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I took my youngest son to Jr High orientation tonight and I realized that I have 6 more years till he is 18. The clock is dwindling down to when I will be an empty nester (even though I know my kids will probably live with me well into their 20’s – haha. Then I charge rent!). This didn’t make me sad, but it made me think how amazing God is and how powerful prayer is. The past 2 years have been such a difficult time for both my kids and I have praying that God would provide the help I need with my trials as a single dad. I have been listening to this podcast by Louie Giglio called “Unusual” and how God works in unusual ways. When he says unusual, he means out of the ordinary. He says that our lives should be about revelation and not information. Paul spent his whole life studying the Word of God, but it wasn’t till Christ’s revelation to him that his life was radically changed. Louie says we need to go through our trials even though they may be unusual (not the way we envisioned them) and not side-step them because it is through trusting God that his glory gets revealed and true growth and change happen in our lives.

I had dinner with my oldest son tonight. We had a fun night of talking about our Experiencing God study, girls, sports and his future. He has been doing so well. I love walking by his room and seeing him with his school books out and studying. He has really been working hard at school now that he has ditched the video games. He told me tonight he now wants to look into photography. I guess I am either rubbing off on him or he knows that all the girls take photo class. I know I’m one of few guys in my class at Chandler-Gilbert. But overall, I’m just enjoying the blessing of having peace in my home and seeing so much growth in all of us. The Experiencing God study has been huge in all this and I have been living my life day-by-day for Christ. I broke down and prayed that difficult night in the summer of ’10 for God to provide help for me as a single dad because my back was against the wall and things felt hopeless.  Now I am seeing that prayer being answered and I’m trusting God’s unusual ways of doing things for his glory.

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Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.   Philippians 1:9

Paul wrote this while in prison chained to a guard. I love this because God is using his circumstance to further the gospel. Paul has no fear of what is to come of him. For the first time today in a long time, I feel fully alive and free. It doesn’t matter to me anymore what happens to me. I have been betrayed, hurt, abandoned, mocked at, etc. by people I don’t know and people that I care about. I don’t care anymore because I know God uses me. And He will use these circumstances that I continually go through to be a light to others and He will further the gospel through me. I thank God for His love and grace on me and for always being there in times of need.

Lord, I need You, oh I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You   – Chris Tomlin

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