Baby Christian

April 28, 2010

Life is completely different with a newborn.  Holy crap! is about all I can say to adequately describe how I feel.

One very cool thing about having a brand new little baby girl is the amount of praise given out in my home.  Everything she does is amazing, and never sisyphean.  Every time McKenna lifts her head up, hoots and hollers go off!  Every time she burps, I yell “that’s my girl!”  Every time she passes some gas, I praise her by telling her she takes after her mom (hahaha–I’m in trouble for this one :))

So now I am asking the question “is this how God feels about brand new Christians?”

Is God cheering every little thing a new believer does?  Each good decision?  Each attempt to pray?  Each time they go to church?  If they read the Bible 2 times in a month, is God yelling at the top of His lungs, “THAT’S MY BOY!” 

An even bigger question…”Does God ever stop cheering for His kids?”  Even now, after growing substantially in my faith I can sometimes feel God cheering.

Greatest feeling in the world–when we fall down, pick ourselves back up and God is right there with a “THAT’S MY BOY!”

Sisyphean–after a king in Greek Mythology who was cursed to push huge bolder to the top of a hill, only to watch it roll back down and had to repeat this forever…so you can prolly guess what it means, endlessly fruitless.

Fathers Better Wake Up

April 19, 2010

I bought Dr. James Dobson’s newest book titled, “Bringing Up Girls.”

The book, recently released on April 13, is a must read for my wife and I.  I respect Dr. Dobson and Focus on the Family resources have all been outstanding.

Anyway, to the point.

The second chapter of Bringing Up Girls reveals the scary reality that young girls face.  One sentence that got my attention is:

Sales receipts from a few years back indicated that parents spent $1.6 million on thong underwear for their seven-to twelve-year-old daughters.

We should be furious.

Our culture has influenced more than the younger generation of girls, now parents are onboard with society–telling girls they are not good enough, that they need to be what men expect them to be, and that anyone who says differently is holding them down.

I related to the words of Steve Lopez, in which he wrote in the LA Times:

Three months ago, with my wife’s contractions getting closer and closer, we flicked on the TV as a distraction before going to the hospital.

Bad Idea.

No one expects a great deal of enlightenment from the tube these days.  But as we switched from one tawdry and vapid reality or dating show to another, I wondered if we should have our heads examined for bringing a child into this world.

Especially a girl.

It’s not just television that scares me.  It’s the Internet, pop music, radio, advertising.  The most lurid elements of each medium now dominate pop culture, and the incessant, pounding message, directed primarily at you people is that it’s all about sex…Today, if you haven’t just had sex, you’re a loser.  If you don’t expect to have it in the immediate future, try plastic surgery, because sex appeal–the one true standard of human achievement–is the only thing worth aspiring to.

Jesus needs to come fix this crap.

In the mean time, how about parents—fathers in particular—wake up and lead your families like you’re suppose to.

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.

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!

No Pressure Dad, but…

November 21, 2009

I picked up a book a few days ago about being the father to a little girl.  The book is great (a Focus on the Family resource) and I haven’t been able to put it down.  It is called “She Calls Me Daddy” and the author, Robert Wolgemuth, does a great job of setting it up.  Robert walks fathers through 7 things to know about building a complete daughter and I want to share a couple with you over the next few posts.

The crazy thing about everything that I have read and studied the past few months (and Brookwood Church is going through a great series right now called Captivating a Wild Heart –Best Series I have ever heard!).  The importance of a father in the life of a child is huge (no pressure dad).  The father is the only person that can answer his son’s question of–am I a man?  And the father is the one who gives worth and value to their little girl. 

So the time is getting nearer and nearer for this girl to be here (March 29) but I can say that God is preparing me for this journey better that I could have imagined.