Showing posts from February, 2009

Quick Hits

- got hit w/ a pretty nasty throat bug a couple days ago
- BIG THANKS to my dad and mom for watching the kids last weekend
- really been enjoying Tim Keller's apologetic talks from The Veritas Forum
- played some hockey the last couple Tuesday nights
- read The Prodigal God and Living the Cross Centered Life
- adjusting to the overnight work lifestyle

That's about it for now. Peace out.

Sppedo Guy Inspires Craziness at the Balvin's

One view of this video had all my kids running around in their briefs....

(HT: Steve McCoy)

Foreshadow of a Savior

A friend of mine shared this text with me this morning. Who do you think Job is foreshadowing?
32 For he [God] is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him,
that we should come to trial together.
33 There is noarbiter between us,
who might lay his hand on us both.
34 Let him take his rod away from me,
and let not dread of him terrify me.
35 Then I would speak without fear of him,
for I am not so in myself.What a great text.

Speaking of Evil...

John Piper has a great reminder that the evil in our hearts is separate from our command breaking. Breaking the commands of God is not the evil in our hearts, but it shows us the evil that exists there. Read more thoughts on evil and command breaking.

Your Kid Is Evil (and So Is Mine)

Do your kids know about the evil in their hears? Too many parents spend too much time giving their children false little pep talks about what "little sweethearts they are." Unfortunately, that is completely the opposite from what the Bible says about the human condition.
"The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." - Genesis 6:25

"for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth" - Genesis 8:21

"This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that the same event happens to all. Also, the hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead." - Ecclesiastes 9:3

"as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;" - Romans 3:10
"43 “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit,44 for each tree is known by its own …

Life Update

Last night I played hockey in Minneapolis at 10:45 pm. My team won 4-1.

I got home about 1:30 this morning because I stopped at Cub and bought cereal. I ate three bowls of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, drank a glass of Hawaiian Punch, and now I'm going to bed. Full and tired.

Pray for me today at 4:00 pm. I have something going on and I want to do well. Thanks!

I've Been Working...on my Stash

If you're wondering what I have been up to for the last few weeks, here is the answer...working, sleeping, and working on my stash! Click on the picture to expand. It is a beauty.

Top Tens Signs You Attend a Mega-Church

My buddy Jon recently had a funny post on the Top Tens Signs You Attend a Mega-Church.

The Library is Hot

I am at the library doing some work and I'm wondering how hot it is in here. My electric bill has been insane the last couple months. I can only imagine how much of my tax money is going to heat the local library. If you are sick of winter, throw on some shorts and come hang out here. And make sure you bring a water bottle and some sun screen!

Top 10 Parenting Frustrations in our House

Funny, frustrating, for real post from my wife on the Top 10 Parenting Frustrations in our House.

Preaching from Revelation

This morning I met with my pastor and he invited me to preach on Sunday March 8 at our church. I am going to be speaking on God restoring all things and the new creation described in Rev 21-22. I'll be utilizing the "Trees" Nooma video by Rob Bell as a metaphor and incorporating some video and testimonies into my talk.

Really excited about it.

Worst Dad Ever

I'm posting this with the hope some other parent will be encouraged...

Today I overslept and was late picking up my 4 year old from gymnastics. I was sleeping at my in-laws house when my cell phone went off. Instantly I knew that I had turned off the alarm and overslept. I rushed across town and arrived 15 minutes late. My poor princess was waiting with her teacher. She had on her hat and coat and looked so sad. I felt like the biggest loser Dad around.

I'm sure this will cost me about $250 in my Children's Future Counseling Fund (CFCF)!

Daddy Date w/ Izzy

Had a fun Daddy Date today with Isabelle. After sleeping some this afternoon I took Isabelle to watch a local gymnastics competition. We are both amazed at the skill of the young gymnasts. My favorite thing to watch is the beam. I think Izzy likes that one too. After the competition we went to dinner. Isabelle had 3 chips from our nachos basket and maybe 3 french fries. I don't know where she gets all here energy because it certainly isn't from food calories.

I had a great time! One of my goals as a parent is to build strong relationships and memories with my children. I hope that our time tonight was one of those relational investments that will pay dividends down the road.

Goodbye Twitter

Using Twitter has been fun but I'm saying goodbye tonight. I have A TON on my plate right now and I simply don't have the time to read updates from friends watching 24. I've connected with some cool people through Twitter, but right now I have some more important things to focus on. I'm not saying I'll never "tweet" again, just not for awhile. Peace out.

My Wednesday

12:45 AM - Get home from men's league hockey game (8-3 win, 2 goals, 3 assists as a defenseman)
8:45 - wake up and rush to get everyone out the door for Jake's preschool at 9
9:30 - take Izzy to gymnastics, stay and watch w/ Drew
10:30 - take Izzy and Drew to grocery store, rush to pick up Jacob at 11:30
12 PM - eating chicken noodle soup and watching Prince Caspian, everyone bouncing around on my lap
1 - Andrew is sick and pukes all his soup on my shirt
2:30 - lay and nap w/ Andrew up stairs
4 - everyone sitting on my lap squirming and watching Elf
7 - American Idol, Jacob is couching or sneezing every 10 minutes (like he's done all day), he falls asleep
8:15 - Take Andrew upstairs for PJ and he pukes all over me again, so we take a bath
9 - Start washing clothes and cleaning the house

Just Words

"God is in control." "It is in God's hands." "God has a plan we don't see."

These are only words until something doesn't happen the way you want it to.

Still living in them afterward is faith.

Impatience is Really Pride

Had some pancakes with my buddy Jon yesterday and talked a some life stuff. Good time. One thing we talked about was how often when we feel like we are battling against anger and impatience we are really battling against pride. The source of our anger and impatience is our inner desire to be in complete control and have all things happen the way WE want them to. I think at times, in our prayer, we are treating the wrong symptom. Instead of praying and asking God to help us be more patient, we should be asking him to yank the evil root of selfishness and pride from our hears. When "I" am no longer the center of the universe, and when "MY" desires cease to be paramount, it is must easier to extend mercy and long suffering to the circumstances and people around us.

Einstien on Creative Thinking

Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. - Albert Einstien

Super Bowl Party

My wife is an amazing party host. She has a gift.

Yesterday while I was sleeping she was making plans for a Super Bowl bash at our house. I woke up at 4 pm and was kindly told that I had some work to do before our guests arrived. While I picked up wet snow pants, markers and seemingly endless amounts of dirty cloths and toy trains, Stephanie was in the kitchen preparing our game day feast.

Here is run down of the menu:

- cut up pineapple and orange slices
- Godfather's pizza
- garlic bread w/ bacon on it
- bruschetta
- chips, salsa, and guacamole
- Cheetos
- candy
- soda
- and our friends brought some brownies

It was a great night of visiting and watching football. Too bad I only got to watch the first half before I needed to leave for work. Sounds like I missed an amazing end

At least I was able to eat like an offense lineman for an hour!