Everything You Know is About To Become Real…

It’s so crazy how your life can change in the blink of an eye.  How it can get pretty dark really quick.  Suddenly your arms are stretched out in the pitch black hoping not to stumble or run your face into anything.   The light at the end of the tunnel looks like a little speck of a star in the dark sky.

There is a split second moment that you realize what’s going on.

Everything you know is about to change and everything you know is about to become real.

I don’t even know if I understand that last sentence but I like and fear it at the same time with all my being.

“Everything you know is about to change and everything you know is about to become real.”

You are no longer outside the window looking in making, what you think are, smart or intelligent remarks, as if you had all the spiritual answers in the universe and you some how sneaked a peek into God’s own mind.

No.

Now, the fire is so close.

It’s so close you can feel the heat on your face.

Now, the water is rising and you’re tippy toeing of the ground.

In this split second moment…

You realize something the fire and water thought you’d never get…

You realize something the darkness dreaded you accepting…

You realize every moment has been leading to this…

Every conversation.

Every time you sat in that pew.

Every word you read.

Every song you sang.

Every time you prayed a prayer.

Every time you said God Bless you.

Every time you spoke truth.

Every time you worshipped.

Everything.

Everything all along was for this moment.  Sometimes its multiple moments.  Maybe at different times.  But they are all one in the same.  You know which moments I’m talking about.

Everything.

Everything has led to this…

Nothing else matters…

Nothing else compares…

Nothing else even comes close…

It’s so simple and yet so complex and mind-blowing…

This is where Grace, Love and Mercy mix and clash into something unimaginably beautiful.

If you are there…

As me and my family are…

Listen.

Everything has led to this…

All your five senses are about to…

See.  God.  Move.

For You Dad: Your Legacy is far from over…

First of all, thank you to anyone who has lifted up my Dad in prayer.  I could never thank you guys enough.

He is doing a lot better since his last brain surgery and I ask for your Continued Prayers on his fast recovery.  He is still on a respirator and feeding tube and we pray these will soon not be needed.

He is responding to commands which is a miracle in and of itself.  Yesterday he began nodding YES and NO to our questions which is another major progress.

I can truly say that I see my God’s Mighty Powerful Hand moving in my Dad’s body.

I’ve been thinking about my Dad a lot lately.  All the things he believed and lived.  All the things he taught us growing up.  I decided to make a list of some of these things today.  This is the Legacy he is making for us and I know that This Legacy is far from over!

1.  The last spanking I ever got:  My brother and I were running around Target with a cart and we hit my Dad on his heels.  Outch!  When we got home he took me in first to his room.  With the belt in his hand, he told me that running around hiding in clothes acting like we were at a playground is not how to behave in a store.  He spanked me 3 times in my buttox.   I was 9 years old.  I never misbehaved in a store again.  My Dad believes in discipline.

2.  Never cry for material things:  I was sitting in our van when my Grandmother panics that she can’t find her money.  It was 20 dollars.  She cried and wanted us to go back and look to see if she dropped it at the store.   When she got out, my Dad leaned over to me and said, “Don’t you ever, ever cry for money.”  It was a lesson far more deep than I think he knew.  My little 6-year-old will sometimes cry for TV time and this lesson always pops in my head and I tell her never to cry for TV.

3.  Be Spontaneous:  My Dad is always up for anything.  He is adventurous.  He lives in the moment.  He took us on road trips as kids and just has that spontaneous spirit.  I love it.   I like to think I’ve acquired some of that spirit in me.

4.  Dating advice: He told my brother one time, “Son, always remember, The Girl Picks You, not the other way around”

5.  Take on Challenges:  My Dad and I remodeled my bathroom and kitchen.  He re-routed the light switch and other things that he had never really done before!  He wasn’t afraid to knock down a wall and face the challenges behind it.  like a gas pipeline that ran across it and how to re-route it.

6.  Dream Bigger and Better:  My wife and I had the idea of just remodeling our counter tops.  When we asked my Dad for help.  He saw something bigger and better.  It included knocking down a wall and extending counter top to large island.

7.  Never Hide who you are:  My Dad is far from perfect, and never trys to be.  What you see is what you get.  The nicest guy you’d ever meet.  Unless you gave him bad services…then…brace yourelf!

8.  Always make time for Family:  My Dad is a huge Family man.  He gets down and dirty when playing with his grandkids.  To this day he is constantly seeking his grown kids for dinner, a good BBQ outside, or just some donuts and diet coke.

9.  God is always good.  No matter what happens in my Dad’s life, he knows God is always good.  He always says, “If us being human, know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more will your Father in heaven give you every good thing.”

10.  Prayer Changes Things:  My Dad is a strong believer in Prayer.  I have dozens of memories of walking by my parents room and seeing my mom and dad holding hands on their knees beside the bed and praying.

Dad,  Your Legacy is far from over!  Get Well Soon!  In Jesus Name!

For you Dad: Waiting…

Last Sunday my dad had a massive stroke.  After two brain surgerys we have just been in waiting mode.

Waiting on God.

Waiting for a miracle.

Waiting for mercy.

Waiting for grace.

Waiting for power.

Waiting.

Waiting and more waiting.

Waiting on faith.

Waiting on light.

Waiting on life.

Waiting on favor.

Waiting for the red sea to open.

Waiting for the sun to stop for us.

Waiting for the walls to crumble.

Waiting in the fiery furnace.

Waiting in the den with death.

Waiting among dry bones.

Waiting for our tidings of great joy.

Waiting on those stripes that healed us.

Waiting on the cross.

Waiting on our savior

Waiting on Jesus.

Waiting in the waiting room…

 

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