best chapters in our book come after this life on Earth is over. Our time here on Earth prepares us for what lies ahead. Live today knowing that it is in preparation for life with our Father. I believe that your spouse, children, coworkers and fellow earthlings will begin to see an eternal difference.

September 15, 2005

I Must Have A 1,000 Hearts

I absolutely love when my boys say something that will forever be engrained in my mind.

Tonight on the way home from Mickey D's, Luke my 4 year old says, "Dad, I want to tell you something funny about my body." I thought this was an interesting lead in comment...I was intreagued. "I must have a 1,000 hearts." Interesting, I thought, "Why do you say that?" He answered, "Because that's how many hearts it would take to hold the love of God that I have."

I smiled and was extremely proud of the depth of love my sons have for their Father.

September 07, 2005

Gorilla Glue Hair Gel

I received a frantic call from Suzi on Thursday. Her voice was shaking and there was obvious panic on the other end of the phone.

She informed me that Luke, our 4 year old, told Nate, our 2 year old, that "Gorilla Glue" was hair gel. Nate, obviously wanting to look his best, took "the world's strongest glue" and squirted it in his palm and began massaging it into his scalp.

A short time later, Nate's hair and scalp had become one. I immediately got on the phone with the glue people and was assured that he would not die. However, his scalp would turn dark brown for a while, and his hair would be glued down for "quite a while."

It didn't take long to find the humor in the situation. You should see the way people stare at poor Nate's head...wondering what in the world happened.

Oh, and no...you can't cut it out. Clippers and scissors are unable to get in between the hair and the scalp.

September 06, 2005

The family at Gwenella Pass

September 02, 2005

What If?

I heard this song the other day off of Nichole Nordeman's CD "Brave." It was written to a friend of hers who thinks she is crazy for believing in God. I love the lyrics...the song is powerful. This is worth the purchase or download.

What If

What if you’re right?
And he was just another nice guy
What if you’re right?What if it’s true?
They say the cross will only make a fool of you
And what if it’s true?

What if he takes his place in history
With all the prophets and the kings
Who taught us love and came in peace
But then the story ends
What then?

But what if you’re wrong?
What if there’s more?
What if there’s hope you never dreamed of hoping for?
What if you jump?
And just close your eyes?
What if the arms that catch you, catch you by surprise?
What if He’s more than enough?
What if it’s love?

What if you dig
Way down deeper than your simple-minded friends
What if you dig?
What if you find
A thousand more unanswered questions down inside
That’s all you find?

What if you pick apart the logic
And begin to poke the holes
What if the crown of thorns is no more
Than folklore that must be told and retold?

You’ve been running as fast as you can
You’ve been looking for a place you can land for so long
But what if you’re wrong?

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