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Spiritual Ramblings from a Modern Day Husband and Dad

Month: April, 2014

Come To Jesus As You Are

God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8 NLT)

RAMBLINGS from Lacy’s dad – Having three kids of my own, I have a very small understanding of unconditional love. I look back at all the stinky diapers that I had no trouble changing because of the love I had for the one who dirtied the diaper.

I have cleaned up many messes caused by an upset toddler who no longer wanted to eat the green peas we were feeding her.

Kris summoned me in to the living room recently to see our leaded glass front door with a hole in the lower left corner. The aforementioned hole came because of the reckless handling of a slingshot. The culprit will remain nameless, but we now affectionately call that individual “Ellie May” (from the Beverly Hillbillies).

Let me emphasize that the slingshot was not intentional, just careless. Unfortunately, it didn’t matter, the results were still the same. As the repair man drove off yesterday with $300 of my money, I was reminded our actions always have consequences.

My love for that girl did not wane one iota after any of the incidents mentioned above. You see she is my child. I am her daddy. I love her not because of WHAT she can do for me, but because of WHO she is.

I am so thankful that God loves me infinitely more, for the same reason. I am His child. Because I have been adopted in to His family. Not because of anything great I have done, but for what His Son has done. I am so glad His actions, had eternal consequences for me.  What about you?….

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But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  (Romans 5:8 ESV)

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Jesus Offers Us a Fresh Start

Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life, and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven” (1 Peter 1:3-4 MSG).

RAMBLINGS from Connor’s dad – In our homeschooling, we went through several different types of curriculums with the kids. We even mixed it with a few private Christian school experiences. The kids enjoyed some more then others along the way.

There was one on-line curriculum we tried that was especially taxing to the kids. They constantly struggled with it. Some of it was simply the software with its glitches that made getting on line at times impossible.

It was especially bothersome to our firstborn, Connor. He liked doing things a certain way, and liked to get it done. The constant glitches with software and even connectivity, caused a lot of frustration and angst with him.  I sensed almost a desperation in Connor to be able to do it a different way. A better way. A new way.

That type of frustration is similar to what most of us have as adults. We find ourselves in a situation (one that we often get ourselves in) and want to get out of badly. Many of us if we are honest, realize that the feelings actually come from a hopelessness we have. We have this empty place in our lives that we keep trying to fill with relationships, drugs, alcohol, or success. It doesn’t work so we try a different relationship, or more drugs, or greater success, and the desperation can get worse because that empty spot is still empty.

At the pinnacle of his career after winning a Superbowl, Deion Sanders realized the futility of the things he was chasing. He realized the hopelessness he faced, and the need he had for a Saviour. Still wearing his Superbowl ring that left him feeling empty, he gave his heart to Christ. Thankfully, he had no “connectivity issues” that night!

Like many of us Deion, had a chance to start over. He was desperate to change the situation he was in, the hopeless future he faced. He chose a better way. A new way. The ONLY way.

The only reason any of us have a chance to start over, is because of the sacrifice Christ made for us. He willingly died, in our place, so that we could be forgiven. Because of our mistakes, our blunders, OUR sin, HE died.

What an awesome Saviour we serve!…

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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, (1 Peter 1:3-4 ESV)

 

Jesus Releases Us From Judgement

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (1 Corinthians 13:4-5 )

RAMBLINGS from Evan’s dad – We took the kids to Legoland when they were young. We checked in at the hotel next door to the Park the evening before the excitement was to start. The clerk at check-in informed us that part of the upper floors were recently flooded. Seems the unusually heavy rain they got just before we arrived was more then the southern California roof could take. The clerk apologetically told us that the room we had reserved was a casualty in the flood, and they had to give us a different type room then what we wanted.

I started to complain, but Kris quickly pointed out to me that the kids were excited to be at Legoland, so they didn’t care.

The next morning we were all up early as the excitement filled the air, especially for Evan and Connor. We purchased the tickets, and through the gates we walked. Everywhere we looked, we saw these amazing things made out of legos. We walked by “New York City ” with the buildings and bridges looking like the real skyline. Ten’s of thousands of pieces were used with each thing we examined.

The kids enjoyed the shows, the snacks, and the rides. At one point we stopped at Legoland Driving School. After watching a road safety video, children aged 6-13 drive electric cars around a realistic course. Everything is fine for the first few minutes as each of the kids take a car. Suddenly, I look off to the right and see Lacy acting like some crazed maniac, running stop signs and bumping in to other cars. Kris and I looked on in horror as our precious little girl had suddenly felt empowered behind the wheel, and was speeding around the course with reckless abandon.

Finally, a supervisor ran our sweet little innocent daughter down, and threatened to kick her out of Legoland. Apparently, they don’t like people doing their best imitation of a NYC cab driver. We apologized profusely, and took the keys away from Lacy. The three of us watched as her two brothers obeyed the street signs on the driving course and got to drive for another 30 minutes.

Thankfully, the rest of the day was uneventful with no further threats of being ejected from the park.

I am so thankful for those of us who are followers of Christ, that we will not get to Heaven and find our reservations messed up. I am especially glad that there will be no threats of getting kicked out.

The only thing we need to be concerned with is: Do we have a ticket?….

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There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  (Romans 8:1 ESV)

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