Back in Town

May 12, 2010

Jessica and I have returned from showing off our daughter McKenna to our family and friends back home in Michigan.  And of course, they loved her!  How could they not?

This trip was by far the best time Jessica and I have had while in Michigan.  The relentless pressure from our parents and grandparents for our return to West Michigan made us feel loved; however, can’t say just yet that moving back is God’s plan for us.

The reality is–with the arrival of McKenna–the desire to move back home has increased (our family is taking full advantage of our temporarily weak mind setting).

I understand that we experience one life, and one life only on this side of Heaven, and family is beyond important to Jessica and me.  As much as I want to settle down and buy a house and spend the rest of my life comfortably positioned in West Michigan, I can’t help but think that there is so much more to this life.

Christianity in many ways has lost its edge.  There is no adventure, no excitement, no fun.  Is that a result from the comfortable lifestyle that many Christians want?  Buy a house, work hard, don’t complain–much anyways? 

I can’t stand by and watch my life fade away little by little while God is looking on–shaking His head thinking “if only you knew the greatness I desire for you.”  I believe God wants to do something amazing and He is looking for this generation to step up and conduct a movement of God that has never been experienced.

Jesus Fish Christianity

April 16, 2010

The arrival of our baby girl has got me thinking a lot about my relationship with God.  Mainly I think about how I can best guide my little girl toward the creator of everything, and help her to have a relationship with Him.

There is power behind a person who walks closely with God. 

People see something different within you, and they want it, and they are not sure how to get it, even if they know what it actually is.  (Did you follow that?)

My desire is to have a authentic relationship with God.  Not that “I have a Jesus fish on my car” Christianity, but real Christianity.

I desire to walk through suffering while my little girl watches.  I want her to see her daddy trust God and believe in the power He provides.  How powerful would that be, and what kind of character would that produce within her?

It is my prayer that McKenna is a great woman of God, and my desire for her to make a difference in this world for the only One that matters.

Lord, help my family and I live life differently.

Advance One Level

April 15, 2010

April 5th something amazing happened.  My wife gave birth to our amazing daughter McKenna.

Two things are evident from the arrival of Micky-K (trying out nick-names).

  1. Everything people told us about missing out on sleep is completely true–I thought they were exaggerating
  2. My wife Jessica and I are moving into the next phase of life

I feel like I beat a level on an X-box 360 game and get to move on to the main level–the level with the ultimate adversary.  Except this time it’s real life.

Many questions come with this level advancement.  A few questions I am asking are…

  1. How do you raise a daughter?
  2. How do you raise a daughter well?
  3. How do you raise a daughter with Godly morals and values?
  4. How do you raise a daughter that loves Jesus?
  5. Ohh yeah, did I mention, how do you raise a daughter?

All joking aside, God has given me a great opportunity to be the best father to a little girl that I can be.

Family Vision

March 30, 2010

Living Christianity is difficult.  Living Christianity as a family is even harder.

I have a hard enough time motivating myself to communicate with God or act in a way that is pleasing to Him (when I don’t feel like it).  Sometimes, I am the ultimate Christian but other times I really struggle.

The question I have been throwing around is:

“How can I instill a vision into Jessica and my children that motivates them to be all Jesus knows they can be?”

I want my kids to understand who God made them to be, how they fit into our family, how to have a relationship with God, and how to live in a way that displays all of the above.

In order for this to become a reality you need to have what I call a family vision–that is a motto or statement that drives everything your family does.

The vision of my family can be summed up in 3 words–Live Life Differently.

Next blog post is about the importance of a family vision–don’t miss it.

Life-Verse

March 25, 2010

One of my best friends in the entire world jcisonline is very passionate about integrating altars into a child’s life.

An altar is some sort of a reminder of a time when Jesus showed up in your life.

Ok, so thinking about this altar idea, I felt like I needed something to commemorate the induction of another member of the Lewis family–McKenna.  I’m looking at Bible verses that can act as an altar in my family’s life.

This Bible verse will function as the altar in my life of McKenna’s arrival, and I want it to speak to McKenna’s identity.

I think it will be difficult to find, but I believe that there is a single verse that will encompass the thoughts and feelings Jessica and I went through, and at the same time communicate to McKenna that she truly is a gift from God.

I will let you know what I come up with, and if you have any ideas send them my way.

Lead and Invest

March 20, 2010

I have a sink or swim mentality.  I prefer to jump into things and figure them out as I go along.  Well that is all fine until your speaking about being a father to a little girl.

EKKKKK!  I know.  No way do I think that a first-time father should figure things out as they go–so I read a ton of books written by “fathers of the years.” 

I dove into these books and found that the number one quality of a great father is someone who is connected with Jesus.  The overarching theme of all the books I read is that the father must be the leader of the household and give everything they have to the family (in terms of time, love, investing in their children).

Sounds like common sense I know, but in the post-modern era we live in now common sense is not so common.

Fathers: Lead and Invest

Making a Shift!

February 11, 2010

My Wife, Jessica, at 24 Weeks (now we are at 32ish)

 

OMG!  Only 1 1/2 months left before McKenna will make her appearance into the world! 

Very, very exciting! 

With the arrival of our very first child and a shift in my responsibilities at Brookwood Church, I decided to move the general theme of my blog in the direction of children’s ministry and parenting. 

Stay tuned! It is gonna be CRAZY!