Saturday started crazy - I went to the barn to set up a separate pen for the impending birth of a new goat. Looks like I got out there about 10 minutes late. So, in 20* temperature, I got a towel to dry off the baby and get things sorted out. After a while, he stood up, I helped him figure out how (and where! he kept missing!) to nurse, and I was able to head to the vet for meds and such.
In the midst of this, Willow was already sick, and Stacey has been stricken, too. We're on day 3 for Stacey now and I'm home trying to keep a lid on the chaos.
Yesterday, I shared a lesson on Psalm 84.
One of the key points I gained from this time of study is that I need to adjust my perspective. Instead of focusing on developing a 3 year plan to spend more time developing my relationship with God, I need to enjoy the blessings He's given me TODAY.
The verse says "Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere."
To drive the point home a little more succinctly - One day in God's presence is better than ANYTHING else!
Today is the anniversary of our entry to the land of parenthood.
8 years ago (!!!) today, God blessed the world with our wonderful, intense, pensive, observant Willow.
We were able to spend a little special time with her yesterday because of her birthday buddy and the associated holiday. Tonight, we'll be doing some things to hopefully make today special, too.
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't lavish a little praise on my loving wife who by the grace of God made me a father. She does such an amazing job caring for us all.
Please, take a moment today to say a prayer for our family, but especially for Willow that she would continue to grow and mature the way she should and that God would guide Stacey and I as we train her to be a woman with a heart for God and His service.
For your listening pleasure, here is one of my favorite songs thinking of this wonderful day.
In general, my playlist contains (when without the children) classical, some contemporary christian (Matthew West, Rebecca St. James, TobyMac, etc...), and some good messages from Vision Forum. Of course, I have a decent selection of a capella music so I can sing along with the bass parts. I still have a strong affinity for some good modern rock and "alternative" music and we've been watching a GREAT blend of the last two. The show is The Sing Off.
If you haven't seen it - go to that link and watch it NOW.
Two of the best examples of the talent and two of my favorite songs from this season I share below for your viewing pleasure (watch these now and your ears and heart will thank you):
All of the contestants: "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon
Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town: "House of the Rising Sun" by the Animals
Recently, I was given this passage to use as a text for exegesis. It's really transitional and gave me some pause, until it hit me - a good point could be made about earthly holy places.
Under the old law, there were places that only some priests - properly cleansed - could enter, and only at certain times of the year. Today, we - as priests of the Most High God - have a responsibility to make the most of our roles in the earthly holy places that remain: The church, and the home.
Both of these are made of people and have varying duties and activities to perform. Both meet in different places. The church is an earthly holy place that is entirely independent of "the building" - wherever we are gathered with our brethren, we are with the church. The home is an earthly holy place that is entirely independent of the "house" - wherever my (or your!) family is gathered is where you find your home.
Our responsibilities (especially as fathers!) in these earthly holy places may vary to some degree, but there are a couple of common points between them both. In all things, we are to glorify God in joy, praise, and faithful obedience. When we do this, we are truly His ambassadors to the world. Maybe we associate these ideas with our meetings WITH (not AT) the church, but do we do as thorough a job as we should in our home with our family? I know I've failed (but am trying to do better!). What about you?