Monday, October 28, 2013

Who has control?

Well I am into my second month of being a stay at home Dad. I would say it has not been easy. Football season just ended and so things have slowed down a bit. I have found it a challenge to multitask. I honestly don't think there is a man who really knows how to be Microsoft windows. So I give the credit where credit belongs and that is to all the mothers out there. It is tough job, and while I am learning the tricks of the trade, it hasn't been easy for me.

I find myself sometimes with a patience level of zero. Not with my kids, but waiting on the next step of what God has for me. God's will is always floating some where in my thoughts. I have learned not to read into things or over think things that I hear in church. Sometimes by doing that I may tend to get ahead of God and what he has in store. I am also awful at waiting. So while I do the day to day tasks of a stay at home parent, I am constantly waiting to hear from God and what he has for me and our family. I can say with certainty we will not be making another move in the near future. Day by day goes by and God walks with me. When I ask what he wants me to do, I hear a shhhhhh and God gently tells me to just wait. Gods timing is never our timing, but it is always perfect timing. Yeah I know seems cache, but it IS true. Going back through the last couple of years, I have learned that quite well. 

If you haven't figured it out yet, God likes to be the driver and we are to be the passenger. God is not an emergency type of God. You can't just throw him in your back pocket and keep him there as a last resort. If you think for one second that God is letting bad things happen to you, then you have it all wrong. There could be a lot of factors to those bad things. God never said following him would be easy. While God may be allowing things to happen, he is also testing  you to see just how much faith you have in him. Yes I know it is hard to let God have control, but being reconciled and consecrated to God is always the best path for us. I have heard over and over again that things in life should be character building. I can also say that change, storms, and tests are faith building as well. If you are not reconciled or if your refuse to reconcile to what God wants for your life, he may just let you have the desires of your heart to prove a point. In other words God is saying, "ok I'll let you do it your way, but I promise it won't end well" in other words "I told you so". If that happens I can all but guarantee you that you will hit bottom in every way imaginable. Been there done that my friends. I won't ever do it again.

I say all of that to say this. God gives us all kinds of examples in his word of those who tried at first to go their own way. Ultimately these followers of Christ who ignored at first, got it right by reconciling themselves to God. God promises us that if we trust him with everything, we will experience contentment. That is where I always want to be. I don't want to do it my own way. I want to always do it Gods way. These days TOO many people are getting destroyed and devoured by their own desires. God's desires to live in our hearts. God desires us to live in his will. God promises ever lasting life for being totally reconciled and consecrated to him. I want the best for my life and the best for my life is God leading me along.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Around the corner

Been a while since my last post and maybe a few of you have wondered what has been happening. Well in the last month a lot has changed in this house hold. So here are the updates.

On September 6th, I resigned from my job due to the increasing commuting cost, babysitting cost and the time demanded and required to work vs time spent with my family. I simply was not willing to sacrifice time with my family or marriage to complete work for this company. This is a mistake that I made at the last job and determined not to make again. So holding true to the promise I made to my wife, kids, and myself I resigned in the best interest of my promise. This was something that my wife and I had been praying due to the increasing time demands of the job, and while it took patience, God answered prayer and made his will known. So now I am unemployed keeping my eyes on Jesus and walking on the water much like Peter did when he stepped out of the boat.

Matthew 14:22-33
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

I am determined not to take my eyes off of Jesus when the wind stirs up things such as a half the income coming in and the future very unclear right now.  I will continue to trust God and his will for my life. 

But wait, that's not all!! Last night I played a little joke on my youngest son and scared him as he was coming around the corner. I haven't been able to escape this in my head. Men we never know what is around the corner waiting to devour us. Keep your eyes on Jesus as men, as husbands, and fathers. When the wind stirs around you, you will not sink. Let Peter be our example of keeping your eyes on Jesus and worship him when he protects us from those things that are waiting around the corner to scare and devour. Praise him because he rescued us when were sinking and our faith was weak. Give thanks for our families, our kids and our wives that God has blessed us with. 

I praise the Lord because he has lead me where I am at right now. I know not what the future holds, but I know the plans that God has for me are meant to prosper me and to give me hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11).