January 15, 2009

Never let go


Being in a place that you feel so far from GOD is heart breaking.  There are so many things that can create this feeling, this gigantic hole that seems cannot be filled.  

I don't know why these things happen.  God is a loving God, and yet there are times that we feel so alone, and hurt to the core.  

We know that everything is done for the good of those who love God.  We know that God works in mysterious ways.  We know  that God loves us.  We know so much stuff, and yet this feeling can completely take over us. 

Here is a song by Matt Redman, "YOU NEVER LET GO".

God is always holding onto us, in the good times, and the bad.  HE WILL NOT LET GO.  The problem is, sometimes our grip isn't quite as strong.  

Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on 
And there will be an end to these troubles 
But until that day comes 
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You 

It is the praise that we give God that lifts us up high enough because it is lifting up our Lord and Savior.

that is all He wants me to say.

January 14, 2009

Daddy Night

Daddy Night

This is what happens when mommy goes away for a night.
(click on the picture to see all the pictures taken)

January 5, 2009

2008 Highlights dos

I had just gotten done speaking in San Diego, CA at a place called Camp Surf for a church from Pheonix, AZ. It was a great week of meeting new people and seeing God work in peoples lives around me, and in me at the same time. I then flew from San Diego, to San Francisco, to Oregon to meet up with my wife and kids who were already there to visit Tauni’s side of the family. When I arrived at the airport, I was so tired because of the previous week, and the 12 hours of airports and airplanes. I was so excited to see my family. I was pumped to see my wife when she came through the doors. I was so home sick to see her, that I was close to tears. I was a little disappointed though, after my first example, that my kids were not there to greet me with the enthusiasm of before.
That night made up for it. We were all sleeping in the same room, had 2 beds and 2 mattresses on the floor. The kids were a little crazy, and I missed them so much that I laid down between them to separate them, and to hold them as they went to sleep. They both snuggled into me, as they, and I, went to sleep. I woke up a couple of times during the night realizing that I was falling into the crack between the mattresses, but didn’t care because I was loving being with my family.
Unfortunately, I do not always feel that way when I am around them all the time, but time away just shows me more and more how much I love them.

January 3, 2009

2008 Highlights uno

I have been thinking of the best things that I remember from this year. I have been able to travel all over and speak the Word that God has been given me, seen lives change, decisions made to walk on water past the fear, and decisions to be a Christ follower. I love traveling, speaking the Word, and seeing people “get” what God is saying. These next couple of posts will tell of my best remembered times of 2008. Not in any particular order.

I was flying home from speaking in Maine this past March and was tired and ready to see my family. I was disappointed when I knew the kids couldn’t watch the plane land and greet me at the door. So I walked through the airport not really knowing what to expect. When I came through the walkway, both Michael and Zoe got up and ran for me and jumped into my arms. It made me feel so special. They gave me big hugs and kisses and didn’t want to let go. Michael wanted to help me pull my laptop carryon and Zoe would not let me put her down. Tauni came and greeted me with… ok, that is going to remain my own memory. That was a special moment for me. It was actually my first speaking gig away from family where I was gone for a week.