Monday, September 29, 2008

Early Day

Well, the day has begun early for me today. I awoke at 4:55AM. I didn't know that anything that began with a 4 also HAD an AM. Anyway, I know sit in a US Air terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport awaiting a flight to Philadelphia that will eventually lead me to New Orleans.

This will definitely be a long day and a long week. You see, my father passed away last week, and as his oldest, alot of the responsibilities have fallen to me. There is such a wide range of emotions that I experience today. There is sadness that the days have been cut short, but also sense of gratitude to the Lord of His amazing promise. I didn't grow up with my father, but had always prayed and believed the Scripture that spoke of turning the hearts of the father back to their children. For years this never happened. About 6 years ago, it began. The last siz years I have been able to be there for my dad. A few months ago he was diagnosed with liver disease and began a rapid downward spiral...and I was there. 3 weeks ago, I was able to be there to spend time with him in a nursing home, to clothe him, to love him, to take care of him.

What an awesome privelege to be there to honor my father. A long day, a long week, but what an thank God for being true to His Word.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Simple Pleasures

Well, this weekend Maria, my wife, is gone on a much deserved pastor's wives retreat. She is such a great wife and mom! She is a stay at home mom of three children: Vincent (almost 4), Faith (2), and Nathan (7 mo.).

Today was day #2 of doing what she does everyday. I have the kids all to myself. Quite honestly, I was very nervous leading up to this weekend. What was I going to do? How am I going to keep myself from going crazy? Hey, I'm being honest here. But today, we just kept it simple. I took the kids to the park and had a picnic. No, I'm not going to win father of the year for doing that or anything, but it taught me something. There are a lot of simple pleasures that we take for granted.
Yes, it's been stressful at times, and I still have one day to go. But it has reminded me how grateful I am that God has blessed us with three wonderful treasures.
Thank you God for simple pleasures!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Patient Expectation

One of the most frustrating parts of driving, is when you get behind that large truck, that school bus that has to stop every fourteen feet, or that old lady that thinks driving 25mph is being aggressive. It's always when you've got some place to be, too. Sometimes, during the midst of my instense frustration, I began to think that maybe God's hand is in the placement of these vehicles in front of me.

Sometimes I find that I get so frustrated when things don't happen when I want them to. It makes sense that it should happen the way I thought. I would serve a great purpose to happen the way I thought. But somehow, and for some reason, it's not happening the way I thought! I believe that's God. I believe that's when He steps in to say, "just wait. There's no hurry...not if you really believe that I'm in control. I'm the One who's going to get the credit for this. In my'll see."

Yes, it's hard to have great expectations and have patience at the same time. But, that's what trust really is...and I'm still learning. How about you?